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The Great Pottery Throw Down has confused the hell out of Twitter: 'Why are people crying?'

3 November 2015 3:25 PM, PST

If you're missing The Great British Bake Off, BBC Two might have just found you the perfect replacement in The Great Pottery Throw Down.

Pottery - not cakes - is what's heading into the ovens, but there's plenty of filthy innuendo to keep you going. So, just what did viewers make of it?

Here's what Twitter had to say:

Some were pretty confused by the whole thing:

So disappointed to tune in to The Great Pottery Throw Down to find that it's not about wrestling in Stoke. #potterythrowdown #monkeytennis

— Paul (@stoneorder) November 3, 2015

Oh no I missed The great pottery throw down, said no one ever.

— Quinny (@Zirconencrusted) November 3, 2015

Watching the Great Pottery Throw Down. Bake Off with pots, and with judge who has Very Weird hair.

— Nigel Redford (@thebanburyman) November 3, 2015

Why am I watching The Great Pottery Throw Down and why is the Paul Hollywood of the pottery world crying? »

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Secret Life of 4 Year Olds returned to Channel 4 and Twitter thought it was adorable

3 November 2015 2:35 PM, PST

The Secret Life of 4 Year Olds is back on Channel 4 and now everyone wants a toddler for themselves.

Over on Twitter, people immediately picked their favourites, judged the bully and decided to take the children's advice - hula hoop anyone?

Everyone had their favourite:

Aw. How proud would you be if Charlotte was your daughter? #SLO4YO

— Victoria Kennedy (@vixkennedy) November 3, 2015

Theo's parents should feel very proud, such a nice boy #SLO4YO

— Sarah Darlow (@SarahDarlow) November 3, 2015

Loving #SLO4YO Tia is absolutely adorable

— Stacey (@staceyhunter_x) November 3, 2015

There were a few viewers who saw the amazing crossover TV possibilities:

If you squint it's like watching #TheApprentice


— R M (@rmfarley9) November 3, 2015

Secret Life of 4 Year Olds.... this is the new and much improved Big Brother #SLO4YO

— Rog (@R_Regor) November 3, 2015

Oh dear, Lola's answer didn't go down well:

Boys have bigger brains? Lola is going to »

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Vote! The Great Pottery Throw Down: Do we really need the new BBC Two show?

3 November 2015 2:01 PM, PST

The Great Pottery Throw Down kicked off on BBC Two - no, really. It's not all about The Great British Bake Off and The Great British Sewing Bee - now clay is getting some action as potters take to the wheel to prove their skills.

Is this the new Great British Bake Off? Meet the stars of the Great Pottery Throw Down

Tonight's episode saw host Sara Cox watching on as the hopefuls made kitchen bowls, attached mug handles and created egg cups - but what did you make of it all? Are you fed up of Great TV shows? Is baking enough for you? Or did you get gripped by the firing fiascos and "rim" and "crack" innuendo?

We want to know what you thought, so have your say by voting in our poll below:


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Strictly Come Dancing's Craig Revel Horwood: "Bruno is definitely becoming nastier"

3 November 2015 1:15 PM, PST

Strictly Come Dancing's Craig Revel Horwood is concerned that fellow judge Bruno Tonilio might be trespassing onto his "nasty" turf with his recent criticisms and on-air swearing.

The notoriously cutting judge - who dressed up as a zombie bride for last weekend's Halloween-themed all-star dance - told Woman magazine that "Bruno is definitely becoming nastier".

Strictly Come Dancing: From Adele to Take That, see Week 7's song and dance list

"That's my turf! Perhaps I need to have a few words with him," he continued.

"I think it's because he's the tough judge in the States and that character is crossing over the pond.

"He needs to be careful he doesn't get too carried away and slip up again with a swear word, though."

Effusive Italian judge Tonilio described Jay McGuiness's paso doble with professional partner Aliona Vilani as "the bull's bollocks", for which the BBC later apologised. »

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Strictly Come Dancing: From Adele to Take That, see Week 7's song and dance list

3 November 2015 11:23 AM, PST

So now Halloween Week is out of the way, it's back on for the fake tans and sequins and Strictly Come Dancing goes back to normal. Let's have a guess at who might survive another week on the dancefloor now this week's song and dance list has been unveiled.

