Popstar To Operastar to return in new slot

Popstar to Operastar will return next year in a new timeslot on ITV1 following the successes of Dancing One Ice and The X Factor. The reality show will slide into the primetime Sunday evening slot with ITV counting on the show to gain in popularity this season.

Second season for Sherlock

BBC One’s Sherlock has been renewed for a second season by the network after the success of the first season run. The three-part series concluded on Sunday with a cliff-hanger ending after proving a ratings winner.

George Michael Glee tribute planned

George Michael’s music will feature in the new season of Glee later this year with news the singer will have an episode dedicated to him. Michael’s music from both Wham! and his solo albums will be featured according to early reports.

Gary Cockerill to front new Sky1 series

Gary Cockerill will front a new Sky1 show which will follow teenage girls as they prepare for their school proms. The series, entitled Promzilla, will provide the girls with makeovers which will leave them looking similar to Katie Price as they battle it out for the title of Promo Queen.

Sherlock finale draws 7.3m

BBC One’s Sherlock finale pulled an audience of 7.3 million on Sunday night, the largest audience of its three episode run. The show, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, pulled an audience share of 31.3% for its timeslot.

Chris Walker exits MasterChef

Chris Walker has been eliminated from the Celebrity MasterChef kitchen at the end of Knockout Week on the BBC One reality show. Walker, who was up against Lisa Faulkner, Christine Hamilton, Neil Stuke and Dick Strawbrige, served a loin of pork which was deemed too complex by judges Greg Wallace and John Torode.

Amba leaves Top Model

Amba has been eliminated from the race to become Britain’s Next Top Model after delivering a less-than-impressive performance in the week’s tasks. The aspiring model was criticised by judges for not utilising what she’s got in the photo shoots.

Audience member joins DSB Supergroup

An audience member has been added to the Don’t Stop Believing Supergroup after catching the eye of producers while he was in attendance at Sunday’s show. Dominic Smith impressed with a break dance routine and a rendition of Fly Me To The Moon.

The Songtimers take out DSB heat

Songtime Theatre Arts School group The Songtimers has taken out this week’s heat on Don’t Stop Believing. The group, which say they are inspired by Glee, impressed the judges with their renditions of Man in the Mirror and Keep Holding On.

The X Factor to return late August

The X Factor has been confirmed for an August 21 starting date on ITV1. The show will return with judges Simon Cowell, Dannii Minogue, Louie Walsh and Cheryl Cole at 8.30pm with The Xtra Factor following on ITV2.

Sherlock pulls 6.4 million

The second episode of BBC One’s new drama series Sherlock drew an audience of 6.4 million on Sunday night, down 610k on the premiere episode. The episode entitled The Blind Banker took an audience share of 25.6% in the 8.30pm – 10pm slot.

Macey leaves Celebrity MasterChef

Dean Macey has exited the MasterChef kitchen in the quarter-finals of the BBC One show. Macey, up against fellow celebrities Lisa Faulkner, Chris Walker and Dick Strawbridge, failed to convince the judges he was talented enough to advance to the next stage.

Delita exits Top Model

Britain’s Next Top Model has said goodbye to Delita Cole after the 18-year-old from Liverpool failed to impress the judges enough to send her through. Cole’s effort in the chocolate photo shoot and Beyonce fragrance commercial wasn’t up to Top Model standard and the judges sent her home.

Elliott Gould to guest on CSI

Veteran actor Elliott Gould has signed on to appear in crime series CSI in a guest role. The actor will take on the role of a casino mogul who runs in to the CSI team after his casino becomes a crime scene.

Sky1 orders more Strike Back

Sky1 has ordered another season of Strike Back, the action series starring Richard Armitage. The actor will reprise his role for ten more episodes in the second season which is expected to air late 2011.

Former X Factor finalist join DSB super-group

Former X Factor finalist Phoebe and Tita Lau have joined the Don’t Stop Believing super-group which adds five new members each week. The pair were a part of the 2008 X Factor in which they were half of the all-girl group Girlband.

New series Sherlock is said to be on the verge of gaining a second season according to the BBC.

After proving a winner in the ratings when it debuted last Sunday, the BBC has pushed ahead plans to renew the series.

BBC head of drama Ben Stephenson said in a statement: “We’d like to do more. But if we do, they won’t air for at least a year. Drama takes at least a year to get made and Steven is also really busy with Doctor Who.”

Penned by Doctor Who scribe Steven Moffat, Sherlock debuted to 7.5 million viewers on BBC One and was lauded by critics.

The second episode entitled The Blind Banker screens this Sunday at 8:30pm.

