This week began with the very sad news that broadcasting legend Sir Terry Wogan had passed away aged 77 after a short illness.
Understandably, the news and social media were lit up with tributes and outpourings of emotion and on Monday evening The One Show paid tribute to Terry with a wonderful hour-long special entitled A Tribute To Sir Terry which saw the likes of Graham Norton and Chris Evans tell such lovely stories about the late broadcaster alongside archive footage from Terry’s illustrious career including the moment he signed off from his BBC Radio 2 breakfast show in 2009.
Terry’s ability to make the listener feel like he was only talking to them was second-to-none, and in his rather poignant goodbye speech to “my listener”, he signed off with “thank you for being my friend”.
Terry’s passing is a huge loss to the world of broadcasting and I for one will miss him greatly. Rest in peace, Sir Terry. Thank you for being our friend.
Sunday evening saw the return of The Jump with a 90-minute show which, because of the weather didn’t actually feature a live jump! Instead, an air jump from earlier on in the week was used to decide which celebrity would be leaving the competition first.
Sadly it was former EastEnders actress Louisa Lytton who was slowest and therefore the first celebrity out of The Jump.
The producers (or Davina) have certainly drawn inspiration from The Great British Bake Off for the new series as the sexual innuendos just kept on coming! Davina began the show by referring to her “chilly bits”, referenced Linford Christie’s “lunchbox”, alluded to the fact that Tamara Beckwith might like to dress up as a nurse in the bedroom, made the announcement that last year’s winner “had a firm grip on his bell”, referring to the Cowbell trophy the winner wins.
Game for anything, it seems Sarah Harding wanted a slice of that innuendo pie and revealed that everyone knows she’s “a screamer” leaving Davina and everyone around her rather red faced… although that could have just been the cold of course.
In many ways it’s a shame that this year The Jump will air every Sunday evening for 6 weeks instead of stripped across a week. I’m not sure The Jump is the type of programme viewers will come back week after week for. I liked it when it was on every night and over in a week. It also left less room for injury, how Rebecca Adlington has managed to continue after shoulder, I’ll never know!
On Thursday, Keith Lemon returned to ITV2 with a brand new series of The Keith Lemon Sketch Show and last month I met up with Keith to talk about the new series. In case you haven’t read that chat yet, then you can do so here.
On Tuesday evening I was invited along to a screening in London of the first episode of the new series, followed by a Q&A with the man himself hosted by Heat magazine’s Lucie Cave.
My favourite moments from the opening episode were Ant and Dec’s Jungle Trials which saw Will Mellor get a lot closer to Ant than he first thought, Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes becoming sex coaches for Keith and Paddy McGuinness joining Keith for a re-make of Toy Story which will make you see the film completely different from now on… Believe me.
After 32 days, 16 celebrities, 1 shetland pony and one Gillian McKeith, Friday night saw one of the best ever series of Celebrity Big Brother come to an end with Geordie Shore’s Scotty T crowned the winner with 36.3% of the vote, narrowly beating runner-up Stephanie Davis who somehow received 26.6% of the vote.
Sadly my winner Tiffany Pollard finished fourth, with 9.9% of the vote. Even Emma Willis on Celebrity Big Brother’s Bit on the Side told Tiffany how much she loves her and how although Scotty was a worthy winner, she would have loved to see Tiffany win. Me too Emma. Me too.
I can understand why Scotty T won, he wasn’t my winner but he’s a very popular lad. He didn’t get into any arguments, he showed a slightly different side to him compared to the one we’re used to seeing in Geordie Shore (mainly the fact he didn’t sleep with Megan) and let’s be honest the Geordie Shore lot have a great track record when it comes to winning other reality shows with Charlotte Crosby winning Celebrity Big Brother in 2013 and Vicky Pattison winning I’m A Celeb last year.
At the end of Friday night’s finale Emma Willis confirmed that Big Brother will be back in the Summer with a new civilian series AND another celebrity edition. All I can say to the celebrities thinking of going into the house this summer… Good luck! This year’s series is going to take some beating.
I’ve picked my 10 most memorable moments from this series of Celebrity Big Brother, which you can see here.
With only three/four months to go until the new series of Top Gear, fronted by Chris Evans the BBC announced one of his new presenters… Matt LeBlanc aka Joey from friends!
When news first broke of Chris Evans taking over the reigns of Top Gear I was excited, but in the past few months the negative press around the show and Chris Evans’ apparent inability to drive and present, I was looking forward to Top Gear less and less.
But when news broke of Matt LeBlanc joining Chris Evans as co-presenter, my excitement levels peaked. Read the full story here.
Elsewhere on the blog, I took a look back at some of my favourite UK sitcom films to celebrate the release of the Dad’s Army film (you can see that list in full here), Gold commissioned another series of The Interviews which will begin in March (full details here) and as Happy Valley returns on Tuesday evening I’ve reviewed the first episode which you can read here. And as always you can catch up on all your Coronation Street spoilers here and EastEnders spoilers here.
So there you have it, that’s what I’ve been up to this week, what I’ve been watching and what’s been going on the site. Remember to check back throughout the week and I’ll see you next Sunday for another round-up.