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MTV Greenlights Brand New Reality Show ‘Ex on the Beach’

 

MTV GREENLIGHTS BRAND NEW REALITY SHOW

‘EX ON THE BEACH’

 

Series will premiere on MTV UK before airing across MTV internationally from 2014

London,12th December 2013.MTV has commissioned a brand new reality series, Ex on the Beach, which is set to premiere in the UK from spring 2014.

The series is being produced for MTV UK by Whizz Kid Entertainment and has been shot on location in southern Europe. Ex on the Beach will debut on MTV UK before airing across MTV’s international network of more than 60 branded channels, excluding the U.S., later in 2014.

The series involves eight single men and women being invited to enjoy a luxury holiday in the belief they are being set up for a holiday romance. Instead, as MTV cameras follow their every move, certain ex-boyfriends and girlfriends of cast members arrive unexpectedly with no-one knowing ‘whose ex will be next’. Each ‘ex’ will have a different motive for appearing, from winning their partner back to exacting revenge after a break-up.

Kerry Taylor, SVP, Youth and Music for Viacom International Media Networks and SVP, General Manager, MTV UK, said; “MTV’s young viewers can’t get enough of reality shows that reflect their experiences and aspirations with attitude and humour. We’re always on the look-out for the next big idea in the genre and Ex on the Beach really grabbed our attention as a brilliant, fun and dramatic format. I know our audience will love it.”

Lisa Chapman, Managing Director, Whizz Kid Entertainment, said: “Whizz Kid Entertainment are thrilled to be working with MTV who have such an amazing track record in this genre. Ex on the Beach really does do what it says on the tin with an exciting reveal of an ‘ex’ arriving on the beach in each episode. Sounds simple, but once that takes place anything could happen… and frequently did. The cast are also a major find – they are all gorgeous and opinionated, and didn’t need much persuading to have a holiday in the sun. But it wasn’t all glamorous – some of the dates included camping in a cemetery and making goat’s cheese… not exactly romantic but it is fantastic entertainment.”

Ex on the Beach is commissioned by MTV UK’s VP, Production, Steve Regan, and executive produced by Regan, Chapman and Suzanne Read win for Whizz Kid Entertainment.

MTV UK has enjoyed strong ratings growth in recent years driven by an increasing number of original UK-produced reality series. The channel has grown its average 16-34 audience by 86% in the last five years and in 2013 is enjoying its highest average audience for 7 years.


About MTV:

MTV is the world’s premier youth entertainment brand.  With a global reach of more than a half-billion households across 170 territories, MTV is the cultural home of the millennial generation, music fans and artists, and a pioneer in creating innovative programming for young people.  MTV reflects and creates pop culture with its award-winning content built around compelling storytelling, music discovery and activism across TV, online and mobile.  Outside of the United States, MTV is part of Viacom International Media Networks, a division of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms. 


Contact:Jenny Needham,VIMN, +44 (0)203 580 2100,
jennifer.needham@vimn.com

 

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Channel 4 to broadcast Turner Prize live from Northern Ireland

Monday 2nd December at 7.30pm on Channel 4 – This year the Turner Prize is presented in Northern Ireland for the first time in its history. The winner will be announced live, by actress Saorsie Ronan, on Channel 4 as part of a half-hour programme hosted by Lauren Laverne. 

Founded in 1984 to celebrate new developments in contemporary art, the Turner Prize is awarded each year to a British artist under 50 for an outstanding exhibition or presentation of their work in the preceding 12 months. 

Over recent decades the award has played a significant role in provoking debate about visual art and promoting public interest in contemporary art. Now in its 29th year, Turner Prize 2013 is held in Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland, as part of the City of Culture programme.

As well as announcing the winner live from Derry, the programme will profile each of the four shortlisted artists, whose work encompasses live encounters, film, sculpture, drawing and painting.

The artists are Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, nominated for her paintings, Tino Sehgal, nominated for his performance work in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall in London last summer. Laure Prouvost nominated for film installations and David Shrigley, best known for drawings but whose Hayward Gallery exhibition last year introduced his work as a sculptor.

Executive Producer
Katherine Allen

Director
Nick Walters

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Lindsey Buckingham, Ray Davies, Nile Rodgers, Jeff Beck, Blondie, Boy George, and Tony Bennett – Talk Music

Lindsey Buckingham, Ray Davies, Nile Rodgers, Jeff Beck, Blondie, Boy George, and Tony Bennett 

Talk Music

Malcolm Gerrie Listens

New Sky Arts ‘Talks Music’ Highlight of Autumn TV Schedules – Kicks Off November 4th at 9pm

One of the most exciting new music interview programs hits UK screens November 4th when ‘Talks Music’ kicks off its incredible first season on Sky Arts 1 HD with a bumper crop of some of the world’s top talents.

