'Great British Bake Off 2014' Episode Blog - Week Nine

Joe Rivers | Posted 02.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Joe Rivers

It's semi-final time, with just three challenges standing between Richard, Chetna, Luis and Nancy, and a place in the final. However, as well as three challenges, there are also only three places available in next week's show.

Making a Killing... The Old Way

Jonathan Sothcott | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jonathan Sothcott

They say that the jobs you have the most fun on are the ones the public enjoy the least but early word on WSKTOW is very positive and I have to say I'm incredibly proud of it. Of course, making a good film isn't enough. The press usually give my films a mauling but then I don't make them for the press.

'Transparent': A Reason to Get Amazon Prime

Lucy Karsten | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Lucy Karsten

Transparent is ostensibly a sitcom about Mort, a father of 3 who is transitioning into being a woman, Maura. Whether you are someone who is thrilled that an entire TV series is being made about a transgender journey, or someone who thinks that you'd like to watch nothing less doesn't really matter.

Why The 'Paedophile Hunter' Is Britain's Most Devisive Vigilante

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 30.09.2014 | UK

A controversial new documentary following the actions of a so called “paedophile hunter" who publicly shames men he accuses of grooming children has...

Chasing Shadows on DVD - A Chat With Alex Kingston

Roger Crow | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Roger Crow

When I found out ITV were releasing a DVD of their new drama series Chasing Shadows, I rolled my eyes (having seen 60 whole seconds of the show the week before). However, I was curious to give it a look from the start, not least because it stars three of my favourite actors, Alex Kingston, Reece Shearsmith and Noel Clarke.

The X Factor 2014 Bootcamp Show Two

Dean Midas Maynard | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Dean Midas Maynard

Friday night saw Cheryl picking her six girls for judges houses, to say it was like a rollercoaster is an understatement. In fact I think a rollercoaster is less stressful. Thankfully though, Team Midas' Lola Saunders made judges houses, along with Lauren, Stephanie, Emily, Kerrianne and Chloe Jasmin.

How to Make a Hidden Camera Prank Show

Stuart Laws | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Comedy
Stuart Laws

Due to animal handling laws and prohibitive costs we decided that we shouldn't involve any cats, but we wanted to see if it's possible to make a complete failure of a hidden camera prank show. That's where David Trent came in.

The X Factor 2014 Bootcamp Show One

Dean Midas Maynard | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Dean Midas Maynard

Deep breaths everyone. If you thought the room and arena auditions were intense, you've seen nothing yet. 12 acts just 6 chairs. Ladies and gentlemen... it's time to face bootcamp.

Is TV Making You Fat?

Karen Pine | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Pine

This week a government body finally woke up to the fact that TV makes us fat. The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) is drafting recommendations that people cut down on their TV consumption. Having ditched the box myself ten years ago, I wonder why it took them so long to switch on to something so obvious.

Great British Bake Off 2014 Episode Blog - Week 8

Joe Rivers | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Joe Rivers

Making a sweet fruit loaf may not initially seem like the hardest task in the world, but we're at the quarter-final stage of this year's Great British Bake Off, and things aren't as simple as they first seem. So, not only do our five bakers have to make their loaves with enriched dough - notoriously tricky to work with - but also have only two and a half hours in which to complete the task...

The Mindy Project cont.

Lucy Karsten | Posted 26.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Lucy Karsten

Successful TV shows are powered by conflict. The characters face difficult decisions, or impossible situations, both externally and internally, and we tune in to see how they grapple with them. The irony of The Mindy Project, a series about an eponymous New York based doctor, who, the website tells us, is 'a skilled OB/GYN trying (and failing!) to navigate her romantic life with dignity and grace', is that there is no sustained conflict.

Working in Tinseltown

Rachel Shenton | Posted 25.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Rachel Shenton

The first thing that hits you when you step off the plane in LA is just how eager people are to help you out here - or at least that's what I've found. I've been perpetually impressed with waitresses, bar tenders, shop workers - pretty much everyone I've come across in the service sector, have all been exceptionally polite and almost too eager to help.

Forensic Files

Naomi Hefter | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK Comedy
Naomi Hefter

So I'm back in London now, jet lagged but ready for some good stand up gigs coming my way. And as you have guessed, I'm spending my evenings watching Forensic files on YouTube. If you have a morbid curiosity for murder and odd, moustached people from Texas, give it a whirl.

