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Another week and another Red Bull Bedroom Jam, this time the live feed heads down to London, for the interestingly titled 'Why Whiskey Why?'

Why Whiskey Why? sound like the evil twins from The Shining with a sad guitar, a little like Coco Rosie, but less serious and ethereal and more like they're from below the Watford Gap. The duo, consisting of Josie and Sian, describe themselves as "two girls who can't play guitar, trying to make music." After a storming set at this year’s Underage Festival their pleasant guitar playing has completely thrown that description out of the window. We and their growing legion of fans like them and we think that they are destined to become embedded in your brain, or at least in a few playlists!

Check them out live on the latest Red Bull Bedroom Jam, Thursday 23rd October live @ 7pm only at www.redbullbedroomjam.com

What is Red Bull Bedroom Jam?

Red Bull Bedroom Jam aims to give wiiings to new musical talent, of any genre, aged 19 years or younger. Every week the Red Bull Bedroom Jam panel of experts choose one band to be the focus of a LIVE webcast. Then, with the help of local young promoters, Red Bull produced marketing materials are distributed around the local area in order to raise awareness ready for show time!

How do artists or viewers get involved?
Artists and musicians can register and upload a music video or live performance at: www.redbullbedroomjam.com. Once moderated, the content appears in the ‘Watch and Rate” section of the website. Bands can then ask their mates and fans to watch the content and rate it. There is no registration process to rate tracks but there is an optional newsletter sign up so viewers can be alerted when bands are selected for LIVE performances.

Whether your pre-bedtime ritual consists of primping and preening like a princess, or whether you believe grooming is strictly reserved for horses… the new online show Skin and Bare It will give you the lowdown on the best body care regimes.

 Hosted by Channel 4’s Anna Richardson (Supersize Vs Superskinny, My Big Fat Diet Show), each five minute episode sees two members of the public reveal their existing skincare routines. They are then asked to swap their regimes over three weeks, with the final results assessed by a beauty expert.

Comprising of five ‘webisodes’, this unique online series is brought to you by the makers of Jergens® – America’s best-selling bodycare range – beloved by consumers across the globe for over a century. Its skincare experts have created and brought to the UK the Jergens® Naturals® range of highly effective natural moisturisers.  All products in the range are formulated from the finest plant-derived extracts, delivering effective body moisturisers for women of all ages, and for a variety of skin types. They’re 95% natural, highly effective and paraben free for beautiful skin.

It’s time to log on, take five, and discover the simple changes that could help transform your skin.

Whether your pre-bedtime ritual consists of primping and preening like a princess, or whether you believe grooming is strictly reserved for horses… the new online show Skin and Bare It will give you the lowdown on the best body care regimes.

Hosted by Channel 4’s Anna Richardson (Supersize Vs Superskinny, My Big Fat Diet Show), each five minute episode sees two members of the public reveal their existing skincare routines. They are then asked to swap their regimes over three weeks, with the final results assessed by a beauty expert.

Comprising of five ‘webisodes’, this unique online series is brought to you by the makers of Jergens® – America’s best-selling bodycare range – beloved by consumers across the globe for over a century. Its skincare experts have created and brought to the UK the Jergens® Naturals® range of highly effective natural moisturisers. 

All products in the range are formulated from the finest plant-derived extracts, delivering effective body moisturisers for women of all ages, and for a variety of skin types. They’re 95% natural, highly effective and paraben free for beautiful skin.

It’s time to log on, take five, and discover the simple changes that could help transform your skin.

The series will launch with episode 1 on 26 April 2010, with webisodes hosted on channel4.com and Jergens.co.uk

For further information head to www.jergens.co.uk/skinandbareit.asp 

Are you a fan of beauty & bodycare products? Want to appear in a new

online show?

If so the Jergens® Naturals® Skincare Team Needs You!

 

Do you have a passion for all things beauty and bodycare? Or

Does the thought of a bodycare regime that lasts longer than 20 seconds bring you out in a cold sweat?

Do you have a strict routine when it comes to bodycare, or are you more of a slap and dash sort?

Do you prefer to spend a lot on your moisturiser, or are you a real natural fan?  

