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Game Show Graveyard

They’re a funny old thing, gameshows. Some take the nation by storm, others you wouldn’t watch if you were paid to, with the rest fitting somewhere in between. Those that fall into the first category are ripe for resurrection and slotted back into schedules as if they’d never been away, with varying degrees of success – Channel 4’s recent resurgence of The Crystal Maze has been one of the greatest comebacks in TV history. Yet when it emerged last month that The Weakest Link, complete with Anne Robinson, could be making a return to our screens after a five-year absence, opinion was divided somewhat: do we really want people going round mimicking that God-awful catchphrase all over again? Whilst you’re busy pondering, here are five game shows that, for different reasons should remain exclusive to Challenge TV.

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The Best of British Takeaways review – are these Britain’s top fish friers?

In this easily digestible new format, three British chippies competed in a series in challenges judged by Tom Kerridge and Mitch Tonks

Mmmmm. Fish and chips. The tang of vinegar on paper softened with rain. The menacing eye of a seagull. And Tom Kerridge sizing up the flakiness of cod and the spikiness of batter (yes, a batter’s spikes are a thing in the world of extreme fish-frying). This isn’t just The Best of British Takeaways: Fish and Chips (BBC2). This is the best of British telly: populist, easily digested, and sort of good for you in moderation.

We are a nation of takeaway lovers, spending an annual £6bn on fast food, and we are also a nation of food programme lovers, spending around 6bn hours a year watching celebrity chefs trawling the country in search of the best chip. So what could be better than some of
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Tuesday’s best TV: The Best of British Takeaways; The Replacement

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Tom Kerridge and Cherry Healey celebrate the UK’s top fish and chips, while the beautifully played psychological drama draws to a terrifying close

The devilishly smart, ever-dark anthology series reaches the penultimate episode of its latest run. David (Reece Shearsmith) is unemployed, and wife Louise (Keeley Hawes) is keen for him to get back to work, presumably not only for his own good, but also to pay for their big suburban house. But David has other plans, namely becoming dangerously obsessed with the provenance of a mysterious shoe. Not the strongest episode of the series, but excellent nonetheless. Hannah J Davies

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The best TV shows this week: Nicole Kidman stars in Big Little Lies

From Sky Atlantic’s soapy new murder tale to Cherry Healey and Tom Kerridge’s search for the best British takeaway, here’s your must-watch list

It is sometimes lazily dismissed as a more pensive but less sexy and fighty Game of Thrones. But this saga set in medieval England has plenty going for it. Expect character-driven historical intrigue, with obligatory bursts of savagery from hairy and bloodthirsty men used effectively but sparingly. Less is more. Season 2 starts on Thursday, 9pm, BBC2

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Princess Kate 'Clearly Very Moved' by Children's Hospice Choir at Charity Dinner

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Princess Kate 'Clearly Very Moved' by Children's Hospice Choir at Charity Dinner
Hospice champion Princess Kate was touched by the emotional sounds of a community choir singing at a sumptuous dinner on Wednesday night. Kate is royal patron of the evening's charitable cause, East Anglia's Children's Hospices. She and Prince William watched along with 80 other guests from around the world as the charity's Treehouse choir sang "Something Inside So Strong" by Labi Siffre, "Somewhere Only We Know" by Keane and "Don’t Worry About Me" by Frances. "She was clearly very moved by their singing," patron Emma Deterding, who helped organize the fundraiser at the magnificent Houghton Hall, tells People. Among the singers was Charlotte Markham,
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Princess Kate Jokes About William 'Putting up with My Cooking' - Find Out His 'Skinny' Comeback!

