TV bloghttp://tv.uk.msn.com/blog/editor.aspxThe Remote Control: Boxing clever about the world of TV with the latest TV news, TV reviews and TV gossip.http://tv.uk.msn.com/blog/post--paralympian-ade-adepitan-fronts-a-very-british-missionParalympian Ade Adepitan fronts A Very British MissionNews and gossip from the world of TVFri, 04 Apr 2014 00:42:21 -0700Ents Ed5f430e74-bedb-43ee-8f92-74ef01b729a3e1bda21b-1ed1-4aca-8329-a13de10d1059BlogArticleA4A01E77250FFC0F012014-04-04T07:42:21.103News and gossip from the world of TVWhich UK churches are bucking the trend of dwindling numbers? Various places of worship led by, or with a congregation mostly made up of, West Africans.   It’s a phenomenon that will be investigated by Paralympic medalist Ade Adepitan for Channel 4’s A Very British Mission, airing Friday 4 April at 7.30 pm.   This subject will be closer to his heart than most as Ade is of West African heritage; he was born in Nigeria. As you'd expect if you're familiar with Ade's television work, he makes a very engaging guide as he attempts to discover what is driving the success of these churches. The TV personality will also looks at what they preach and what they offer that is perhaps missing from traditional Christian church services.   Talking about his series, Ade said: “I’m extremely proud to be part of a programme that sidesteps the mainstream in an effort to highlight the diversity of Christian worship among the UK’s West African community.”   Standout stories include a church in Tottenham providing an evening meal and shelter for homeless men and the pastor in New Cross preaching to a congregation of 3,000 in a former derelict cinema which is now worth £5 million.Which UK churches are bucking the trend of dwindling numbers? Various places of worship led by, or with a congregation mostly made up of, West Africans.   It’s a phenomenon that will be investigated by Paralympic medalist Ade Adepitan for Channel 4’s A Very British Mission, airing Friday 4 April at 7.30 pm.   This subject will be closer to his heart than most as Ade is of West African heritage; he was born in Nigeria. As you'd expect if you're familiar with Ade's television work, he makes a very engaging guide as he attempts to discover what is driving the success of these churches. The TV personality will also looks at what they preach and what they offer that is perhaps missing from traditional Christian church services.   Talking about his series, Ade said: “I’m extremely proud to be part of a programme that sidesteps the mainstream in an effort to highlight the diversity of Christian worship among the UK’s West African community.”   Standout stories include a church in Tottenham providing an evening meal and shelter for homeless men and the pastor in New Cross preaching to a congregation of 3,000 in a former derelict cinema which is now worth £5 million.BlogArticlehttp://tv.uk.msn.com/blog/post--gypsy-campaigners-not-happy-with-ofcomGypsy campaigners not happy with OfcomNews and gossip from the world of TVMon, 21 Jul 2014 15:00:50 -0700Ents Ed5f430e74-bedb-43ee-8f92-74ef01b729a3221d8cc1-26ef-4d07-a8f9-0cd7ac8c5894BlogArticleA4A01E77250FFC0F27172014-03-25T19:14:47.67News and gossip from the world of TVGypsy campaigners are taking High Court action over Ofcom's handling of their complaints about Channel 4's Big Fat Gypsy Wedding programmes.   The Traveller Movement, a charity supporting gypsies and travellers, has won permission to seek a judicial review against the media watchdog.   It accuses Ofcom of a flawed and biased investigation into their accusations that the Big Fat Gypsy Wedding programmes perpetuated racist stereotypes.   They also complain the Channel 4 series broke broadcasting regulations regarding consent, sexually exploited traveller children and "caused untold harm to social cohesion" by reinforcing misconceptions and prejudices.   The movement has been given the go-ahead to argue in court that Ofcom unlawfully dismissed its complaints after following flawed procedures and acting contrary to natural justice.   Ofcom has indicated it will defend its actions and contends the gypsy case is unarguable.Like usually I am late for this "intelectual" discussion. I just want to remind to "non-racists" that gypsies or romanis ( attention - not Romanians ) are nation. Yes many of them steal, are dangerous, make a mess everywhere, BUT many of them have a work, pay tax, live a normal lives. You all seem dont think about this. How do you think they feel if you talk about them in this fashion. Example - many British in my country like a tourists make a mess - they are absolutely drunk,  damege bars, pie to a fountains, climb into a roof of a tram, instead of museums visit a brothels etc. Maybe we can too make a lovely documentary about such a British citizens and have a cosy discussion, how primitive this british nation is and why dont they bloody stay at home and why we are actually so stupid to watch british films and byu british music. Why on the Earth should I be so hot to get a London look - look of stupid drunk primitive??? Is it fair? NO IT ISNT. Unfair attitudes for gypsies, unfair attitudes for british. Problem of Channel 4 is, that its not the first documentary about "these terrible gypsies". They can be proud, because about they controversial work I could read even in Slovakian newspapers. I doubt that Channel 4 ever has made a documentary about gypsies who normally work, pay tax, dont steal and have found that promised fairness - because yes unfortunetely many gypsies have a problem to find a job in my country, because they are judged like theasf, lazy, benefits disusers etc. I doubt too that Channel 4 ever made documentary about pure white native british benefits disusers and if you think they dont exist - YOU ARE NAIVE!!! I have personally heard about 70-years old who never has worked whole life and lived absolutelly OK ( with a car etc. ), or sentence, worth to remember, of another pure white native british women after stricter benefits rules: "They cant really be serious that I have to start work now in my age!" - and she had higher income like my pure white native british colleage who has worked whole live.BlogArticlehttp://tv.uk.msn.com/blog/post--oprah%E2%80%99s-next-chapter-the-butler-on-tlcOprah’s Next Chapter: The Butler on TLCNews and gossip from the world of TVFri, 15 Nov 2013 02:45:11 -0800Lorna Coops5f430e74-bedb-43ee-8f92-74ef01b729a3bfbcbdfc-a9b9-4051-9f4b-7d2651841f6eBlogArticle2CDB0D9CD523B3CA012013-11-15T10:45:11.257News and gossip from the world of TVIn the UK, we've seen more of Oprah Winfrey in the last few days than in the past decade.   