The BBC is facing a tough legal battle with the Stig over his plans to reveal his identity in a new tell all book.  The Stig also faces losing his £5000-£10000 pay per show as part of this.

Stig’s dentity is a closely-guarded secret with only bosses and show hosts, Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond knowing who he is.

A source said, “Bosses are really angry. Part of the charm of the show is people don’t know who The Stig is – if he revealed his identity that would be lost.”

The source also compared the situation to that of the Stig’s predecessor, Perry McCarthy, who is rumoured to have been fired from the show after he publicly revealed his identity.

The BBC is arguing that the book “breaches agreed contractual and confidentiality obligations” but has been countereacted with the Stig’s claims from his legal team.

Britney Spears just posted this pic on Twitter of her and Glee cast member Heather Morris (Brittany) on the set of the musical series earlier this week.

The pair feature on an upcoming episode where Brittany performs several of the pop star’s hits.

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The X Factor is yet to hit screens but one contestant is already making waves after wowing the judges in the opening episode which is set to air this weekend.

18-year-old Gamuchirai Nhengu impressed the judges at the Glasgow try-outs with her own unique version of Walking On Sunshine.

Simon Cowell praised the Zimbabwean-born Scot, saying she sounded like a “cool old-school jazz singer from the ‘20s or ‘30s”.

“To be honest with you, that is one of my worst songs ever, but you did something different with it. I really, really, really like you! You are very talented,” Cowell said.

Louis, Cheryl and guest judge Geri Halliwell all heaped praise on the young singer, describing her as “soulful” and “likeable” with Cheryl saying her performance made her “really excited”.

The X Factor kicks-off on Saturday at 7.30pm on ITV1.

Source: Digital Spy

Check out this picture preview of some of the acts to be featured on The X Factor in the coming days.

Anita

Carol

Chloe

Gamuchirai

Kirsty

Marie

Dwayne

Fye

John A

Juan

Marlon

Luke and Samantha

William

The BBC has released the full cast list for this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special.

Previously announced guests Michael Gambon, Katherine Jenkins and Danny Horn will be joined by Laurence Belcher, Leo Bill, Micah Balfour and Pookey Quesnel.

Bill has worked previously with Who’s Steven Moffat on Jekyll in 2007 as well as blockbuster Alice in Wonderland, while child star Belcher has popped up in BBC’s Little Dorrit.

Balfour will be familiar for fans of The Bill, with the actor playing PC Benjamin Gayle and Quesnel as Rachel Branning in EastEnders.

The special has completed its principal filming with the crew now looking ahead to Matt Smith’s second season outing as the Doctor.

Source: Digital Spy

Channel 4 is set to launch a new nightly comedy series which will focus on topical material.

The series will be entitled The Late List and will hit screens at 11pm with each episode shot the same day to keep it on top of current events.

Channel 4 is yet to confirm any hosts or guests for the new series but have confirmed that the presenting team will feature both new and established talent.

A Channel 4 spokesperson said: “Made up of a combination of celebrity guests and comedy VTs, The Late List will bring you everything you need to know about ‘today’, whether it’s news, entertainment, sport or anything else that may prove a springboard to great comic material. Essentially, if it’s not on The Late List, it’s not worth knowing. [The series] will be informative, fresh and, above all, funny!”

The Late List will debut on Channel 4 on September 6.

Source: Digital Spy

Okay, so the current series of the X Factor hasn’t started quite yet but news about next year’s X Factor is already causing a bit of news.

Due to Simon Cowell’s upcoming hectic schedule next year with the US X Factor, the show won’t start until November – some three months after it usually starts.  This will mean that the final won’t be until March 2012.

The pre-recorded auditions will be taken over by the live shows in January 2012.

Meanwhile, X Factor bosses have reportedly told Dannii Minogue that they will not pay for her sister Kylie to appear on the show.  It has been rumoured, that like previous years, Kylie will help Dannii choose her finalists at the Judges Houses’ part of the competition but that to do so, they must fund her expenses themselves.  It’s reported that Dannii wants to fly her eight finalists to Australia and has been told to find somewhere closer to home to receive funding.

The new series of this year’s X Factor starts this Saturday on ITV1 at 7.30pm

 

Daleks voted greatest villain

Daleks have topped a recent poll which sought to find the greatest monsters in sci-fi history. The Doctor Who villains edged out Angel character Lorne and Gollum from The Lord of the Rings to take out the title in the SFX survey.

X Factor not funding Kylie appearance

X Factor bosses have said they will not be funding an appearance from Kylie Minogue on the upcoming season of the reality show. Word spread that Kylie was set to join sister Dannii on the Judges Houses section of the show but producers have said they will not pay for this to happen as the pop star is too expensive.

Prince to feature in reality show

Prince Harry will feature on a new reality TV show which will look to find a new group of talented British musicians. Harry will team with  a DJ friend on the BBC show which is all about “mentoring and encouragement” rather than contestants getting laughed at or voted off.

More Emmy presenters announced

The third wave of Emmy presenters has been announced with Joel McHale, LL Cool J, Matthew Perry and Keri Russell joining the likes of Tina Fey, Ricky Gevais and Sofia Vergara for the August 29 ceremony.

Kevin Spacey developing new show

Actor Kevin Spacey has signed a deal with HBO which will see him develop a new series with the network based a round a cult. The project, entitled The Crux, will centre on a charismatic cult leader and Spacey is looking to both star and direct.

After weeks of rumours, Glee creator Ryan Murphy has finally confirmed that Paul McCartney’s music will feature in the show’s second season.

Last month Murphy announced that McCartney had sent him samples of his music for consideration for the hit series.

Murphy has since confirmed to Rolling Stone that the ex-Beatles member will have his tracks in the show.

“I was gobsmacked… so of course we are going to do something with him,” he said.

Of course, as with any Glee news, Murphy will keep fans waiting by holding back whether only McCartney’s music will feature or whether the man himself will make a guest appearance.

In related news, Britney Spears has had her first day on the set of the musical series, shooting scenes for her guest spot.

Source: Digital Spy

Good news for Mad Men fans, the BBC has brought forward the screening of the show’s fourth season to next month.

The BBC has reached a deal with American network AMC over the drama series allowing them to bring its air date forward by four months.

In the past, Mad Men has screened six months after being first broadcast in the US but due to increasing popularity, BBC Four has pushed to bring it forward for UK viewers.

The move is also an attempt to reduce the amount of illegal downloading which still plagues popular TV shows.

Source: Digital Spy

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