1. Anita Rani & Gleb Savchenko

Song: 'The Boy Does Nothing' by Alesha Dixon

Dance: Jive

2. Carol Kirkwood & Pasha Kovalev

Song: 'Man! I feel Like a Woman' by Shania Twain

Dance: American Smooth

3. Georgia May Foote & Giovanni Pernice

Song: 'Volare' by The Gipsy Kings

Dance: Samba

4. Helen George & Aljaz Skorjanec

Song: 'Hello' by Adele

Dance: Rumba

5. Jamelia & Tristan MacManus

Song: 'Trouble' by Ray Lamontagne

Dance: Viennese Waltz

6. Jay McGuiness & Aliona Vilani

Song: 'Diferente' by The Gotan Project

Dance: Argentine Tango

7. Jeremy Vine & Karen Clifton

Song: 'Go West' by The Pet Shop Boys

Dance: Tango

8. Katie Derham & Anton Du Beke

Song: ' »

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Top Gear script editor was "teeth-grindingly furious" with Clarkson over fracas

3 November 2015 10:53 AM, PST

A Top Gear script editor has said how furious he was at Jeremy Clarkson for a "fracas" with the show's producer earlier this year.

Richard Porter, who worked on all 22 series, said Clarkson's behaviour was a kick in the teeth for everyone else who worked hard on the show.

"[Jeremy] didn't sit down or even take his jacket off," he claimed in his book, And On That Bombshell: Inside The Madness And Genius Of Top Gear.

"He just told us he'd made a confession to management and that he was sorry to all of us.

"With that he left the office for what would be the very last time."

He added: "I was furious. Properly, knee-jiggingly, teeth-grindingly furious.

"His apology seemed half-hearted and feeble, like a child saying sorry because they know it's what the adults want to hear, rather than a sincere reflection of remorse."

Clarkson, along with Richard Hammond »

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Dakota Blue Richards wants to be involved with the His Dark Materials TV series

3 November 2015 9:27 AM, PST

A lot of people are pretty excited about BBC One bringing His Dark Materials to the small screen - and that includes Dakota Blue Richards.

The actress reacted to plans for Philip Pullman's epic fantasy trilogy of novels to be turned into a new TV series by saying she hopes to be involved.

"I would so love to be a part of this," she said on Twitter earlier today.

@PhilipPullman @lizo_mzimba @BBCOne I would so love be a part of this.

Dakota Blue Richards (@DakotaBlueR) November 3, 2015

Richards even has Pullman's backing:

@lizo_mzimba @BBCOne @DakotaBlueR Thanks, Lizo. Yes, that would be nice.

Philip Pullman (@PhilipPullman) November 3, 2015

Richards made her screen debut in the 2007 film adaptation of first book The Golden Compass as Lyra. Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig also starred.

But sequels made from the second and third books in the series were shelved due to the disappointing »

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Lily James confirms return to Downton Abbey: "It was amazing going back after a break"

3 November 2015 9:05 AM, PST

Lily James has confirmed that she will be returning for Downton Abbey's Christmas special, and says it "was amazing going back after a break".

James will be back as the aristocratic Lady Rose Aldridge for the much-loved period drama's final ever episode on Christmas Day, after her character's marriage to Atticus Aldridge saw the young couple swan off to New York.

The 26-year-old Cinderalla star told Harper's Bazaar: "It was amazing going back after a break. You are just totally re-inspired by the wonder of it, that grand house against grey skies."

On the success of Julian Fellowes's ITV series, which she credits for launching her career, she continued: "I have such happy, positive memories and a sense of accomplishment about being on the show. I don't know if I'd be sitting here if it weren't for Downton.

"It would have all been very different."

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Strictly Come Dancing 2015: Brendan Cole admits he was "not hopeful" about having Kirsty Gallacher

3 November 2015 8:45 AM, PST

Strictly Come Dancing pro Brendan Cole has admitted that he "wasn't hopeful" when he was paired with Kirsty Gallacher.

Gallacher was voted out of the show at the weekend after making a mistake during her Charleston, but Cole explained that she had come a long way.

"When we started, I was not hopeful because she hadn't danced - she was stiff and I think scared of it," he said on Strictly: It Takes Two. "But once we turned the corner of some of the fear starting to disappear, she started to come through and started to become a dancer and that's exciting. That's as good as somebody like Jay getting a 10 on that week.

"The step from here to here is fantastic and I was really proud of that, and [in the American smooth during Movie Week], in the training room in particular, there was a smoothness. She's softening up! It wasn't quite there for the show but there were signs, »

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Pauline Quirke wants to tumble in You, Me and the Apocalypse first look

3 November 2015 8:32 AM, PST

Let's get ready to tumble - Pauline Quirke is on the offensive in a first look at the next You, Me and the Apocalypse.

The exclusive clip is taken from tomorrow night's episode six, with Quirke's Paula coming to the rescue of son Jamie (Mathew Baynton).

You, Me and the Apocalypse is an all-star comedy-drama, charting humanity's final days as a comet hurtles towards the Earth.