For ten weeks, ‘Talks Music’ will take a revealing look at some of the biggest and most interesting names in music, interviewed by Malcolm Gerrie who draws on his ground breaking experience in music television. 

 “When Sky Arts asked me if I’d like to host Talks Music, I jumped at the chance,” says executive producer Malcolm Gerrie. “Getting in front of a camera and talking music to some of my ultimate musical icons was both surreal and incredible.  I’m proud that Talks Music will be part of a channel so committed to music and musicians.”

Throughout the ten part series, each guest will delve deeply into their colourful past and reveal much of what makes them tick. Their revelations are both insightful and entertaining.

Tony Bennett recalled the first time he met Frank Sinatra: “I went to the stage door and said, ‘my name is Tony Bennett and I’d like to meet Frank Sinatra…I just have a feeling we might get along’.  He taught me the audience is your friend, not the enemy and it changed my life.”

Nile Rodgers talked about the material girl: “I’ve never met anybody with the tenacity and focus of Madonna…and she said to me ‘if you don’t love all these songs we can’t work together’ and I said ‘Wow I don’t love all these songs but one thing you can depend on…I will by the time I’ve finished with them

Ray Davies on the difference between him and Mick Jagger: “I admire Mick Jagger intensely but Mick’s always Jumping Jack Flash, you know where you stand with him. But me, I’m four or five different characters, whoever inspired the song. It’s like being an actor in many respects.” 

Jeff Beck on working with Jimmy Page: “I was always trying to get my best mate into the band and it was an absolute disaster because he can’t play the bass for toffee, Jimmy. You know you’ve got four fat strings instead of six thin ones.  And I said listen tomorrow you’re on lead; so then really I shot myself in the foot because I had to put up with him going all over the place when I was trying to solo.”

Talks Music is directed by Jeff Wurtz and co-produced with Synergistix Media, the Emmy Award winning team behind the prestigious American classic series ‘Inside the Actors Studio’.

The full list of artists will be announced shortly.

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Brian Conley returns to a TV near you to host TIMELINE a brand new game show for Challenge

Challenge today announces the commission of a brand new game show Timeline hosted by comedian and TV presenter Brian Conley. In this exciting new, studio-based show, three teams of contestants will compete against each other in a race against the clock to place in order key historical moments, cultural items, weights or distances, on a Timeline. The 10 part series, produced by Whizz Kid Entertainment, will premiere on the channel in early 2014 (TBC).

Each week, three teams of two will compete against the clock to complete a timeline from a choice of three categories. Each correct item on their Timeline, placed via a touch-screen panel, will earn the teams points. The team who scores the most and makes it to the final round will only have the time remaining on their clock to play the big money game. It means time really is money!

Family favourite and funny-man Brian Conley takes on the role of master of ceremonies as each round of Timeline brings a new twist with increasing levels of difficulty. Whether it’s placing game shows in the order they appeared on TV, or working out which came first – the VCR or Live Aid, Brian will use his charm and charisma to interact with contestants, revealing whether the teams have placed their items correctly on Timeline.

In the final nerve wracking round, the remaining team with the most points will have the opportunity to win a big cash prize, but will they have enough time? The clock will be ticking…

Brian Conley comments; “I can’t wait to start the clock and get cracking on Timeline. On paper this show sounds simple but in reality it’s much trickier than it looks. Time literally is money and I can’t wait to meet the couples who are going to step up to the challenge. Let the mayhem commence.”

Stephen Ladlow, Director of Challenge adds; “I’m thrilled to be announcing Timeline on Challenge. It’s the perfect show for the channel and I couldn’t think of anyone better to be at the helm than the legendary Brian Conley. He’s going to be a smash hit with the contestants and Challenge viewers alike!”

Lisa Chapman, Managing Director: Whizz Kid Entertainment Ltd adds; ”Whizz Kid Entertainment is delighted to be working with Challenge on our exciting brand new game show – Timeline. The series has huge entertainment value with its mix of nostalgia and fast-paced trivia, and with Brian Conley at the helm it will also have a lot of laughs.”

