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No Part Too Small: Prince William Reveals George's Surprising Role in His School's Nativity Play

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No Part Too Small: Prince William Reveals George's Surprising Role in His School's Nativity Play
Prince George may be in line for the throne, but he didn’t get to practice as one of the three kings this year.

While Prince William and Kate Middleton visited BBC’s Bridge House in Media City, Salford, on Wednesday, the proud father revealed that the 4-year-old royal took part in his school’s Christmas nativity play.

“I went to my boy’s nativity play. It was funny,” William said. “He was a sheep.”

George started school at Thomas’s Battersea in London this September, where his dad dropped him off for the first day. Upon exiting the family
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Swap Shop and Saturday morning kids' TV 40 years on

Alex Westthorp Oct 3, 2016

It's 40 years since Multi-Coloured Swap Shop made its television debut and kick-started the Saturday morning kids' TV slot...

Imagine the excitement - it's just before 9.30am on Saturday 2nd October 1976. It's almost like Christmas has come early, such is the anticipation. The nation's kids, who hitherto got their kicks at the Saturday morning pictures, settle in front of their television screens and press the button marked 'BBC1'. Those who read their parents' Radio Times know a new show is about to start with Radio 1 Breakfast Show DJ Noel Edmonds at the helm. 28 year old Noel is cool and down with the kids. Tom Baker and Elisabeth Sladen - the Doctor and Sarah Jane from Doctor Who - are to be the first star guests, and you can actually speak to them live by telephone! The TV set warms up and the familiar blue and yellow BBC
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Spooky and magical 80s kids' TV dramas: 1980-84

Alex Westthorp Sep 14, 2016

Did fantasy dramas Chocky, The Box Of Delights and Dramarama leave an impression on you as a kid? Revisit those nightmares here...

Spooky, always magical and occasionally downright scary dramas are the bedrock of kids' television. For me, the pinnacle of this sort of programme was reached in the 1980s. The decade saw a new approach to both traditional and contemporary drama by both UK broadcasters: ITV committed itself to regular seasons of children's plays with Dramarama (1983-89), a kind of youth version of the venerable BBC Play For Today (1970-84), which saw the 1988 television debut of one David Tennant. The BBC, building upon an impressive body of work from the early 70s onwards, produced some of its very best family drama in this era, embracing cutting edge technology to bring treats like The Box Of Delights (1984) and The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe (1988) to the screen.
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Horrible Histories, Professor Branestawm lead BAFTA Children's nominations

Horrible Histories could be heading to success at this year's British Academy Children's Awards after being nominated in three categories.

The programme leads the nominations with nods in the Comedy and Writing categories, while Jessica Ransom is also nominated in the performer category for her turn as Mary, Queen of Scots.

Elsewhere, The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm is nominated in the Comedy category, while star Harry Hill is also a contender.

Meanwhile, Peppa Pig is up for awards in the Preschool: Animation and Writer categories, while Operation Ouch! is in the running for a Factual award.

Operation Ouch! hosts Drs Alexander and Chris van Tulleken are nominated for Presenter awards, as are Sam Nixon and Mark Rhodes of Sam & Mark's Big Friday Wind-Up.

Harriet's Army has nominations for Drama and Writer, while The Dumping Ground, Wolfblood and Katie Morag are all up for Drama awards.

All At Sea
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John Craven to host new BBC series Beat the Brain

John Craven will present the new BBC Two game show Beat the Brain.

Beat the Brain, which will air in the BBC's daytime programming block, tests the way its contestants think by pitting teams of four in challenges that involve different centres of the brain.

Contestants will be given logical problems, visual puzzles and memory challenges, rather than trivia questions.

The series comes from Objective Productions and Over The Top Productions.

Nigel Hall of Over The Top Productions announced the series, saying: "I am really excited to be working with the legend that is John Craven, who has starred in so many landmark TV shows in his career.

"We were absolutely thrilled he chose Beat the Brain to be his next TV project. These brain games are addictive and we are confident that this will be a show that the whole family can enjoy together."