If the answer is YES to either of these questions and you’d  like to take part in a real life bodycare MOT then the Jergens® Naturals Skincare Team would love to hear from you!

The Jergens® Naturals® Skincare Team is looking for adventurous people aged over 18 to take part in a unique bodycare swap. Each episode will be aired exclusively online hosted by top TV talent.  The aim of the challenge is to understand different people’s bodycare regimes, finding out just what they’re using on their skin with a team of bodycare specialists.

If you’re interested in taking part in our unique bodycare challenge, then head to http://www.jergens.co.uk/skinandbareit.asp to find out all the details and qualifications and to fill out the quick application form.  We’d love to hear from you.

 

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Digital TV channel LIVING is set to add a bit of excitement to January’s TV line-up with the highly-anticipated return of top US drama Grey’s Anatomy Thursdays at 10pm starting tonight (January 21st).

Newlyweds McDreamy, Meredith and co are back for more, work, life and love high-drama in the Seattle Grace Hospital.

Series five came to a dramatic close as both George (TR Knight) and Izzie’s (Katherine Heigl) lives hung in the balance. The series six opener finds the residents and interns dealing with the aftermath of George’s tragic death with more losses, of sorts, on the way.

Having joined the cast during series five, Jessica Capshaw’s (The Practice, The L Word) role as love-lorn paediatric resident Arizona Robbins moves into the forefront of the award winning hospital drama, as her relationship with Dr Callie Torres (Sara Ramerez) moves to the new level.

To celebrate the launch of the new sixth series there’s a fabulous fan guide created from the results of the Grey’s Anatomy Ultimate Fan Survey which many readers took part in. So get prepared for a night in with the new series, test your knowledge and watch some of the favourite moments as voted for by you.

PLUS, you can win a Grey’s Anatomy Hamper by taking part in the short quiz at the end of the guide so check it out now and be lucky!

Rude Tube was devised to celebrate the video up-load revolution that has transformed the world of entertainment in the last five years. For each programme, tens of thousands of clips are viewed and only the funniest, most extraordinary and downright weird and wonderful videos are chosen (within the bounds of TV compliance) to be included in the show. Our top fifty clips are then arranged in order of their on-line popularity as determined by the number of hits they’ve receive worldwide.

We now bring you some of the best bits from the show with our series of Podcasts, now available for your viewing pleasure on iTunes here.

Some of the clips are already established internet classics, others are hidden gems unearthed by a dedicated band of researchers. Where possible the originators of the clips are tracked down and the background story to their moment of internet celebrity is uncovered.

The show highlights new trends and phenomena as they blossom on the uncensored sites of the internet. Whether its booty shaking, video mashing (recutting classic film and TV footage to give it new and hilarious meaning), couples pranking or elaborate lip syncing, RUDE TUBE reflects the imagination and madness that represent the most dynamic and fastest changing entertainment platform on the planet

Virgin1 unveils hot new series Restaurant In Our Living Room this September, a programme truly designed to tickle your tastebuds.  This new concept in competitive dining sees culinary couples going head-to-head to create the ultimate dining experience in their own homes.

 

However, this is no intimate dinner party – this is dining out credit-crunch style. Couples will be opening their homes to complete strangers but will they decide to cater for 60 diners or just a table of 2?  All contestants know is that they have a strict budget and just three days to transform their homes into a fully-functioning restaurant, and it’s really not as easy as it looks! This is dining out with a difference, guests only have to pay what they think the meal is worth and the winning couple is the one which takes the most on the night.

 

In each episode two pairs of food fanatics are pitted against each other to create the best Restaurant In Our Living Room. The series is inspired by real underground restaurants, or supper clubs, where disillusioned foodies, fed up with over-priced, over-hyped restaurants, are fighting the recession by opening their kitchens to paying customers. Even celebrities are tucking in, with Jo Wood creating her own home restaurant this summer serving customers organic fare straight from her Richmond garden.

 

It’s up to each couple what they serve, and the pressure of catering in their own home leads contestants to draw upon a range of innovative tactics to win.  Viewers will see everything from outrageous themed nights and seven course gastronomy to the ruthlessly practical. From pet hairs in the wine and tongue-reading at an organic health themed night to a drive-thru diner with a chuck-wagon, a Bollywood evening and an Italian feast complete with opera singers, whatever is on the menu these couples will go to almost any lengths to get diners opening their wallets.  