On Wednesday night, she was on The One Show. On Friday 15 November, the US icon put in an appearance on Lorraine's morning show. She's also lined up for Loose Women later today. Yes, Loose Women - that is not a typo.  I spotted an interview on Sky news today, and on Saturday 16 November, Oprah will guest on The Jonathan Ross Show... alongside One Direction. If you want incongruity - that right there is it.    What's more, early birds can catch her on The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday 17 November. And her VT is back on Lorraine's show on Monday 18 November. Can you tell she has a movie to promote? The film in question is Lee Daniels' The Butler.   Set against the tumultuous political backdrop of 20th century America, it tells the story of White House butler Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker), who serves during seven presidential administrations between 1957 and 1986. Oprah plays his wife, Gloria.   If you haven't had your fill of Oprah yet (as if!), tune into TLC on Wednesday 20 November for Oprah's Next Chapter where she discusses the making of Lee Daniels' The Butler with fellow cast members David Oyelowo and Oscar winner Forest Whitaker, as well as Oscar-nominated director Lee Daniels.   Here's a little taste: Incidentally, the incredible supporting cast for the movie includes Mariah Carey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Terrence Howard, Lenny Kravitz, James Marsden, Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Redgrave, Alan Rickman, Liev Schreiber and Robin Williams.   The film has been released in the UK. I hope it does well at the box office.   MSN Editor CoopsIn the UK, we've seen more of Oprah Winfrey in the last few days than in the past decade.   On Wednesday night, she was on The One Show. On Friday 15 November, the US icon put in an appearance on Lorraine's morning show. She's also lined up for Loose Women later today. Yes, Loose Women - that is not a typo.  I spotted an interview on Sky news today, and on Saturday 16 November, Oprah will guest on The Jonathan Ross Show... alongside One Direction. If you want incongruity - that right there is it.    What's more, early birds can catch her on The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday 17 November. And her VT is back on Lorraine's show on Monday 18 November. Can you tell she has a movie to promote? The film in question is Lee Daniels' The Butler.   Set against the tumultuous political backdrop of 20th century America, it tells the story of White House butler Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker), who serves during seven presidential administrations between 1957 and 1986. Oprah plays his wife, Gloria.   If you haven't had your fill of Oprah yet (as if!), tune into TLC on Wednesday 20 November for Oprah's Next Chapter where she discusses the making of Lee Daniels' The Butler with fellow cast members David Oyelowo and Oscar winner Forest Whitaker, as well as Oscar-nominated director Lee Daniels.   Here's a little taste: Incidentally, the incredible supporting cast for the movie includes Mariah Carey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Terrence Howard, Lenny Kravitz, James Marsden, Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Redgrave, Alan Rickman, Liev Schreiber and Robin Williams.   The film has been released in the UK. I hope it does well at the box office.   MSN Editor CoopsBlogArticlehttp://tv.uk.msn.com/blog/post--tv-preview-sky1s-harrow-a-very-british-schoolTV preview: Sky1's Harrow: A Very British Schoolby Natasha SpornSat, 21 Sep 2013 11:27:32 -0700Ents Ed5f430e74-bedb-43ee-8f92-74ef01b729a32740e47c-e138-4865-bd82-3ec33c28cc9eBlogArticleA4A01E77250FFC0F112013-09-04T15:24:40.09by Natasha SpornHarrow: A Very British School kicks off on Sky1 tonight at 8pm. Established in 1572, the £30,000 a year fine establishment has 820 students and this eight-part documentary follows the experiences of 14 new Harrovians. Viewers will get an eye-opening insight into the public school which counts former prime minister Winston Churchill, poet Lord Byron and Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch among its famous alumni.   First year students - known as Shells - come to Harrow from all over the globe. Some even come from Britain. Among the new entrants are Sachin from Leicester and Dillon, who has travelled all the way from Malawi to attend this elite school.   Filmed over the course of a year, memorable characters help to keep the series very watchable. There’s veteran housemaster Martin Smith for a start (beginning his 12th and last year in the role) and Matron Cate Bain, virtually a surrogate mother to the boys.     For the viewer, the realities of school life hit home, even if the surroundings are much grander than a local comprehensive. Like many pupils, some find it harder to settle than others; in the beginning, Sachin noticeably struggles with his schoolwork (known as prep), for example. And yes, there’s the prerequisite cheeky chappie – in this case Olly.   Olly quickly realises that he misses female company and he isn’t a massive fan of the Harrovian straw boater. Heck, I didn’t like my school uniform either. In fact, he dislikes his boater so much that failure to wear it lands him the traditional Harrow punishment of ‘custos’.   A fully uniformed Olly had to report to the Custodian in an almost military-like manner between 7.15 and 7.30 in the morning for three days straight – missing a day incurs three more visits.   The poor lad nearly got another day’s duty for his unpolished shoes. The second type of punishment (for which the traditional penalty would have been a beating) is ‘double’ which involves writing the number of lines you are giving with requirements on the letter spacing, sizing, line length and sometimes even the colour of the lettering.   Harrow: A Very British School certainly provides a very interesting contrast to Channel 4’s Educating Essex (which followed a group of GCSE students, and the staff who teach them) and its follow-up Educating Yorkshire. It’s fascinating to watch the students go through an emotional and tough transition as they become accustomed  to life as a Harrovian.   