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top 5 telly voices

Telly Voices

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big brother uk: the singles

Samanda

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10 excellent extras moments

Extras

Today marks 10 years since Ricky Gervais’ follow-up to The OfficeExtras first burst onto screens and ran for two series and a Christmas special.

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10 most memorable familiar faces in corrie

Corrie Cameos

This August, former X Factor winner Shayne Ward will join the soap as Aidan Connor and Take Me Out host Paddy McGuiness, will also make an appearance as wilderness survival enthusiast Dougie Ryan.

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big brother’s 15 most memorable moments

Big Brother

Can you believe that 15 years ago today, we were first introduced to Big Brother, Channel 4’s social experiment which saw strangers living in a house together for 64 days, with cameras watching their every move.

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14 of david brent’s most memorable moments

The Office

On the 9th July 2001 we were first introduced to David Brent, the general manager of Wernham Hogg, a fictitious paper company in Slough, and the role that made Ricky Gervais a household name.

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the ultimate top 10 soap songs

Soap Songs

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47 times we all fell in love with ian beale

Ian Beale

He’s been there since day one, he’s an absolute EastEnders legend, and today Adam Woodyatt turns 47.

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big brother’s great escapes

Big Brother

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10 reasons to love sheridan smith

Sheridan Smith

To celebrate Sheridan Smith turning 34, I’ve taken a look back through her career to date and picked out 10 reasons why I think the nation has fallen in love with Sheridan.

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big brother 16: what we know so far

Big Brother

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i talk telly awards 2014

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What a year 2014 has been for television…

It was a year of goodbyes as we said bye to Hayley Cropper in Corrie, Lucy Beale in EastEnders, Bruce Forsyth quit Strictly Come Dancing, Jeremy Paxman left Newsnight, Nick Hewer fired himself from The Apprentice, Dapper Laughs left as soon as he arrived.

And who could forget the very saddest of goodbyes, to those who sadly passed away in 2014 including the incredible comedy genius that was Rik Mayall, Only Fools & Horses legend Roger Lloyd Pack, loose woman and star of the OXO ads Lynda Bellingham, John Bardon aka Jim Branning in EastEnders and host of Fashion Police, Joan Rivers.

2014 was also a year for telly comebacks. Only Fools & Horses returned for a one-off sketch, Monty Python reunited for a stage show which was broadcast live on TV, Birds of a Feather flew to ITV for a brand new series, The Voice UK returned with new coaches Kylie and Ricky Wilson, The Fall returned for another gripping series, Nasty Nick returned to his ma in EastEnders, William Roache returned to play Barlow in Corrie after clearing his name and of course Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole returned to The X Factor in a bid to boost ratings.

2014 also brought us White Dee from Benefits Street but the least said about that the better I think. So, now it’s time for the I Talk Telly Awards 2014. This is where I pick my favourite actors, actresses and TV shows from the past year. There was a shorter list to choose from compared to last year which means that whilst 2013 had quantity, 2014 had quality. And I think you’d agree, quality is better than quantity.

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i talk telly at: the british comedy awards 2014

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Last night I was invited along to the British Comedy Awards for the second year in a row and it was a particularly special year for the awards as they celebrated their 25th year.

Two of last year’s big winners were Lee Mack and Jack Whitehall. Mack walked away with Best Male Television Comic and Best Comedy Panel Show for Would I Lie To You, whilst Whitehall won Best TV Comedy Actor and for the second year running, the People’s Choice Award for the King or Queen of Comedy. Will Jack manage to make it three years in a row this year? He’s up against David Mitchell, Graham Norton, Jo Brand, Greg Davies and Lee Mack so it’s not going to be easy!

Going into the awards it looked as though Matt Berry was going to have a very good night, with three nominations; Best Actor for Toast Of London, Best Comedy Breakthrough Artist for House Of Fools, and Best Internet Comedy Short for his BBC iPlayer film Lone Wolf.

Unusually, the awards were not broadcast live like they have been in previous years so if you don’t want to know who won, look away right about… NOW.

*spoilers below*

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i talk telly at: edinburgh television festival 2014

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There’s only one place to be in August, and that’s Edinburgh. Yes that’s right, the capital of Scotland is THE place to be thanks to two things; the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Edinburgh International Television Festival.

