Hello there talent show fans, here is the LIVE recap blog for Britain’s Got Talent 2009! Yes, LIVE!

Here’s to the start of what will hopefully be a beautiful journey, where we see Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan audition the good, bad, the ugly, the bloody fantastic, and the downright weird. Hooray!

Heeere we go!

Goodness me, did you see that dog pushing another dog in a trolley? They’re my winners already.

They’re in London first. All these people think they’re good enough to perform in front of the Queen. YEAH, we’ll see.

First to face the judges is 59-year-old security officer Manjit Singh. He has come to show off his strong man skills. What’s he doing? He’s going to blow up a hot water bottle with his breath, that’s what. That’ll make him out of puff and cause an injury, surely?! Goodness me, who’da thought it would blow up that big?!

Next, he is pulling a car with his ears. OW. I can’t watch this, It;s moving! He’s done it!

Piers has said he’s a “lunatic”. I kind of agree – yes, you heard me, I agree with Piers – as that’s got to hurt. Simon asks what the next biggest thing he could pull is. A Boeing 747?! Manjit, you nutter. He’s through to the next round.

Next up, 40-year-old Greek Cypriot, Demetrios Demetriou – cool name – and his 12-year-old son called Lagi. They are a father and son duo, known as Stavros Flatly. Hahaha, I like their sense of humour. If they can do Riverdance, they should totally be through.

Lagi says: “I would go to my Dad’s restaurant, and when I saw him dancing and the passion he had I just wanted to be up there with him”. They’re going to dance “Greek style”. What’s not to love?

Bloody hell this is funny, look at them go! The old guy is topless and everything/ Dance Lagi! He reminds me of Bobby from KIng of the Hill. That’s a good thing.

This has really put me in the mood for mezze.

Simon has said it is one of his “favourite dance acts ever”. All the judges loved it, and it certainly got the audience going.

THEY’RE THROUGH!

In Glasgow now, and there’s a lot of rubbish here. Jeez. Some of these are awful. A frightening looking clown woman, and some weird children dressed as penguins doing some tap dancing. BOO.

Simon is looking grumpy. I’m not surprised, I would be too watching that.

Now we have James Boyd, who is 33 and from Dumferline.

He is going to attempt to set a new World Record for eating as many Ferrero Rocher’s as possible in one minute. Classy.

According to James, the world record stands at seven. “Everyone thinks it will be easy but I’ve been practising for the last 6 – 7 months, nobody else has done it throughout the world.” You can choke if you’re not careful. Death by Ferrero Rocher would be bad.

I hate Ferrero Rocher, I find it an effort to eat just one. I much prefer Thornton’s viennese truffles. If anyone wants to get me any.

ANYWAY.

Haha, Ant is having a go at the challenge backstage! It’s better watching Ant do this than James. Sorry James.

He ate four. James I am disappointed. Stage fright? Go away in shame. And wipe yer mouth.

He ain’t coming back. BYE BYE.

More awful acts. Some lass is opening and closing the mouth of a puppet along to the tune of Mariah Carey’s Hero. Mariah Carey - Mariah Carey: Greatest Hits - Hero

Now we have 48-year-old Susan Boyle from West Lothian. Susan doesn’t work, and she lives at home with her cat Pebbles and has never been married. She’s been singing since she was 12 and is hoping to make the audience “rock”. GO SUSAN!
Here we go. She’s singing ‘I Dream A Dream’ from Les Miserables. Les Misérables (Original London Cast) - Les Misérables (Original London Cast) - I Dreamed a Dream

Wow. She’s amazed everyone. Amanda is crying. Simon is in awe.

SHE’S THROUGH. Of course she is, she was brilliant,

Back in London, now we have 60-year-old telephone engineer Andy Demetriou. Andy’s biggest influence is Gene Kelly, who himself performed on the Royal Variety 26 years ago, and Andy would love to follow in his footsteps, “I am the old man’s Gene Kelly, I just hope the audience and the Judges approve.”

Andy gives Ant & Dec the cue to play the music, but his act isn’t Gene Kelly at all. He looks like he’s is doing a weird silent performance mime thing. Amanda said it was “very bad”.

Simon has explained his reason for buzzing Andy off: “the problem was the dancing, you just stood in the same spot and swayed a bit left to right”.Nicely put, Simon.

