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F1: Murray Walker and Eddie Jordan to join Steve Jones on Channel 4 team

Former BBC pundit returns from retirement for bumper lineup that will also include David Coulthard, Alain Prost, Susie Wolff, Ben Edwards and Alex Zanardi

Channel 4 has lured veteran Murray Walker out of retirement and managed to snare Eddie Jordan, now a Top Gear presenter, to bolster its F1 lineup.

Channel 4’s coverage will be fronted by Steve Jones, the former T4 and X Factor USA presenter in his first foray into sports presenting.

Related: David Coulthard signs for Channel 4 F1 coverage, ending Top Gear speculation

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‘Good Place’: British Presenter Jameela Jamil Cast In Mike Schur NBC Series

British TV personality Jameela Jamil rounds out the core cast of Good Place, Mike Schur’s 13-episode straight-to-series comedy series for NBC. She joins Kristen Bell, Ted Danson and William Jackson Harper. This marks the acting debut for Jamil, who has built a career as a TV and radio presenter in her native England. She has hosted such shows as Channel 4’s T4 and Radio 1’s Official Chart. Jamil recently started to pursue acting, focusing on comedy. Good Place centers on…
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Bring back Popworld: the music show fans loved and celebrities feared

Fifteen years after it first aired, we take a nostalgic look at the show that questioned the very nature of pop-culture stardom – and then threw cheese at it

Stop the clock: it’s here. The 15th anniversary of the start of T4’s Popworld is upon us. The big One-Five. And with this seismic decade-and-a-half anniversary looming, what better time to look back on history’s greatest music TV show? Arguably on the 20th anniversary, but media as we know it will cease to exist in 2019, so let’s get this done now.

Perhaps Popworld should have been a generic pop show, and given its insipid theme tune, nondescript branding and half-hearted set, perhaps it was meant to be. But each Sunday, Popworld’s hosts Simon Amstell and Miquita Oliver seemed to draw up a list of the questions every other show would ask its guests, then throw that list out of the window.
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Nick Grimshaw interview: 'I will definitely cry on The X Factor'

If landing a gig on one of TV's biggest music shows wasn't enough for Nick Grimshaw - along with his daily Radio 1 Breakfast Show - he's also managed to squeeze in time to record a series of special interviews with some of music's biggest stars.

Grimmy is the new face of Relentless Ultra Presents Soundchain - a show that focuses on a single act each episode, showing exclusive performances and delving into their musical journey and inspirations.

Congratulations on your exciting new jobs. How are you feeling about the massive X Factor role?

"I think I'm most excited about all the fun that comes with it. When I worked on T4, I loved the fact it was a huge crew and a huge family. We were there week in week out and you got to know everybody. I feel like it's going to be like that. I can't wait for that element.
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Terminator Genisys Review

You don’t see Arnold Schwarzenegger’s butt in Terminator Genisys. That’s probably not the detail you were most concerned with regarding the fifth installment of the “Terminator” franchise (though those after some cinematic man meat won’t have to look far), but it’s a representative one. There are, in fact, many moments one can choose from in Genisys that provide a diagnostic sampling of what’s wrong with it. Like Skynet, and now Jurassic Park, the series has become terminally self-aware, as only a brand this old can. Unfortunately, this rusted ’80s artifact still refuses to self-terminate, and thanks to Genisys, we now live in a nightmarish new world where Terminator Salvation might not be the franchise’s bottom.

But back to the butt. Terminator Genisys is more of a reimagining of established lore than a proper new entry in James Cameron’s once-technologically groundbreaking series. It
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The rise and rise (and rise) of Nick Grimshaw: The new X Factor judge's meteoric career so far

Just a few years ago, many people wouldn't have known who Nick Grimshaw was. That all changed in July 2012 when he was announced as Chris Moyles's successor on the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show.

Grimshaw's meteoric rise continues, as he was confirmed earlier this week as a new judge on arguably TV's biggest show, The X Factor.

But who exactly is the floppy-haired fellow, and how did he become such an omnipresent household name? Below we chart the rise and rise (and rise) of Nick Grimshaw.

1984: It's Grim - up north

Nicholas Peter Andrew Grimshaw is born at St Mary's Hospital in Moss Side, Manchester on August 14, 1984. His two older siblings are brother Adam and sister Jane.

Of his dad he says, "He was always on my case. But my dad's from no money, no dad, the worst vibe. Though I don't really know what he did for a
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The rise and rise (and rise) of Nick Grimshaw: The new X Factor judge's meteoric career so far

Just a few years ago, many people wouldn't have known who Nick Grimshaw was. That all changed in July 2012 when he was announced as Chris Moyles's successor on the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show.

Grimshaw's meteoric rise continues, as he was confirmed earlier this week as a new judge on arguably TV's biggest show, The X Factor.

But who exactly is the floppy-haired fellow, and how did he become such an omnipresent household name? Below we chart the rise and rise (and rise) of Nick Grimshaw.

