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May 9, 2016

Political columnist apologises after mocking disabled broadcaster Andrew Marr

Political columnist apologises after mocking disabled broadcaster Andrew Marr

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Quentin Letts, a political columnist and sketch writer has publicly apologized after he mocked disabled broadcaster Andrew Marr. Letts was reviewing former BBC business editor Robert Peston‘s new ITV television show for The Daily Mail when he made the comments. In his column he said that Marr, who suffered a stroke in 2013, was like “Captain-Hop-Along, growling away on BBC One, throwing his arm about like a tipsy conductor”.

Letts posted an apology on his Twitter page after a critical article by Roy Greenslade, which appeared in The Guardian. Greenslade said “I don’t want to come off all namby-pamby. I understand that no-one should be beyond criticism and that Letts was exercising his right to press freedom. But really Quentin, that was a graceless remark.”

The apology tweet read, “I fear my sketch reference to the admirable Marr today was horrid. Apologies to all concern and upset”. Letts also replied directly to Greenslade, who updated his article. Letts said “Perhaps I should have been more cautious but I hope that Andrew will forgive it. He has been equally teasing about himself in my company. I admire him”. He also added that he believes that Marr’s stroke had “made him more watchable than he was beforehand”.

Criticism also came from Marr’s wife and The Stroke Association. Eleven complaints were filed in relation to the comments to the Independent Press Standards Organisation according to a BBC statement.

Andrew Marr drew in 1.6 million viewers significantly more than Peston’s debut, with 166,000 viewers tuning in. Peston left the BBC to become ITV’s political editor in 2015.



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May 1, 2014

Richard Desmond to sell Channel 5 to Viacom for estimated £450m

Richard Desmond to sell Channel 5 to Viacom for estimated £450m

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Richard Desmond, the owner of Britain’s Channel 5, will reportedly sell the channel to US media company Viacom for an estimated £450m. Viacom also owns TV channels Comedy Central, MTV, and Nickelodeon.

Desmond’s Northern & Shell — which also owns the Daily Express and Daily Star newspapers — bought Channel 5 from the German broadcaster RTL in 2010 for £103.5m. Desmond has made the channel profitable returning £26m of profits in the first half of 2013. The channel has cut costs, improved its ad sales operation, and acquired the rights for the reality show Big Brother until the end of 2014.

BT, ITV, and Channel 4 have contemplated purchasing the network but declined. Last month, Discovery Communications withdrew a bid reportedly worth between £250m and £300m.



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February 22, 2013

RTS announces 2011-2012 Television Journalism Awards

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In the United Kingdom, the Royal Television Society (RTS) has declared the results of its Television Journalism Awards for the 2011 / 2012 period. An awards ceremony took place yesterday in the London Hilton on Park Lane, a hotel in the British capital. The event was presented by Jeremy Thompson, a newsreader for Sky News.

The BBC and Channel 4 News tied for the highest number of awards received with six each, while ITV achieved four awards. CNN International won one award, for News Channel of the Year. RTS judges commented on how it had been “a strong year for the winner” and commended the channel’s “distinctive coverage and energetic and vivid reporting”. Other UK news services, including 5 News and Sky News, did not win any awards.

The BBC received the highest number of award nominations, with eighteen in total. ITV had the second highest total with eleven. Channel 4 achieved nine nominations while Sky News had five. Both Al Jazeera English and CNN International had three nominations and South Africa Reuters had one. Other UK news broadcasters, including Channel 5, failed to receive any nominations.

The Judges’ Award was given to Susannah Schofield of the John Schofield Trust. The judges commented on how she “isn’t even a journalist – but her contribution to journalism over the last year has been remarkable”.

The Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Richard Tait, who “has had a strong influence on British broadcast journalism across multiple channels and in many different capacities”, the judges said. Tait’s roles have included being editor in chief of ITN, editor of Channel 4 News and editor of BBC current affairs programme Newsnight. The RTS believes he is the only individual who has taken the role of editor for election night coverage at both ITV and the BBC. The judges called him “a stalwart defender of thoughtful independent journalism” who “played a leading role with developing journalism safety around the world, has actively worked for media rights with the International Press Institute and has helped guide the next generation of journalists as Professor of Journalism at Cardiff University“. They also called Tait “a warm and supportive colleague and mentor to many generations of journalists across all organisations”.



