Saturday, 29 April 2017

Witney Festival of Food and Drink

This year's Witney Food Festival will be on Saturday 20th May. Alexander Armstrong is patron of the Festival, now in its 5th year, and will be attending (work commitments permitting).

The venue is the magnificent mediaeval St Mary's Church, in the lovely Oxfordshire town of Witney. The wide variety of producers are all from within a 35 mile radius of Witney. There will also be a Children's Tent, cookery demonstrations, dancing, and snack stalls.

Xander says:
Witney Festival of Food and Drink has gone from strength to strength. It proved so popular – and grew so rapidly – that within two years of the first festival every available inch of St Mary’s and the surrounding area was filled. So, being the foodie’s West Oxfordshire Glastonbury, the onus is now on us to ensure that we focus each festival on exciting new culinary innovations in the area, as well as celebrating the continued success of our many old friends.
Check here for visitor information to this really good event!

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Journalists Pointless Celebrities, 7th May

There's a repeat of the Journalists special of Pointless Celebrities, on Sunday 7th May at 4.50pm.

Taking part are Jane Moore and Kevin O'Sullivan, Miranda Sawyer and Tony Parsons, Toby Young and Melissa Kite, and Lizo Mzimba and Frank Gardner.

Talent Show Pointless Celebrities, 6th May

They're all talented, but who's the most pointless? Pointless Celebrities on 6th May at 6.30pm is a Talent Shows special.

The participants are former Fame Academy headmaster Richard Park with David Grant, one of the show's ex-tutors; actor and singer Ben Forster, who won ITV's Superstar, with Danielle Hope, winner of BBC's Over the Rainbow' Patti Boulaye, who emerged victorious from the 1978 talent show New Faces, with Nina Myskow, one of the show's panellists; and Britain's Got Talent 2012 champions Ashleigh and Pudsey with 2015 runner-up Jamie Raven.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Have I Got News For You

Alexander Armstrong will host Have I Got News For You on Friday 5th May, on BBC1 at 9pm.

His guests are Andy Hamilton and Sara Pascoe, both very funny people, so it should be a good show. In these turbulent times though, I don't know whether to hope for a busy news week or pray for a quiet one!

Thursday, 20 April 2017

70s Pointless Celebrities, 30th April

On Sunday 30th April at 5.40pm there's a repeat of 70s Pointless Celebrities.

The contestants are Pan's People dancers Dee Dee Wilde and Babs Powell, boxer John Conteh and footballer Alan Mullery, Blake's Seven stars Michael Keating and Jacqueline Pearce, and Martin Lee and Sandra Stevens from Brotherhood of Man. 

I remember nothing of this episode, apart from disappointment that Paul Darrow (Avon in Blake's 7) wasn't taking part.

International Pointless Celebrities, 29th April

Saturday 29th April's Pointless Celebrities, at 6.30pm, has a global spin: it's an International special.

The contestants are American singers Jimmy Osmond and Kym Mazelle, Irish pop duo Jedward, Singapore-born chef Nancy Lam and Australian comedian Sam Simmons, and Argentinean football coach Ossie Ardiles and Spanish sports journalist Guillem Balagué.

Friday, 14 April 2017

News Pointless Celebrities, 23rd April

There's no Pointless Celebrities on Saturday 22nd April because football. Instead there's a repeat of the News special on Sunday 23rd, at 5.50pm.

It features Alastair Stewart and Charlene White, Emily Maitlis and Nick Robinson, Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid, and Rageh Omaar and Cathy Newman. I remember this show: the studio was ankle-deep in competitiveness, desperation to win, and testosterone. And that was just from Piers Morgan.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Don't Ask Me, Ask Britain apps

The apps you'll need to vote on the dilemmas posed on Alexander Armstrong's new live interactive gaveshow, Don't Ask Me, Ask Britain, are now available to download. for iOS and Android. The show starts on Tuesday 18th April and runs till 23rd May.

You can download the app for iOS here, and the app for Android here. As of now, all they show is a holding screen, so don't panic when that's all you get!

Friday, 7 April 2017

Pointless Series 17 is go

Pointless returns to new shows on Wednesday 19th April, with the beginning of Series 17.

How long will they be on for? Who knows? Wimbledon doesn't start till 3rd July, and I can hardly think we'll go that long without at least one block of repeats. Fingers crossed for a good long run, though.

Families Pointless Celebrities, 15th April

No arguing over the remote for once at 6.30pm on 15tj April, when Pointless Celebrities has a Families special.

The participants are Richard Madeley and his daughter Chloe, JLS star JB and his wife Chloe, Fern Britton and her daughter Grace Jones, and B*Witched twins Keavy and Edele Lynch.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Danger Mouse the Third

Crumbs, chief, there's great news for Danger Mouse fans (and aren't we all?) The BBC has commissioned a third series of the murine secret agent's adventures.

The programme, a reboot of the iconic original starring David Jason as DM,  first launched on TV screens in September 2015, and features the voices of Alexander Armstrong, Kevin Eldon, Stephen Fry and Morwenna Banks. Set to air on CBBC in 2018, the next instalment of 26 11-minute episodes will follow on from the second series, which begins later this year on CBBC.