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Cor blimey, look at James - The Sun
James Corden hits the skins on stage alongside singer Carl Barat and Ralf Little, left AFTER spotting JAMES CORDEN'S dodgy goatee last week, it was a relief to see him as a clean cut sixties' rocker in our exclusive trailer for his latest movie,...
Comedy of terrors - The Australian
This being a comedy, our heroes are played by two English comedians, James Corden and Mathew Horne, a couple of no-hoper city types. Like Abbott and Costello, the models for this sort of film, one of them is plump and silly, the other a bit sharper....
James Corden 'taches off - The Sun
I HOPE JAMES CORDEN whips off the bum fluff on his chin once he stops filming the remake of Gulliver's Travels. The Gavin & Stacey star had to grow it for his role as Jinx in the forthcoming film, which also stars JACK BLACK. James was sporting the...
Lesbian Vampire Killers - Sydney Morning Herald
James Corden (the fatty) and Mathew Horne (the skinny) are the stars of the BBC's hit series Gavin And Stacey, which is written by Corden and Ruth Jones. This script predates that series, now benefitting from their notoriety, but it's neither as well...
Tormented, Jon Wright, 91 mins, (15) Awaydays, Pat Holden, 106 ... - Independent
A gleeful British teen horror comedy, featuring a vengeful zombie who's an undead ringer for James Corden, Tormented bucks the contemporary horror trend by being fun to watch. Saw and its many imitators have shown us, almost literally ad nauseam,...
James Corden: fat luvvie - Spiked
... scrummy serving of Whittingstall gives you 20.5g of fat, so Dawn French, Fern Britton, and new celebrity lardy boy on the block, James Corden, are loveable and cuddly rather than monsters at whom it is quite acceptable to shout abuse in the street....
Barry's James Corden lookalike hopes to repeat TV performance - Barry and District News
By Sharon Harris » A BARRY-BORN James Corden lookalike has launched an internet appeal to enable him to repeat the dance he performed on a popular television chat show. Gareth Mason, who hails from Highlight Park in Barry, wowed viewers of BBC Two's...
Gavin & Stacey: Season One - JustPressPlay
As Gavin and Stacey run ahead full tilt, Gavin's friend Smithy (James Corden) and Stacey's friend Nessa (Ruth Jones) find themselves dancing around the one night they spent together in the first episode. The series as a whole keeps a crackling pace and...
On the ball: James Corden and Billy Connolly show off their ... - Daily Mail
By Daily Mail Reporter James Corden dived straight into the action as he began filming a short stint in fellow funnyman Jack Black's remake of Gulliver's Travels. The Gavin and Stacey star was pictured playing a game of basketball with Billy Connolly...

Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story

Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story DVD cover

Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story is a 2001 American television miniseries. It was directed by Brian Henson and was a co-production of CBS and Jim Henson Television. It is an alternative version of the classic English fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk. The story was considerably reworked to reflect what Henson believed to be a more ethical, humanist view. The cast includes Matthew Modine (as the modern day descendent of Jack), Mia Sara (as a mysterious woman attempting to bring him to justice for the murder of a giant), Jon Voight, and Vanessa Redgrave, Richard Attenborough, Darryl Hannah and a young James Corden play giants. Among the other giants in the film are beings from the mythology of various cultures, including Hebrew, Buddhist, and Nordic.

Jack Robinson is a rich CEO of a large company. Throughout his family's past, no Robinson male has lived to be over 40, and Jack keeps having a dream about his father and an angry giant. He tries very hard to stay healthy with the help of his Albanian butler. The man who manages his business affairs (Jon Voight) convinces him to turn down a project involving alternative food supplies of genetically-engineered plants to feed the third world, and also to build a casino complex in a small town. The locals object. During construction, the workers discover the skeleton of a giant. A strange young woman called Ondine then appears and accuses Jack of being a murderer. That night a man sneaks into his house and takes him to see a strange old lady who tells him the traditional version of the fairy tale "Jack and the Beanstalk". She gives him the last magic bean. The bean grows into a huge beanstalk, which leads him into the world of the giants, where he discovers the truth; in reality, the giant was a benevolent individual, with Jack betraying his trust and stealing the harp and the goose, although the giant's death was only an accident as Jack hadn't expected him to follow him. Unfortunately, the loss of the harp and the goose resulted in the loss of the magic that sustains the giant's world, and it is only with the death of the Robinson family that the magic will be restored, hence the Robinson family curse. Despite her doubts about Jack after what happened when she fell for his ancestor- due to the different flow of time between the two worlds, time in the giant's world travels slower than on Earth, and thus only a few years have passed up there as opposed to the centuries that have passed here-, Ondine recognises that Jack is not the man his ancestor was, and thus transports him back to Earth to help her find the harp and the goose. With their return, the giants' world is restored, and the giants thank Jack for undoing his ancestors' mistakes.

