Friday, 20 October 2017

A Very Royal Wedding

Alexander Armstrong will present A Very Royal Wedding, a feature-length documentary to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Queen's marriage to Prince Philip in November 1947.

Xander will discover how a battered post-war Britain pulled off the wedding of the century against the odds. Contributors include Joan Collins and Sheila Hancock, sharing their memories of the wedding, as well as revealing insights from those who were part of the big day, such as page boy Prince Michael of Kent.

This was “the people’s wedding” and Xander will meet the ordinary people who made this such a special occasion, including one of the seamstresses responsible for the spectacular wedding dress.

He will also see up close recreations of The Queen’s exquisite 3-carat diamond engagement ring, her beautiful wedding bouquet and her show-stopping 9ft high, 500lb wedding cake.
The film features stunning colour archive of the wedding as well as The Queen’s private home movie footage of the day.  

A Very Royal Wedding will air on Monday 30th October, at 9pm on ITV.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Soaps Pointless Celebrities, 28th October

A group of stars from the world of soaps take part in Pointless Celebrities, on Saturday 28th October at 5.45pm.

Former Coronation Street co-stars Kevin Kennedy (Curly Watts) and Amanda Barrie (Alma Barlow) join forces, while `Barry from EastEnders' Shaun Williamson teams up with ex-Crossroads actor Paul Henry (Benny Hawkins). Emmerdale's Chris Bisson (Jai Sharma) partners former village resident Adele Silva (Kelly Windsor), and Hollyoaks' Gemma Merna (Carmel McQueen) reunites with her on-screen mother Nicole Barber-Lane (Myra McQueen).

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

The Imitation Game picked up for series

ITV have ordered a series of The Imitation Game, a fast-moving comedy panel show based on impressions. Team captains are Rory Bremner and  Debra Stephenson, and guests will include Rob Brydon, John Thomson, Steve Coogan, and up-and-coming impressionists.

The information I've seen doesn't reveal the host's name, but the pilot was hosted by Alexander Armstrong. I was at that pilot, and he did his usual immaculate job at the helm, as well as contributing an excellent Louis Armstrong to the final sung round. The only reason I can think he wouldn't be doing the series is if he wasn't available. I hope that's not the case, and he does host. If so, ticket details in due course.

EDIT: I've now seen confirmation that Xander will be hosting. Hooray! The seven 45 minute episodes will be filmed and broadcast in 2018.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Famous Voices Pointless Celebrities, 21st October

Pointless Celebrities on 21st October at 5.45pm features stars best known for their voices.

Brenda Longman, the voice of Sooty's panda friend Soo, teams up with Doctor Who's K-9 John Leeson, while veteran game-show announcer Peter Dickson joins forces with Siri's British male voice Jon Briggs. Hollywood trailer narrator Redd Pepper partners seasoned Big Brother commentator Marcus Bentley, and The Archers' Felicity Finch throws her lot in with co-star Emerald O'Hanrahan.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

National Television Awards

Pointless and Alexander Armstrong are nominated for the National Television Awards: please give them your support!

Xander is nominated for Best Presenter, as is Richard Osman; The Real Full Monty, presented by Xander, is in the Factual Entertainment section; Pointless Celebrities in the Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award category; and Pointless is nominated as best Daytime Show. There are many other worthy nominees, but please consider giving Xander and Pointless your vote.

All votes must be in by 11pm on Friday 27th October.

Friday, 6 October 2017

Family Pointless Celebrities, 14th October

Family Pointless Celebrities is on Saturday 14th September, at 6pm.

The contestants include father-and-daughter actors Robert Lindsay and Sydney Stevenson, singing brothers Merrill and Jay Osmond, married comedians Richard Herring and Catie Wilkins, and Richard Blackwood and Sophie Mayers.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

TV Times Awards

Pointless has been nominated for Favourite Quiz in the TV Times Awards!

Please give it your vote. Warning: you have to vote in every category or your submission will be rejected.

Monday, 2 October 2017

A third series for Hey Duggee? DUGGEE HUG!

BBC Worldwide and CBeebies have announced the commission of a third series of the BAFTA and International Emmy® award-winning pre-school animation Hey Duggee.

 Devised by the OSCAR nominated and BAFTA award-winning Studio AKA, S3 will see Duggee and The Squirrel Club return for 52 brand-new episodes, narrated by Alexander Armstrong, to entertain and light-up the imaginations of little learners across the globe.

Hey Duggee S3 is expected to transmit on CBeebies in autumn 2018 and will roll-out to other global markets following its UK transmission. Further new episodes of S2 are anticipated to air on CBeebies this autumn as well, including a Halloween Special, with more new episodes set to hit UK screens in spring 2018.

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Arts & Culture Pointless Celebrities, 7th October

On Saturday 7th October at 5.45pm, figures from the world of Arts and Culture take part in an episode of Pointless Celebrities.

Music journalist Paul Morley joins forces with Radio 1 DJ Annie Nightingale, BBC arts presenter Katie Derham teams up with her editor Will Gompertz, art historian Tim Marlow forms a duo with journalist and broadcaster Janet Street-Porter, and songwriter Richard Stilgoe partners with actress and writer Meera Syal.

Friday, 22 September 2017

Sarah Jane Adventures revisited

The first series of Doctor Who spin-off Sarah Jane Adventures, featuring investigative journalist and old-time companion Sarah-Jane Smith (played by the late Elisabeth Sladen), began on 24th September 2007, following a one-off special on New Year's Day of that year.

The show ran for five series, during which Sarah Jane and her gang battled aliens and saved the world. As well as a group of teenagers, Alexander Armstrong was on hand as the voice of alien supercomputer Mr Smith.

CBBC will be marking the show's anniversary by showing three episodes from the first series on Sunday. 24th September from 2.10pm. Please don't dismiss SJA as a kids' show if you haven't seen it before: it's genuinely exciting.