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February 20, 2013

Presenter Derek Batey dies at age 84

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In the United Kingdom, television presenter Derek Batey has died at the age of 84. Yesterday, ITV Border, the company for whom he used to work, said Batey died Sunday night in a hospice near his Lytham St Annes residence in Lancashire, England after experiencing a brief illness.

Batey, who was born in Brampton, Carlisle in 1928, was at one time a ventriloquist. According to BBC News Online, Batey first worked in broadcasting for the BBC. He went on to work for Carlisle-based Border Television, which is now called ITV Border, from its inception in 1961. He continued to work at the station for about 25 years, gaining the nickname ‘Mr Border’ as a result.

Batey was notable for presenting the game show Mr. and Mrs., a format which he developed for Border Television after seeing a similar game show on Canadian television. Batey presented 500 episodes of the TV programme, which tested married persons on their knowledge of their partners to see which which couple had the best knowledge of each other. At its peak in the 1970s, the programme achieved nine million viewers. Batey adapted the game show into a successful stage show which he presented 5000 times.

Batey also presented a talk show called Look Who’s Talking. Recalling the basis for the launch of the series, Batey said: “[T]here wasn’t a lot of theatre in the Border area and we thought if we could bring the national names to Carlisle and invite the audiences in, it is a chance to see names where they couldn’t see elsewhere, so we did that.” Both Mr. and Mrs. and Look Who’s Talking were originally regional programmes and were later broadcast across the ITV Network, Batey reported.

Harry King, a former colleague and friend of Derek Batey, described him as “a proud Cumbrian […] a people person and was never happier than when he was talking to people. He could be talking to the Queen or the person next door”. King described Mr. and Mrs. as “iconic” and said Batey “would always let the people he was talking to take the limelight”. ITV News Border reporter Matthew Taylor said Batey “will leave a lasting legacy in this region”.



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September 2, 2012

English entertainer Max Bygraves dies at age 89

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English television presenter and variety performer Max Bygraves has died at his residence in Australia. The comedian, who was born in the Rotherhithe of the British capital London, was 89 years old. Johnny Mans, Bygraves’ agent, confirmed Bygraves had died as he slept in his home of Hope Island, in the Australian state of Queensland, Friday night.

“We have lost one of the best entertainers that Britain has ever produced”, said Mans, calling his death “a great loss to the entertainment profession and a great loss to all of his friends in the industry.”

Bygraves, whose catchphrase was “I wanna tell you a story”, was born Walter William Bygraves in 1922. He received the first name Max for impersonating Max Miller, another English comedian, while entertaining at the Royal Air Force [RAF]. He became an entertainer there having been prohibiting from joining the RAF for having inadequate eyesight.

Bygraves became notable for performing various self-composed comedic songs, as well as for his appearances on the Royal Variety Show. He was at one time the presenter of ITV game show Family Fortunes.

“He as a person never dated,” ex-radio broadcaster Ed Stewart said of Bygraves, who was his friend. “He was a great character with a great sense of humour, a lovely family and it’s just a shame that he’s gone, but at nearly 90, he had a good run. He was an entertainer through and through.” His works provided “a lot of pleasure to a lot of people and were huge sellers,” Stewart said.

During 2005, Bygraves emigrated to Australia from his UK residence in Bournemouth, in the south west of England. His family reported that he was experiencing the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, a form of dementia, earlier this year.

Bygraves is survived by six children, three of whom he conceived with his wife Blossom Murray, who he married in 1942. Murray died in 2011.



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June 9, 2011

British voice artist Roy Skelton dies at age 79

British voice artist Roy Skelton dies at age 79

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Roy Skelton, a voice artist and actor from the United Kingdom, has died at the age of 79. Skelton was known for providing the voices of George and Zippy in the ITV children’s television programme Rainbow. He voiced the two characters from around 1970 until 1992, when the programme’s run concluded. Skelton also voiced the Daleks in the BBC television series Doctor Who between 1967 and 1988.

