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Psychologists have warned that children are being “neglected” in favour of sitting them in front of the television.  They added that parents need to regain control and do more to stop the amount of time their children spend sitting in front of the television.

As television is becoming more and more accessible by devices such as the iTouch and iPad, and it is becoming more and more common for children to have televisions in their rooms or more than one or two televisions in their houses, it’s inevitable that more and more of them will watch TV as something to do.

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Rumour has it that Dannii Minogue is in line to take on a judging role on Britain’s Got Talent.

The ex-X Factor judge is believed to have already exchanged contracts and will lead the all new panel line up again this year.

Long term judge Amanda Holden will only return for live shows, missing out the auditions stages of the show, while last year’s new recruits Michael McIntyre and David Hasselhoff are not returning due to McIntyre quitting and Hasselhoff being fired.

A source says the producers want to get David Walliams to take on a role while Minogue is said to be excited about her new role but wants to have her schedule “set in stone” to avoid a repeat of her leaving The X Factor whereby she claims she had to leave the show due to ITV being unable to work around her other commitments.

Walliams said recently of the show, “I’d think about it. But the chemistry with the other judges would have to be right. For me, Ant and Dec are the stars of that show. I’d love to work with them again.”

Ex-Eastenders actress Samantha Womack is also reportedly in line to take on a judging position on the show.


The X Factor will reportedly feature an Amy Winehouse tribute week on their live shows this year.

Simon Cowell is reported to have planned for the contestants to honour the late singer and her “amazing talent” who died in July.

An insider said, “Simon felt it was only right for X Factor to honour Amy.  She epitomises everything the show is about – a normal person with an amazing voice who will be remembered as a British music icon for ever.”

Previous themes have included contestants singing music from the likes of Sir Elton John and The Beatles and it is thought that Winehouse was a fan of the show.  Just last year, Matt Cardle famously sung Winehouse’s You Know I’m No Good for his audition.

The X Factor continues next Saturday AND Sunday.

Absolutely Fabulous will return to our screens with three very special episodes on BBC to commemorate its 20th anniversary.

Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley will return to their roles as PR guru Edina Monsoon and sex-crazed magazine editor Patsy Stone.  Also returning will be original cast members Julia Sawalha, June Whitfield and Jane Horrocks.

Ab Fab first aired in 1991 and finished its run in 2004.  The new episodes will be set in the present day and fans can, “rejoin the beloved ensemble in the midst of a life-changing experience for one.”  Meanwhile the final episode will feature Eddy and Patsy’s own special influence on the London 2012 Olympics.

Saunders said, “It’s great that we are able to celebrate our 20th birthday with all the original cast. Like a good bottle of champagne we hope that we have got better with time without losing any of our sparkle.  Last week when we started filming in dear old West London, it was as if nothing had changed. It was raining. Nevertheless, we are so happy to be working for an audience that has grown just a tiny bit older like us, but is still willing to let us fall over on TV in the name of PR.”

Big Brother will return to Channel 5, reportedly, later this month and to it needs to do so with a bang.

To kick if off the celebrity version will air first before the run of the show with ‘normal’ housematesand if rumours are to be believed, Channel 5 want to get the best housemates for the celeb version starting with former Two and a Half Men star, Charlie Sheen.

He is undoubtedly one of the most intriguing celebrities of the moment and Charlie Sheen is apparently on the verge of stepping into the Elstree house.

He is reported to be on the brink of signing a £6 million deal to join the show.

A production source said, “It would be unbelievable, a producer’s dream.  No-one would want to miss the chance of seeing what Sheen is up to and hear the wacky things he’s saying.  And let’s face it, he’s been saying some crazy stuff recently.”

Other stars rumoured to be going in the house are Jedward, Kerry Katona and her mum, Tim Westwood and Sarah, Duchess of York.

A spokesman for Channel 5 said, “Big Brother execs are in talks with a number of celebrities about appearing in the series, but we’re not confirming any names at the moment.”

They are the ones said to be closer to walking up the aisle than Lauren Goodger and Mark Wright despite not being engaged yet but Kirk Norcross and Lauren Pope certainly looked like a couple in love as they had they nose jobs done at the same time.

Model turned DJ Pope, 27, was seen leaving the London clinic all bandaged up, closely followed by Norcross, 23.

