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By Ents Ed 04/04/2014 08:42

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.


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By Ents Ed 25/03/2014 20:14

Gypsy 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.


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By Lorna Coops 15/11/2013 11:45

In 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.


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By Ents Ed 04/09/2013 16:24

Harrow: 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.


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By Ents Ed 02/08/2013 19:28

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.


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By Ents Ed 30/07/2013 14:07

Now 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?


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By Ents Ed 26/06/2013 19:00

Eye 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.


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By Ents Ed 30/04/2013 17:40

Just 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!"




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