He’s not budging, and he won’t leave the stage. He won’t stop his mad swaying. And now Ant and Dec have joined him. Is this a new dance craze? Answer: no.

Now we have a London-based dance troupe called Flawless. They are a group of friends from North London who have been performing together for four years, and they are hoping today that they’ll deliver a “flawless” performance. Their ambition is to “chase the dream and not the competition”.  Wow man, that is like totally from the heart.

Wow, these guys can dance. Backflips and everything.Very well synchronised.

The audience are up on their feet and joining in. Simon is giving them a standing ovation! He describes them as “one of the best things I have seen in my life.”

THEY’RE THROUGH. Of course.

Ah, they’re so happy. And we have background music of R Kelly, I Believe I Can Fly.R Kelly - R&B Lovesongs 2009 - I Believe I Can Fly The love is strong with these guys.

The auditions are now in Birmingham. And the first act up here is 57-year-old Gwyneth Marichi. Gwyneth, dressed as a witch, explains to Ant & Dec that she comes from Wolamazoo – please note, that spelling may be incorrect as she is NUTS and clearly just made it up – just north of Mars. Right.

Her jokes are not impressing anyone. Simon said her act was “appalling”, which has left Gwyneth a bit unhappy. Haha, she’s cursed the judges.  She’s left them with “a one and only lifetime curse that will leave you all doomed.”

Bye Gwyneth.

More terrible acts follow. They’re not even worth mentioning. You should make a quick cup of tea or go for a wee at this point.

Next up, a singing group, Good Evans.

No ordinary singing group, they’re a family group! Mum is Estelle, Dad is Giles, and their children are sister’s Georgia (7) and Olivia (6) and son Elliot (13).

Oh they’re sweet! Elliot sounds brilliant. They’re singing Singing I’ll Be There.Mariah Carey - Mariah Carey: Greatest Hits - I'll Be There

Surely they’re in? Simon wonders whether the kiddies should perform without their parents. He does have a point.

THEY’RE (ALL) IN! YAY.

Last up is 35-year-old Fabia Cerra, a housewife from Oxford. Fabia started dancing when she was nine and she was a world champion in disco dancing until the age of 16. Fabia says dancing was “something she was born to do” but as Fabia started a family, dancing took a backseat. Fabia now wants to persue her dream, and “give others back their confidence that they lost if they had a talent when they were younger. It doesn’t matter about age, if I can dance I’m going to do it and go for it, that why I’m here on Britain’s Got Talent.” GO FABIA.

The music has started, and oh my, she is also stripping!Bloody hell, she did the splits. PROPER SPLITS, That’d be risky in that outfit.

Ha, the looks on the judges’ faces are priceless. as she’s now down to nipple tassles, which she is merrily swinging around.

WARDROBE MALFUNCTION! One of the nipple tassles has flown off.

Simon is a bit lost for words, and can only say “oh my God”. Piers describes her as “My kind of woman”. Then again, that’s what you’d expect from Pers. Simon now says he adores her.

Will the judges go for this? Maybe the Queen would actually like it?

Yes from Piers (obviously). Amanda says yes. And so does Simon!

Fabia and her nipple tassles are through!

And that’s it for tonight. See you next week. I’m going to eat my tea now. Goodnight!

Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer are to return to our screens in the autumn with comedy panel show, Shooting Stars,

The show, which started 15 years ago, is coming back due to the success of a Christmas special on BBC2 to mark the 15th anniversary. It was a surprise hit in the Christmas 2008 viewing schedule, which resulted in the BBC recommissioning a new series.

Reeves and Mortimer will return for the new series with their “baby” scorer, George Dawes, played by Matt Lucas.

Original team captain Ulrika Jonsson is also back, along with comedian Jack Dee, who made his first appearance as a team captain in the Christmas Special. His deadpan style worked well with the show, particularly during his final challenge, where he had to keep a straight face whilst a tenor sang loudly into his face.

Bob Mortimer said: “We’re really looking forward to it. Jack is going to be a great headmaster and Ulrika is as game as ever so it should be a very pleasant evening’s journey.

“We have a new attitude and new rounds and this series will feature a secret weapon which will assist us in reinventing the panel show again, just as Shooting Stars originally did.”

