Friday, April 23, 2010

Knowing When To Keep Ones Trap Shut

Chris Evans is to be reprimanded by BBC bosses over comments that he made about Adrian Chiles on his Radio 2 show, a report has claimed. The DJ was speaking to rugby stars Matt Dawson and Austin Healey in his usual breakfast slot on Wednesday when he joked about Chiles's decision to leave the corporation, the Mirror reports. The on-air chat reportedly saw Evans claiming that he could get Dawson and Healey screen tests to take over Chiles's position on The ONE Show. After Dawson said that he would feel like a 'warm-up act' for Evans, the broadcaster replied: 'You are not the warm-up act for me. That is what the other guy thought and look what happened to him.' A BBC source said: 'This will not go unnoticed and Chris will have to explain himself. He is almost certain to get a dressing down where he will be reminded he has to be careful what he says on air, especially when referring to The ONE Show. He shouldn't be seen criticising Adrian for leaving the BBC and shouldn't give the impression he is extremely influential on a series he has not started on yet.' A spokesperson for the corporation played-down the matter, insisting: 'Chris always comments on topics of the day.' So, dear blog reader, who's right, the 'source' or the 'spokesperson'?

Meanwhile, madly annoying Colin Murray has been unveiled as the new presenter of Match Of The Day 2. The thirty three-year-old, who has anchored football on Five and the BBC's BDO World Darts Championship coverage, replaces Adrian Chiles, who departed the BBC earlier this week. He will take over for the 2010-11 season, which starts in August. Murray will also present a World Cup highlights show, which will air on BBC2 at 10pm throughout the tournament in June and July.

Coronation Street's factory boss Carla Connor is to be wrongly charged with murder in a forthcoming storyline, a tabloid has claimed. The plot occurs after the businesswoman's crazed ex-husband Tony Gordon (Gray O'Brien) is killed off in the soap's upcoming siege horror, according to the Sun. Earlier this month, it was revealed that Tony is to hold Carla (Alison King) and Hayley Cropper (Julie Hesmondhalgh) captive at Underworld after escaping from prison. He arrives at the factory with a gun and ties up the pair. It is suggested that Tony will eventually let Hayley go free before setting the building on fire. In subsequent scenes, viewers will reportedly see Carla untie herself, grab Tony's gun and fire a shot which wounds him. While Carla manages to escape the burning factory, Tony is expected to die in the blaze. Police later examine his body and assume that the bullet killed him. A Weatherfield insider revealed: 'Things look very bleak for Carla as there are no witnesses to back up her story.' The plotline means that two Coronation Street characters are to face wrongful murder charges. Show favourite Gail McIntyre (Helen Worth) is already being held on remand after being accused of killing husband Joe.

Charlie Brooker has revealed that he wants to work on another scripted television show. Brooker, who previously wrote Big Brother zombie drama Dead Set, explained that he already has a concept in mind. 'I want to do another scripted TV show,' he told Shortlist. 'I think I'm supposed to be doing one next year. Doing Dead Set was a miserable experience, but I was glad I did it. You're creating a little world, which is fun.' Brooker added : 'I'm doing something which should be interesting. I don't want to jinx it but it's a sort of cross between Screenwipe and more scripted elements. But that's not until far, far into the future. I couldn't be more cryptic or dull.'

The parents of missing Madeleine McCann have agreed to make an appearance on GMTV next week, according to a report. Kate and Gerry McCann will pre-record an interview with Lorraine Kelly on Tuesday which will be seen on the presenter's GMTV With Lorraine slot the next day, the Mirror claims. It is thought that this is the only TV appearance that the couple will give before the third anniversary of Madeleine's disappearance in May. A source said: 'Lorraine's been very supportive of the family. This is a thank you and a reminder that she's still missing.'

Heroes could reportedly be heading back for a fifth and final season of thirteen episodes. Following rumours that NBC is unsure over the future of the show, the network's primetime president Angela Bromstead has now reassured fans that Heroes is likely to be given another run. The drama is expected to receive a thirteen-episode final season order along with NBC's other main title up for renewal Chuck. 'It is all yet to be debated,' Bromstead told The Hollywood Reporter. 'Both of those shows make sense with the new shows we'll be bringing on.'

It was the dancing dog act that reportedly 'thrilled' millions on Saturday night's opening episode of Britain's Got Talent. Whilst most 'normal' people didn't give a stuff one way or the other. But if you felt like the routine was a bit familiar, then you won't be surprised to learn that Tina and Chandi are TV veterans and have appeared on other talent contests. At least, according to a gloriously muck-raking nothing story by the Daily Mail. Rescue dog Chandi showed off ballet and quickstep moves with her owner Tina Humphrey, from Shropshire. But, shock-horror, she had already impressed viewers three years ago when the pair picked up a ten thousand pound prize after winning a heat of BBC1's When Will I Be Famous? presented by Graham Norton. They have also won prizes at Crufts for their act, as recently as last year, and have appeared on Blue Peter and Richard and Judy. An ITV spokesman confirmed that Britain's Got Talent does not enforce any rules blocking performers who have been on other TV shows.

Professor Brian Cox has admitted that he has found life 'strange' since his BBC science show debuted earlier this year. The physicist recently proved a hit with viewers when fronting Wonders Of The Solar System for BBC2. Speaking to the Manchester Evening News about the impact of the programme, Cox explained: 'I'm not able to go to the supermarket. It's made life very expensive. I have to take taxis everywhere. After being on Jonathan Ross and having five million people watching your show, people start to recognise you in the street. You get the paparazzi camping on your doorstep. It's been a very strange experience.' Cox, who is to appear in a new BBC project next year, added that Wonders eradicated the perception that 'science is difficult.' He said: 'I don't think the viewing public believe that. It is a myth among some TV executives. The audience for Wonders was nearly the same as for EastEnders.'

David Dickinson has reportedly landed his own show on ITV. The tango'd former Bargain Hunt presenter will take over the 5pm slot when Alan Titchmarsh's current programme finishes in May, the Sun reports. The David Dickinson Show is expected to include a mix of celebrity interviews and antiques. Get Bruce Forsyth on, mate, and kill two birds with one stone. A source explained: 'ITV has high hopes for David being their next breakout teatime chat show host.'

ITV Daytime has confirmed the details of three new cookery shows starting later this year. Dinner Date, Celebrity Pressure Cooker and Ten Mile Menus will air during the spring, summer and autumn on ITV. Hosted by Lorraine Kelly, Celebrity Pressure Cooker will feature celebrities attempting to cook in the style of professional chefs. Kirsten O'Brien, Christopher Biggins and Hardeep Singh Kohli are among the 'celebrities' lined-up for the series. Ten Mile Menus will also feature celebrity contestants, but will team them with professionals in competitions against each other, on location, around the country. Dinner Date, which is produced by Hat Trick, will feature single male and female contestants going on a series of three-course home-cooked dinners. At the end of the dinner dates, the single contestant will pick one of the cooks to take out for a romantic meal. 'This great new mixture of cookery based programming will complement an already highly successful lifestyle daytime slate which includes Loose Women, 60 Minute Makeover and This Morning,' said director of daytime, factual and GMTV Alison Sharman.