Harrow: A Very British School, Sky1 at 8pm from Wednesday 4 SeptemberNice bit of publicity for a private school claiming charitable status probably on the grounds of poverty.BlogArticlehttp://tv.uk.msn.com/blog/post--channel-4s-that-music-show-mouthy-musicians-and-cocky-comedians-line-up-for-new-showChannel 4's That Music Show: mouthy musicians and cocky comedians line-up for new showNews and gossip from the world of TVFri, 02 Aug 2013 11:28:56 -0700Ents Ed5f430e74-bedb-43ee-8f92-74ef01b729a394f5e691-6efc-4f22-a95c-8f370816cc18BlogArticleA4A01E77250FFC0F012013-08-02T18:28:55.993News and gossip from the world of TVAre you a fan of DJ Nick Grimshaw? If so, he'll be fronting That Music Show tonight at 10pm on Channel 4. The new quiz series sees two teams of musicians and comedians compete to be top dog. It will also be packed with stand-out live performances from the newest to the biggest names in music.   Channel 4 promises a "vibrant award-style feel" quiz with a raucous gig. Who can resist that combination?   Viewers will be treated to the mouthiest musicians and cockiest of comedians as they battle to reign supreme with each team representing an iconic year in music history.   In tonight's show, it's 1995 v 2005; team captains Shaun Keaveny (1995) and Seann Walsh (2005) will be joined by Alex James, Heather Small, Sharleen Spiteri, A*M*E, Shed 7's Rick Witter, Maggot, Theo from Hurts and comedian Tom Stade with East 17's Tony Mortimer making a guest appearance.   That Music Show mixes pop quiz with performance and tonight features the legendary Primal Scream and hot duo AlunaGeorge recorded at the Brixton Electric in front of a live audience.   An unmissable night for music and comedy fans alike, I'm sure you'll agree.Are you a fan of DJ Nick Grimshaw? If so, he'll be fronting That Music Show tonight at 10pm on Channel 4. The new quiz series sees two teams of musicians and comedians compete to be top dog. It will also be packed with stand-out live performances from the newest to the biggest names in music.   Channel 4 promises a "vibrant award-style feel" quiz with a raucous gig. Who can resist that combination?   Viewers will be treated to the mouthiest musicians and cockiest of comedians as they battle to reign supreme with each team representing an iconic year in music history.   In tonight's show, it's 1995 v 2005; team captains Shaun Keaveny (1995) and Seann Walsh (2005) will be joined by Alex James, Heather Small, Sharleen Spiteri, A*M*E, Shed 7's Rick Witter, Maggot, Theo from Hurts and comedian Tom Stade with East 17's Tony Mortimer making a guest appearance.   That Music Show mixes pop quiz with performance and tonight features the legendary Primal Scream and hot duo AlunaGeorge recorded at the Brixton Electric in front of a live audience.   An unmissable night for music and comedy fans alike, I'm sure you'll agree.BlogArticlehttp://tv.uk.msn.com/blog/post--homeland-season-three-trailer-watch-as-showtime-drops-tiny-hintsHomeland season three trailer: watch as Showtime drops tiny hintsNews and gossip from the world of TVFri, 02 Aug 2013 01:13:15 -0700Ents Ed5f430e74-bedb-43ee-8f92-74ef01b729a3e1a5b358-989b-49ba-8680-c1c4c8f126e4BlogArticleA4A01E77250FFC0F112013-07-30T13:07:27.223News and gossip from the world of TVNow then. Where were we? At the end of Homeland's uneven second season, Nicholas Brody (played by Damian Lewis) disappeared.   Producers have revealed [SPOILER ALERT!] that he will get less screen time in the third season; he certainly won't be appearing in the first two episodes.   In a panel at the Television Critics Association, Damian said of his character: "He's on the lam. He's disappeared into a network Carrie has effected, and he's the most-wanted criminal in the world, so he has to lay low. I do hope that when you do see Brody for the first time, it will be real, real interesting."   In addition, a trailer for the new season has been released.   Has it whetted your appetite for Homeland's return?well this has to be as good as the last two, big task ahead cant wait.. thanks Showtime...BlogArticlehttp://tv.uk.msn.com/blog/post--eye-spy-channel-4-series-sets-out-to-find-the-heroes-among-usEye Spy: Channel 4 series sets out to find the heroes among usNews and gossip from the world of TVSun, 28 Jul 2013 04:52:26 -0700Ents Ed5f430e74-bedb-43ee-8f92-74ef01b729a39fbec46e-bc88-4b85-8c59-9927a2a4a81cBlogArticleA4A01E77250FFC0F312013-06-26T18:00:31.487News and gossip from the world of TVEye Spy is a hidden camera show with a difference. Airing on Channel 4 from Thursday 27 June at 10pm, this Stephen Fry-narrated series is attempting to answer what exactly makes Great Britain so great.   I'm sure we'd all agree national treasure Stephen Fry is pretty much near the top of the list of everything great about Britain, but this programme isn't focused on him. Instead, the spotlight is on the Great British public. And hopefully, the great British public.   Eye Spy wonders whether we can be everyday heroes when faced with a particularly challenging situation, as the trailer below reveals. Many of us would like to think we'll always do the 'right' thing in certain situations, but would we really?   Eye Spy sets up an array of assorted moral dilemmas to discover the heroes that walk and sit among us.   In one scenario, cameras focus on diners listening in as a 'racist' waiter picks on an interracial couple. Will anyone speak up for them? Or will they ignore what's going on in plain sight?   It's a fascinating social experiment and you can see it all unfold on Channel 4 from Thursday 27 June.   MSN TV editor, Lorna Cooper   ● Follow MSN Entertainment on Twitter   ● Follow the TV editor on TwitterYes you are right Tony, it will be a rubbish TV show.BlogArticlehttp://tv.uk.msn.com/blog/editor-blogpost.aspx?post=f94aa30f-c108-4793-8536-971a024fbb46The Apprentice 2013: meet the candidates... in song! #ApprenticeSongNews and gossip from the world of TVTue, 30 Apr 2013 09:40:19 -0700Ents Ed5f430e74-bedb-43ee-8f92-74ef01b729a3f94aa30f-c108-4793-8536-971a024fbb46BlogArticleA4A01E77250FFC0F012013-04-30T16:40:19.45News and gossip from the world of TVJust a few days to go until the return of The Apprentice, which explains why photos of the 16 new candidates are everywhere.   