The series was commissioned by Chris Brogden, Commissioning Editor, Sky Entertainment. Timeline marks Sky’s further commitment to commission quality content for Challenge since it re-launched on Freeview in 2011 and Freesat in 2012. Sky promises to deliver high-quality, content to customers, supported by a commitment to increase investment in programming to £600 million by 2014, an increase of more than 50% over three years. Timeline aims to emulate the success of the channels other key commissioned programming, including Takeshi’s Castle Rebooted, Blockbusters and TNA Wrestling: British Boot Camp.

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Further information:

Dominic Collett
Publicist, Sky Arts
Dominic.collett@bskyb.com / 020 7032 4892
www.skypressoffice.co.uk
Follow us on twitter @skyarts
www.sky.com/arts

Notes to editors: 

About …Talks Music
For Whizz Kid
Host and Executive Producer – Malcolm Gerrie
Director and Executive Producer – Jeff Wurtz
Executive Producers – Sally Atkins & Lisa Chapman
Producer- Shawn Tesser
For Sky
Commissioning Editor – Barbara Lee

About Challenge

Challenge is the home of ‘contest’. It offers cult shows, world famous quiz formats, innovative new game shows and superb TNA Impact Wrestling action. From original UK commissioned content to iconic classic shows from the past, there’s something for everyone.

Challenge is available on Freeview channel 46, Sky channel 145, Virgin Media channel 13, Freesat 145

About Sky

Sky is the UK and Ireland’s leading home entertainment and communications company. Around 40% of all homes have a direct relationship with Sky through its range of TV, broadband and home telephony services.

Sky is the UK’s biggest investor in television content, investing more than £2.3 billion a year in channels such as Sky 1, Sky Atlantic, Sky Living, Sky Arts, Sky Sports, Sky Movies and Sky News. Around twothirds of Sky’s content spend is invested in the UK and Sky is the fastest-growing source of investment in original British programmes. More than 30 million people watch Sky content each week. Alongside its commitment to offering customers a greater choice of high-quality content, Sky is a leading innovator. Customers enjoy total control and flexibility over their favourite TV through Sky+, watch TV on the move through Sky Go, and enjoy the best quality TV experience at home through High Definition and 3D.

Sky distributes its content broadly over several platforms, including satellite, cable, IPTV, mobile and WiFi. NOW TV, Sky’s second consumer brand, builds on the company’s leadership in internet TV. Sky is also the UK’s fastest-growing home communications company and favourite ‘triple-play’ provider of TV, broadband and home phone. Sky believes in making a wider contribution to the communities in which it operates by taking positive action on the environment, supporting grassroots sport, opening up the arts to more people and raising the aspiration of young people in schools. Sky employs 23,500 people, has annual revenues of £6.8 billion and is estimated to support a £5.4 billion contribution to UK GDP. Sky is listed on the London Stock Exchange (BSY).

About Whizz Kid Entertainment

Whizz Kid Entertainment is owned jointly by Ingenious Media Active Capital Limited (IMAC) and CEO Malcolm Gerrie (former CEO of Initial, part of the Endemol Group). The Chairman is Patrick McKenna (CEO Ingenious) and Lisa Chapman is Managing Director.

The company produces a range of high-quality programmes specialising in formatted entertainment programmes, live events, music, digital and arts programming. Production highlights include: Let’s Dance for Comic/Sport Relief (BBC1), the EE British Academy Film Awards (BBC1, BBC2 and BBC3), Being… N-Dubz (Channel 4), Camp Bestival and Bestival 3D (Sky Arts / Sky 3D), The Nokia Green Room (Channel 4), U2 Live On YouTube (YouTube, Sky1HD), Stand Up To Cancer (Channel 4), The Moonlight Signing of Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows (Bloomsbury Publishing on-line), George Michael the Road to Wembley (Channel 4) Jools Holland: My Life In Music (BBC2), Titanic: A Commemoration In Music & Film (BBC2) and MSN: Exclusives (MSN).

Please visit www.whizzkid.tv for more information on our shows and team.

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Sky Arts Introduces …Talks Music

Deborah Harry, Chris Stein, Boy George, Jeff Beck, Nile Rodgers and other influential musicians join legendary Music TV producer Malcolm Gerrie in a new music interview series 10 x 60′ to TX Autumn 2013

13/06/2013 Sky Arts is delighted to announce a brand new music series, …Talks Music, a unique and exclusive insight into the careers of some of the world’s most iconic music legends. Premiering in Autumn 2013, confirmed guests so far include American guitarist, songwriter and producer Nile Rodgers, Boy George, Jeff Beck and the creative force of Blondie: Deborah Harry and Chris Stein. Talks Music is a 10 x 60′ series for Sky Arts from Whizz Kid Entertainment.