The show started in 1993 as a Christmas special. It continued on for five series on BBC2 until 1997, with comedian and presenter Mark Lamarr as one of the team captains. He was made fun of in the show for his unusual 1950s style of dress.

The show returned again for a while when it was brought back to digital channel BBC Choice in 2002. Novelist and guest on Grumpy Old Men, Will Self replaced Lamarr as a team captain. Johnny Vegas also joined the show at this time as a regular contestant on Ulrika’s team.

Hello Throngers, and welcome to episode two of The Apprentice.

Last week, the ladies lost the cleaning task, and Anita was fired. Bye bye Anita, you are now a distant memory. I couldn’t stop staring at her face. She reminded me of a Lucien Freud painting.

It’s morning, and SirAlan is on his way to the swish digs to tell them their task. 14 contestants still in the game.

RoughCreamPuffYankGirl thinks the girls will “come out fighting”, We’ll see.

SirAlan says 300,000 saps, sorry, PEOPLE work in the city. They also like to eat. The Apprentices need to cater a corporate event for these “high-flyers”.

A switch-a-roo around – Nick is following the fellas, Margaret is following the lasses. One of them will be fired. G’LUCK Apprentices! You’ll need it.

21:07 – Rocky is the boys’ team leader. Yasmina is the girls’ team leader. She’d like an Italian theme. The boys are thinking of a British theme. But it’s getting more complicated. The boys are talking about the Olympics in 2012, and how they should do all kinds of foods related to the five continents. Right. That won’t nake things harder.

Rocky and the fellas are looking at props and costumes to suit the food.  Some of them are unsure about the theme and whether it suits the black-tie style of event.

The girls have contracts for two offices tomorrow lunchtime, but Rocky’s team are clientless so far.They’re making sandwich calculations. I bet I feel hungry at the end of this episode.

Kate is pitching the girls’ menu to an accountancy firm. She’s doing her best, event though she doesn’t know exactly what will be served. She doesn’t seem to know what bruchetta is. She isn’t making the Italian menu appealing. The client is worried. No shit. I would be. He says they need to meet his standards,

Philip in the boys’ team, Empire, is pitching to more clients. They think the service is pricey at £50 a head. They’re right. He’s now down to £15 a-head. They agree. Rocky won’t be happy though.

21:18 – Yasmina is buying the food in ASDA. You can’t beat Smart Price tuna chunks. Mmm. Cat food. the corporate big heads will LOVE IT.

The boys are now discussing whether costumes are worth it or not. Philip thinks the menus and outfit are both “shit”. I ain’t disagreeing. I don’t like the sound of either teams’ menus.

The next morning. Yasmina is givng a pep talk. “YES CHEF!” they all cheer. She’s showing them ways to be stingey/economical with the ingredients. Slice them tomatoes real thin!

In the boys’ kitchen, they’re making 500 sandwiches and salads, despite having nobody to sell them too. A chicken tikka sandwich sounds minging. Made by them, it will be. Oh, peanut butter sandwiches are for the American theme. Them healthy yanks!

I’m going out on a whim and making a mad prediction – the men will sell better on the streets than the ladies will do with clients.

And I may be right. One client lady has said how it looks unappealing. The clients are complaining how their isn’t much choice. And there is no dressing on the bloody salad. Come on girls, buck your ideas up.

 

Out on da streetz of London, the boys are selling their sandwiches. OLYMPIC SANDWICHES. They’re out on the sunny Southbank and everything. I thought this task was to feed businessey corporate types? Hmm.

The girls are going to different offices, who aren’t keen on their food. I don’t blame them. One office guy has complained about a craply filled wrap. Pret-a-Manger it AIN’T.

21:27 – Rocky and a couple of others are making canapes. No ordinary canapes. OLYMPIC CANAPES. Cheddar on a freaking stick. Pish. No wonder Nick thinks it looks crap. He is pulling his ‘unimpressed’ face. Love it.

Back to the girls, and one of the female clients think the food looks like it has come from a funeral. It looks like it came from a mass funeral.

Over at the mens’ event, and they’re serving food in togas. They look like pillocks. Nick says the togas “haven’t gone down well” but the older ladies in the event like it. Ha!

Paula and Mona are in the kitchen making canapes for their event. Kate says the bruchetta is too big. Girl is right, it’s huge. You couldn’t get that in yer gob.