However, here's a particularly novel way of introducing Lord Sugar's hopeful to a voracious TV audience: YouTube superstars The Brett Domino Trio have joined forces with Radio 1’s Dan and Phil for a one-off video which outlines the new faces in three minutes of music. The video features extracts from the candidates’ audition tapes and is very funny. One of my favourite lines is: "They're fighting for Lord Sugar like they're comic book villains!"   Genius.   MSN TV editor, Lorna Cooper   ● Follow MSN Entertainment on Twitter   ● Follow the TV editor on TwitterJust a few days to go until the return of The Apprentice, which explains why photos of the 16 new candidates are everywhere.   However, here's a particularly novel way of introducing Lord Sugar's hopeful to a voracious TV audience: YouTube superstars The Brett Domino Trio have joined forces with Radio 1’s Dan and Phil for a one-off video which outlines the new faces in three minutes of music. The video features extracts from the candidates’ audition tapes and is very funny. One of my favourite lines is: "They're fighting for Lord Sugar like they're comic book villains!"   Genius.   MSN TV editor, Lorna Cooper   ● Follow MSN Entertainment on Twitter   ● Follow the TV editor on TwitterBlogArticlehttp://tv.uk.msn.com/blog/editor-blogpost.aspx?post=9fef7240-2b15-44d5-8034-3997dfaab582MTV's The Valleys returns, picking up where it left off.News and gossip from the world of TVSat, 15 Jun 2013 05:20:08 -0700Ents Ed5f430e74-bedb-43ee-8f92-74ef01b729a39fef7240-2b15-44d5-8034-3997dfaab582BlogArticleA4A01E77250FFC0F112013-04-30T16:25:52.553News and gossip from the world of TVThe Valleys returns to MTV on Tuesday 30 April at 10pm. If the picture below doesn't tell you everything you need to know about the show, what about this teaser? Anthony urinates in an apple juice cartoon... and then Liam and Jason drink from it The cast take part in a Tarzan themed photo shoot Welcome back to TV screens, The Valleys. Someone somewhere is waiting for you to offend them.   ● Follow MSN Entertainment on Twitter   ● Follow the TV editor on TwitterRe: Apple juice carton! How low can any show get? yuk!!!BlogArticlehttp://tv.uk.msn.com/blog/editor-blogpost.aspx?post=8ea210bd-4b22-4382-bef2-4d3e04818af7Once Upon A Time's fairy tale magic hits the London UndergroundNews and gossip from the world of TVSun, 07 Apr 2013 07:11:41 -0700Lorna Coops5f430e74-bedb-43ee-8f92-74ef01b729a38ea210bd-4b22-4382-bef2-4d3e04818af7BlogArticle2CDB0D9CD523B3CA012013-04-07T14:11:41.32News and gossip from the world of TVYou wait for some fairy tale characters - and then two come along at the same time.   It was a far more enchanting start to Friday for a selection of London commuters thanks to Red Riding Hood and Prince Charming, characters that appear in Channel 5's US import, Once Upon A Time. The US fantasy drama returns to our screens Sunday 7 April at 9pm so what better way to mark the occasion? I bet Red Riding Hood (played in the series by True Justice's Meghan Ory) and Prince Charming (the show's Josh Dallas) brought a smile to some faces.   Created by the writers of Lost, Once Upon A Time depicts modern day inhabitants in Maine who are actually characters from fairy tales transported there by an evil curse.   As they fight the curse put in place by Evil Queen / Regina (played by 24's Lana Parrilla) and Rumplestilktskin / Mr Gold (our very own Robert Carlyle of Trainspotting and The Full Monty fame), they try to reach their "happily ever after". The series also stars Ginnifer Goodwin (He’s Just Not That Into You) as Snow White / Mary Margaret and Jennifer Morrison (House and How I Met Your Mother) as Emma Swan.   Once Upon A Time has enjoyed solid success on both sides of the Atlantic so if you fancy watching something colourful and imaginative, tune into Channel 5 on Sundays at 9om.     ● Follow MSN Entertainment on Twitter   ● Follow the TV editor on TwitterYou wait for some fairy tale characters - and then two come along at the same time.   It was a far more enchanting start to Friday for a selection of London commuters thanks to Red Riding Hood and Prince Charming, characters that appear in Channel 5's US import, Once Upon A Time. The US fantasy drama returns to our screens Sunday 7 April at 9pm so what better way to mark the occasion? I bet Red Riding Hood (played in the series by True Justice's Meghan Ory) and Prince Charming (the show's Josh Dallas) brought a smile to some faces.   Created by the writers of Lost, Once Upon A Time depicts modern day inhabitants in Maine who are actually characters from fairy tales transported there by an evil curse.   As they fight the curse put in place by Evil Queen / Regina (played by 24's Lana Parrilla) and Rumplestilktskin / Mr Gold (our very own Robert Carlyle of Trainspotting and The Full Monty fame), they try to reach their "happily ever after". The series also stars Ginnifer Goodwin (He’s Just Not That Into You) as Snow White / Mary Margaret and Jennifer Morrison (House and How I Met Your Mother) as Emma Swan.   Once Upon A Time has enjoyed solid success on both sides of the Atlantic so if you fancy watching something colourful and imaginative, tune into Channel 5 on Sundays at 9om.     ● Follow MSN Entertainment on Twitter   ● Follow the TV editor on TwitterBlogArticlehttp://tv.uk.msn.com/blog/editor-blogpost.aspx?post=b86b9e62-222b-4139-bf32-a64510e9cdfdBafta award for director of Beyoncé's Super Bowl Halftime Show performanceNews and gossip from the world of TVThu, 21 Mar 2013 10:14:31 -0700Lorna Coops5f430e74-bedb-43ee-8f92-74ef01b729a3b86b9e62-222b-4139-bf32-a64510e9cdfdBlogArticle2CDB0D9CD523B3CA012013-03-21T17:14:31.983News and gossip from the world of TVThe British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) will bestow a special award to renowned TV director Hamish Hamilton at the British Academy Television Craft Awards.   The Award recognises his work on the likes of the opening and closing ceremonies for the London 2012 Games and, more recently, Beyoncé's Super Bowl Halftime Show performance.   Green Wing and Episodes star Stephen Mangan will host the awards on Sunday 28 April. Speaking about the event, the actor said: "I'm absolutely delighted to be hosting Bafta’s TV Craft Awards again, especially as it’s taking place at somewhere called The Brewery; my kind of evening."   