Geoffrey Hayes, a presenter of Rainbow, described Skelton as an actor who “really brought Zippy and George to life through his voice” and was “fabulous at improvising if something went wrong” during the programme. Speaking to the BBC, Hayes noted: “The most wonderful thing was if Zippy and George were having an argument between themselves, it sounded like he’d double-tracked it as they seemed to be talking over each other. It was a wonderful technique and I don’t know how he did it. Although he was known for Zippy and George he was actually a fabulous actor with a great singing voice and a wonderful raconteur – he used to tell us some wonderful stories.”

Roy Skelton managed to achieve writing approximately one hundred episodes of Rainbow. As well as the Daleks, Skelton used his voice to assume the roles of Cybermen and the Krotons within Doctor Who. However, despite the prominence of the characters and their voices, Skelton once said that he could walk down the street without being identified by others. “People don’t say, ‘There’s Zippy,’ or ask me to say, ‘Exterminate!’ I sometimes wish they did,” said Skelton.

Hilary Skelton, the wife of Roy, stated: “Roy had a great sense of humour. He wrote Naughty Rainbow for a competition. We still have the original script.” This piece of writing was of a similar format to the original programme, only with numerous euphemisms used for comic effect. The sketch has achieved popularity within society. Hilary also said that her husband “loved going to work every day. His first love had been theatre but he brought theatre to Rainbow.”

According to Hilary, Roy would have wanted to have a “green funeral,” during which his body would be buried in a cardboard coffin. He also would have wanted people to be able to write on the coffin, Hilary noted.



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June 7, 2011

Scottish singer Jai McDowall wins fifth Britain\’s Got Talent series

Scottish singer Jai McDowall wins fifth Britain’s Got Talent series

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Jai McDowall, a Scottish man who works as an assistant to disabled individuals and performs a singing act, has been declared as the winner of the fifth series of televised talent competition Britain’s Got Talent, broadcast on ITV1 in the United Kingdom. The final took place on Saturday night. As the winner of the show, McDowall will receive a prize of £100,000 (US$164,270, 112,252), as well being able to participate at the Royal Variety Performance – which will be attended by British Royal Family senior members – later this year.

In the final, McDowall – who lives in the South Ayrshire village of Tarbolton – had sung To Where You Are, which was originally performed by Josh Groban. McDowall’s victory was calculated via a public telephone voting system. The number of votes he received was a margin of under three per cent greater than the act who achieved second place: a 12-year-old male singer named Ronan Parke. According to BBC News Online, Parke had been considered the most likely act to win this series by bookmakers. A short time after his victory was announced, McDowall commented that he was feeling “absolutely amazing, fantastic…it’s so much more, absolutely so much more”. When interviewed afterwards, Parke said he “loved it, thank you to everyone who voted. Congratulations, Jai.” Simon Cowell acknowledged “there was going to be a shock result” and that McDowall “wasn’t one of the favourites coming in but tonight we could feel he nailed the song. He came in believing that he could win and I think he’s a worthy winner.” Meanwhile, on-air, judge Amanda Holden admitted that she “really, really wanted Ronan to win.”

Cquote1.svg [I feel] absolutely amazing, fantastic … it’s so much more, absolutely so much more. Cquote2.svg

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The finale consisted of one programme featuring the finalists performing, which was broadcast from 1900 – 2100 BST (1800 – 2000 UTC) and a second programme, announcing the positions of the finalists; the latter was broadcast later in the night, from 2130 – 2200 BST (2030 – 2100 UTC). The programme also featured performances from two guests. Jackie Evancho, who achieved second place in the fifth season of America’s Got Talent, performed Nessun dorma on the first programme. US singer-songwriter Nicole Scherzinger, scheduled to appear as a judge on The X Factor (U.S.), appeared in the second show and performed Right There, the latest single to be released from her.

In the run-up to the final, five semi-finals were broadcast live on ITV1 each night from Monday to Friday. A total of 41 acts appeared between them. British stand-up comedian Michael McIntyre and American actor David Hasselhoff made their debut appearances on the show’s panel, alongside British actress Amanda Holden, who has judged for all the series so far, and British music executive Simon Cowell, who only judged for the semi-finals and the final.