1984: It's Grim - up north

Nicholas Peter Andrew Grimshaw is born at St Mary's Hospital in Moss Side, Manchester on August 14, 1984. His two older siblings are brother Adam and sister Jane.

Of his dad he says, "He was always on my case. But my dad's from no money, no dad, the worst vibe. Though I don't really know what he did for a
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E4's Tool Academy has been cancelled, says Rick Edwards

Tool Academy will not be returning.

The E4 show, presented by Rick Edwards, saw wayward boyfriends be brought up to scratch by their long-suffering girlfriends, and ran for three series.

In an interview with Heat magazine, Edwards said it was a "shame" the programme would not be coming back.

"I find myself getting asking the same things quite a lot in my day-to-day life," he explained. "These are, 'Is Tool Academy coming back?' No, it isn't, shame."

Edwards added that he also gets asked if he is friends with the cast of Made in Chelsea - for which he presents the spin-off End of Season Party - and that people will just shout 'T4' at him.

Tool Academy was described as a "relationship boot camp" and saw girlfriends secretly enrolling their boyfriends for the programme.

After tackling tasks that tested their commitment and romance, the 'tools' were
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Remembering Popworld: Miquita Oliver looks back at the classic TV show

"Occasionally, when I've had too much wine and I'm with Simon, I'll say, 'Let's look at Popworld'."

There are two types of pop music show. Ones that came before Popworld, and ones that came after Popworld.

Simon Amstell and Miquita Oliver's early '00s pop chat and magazine show made it worth getting up in the morning for millions of teenagers and university students between 2001 and 2006 (let's ignore the Alex Zane years).

Previously, popstars had been used to inane phone-ins and cheery hysteria on Saturday morning kids TV. Simon and Miquita went for a different tact - taking the piss.

We caught up with Miquita to look back at the show's glory years.

How many times a week do you get people asking about Popworld?

Weekly? I'd probably say 60 times a day. But I love it, I'm fine with it. It's one of the best things I've ever done.
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BBC3 TV closure completely wrong, says June Sarpong

Former T4 presenter, recently hired by BBC2s Newsnight, says making channel online-only is a lost opportunity for new talent

Former T4 presenter June Sarpong has said the BBCs decision to close the BBC3 TV channel is completely wrong and played into the hands of the corporations critics.

Sarpong, recently hired by BBC2s Newsnight as a contributor, said the decision to slash the channels budget and make it online-only was a lost opportunity for new and emerging talent.

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Dermot O'Leary reveals his woman troubles

Dermot O'Leary didn't have many girlfriends growing up. 'The X Factor' host says that rather than spending his teenage years trying to charm girls, he was more interested in watching football and ''having fun''. Dermot, 41, told The Sun newspaper: ''Mates of mine who had girlfriends when I was growing up always seemed to be going to their parents or grandparents for dinner. ''That sort of thing terrified me.'' The presenter, who first rose to prominence on Channel 4 show T4, admits the lack of attention he received from girls in his younger days has impacted his emotional wellbeing. He explained: ''I didn't grow up
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Dermot O'Leary: 'Going on the dole was degrading and embarrassing'

Dermot O'Leary has said that signing on to the dole left him feeling embarrassed.

In his new autobiography Dermot O'Leary: The Soundtrack To My Life, the presenter recalled how his TV career got off to a slow start in the late '90s, as he struggled to find work.

"I was by now broke and whilst I've never shied away from hard graft, I was forced to go on the dole for a few weeks as I looked for relevant work," O'Leary reveals in the book.

"For me it was the most degrading, embarrassing, introspective, self-doubting time of my life. I wouldn't wish it on anyone, but for the impact it had on me, I wouldn't change a minute of it."

He added: "I told no-one about it. It was the shame I felt going to sign on every two weeks and the look of resignation on the faces around me.
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Box office preview: 'Sex Tape' and 'The Purge,' 'Planes' sequels to threaten 'Apes'

Box office preview: 'Sex Tape' and 'The Purge,' 'Planes' sequels to threaten 'Apes'
Last weekend may have signaled a new Dawn for the Planet of the Apes franchise, as its latest film exceeded studio and analyst expectations with a $72.6 million debut. But Caesar and the gang face some formidable cross-genre competition this weekend, when Sex Tape, The Purge: Anarchy, and Planes: Fire & Rescue all hit theaters in wide release. With a steep drop-off expected for Apes and a lack of decent horror, family, and raunchy comedy fare on the market, all are tracking pretty similarly, making this summer weekend a rare box office wild card.

Here’s how things might play out:

1. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
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Box office report: 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' destroys competition with $100 million

Box office report: 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' destroys competition with $100 million
Optimus Prime is back in full force.

Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction (A- Cinema Score) earned an estimated $100 million across the weekend, making it the top debut of the year. It’s also a career high for star Mark Wahlberg, who leads a new cast in telling the story of what happened five years after Chicago was nearly destroyed in the last film.