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Princess Kate Jokes About William 'Putting up with My Cooking' - Find Out His 'Skinny' Comeback!
Mix two royals, five Michelin-star chefs and one grand country house and you have a recipe for the ultimate summer date night. Princess Kate and Prince William stepped out on Wednesday for a gala evening hosted by their friends, the Marquess and Marchioness of Cholmondeley, at the aristocrats' stately home, Houghton Hall. Leaving their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte at their nearby country house, Anmer Hall, the royal parents drove the four miles to Houghton Hall for the evening of entertainment and fine dining. Kate, in a dazzling Jenny Packham rewear from 2011, suggested William was looking forward to a
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William and Kate's Charity Dinner to Feature Five Top Chefs - Find Out Who's Doing the Cooking

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William and Kate's Charity Dinner to Feature Five Top Chefs - Find Out Who's Doing the Cooking
A select group of Michelin-starred chefs are set to conjure a very special meal for Princess Kate and husband Prince William, along with about 90 invited guests, at a grand house a short drive from the royal couple's country home in Norfolk. The dinner is set to take place this Wednesday - the day after William turns 34 - and will thank supporters of one of Kate's favorite charities, East Anglia Children's Hospices. The charity, which hopes the evening will bring in around $700,000, is focused on raising around $14 million to build a new hospice. Kate helped launch that appeal back in 2014. The evening,
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Tuesday’s best TV: How Not to Diy; The A Word; Inside Obama’s White House; Drive

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Home refurb disasters and triumphs; Maggie the speech therapist arrives in Bowker’s family drama; the Obama presidency uncovered. Plus: celebrity racing

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The professional baking challenge continues with chefs from the British armed forces facing three from the Savoy and an all-female team. Tom Kerridge is taskmaster, ordering miniature opéra aux fruits, a spherical gateau and a babka knot. Their trifle-themed showpieces are incredible, including chocolate bonsai trees and a super-sized construction involving shelves. It’s undeniably impressive and not without tension, even if it doesn’t have quite the same thrill as the amateur Bake Off. Hannah Verdier

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Bake Off: Crème de la Crème review – a bland spin-off that feels like a neverending MasterChef quarter final

What happens when the Great British Bake Off goes pro? It gets bland. Plus: Jim Al-Khalili explores the ‘big crunch’ in The Beginning and End of the Universe

There was a moment in the Great British Bake Off spin-off (Bake Off: Crème de la Crème, BBC2) when I thought it had offed itself. Only to rise like a tempered chocolate phoenix from the ashes as The Apprentice, with patissiers instead of financers. In the flashy new series, teams of professional pastry chefs compete to create the best desserts and, more importantly, convince the nation that a hi-spec kitchen on a Nottinghamshire estate and some of the most outlandish sugarwork known to humankind can compete with a tent housing a bunch of amateurs and Mary Berry. (It can’t.)

In portentous tones, presenter Tom Kerridge told us the first team were “the secret agents of the pastry world”. The camera cut
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BBC’s Bake Off: Creme de la Creme will see best pastry chefs rise to the top

Spin-off from hit baking contest fronted by Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge will feature 15 teams of professionals competing to impress expert patissiers

The makers of The Great British Bake Off have whipped up a spin-off of the hit show – a pastry version called Bake Off: Creme de la Creme.

Presented by Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge, the BBC2 series will feature teams of pastry chefs competing against each other to win the Creme de la Creme title.

Related: Great British Bake Off recipe has proved a sweet success for BBC Worldwide

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Saturday Kitchen Live Now on FilmOn

Saturday Kitchen Live Now on FilmOn
BBC One brings the talk show to the kitchen with “Saturday Kitchen Live,” which can be viewed on FilmOn’s BBC One online television channel. The program, hosted by James Martin, features Britain’s top stars and master chefs. Entertainment and foodie life collide in this show, similar to the American talk show “The Chew.” Here’s more about “Saturday Kitchen Live”: “James Martin presents the weekly live cooking show with guest chefs Nathan Outlaw and Ken Yamada. Call the Midwife star Laura Main faces her food heaven or food hell. Plus great moments from the BBC food archive, including clips from Rick Stein, Tom Kerridge, Gennaro Contaldo, Antonio Carluccio, Cyrus Todiwala and [ Read More ]

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Friday’s best TV

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Race to the Pole becomes treacherous, Tom Kerridge tackles kidneys, Taye Diggs and Kathleen Robertson star in Murder in the First, and American teenagers get religious in The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns

Richard Parks’s dream to ski from the Antarctic coast to the south pole in record time becomes a terrifying reality this week. After a year of gruelling training, he’s now getting on the plane to the end of the world, and the base at Union Glacier. Deciding to take less food to make his sled lighter – and thus his journey shorter – is a risk, one he calculates in order to try to beat the standing Norwegian record. But disastrous weather from the off throws the expedition into jeopardy. Ben Arnold

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Marry Berry to front new six-part cooking series for BBC Two

Mary Berry will front a new cooking series for BBC Two.