Aaaand back to the men, and their canapes look awful. The customers are not happy. People are hungry. No wonder when cheese on a stick is one of the menu highlights. A taste of a ploughman’s? No way.

Switch back to the girls, and the client ain’t happy about canape size. He says they’re wraps, not mouth-size bites. And people are spilling the wrap contents, which is dangerous. I hate slipping on avocado.

The night is over. PHEW. Which team will have won it?

21:36 – In the boardroom, the mens’ team, Empire, generally agree that Rocky was a good team leader. As it turns out, he runs sandwich shops, employing 150 people.

The girls all agree that Yasmina – who has run a restaurant before – did good at leading their team.

Margaret announces the Ignite figures. They spent £344.77. They earned a profit of £651.

The men spent £831.27p. They earned a LOSS of £167. UHOH.

I was wrong, the men lost. I must never bet money on this show.

The treat for the girls is learning how to play polo. How upper class, what what. I’d be disappointed with that treat.

the fellas are in the cafe discussing wot went bad. Howard ain’t happy with Rocky. Rocky isn’t happy with him.

21:48 – SirAlan is not happy. As you would expect. “To come in with a loss is inconcieveable.” He isn’t sure if Rocky asserted his authority. Sugar is calling James up on his CV, which states that he “can taste success” in his spit when he wakes up. Loada crap.

Nick is bringing up the poor communicating and bargaining with the clients. Also, he is reporting how unhappy the clients were with the overall service.

Rocky is returning to the boardroom with James and Howard. The others are heading back to the penthouse.

SirAlan seems to like Rocky. he is young. He can learn from the mistakes.

SirAlan is asking James why he shouldn’t fire him. He thinks he can be Sir Alan’s diamond. Euurgh.

Rocky thinks he shouldn’t be fired because he is a hard worker and a quick learner who improves from his mistakes.

Howard looks worried.

The weird tension music is starting.

Sir Alan thinks Howard could have done more and stepped up when it went wrong. He is unsure about how James expesses himself. He thinks Rocky made immature mistakes.

Rocky, you’re fired.

Aww poor guy. He was a little out of his depth. Too young Rocky, too much too young.

SirAlan’s got his eye on Howard and James.

 

And that’s it for this week. My wrist hurts. See you next week, when the teams have to invent home fitness equipment. Ooh I can’t wait already. Goodnight all!

ITV announced pre-tax losses of more than £2.5 billion today following a depreciation of its assets.  As a result the broadcaster announced that it is axing 600 jobs in a cost cutting measure.  Excluding the write-down in its value, ITV’s profits were down by 41% to around £167 million.

The broadcaster has been hard hit by a cut in advertising revenue and by a reduction in its pension fund. The value of ITV’s assets (channels ITV1, 2, 3 and 4) has fallen dramatically as their earning potential is reduced following the significant downturn in the advertising market.

ITV’s Executive Chairman Michael Grade said in a results statement that: “Current conditions in the advertising market are the most challenging I have experienced in over 30 years in UK broadcasting.”

ITV estimates that its net advertising revenue will be down by around 17% for the first quarter of 2009.  However, it believes it will fair better that the industry as a whole which is expecting a downturn of around 20% for 2009.

The broadcaster also announced that it plans to reduce the amount of drama it produces each week from eight hours down to seven.  It has already announced that it plans to scale back production of Heartbeat and The Royal, which are filmed at its Leeds studio.

ITV plans a number of efficiency measures on its network programming and aims to save costs on regional news.

The announced job losses will affect around 15% of ITV’s 4,500 workforce and will be felt in every department including the production and back offices.   The Company’s studios in Leeds will be hard hit with a loss of 150 jobs.  The rest of the job losses will be in London.

The broadcaster hopes that these cost cutting measures will help it save around £155 million this year and up to £245 million by 2011.

The Company also announced that it plans to sell the social networking website Friends Reunited.

Actress Wendy Richard has died, aged 65.

Wendy, best known for roles in Eastenders and Are You Being Served? had been suffering from cancer. 

Her agent, Kevin Francis has spoken of her death, saying: “She was incredibly brave and retained her sense of humour right to the end.”

Francis also said how Wendy passed away in a clinic in Harley Street with her husband with her until the end.

