05_12_EMMERDALE_03The following article contains spoilers about episodes of Emmerdale that will air from December 2nd to the 6th…

So if you don’t want to know what’s in store for the residents of Yorkshire, don’t read on!

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If you fancy following your favourite X Factor finalist on Twitter, here are the official accounts for the final 12, wildcards and judges. Continue reading »

BOYS (mentored by Nicole Scherzinger)

James Arthur

Jahmene Douglas

Rylan Clark

Eliminated: Jake Quickenden, Nathan Fagan-Gayle Continue reading »

Colin Salmon

One of the UK’s leading actors, Colin Salmon has found fame alongside stars such as Pierce Brosnan and Dame Judi Dench. He has starred in three Bond films as Charles Robinson; Die Another Day, Tomorrow Never Dies and The World is Not Enough alongside numerous other TV and film roles including blockbuster Resident Evil and Doctor Who. An avid football supporter and once ranked in People magazine’s poll of 50 Most Beautiful People in the world, Colin could be set to thrill on the Strictly dance floor. Continue reading »

Clare Balding has started an interesting debate on how The X Factor is seen in a new light following the success of the Olympics this summer.

The BBC presenter, who was widely praised for her presenting work during London 2012, said in a recent interview with Heat magazine that the games have made the new X Factor season look different.

I watched The X Factor last Saturday. It just felt different,” she said.

“After the Olympics, we now really admire real people, achieving things that have taken a lot of training and dedication, and some hint of sacrifice. Continue reading »

During his Controller session at the Media Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival today, Zai Bennett, Controller, BBC Three, announced a wealth of new commissions for the channel, including a season of programmes around the subject of birth, as well as new comedy, entertainment and drama series.

BBC Three is currently the MGEITF’s Digital Channel of the Year and is nominated again this year.

Zai said: “At BBC Three we’re never afraid to try new things and we’re the only channel that brings such a rich and diverse offering specifically to young audiences in the UK. Continue reading »

British Olympic hero Mo Farah has signed up to feature in the Virgin Media advertising campaign.

The 10,000m and 5,000m champion will join Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt as promoters of the brand.

Farah will don the blond Richard Branson goatee in the print ad campaign.

“After delivering a stellar performance in the Olympic Games, Mo has found a special place in all of our hearts and is a fully-fledged national hero,” Jeff Dodds, executive director of brand and marketing communications at Virgin Media, said. Continue reading »

After years of working and waiting, countless months of heady anticipation, weeks of building excitement, and a not-too-shabby test event, the Paralympics have finally arrived.

For 12 days, viewers of Channel 4 will witness unfettered sporting brilliance, courage, talent, triumph and tragedy, as dreams are made and broken in the cauldron of top class competitive sport.

The London 2012 Paralympic Games will be the biggest event in Channel 4’s history. Close to 500 hours of live coverage will be broadcast during the twelve days of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, marking the most extensive Paralympic Games coverage ever broadcast in the UK. Continue reading »

Meet the cast of new MTV reality series The Valleys.

Nicole Morris

Age: 19
Occupation: Hair dresser
Hometown: Swansea

Meet Nicole. Flirty and fun, this party girl lives by the motto, “Don’t hate me because you ain’t me.” Her colourful outfits and big hair match her bubbly personality and you can’t help but smile with this ditzy diva around.


Liam Powell

Age: 26
Occupation: Works for his dad’s furniture import company
Hometown: Ystrad Mynach

Meet Valley’s nice guy Liam or Lip as he’s known to his rugby mates. The self-proclaimed “only gay in the village” loves the idea of moving to Cardiff to gain the experience and contacts to make it in the music business.
Jenna Jonathan

Age: 21
Occupation: Law student
Hometown: Tonyrefail

Forget Legally Blonde, Jenna is The Valleys very own Legally Brunette having just completed a law degree. Just like her heroine Elle Woods, pretty, glam and slightly ditzy, Jenna even carries an adorable pet Chihuahua called Princess around in her handbag.
Leeroy Reed

Age: 21
Occupation: Labourer
Hometown: Bridgend

Get ready to meet Wales’ next (or should that be first?) urban music sensation. Leeroy is all about his music and wants to use The Valleys to get himself heard.
Carley Belmonte

Age: 21
Occupation: Call centre senior manager
Hometown: Caerphilly

Rosé wine-guzzling party girl Carley wants to swap life working in a boring call centre for the chance to do something that she thinks she’d excel in, and that’s promotions.
Darren Chidgey

Age: 25
Occupation: Bricklayer
Hometown: Bridgend

Ladies’ man Darren – or Chidgey as everyone calls him – has an ego as big as his muscles. He rates himself as a ten out of ten and says that girls are always fighting over him.
Natalee Harris

Age: 23
Occupation: Call centre supervisor
Hometown: Pontypool

Chatty, bubbly and vivacious, you’ll struggle to get a word in edgeways with this Valley girl around.


Aron Williams

Age: 19
Occupation: Leisure centre assistant and student
Hometown: Tredegar

Don’t be fooled by Aron’s cute baby face – this boy kicks butt, literally. He’s a three-time world champion kick boxer whose ambition in life is to make a career for himself in the sport.


Lateysha Grace

Age: 19
Occupation: Accounts administrator
Hometown: Port Talbot

Move over Katie Price. Lateysha is coming to steal your glamour model-turned-business woman crown. All while looking as gorgeous as Beyonce, who people mistake her for all the time!


Anna Kelle

Age: 31
Occupation: Glamour model, photographer and Valleys boss
Hometown: Cardiff

AK is The Valleys resident empowered female! She’s here to put an end to the bimbo glamour model stereotype and make the housemates realise that it takes hard work to make it as model.


Jordan Reed

Age: 28
Occupation: Promotions manager
Hometown: Cardiff

Business comes before pleasure with night club promoter Jordan. He’s here to show the housemates that organising parties for a living isn’t all fun and games.

“There’s a myth that promotions is easy and you just open the doors and people turn up. It’s my job to show how much graft goes in to pulling off a good event,” Jordan insists.

Zai Bennett, Controller, BBC Three, today announced a raft of new factual, current affairs, comedy and entertainment commissions on the channel for the autumn season and beyond.

Zai said: “We’re experiencing an historic moment on BBC Three right now – transmitting all hours to co-host the biggest sporting event on earth. With this raft of new commissions, alongside all the fantastic new shows which are launching straight off the back of the Olympics, viewers will see what a rich, diverse, surprising and engaging channel BBC Three is. It’s no accident that we’re currently digital channel of the year and won two Baftas this year and these engaging new shows will build on this success.” Continue reading »

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