Earlier in the week, an unidentified Internet blogger, who stated that they were an employee of music corporation Sony Music UK, claimed that the programme had been unfairly pre-arranged due to Parke allegedly being familiar with Cowell and Syco for two years, already having a record contract, as well as prior arrangements being made for his appearance, including his clothing, hairstyle and behaviour. Parke achieved the largest number of public votes in the semi-final he appeared in on Monday, allowing him to earn his place in Saturday’s final.

On the fifth Britain’s Got Talent semi-final on Friday, Cowell addressed these allegations and publicly denied them, stating: “There has been an allegation made in the papers – not in the papers actually, on the internet by somebody – that Ronan Parke had a previous recording contract with my record label, that I’d met him beforehand, both of which are complete and utter lies. The first time I met Ronan was the first time he appeared on this show. He entered the show of his own accord. He’s 12 years old. This is a deliberate smear campaign.”

In a statement, Syco – a British entertainment company which Cowell is the chief executive officer of – responded by claiming that “[t]here is no truth in this story whatsoever. Ronan first came to Syco/Sony’s attention when he entered this year’s competition. Syco/Sony Music will not hesitate to take whatever legal action is appropriate to prevent further publication of these unfounded allegations.” The Metropolitan Police Service have also reported that “[a]n allegation of malicious communications was made to Kensington and Chelsea police on Thursday 2 June” and that “[t]he allegation is being considered.” In an interview with BBC Radio Norfolk, Maggie Parke – Ronan’s mother – called the allegations “laughable” as there “couldn’t be further from the truth”. “There’s no foundation in it whatsoever,” said Maggie.

In the final, Parke performed a cover of the Kelly Clarkson song Because of You and placed second in the contest, behind McDowall. However, British tabloid newspaper News of the World has reported the intentions of Sony Music Entertainment to provide a record contract for the 12-year-old singer, allegedly valued at £1,000,000 (US$1,641,681, €1,123,711). Speaking to the paper, a source familiar with Cowell commented: “We are not going to let malicious claims about Ronan impact his entire career. That would not be fair. The fact is, he is a little star. He’s like our Justin Bieber. He launched his career on the internet. He is self-made.” Musical manager Jonathan Shalit claimed that Parke “will be the most successful BGT winner ever, bigger than Bieber. I’d take him to Hollywood, straight to Disney.” A source related to Britain’s Got Talent cited the aforementioned fix allegations for Parke’s failure to win the series, mentioning: “Sadly, the result had nothing to do with Ronan’s talent. A lot of people believed the completely false smears on the internet and wanted to punish Simon as a result. The public are against him at the moment. This was their revenge.”

A London-based act named New Bounce achieved third place in the competition. Their act consists of four male singers: Mitchell, aged 16, 12-year-old MJ, Kuan, aged 13 and James, aged 12. In the final, the group performed a cover of the Bill Withers song Ain’t No Sunshine. Simon Cowell subsequently compared their potential to that of JLS, who have achieved number 1 on music charts, claiming that “[t]his is a group that would work in the real world”.

Other acts who appeared in the final included Michael Collings, who is also a singer and plays a guitar for his act. Razy Gogonea performed a form of breakdancing known as body-popping. James Hobley was also an act who danced, performing contemporary dance routines. Steven Hall was another dancer, albeit one who performed for comedic effect, dancing to the sounds of various famous pop music tracks and lip-syncing the lyrics. Les Gibson performed a comedy act involving him making impressions of various celebrities, with Cowell, McIntyre and Hasselhoff amongst them, as well as Ant & Dec, who host the programme. Paul Gbegbaje and Jean Martyn were both musical acts, with the former playing the piano and the latter using an organ to make music. Gbegbaje played piano music which he had composed himself, while Martyn performed a medley of songs, amongst which was the John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John song You’re the One That I Want. Martyn sang along to the song but was not clearly audible due to the absence of a microphone during her performance. She later explained that her performance had been previously rehearsed without the singing included.