Paramount’s $200 million film may not have charmed the critics, but audiences didn’t seem to take that, or the daunting run time, into account this weekend. Moviegoers were predominately male, accounting for 64 percent of audiences.
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June Sarpong joins BBC Two's Newsnight: "We've all got to grow up"

June Sarpong is joining BBC Two's flagship Newsnight programme.

The former T4 presenter will not be replacing Jeremy Paxman, but will appear in various special features.

She told the Daily Telegraph: "I'm going to be doing some stuff for Newsnight. I'm not replacing Jeremy Paxman before the rumours start. I'm doing specials for them."

The 36-year-old has moved back to the UK for the new role, after relocating to the Us. She explained: "I got back to London six weeks ago.

"I've gone from Sunday morning television to Newsnight, but you know we've all got to grow up. It's all highbrow now."

Last month, Paxman confirmed that he will leave the current affairs show in June, after taking the decision last summer to move on from the programme.
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Andi Peters on Noel Edmonds's BBC buying plan: 'What a ludicrous thing'

Andi Peters has laughed off Noel Edmonds's recent claims that he would like to buy the BBC.

Edmonds recently suggested that he has assembled a consortium of financial backers who are interested in taking over the corporation, though he was later heavily questioned by Jeremy Paxman in a strange encounter on Newsnight and Radio 1 DJ Greg James branded the possibility "ludicrous".

What would Noel Edmonds's BBC look like?

Peters has now also treated the plans with derision, telling Digital Spy: "He wants to buy the BBC? Oh, hilarious. That's hilarious. Well, do you know what, if he does, I'd like to make sure he brings back Noel's House Party, one of my favourite shows."

Peters - who was speaking to DS about his new ITV game show Ejector Seat - added: "You can't buy the BBC! What a ludicrous thing. You can't buy the BBC.

"I wish you
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Richard Ayoade: 'Making films is exhilarating – and terrifying'

Richard Ayoade shot to fame as Moss in The It Crowd but it was Submarine, his debut behind the camera, that won him critical acclaim. As his new film, The Double, is released, he talks about pride, performing and giving up his pop dreams

The premise of Fyodor Dostoevsky's 1846 novella The Double is simple but ingenious: a man lives an entirely unremarkable existence until one day his exact doppelganger shows up. This incongruous situation fast becomes insufferable for two reasons: first, the new guy is slick where he is stammering, popular where he's forgettable, Day-Glo to his beige; and, second, because no one else notices any likeness at all between the pair of them.

The Double, it's said, is meant as an allegory: the straight man is Dostoevsky in real life, shy and often awkward; the arriviste is the author 2.0, the person he sometimes wished he was, who is quick-witted and irresistible to women.
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Richard Ayoade: 'Making films is exhilarating – and terrifying'

Richard Ayoade shot to fame as Moss in The It Crowd but it was Submarine, his debut behind the camera, that won him critical acclaim. As his new film, The Double, is released, he talks about pride, performing and giving up his pop dreams

The premise of Fyodor Dostoevsky's 1846 novella The Double is simple but ingenious: a man lives an entirely unremarkable existence until one day his exact doppelganger shows up. This incongruous situation fast becomes insufferable for two reasons: first, the new guy is slick where he is stammering, popular where he's forgettable, Day-Glo to his beige; and, second, because no one else notices any likeness at all between the pair of them.

The Double, it's said, is meant as an allegory: the straight man is Dostoevsky in real life, shy and often awkward; the arriviste is the author 2.0, the person he sometimes wished he was, who is quick-witted and irresistible to women.
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What gardening TV could learn from The Great British Bake Off

After baking and sewing, gardening should be the next post-retirement pastime to capture younger audiences. Here's how TV bosses could make the potting shed primetime-friendly

The Great British Bake Off started the trend and The Great British Sewing Bee – recently commissioned for a second series – built on the formula: take a retirement-age-friendly pastime, celebrate its traditional values while making it appealing for a young audience, then present it on TV for a reappraisal by the nation's under-40s. Home improvements could be the next topic revived by TV executives, but there is the potential for damage and death should Diy fever sweep the nation, so the most likely candidate for a semi-hipsteresque new lease of life therefore has to be gardening, and not just because of mounting excitement for this year's Chelsea flower show coverage.

But as the old saying goes, there's more than one way to creosote a fence,
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'The Xtra Factor': Who should replace Olly Murs?

It looks fairly certain that the most unlikely of TV success stories - Olly Murs and Caroline Flack's Xtra Factor stint - is going to come to an end in 2013.

Murs's music career continues to soar (who'd have thought it!) and he's probably not going to have time this autumn to hashtag his bulge and get saucy with the Flackster and cheeky with Louis Walsh every Saturday night.

So who could possibly step into Olly's boots and team up with Caroline Flack this year? Reality Bites looks at a list of potential replacements:

Matt Edmondson

The T4 host was cruelly dumped off the show at the last minute and replaced by Olly Murs. His hilarious response on Twitter to the news showcased why he deserved the gig ("Got my bag packed, train tickets booked to Birmingham, copy of Simon's autobiography! Can't wait!... What's that you say? Olly Murs?!??!?!") and
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