Note down these Bafta dates for your calendar: • Monday 25 March – British Academy Television Craft Award nominations announced • Tuesday 2 April – Radio Times Audience Award nominations announced (the only publicly voted for award, given at the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards) • Tuesday 9 April – Arqiva British Academy Television Award nominations announced. And I just know you're all wondering if TOWIE will be nominated for the audience award again...   MSN TV editor Coops   ● Follow MSN Entertainment on Twitter   ● Follow the TV editor on TwitterThe British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) will bestow a special award to renowned TV director Hamish Hamilton at the British Academy Television Craft Awards.   The Award recognises his work on the likes of the opening and closing ceremonies for the London 2012 Games and, more recently, Beyoncé's Super Bowl Halftime Show performance.   Green Wing and Episodes star Stephen Mangan will host the awards on Sunday 28 April. Speaking about the event, the actor said: "I'm absolutely delighted to be hosting Bafta’s TV Craft Awards again, especially as it’s taking place at somewhere called The Brewery; my kind of evening."   Note down these Bafta dates for your calendar: • Monday 25 March – British Academy Television Craft Award nominations announced • Tuesday 2 April – Radio Times Audience Award nominations announced (the only publicly voted for award, given at the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards) • Tuesday 9 April – Arqiva British Academy Television Award nominations announced. And I just know you're all wondering if TOWIE will be nominated for the audience award again...   MSN TV editor Coops   ● Follow MSN Entertainment on Twitter   ● Follow the TV editor on TwitterBlogArticlehttp://tv.uk.msn.com/blog/editor-blogpost.aspx?post=0c3922fd-4ae0-405e-a122-47bb91a3b92eSTEFFI: new music-based drama puts an urban spin on a familiar taleNews and gossip from the world of TVWed, 20 Mar 2013 04:49:23 -0700Ents Ed5f430e74-bedb-43ee-8f92-74ef01b729a30c3922fd-4ae0-405e-a122-47bb91a3b92eBlogArticleA4A01E77250FFC0F012013-03-20T11:49:23.057News and gossip from the world of TVI dunno; you wait ages for an urban drama, and then two come along at once. Over on E4, you'll find the channel busy with Youngers. But if you head over to YouTube, you can check out STEFFI.   It's the rags to riches story of a talented girl from a south London council estate who's plucked from obscurity and, seemingly overnight, finds fame and stardom. Music-based drama STEFFI features a mix of young acting talent and music artists. It can be found exclusively via YouTube. It stars Lee Boardman (ITV’s Great Night Out) and showcases acting debuts from Jasmine Breinburg (who took part in Danny Boyle's Olympic Ceremony), Jamal Edwards (founder of SBTV) and Sugababe Jade Ewen.   The soundtrack comes from the likes of Wiley, MIC Righteous (No1 in iTunes HipHop Charts), Ceezlin, R&B from Arjun Coomaraswamy and a title track from Becky Hill (The Voice).    The first episode kicked off on 15 March, with five more to follow. Have a watch and see what you think.   MSN TV editor Coops   ● Follow MSN Entertainment on Twitter   ● Follow the TV editor on TwitterI dunno; you wait ages for an urban drama, and then two come along at once. Over on E4, you'll find the channel busy with Youngers. But if you head over to YouTube, you can check out STEFFI.   It's the rags to riches story of a talented girl from a south London council estate who's plucked from obscurity and, seemingly overnight, finds fame and stardom. Music-based drama STEFFI features a mix of young acting talent and music artists. It can be found exclusively via YouTube. It stars Lee Boardman (ITV’s Great Night Out) and showcases acting debuts from Jasmine Breinburg (who took part in Danny Boyle's Olympic Ceremony), Jamal Edwards (founder of SBTV) and Sugababe Jade Ewen.   The soundtrack comes from the likes of Wiley, MIC Righteous (No1 in iTunes HipHop Charts), Ceezlin, R&B from Arjun Coomaraswamy and a title track from Becky Hill (The Voice).    The first episode kicked off on 15 March, with five more to follow. Have a watch and see what you think.   MSN TV editor Coops   ● Follow MSN Entertainment on Twitter   ● Follow the TV editor on TwitterBlogArticlehttp://tv.uk.msn.com/blog/editor-blogpost.aspx?post=35951f03-0276-404a-91f1-fb0696d57c1dNigerian Idol: Why you should check it outNews and gossip from the world of TVSun, 17 Mar 2013 10:01:18 -0700Ents Ed5f430e74-bedb-43ee-8f92-74ef01b729a335951f03-0276-404a-91f1-fb0696d57c1dBlogArticleA4A01E77250FFC0F112013-03-17T09:17:35.367News and gossip from the world of TVIf you can't get enough of singing talent shows, you need to tune into The Africa Channel (Sky 209, Virgin 828) for Nigerian Idol.   Yes, that Idol. But with a Nigerian flavour. Ennui with the likes of X Factor and American Idol has seen viewing figures for these shows drop on both sides of the Atlantic. However, it's definitely worth checking out Nigerian Idol which is simultaneously familiar and different.   It may just reinvigorate the interest we all had in these shows before there became too many of them.   The Ryan Seacrest/Dermot O'Leary of Nigerian Idol is Ill Rhymz - he keeps the show together and will take viewers through all the highs, lows, tantrums and tears as we approach the live final in mid-April.   The judging panel includes dance/disco legend Jeffrey Daniel of Shalamar fame. Although an American group, they enjoyed bigger success in the UK, amassing a string of hits including A Night to remember, I Can Make You Feel Good, There It Is and Friends.   To those in the know, he is the very first man to perform the Moonwalk on TV (he did it on Top of the Pops to Shalamar hit, A Night To Remember).   In other words, he taught Michael Jackson how to do the Moonwalk. Jeffrey has been with the show since it began.   There is also Femi Kuti (son of the legendary Fela Kuti) and Nigeria’s soul diva, Yinka Davies. The songs are invariably those of global superstars such as Adele, Whitney and Mariah, but there's also a surprise rendition or two.   UK viewers can have their say about the show on The Africa Channel Facebook page ( or follow Nigerian Idol on Twitter).   