Source: Digital Spy


Clarkson comment offends…again

Another Jeremy Clarkson comment has sparked public criticism after last Sunday’s episode of Top Gear. The BBC has received complaints over a comment from Clarkson regarding Muslim women wearing burkas distracting him when he drives.


BBC Three renews How Not To Live Your Life

BBC Three has renewed sitcom How Not To Live Your Life for another season this autumn. The Dan Clark comedy series will return for a third season later this year after rating highly for its second run last year.

Inbetweeners actor gets new series

The Inbetweeners’ Simon Bird will front a new BBC Three entertainment series called The King is Dead this coming autumn. The actor will lead an interview panel which will feature three celebrities which is in charge of finding a replacement for a famous public figure each week.

BBC keen for more Sherlock

The BBC has announced it is keen to produce more episodes of Sherlock after the ratings figures for its debut episode showed the new drama was popular. After attracting 7.5m viewers last Sunday, the BBC has said it will look to extend the series’ of the show.


Sherlock premieres to 7.5 million

BBC One’s brand new drama series Sherlock debuted with an impressive audience of 7.5m on Sunday night. The show pulled a 30.4% audience share across BBC One and HD.


Fletcher eliminated from MasterChef

Actress Alex Fletcher has been voted off Celebrity MasterChef after the first quarter final. The actress didn’t do enough to impress hosts Greg Wallace and John Torode and the guest judges and has been forced to exit the BBC One show.

Beyonce to set challenge on BNTM

Next week on Britain’s Next Top Model guest judge Beyonce will set the contestants a challenge. Beyonce will oversee the models as they shoot an advert for her new fragrance range Heat.

Double elimination on Top Model

Two contestants were eliminated from Britain’s Next Top Model in last night’s episode with both Susan Loughnane and Harleen Nottay heading home. The pair failed to impress in the two tasks set on the show which were casting shoots for agencies and an anti-bullying campaign.

New Big Brother favourite

Big Brother’s John James has been installed as the new favourite to take out the 2010 competition according to bookmakers Paddy Power. The Australian is currently sitting at odds of 5/2 to win the show, replacing Josie as the front-runner.

9:00pm Sunday 25 July on BBC ONE

The world’s favourite detective has emerged from the fog, bringing Sherlock Holmes to a new generation, in three thrilling, scary, action-packed and hugely entertaining episodes starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.

Nicola Roberts to guest on Top Model

Girls Aloud singer Nicola Roberts will join the panel on Britain’s Next Top Model next week on Living. The singer will take a position alongside host Elle Macpherson as a mentor for the aspiring models for the episode which will see the models doing a photo-shoot to raise money for a children’s charity.

X Factor to Don’t Stop Believing

Former X Factor finalist Nikitta Angus will line up in the heats of this week’s Don’t Stop Believing episode on Sunday night. Angus, who was eliminated in the fifth week of X Factor in 2006 which Leona Lewis eventually won, will feature on the new Five show with her song and dance group Blok.

Martin Freeman talks Watson

Martin Freeman is saying that his Watson character in the upcoming BBC series Sherlock will be more than just a sidekick to Benedict Cumberbatch’s super sleuth. Freeman explained that his Watson will not be the “bumbling fool” as seen in previous adaptations and will be more an equal to Sherlock Holmes.

Robson Green and Mark Benson join Waterloo Road

The BBC has announced that Robson Green and Mark Benton will be joining the cast of Waterloo Road for the next two seasons. The sixth season will begin with the pair on board later this year.

MTV, Jersey Shore cast resolve issues

MTV and the cast of Jersey Shore have resolved the issues they were having over pay for the third season of the reality show. A number of key cast members have signed on for new beefed-up salaries with the rest set to join them soon.

The trailer for the upcoming BBC series Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.

Premieres 9pm Sunday 25th July on BBC One.

Sherlock Holmes’ infamous penchant for drugs will be played down in the upcoming BBC series.

Sherlock writers Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat have said their adaptation of the famous Conan Doyle story will not feature as heavier drug themes as some may be expecting.

“Many people point out the drug use in Sherlock Holmes, but there are more references to Sherlock Holmes laughing than there are to taking cocaine or morphine but, oddly enough, people never think about that,” Gatiss said.

“I understand why, but the important thing is to not get it out of context with the rest of the character.”

Meanwhile, Moffat added that the theme was considered when they were re-shaping the Sherlock character for the modern day.

“I think you’d have to ask the question, would a man like Sherlock Holmes be a coke addict today?” he said. “In Victorian times everybody was taking some kind of drug, largely because there was no such thing as a painkiller. It is a very different thing to say that Sherlock Holmes is a coke addict now.”

Sherlock hits screens on 25 July at 9pm on BBC One.

Source: Digital Spy


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