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i talk telly: awards 2013

Instead of the usual ‘My Favourite Shows of the Year’ type of post you’ve probably seen a thousand times over, I’ve decided to do things a little differently this year.  Move over BAFTA’s, the National Television Awards and even the British Comedy Awards, because I’ve created the  I Talk Telly Awards. This is my chance to celebrate my favourite actors, actresses and shows of the past year.

So without further adieu the votes, have been counted and verified, (basically I spoke to myself and agreed on the winners) and I can now reveal who I think deserve to win one extra award before the year is over…

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i talk telly at: the british comedy awards 2013

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Last night I was lucky enough to be invited down to the 24th British Comedy Awards, hosted by Jonathan Ross. I predicted a big night for Jack Whitehall, and my predictions proved to be correct as he left with two awards, as did (rather surprisingly) Lee Mack – who were the biggest winners of the night along with comedy legend Paul Whitehouse.

 

As always, Jonathan Ross did a great job at hosting the ceremony, aimed at celebrating the best British comedy of the past 12 months. As ever, he was straight in there with all the topical jokes; Comic Relief, Amazon drones (or as he calls it, ‘Jo Brand’), that Nelson Mandela selfie, Nigella Lawson and of course, a dig at the BBC.

 

It wasn’t all mocking though, Jonathan praised The Last Leg, Jack Whitehall and Stephen Merchant’s Hello Ladies, (whilst taking a dig at Ricky Gervais’ Derek) and Horrible Histories.

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i talk about: the british comedy awards 2012 winners

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Some of you may recall the blog I wrote a few weeks back with some of my predictions of who I wanted to win at The British Comedy Awards 2012. Well, that night came and went last night and here is what actually happened, whether I picked any of the winners right and what I felt about those who did win.

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i talk about: who i want to win at the 2012 british comedy awards

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For me, I love the British Comedy Awards and they come at the right time of the year, the end. It’s a chance to celebrate the ups (and downs) of the past year in British Television Comedy. Year after year the winners aren’t always the ones I would have predicted and this year I’ve decided to write my predictions down in this blog. Not for every category but for the ones I feel thoroughly deserve to win.

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i talk about: 2012 bbc comedy: part 2

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As promised, here is the second of my post on BBC Comedy (part 1 here). This post will focus on the quite a long list of comedies that are due to return to the BBC in 2012 including;

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i talk about: 2012 bbc comedy: part 1

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I’ve already spoken in great detail about Sky1 and the comedy we can expect from them in 2012, so it’s only right that I now draw my attentions to the comedy we can expect from the BBC in 2012. Unlike the Sky1 post, there are too many comedies to mention in one post so I will have to write two posts, one on the brand new commissions and the other on those that will be returning.

This first post will focus on all the new comedies that the BBC have to offer us in 2012 which includes;

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Pramface follows the story of two teenagers, Laura (Scarlett Alice Johnson) who’s 18 and Jamie (Sean Verey) who’s 16, as they accidentally find themselves expecting a baby after meeting at a sixth form party celebrating the end of their exams. Laura’s parents Janet (Anna Chancellor) and Alan (Angus Deayton, Have I Got News For You) aren’t best pleased at their daughter becoming a mother, least of all Janet who hate the thought of becoming a granny in her late 30s. Jamie’s parents, Keith (Ben Crompton) and Sandra (Bronagh Gallagher) on the other hand sympathise with their son as they became parents to him at a young age, but nevertheless are shocked at the news, adding to Keith’s troubles. The series follows the couple and their respective families as they get closer to becoming parents. BBC bosses must be really pleased with how the series turned out as back in November 2011 it had been announced that Pramface has already been renewed for a second series! There’s a lot riding on this series and we can all make up our minds when it makes its debut on BBC Three later on this month (February).