 

Everything is at stake as guests take everything from service, entertainment and restaurant design into account when paying their bill. Was the food more greasy spoon than Michelin star? Or the service closer to Fawlty Towers than Oxo Tower? It’s up to the diners to decide.

 

When service closes, the two couples meet to share their experiences from the heat of the kitchen. Once takings have been counted the winning restaurant and ultimate foodie prize are revealed – a meal anywhere in the world at one of the globe’s finest restaurants.

Psychological illusionist Derren Brown returns to Channel 4 this autumn in The Events with his most ambitious undertaking to date.

Previous specials have seen him perform Russian Roulette live; apparently contact the dead in an interactive séance; convince members of the public to engage in a daylight robbery of an armoured security van; and teach a foolproof horse race gambling system.

In The Events, Derren has been working for over a year on four highly complex shows of ‘misdirection’.

Each event has an underlying theme: to trick, to win, to fool and, of course, to control. Derren will invite an audience to witness his unique skills and, in a first, viewers at home will be able to interact and participate in each event. Derren will also explain some of the techniques behind the stunts.

The only clue as to what The Events will be is a cryptic quote from Derren: ‘In the modern world of mass communication and big business, simple tricks can be developed to make even the most secure of systems vulnerable when you know where to push.’

Friday 11th September on Channel 4




Do looks matter? Will ten seconds of light destroy days of chemistry and bonding?

Each week, six singletons road-test these theories as they go looking for love in total darkness

8 x 1 hour, Exclusively on LIVING

Forget speed-dating, forget internet-dating, forget double-dating, Dating in the Dark, is the all new series that introduces a whole new type of dating. Testing the adage that beauty is only skin deep, LIVING’s new eight-part series explores how important looks are when it comes to choosing a date. The show explores how, in total darkness, chemical attraction, personality matches and pheromones can make you think you have found a love match but when the lights go on will looks seal the deal or be the ultimate turn off? Each week we offer six singletons, all genuinely looking for love, a totally unique way of meeting someone special – in total darkness. From leading global entertainment production company, Endemol, Dating in the Dark airs exclusively on LIVING from Wednesday 9th September at 9pm.

We all think we know what we’re looking for in a partner: Tall, dark and handsome… But surely you wouldn’t be so shallow as to rule out the potential love of your life on something as transitory as looks? Each episode, Dating in the Dark invites three single guys and three single girls to take up residence in separate apartments within a specially designed house where they are kept completely apart, only meeting each other in a dating room kept in pitch darkness: the Dark Room. So dark, our singletons cannot even see their own hand in front of their face. Viewers follow the action, week by week, via state of the art infra-red cameras in the dark room, as well as fully-lit footage of the boys and girls in their separate apartments.

Following the first ‘group date’ which takes place in the dark room, our lovebirds decide who they like the sound of most, based on listening to each other’s voices.

A spot of shirt-swapping then helps guide their attraction as they get a proper whiff of each other’s pheromones. Based on theses two sensory experiences, they each decide who they want to go it alone with on a first date in the dark room. Will the pheromones kick in? Will a husky voice swing it?

The next round of dating is based on a scientific compatibility test, designed in partnership with Senior Lecturer for the Department of Psychology at Goldsmiths University of London, Dr Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic. Based on compatibility scores, matched couples are sent back to the dark room to find out whether there really is any science in chemistry. Will new ties form and new interests blossom?

Daters are then given a free choice as to who they’d like to meet again, their original choice, or their compatibility match. By now, all have begun to form an idea of what their potential love interest looks like physically, and sketch artists work alongside each dater to produce an artist impression of their date. The drawings are then handed to their subjects and tensions mount as expectations come into play.

In a dramatic moment, each of our lonely hearts is finally given the chance to see their date in the flesh for the first time. As they stand in the dark room, ten seconds of light is briefly placed on each person, revealing their looks for the very first time. True reactions are later revealed. But will those mere 10 seconds change everything? Is beauty really in the eye of the beholder?