…Talks Music takes an in depth look at key artists who have shaped modern music and shows them in a previously unseen light. Each week legendary music-TV broadcaster and producer Malcolm Gerrie, whose extensive credits include The Tube, The Brit Awards and The White Room, will be joined by a legendary guest for an exclusive hour-long interview. They will talk to Gerrie about their music, craft, passions and inspirations, explaining how they write, perform, and survive the pressures of being a popular music star. …Talks Music will feature a diverse mix of artists from different decades and different music genres who have all helped turn the pages of music history.

The series is directed by Jeff Wurtz, the acclaimed director and producer of the series Inside the Actors Studio. …Talks Music will be filmed live in front of a studio audience consisting of music students and fans who are looking for insights and inspirations in order to start their own music careers. Gerrie and his guest take questions from the floor giving the audience members a once in a lifetime opportunity to interact with their music idol.

James Hunt, Channel Director, Sky Arts says “If you can pin-point one legend who has defined the parameters of music TV it’s got to be Malcolm Gerrie. Combine his talents with the exceptional Jeff Wurtz, the man who produced and directed one of the world’s greatest TV brands Inside the Actors Studio, …Talks Music not only has a phenomenal pedigree it’s going to be the must watch series for Sky Arts viewers who love music icons.”

Malcolm Gerrie, Executive Producer and Host adds “When Sky Arts asked me if I’d like to change my day job and talk to some of the coolest artists on the planet…in front of the camera not behind…I was pretty gobsmacked! The whole experience of talking music to some of my personal music heroes has been a labour of love and I’m delighted that Talks Music will be part of a channel so committed to music and musicians.”

…Talks Music marks a further development for Sky Arts which champions innovative and original art programming, underlining Sky’s promise to deliver high-quality, exclusive content to customers, supported by a commitment to increase investment in home-grown programming to £600 million by 2014.

…Talks Music will TX on Sky Arts in Autumn 2013

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Further information:

Dominic Collett
Publicist, Sky Arts
Dominic.collett@bskyb.com / 020 7032 4892
www.skypressoffice.co.uk
Follow us on twitter @skyarts
www.sky.com/arts

Notes to editors: 

About …Talks Music
For Whizz Kid
Host and Executive Producer – Malcolm Gerrie
Director and Executive Producer – Jeff Wurtz
Executive Producers – Sally Atkins & Lisa Chapman
Producer- Shawn Tesser
For Sky
Commissioning Editor – Barbara Lee

About Sky Arts

Sky Arts offers an eclectic mix of the best music, arts, biographies, chat shows, film, drama and comedy. Sky is the only broadcaster in the UK and Ireland with channels dedicated solely to the arts, with 48 hours of the best arts content from around the world across Sky Arts 1 and Sky Arts 2 daily. Sky Arts now reaches more than 6 million viewers every month.

Recent highlights include Playhouse Presents… a series of one-off comedies and dramas starring renowned talent including Jon Hamm, Daniel Radcliffe, Kylie Minogue, Anna Friel, Idriss Elba and Matt Smith. The channel was also responsible for resurrecting the much-loved South Bank Show and The South Bank Show Awards. Sky Arts also encourages new formats and methods for accessing the arts, working with the ENO and National Gallery to beam the world’s first live opera and first live opening night of an exhibition in 3D to cinemas across the UK and Ireland.

Sky Arts also seeks to connect with culture on the ground; creating and collaborating with the best of the arts in the UK and Ireland to bring new experiences to life. Sky Arts has collaborated with a number of arts organisations including the English National Ballet and has supported the Hay Festival as broadcast partner since 2006. The Sky Arts Ignition Series launched in in 2011 to invest in the arts landscape of the UK. The Series will seek to collaborate with six arts organisations over the next three years in the creation of brand new works; Sky Arts Ignition Series: Futures Fund will support five young artists with a bursary of £30,000 each, enabling Sky Arts to back the creation of new works of art as well as nurture emerging talent.

Follow us on twitter @skyarts. See sky.com/arts

About Sky

Sky is the UK and Ireland’s leading home entertainment and communications company. Around 40% of all homes have a direct relationship with Sky through its range of TV, broadband and home telephony services.