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Below is a table addressing the rank the finalists of the fifth series of Britain’s Got Talent achieved in Saturday’s final.


Rank Artist Act
1 Jai McDowall Singer
2 Ronan Parke Singer
3 New Bounce Singers
4 Razy Gogonea Breakdancer (body-popping)
5 Michael Collings Singer / guitarist
6 Paul Gbegbaje Pianist
7 Steven Hall Comedic dancer
8 James Hobley Dancer
9 Les Gibson Impressionist
10 Jean Martyn Organist

This map illustrates the location of South Ayrshire, where McDowall lives. Image: Ordnance Survey OpenData.

This map illustrates the location of South Ayrshire, where McDowall lives.
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Stand-up comedian Michael McIntyre, seen here in April 2009, judged Britain's Got Talent for the first time this series. Image: Damien Everett.

Stand-up comedian Michael McIntyre, seen here in April 2009, judged Britain’s Got Talent for the first time this series.
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American actor David Hasselhoff, seen here in November 2006, also became a permanent judge from this series.
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British music executive Simon Cowell (left), seen here in June 2010, judged only for the semi-finals and the final for this series. Image: Alison Martin.

Simon Cowell, seen here in June 2010, judged only for the semi-finals and the final for this series.
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May 17, 2011

Judge Dannii Minogue exits UK X Factor over \’Australia\’s Got Talent\’ scheduling clash

Judge Dannii Minogue exits UK X Factor over ‘Australia’s Got Talent’ scheduling clash

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Cquote1.svg During discussions for me to return [to The X Factor] it became clear that unfortunately, this year, the X Factor audition dates in the UK clash with the live shows of Australia’s Got Talent during June and July. For this reason I am unable to return. Cquote2.svg

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Australian singer Dannii Minogue has made the decision to depart from the judging panel of The X Factor, a televised singing competition in the United Kingdom. In a statement, she said: “I am so disappointed that I can’t be a part of The X Factor this year. I’m going to miss the show and the amazing team who work so incredibly hard on it.”

Since her first appearance on The X Factor in 2007, Minogue has gone on to mentor two series-winning acts, Leon Jackson and Matt Cardle. When attributing the reason for her departure, which occurred a short time period before the launch of the eighth series of the competition, Minogue stated, “[d]uring discussions for me to return [to The X Factor] it became clear that unfortunately, this year, the X Factor audition dates in the UK clash with the live shows of Australia’s Got Talent [on which she is a judge] during June and July. For this reason I am unable to return.”

According to Metro.co.uk, British musician Tulisa Contostavlos from English group N-Dubz will be employed in the position Minogue was on The X Factor. Various users of social networking website Twitter reacted negatively to this news, the Metro reported.

One source close to the programme told Sky News that Contostavlos is “not a reality TV creation, she’s created herself” and that “[e]veryone on the show has met her, and they loved her. She’s the real deal.” He also reported that “[t]he singer from north London also fits ‘the right age demographic'”.

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Danni Minogue in October 2010.
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Leon Jackson, as seen here earlier this year, was one of the acts Minogue mentored during series 4 of The X Factor. Jackson went on to win the series. Image: Sixtyplace9472.

Leon Jackson, as seen here earlier this year, was one of the acts Minogue mentored during series 4 of The X Factor. Jackson went on to win the series.
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Matt Cardle performing in December 2010. Minogue mentored Cardle, who became the winner of the seventh series of The X Factor. Image: James Whatley.

Matt Cardle performing in December 2010. Minogue mentored Cardle, who became the winner of the seventh series of The X Factor.
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February 18, 2011

2011 BRIT Awards highlights

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On Tuesday, the 2011 BRIT Awards were presented from The O2 Arena in London, England. This is the first time that the awards ceremony has been hosted from this venue; previously, the regular location for the show was the Earls Court Exhibition Centre, which is also located in London.

The BRIT Awards, presented by the British Phonographic Industry, is an annual ceremony that awards music artists for excellence in music. The BRIT Awards started in 1980; this year’s event is the 31st BRIT Awards. ITV1 broadcasted this year’s programme from 2000-2200 UTC, with British actor and presenter James Corden hosting it.