Absolute Favourites will focus on the inspirations behind Berry's recipes, and will see the Great British Bake Off judge tour the UK.

A BBC spokesperson told The Mirror: "We are very excited to be working with Mary again next year."

The six-episode order follows the success of Berry's two-part series Absolute Christmas Favourites, which has featured Berry presenting her favourite festive dishes.

The 79-year-old's latest book Mary Berry Cooks is currently at the top of the Amazon bestseller list ahead of publications by Jamie Oliver and Tom Kerridge.

Last month, Berry won an Outstanding Achievement award for her cookery books.
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Mary Berry to front new six-part cooking series for BBC Two

Mary Berry will front a new cooking series for BBC Two.

Absolute Favourites will focus on the inspirations behind Berry's recipes, and will see the Great British Bake Off judge tour the UK.

A BBC spokesperson told The Mirror: "We are very excited to be working with Mary again next year."

The six-episode order follows the success of Berry's two-part series Absolute Christmas Favourites, which has featured Berry presenting her favourite festive dishes.

The 79-year-old's latest book Mary Berry Cooks is currently at the top of the Amazon bestseller list ahead of publications by Jamie Oliver and Tom Kerridge.

Last month, Berry won an Outstanding Achievement award for her cookery books.
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Text Santa peaks with 5.4 million viewers on ITV

Text Santa was seen by an average audience of 4.2 million (21.9%) on Friday (December 19) evening.

The ITV charity special, which saw George Clooney show up in Downton Abbey and Ant and Dec hold a festive Bushtucker Trial, peaked with 5.4 million viewers (25.1%) at 9pm.

BBC One's evening kicked off with 3.71 million (19%) for The One Show at 7pm, followed by 3.57 million (17.9%) for A Question of Sport.

Citizen Khan was seen by an average audience of 2.92 million (14.2%), an evening high of 3.83 million (17.7%) tuned in to watch Have I Got News for You at 9pm, while 3 million watched Not Going Out at 9pm.

With guests including Ben Stiller and Ricky Gervais, The Graham Norton Show rounded things off with 2.67 million (19.1%).

The final Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two started BBC Two's evening off with 1.93 million (10.1%) at 6.30pm, followed by 1.44 million (7.2%) for Tom Kerridge Cooks Christmas.

Elsewhere, Mary Berry's Absolute Christmas Favourites secured
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Children in Need peaks with 9.81 million on BBC One

Children in Need peaked with 9.81 million viewers on BBC One last night (November 14).

The annual fundraiser attracted an average audience of 8.29 million (35.9%) from 7.30pm until 10pm.

Average viewing figures dropped to 4.21 million (21.8%) when it switched to BBC Two for 45-minutes at 10pm, while the final few hours were seen by 2.76 million (34.6%).

It was preceded by The One Show, which played to 5.32 million (28.4%) at 7pm on BBC One.

Over on ITV, Secrets from the Sky was seen by 2.36 million (10.4%) at 8pm, while drama series Lewis reeled in 3.51 million (15.1%) at 9pm.

BBC Two's evening kicked off with 860k (4.1%) for The Home That Two Built at 7pm, followed by 1.27 million (5.5%) for Mastermind, 930k (3.9%) for Tom Kerridge's Best Ever Dishes and 1.10 million (4.7%) for The Fish Market: Inside Billingsgate.

Gogglebox was once again Channel 4's highest-rated show, playing to 2.36 million (10.1%) at 9pm. It was sandwiched between Marvel's Agents of Shield with 840k
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Lewis narrowly tops Friday's ratings with 4.4 million on ITV

ITV drama series Lewis was Friday's (October 31) highest-rated show outside of soaps.

The fourth episode of the current series was seen by an average audience of 4.4 million (21%) at 9pm on ITV.

Between visits to Coronation Street, a Secrets From The Sky Stonehenge special entertained 2.41 million (11.9%) at 8pm on ITV.