Beat the Brain is scheduled
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Coronation Street, Broadchurch, Idris Elba win Rts Awards - full winners list

Coronation Street, Broadchurch's Olivia Colman and Luther actor Idris Elba were the big winners at the Royal Television Society Programme Awards on Tuesday (March 18) at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

Broadchurch won the award for Drama Serial, with Colman picking up the Female Actor prize. Educating Yorkshire won Best Documentary Series as star Michael Steer hit out at Education Secretary Michael Gove in his acceptance speech.

Corrie, which was nominated alongside Casualty and Emmerdale, followed its previous Best Soap wins this year at the NTAs, Broadcast and Tric Awards with the Soap and Continuing Drama gong.

Other winners on the night included Elba taking the Male Actor award for his role in Luther, Brendan O'Carroll for Comedy Performance for Mrs Brown's Boys and Plebs for Scripted Comedy.

Game of Thrones claimed the International Award, Alan Carr won the prize for Entertainment Performance for Chatty Man and Stephen Fry
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Broadchurch leads Rts Programme Awards nominations

Olivia Colman and Jodie Whittaker hailed for ITV crime drama, while Channel 4 receives more nods than any other broadcaster

ITV's murder mystery drama Broadchurch is leading the field in the Royal Television Society Programme Awards nominations with a quartet of nods.

With 19 nominations, Channel 4 had more than any other broadcaster in the shortlists published on Tuesday. BBC1 had 12 nominations with seven for BBC2, eclipsed by 10 (across all its channels) for BSkyB. ITV bagged 15 nominations, with four for ITV2.

Broadchurch star Olivia Colman was nominated for best actress, alongside her fellow Broadchurch star Jodie Whittaker, and Sharon Rooney, for E4's My Mad Fat Teenage Diary in her first major TV role.

Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall is nominated for best drama writer (along with Dennis Kelly for Utopia and Marlon Smith and Daniel Fajemisin-Duncan for Run, both on Channel 4) with the ITV show also in the running for best drama serial,
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Broadchurch leads Royal Television Society Awards nominations

ITV thriller Broadchurch leads the nominations for this year's Royal Television Society Programme Awards.

The ceremony, hosted by Tim Vine, will be held on March 18 at Grosvenor House and honours excellence across all genres of television programming.

Broadchurch is up for four awards including Drama Serial, while Chris Chinball - who penned the murder mystery series - is nominated for Drama Writer.

The show's stars Olivia Coleman and Jodie Whittaker have both been recognised in the Female Actor category, alongside My Mad Fat Diary actress Sharon Rooney.

BBC dramas Top of the Lake and In the Flesh will go up against Broadchurch for Drama Serial, while My Mad Fat Diary, Peaky Blinders and Utopia have received nods for Drama Series.

HBO's Game of Thrones has been nominated in the International category, alongside Storyville - Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer and Channel 4's The Returned.

Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway is up for Entertainment,
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'Let's Dance for Comic Relief': Sneak peek of this week's performances

Digital Spy snuck into BBC Television Centre yesterday (February 28) for an exclusive preview of this week's Let's Dance for Comic Relief performances.

Vanessa Feltz, Lee Nelson and Britain's Got Talent duo Twist and Pulse, ventriloquist Nina Conti and Newsround presenters Ore Oduba and Sonali Shah showed off their moves during last-minute rehearsals for tomorrow's (March 2) show.

Asked to sum up her dance, 51-year-old Feltz promised an "arousing" and "near the knuckle" display, saying: "I'm going to bare almost all my buttocks and thighs and breasts and just everything else I've got going on."

She added: "Lady GaGa's followers, once they've seen me doing this, I'm going to exceed her."

Oduba commented that his dance with Shah would feature "a lot of shaking from downtown" and "thrusting", while Conti - accompanied by her ape acquaintance Monk - predicted that hers would be a "disaster".

"I've never squatted so much in my life,
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Reginald Turnill obituary

Correspondent for the BBC at the height of the space race

Over the course of a long and distinguished career, the BBC journalist Reginald Turnill, who has died aged 97, chronicled the disasters, thwarted aspirations and triumphs that marked the transition from the jet age to the space era. In January 1957, soon after he joined the BBC, Turnill's assignments as assistant industrial correspondent included spending time 2,000ft underground, reporting for the Home Service (now Radio 4) from the new Bevercotes colliery in Nottinghamshire. But by October that year he was covering the launch of the Soviet Union's Sputnik 1, the world's first satellite, an event that sparked his interest in aerospace and led to his appointment as the BBC's air, space and defence correspondent.