The ITV1 programme contained performances from various artists, many of which had been nominated for BRIT Awards. The performers and the performances are displayed below but are not in chronological order. They are as follows:

  • Take ThatKidz
  • AdeleSomeone Like You
  • RihannaOnly Girl (In the World) / S&M / What’s My Name?
  • Mumford & SonsTimshel
  • Plan BShe Said / Prayin’
  • Tinie Tempah, Eric Turner and LabrinthWritten in the Stars / Miami 2 Ibiza / Pass Out
  • Arcade FireReady To Start
  • Cee Lo Green and Paloma FaithForget You

British rapper Tinie Tempah was nominated for most awards than any other artist, with ‘Best British Album’ and ‘Best British Male’ included amongst his four nominations. He was given two BRIT awards – one for ‘Best British Single’, which was Pass Out, and the second for ‘Best British Breakthrough Act’. Upon receiving what would turn out to be his first award of two, Tinie Tempah proclaimed: “I want to big up God and my family for sticking by me when times are hard.” Canadian indie rock group Arcade Fire were also successful in achieving two BRIT Awards, one for ‘Best International Group’ and the other for ‘Best International Album’; their album is entitled The Suburbs.

Dermot O’Leary presented an award to British pop group Take That for ‘Best British Group’, the first time the group have ever achieved such an award. While the group received the award, member Mark Owen looked at Robbie Williams, who had recently rejoined Take That, and said: “Can I say thanks for coming back mate. Appreciate it. It’s a real pleasure for the five of us to be up here.” The group had a second nomination for ‘Best British Album’ but were unsuccessful in winning the award.

Cee Lo Green, a member of the group Gnarls Barkley, received one BRIT Award for ‘Best International Male’. In his acceptance speech, he commented: “I’m so excited. Thank you so much for this honour. Such a pleasant surprise.” Cee Lo was also nominated for ‘Best International Album’ but failed to achieve the award.

Roger Daltrey, lead singer of English rock group The Who, humourously commented that “[i]t’s good to see the British music industry still has enough money for a good booze up” before giving the award for ‘Best British Album’ to Mumford & Sons for their album, entitled Sigh No More. Marcus Mumford, of the group, said that “[t]his is very bizarre, very strange. Thank you very much indeed. We are very honoured, very humbled.”

Mark Ronson and Ellie Goulding awarded the ‘Critics’ Choice’ to English singer-songwriter Jessie J. Backstage, Jessie J – who is currently at number one in the UK Singles Chart with her song Price Tag, featuring American rapper B.o.B – remarked that “[p]op stands for popular. I want to be a pop icon and take Britain across the world.”

Plan B, another British rapper, achieved the award for ‘Best British Male’. “There’s a lot of people I could be thanking right now, I wanna thank them all together,” he said during his acceptance speech. Having expressed thanks to various family members, friends, his record labels and the people he had worked with, he concluded his speech with the line: “Thank you, everybody. That’s all.”

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Earlier in February 2011, Markus Dravs was given the BRIT Award for ‘Best British Producer’ by Chris Martin, a member of the group Coldplay; Dravs is co-producing a fifth album for the group at present. Dravs was nominated for his work in relation to Arcade Fire album The Suburbs and Mumford & Sons album Sigh No More. “You could hear it in the lyrics and in the commitment in the demos,” he commented. “I really wanted to get involved and see if I could help make the record.”

During the BRIT Awards programme on Tuesday, Cheryl Cole presented the ‘Best International Female’, which was won by Rihanna. The Barbadian pop and R&B singer exclaimed during her acceptance speech: “Britain, I love you! This is so exciting. I want to thank everybody at my label, Mercury […] all my fans here. You guys are the best! I love you so much. This is…this is big. It doesn’t get much bigger than the BRITs, so I love you guys. Thank you so much. This means a lot. I’m the only girl in the world!”