Ultimately, the story ended up taking place in the present time, with Jack Robinson, the head of a large company journeying to the land of the giants to right the wrongs of his family’s past. “Again, it returns thematically to how we all should be sharing in the responsibility to bring balance back to the world..." states Henson.

These changes resulted in a darker story. “It’s not particularly a piece that kids should watch on their own, but it’s a great piece for adults to watch with their children” said Henson on that subject.

To create the special and visual effects in the film, Jim Henson's Creature Shop was given the task of branching out into computer animation, compositing and matte painting, as well as creating animatronic characters. "It made sense to use The Creature Shop not only from a financial perspective but also for the benefits of having everyone working under one roof. The same group that conceived the characters and visual effects were also responsible for their creation, resulting in a unified, consistent look," said Henson. With 400 effects shots, the film includes many fantasy elements, but Henson described it as having more human characters and more reality than many of his other fantasy and science-fiction projects, which he said was refreshing.

In order to create the giant beanstalk, which, in the film, shoots up out of the forest floor and into the sky, there was an extensive use of CGI, However, a practical, 20-foot tall section was built for actor Matthew Modine to climb.

The Creature Shop also created an entirely computer-generated character. Harmonia is a human-like, animated, talking statue that is part of the Golden Harp (one of the giant’s original treasures). Originally, Henson and his team considered using a live-action actress, because Henson wanted the character to be very life-like. However, the decision was made to instead try to achieve such an effect with computer animation. “… If we had used an actress, she wouldn’t have looked magical - she would have simply looked like a person with gold paint hugging a harp,” said Sean Feeney, CGI supervisor for the film.

Several animatronic characters were also created… a puppeteered goose and an animatronic head for the giant Cernos. All of the giants in the film are played by regular-sized actors and actresses composited into the film so that they appear to be much larger. Their movements were also slowed down.

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Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack


Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack was an E4 replacement to Celebrity Big Brother, a spin-off series of the British reality television programme Big Brother, airing on E4, with a number of closely associated programmes also airing on the same channel. The series started on 3 January 2008 and ended on 28 January 2008; this series was announced on 8 October 2007 by Channel 4 that it would be replacing Celebrity Big Brother in January 2008, due to the widely publicised racism controversy in Celebrity Big Brother 2007. It saw one celebrity a day taking control, with the help of Big Brother; organising their own tasks, making their own rules and talking to the housemates in the Diary Room. They were in charge of a set of housemates, ranging in age from 18–21 years old. The housemates competed to be the last to leave the house for a £50,000 prize. The series ended on 28 January with a live final show on E4.

The "eye" logo used for Big Brother 2007 was adapted to include the star used in celebrity versions and a splatter of purple paint across it to signify that the eye itself had been "hijacked". The colour of the splat is the same purple used for the E4 logo. The logo was unveiled on 3 December 2007.

The series was sponsored by Virgin Mobile, who took over from parent company Virgin Media who sponsored Big Brother 2007.

The housemates for this series were a mixture of British 18 to 21 year olds, all with a special talent.

Jacqueline Amy Jackson (born 1986, Leeds) is a conceptual artist who lives in Leeds where she attended Leeds Girls' High School. She has just completed her final year of a BFA in Fine Art at The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art part of Oxford University gaining a 1st class degree. She won the Geoffrey Rhodes Prize for the highest first-year exam results, and is a multi-award winning conceptual artist working with photography and installations - Amy doesn't paint as she finds it 'too messy'. Amy wants to incorporate her experience in the Big Brother House into her artwork. She is also an accomplished musician who plays the saxophone, piano, clarinet and trombone. During the Andy McNab task, both Amy and Anthony were taken away and interrogated. They were both given a code and whoever didn't tell the code to McNab won a £5,000 prize and immunity to that weeks eviction. Amy won the task and the £5,000 prize and chose Anthony to join her immunity.

Jackson was favourite to win the series, however she finished third place on the final Day, Day 26.

Jackson has recently graduated with a 1st class degree in a Fine Art Bfa from Oxford University and is working as an artist.

Anthony Osezua Ogogo (born 24 November 1988 in Lowestoft, Suffolk) is an international boxer who has captained Great Britain's team in the World European and Junior Olympic Tournaments. He won the Junior Olympics in 2004, picked up the Most Outstanding Boxer of the Tournament and was crowned World Under 17 Champion in 2005. He hopes to represent Great Britain in the 2008 Summer Olympics. Training three times a day, Anthony's overall ambition is to become World Champion, but he would also love to become the first mixed-race James Bond. His boxing name is 'Beautiful Brown Suga'.

On Day 26 Anthony was evicted, despite being second favourite to win, he came fourth .