In October 2008, she announced that she had an aggressive form of cancer that had become terminal. Not long after receiving the news of her worsened health, she married her partner, John Burns, in Mayfair, London. She had been married and divorced three times before.

At the beginning of the year, doctors informed her that the cancer had spread to a kidney and her bones too. 

She had battled breast cancer twice in the 1990s, but it returned again in 2002.

Wendy played shop assistant Miss Brahms in Are You Being Served? from 1972 to 1985. She also appeared in Dad’s Army as Private Walker’s girlfriend, Shirley. 

She had been in Eastenders playing Pauline Fowler for 22 years. She left the show in 2006, not due to her health, but because she was unhappy with the storyline for her character who was going to remarry. She did not think it was right for her character to do this, so she left the show. 

In 2007 she won a British Soap Award for ‘Lifetime Achievement’ for her role in Eastenders. In 2008 she appeared in adverts for the Post Office.

A proposed video-on-demand service jointly run by the BBC, ITV and Channel 4, known as ‘Kangaroo’ has been blocked by the Competition Commission. It was decided that the service would pose too much of a threat to similar ventures.

Chairman of the Competition Commission, Peter Freeman, said: “After detailed and careful consideration, we have decided that this joint venture would be too much of a threat to competition in this developing market and has to be stopped.

“BBC Worldwide, ITV and Channel 4 together control the vast majority of this material, which puts them in a very strong position as wholesalers of TV content to restrict competition from other current and future providers of VOD services to UK viewers. We thought the joint venture parties would have an interest in doing so, in order to make Project Kangaroo a success.”

Freeman believes that viewers will benefit much more from VOD services if the channels in the Kangaroo venture competed with each other, rather than combine into one service.

“Without this venture, BBC Worldwide, ITV and Channel 4 would be close competitors of each other. We thought that viewers would benefit from better VOD services if the parties—possibly in conjunction with other new and/or already established providers of VOD—competed with each other.

“We looked closely at the possible benefits to viewers which this joint venture might bring. We found that these and other benefits could come just as well from other projects that were less damaging to competition. We expect these alternatives to be much more likely to develop in the light of our decision.”

BBC Worldwide, ITV PLC and Channel 4 have responded to the Competition Commission decision, stating: “”We are disappointed by the decision to prohibit this joint venture. While this is an unwelcome finding for the shareholders, the real losers from this decision are British consumers. This is a disproportionate remedy and a missed opportunity in the further development of British broadcasting.”

Chairman and Chief Executive of ITV, Michael Grade is “surprised” at the decision, because ITV and the other broadcasters “…believed that the Kangaroo joint venture, competing in a crowded online world against dominant global brands, was an attractive UK consumer proposition, free at the point of use.

“However, in the two years since the idea for Kangaroo was born, the success of ITV.com has proved that our UK content is attractive enough to stand on its own and we remain focussed on our online growth.”

Today, the 66th annual Golden Globe Award winners will be announced. We’ll be updating Throng with the latest winners as they are announced.

Nominees and winners after the jump.

Best Performance by an Actress In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Amy Adams – Doubt
Penélope Cruz – Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Viola Davis – Doubt
Marisa Tomei – The Wrestler
Kate Winslet – The Reader WINNER

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“Down To Earth” – Wall-E
Music By: Peter Gabriel and Thomas Newman
Lyrics By: Peter Gabriel
“Gran Torino” – Gran Torino
Music By: Clint Eastwood, Jamie Cullum, Kyle Eastwood and Michael Stevens
Lyrics By: Jamie Cullum
“I Thought I Lost You” – Bolt
Music & Lyrics By: Miley Cyrus and Jeffrey Steele
“Once In A Lifetime” – Cadillac Records
Music & Lyrics By: Beyoncé Knowles, Amanda Ghost, Scott McFarmon, Ian Dench, James Dring and Jody Street
“The Wrestler” – The Wrestler
Music & Lyrics By: Bruce Springsteen WINNER

Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Ralph Fiennes – Bernard And Doris (HBO)
Paul Giamatti – John Adams (HBO)
Kevin Spacey – Recount (HBO)
Kiefer Sutherland – 24 (FOX)
Tom Wilkinson – Recount (HBO) WINNER