The legendary Diana Rigg also makes a guest appearance in the next episode, playing deranged Dorothea Sutton.

"It's wonderful - she's indomitable," Rigg told press including Digital Spy. "Nothing would stop her, utterly selfish. The opportunity to be bizarre - I am bizarre, aren't I? - is just so wonderful, isn't it?

"I didn't know whether I had to be glamorous, but they decided to make me glamorous. That's wonderful, because I so rarely get the chance! I'm an old bag for the most part on Game of Thrones, »

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The X Factor Top 11 star in a super snazzy photoshoot - see all the photos here

3 November 2015 8:30 AM, PST

The X Factor finalists might have a tough life of early starts, vocal rest and brutal choreography, but it's not all bad - they're getting a taste of the life of the rich and famous.

And with that comes a super glamorous photoshoot for the show's official style partner Very.co.uk, where the Top 11 posed together at a lavish party and then shot further photos in their categories.

Nick Grimshaw's Boys - Mason Noise, Che Chesterman and Seann Miley Moore - spent their day with a flash car, although Girls Kiera Weathers, Lauren Murray, Louisa Johnson and Monica Michael made do with some bikes.

Elsewhere, the two remaining Overs Anton Stephans and Max Stone spent some time together around the piano, which Max seemed to be enjoying an awful lot.

But we're most jealous of the last two Groups - 4th Impact and Reggie N Bollie - who »

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Strictly Come Dancing 2015: Jeremy Vine teases his serious "news face" for his tango

3 November 2015 8:09 AM, PST

Strictly Come Dancing star Jeremy Vine has revealed that he'll be channelling his life as a journalist to help him with his tango this weekend.

His professional partner Karen Clifton described his tango face as "proud", while Vine described it as a "news face".

"'Good morning, reporting from'," he practised. "Journalists do that face a lot. I think that's going to be okay."

He added: "Some of the favourite dances I've seen from the series have been tangos. Anita Rani's tango, unbelievable. And then Katie [Derham]'s on the first week. Although it is the news face, there's a lot of character in it so I've actually been really looking forward to learning it."

And Clifton revealed that she was "impressed" by Vine in their first couple of hours of tango training yesterday.

"He is improving and he's listening even more - he's constantly practising," she said. "I've never seen »

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I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here: Is an airport strike about to cause the show a serious headache?

3 November 2015 8:02 AM, PST

I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! is facing a serious headache as Australian border agents have decided to strike - just as the celebrities are supposed to start landing Down Under.

Australian Border Force employees have voted to strike in a dispute over pay and will walk out of all international airports in the country for 24 hours on November 9.

Awkwardly, that's pretty much the exact time that stars will be landing in Australia head of I'm a Celebrity's big launch on November 15.

And given that the strike is expected to cause huge disruption and leave passengers stranded, it's probably not particularly good news for producers.

It's also going to make it even harder than normal for runners to shield the celebs from the paparazzi - and from each other.

Stephanie Davis, Brian Friedman, Speidi, Josh Cuthbert, Spencer Matthews, the Cheeky Girls and Rustie Lee are just some »

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Louis Theroux is making a second Jimmy Savile documentary for the BBC

3 November 2015 7:04 AM, PST

Louis Theroux is returning to one of his most infamous subjects for a new special.

The filmmaker will produce another BBC documentary about Jimmy Savile, examining how the disgraced DJ was able to hide his crimes for so long.

Savile was the focus of Theroux's 2000 documentary When Louis Met Jimmy. He died in 2011, shortly before revelations emerged that he had sexually abused hundreds of children over the course of 50 years.

The BBC said a statement: "At the time, he knew there was more to him than met the eye and, while he succeeded in showing a different side of Jimmy Savile, the darkest side of this hugely complex celebrity eluded him.

"[Theroux will] understand the personality of a man who was able to commit such a spectrum of sexual crimes; how someone he once called a friend used his celebrity status to commit these crimes; and how the power of this public »

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Just how drunk was Simon Cowell last night? X Factor star asks who's missing Zayn and thanks Botox inventor

3 November 2015 6:30 AM, PST

Did X Factor's Simon Cowell have one tipple too many at last night's Music Industry Trust Awards?

We only mention it because the music mogul asked an awkward question about former One Direction singer Zayn Malik, praised the inventor of Botox for maintaining his "handsome" looks, and took jabs at his former colleagues' appearances during his acceptance speech.

Mind you, we've probably done far worse at an office Christmas party...

The ITV talent show judge was honoured at the 24th annual ceremony for his contribution to the music industry, and upon receiving the award from One Direction, he shocked the audience by asking: "Guys, who misses Zayn?"