Sky is the UK’s biggest investor in television content, investing more than £2.3 billion a year in channels such as Sky 1, Sky Atlantic, Sky Living, Sky Arts, Sky Sports, Sky Movies and Sky News. Around twothirds of Sky’s content spend is invested in the UK and Sky is the fastest-growing source of investment in original British programmes. More than 30 million people watch Sky content each week. Alongside its commitment to offering customers a greater choice of high-quality content, Sky is a leading innovator. Customers enjoy total control and flexibility over their favourite TV through Sky+, watch TV on the move through Sky Go, and enjoy the best quality TV experience at home through High Definition and 3D.

Sky distributes its content broadly over several platforms, including satellite, cable, IPTV, mobile and WiFi. NOW TV, Sky’s second consumer brand, builds on the company’s leadership in internet TV. Sky is also the UK’s fastest-growing home communications company and favourite ‘triple-play’ provider of TV, broadband and home phone. Sky believes in making a wider contribution to the communities in which it operates by taking positive action on the environment, supporting grassroots sport, opening up the arts to more people and raising the aspiration of young people in schools. Sky employs 23,500 people, has annual revenues of £6.8 billion and is estimated to support a £5.4 billion contribution to UK GDP. Sky is listed on the London Stock Exchange (BSY).

About Whizz Kid Entertainment

Whizz Kid Entertainment is owned jointly by Ingenious Media Active Capital Limited (IMAC) and CEO Malcolm Gerrie (former CEO of Initial, part of the Endemol Group). The Chairman is Patrick McKenna (CEO Ingenious) and Lisa Chapman is Managing Director.

The company produces a range of high-quality programmes specialising in formatted entertainment programmes, live events, music, digital and arts programming. Production highlights include: Let’s Dance for Comic/Sport Relief (BBC1), the EE British Academy Film Awards (BBC1, BBC2 and BBC3), Being… N-Dubz (Channel 4), Camp Bestival and Bestival 3D (Sky Arts / Sky 3D), The Nokia Green Room (Channel 4), U2 Live On YouTube (YouTube, Sky1HD), Stand Up To Cancer (Channel 4), The Moonlight Signing of Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows (Bloomsbury Publishing on-line), George Michael the Road to Wembley (Channel 4) Jools Holland: My Life In Music (BBC2), Titanic: A Commemoration In Music & Film (BBC2) and MSN: Exclusives (MSN).

Please visit www.whizzkid.tv for more information on our shows and team.

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Antony Cotton is the Let’s Dance Champion 2013

Antony Cotton has danced his way to victory in the grand final of Let’s Dance For Comic Relief, after impressing viewers and panellists not once, but twice, with his show stopping performance of ‘Anything Goes’.

Viewers tuned in to a supreme dance off between all six acts that made it through to this year’s final, The Soap Stars (Natalie Cassidy, Dean Gaffney, Ricky Groves and Claire Sweeney), comedians Katherine Ryan, Tim Vine and Lee Nelson as well as Coronation Street’s Antony Cotton and West End star Jodie Prenger

It was a tense wait as presenters Alex Jones and Steve Jones announced that the viewers had chosen Antony Cotton as their champion. “I’m speechless. I just want to thank everyone that phoned and voted…It was a real honour and a real thrill for me. I’ve not danced since I was a kid and I’ve really, really loved it”, said a surprised Antony. 

Tonight’s panellists, Jo Brand, Greg Davies and Frank Skinner also gave their verdict on the night winner. 

Greg Davies said: “I know for a fact that until this time two weeks ago, Antony had never once danced before in his entire life. It just goes to show that tap dancing is incredibly easy to pick up. I thought it was amazing, of course I did. It was incredible.” 

Jo Brand said: “I thought it was brilliant and it made me desperate to be in an old people’s home”. 

Frank Skinner said: “It did make me feel like going out and learning to tap dance because the way it invigorated those senior citizens was really wonderful”. He added “I love tap dancing…it was right up my 42nd street, as they say.” 

Antony then closed the series in style with a final reminder of why he is the nation’s favourite and Let’s Dance for Comic Relief Champion 2013, treating viewers to a final encore of ‘Anything Goes’. 

In this final show, more footage was shown from One Direction’s visit to communities in Africa that have received help from Comic Relief. A video from Alex and Steve’s visit to Malawi also featured, in which they witnessed a health centre struggling to cope with demand for vaccinations. 