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Eileen Atkins – Cranford (PBS)
Laura Dern – Recount (HBO) WINNER
Melissa George – In Treatment (HBO)
Rachel Griffiths – Brothers & Sisters (ABC)
Dianne Wiest – In Treatment (HBO)

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Drama
Gabriel Byrne – In Treatment (HBO) WINNER
Michael C. Hall – Dexter (SHOWTIME)
Jon Hamm – Mad Men (AMC)
Hugh Laurie – House (FOX)
Jonathan Rhys Meyers – The Tudors (SHOWTIME)

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Drama
Sally Field – Brothers & Sisters (ABC)
Mariska Hargitay – Law & Order
January Jones – Mad Men (AMC)
Anna Paquin – True Blood (HBO) WINNER
Kyra Sedgwick – The Closer (TNT)

Best Animated Feature Film
Bolt
Walt Disney Pictures; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Kung Fu Panda
DreamWorks Animation SKG; Paramount Pictures
Wall-E WINNER
Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Rebecca Hall – Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Sally Hawkins – Happy-Go-Lucky WINNER
Frances McDormand – Burn After Reading
Meryl Streep – Mamma Mia!
Emma Thompson – Last Chance Harvey

Best Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made for Television
A Raisin In The Sun (ABC)
Sony Pictures Television, Storyline Entertainment, and Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment
Bernard And Doris (HBO)
Trigger Street Independent Productions in association with Little Bird and Chicago Films and HBO Films
Cranford (PBS)
A Co-Production of BBC and WGBH Boston.
John Adams (HBO) WINNER
Playtone in association with HBO Films
Recount (HBO)
Spring Creek/Mirage Productions in association with Trigger Street Productions, Everyman Pictures and HBO Films

Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Tom Cruise – Tropic Thunder
Robert Downey Jr. – Tropic Thunder
Ralph Fiennes – The Duchess
Philip Seymour Hoffman – Doubt
Heath Ledger – The Dark Knight WINNER

Best Foreign Language Film
The Baader Meinhof Complex (Germany)
The Country of Germany
(DER BAADER MEINHOF KOMPLEX) Constantin Film Produktion GmbH; Summit Entertainment, LLC
Everlasting Moments (Sweden, Denmark)
The Country of Sweden and The Country of Denmark
(MARIA LARSSONS EVIGA ÖGONBLICK) Final Cut Productions Aps; IFC Films
Gomorrah (Italy)
The Country of Italy
(GOMORRA) Fandango; IFC Films
I’ve Loved You So Long (France)
The Country of France
(IL Y A LONGTEMPS QUE JE T’AIME) UGC YM/UGC Images/France 3 Cinema/Integral Film; Sony Pictures Classics
Waltz With Bashir (Israel) WINNER
The Country of Israel
Bridgit Folman Film Gang/Les Films D’Ici/Razor Films/Arte France/ITVS International; Sony Pictures Classics

Best Performance by an Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Judi Dench – Cranford (PBS)
Catherine Keener – An American Crime
Laura Linney – John Adams (HBO) WINNER
Shirley MacLaine – Coco Chanel
Susan Sarandon – Bernard And Doris (HBO)

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
Written by Eric Roth
Doubt
Written by John Patrick Shanley
Frost/Nixon
Written by Peter Morgan
The Reader
Written by David Hare
Slumdog Millionaire WINNER
Written by Simon Beaufoy

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Musical Or Comedy
Alec Baldwin – 30 Rock (NBC) WINNER
Steve Carell – The Office (NBC)
Kevin Connolly – Entourage (HBO)
David Duchovny – Californication (SHOWTIME)
Tony Shalhoub – Monk (USA)

Best Television Series – Musical Or Comedy
30 Rock (NBC) WINNER
Universal Media Studios in association with Broadway Video and Little Stranger Inc.
Californication (SHOWTIME)
Showtime Presents in association with Aggressive Mediocrity, and Then…, Twilight Time Films
Entourage (HBO)
Leverage and Closest to the Hole Productions in association with HBO Entertainment
The Office (NBC)
Deedle Dee Productions/Reveille/NBC Universal Television Studio; NBC
Weeds (SHOWTIME)
Showtime/Lionsgate Television/Tilted Productions, Inc.; SHOWTIME