Make a date in your calendar every Saturday and Sunday at 9pm for the latest instalments.     MSN TV editor Coops   ● Follow MSN Entertainment on Twitter   ● Follow the TV editor on TwitterNigerian Idol? I don't  think so, just be a scam.BlogArticlehttp://tv.uk.msn.com/blog/editor-blogpost.aspx?post=86cf6e48-8c6e-4309-a196-cec3be1a63a3How Channel 4's The Secret Millions will change livesNews and gossip about the world of TVSun, 17 Mar 2013 01:31:40 -0700Ents Ed5f430e74-bedb-43ee-8f92-74ef01b729a386cf6e48-8c6e-4309-a196-cec3be1a63a3BlogArticleA4A01E77250FFC0F012013-03-17T08:35:48.26News and gossip about the world of TVIf Comic Relief's record-breaking fundraising on-the-night total of £75m has left you with a warm feeling, keep the glow going by watching Channel 4's The Secret Millions.   The broadcaster and the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) have joined forces for the channel's largest ever TV giveaway. As part of a major new series, £10 million is available to back radical ideas tackling some of Britain's big issues.   From the producers of The Secret Millionaire, The Secret Millions is a five-part documentary series, starting on Sunday 17 March at 8pm.   Each week, it will follow a Channel 4 personality working with a charity to test out a bold idea dealing with big social issues.    George Clarke (The Home Show), Jimmy Doherty (Jimmy's Farm), Gok Wan, Dave Fishwick (Bank of Dave) and Katie Piper (Katie: My Beautiful Face) will work with the charities developing new projects.   Meanwhile, they're secretly trying to help secure £2 million of Lottery money that could turn the big idea, whatever it is, into reality.   From turning ex-prisoners' lives around, to getting unemployed young people trained up and fit for work - the projects could bring new thinking to big problems and change lives. And that's something we'll all welcome.     MSN TV editor Lorna 'Coops' Cooper   ● Follow MSN Entertainment on Twitter   ● Follow the TV editor on TwitterIf Comic Relief's record-breaking fundraising on-the-night total of £75m has left you with a warm feeling, keep the glow going by watching Channel 4's The Secret Millions.   The broadcaster and the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) have joined forces for the channel's largest ever TV giveaway. As part of a major new series, £10 million is available to back radical ideas tackling some of Britain's big issues.   From the producers of The Secret Millionaire, The Secret Millions is a five-part documentary series, starting on Sunday 17 March at 8pm.   Each week, it will follow a Channel 4 personality working with a charity to test out a bold idea dealing with big social issues.    George Clarke (The Home Show), Jimmy Doherty (Jimmy's Farm), Gok Wan, Dave Fishwick (Bank of Dave) and Katie Piper (Katie: My Beautiful Face) will work with the charities developing new projects.   Meanwhile, they're secretly trying to help secure £2 million of Lottery money that could turn the big idea, whatever it is, into reality.   From turning ex-prisoners' lives around, to getting unemployed young people trained up and fit for work - the projects could bring new thinking to big problems and change lives. And that's something we'll all welcome.     MSN TV editor Lorna 'Coops' Cooper   ● Follow MSN Entertainment on Twitter   ● Follow the TV editor on TwitterBlogArticlehttp://tv.uk.msn.com/blog/editor-blogpost.aspx?post=9ba6b093-6c31-477c-98e4-dcdd99399c25Watch: trailer for BBC1 drama Mayday starring Sophie Okonedo and Aiden GillenNews and gossip from the world of TVFri, 01 Mar 2013 23:49:52 -0800Ents Ed5f430e74-bedb-43ee-8f92-74ef01b729a39ba6b093-6c31-477c-98e4-dcdd99399c25BlogArticleA4A01E77250FFC0F012013-03-02T07:49:52.85News and gossip from the world of TVMayday is the latest notable drama boasting Oscar-nominated actress, Sophie Okonedo. The five-part thriller will be stripped across five nights on BBC1 starting this Sunday 3 March.   When a young girl goes missing on her way to the Mayday parade, the small community in which she lives looks to one another for answers... The stellar cast features Sophie Okonedo, Peter Firth, Game of Thrones' Aidan Gillen and Lesley Manville.   Talking about Mayday, Sophie Okonedo reveals she no longer watches herself on screen. The Oscar-nominated actress, who plays ex-police officer in the production, said: "I think if I see how I am on camera, it'll make me more self-conscious the next time."   The Mayday cast were not allowed to see the final script, so none of the actors knew how it would conclude. How intriguing!   MSN TV editor Coops   ● Follow MSN Entertainment on Twitter   ● Follow the TV editor on TwitterMayday is the latest notable drama boasting Oscar-nominated actress, Sophie Okonedo. The five-part thriller will be stripped across five nights on BBC1 starting this Sunday 3 March.   When a young girl goes missing on her way to the Mayday parade, the small community in which she lives looks to one another for answers... The stellar cast features Sophie Okonedo, Peter Firth, Game of Thrones' Aidan Gillen and Lesley Manville.   Talking about Mayday, Sophie Okonedo reveals she no longer watches herself on screen. The Oscar-nominated actress, who plays ex-police officer in the production, said: "I think if I see how I am on camera, it'll make me more self-conscious the next time."   The Mayday cast were not allowed to see the final script, so none of the actors knew how it would conclude. How intriguing!   MSN TV editor Coops   ● Follow MSN Entertainment on Twitter   ● Follow the TV editor on TwitterBlogArticlehttp://tv.uk.msn.com/blog/editor-blogpost.aspx?post=1dfa5367-549b-4bac-8c78-0e5b18afb964Get ready for E4's The Body Shocking Show with Pete Burns and Jackie StalloneNews and gossip from the world of TVThu, 28 Feb 2013 07:24:14 -0800Lorna Coops5f430e74-bedb-43ee-8f92-74ef01b729a31dfa5367-549b-4bac-8c78-0e5b18afb964BlogArticle2CDB0D9CD523B3CA012013-02-28T15:24:14.09News and gossip from the world of TVIf you can't get enough of looking at Pete Burns' face (and I mean that in the nicest possible way), E4's forthcoming The Body Shocking Show is for you. Roll up as Pete Firman (The Magicians) and Jessica-Jane Clement (The Real Hustle) marvel at people who have done bizarre things with their bodies.   The show will focus on, among others, Dead Or Alive's Pete Burns (nuff said), Jackie Stallone (every inch the future for Pete Burns' face) and Hollywood star Verne Troyer.   