The award for ‘Best International Breakthrough Act’ was given to Justin Bieber, a Canadian pop music / R&B singer. Upon accepting the award, Bieber commented: “I want to thank all my fans over here. You guys are amazing. I want to thank the label over here”. Laura Marling was subsequently awarded ‘Best British Female’. After being presented with the award by Boy George, Marling said: “Thank you. My name’s Laura and there you go, mum. That’s for you and thank you very much to Adam and Laura and everyone at Virgin. This is really weird.”

Shortly after the broadcast of the main programme, performances became available to purchase via iTunes. The The BRIT Trust will receive all of the downloads’ profits as a donation.

Below, all of the recipients of the awards on Tuesday night are available to view in a list, which is not presented in chronological order.

  • Best British Male – Plan B
  • Best British Female – Laura Marling
  • Best British Group – Take That
  • Best British Single – Tinie TempahPass Out
  • Best British Album – Mumford & SonsSigh No More
  • Best British Producer – Markus Dravs
  • Best British Breakthrough Act – Tinie Tempah
  • Best International Male – Cee Lo Green
  • Best International Female – Rihanna
  • Best International Group – Arcade Fire
  • Best International Album – Arcade FireThe Suburbs
  • Best International Breakthrough Act – Justin Bieber
  • Critics’ Choice – Jessie J

Below is an image gallery displaying library photographs of some of the acts who appeared at the BRIT Awards 2011:

Adele, who sang 'Someone Like You', performing in 2007. Image: Mpawsy.

Adele, who sang ‘Someone Like You’, performing in 2007.
Image: Mpawsy.

Rihanna, who won 'Best International Female' and who sang 'Only Girl (In the World) / S&M / What's My Name?', performing in 2010. Image: Vitorvicentevalente.

Rihanna, who won ‘Best International Female’ and who sang ‘Only Girl (In the World) / S&M / What’s My Name?’, performing in 2010.
Image: Vitorvicentevalente.

Mumford & Sons, who won 'Best British Album' for their album 'Sigh No More' and who sang 'Timshel', performing in 2009. Image: prusakolep.

Mumford & Sons, who won ‘Best British Album’ for their album ‘Sigh No More’ and who sang ‘Timshel’, performing in 2009.
Image: prusakolep.

Plan B, who won 'Best British Male' and who sang 'She Said / Prayin'', performing in 2007. Image: Tony2Times.Plan B, who won ‘Best British Male’ and who sang ‘She Said / Prayin”, performing in 2007.
Image: Tony2Times.
Tinie Tempah, who achieved 'Best British Single' and 'Best British Breakthrough Act', as well as singing 'Written in the Stars / Miami 2 Ibiza / Pass Out' alongside Eric Turner and Labrinth, performing in 2010. Image: Göteborg & Co.Tinie Tempah, who achieved ‘Best British Single’ and ‘Best British Breakthrough Act’, as well as singing ‘Written in the Stars / Miami 2 Ibiza / Pass Out’ alongside Eric Turner and Labrinth, performing in 2010.
Image: Göteborg & Co.
Arcade Fire, who won 'Best International Album' - for their album 'The Suburbs' - and 'Best International Group', as well as singing 'Ready To Start', performing in 2007. Image: Bertrand.Arcade Fire, who won ‘Best International Album’ – for their album ‘The Suburbs’ – and ‘Best International Group’, as well as singing ‘Ready To Start’, performing in 2007.
Image: Bertrand.
Cee Lo Green, who won 'Best International Male' and who sang 'Forget You' alongside Paloma Faith, performing in 2008. Image: Chris Hakkens.Cee Lo Green, who won ‘Best International Male’ and who sang ‘Forget You’ alongside Paloma Faith, performing in 2008.
Image: Chris Hakkens.
Laura Marling, who won 'Best British Female', performing in 2007. Image: DearCatastropheWaitress.Laura Marling, who won ‘Best British Female’, performing in 2007.
Image: DearCatastropheWaitress.
Justin Bieber, who won 'Best International Breakthrough Act', at the 2010 White House Easter Egg Roll. Image: Daniel Ogren.Justin Bieber, who won ‘Best International Breakthrough Act’, at the 2010 White House Easter Egg Roll.
Image: Daniel Ogren.
Jessie J, who was given the 'Critics' Choice' award, performing in 2008. Image: Lancashire County Council.Jessie J, who was given the ‘Critics’ Choice’ award, performing in 2008.
Image: Lancashire County Council.
Presenter James Corden, seen here at a BBC Radio Wales roadshow in 2008. Image: Ben Salter.Presenter James Corden, seen here at a BBC Radio Wales roadshow in 2008.
Image: Ben Salter.