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
Composed by Alexandre Desplat
Changeling
Composed by Clint Eastwood
Defiance
Composed by James Newton Howard
Slumdog Millionaire WINNER
Composed by A. R. Rahman
Frost/Nixon
Composed by Hans Zimmer

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Musical Or Comedy
Christina Applegate – Samantha Who? (ABC)
America Ferrera – Ugly Betty (ABC)
Tina Fey – 30 Rock (NBC) WINNER
Debra Messing – The Starter Wife (USA)
Mary-Louise Parker – Weeds (SHOWTIME)

Best Director – Motion Picture
Danny Boyle – Slumdog Millionaire WINNER
Stephen Daldry – The Reader
David Fincher – The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
Ron Howard – Frost/Nixon
Sam Mendes – Revolutionary Road

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical Or Comedy
Javier Bardem – Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Colin Farrell – In Bruges WINNER
James Franco – Pineapple Express
Brendan Gleeson – In Bruges
Dustin Hoffman – Last Chance Harvey

Best Motion Picture – Musical Or Comedy
Burn After Reading
Working Title/Releasing Company; Focus Features in association with Studio Canal
Happy-Go-Lucky
Summit Entertainment, Film4, Ingenious Film Partners, Miramax Films; Miramax Films
In Bruges
Blueprint Pictures; Focus Features
Mamma Mia!
Relativity Media, Playtone, Littlestar; Universal Pictures
Vicky Cristina Barcelona WINNER
Mediapro; The Weinstein Company

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Anne Hathaway – Rachel Getting Married
Angelina Jolie – Changeling
Meryl Streep – Doubt
Kristin Scott Thomas – I’ve Loved You So Long
Kate Winslet – Revolutionary Road WINNER

Best Television Series – Drama

Dexter (SHOWTIME)
House (FOX)
Heel and Toe Films, Shore Z Productions and Bad Hat Harry Productions in association with Universal Media Studios
In Treatment (HBO)
Sheleg, Closest To The Hole Productions and Leverage in association with HBO Entertainment
Mad Men (AMC) WINNER
Lionsgate
True Blood (HBO)
Your Face Goes Here Productions in association with HBO Entertainment

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Leonardo DiCaprio – Revolutionary Road
Frank Langella – Frost/Nixon
Sean Penn – Milk
Brad Pitt – The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
Mickey Rourke – The Wrestler WINNER

Best Motion Picture – Drama
The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
Warner Bros. Pictures and Paramount Pictures; Warner Bros. Pictures and Paramount Pictures
Frost/Nixon
Imagine Entertainment, Working Title, Studio Canal; Universal Pictures
The Reader
Mirage Enterprises; The Weinstein Company
Revolutionary Road
An Evamere Entertainment BBC Films Neal Street Production; DreamWorks Pictures in Association with BBC Films and Paramount Vantage
Slumdog Millionaire WINNER
Fox Searchlight Pictures and Warner Bros.; Fox Searchlight Pictures and Warner Bros.

Sky’s decision to broadcast a documentary showing the final moments of a mans assisted suicide in a Swiss euthanasia clinic has drawn fire from anti-euthanasia groups and Britain’s TV watchdog.

Sky’s Real Lives channel will air the controversial documentary at 9:00pm on Wednesday the 10th of December in the hope that Craig Ewert’s exceptional courage would stimulate debate about euthanasia.

Ewert, a sufferer of motor neurone disease, died 45 minutes after swallowing a lethal dose of sedatives and using a mouth-operated switch to turn off his ventilator at the Dignitas clinic in Zurich on September 26, 2006. His wife Mary was at his side during the emotional farewell.

£3,000 was paid to the Swiss clinic which is the only place someone seeking assisted suicide can be legally helped to die, no matter where they are from or what state of health they are in.

Right to Die? was directed by Oscar-winning Canadian director John Zaritsky who spent 12 months with Dignitas and follows intimate, compelling and controversial stories of four lives and one death.

Right to Die? premieres on Sky Real Lives and Sky Real Lives HD on Wednesday, December 10th 2008.

Georgina Baillie, the 23 year-old granddaughter of actor Andrew Sachs at the eye of the Ross and Brand media storm has given her first television interview, exclusively to Five.

In the interview, to be shown on Wednesday, 5th November at 10pm on Five in Russell & Ross: What the F*** Was All That About?, Georgina reveals what she really thinks about the pair.