The fact that all three have been in the Celebrity Big Brother house is probably a happy coincidence...   From unthinkably outrageous bodies to the world's strangest body-related fetishes, the series will be an eye watering celebration of the extreme.   Channel 4 Commissioning Editor, Kate Teckman, said: "The Body Shocking Show's unflinching and irreverent approach to the extraordinary actions of people around the globe promises to truly amaze viewers."   She added: "From extreme body piercings to people who have their nipples and belly buttons removed for reasons only known to themselves - only a fool would miss it."   Or someone who enjoys eating without being put off their food...   MSN TV editor Coops   ● Follow MSN Entertainment on Twitter   ● Follow the TV editor on TwitterIf you can't get enough of looking at Pete Burns' face (and I mean that in the nicest possible way), E4's forthcoming The Body Shocking Show is for you. Roll up as Pete Firman (The Magicians) and Jessica-Jane Clement (The Real Hustle) marvel at people who have done bizarre things with their bodies.   The show will focus on, among others, Dead Or Alive's Pete Burns (nuff said), Jackie Stallone (every inch the future for Pete Burns' face) and Hollywood star Verne Troyer.   The fact that all three have been in the Celebrity Big Brother house is probably a happy coincidence...   From unthinkably outrageous bodies to the world's strangest body-related fetishes, the series will be an eye watering celebration of the extreme.   Channel 4 Commissioning Editor, Kate Teckman, said: "The Body Shocking Show's unflinching and irreverent approach to the extraordinary actions of people around the globe promises to truly amaze viewers."   She added: "From extreme body piercings to people who have their nipples and belly buttons removed for reasons only known to themselves - only a fool would miss it."   Or someone who enjoys eating without being put off their food...   MSN TV editor Coops   ● Follow MSN Entertainment on Twitter   ● Follow the TV editor on TwitterBlogArticlehttp://tv.uk.msn.com/blog/editor-blogpost.aspx?post=eb97a850-a9b1-4f65-81ed-e38fb4ea4757Watch: HBO releases new trailer for season three of Game of ThronesNews and gossip from the world of TVMon, 25 Feb 2013 08:08:50 -0800Ents Ed5f430e74-bedb-43ee-8f92-74ef01b729a3eb97a850-a9b1-4f65-81ed-e38fb4ea4757BlogArticleA4A01E77250FFC0F012013-02-25T16:08:50.8News and gossip from the world of TVOh, HBO you are spoiling us with these trailers for season three of Game of Thrones. Not that I'm complaining, of course.   There's more to admire in this longer promo; more of the actors, more atmosphere and more clues as to what may follow when the show gets underway. We have Dame Diana Rigg to look forward to as the former star of The Avengers will play Olenna Tyrell, also known as the Queen of Thorns.   Other additions in the third season include Mackenzie Crook as wildling raider Orell, Clive Russell as Bryndon "Blackfish" Tully, Nathalie Emannuel as slave translator Missandei, Paul Kaye as Thoros of Myr, Kerry Ingram as Shireen Baratheon and Tara Fitzgerald as her mother, Selyse.   Filming will take place in Ireland, Croatia, Iceland and Morocco. Game of Thrones will debut on Sky Atlantic from Monday 1 April at 9pm, less than 24 hours after its US premiere on HBO.   MSN TV editor Coops   ● Follow MSN Entertainment on Twitter   ● Follow the TV editor on TwitterOh, HBO you are spoiling us with these trailers for season three of Game of Thrones. Not that I'm complaining, of course.   There's more to admire in this longer promo; more of the actors, more atmosphere and more clues as to what may follow when the show gets underway. We have Dame Diana Rigg to look forward to as the former star of The Avengers will play Olenna Tyrell, also known as the Queen of Thorns.   Other additions in the third season include Mackenzie Crook as wildling raider Orell, Clive Russell as Bryndon "Blackfish" Tully, Nathalie Emannuel as slave translator Missandei, Paul Kaye as Thoros of Myr, Kerry Ingram as Shireen Baratheon and Tara Fitzgerald as her mother, Selyse.   Filming will take place in Ireland, Croatia, Iceland and Morocco. Game of Thrones will debut on Sky Atlantic from Monday 1 April at 9pm, less than 24 hours after its US premiere on HBO.   MSN TV editor Coops   ● Follow MSN Entertainment on Twitter   ● Follow the TV editor on TwitterBlogArticlehttp://tv.uk.msn.com/blog/editor-blogpost.aspx?post=512266c5-f4ac-4e91-8d08-3447d0fe1603Watch: BBC Three release trailer for zombie drama, In The FleshNews and gossip from the world of TVMon, 25 Feb 2013 07:54:23 -0800Ents Ed5f430e74-bedb-43ee-8f92-74ef01b729a3512266c5-f4ac-4e91-8d08-3447d0fe1603BlogArticleA4A01E77250FFC0F012013-02-25T15:54:23.95News and gossip from the world of TVExcited about In The Flesh? It's a new three-part BBC Three drama telling the story of zombie teenager Kieren Walker (Luke Newberry).   Yes, I said zombie. Shortly after Kieren's funeral, thousands of the dead were re-animated and they're gradually being returned to their homes. Get a flavour of this series by watching the trailer. Look out for veteran actor Kenneth Cranham, so fondly recalled in superlative ITV post-Second World War drama series, Shine On Harvey Moon. He plays local churchman, Vicar Oddie.   The huge success of US zombie favourite The Walking Dead underlines the popularity of the un-dead on TV.   In truth, it may invite unrealistic comparisons. However, all In The Flesh has to do is fill the gap soon to be left by Being Human; BBC Three will take that for starters.   MSN TV editor Coops   ● Follow MSN Entertainment on Twitter   ● Follow the TV editor on TwitterExcited about In The Flesh? It's a new three-part BBC Three drama telling the story of zombie teenager Kieren Walker (Luke Newberry).   Yes, I said zombie. Shortly after Kieren's funeral, thousands of the dead were re-animated and they're gradually being returned to their homes. Get a flavour of this series by watching the trailer. Look out for veteran actor Kenneth Cranham, so fondly recalled in superlative ITV post-Second World War drama series, Shine On Harvey Moon. He plays local churchman, Vicar Oddie.   The huge success of US zombie favourite The Walking Dead underlines the popularity of the un-dead on TV.   