Great British Bake Off 2014 Episode Blog - Week Seven

Joe Rivers | Posted 19.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Joe Rivers

For the showstopper, or should I say, choux-stopper (totally copyrighting that pun), our brave, baking adventurers must make two dozen éclairs; twelve of one flavour and twelve of another. Kate, Luis and Chetna all decide to flavour their choux pastry, with Kate adding Greek basil to the dough that will form the base to her lemon meringue éclairs.

MIC:NYC Exclusive - Everyone's Hooking Up Including Lucy and Proudlock!

Francesca Newman-Young | Posted 18.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Francesca Newman-Young

As Spencer promised, he wasn't giving up on Billie, and it couldn't have turned out better for him. Stevie is totally besotted by his former lover Stephanie and when he eventually gets round to telling Billie she is not best pleased. She tells him, "I'm not some girl you use to get over your ex".

Screenwriters: The Hidden Talent Behind Every Great Film

Jeremy Brock | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jeremy Brock

Now in their fifth year, the International Screenwriters' Lectures, hosted jointly by BAFTA and the BFI, have cemented their worldwide reputation as the most prestigious forum for celebrating the peculiar genius of screenwriting.

How Celebrity Big Brother Proved That Younger Viewers Aren't the Dimwits They're Perceived to Be

Christian Guiltenane | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Christian Guiltenane

For years it's been assumed that 16 - 25 year old viewers - widely considered the target audience of shows like this - are only interested in watching the younger stars get boozed up and fall into a showmance. But this series in particular has shown that younger viewers are actually a lot more discerning than they are given credit for.

How We Change Through Stories

Johnny Webb | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Johnny Webb

I remember coming back from my Aunt's in my brother's red Ford Escort in 1978. I remember the blistering heat and the smell of hot plastic and then We Are Family came on the radio, and suddenly everyone started singing the song at the top of their voices. I just remember this deep visceral feeling of happiness and being completely and utterly safe.

Great British Bake Off 2014 Episode Blog - Week 6

Joe Rivers | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Joe Rivers

Do you ever think that the people behind The Great British Bake Off might be running out of episode ideas? I only ask because episode six of the 2014 incarnation has as its theme 'European cakes', which sounds very much like a 5pm-on-a-Friday idea to me. Anyway, I can't be too concerned about that because my main concern is who is going to be my new baking hero following Norman's ignominious sortie last week.

It's Not Fat Shaming, It's Honesty

Katie Hopkins | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Katie Hopkins

The author of a report says we should avoid calling people fat and should use the term overweight or obese instead. As a fat bird, I disagree. The one thing I need as a fat person is tough love. I put this weight on intentionally and it will be a struggle to lose it.

MIC:NYC Exclusive - Stevie Needs to Choose Between Billie or Stephanie... Before It's Too Late

Francesca Newman-Young | Posted 15.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Francesca Newman-Young

Stevie obviously likes Billie, but there's so much history and unfinished business with Stephanie. He couldn't stop smiling when he saw her. Ouch. What is he going to do? If he knew what was best for him he would politely cool things off with Billie. You can cut the sexual tension between Stephanie and him with a knife. Will he make the right decision?

This Isn't Called the 'School of Hard Knocks' for Nothing

Scott Quinnell | Posted 11.09.2014 | UK Sport
Scott Quinnell

For the past six years we have recruited and worked with around 200 unemployed men, inviting them to build a rugby team and take part in a course that aims at improving fitness, social development and life skills with the end goal of obtaining a job. It's been a rollercoaster of emotions and worth every second.

Top Fictional Hotels From TV, Film and Literature | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Entertainment

This week sees the release of the most hotly-anticipated book for years: The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah. The new novel is the first to feature world-renowned Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot since the death of original creator Agatha Christie. Little is known about the upcoming novel apart from its setting: the mysterious Bloxham Hotel. And so to celebrate, has compiled a list of the most iconic fictional hotels.

'Celebrity Big Brother' - An Unusually Depressing Affair

Dom Joly | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Dom Joly

The problem is that the original concept of "celeb" reality shows was to mix a set of different "celebs" together so that you could see what they were really like behind their public facades. In Celebrity Big Brother almost everyone is "famous" for being in their own reality shows... This means that we already know what they are like. That is the point of the shows they are already on. It's very confusing.

HIMYM's Alternate Ending Gets it Right

Chris Whiting | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Chris Whiting

The alternate ending was simply unquantifiably better than the original. Thank you, Carter Bays and Craig Thomas for rectifying your horrendous blunder. I think it's best we all pretend that the original ending never happened. At least now, I won't have to sell my HIMYM boxset on eBay.