Have I Got News for You was once again BBC One's highest-rated show outside of soaps, drawing in 4.05 million viewers (19%) at 9pm.

BBC One's evening kicked off with 3.56 million (19.6%) for The One Show at 7pm, followed by 2.71 million (14.1%) for A Question of Sport at 7.30pm.

Citizen Khan returned to 2.86 million viewers (13.5%) at 8.30pm, while Not Going Out was seen by 3.22 million (15.7%).

Featuring the likes of Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Lena Dunham and Micky Flanagan, The Graham Norton Show capped off BBC One's evening with 3.35 million (26.5%) at 10.35pm.

Mastermind started things off with 1.26 million (6.9%) on BBC Two, followed by 1.3 million (6.7%) for Autumnwatch Unsprung,
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Marvel's Agents of Shield returns to 1.1 million on Channel 4

Marvel's Agents of Shield returned to more than 1 million viewers on Channel 4 last night (October 24).

The first episode of the second season was seen by an average audience of 1.1 million (5.2%) from 8pm. A further 174k (0.8%) tuned in on Channel 4+1.

It was followed by Gogglebox, which was seen by 2.95 million (13.8%) at 9pm, and Alan Carr: Chatty Man with 1.34 million (8.4%) at 10pm. Channel 4's evening ended with 560k (7.4%) for The Feeling Nuts Comedy Night at 10pm.

With an average audience of 4.33 million (19.9%) at 9pm, BBC One's Have I Got News for You was among the evening's most watched shows.

An hour-long episode of Lewis also proved popular, playing to an average audience of 4.31 million (20.1%) at 9pm on ITV.

Secrets from the Sky also proved popular for ITV, attracting 2.3 million viewers (11%) at 8pm.

BBC One's evening began with 3.77 million (20%) for The One Show at 7pm, followed by 2.88 million
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Stand Up To Cancer's Gogglebox Celebrity Special watched by 3.72 million

Gogglebox: Celebrity Special played to an audience of 3.72 million (16.5%) on Friday evening (October 18).

Channel 4's Stand Up To Cancer charity special kicked off with 1.19 million (6.3%) at 7pm, although viewership increased throughout the show.

An average audience of 1.53 million (7.5%) watched Taylor Swift and Jamie Oliver's Naked Chef sketch at around 7.30pm, while 1.84 million (8.4%) tuned in for Andy Murray in Andy Murray: The Movie.

Average viewing figures rose to 2.28 million (10.4%) between 8.30 and 9.15pm, before the end of the Gogglebox: Celebrity Special.

Over on ITV, the second episode of drama series Lewis was the evening's highest-rated show excluding soaps, playing to an average audience of 4.54 million (20.5%) at 9pm.

2.87 million (13.6%) watched Secrets from the Sky an hour earlier at 8pm.

BBC One's evening began with 3.55 million (18.9%) for The One Show at 7pm, followed by 2.88 million (14.5%) for A Question of Sport.

Would I Lie to You? entertained 3.15 million (14.5%) at 8.30pm, while
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The X Factor tops Friday's ratings with more than 6 million

The X Factor topped Friday's ratings outside of soaps with an average audience of 6.01 million viewers (27.7%).

As the Judges make their final selections for the live shows, the latest episode peaked with 6.11 million (28.8%) from 9pm.

Earlier on ITV, Gino's Italian Escape: A Taste of the Sun was seen by 2.47 million (11.9%) at 8pm.

Over on BBC One, The One Show kicked off the evening with 3.37 million (18.9%), while A Question of Sport followed with 2.95 million (15.2%).

Would I Lie to You was seen by 3.18 million (15.4%) at 8.30pm, Have I Got News for You played to an evening high of 4.27 million (19.4%) and Big School was watched by 2.37 million (11.1%).

With guests including Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson and Luke Evans, The Graham Norton Show ended the evening with 3.06 million (23.4%) at 10.35pm.

Celebrity Antiques Roadshow began with 1.72 million (9.2%) at 7pm on BBC Two, Mastermind picked up increased viewers of 2.03 million (9.8%) and Lorraine Pascale: How to Be
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