In truth, it may invite unrealistic comparisons. However, all In The Flesh has to do is fill the gap soon to be left by Being Human; BBC Three will take that for starters.   MSN TV editor Coops   ● Follow MSN Entertainment on Twitter   ● Follow the TV editor on TwitterBlogArticlehttp://tv.uk.msn.com/blog/editor-blogpost.aspx?post=fcfe1ede-f64d-47ad-b77a-6df1db05a90dWatch the trailer for season three of Game of ThronesNews and gossip from the world of TVThu, 14 Feb 2013 05:16:45 -0800Ents Ed5f430e74-bedb-43ee-8f92-74ef01b729a3fcfe1ede-f64d-47ad-b77a-6df1db05a90dBlogArticleA4A01E77250FFC0F012013-02-14T13:16:45.62News and gossip from the world of TVIf you're counting down the days until season three of Game of Thrones gets underway, the trailer will go a long way to whetting your appetite. Fans will have the casting of Dame Diana Rigg to look forward to as the former star of The Avengers will play Olenna Tyrell, also known as the Queen of Thorns.   Other additions in the third season include Mackenzie Crook as wildling raider Orell, Clive Russell as Bryndon "Blackfish" Tully, Nathalie Emannuel as slave translator Missandei, Paul Kaye as Thoros of Myr, Kerry Ingram as Shireen Baratheon and Tara Fitzgerald as her mother, Selyse.   Filming will take place in Ireland, Croatia, Iceland and Morocco. Game of Thrones will debut on Sky Atlantic from Monday 1 April at 9pm, less than 24 hours after its US premiere on HBO.   MSN TV editor Coops   ● Follow MSN Entertainment on Twitter   ● Follow the TV editor on TwitterIf you're counting down the days until season three of Game of Thrones gets underway, the trailer will go a long way to whetting your appetite. Fans will have the casting of Dame Diana Rigg to look forward to as the former star of The Avengers will play Olenna Tyrell, also known as the Queen of Thorns.   Other additions in the third season include Mackenzie Crook as wildling raider Orell, Clive Russell as Bryndon "Blackfish" Tully, Nathalie Emannuel as slave translator Missandei, Paul Kaye as Thoros of Myr, Kerry Ingram as Shireen Baratheon and Tara Fitzgerald as her mother, Selyse.   Filming will take place in Ireland, Croatia, Iceland and Morocco. Game of Thrones will debut on Sky Atlantic from Monday 1 April at 9pm, less than 24 hours after its US premiere on HBO.   MSN TV editor Coops   ● Follow MSN Entertainment on Twitter   ● Follow the TV editor on TwitterBlogArticlehttp://tv.uk.msn.com/blog/editor-blogpost.aspx?post=e3662773-fe6e-4df4-ac9b-5ba2d44eae60Watch a clip from Channel 4's Hugh's Fish Fight: Save Our SeasNews and gossip from the world of TVThu, 14 Feb 2013 04:43:42 -0800Ents Ed5f430e74-bedb-43ee-8f92-74ef01b729a3e3662773-fe6e-4df4-ac9b-5ba2d44eae60BlogArticleA4A01E77250FFC0F012013-02-14T12:57:09.23News and gossip from the world of TVHugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, everyone's favourite shaggy-haired food campaigner, is back for a new series of Hugh's Fish Fight, but this time he wants to Save Our Seas. The River Cottage man is on another mission; his petitions have been drumming up support for the last couple of years, but now his plan is stepping up a gear.   With two thirds of the planet's fish stocks overfished, and a fifth of the world's stocks collapsing all together, Hugh wants to persuade governments around the world to set up more marine protected areas. This will mean a redress in the balance in our seas and allow consumers to continue to enjoy the benefits of eating fish.   In this first instalment of the series that kicks off on Channel 4 on Valentine's Day at 9pm, viewers can closely follow his latest battle. Hugh heads to the Philippines and investigates how local fishermen dynamite fish, a practice that is destroying fish stocks.   Elsewhere on the Isle of Man, he goes underwater to highlight the destructive effects of scallop dredging.   Talking about this method of fishing he says: "I love scallops, it's one of my favourite foods, but I've always had a worry about scallop dredging because you're dragging heavy gear along the bottom of the sea and it's having a destructive effect on the sea floor." Look out for shocking evidence that these fishing methods are destroying our marine life.   However, viewers can also find out how marine protected areas are helping the recovery of the island's waters.   "This time, we're going global." Watch a clip from the show here   Hugh's Fish Fight: Save Our Seas airs from Thursday 14 February on Channel 4 at 9pm   MSN TV editor, Coops   ● Follow MSN Entertainment on Twitter   ● Follow the TV editor on TwitterHugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, everyone's favourite shaggy-haired food campaigner, is back for a new series of Hugh's Fish Fight, but this time he wants to Save Our Seas. The River Cottage man is on another mission; his petitions have been drumming up support for the last couple of years, but now his plan is stepping up a gear.   With two thirds of the planet's fish stocks overfished, and a fifth of the world's stocks collapsing all together, Hugh wants to persuade governments around the world to set up more marine protected areas. This will mean a redress in the balance in our seas and allow consumers to continue to enjoy the benefits of eating fish.   In this first instalment of the series that kicks off on Channel 4 on Valentine's Day at 9pm, viewers can closely follow his latest battle. Hugh heads to the Philippines and investigates how local fishermen dynamite fish, a practice that is destroying fish stocks.   Elsewhere on the Isle of Man, he goes underwater to highlight the destructive effects of scallop dredging.   Talking about this method of fishing he says: "I love scallops, it's one of my favourite foods, but I've always had a worry about scallop dredging because you're dragging heavy gear along the bottom of the sea and it's having a destructive effect on the sea floor." Look out for shocking evidence that these fishing methods are destroying our marine life.   However, viewers can also find out how marine protected areas are helping the recovery of the island's waters.   "This time, we're going global." Watch a clip from the show here   Hugh's Fish Fight: Save Our Seas airs from Thursday 14 February on Channel 4 at 9pm   MSN TV editor, Coops   ● Follow MSN Entertainment on Twitter   ● Follow the TV editor on TwitterBlogArticle