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In 2011, stand-up comedian Jack Whitehall surprised critics and viewers alike in his portrayal of JP in E4’s Fresh Meat (read my article here). Continuing his move from stand-up to comedy actor, Jack returns in brand new BBC Three sitcom Bad Education. Not content with just starring in hit comedies, Jack decided to write his own in which he plays Alife, who has been described as ‘the worst teacher ever to grace the British education system’

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Sharon Horgan (Pulling) returns to BBC Three in a new prison based comedy that she’s co-written with panel show favourite Holly Walsh. Dead Boss follows the story of Helen Stephens (Sharon Horgan) who has been falsely imprisoned for the murder of her boss. She’s quite like to leave prison yet her friends and family have a different idea, and prefer to keep her in prison as her younger sister can move into her flat and her boyfriend doesn’t have to face her to dump her. Her stint in prison also helps her ‘somewhat-of-a-stalker’ workmate Henry spend time with Helen as he visits her weekly in prison. Dead Boss is set to air later on in the year on BBC Three.

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Now, after the huge disappointment that was The Royal Bodyguard (see my previous article here), David Jason is set to return to BBC One, but this time it’s only for a pilot series called Pearly Gates, and rather than starring in it, David Jason will take on the role of Director. The series is a sitcom based around a firm of undertakers. In the pilot episode, the undertakers turn up at a church, only to find themselves at the wrong venue and gatecrashing a wedding. At the moment the pilot is only due to be screened in front of BBC Executives in the hope that the BBC will commission an entire series. It remains uncertain as to whether or not we will get to see the pilot but I am interested to see what David Jason brings to the table this time around. On paper it sounds good but so did The Royal Bodyguard… and we all know what happened there!

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Citzen Khan hit the headlines back in October 2011, as it was announced as BBC1’s first Asian Sitcom as well as being the first to be filmed in house at MediaCityUK in Salford. The sitcom centres around an Asian family from Sparkhill in Birmingham and its main character Mr Khan, played by Adil Ray (BBC Radio 5Live, BBC Radio 4) who is a self-appointed Muslim community leader. Some of you may already be familiar with the character as he was a part of BBC2 show Bellamy’s People (good clip here), itself a spin-off from the BBC Radio 4 show Down The Line, in which Mr Khan was a regular caller.  The 6 part series will be shown in a prime-time BBC1 slot in the autumn.

I don’t often talk about comedy that isn’t a sitcom or series, but there are some great new shows featuring some big comedy names making their way onto the BBC this year, including;

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Sarah Millican has spent a long time building her reputation as a stand-up  and it seems in recent months (including a strange choice to join the Loose Women panel for 6 months) things have been getting better and better for the comedienne from South Shields (Cheryl Cole, Joe McElderry, Half of Little Mix) recently winning the People’s Choice Award for The King or Queen of Comedy 2011 at the British Comedy Awards as well as having one the best-selling stand-up DVDs this Christmas. After all this, Sarah has been given her own show, aptly titled The Sarah Millican Television Programme due to begin on BBC Two on March the 8th 2012. The series has recently been filmed in front of a live studio audience, featuring some of her own stand-up and chat with some special guests. I personally find her comedy very funny, and am very much looking forward to this series, others find her slightly annoying! What do you make of Sarah Millican? Are you a fan? Are you looking forward to the series or would you rather somebody else was given a chance at their own show?

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One half of a well-known comedy duo, Matt Lucas, returns to the BBC without his comedy partner David Walliams (Rock ProfilesLittle Britain, Come Fly With Me) in The Matt Lucas Awards. The show is the TV version of his popular Radio 2 show And The Winner Is… in which Matt Lucas host the Lucases, an awards ceremony where a select panel of guests have to nominate people to win the strangest of awards. The pilot episode, which up until recently was available to watch online on the BBC website, included Dave Gorman, Jack Whitehall and Ruby Wax on the panel. Following this pilot a series has recently been filmed, Matt Lucas confirming this himself on Twitter. There has been no air date given for the series but it is due to debut on BBC One sometime in 2012. On a side note, having worked with Matt on Little Britain (BBC Radio4) when I was 12, I can say he’s a genuinely nice guy and deserves to have a successful series of his own. So please, whether you’re a fan of the Radio 2 show, or a fan of his previous work with David, do tune in for a show that will no doubt include several funny moments that will have you laughing until the next gag!

So, I’m aware there’s a lot of new shows to take in there, but if you can, which one(s) are you most looking forward to watching? Have you been to watch any of the shows live and can recommend it to others? Would you rather David Jason enjoyed retirement than make more comedy? Anything to add? As always, I like to hear what you think so you can tweet me @elliot_gonzalez, comment on my Facebook page or post a comment in the section below. Thanks!