Big Brother contest Emily has been evicted from the Big Brother house after using the “N” word during a conversation with housemate Charley.

Emily was called into the diary room just after 3:00am to be told that Big Brother would not tolerate the use of offensive language and was immediately ejected from the house.

Big Brother is back on Channel 4 tonight with the live launch from 9:00pm.

Voting during this year’s season has been halved to 25p, 10p of which will be donated charity

Seven years on from the original, Castaway returns with a new shape and new twists but the same underlying intentions: take a group of people as far away from their current lives as possible – geographically, psychologically and emotionally – to explore what’s really important to them and discover how they shape their community. The series is presented by Danny Wallace.

The people who have been chosen to be castaways in 2007 reflect many aspects of British life; they cover a variety of ages, backgrounds, skills and personalities.

But they all have something to offer and strong reasons for wanting to be a castaway.

Peter Fincham, Controller, BBC One, says: “I’m really excited that Castaway is coming back to BBC One. Castaway was the original reality show and the genre has evolved enormously since then.

“The new series of Castaway will be reflecting this evolution and will be a truly multi-channel, multi-platform event.

“However, the original purpose – to see how people react once they are taken far away from all that they take for granted – remains the same and I will be fascinated to see how our castaways get on.”

During this unique experience, the castaways will explore the best ways to live in close quarters with people with whom they may not initially seem to have much in common.

They will draw on personal skills – or discover new ones – to develop the infrastructure of their isolated location and, in the process, discover more about themselves as individuals.

Elaine Bedell, Commissioning Editor, says: “We’ve got a great mix of personalities and backgrounds from around the country. They each have their own reason for wanting to undertake this unique experience and we hope that they will all achieve some personal goal or discovery along the way.

“It’s a chance for us all to reflect on what is important to us once the daily commute, the school run and our hectic modern schedule are stripped away.”

An initial group of 13 castaways has arrived on the island: the group will have the opportunity to evolve throughout the 12 weeks of the project and one viewer will get the chance to join the group by entering the Cast Me competition.

Transmission details

Friday 9 March

Castaway launches on BBC One with a 60-minute special, presented by Danny Wallace. This is then followed by Castaway Exposed on BBC Three. Hosted by Richard Bacon and based in the UK, this show features reaction from the castaways’ families, along with expert opinions and comments from viewers.

Sunday 11 March

Castaway, BBC One, 9pm: the first of 12 weekly shows which airs at primetime every Sunday. Each BBC One programme is followed by Castaway Exposed on BBC Three at 10pm.

Monday 12 March

Castaway – The Last 24 Hours, BBC Three: running each night from Monday to Thursday for 12 weeks, this is an exclusive update presented by Danny Wallace, giving viewers an insight into what’s been happening on the island over the last 24 hours.

Red button: After every Castaway-related programme on BBC One and BBC Three, there will be a new episode of Danny’s Diary, available to digital viewers via the Red button.

Wild at heart is back with a second series starring ex Coronation Street star Lucy-Jo Hudson, Rafaella Hutchinson and Luke Ward Wilkinson.

Wild at heart starts this Sunday on ITV1 at 8pm.

Alan Fletcher (aka Karl off Neighbours) has been voted out of the competition. He admits on his blog that he got a lot further than he ever imagined, wishes he could have done some rock songs and hopes people get behind Mark (and not just cos he’s an Aussie!)

Read more from his blog »

Donny Tourette has quit Celebrity Big Brother after just 48 hours in the house. He scaled the wall of the London compound to escape and subsequently will not be returning!

As we previously reported, The OC has now been officially confirmed as over. The final episode will screen on February 22nd 2007 in the US.

“THE O.C. Season Four finale will also be the series finale. This feels like the best time to bring the show to its close, said Josh Schwartz, creator and executive producer of THE O.C. Thanks to the hard work of our cast, crew and writers, we have enjoyed our best season yet, and what better time to go out than creatively on top. It has been an amazing experience and a great run. For a certain audience, at a certain time, THE O.C. has meant something. For that we are grateful.”

Johnny Briggs has been honored by the Queen with an MBE after retiring from playing Mike Baldwin for three decades on Coronation Street.