Simon Cowell on X Factor finalists: "I think some of them could look a bit better"

Cowell is reported to have said in his bizarre but thoroughly entertaining speech: "I also noticed, because I haven't seen a lot of these people in 20 years, »

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Olly Murs laughs off "rubbish" claims he's dating former X Factor star Diana Vickers

3 November 2015 5:36 AM, PST

Olly Murs may now be hosting The X Factor but he most certainly isn't dating former contestant Diana Vickers.

Murs and his girlfriend Francesca Thomas split up last month after a three-year relationship, and it was apparently rumoured that he has since hooked up with the 2008 semi-finalist.

"It's so ridiculous. It's a load of rubbish," Murs told The Mirror at the Music Industry Trust Awards.

"Me and Diana are friends, we've known each other a long time. We laughed about it. What? We're casually dating? No, we're not. We find it funny."

Murs competed in The X Factor a year after Vickers, later becoming host of The Xtra Factor and fronting the main show this year.

In the same chat, Murs did admit once asking out Cheryl Fernandez-Versini on a date... and not hearing back from her.

Unsurprisingly, neither of them have brought that up since they reunited on the show. »

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Bears, snowmen, penguins: Which is the best John Lewis Christmas ad?

3 November 2015 5:21 AM, PST

In past years, it was Coca-Cola's job to tell us when the 'Holidays are Coming' ever year with the sound of its festive train rumbling by, but nowadays it's all about the John Lewis Christmas ad.

As we prepare ourselves to no doubt cry in schmaltzy joy upon watching the 2015 edition on Friday morning, let's take a look back at its predecessors. Vote in our poll below to choose your very favourite.


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It's the Doctor vs evil Clara in a first-look at The Zygon Inversion

3 November 2015 5:05 AM, PST

Get a first taste of this Saturday's action-packed Doctor Who episode, with new pictures from 'The Zygon Inversion'.

It appears the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) may have survived his plane being shot down - unless, of course, the figure seen here is a Zygon double...

His companion has, of course, been replaced by a shape-shifter named 'Bonnie' - with the life of the real Clara (Jenna Coleman) hanging in the balance.

Can our Time Lord hero rescue his companion, and save the Earth from a secret Zygon invasion?

The only hope may lie within Unit's black archive, sealed in a box. But what is the so-called 'Osgood Box' - only to be used as a last resort?

The Doctor knows, but he's not telling - and we'll have to wait 'til Saturday (November 7) to find out.

Doctor Who review: 'The Zygon Invasion' is a superb sci-fi fable

Doctor Who will run for at least 5 more years, »

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Simon Cowell on X Factor finalists: "I think some of them could look a bit better"

3 November 2015 4:49 AM, PST

The X Factor's Simon Cowell has been typically spiky with his criticism about this year's finalists.

The 51-year-old judge - who lost his act Bupsi from his Overs category on Sunday night - told The Mirror that "some of them could look a bit better".

"I'm not going to say who but you know, enough," he said at the Music Industry Trust Awards. "But that's part of the fun of making the show every week."

Despite his disappointment with some of the contestants' appearances, Cowell is certain that at least a handful of the hopefuls have the potential to become a success and sell "a lot of records".

"I've seen three, four or five artists who could not only win, but will go on to sell records, a lot of records," he enthused.

Defending the ITV show following its drop in ratings, he also told Pa at the event: »

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UK TV ratings: Doc Martin finale attracts 5.8m on Monday night

3 November 2015 4:29 AM, PST

UK TV ratings round-up - data supplied by Barb

Doc Martin was once again top of the Monday night ratings, as its finale episode brought in over 5 and a half million viewers.

The ITV Martin Clunes drama was seen by an average overnight audience of 5.88m (26.6%) at 9pm (346,000/2.3%), down around 100k from last week.

On BBC One, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's War on Waste intrigued 3.36m (15.2%) at 9pm.

BBC Two's busy night started with Only Connect with 1.65m (7.8%) in an earlier timeslot of 7.30pm, followed by University Challenge with 2.73m (12.4%) at 8pm. Simply Nigella appealed to 2.34m (10.6%) at 8.30pm, while Autumnwatch was seen by 1.74m (7.8%) at 9pm. Mock the Week amused 1.25m (7.3%) at 10pm.

On Channel 4, Sas: Who Dares Wins interested 1.31m (5.9%) at 9pm (238k/1.6%), followed by Fargo with 489k (3.4%) at 10pm.

Channel 5's Police Interceptors attracted 1.01m (4.6%) at 8pm, and On Benefits amazed 971k (4.4%) at 9pm (124k/0.8%).

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