Pope had hinted at something on her Twitter last week, “Been a long old day and still got a photoshoot to do, excited to crawl in bed ready for a big day tomorrow.  Eeeeek scary…will fill you in asap xx.”

She yesterday added, “Moornin all! So another day indoors for me n Kirk…on the agenda today is baking cakes, will tweet some pics when there done! (sic)”

Well, at least they aren’t missing any nice weather.

The couple are already “parents” to a bulldog puppy and you know what they say, couples that, er, go under the knife together, stay together.

Plastic surgery is rife amongst the TOWIE crew with most of the female gang having had breast enlargements amongst other things.

It has been confirmed that Gavin Henson will star in the UK version of The Bachelor.

Charlotte Church’s ex and Welsh rugby ace will star in the Channel 5 show which is based on the winning format from the US series where 25 girls will compete for his affections: all while living together in the same house.

Henson will then slash the numbers after taking them on individual dates and on group outings filmed in some of the most glamorous locations in the world.

He said of the show, “I’m so excited to have been cast as The Bachelor as I really feel the time is right for me to find a girl to hopefully spend the rest of my life with.  I’ve always been dedicated to my rugby and continue to train hard but as the season draws to an end I can focus on meeting the right girl. It can be hard in my situation to meet women and The Bachelor will give me the unique opportunity to go on some incredible dates and spend quality time getting to know amazing women from all over the UK.”

Director of programmes for Channel 5, Jeff Ford said, “We are delighted to have commissioned The Bachelor for Channel 5 and to be bringing this format to UK television.  Gavin Henson is the perfect bachelor and is hoping to find his ideal partner. I’m sure the viewers will enjoy this high energy and exciting journey as we follow Gavin in his quest to find true love.”

Henson, has two children with Charlotte Church is becoming a bit of a reality television buff having taken part in Strictly Come Dancing and 71 Degrees North recently.

The Bachelor will air on Channel 5 later this year.

Geordie Shore has only aired one episode but it’s already been a hit with viewers and irritated Newcastle’s residents for portraying them in bad light.  Now the MTV reality show has been described by local MP Chi Onwurah as “bordering on pornographic.”

He added, “It’s exploiting those young people and exploiting our city. I’m going to be raising questions in Parliament because I think there should be a limit on how much alcohol a broadcaster can pour down the throats of young people to provoke sensational acts.  By putting those young people in this situation, it’s encouraging them to lose all their dignity. I think it’s totally unrepresentative of Newcastle.”

Chief executive of tourist agency Newcastle Gateshead Initiative Sarah Stewart added, “The fierce reaction to the programme demonstrates that people who live here feel very strongly about NewcastleGateshead and how it’s being portrayed.  Hopefully as the series continues there will be a more accurate representation of the area. It would be disappointing to see outdated stereotypes pervade.”

Geordie Shore has already become MTV’s (UK) highest rating hit in three years but also received 20 complaints dealt to Ofcom.

Tune in for more antics if you can bare it on Tuesday at 10pm on MTV.

ITV have confirmed that they are planning to make a TV series which delves into the history of the famous Oxford street store.

The series will be an adaptation of Lindy Woodhead’s period novel, Shopping, Seduction & Mr Selfridge with Andrew Davies (who has worked on the BBC’s Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility) currently working on the script.

The novel tells the tale of American, Harry Gordon Selfridge, who launched the famous store back in 1909.

The broadcaster is apparently keen to replicate the success of the BBC’s period drama Downton Abbey.

A spokesperson for ITV said, “We’re in discussions with ITV Studios about the possibility of developing an adaptation of Shopping, Seduction & Mr Selfridge.”

HBO’s Boardwalk Empire was a huge success when it debuted last year; as well as receiving praise from critics, it won two Golden Globes and a strong audience.

The series is set in Atlantic City, New Jersey, during the prohibition era and is adapted from a chapter about Enoch ‘Nucky’ Johnson from Nelson Johnson’s Book, Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times and Corruption of Atlantic City.

The first episode was directed from Martin Scorsese and was the most expensive pilot produced in television history. 

Starring Steve Buscemi as Nucky, the series returns for a second season later this year and we have a teaser feature from this from HBO.

The video shows us viewers what we can expect from future episodes, as well as a few teasers about what’s coming up for characters such as Nucky, Margaret (Kelly Macdonald) and the young Al Capone (Stephen Graham).

Boardwalk Empire is on Sky Atlantic in the UK.

Watch the video here

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