On Wednesday, the news emerged that the BRIT Awards 2011 gained approximately 4.8 million viewers, the smallest viewing figures the show has experienced for five years. The ratings of the ceremony were beaten by the last episode of Big Fat Gypsy Weddings in the series, broadcast on Channel 4 from 2100-2200 UTC on Tuesday; the viewing figures stood at approximately 6.5 million viewers. Holby City, broadcast on BBC One, also attracted more viewers than the BRIT Awards 2011. The programme, which was shown from 2000-2100 UTC, received approximately 5.8 million viewers.

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December 12, 2010

British soap opera Coronation Street celebrates 50 years on air

British soap opera Coronation Street celebrates 50 years on air

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Thursday marked the 50th anniversary of British soap opera Coronation Streets broadcast. The programme, which was created by Tony Warren and developed by Granada Television — now branded on-air as ITV Studios — in Manchester, England, was first broadcast on December 9, 1960 on ITV. The original commission was just 13 episodes. Nearly 7,500 episodes later, Coronation Street still broadcasts on ITV1.

At least one episode of the programme was broadcast every night between December 6 and December 10; on Thursday, the 50th anniversary was celebrated with a live episode. The major storyline of the week, entitled “Four Funerals and a Wedding”, started with a tram crash on Monday, shortly after a gas explosion in a new nearby bar called The Joinery damaged railway tracks.

Cquote1.svg I’m so proud and gobsmacked at how brilliant it looked. It was like seeing it for the first time. I’m stunned and amazed. Cquote2.svg

Phil Collinson

At its peak, Thursday’s one-hour live episode received ratings of approximately 14.9 million viewers — the highest total for the show for over six years. Within the sixty scenes, the storylines included character Fiz Stape prematurely giving birth to a baby girl, who was given the name Hope. Peter Barlow lay on his hospital bed as he attempted to say his wedding vows to Leanne Battersby; he subsequently flatlined. Molly Dobbs admitted her affair with Kevin Webster to Sally Webster — Kevin’s wife — before dying as a result of her injuries. There were virtually no mistakes made in the episode. Phil Collinson, the producer, expressed his approval for the episode. “I’m so proud and gobsmacked at how brilliant it looked,” he commented. “It was like seeing it for the first time. I’m stunned and amazed.”

Part of the exterior set of Coronation Street, including the Corner Shop, in October 2007.
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Ken Barlow is the only remaining character from the first episode, always portrayed by William Roache. Coronation Street now has its own version of encyclopedia website Wikipedia called Corriepedia, which was launched on May 21, 2008.

Because of this anniversary, numerous special programmes were also broadcast. The first ever episode of Coronation Street was repeated on Monday. On Wednesday-Thursday night Coronation Street: 50 Years, 50 Moments revealed the results of a poll to determine the fifty best Coronation Street moments. A humourous scene featuring character Blanche Hunt at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting topped the poll. Hunt, portrayed by the late Maggie Jones, was also revealed as the most popular character, according to a study by UK magazine Inside Soap. Second-place moment was a storyline involving serial killer Richard Hillman. Brian Capron, who portrayed Hillman, commented “Funnily enough because it’s all come back it seems to have done me a lot of good. It’s kind of an iconic storyline that I was involved in. There were some wonderful blackly humourous lines and the gloves, that slight pantomime element. You could love to hate him. They gave me so many great lines.”

Friday also saw the ITV1 broadcast of one-off game show, Coronation Street: The Big 50, a part-entertainment programme. Hosted by Paul O’Grady, it featured various members of the Coronation Street cast as contestants, split into three teams: “Weatherfield Lads”, “Pint Pullers”, and “Rovers Regulars” plus a fourth team of celebrity fans, or “Superfans”. The “Rovers Regulars” were to become the victors.



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