There was also world exclusive performance from Taylor Swift of her new single ’22’ and Bruno Mars also gave a spectacular performance of his new single ‘When I Was Your Man’.  

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For further information contact:  
Sarah Hall| Sarah.Hall1@bbc.co.uk | 07718695383 
Edward Brody| Edward.Brody@bbc.co.uk |02080085189  


Notes to editors: 

Tonight’s Performances 
Tim Vine – ‘Rock Your Body’ 
The Soap Stars – ‘You Can’t Stop the Beat’ 
Katherine Ryan – ‘Starships’ 
Antony Cotton – ‘Anything Goes’ 
Jodie Prenger – ‘Word Up’ 
Lee Nelson – ‘Swan Lake (remix)’ 
2013 Champion – Antony Cotton – ‘Anything Goes’ 
2012 Champion – Rowland Rivron – Fatboy Slim’s ‘Weapon Of Choice’ 
2011 Champion – James Thornton and Charlie Baker,’ Puttin on the Ritz’ 
2010 Champion – Rufus Hound – Cheryl Cole’s ‘Fight For This Love’ 
2009 Champion – Robert Webb – ‘What A Feeling’ from the film Flashdance

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Jodie Prenger and Lee Nelson make it to the final in the third round of Let’s Dance for Comic Relief

Jodie Prenger and Lee Nelson are the fifth and sixth acts to stomp their way into the final of Let’s Dance for Comic Relief, after impressing viewers with their show stopping performances in the third show of the series.

Hosts Alex Jones and Steve Jones announced that viewers had voted Jodie Prenger through to the final on Saturday 9th March, after her spectacular performance of ‘Word Up’.

Runners up Lee Nelson and Vanessa Feltz then faced this week’s panellists, Radio 1’s Greg James, Arlene Phillips and comedian Lee Mack, who had the difficult decision of choosing the sixth act to go through to the final after their performances of ‘Swan Lake’, and ‘If I Could Turn Back time’ respectively.

Panellists Lee Mack and Arlene Phillips both voted for Lee Nelson giving him the majority vote and a place in the final alongside Jodie Prenger.

When announcing his decision. Lee Mack said: “Well it’s a very important thing we’re deciding that could change the face of the planet. Lee was brilliant. Vanessa was so brilliant I thought I was watching Cher. In fact I would go as far as to say it was Cher and Cher alike. If I have to give one of my votes, it’s a tight thing, but I’m going to go with Lee.” Greg James said: “There’s so much going through my head…I know how popular Lee’s dance was in here and at home, but I can’t stop thinking about you Vanessa Feltz. I’m just trying to think about the one I want to see again…I’m going to go with Vanessa Feltz.”

Arlene Phillips said: “You are asking me to choose between channelling the 80s and a future contender for the Royal Ballet. Can’t I just have them both please? I’m edgy…and my edge is edging for Lee.”

The viewers’ choice Jodie Prenger then closed the show with an encore of ‘Word Up’.

Tonight’s show was the final heat and saw Ore Oduba and Sonali Shah, Nina Conti, and Vanessa Feltz eliminated.

There were also performances from Justin Bieber who sang an acoustic version of his single ‘All Around the World’ as well as from Nicole Scherzinger, who gave a world exclusive performance of her new single ‘Boomerang’.

In next week’s final this week’s winners Jodie Prenger and Lee Nelson will compete against the winners from the first and second heats, Tim Vine, The Soap Stars (Ricky Groves, Claire Sweeney, Natalie Cassidy and Dean Gaffney), Antony Cotton and Katherine Ryan, in a bid to be crowned Let’s Dance for Comic Relief champion.

Next week’s show will air on BBC One and BBC One HD at 7.00pm – 8.25pm.

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For further information please contact:

Sarah Hall| Sarah.Hall1@bbc.co.uk | 07792657337
Edward Brody | Edward.Brody@bbc.co.uk | 07801067121
Notes to editors
Tonight’s Performances:
Ore Oduba and Sonali Shah – ‘Heya’
Nina Conti – ‘I Like to Move It’
Jodie Prenger – ‘Word Up’
Lee Nelson – ‘Swan Lake (remix)’
Vanessa Feltz – ‘If I Could Turn Back Time’
Through to the Grand Final on Saturday 9th March on BBC One:
Tim Vine – ‘Rock Your Body’
The Soap Stars – ‘You Can’t Stop the Beat’
Katherine Ryan – ‘Starships’
Antony Cotton – ‘Anything Goes’
Jodie Prenger – ‘Word Up’
Lee Nelson – ‘Swan Lake (remix)’

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Antony Cotton and Katherine Ryan are through to the final of Let’s Dance for Comic Relief

Antony Cotton and Katherine Ryan are the next two acts to sweep their way into the final of Let’s Dance for Comic Relief, joining viewers favourite Tim Vine and The Soap Stars who made it through last week. Presenters Alex Jones and Steve Jones announced that viewers had voted Antony Cotton through to the final on Saturday 9th March, after his performance to ‘Anything Goes’.