Calista Kazuko Robertson (born 27 March 1988 in London) is a classical musician and children's music teacher. She has been playing the violin since she was 3 years-old and can also play the piano. Her father Paul Robertson is one of the founding members of the Medici String Quartet. She is currently studying at King's College London, where she receives instrumental tuition via the Royal Academy of Music. Calista specialised in composition at The Royal Academy of Music's junior academy under David Knotts and was awarded full scholarships to attend Miguel Mera's Film Music course with Stile Antico in 2007, both at Dartington Summer School. Calista has written over 100 songs ranging from full orchestral to cheesy pop, including the newly famous 'Bongo Jam'. She also teaches piano to 7- 9 year olds, as well as privately teaching violin, singing and music theory. Calista was the sixth housemate to be evicted, and left the house on Day 23 in a double eviction.

Carmen Emilia Arata (born 1989, Birmingham) is a professional circus performer. She and her brother Victor have performed in front of the likes of Prince Charles and Princess Anne. They also took part in Graham Norton's BBC One talent show When Will I Be Famous? in 2007 where they went on to win. Emilia comes from seven generations of circus performers and has been in training since she was four years old, performing professionally for the first time when she was six. Emilia performs six nights a week at the Palazzo Variety Show in Berlin with her brother Victor. Their mother Carmen is a trainer on Sky One reality show Cirque de Celebrite. Emilia has a list of work-related injuries that include broken knee, shoulder, wrist, fingers, and several ribs. Throughout the series, Emilia was regularly booed by the crowds outside the house, however despite facing three eviction votes, she survived them all to make a surprise appearance in the final. She speaks fluent Italian. Emilia was announced as the runner-up, on Day 26, with 46.1% of the votes.

Jade Keiley Eden (born November 1986) is a professional beauty queen. Jade has won numerous beauty pageant awards including Miss Essex 2006, Miss Winchester 2007 and was Miss England Runner up. She is just back from competing in Miss Global City where she won the European section and was also awarded with Miss Sunshine Beauty 2007. She has been a member of MENSA since the age of four. Jade won a scholarship to a school for gifted children and recently graduated from The Urdang Academy in Covent Garden where she was also awarded a scholarship for Professional Musical Theatre. Jade is also an award winning dancer. She competed internationally in Artistic Gymnastics and won 3rd prize for most expressive floor routine. She also featured in the Blazin' Squad music video for their single, We Just Be Dreamin'. On Day 9, Jade was the first housemate to be evicted.

Jay Clive Wilson (born 13 April 1988 in London, England) is a fashion designer whose work has been showcased in both the New York and Caribbean fashion week. Jay has previously won the Tyler Media Award for young designers. He is stocked in some of the many design stores in Manhattan and describes his range as chic, classic and simplistic. Jay was the fifth housemate to be evicted, and left the house on Day 23 in a double eviction.

Jay is currently working on his Spring 09 collection, which is being sponsored by the YKK Group. Sketches from the collection were leaked onto his official blog on 14 May 2008, revealing the name of the collection (F//DOT//HILL) and listing three names Miss Foster, Chloe Murphy and Elle Sterling, which have been said to be the muses/inspirations for the collection.

Jay recently landed himself a job working with Ex-runway model turned fashion designer Kimora Lee Simmons, working on her KLS and Baby Phat lines as a production assistant. Jay is also featured on the new series of Kimora's hit E! entertainment show Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane. It's been quoted that Jay's reaction to being offered the position at KLS was: "Oh my fuck, I'm gonna be working at Baby Phat... Let's call Christian I need a new pair of Louboutins".

Jeremy Robert Metcalfe (born 9 April 1988 in Fleet, Hampshire) is a racing driver currently competing in the British Formula Renault Championship. The first time Jeremy got behind the wheel of a go-kart at the age of eight, he broke the track record on his first lap, and since then his life has revolved around karting and latterly racing driving. He won the British Cadet Kart Championship in 2000, in 2006 Jeremy was nominated for the McLaren Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year and in 2007 he was named as the BDRC Rising Star., classing him in the top six or so best young drivers in the UK.

On Day 26 Jeremy was evicted, coming in fifth place.

John Loughton (born 1987, Edinburgh) is a political campaigner. He is currently Chairperson of the Scottish Youth Parliament and hopes to run for senior office in 2009. On launch night, he was chosen by Matt Lucas, the hijacker at the time, to enter the house first and take part in a secret mission. His secret mission was to wear an ear piece through which Matt could speak to him and tell him what to do / say to each housemate as they entered the house. If he passed his mission he would win immunity from every eviction and a party for his fellow housemates. If he failed he would be up for every eviction. He passed and won himself a place in the final week. John was the winner of the series, taking 53.9% of the final vote. In April 2008 he was appointed as a member of the Commission on Scottish Devolution.