Twelve years on, in July 1969, he was alternating between Nasa's Cape Kennedy launch site in Florida (now known as Cape Canaveral) and Mission Control in Houston, Texas. His assignment
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News at Ten's Julie Etchingham: 'I don't give a monkey's about wrinkles'

The co-host of ITV's jubilee coverage reveals how she is swotting up – and why David Cameron once sent her a dalek

Julie Etchingham has a pragmatic take on the issues of ageism and sexism in television, which resurfaced last week when Frances Barber lamented the disappearance of older women and admitted she is saving up for a facelift.

The News at Ten co-anchor and Tonight presenter says she takes "a great deal of heart" from the recent Royal Television Society awards for her former Sky News colleagues Anna Botting and Alex Crawford, and the work of other female journalists, such as the BBC's foreign correspondent Lyse Doucet

"I just like to think you are valued for what you contribute and your journalism and that ultimately is what matters to me," she says. "I don't give a monkey's how wrinkled my face gets, but I would be worried if I thought
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Daniel Radcliffe interview: The Woman In Black, Hammer, the British film industry and Harry Potter

With The Woman In Black out in the UK on Friday, we spoke to star Daniel Radcliffe about his role in the film, leaving Harry Potter behind and more...

The Woman In Black marks a few firsts. One, it’s the first foray into the gothic ghost story for the revived Hammer, a studio famous for its classic, gory interpretations of Dracula and Frankenstein. Two, it marks the cinema debut for Susan Hill’s 1983 novel of the same name, having already conquered the West End as the second longest-running stage play in its history.

Three, this is the first post-Potter outing for Daniel Radcliffe, who stars as Arthur Kipps, a young lawyer haunted by both the recent death of his wife and the terrifying ghost of the film’s title. Having already made a successful debut weekend at the Us, The Woman In Black arrives in UK cinemas this Friday,
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Newsround: the TV institution that almost never happened

We talk to Newsround's creator Edward Barnes about the troubled origins of the 40-year-old news bulletin, and why he no longer watches children's TV

When John Craven took to the stage to accept a special Children's Bafta for Newsround on Sunday night, he asked the audience to put their hands up if they had ever watched the daily news bulletin. The response was predictable: a sea of raised arms.

Next year, the show will join Blue Peter, Panorama and Coronation Street in an elite club of programmes that have been broadcast continually for four decades. It is generally considered a noble BBC institution, breaking the story of the Challenger shuttle crash in the era before 24-hour news channels, and guiding British kids through the horrors of apartheid and the death of Princess Diana. And, of course, Craven's garish jumpers were items of sartorial legend; throughout the 70s and 80s
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Harry Potter wins big at Bafta children's awards

Animated shows Peppa Pig and The Amazing World of Gumball were also awarded at the Bafta ceremony

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two was one of a host of double winners at the Bafta children's awards on Sunday night.

The movie adaptation of the boy wizard's final adventure scooped the feature film prize, beating the likes of Kung Fu Panda 2, Tangled and its own predecessor, Deathly Hallows Part 1.

The blockbusting release also triumphed in the film category of the Bafta kids' vote, chosen by more than 400,000 7- to 14-year-olds in an online poll.

"Harry Potter is part of popular culture," said Warwick Davis, who played the role of Professor Filius Flitwick in the films, and who accepted the award.

"The series is going to leave a legacy for generations of children to enjoy. Look at Star Wars; the original movies are 30 years old, but we talk about
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Harry Potter wins big at Bafta children's awards

Animated shows Peppa Pig and The Amazing World of Gumball were also awarded at the Bafta ceremony

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two was one of a host of double winners at the Bafta children's awards on Sunday night.

The movie adaptation of the boy wizard's final adventure scooped the feature film prize, beating the likes of Kung Fu Panda 2, Tangled and its own predecessor, Deathly Hallows Part 1.