Runners up, Katherine Ryan and Waterloo Road then faced this weeks’ panellists, Paloma Faith, Jason Manford and Lisa Riley, who had to decide which act deserved to win the fourth place in the final, following their performances of ‘Starships’, and ‘Spice up Your Life’ respectively.

Panellists Jason Manford and Paloma Faith both voted for Katherine Ryan, giving her the majority vote and a place in the final alongside Antony.

Jason Manford said: “For sheer comedy and the gamble of wearing that outfit, I’m going to have to go with Katherine!”

Lisa Riley said: “They were both absolutely phenomenal, [Waterloo Road] opened the show brilliantly, and Katherine you were absolutely hilarious which is what Comic Relief is all about. But I’ve got to be a little bit biased, and I love you all dearly – I’m going with Waterloo Road. You’re amazing” Paloma Faith said: “The whole thing rests on me. I cannot bear it…the nation knows I’m a big believer in a curvaceous, voluptuous woman. I believe in the power of Katherine!’

The viewers’ favourite, Antony Cotton, then closed the show with one more rendition of those winning moves to ‘Anything Goes’.

Tonight’s show was the second of three heats and saw Jon Culshaw, Rosemary Shrager and Kim Woodburn & Waterloo Road eliminated.

There were performances from Paloma Faith with her brand new single ‘Black and Blue’ as well as from Jon Partridge and the cast of West End show, ‘A Chorus Line’.

Next week, next week another group of celebrity contestants will take to the floor with more iconic dance routines, in a bid to win viewers over and secure their place in the final, alongside comedian Tim Vine, the Soap Stars, and tonight’s winners, Antony Cotton and Katherine Ryan. Next week’s show will air on BBC One and BBC One HD at 7.00pm – 8.20pm.

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For further information please contact:

Sarah Hall | Sarah.Hall1@bbc.co.uk |07792657437
Edward Brody| Edward.Brody@bbc.co.uk |07801067121
Notes to editors:
Performances and songs from tonight’s episode (23rd February)
Waterloo Road – Spice up your Life
Jon Culshaw – Praise You
Rosemary Shrager and Kim Woodburn – Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend
Katherine Ryan – Starships
Antony Cotton – Anything Goes

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Whizz Kid Entertainment appoints Steven D Wright as Creative Director

Whizz Kid Entertainment is delighted to announce that Steven D. Wright is joining the company as Creative Director from February 4th 2013.

Recently named by Variety magazine as ‘one of the top 25 names in entertainment’, Steven D Wright has been in TV for 20 years and has several hundred prime-time programmes to his credit.

Steven was Creative Director of Shine Entertainment for six years and during that time was responsible for programmes including ‘The Story of Light Entertainment’ for BBC2, ‘The Truth About Take That’ and the ‘Modern Day Morality Tale’ for Channel 4. Prior to this Steven was Commissioning Editor of Factual Entertainment for Channel 4 before setting up Carbon Media under the ITV Studios umbrella. Steven is joining Whizz Kid Entertainment from JA Digital where he most recently delivered ’50 Shocking Facts About Diet and Exercise’ for Channel 5.

Steven will be reporting jointly to CEO Malcolm Gerrie and MD Lisa Chapman.

 

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Notes to Editors:

Whizz Kid Entertainment was launched in 2006 and is owned jointly by Ingenious Media Active Capital Limited (IMAC) and former Initial founder and CEO Malcolm Gerrie.

The company produces a range of innovative, high-quality programmes specialising in formatted, prime-time entertainment, live events, music, digital and arts programming.

