Thursday, 23 November 2017

Broadcast Awards

The shortlist for the Broadcast Awards 2018 has been announced, and Alexander Armstrong has multiple interests!


DangerMouse is a contender for Best Children's Programme. Pointless is nominated as Best Daytime Programme (as is Richard Osman's House of Games). And The Real Full Monty is in the running for both Best Original Programme and Best Popular Factual Programme.

The ceremony will be held at The Grosvenor Hotel in London on 7 February 2018. We wish Xander and all his shows well!

Food and Drink Pointless Celebrities, 9th December

Pointless Celebrities on Saturday 9th December, at 6pm, is a Food and Drink special.


Taking part are Brian Turner and Fay Maschler, Jilly Goolden and Olly Smith, Sophie Grigson and Michael Caines, and Cyrus Todiwala and Tony Singh.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Strictly Pointless Celebrities, 4th December

Pointless Celebrities on Saturday 2nd December at 6.15pm is a Strictly Come Dancing special.


Series 11 partners Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Brendan Cole team up once again, while series seven winner Chris Hollins joins forces with series nine contestant Russell Grant. Last year's champion pairing Aliona VIlani and Jay McGuiness are reunited, and seasoned Strictly dancer Anton du Beke steps up to the podium with his professional partner Erin Boag.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

TV Winners Pointless Celebrities, 25th November

All the contestants on Saturday 25th November's Pointless Celebrities, at 6pm, are winners of television talent shows or reality contests.


MasterChef 2015 winner Simon Wood teams up with his 2016 successor Jane Devonshire, while Lee McQueen, who won the fourth series of The Apprentice, joins forces with Yasmina Siadatan, who followed him in 2009. X Factor 2013 champion Sam Bailey throws her lot in with Pop Idol series two star Michelle McManus, and Britain's Got Talent-winning street dancer George Sampson bands together with singer and one-time Celebrity Big Brother star Jermaine Jackson.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Sci-fi and Fantasy Pointless Celebrities, 18th November

Stars of sci-fi and fantasy shows take part in Pointless Celebrities on Saturday 18th November at 6pm.


Hannah Waddingham - Game of Thrones' imposing Septa Unella - teams up with co-star Gemma Whelan, who plays Ironborn raider captain Yara Greyjoy. Former Harry Potter actor Jeff Rawle (Amos Diggory) throws his lot in with Chris Rankin (Percy Weasley), while David Dixon and Sandra Dickinson, who starred together in the radio version of A Hitch-hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, join forces. Finally, Red Dwarf's original Holly, Norman Lovett, unites with Hattie Hayridge, who played Holly after a `computer sex change'

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Weak At The Top

Weak At The Top is a radio sitcom, originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2005-6. Aggressive marketing director John Weak, played by Alexander Armstrong, has no morals and little brain. He is the Marketing Director of Smokehouse PLC, a global corporation which turns "food you wouldn't give to your dog" into snacks and other packaged and processed items. Smokehouse's actual products are irrelevant to John Weak, whose objects in life are to have the best car, bed the hottest women, and be top dog.


Series 2 of Weak At The Top is being repeated on BBC Radio 4 Extra,  starting on Sunday 12th November at 11.30pm. One to catch up on, if you haven't heard it before.

Saturday, 4 November 2017

It's Christmas - Live!

Alexander Armstrong is one of the stars who will appear in It's Christmas - Live! for Sky One and Sky Arts, to be recorded at the Royal Albert Hall on Thursday, December 7th.


Also taking part in the concert, expected to premiere on 13th or 14th December on Sky One, are Fleur East, Holly Johnson, Jona Lewie, Marc Almond, Melanie C, Nadine Coyle, Ricky Wilson,Shakin Stevens, Tom Chaplin and The Vamps, plus more acts to be announced. It will be hosted by Jason Manford.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Children's TV Pointless Celebrities, 11th November

Saturday 11th November's Pointless Celebrities, at 5.55pm, is a Children's TV special.


John Craven and Sarah Greene, Richard McCourt and Dominic Wood, Cerrie Burnell and Ben Faulks, and Sue Devaney and Richard Holian form the four teams.

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Sheridan

Multi award-winning actress and singer, Sheridan Smith, will headline her very own show for the first time, on ITV.on Sunday 5th November at 9pm. The lavish one-off spectacular will be hosted by Alexander Armstrong


In a celebration of her love of music and performing, Sheridan, the star of ITV shows such as Mrs Biggs and Cilla – for which she won a BAFTA Award – showcases exclusive performances of songs from her new album as well as other musical numbers, all accompanied by a live orchestra. 
 
Sheridan also talks with Xander about her life and stratospheric career.
 

Happy anniversary, Armstrong and Miller!

Today, 26th October, is the 10th anniversary of the day in 2007 when the first episode of Alexander Armstrong and Ben Miller's The Armstrong and Miller Show was broadcast. It carried on from where their 1997 to 2001 Paramount and Channel 4 sketch show left off.


Now on BBC1 in prime time, the show introduced a whole range of new recurring characters, including filthy Flanders & Swann parody Brabbins & Fyffe, Divorced Dad (who gives entirely unsuitable advice to his young son), and Pru and Miranda, who run Dandy Lions, a spectacularly inefficient vegetarian restaurant in Hampstead. These sketches invariably end with the line: "Pru, It's kicking off!, at which point their customers (and their front window) feel the full force of their pent up frustrations with each other.


But their most popular new characters were undoubtedly the WWII RAF pilots, who spoke modern-day street slang in cut-glass 1940s accents.



After their previous series ended in 2001, Xander and Ben decided to work together again on this show after having appeared together in a 2005 charity show at the Groucho Club. As Xander explained:
It was the first time we had performed together for many years, and it was lovely, really good fun. Because we'd worked together so much and so intensively, we thought we'd done enough to last a lifetime. But we realised how much we missed it and how the chemistry just worked. Re-uniting suddenly seemed the sensible thing to do. 
Ben added
Our wives Belinda and Hannah were there to watch. They had never seen us do our act before, and they encouraged us to get back together.
 Since the last series of The Armstrong and Miller Show in 2010, Xander and Ben have worked together on sitcom pilot Felix & Murdo in 2011, but there have been no signs of another sketch series, possibly due to both men's busy work schedules. Maybe one day...