In a brutal culmination, our love birds must decide whether to date or ditch their suitors. If they still want to go ahead, they either turn up in the drawing room to prove their love and indicate they are willing to continue dating, or leave the house and walk away, leaving their date behind forever. Rejection was never so harsh!

Dating in the Dark is produced by Initial, an Endemol company. The format was originally devised by the Dutch entertainment company Talpa. David Staite is Executive Producer, Daniella Berendsen and Alex Cross are the Series Producers. The series was commissioned by Mark Sammon, Head of Commissioning for Virgin Media Television.

 

In this week’s episode of the Atherton Project, brothers Dan & Gee try their hand at a local mid-week time trial road race, with their neighbour. It’s all part of their preparations for the next leg of the World Cup Series in Canada. Gee finds himself having to do some unexpected, and unwelcome, extra fitness training after a losing a bet to Dan. Upon arrival in Canada, Dan faces the reality that a triumphant return to downhill racing, may not yet be as easy as he hoped, whilst Gee struggles to break out of his podium rut….

The battle of the brides commences this Summer as four competitive couples go head to head in out and out wedding warfare. Four Weddings sees four brides to be put their special day under scrutiny, inviting three rival brides to critique their nuptials, all in a bid to win every newly wed’s dream prize – a luxury honeymoon. Weddings to remember are guaranteed, but will it be a big day of delight, or matrimonial misery? The ultimate wedding eavesdrop show launches for ten weeks on LIVING from July.

 

We all love the post ceremonial opportunity to pour scorn on the tacky theme, the meringue, or the dodgy first dance, but for each of our brides one touch of tastelessness could be the difference between five star bliss and bed-sit boredom. Each week, viewers will witness four very different wedding days, and what is one woman’s dream could be another’s nightmare.

 

Whilst one of the four couples heads up the aisle, the other three will be watching in envy or outrage, as they set about scoring the service and the judging the festivities. Everything is under contention, with dresses, venues, catering and presentation praised or pitied by the eager to impress couples, all vying to stage the winning wedding.

 

Promising a plentiful mix of far from formulaic ceremonies that include brides on a budget, pagan bikers tying the knot, African extravaganzas, civil partnerships and even an outlandish exchanging of vows at London Zoo, it’s the definitive wedding expose – from the wonderful, to the weird, to the just plain wacky. Cue sniping from the church stalls, catty remarks at the reception and eagle eyed dissection of the first dance, as one by one the couples submit their scores – but will our brides and grooms agree when it comes to the final deliverance?

 

The ten-part series will culminate with a special celebrity episode, in which four famous faces and their partners go up against one another. LIVING’s cameras will have unprecedented access and reveal what really goes on behind the scenes at a celebrity wedding. Once again, the designer dresses, magnificent marquees, top class cuisine and fabulous frivolities will be under surveillance.

 

Episode One introduces WAG wannabe Melanie Boorman, a former Page 3 stunner who’s out to ensure her big day is the ultimate in glitz and glamour. In stark contrast to Melanie’s £77,000 budget is Lorna Vincent, who’s shunning a traditional church ceremony to get married in a cave, with a father-in-law DJing at the reception. It’s then off to the Carnival as Hertfordshire bride Ada Ekwuozor throws an African spectacular, complete with a themed banquet. The last wedding on the agenda belongs to fun loving Amanda Selby, who is kicking off with a pyjama party, followed by dancing and game playing a plenty.  

 

Other colourful characters to watch out for later in the series include Barbie-esque Donna Ritchie, whose fairytale day is a pink and butterfly themed affair, Carol Ann Hewitt who hosts the ‘anti wedding’, walking down the aisle with a bouquet made of Christmas baubles, and control freak wedding planner Kate Marno, who is forced to entrust the organisation of her dream day to her partner.

 

With cameras following the competitors from planning to the final party, tension is bound to run high as the women battle it out to pull off the winning wedding and triumph with the ultimate dream getaway, whilst hoping to enjoy the ‘best day of their lives’.

 

Four cut-throat wives to be and one dream prize, Four Weddings promises a feast of bitchy brides, two-faced compliments and back-stabbing galore. Starting Monday 6th July at 9pm, LIVING invites you to say ‘I Do’ to the wedding show of the season.

 

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