But following her initial reaction that both Ross and Brand should be fired, Georgina now thinks the pair should be reinstated by the BBC.

“I was really angry when I said I wanted them both to be fired, but I think the suspension was good enough. So I’m feeling a bit gutted really about the whole thing”, she tells Five.

“I think it’s way out of proportion what’s happened, and I don’t hate either of them, I don’t at all. I think they’re really talented comedians and I think a world without Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand would be a very sad, dull place.

“You know I think Russell needs to learn a few lessons about respecting women, definitely, and maybe Jonathan Ross could maybe think before he speaks in the future. I don’t have any harder feeling than that.”

Georgina also reveals how she cringes at the thought of her family knowing her most intimate secrets: “The most upsetting thing is that all of my secrets are now known by my grandparents and parents and everybody else. It’s put a lot of strain on our relationship as a family. I was really embarrassed because my grandparents aren’t supposed to think of me as someone sexual they’re supposed to think of me as a nice girl.”

She adds: “I’m going to leave speaking to them for a while because of all the things people have been bringing up from my past. I don’t want to embarrass them even more by talking about that too.”

She also talks about life after ‘Manuelgate’: “I want to keep performing with my dance troupe. And all these modelling offers have come through which is quite interesting. I thought about doing modelling a few years ago but was told I was a bit too chunky for that, but now all of a sudden I’m not, so that’s great. So I think I might be doing a bit of modelling, and I’ve also done a bit of acting in the past, so I might try and get back into that.”

Her final thoughts on the whole affair: “My final word would be that it’s a shame that it got out of hand, and Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross are great performers and they made a mistake and they apologised to my granddad which was very important to me. And I hope that everyone can move on and that we can forget about this.”

Russell & Ross: What the F*** Was All That About? , transmits on Wednesday 5th November at 10pm on Five.

Britain’s most cherished social institution, the family, is the subject of fresh scrutiny ahead of a major new Channel 4 documentary series. The new research reveals that while half of families admit to arguing every day, 98% of teenagers say they love their parents. The poll results also show that over a third (35%) of mums and dads spend at least an hour a day shouting and one in five parents (19%) confess to loving the family pet as much as their own children.

Ahead of the launch of a major new observational documentary series, The Family, Channel 4 commissioned a poll which questioned 1000 parents with children under 18 living at home and 500 teenagers. The findings will form the basis of the marketing campaign for the series.

* 98% of teenagers love their parents
* More than one in ten fathers admit to have been unfaithful
* 42% of boys would like to marry someone like their mum
* One in five teens think their parents aren’t happy

The results offer a fascinating insight into what really goes on behind Britain’s closed doors. 69% of teenagers said their families are the most important people in their lives, with almost half of boys (42%) confessing they would like to marry someone just like their mum. In a surprisingly positive show of adolescent emotion, 98% of teens admit they love their parents but one in five (19%) thought their parents weren’t happy.

In a concerning turn of events, over a third (35%) of British parents said they would log onto their children’s personal social networking pages to check up on them. More than one in ten fathers (13%) said they had been unfaithful to their partners and one in three parents also confessed to having had an unplanned child but 39% of parents think they do a better job of raising children than their parents did.

Over half of mums (60%) claimed they wear the trousers but one in four (35%) dads declared themselves to be the funniest members of their household. Nine of out ten (91%) families still manage to sit down to dinner as a unit and over 80% of parents say I love you on a daily basis but 13% of mums and dads also admitted to having a favourite child.

Launching next month, Channel 4’s The Family is a compelling and distinctive new observational documentary series which is set to lift the lid on British family life in the 21st Century. The eight part documentary series will present a revealing portrait of a modern British family unit, documenting the everyday dilemmas and decisions that are typical of those faced by families up and down the country from teenagers testing the boundaries to simply maintaining a happy married life.

From arguments over bedtimes and curfews to stressful wedding plans and work issues, The Family captures the challenges faced every day by people up and down the country. The fly-on-the-wall series follows the family as they cope with everything that life throws at them, their day-to-day activities and the trials and tribulations involved in getting everyone round the dinner table at the same time. The predicaments they face, the choices they make and challenges of family dynamics and communication they meet will be familiar to millions.

The Family TXs on Channel 4 on Wednesday 17th September at 9pm.

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