Congratulations Johnny!

It’s been filled with shocks, surprises, triumphs and tears from the start and it’s set to be a sensational Saturday night as the fourth series of Strictly Come Dancing on BBC One comes to a climax.

World Cup-winning rugby player Matt Dawson goes head to head with former England cricketer Mark Ramprakash at 5.40pm tomorrow (23 December).

Matt and Mark have spent the last week cramming in as many hours training as possible in a bid to win Strictly Come Dancing 2006.

For the final show both men will be dancing five dances: their favourite ballroom and Latin dances of the series, a judge’s choice where both couples will dance to the same piece of music chosen by the judges, a Viennese Waltz with both couples performing at the same time, and a brand new show dance.

For their favourite dances, Mark will be performing the Tango and the Salsa and Matt will be performing the Waltz and the Samba.

All the Strictly Come Dancing couples from the series will be returning to perform their favourite dance once again.

BBC One at 5.40pm with the results show at 9.30pm.

To vote for Matt and Lilia Kopylova call 0901 121 4001.
To vote for Mark and Karen Hardy call 0901 121 4013.

Fans of the nail-biting prison drama can finally relax as the second season arrives on Five on Monday January 13th at 10pm.

When Season One reached its breathless conclusion, the high walls of Fox River State Penitentiary had been breached by Michael, his brother Lincoln, the villainous T-Bag, CNote, mobster Abruzzi, Sucre, Tweener and the twitchy Haywire. But with Captain Bellick and his crew snapping at their heels, there is no guarantee that all of the ex-inmates are going to get away clean…

Prison Break

In the opening episode of Season Two, ‘Manhunt’, eight hours have passed since the escape and the fugitives are finding it difficult to evade their captors. Dr Sara Tancredi (Sarah Wayne Callies) is in a critical condition following her overdose, and a short-handed T-Bag faces the ultimate challenge.

All hell has broken loose at Fox River. Eight men are missing and the vengeful Bellick is desperately trying to track them down. The Department of Corrections isn’t the only authority interested in the escapees’ whereabouts: the FBI would also like to be brought up to speed on events, as Special Agent Alexander Mahone (guest star William Fichtner, ‘Invasion’) informs the assembled press. “The escaped man is still human,” he says, explaining that a fugitive will “stop at nothing in his attempt at flight.”

Prison Break Meanwhile, Michael and the others are doing their best to put as many miles between themselves and Fox River as possible. Lincoln is concerned at the number of men involved – things are getting complicated now that there are eight men on the loose. With Tweener and Haywire safely out of the picture, and T-Bag staggering somewhere in the forest after Abruzzi chopped off T-Bag’s hand, there are five of them on the run together. Lincoln wants to dump Sucre, Abruzzi and C-Note, but Michael reminds him that they know about the brothers’ plans to head for Utah… where millions of stolen dollars should be waiting.

The escapees’ flight is interrupted when they come face to face with a hunter, who threatens to turn them in. Abruzzi intervenes in his own inimitable way, and the fugitives are soon on the road again in a stolen car. They are heading for Oswego, a town where Michael has stored everything they need to keep going: clothes, money, phones and a rented car. Using testimony from the rattled hunter, and after deciphering Michael’s credit-card statements, Bellick soon realises where the escapees are headed. Together with the FBI, Bellick and assorted Department of Corrections officers make for Oswego and the storage facility rented out in Michael’s name… only to find that the quick-witted con has outsmarted them once more. The storage unit is empty – so where are the missing men?

Meanwhile, T-Bag has found a medical clinic where he hopes his hand will be reattached – but the medic inside is actually a vet. Will the vet’s skills be up to reassembling a one-handed murderer? Sara wakes from her overdose-induced coma, and realises that she is in big trouble for her part in the prison break. Veronica makes a fatal mistake when she tracks down Terrence Steadman, the man Lincoln supposedly murdered. And as he slowly puts together the pieces of Michael’s ingenious plan, Mahone resolves to hunt him down. “It’s only a matter of time before we know everything that is in Scofield’s head,” he says calmly. “Where he plans to run to; how he plans to get there. So when the time comes that he does get there, we’ll be waiting for him…”

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