Production highlights include: Let’s Dance for Comic/Sport Relief (BBC1), the EE British Academy Film Awards (BBC1 and BBC3), BAFTA TV Awards (BBC One), Being… N-Dubz (Channel 4), Camp Bestival and Bestival 3D (Sky Arts / Sky 3D), The Nokia Green Room (Channel 4), U2 360 Live On YouTube (YouTube, Sky1HD), Stand Up To Cancer (Channel 4), The Moonlight Signing of Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows (Bloomsbury Publishing on-line), Happy Birthday Elton (ITV), George Michael the Road to Wembley (Channel 4) Jools Holland: My Life In Music (BBC2), Titanic: A Commemoration In Music & Film (BBC2) and The Turner Prize (Channel 4).

For further information please visit:

www.whizzkid.tv or contact:
Tracey Lloyd: General Manager, Whizz Kid Entertainment
Tel: + 44 20 7440 2550 or + 44 7841 997682

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Let’s Dance for Comic Relief 2013

Tim Vine, Ricky Hatton, Nina Conti and Jon Culshaw and a host of other stars will be donning their dancing shoes as entertainment extravaganza, “Let’s Dance for Comic Relief” returns to BBC One.

Fronted once again by Alex Jones and Steve Jones, the showdown kicks off on the 16th February and will span four weeks, with three star studded Saturday night heats culminating in a grand final on the 9th March. Each week, viewers at home will get the chance to vote for their favourite act who will gain a place in the final.

Once again, our dancing celebs will be judged each week by a panel of top TV personalities that will feature such comic legends as Frank Skinner and Jo Brand. Each week, the judges will choose from the runners up to join the viewer’s favourite in the final. There will also be a music performance from a chart topping artist each week.

Last year’s series, which raised money for Sport Relief saw Only Way is Essex stars Amy Childs and Harry Derbridge battle it out with legendary skier Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards as Scott Mills and Olly Murs took on comedian Omid Djalili. Wiping the dance floor with them all was Roland Rivron, who stole audience hearts and votes and won the show with a dazzling routine to Fatboy Slim’s “Weapon of Choice”.

Alex Jones said “I’m ridiculously excited to be back on Let’s Dance. We have some of our best comedians as panellists, and an unbelievable line up of brave celebrities who are all prepared to don their dancing shoes to raise lots of money for this year’s Red Nose Day. Earlier this year Steve and I went out to Malawi to visit a number of projects funded by Comic Relief, and we can’t wait to get stuck in, knowing that the money raised this Red Nose Day will go towards helping families in Africa and in the UK that desperately need it.”

Steve Jones added “It’s still the most fun I have on TV so I am ecstatic Let’s Dance is back with a whole host of famous faces along with famous arms, legs, necks and fingers all attempting to dance for our viewing pleasure!”

Kevin Cahill, CEO of Comic Relief, said: “We are delighted that Let’s Dance for Comic Relief is back for 2013. We’ve had some fantastic winners in the past – Robert Webb, Rufus Hound, James Thornton & Charlie Baker and Rowland Rivron – and we’ve got another great line up of celebrities competing in this year’s show. We’re confident that once again viewers will get behind the show and help raise a life changing amount of money for people living incredibly tough lives both here in the UK and in Africa.” Let’s Dance for Comic Relief is produced for the BBC by Whizz Kid Entertainment. The Executive Producer for the BBC is Jo Wallace and the Executive Producers for Whizz Kid Entertainment are Louise Rainbow, Lisa Chapman and Malcolm Gerrie. The series producer is Andrew Cartmell.

 

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Notes to Editors:

Comic Relief and Red Nose Day Red Nose Day 2013 is heading your way on Friday 15th March when the great British public will once again be asked to Do Something Funny for Money.

Raising cash this Red Nose Day can help to change lives forever. That’s because Comic Relief spends the money raised to help change the lives of poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged people across the UK and Africa.

Comic Relief was launched on Christmas Day in 1985, live on BBC One. At that time, a devastating famine was crippling Ethiopia and something had to be done. That something was Comic Relief. The idea was simple – Comic Relief would make the public laugh while they raised money to help people in desperate need. Before too long, Red Nose Day was created and the first ever event in 1988 raised a staggering £15m.

This year, 2013, marks the 25th anniversary of Red Nose Day which has raised over £600m and helped to change lives both in the UK and Africa. Comic Relief, registered charity 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland)

Let’s Dance

Let’s Dance for Comic Relief 2013 will consist of 4 x 80 minute episodes

Three heats will take place on 16th February, 23rd February and the 2nd March with the grand final taking place on the 9th March.

Each heat will feature 5 celebrity acts. The act with the most viewer’s votes each week will for through to the final along with a runner up from each week, selected by the judges.

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