Strictly beats The X Factor in first ratings clash of 2017
Sep24

Strictly beats The X Factor in first ratings clash of 2017

. PA . Former JLS singer Aston Merrygold impressed the judges in the first live episode of this year’s Strictly Come Dancing The first live episode of this year’s Strictly Come Dancing beat ITV rival The X Factor in the TV ratings battle. An average audience of 9.3m watched on BBC One on Saturday night as 15 new celebrities hit the dance floor. That compared with an average of 4.8m for The X Factor, which overlapped with...

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Soul singer Charles Bradley dies aged 68
Sep23

Soul singer Charles Bradley dies aged 68

. . . Bradley, seen on tour in June 2017, before the sudden cancellation of his winter tour Charles Bradley, a soul singer who found fame in his later years, has died from cancer aged 68. The former James Brown impersonator, nicknamed “the screaming eagle of soul” released his first album No Time For Dreaming in 2011, aged 62. He had recently returned to live performance after receiving treatment for stomach cancer late...

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Missed this week’s entertainment news?
Sep23

Missed this week’s entertainment news?

Take a look back at the week’s biggest stories in the world of arts and entertainment. . Joshua Brandao In an exclusive interview with the BBC News website, Madonna revealed she is contemplating a more intimate live show that her usual stadium-filling spectacles. “I’ve done so many shows – world tours, stadiums, sports arenas, you name it – that I feel like I have to reinvent that now too,” she told...

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Greg James and A.Dot to host new pop show on BBC One
Sep22

Greg James and A.Dot to host new pop show on BBC One

. Greg James and A.Dot will be joined by a different guest host every week Greg James and A.Dot have been announced as the hosts of a new, primetime music show on BBC One. Sounds Like Friday Night will be the first regular, mainstream music programme on the BBC since Top of the Pops was cancelled in 2006. Broadcast live from Television Centre, it promises to feature “the hottest bands and artists in the world”, alongside...

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William G Stewart, 15 to 1 host, dies aged 84
Sep21

William G Stewart, 15 to 1 host, dies aged 84

. FremantleMedia Ltd/REX/Shutterstock . Stewart originally wanted Jonathan Ross to present the Channel 4 quiz show William G Stewart, the TV producer and director who became the long-time host of quiz show 15 to 1, has died aged 84. “Sadly William G Stewart passed away peacefully this morning surrounded by his family after a brief illness,” his agents confirmed. Stewart, a former Butlins redcoat who began his television...

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Game of Thrones Arya among 200 most popular names
Sep21

Game of Thrones Arya among 200 most popular names

. Shutterstock . Arya, played by Maisie Williams, has inspired many new parents Baby names are becoming increasingly adventurous – often inspired by characters and figures from the world of entertainment. More than 300 girls born in England and Wales last year were named Arya, sharing their name with the well-known Game of Thrones character. That’s more than the number of children who received traditional names like Mary...

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