The blockbusting release also triumphed in the film category of the Bafta kids' vote, chosen by more than 400,000 7- to 14-year-olds in an online poll.

"Harry Potter is part of popular culture," said Warwick Davis, who played the role of Professor Filius Flitwick in the films, and who accepted the award.

"The series is going to leave a legacy for generations of children to enjoy. Look at Star Wars; the original movies are 30 years old, but we talk about
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The great Harry Potter viewing marathon

With the Harry Potter saga coming to an end, lifelong Hogwarts fan Charlie Lyne felt it necessary to rewatch a decade's worth of Quidditch, owls and magic in one sitting. Expecto delirium!

I was eight in 1999 when Newsround presenter Lizo Mzimba informed me that Harry Potter was coming to the big screen. It seemed like a silly idea – why would you make a book into a film? – but just over two years later I would nonetheless find myself at a south London cinema watching the first entry in the highest grossing film series of all time.

Over the next 10 years I had the fortune of never being more than a year younger or older than the boy wizard, placing myself firmly in the target audience of a franchise whose tone matured just as quickly as its child stars. Now, with the worldwide release of Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 fast approaching,
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Rosemary Gill obituary

Blue Peter producer who transformed weekend children's TV with Multi-Coloured Swap Shop and Saturday Superstore

Rosemary Gill, who has died aged 80, was part of the team that redefined the popular BBC children's television series Blue Peter in the 1960s. The programme had a weekly postbag of around 8,000 letters, which, as well as competition entries, included countless ideas from children about what they wanted from the programmes being made for them. These inspired the Saturday-morning show that Rose produced in the following decade, Multi-Coloured Swap Shop.

Rose knew how much children enjoyed swapping things. The TV programme Z-Shed, an experimental phone-in series inviting viewers to talk to experts about matters such as bullying, homework and pocket money, had proved how good children were on the phone – they were far less waffly than many adults. That show's presenter, Noel Edmonds, was a young, long-haired DJ from Radio 1 with minimal TV experience.

Edward Barnes,
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BBC discrimination tribunal exposes Countryfile's muddy underbelly

Miriam O'Reilly claims she was dropped due to her age and sex but bosses say she was just wrong for show's new format

What was previously a little-watched Sunday morning rural affairs show, fronted by a presenter once famous for his colourful jumpers on the children's programme Newsround, is an unlikely arena for backbiting and recrimination at the BBC.

However, the genteel world of BBC1's Countryfile was shattered when the programme was moved into a prime-time Sunday night slot last year. It should have been a bright new beginning for the 22-year-old show but it ended up mired in controversy after four of its long-time female presenters were axed.

One of them, 53-year-old Miriam O'Reilly, is suing the BBC claiming she was dropped because of her age and sex, a charge the corporation denies. The programme's most famous face, former Newsround presenter John Craven, survived but in a reduced on-screen role.
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News: New End of Time Footage and Pics

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The BBC have released a new Christmas trailer, featuring footage from Doctor Who special The End of Time (as well as The Gruffalo). Again featuring David Tennant, John Simm, David Harewood (Joshua Naismith) and Brian Cox's Ood, this clip adds Alexandra Moen (Lucy Saxon), dialogue and some mystery, as well as a possible glimpse of the Master's resurrection... Meanwhile the BBC's Newsround website has a wealth of new pictures from The End of Time that feature Catherine Tate as Donna...
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Spielberg Has “Cracked the Story” of Indiana Jones 5

The Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen team are in the UK, to premiere the film and plug the mercy out if it. My own video from the London press day is coming soon, but in the meantime, the BBC have popped their own interviews online and, by the by, broken a story on the next Indiana Jones film. Newsround presenter Lizo Mzimba squeezed Shia Labeouf for some details on his upcoming projects and according to the sometime Jones Jr., Steven Spielberg has "cracked" the story for the next movie and is "gearing that up". There's been a long standing rumor that Spielberg and Lucas are planning a hand-down of the torch from Harrison Ford to Shia Labeouf, a rumor that started before part four yet still stands. How true that story is I have no idea, however, but I'm not exactly keen on the idea. For an Indiana Jones skeptic like myself,
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