Latoya Linette Satnarine (born 8 November 1987 in London) is a professional dancer who has appeared in over 20 music videos for artists including Madonna, and was also booked for a Mariah Carey concert tour. In 2007 she was nominated for the Best Female Dancer in the Dance Off Awards. Latoya has appeared dancing in over 20 music videos for artists including Madonna, Jamelia and Craig David amongst others. She says she is most proud of being booked as a concert dancer for Mariah Carey, as Carey doesn't usually use British dancers. On Day 21, in a surprise eviction Latoya became the fourth housemate to be evicted.

Liam Young (born 1 November 1988 in Widnes) is the registered director of a website services company called OxyUK Technologies Limited. He has also voiced a desire to be an actor, having minor parts in Grange Hill, Coronation Street, Hollyoaks and the Jude Law remake Alfie. Liam identifies as bisexual and was the second housemate to be evicted on Day 16, in a double eviction. Liam now works in the media industry doing PA's, coaching & also runs Young Expert Limited & Ambitious London - a PR, Marketing & Events Agency.

Nathan Abraham Fagan-Gayle (born 1986, London) is a R&B singer and songwriter. He released his first album, "Masterpiece" in 2006. In 2007 he was nominated for the Best R&B Act at the MOBO Awards and is a Urban Music Awards winner.. Having achieved a top 40 hit, Nathan already has a critically acclaimed album under his belt, entitled 'Masterpiece'. Nathan pens his own music and also counts rapping and music producing amongst his talents. Nathan had sung with Alicia Keys at 15 years-old, and has interviewed her for his school. On Day 26 Nathan was evicted, coming in sixth place.

Vittorio "Victor" Arata (born April 1988, Birmingham) is a professional circus performer. He and his sister Emilia perform as a double-act at the Palazzo Variety Show in Berlin. Before entering the house the pair appeared on the talent show When Will I Be Famous? hosted by Graham Norton where they went on to win the £10,000 prize. The contortionist acts he performs with his sister are extreme and carry a high risk - Victor has broken an elbow (which now contains a metal screw), his knee and his fingers. Emilia and Victor's mother Carmen is a trainer on Sky One reality show Cirque de Celebrite. He speaks fluent Italian. On Day 16 he became the third person to be evicted with 32% of the public vote. This was a double eviction.

The celebrity "hijackers" took on the role of Big Brother on one-day contracts.

Although much of the house was the same as the house used for Big Brother 8 there were some changes. The bedroom was painted green. The fridge was brought inside the house (during the main series the house had an "everything not where it should be" theme which saw the fridge in the garden). Many of the walls had pictures on of various things such as monkeys holding cameras and a shopping trolley on the door to the store room. The pool was replaced with a hot tub due to the show being broadcast in January. The sofas were changed to be all purple, in keeping in the E4 theme of the house. There were also splatters of purple paint on the wall similar to those on the logo. The house was also been given a new timber floor opposed to the pink carpet used for the main series. The bath was moved to the bathroom. The bedroom saw the biggest changes of all the rooms in the house. It was given a whole new set of furniture. The walls were painted green, some with wallpaper of skyscrapers. A gym (including exercise bicycles and a treadmill) was built, which could be entered from the bedroom. Two walls are orange, two are giant photos of mountains overlooking a lake. The hair dryers were removed and a bath was installed. The shower remained unchanged. The diary room chair remained the same except for the fact that the lights inside the chair were coloured purple to stay with the E4 theme. A hidden spiral staircase was used when Andy McNab hijacked the house to reach interrogation room 2. The spiral staircase was again used when Chris Moyles hijacked the house to reach a secret bar. It was accessed from a secret door inside the bedroom toilet. There was also another room that could be accessed from the storage room. It was used for tasks such as Janet Street-Porter's television task and Mathew Horne and James Corden's love room.

The show was only broadcast on E4. The live launch was hosted by Dermot O'Leary and introduced the first celebrity hijacker. Like the main series, live footage aired through the night.

Big Brother's Little Brother was hosted by Dermot O'Leary. It was shown Monday-Friday at 7:30pm and Sundays at 7pm. It was O'Leary's last series as he departed from the show to focus on his X Factor duties.

Big Brother's Big Mouth was hosted by James Corden and Mathew Horne. Big Mouth aired Monday-Thursday at 10 p.m. and Fridays at 10.30pm. Corden and Horne were chosen as permanent hosts after being guest hosts during Big Brother 8.

Diary Room Uncut aired on Saturdays at 10pm.

This year however there was no online live feed on Channel 4 or their sponsor Virgin Media's site. Also, as the series progressed the amount of live coverage on E4 was shortened.

Later on, the housemates took part in the Channel 4 programme Cookalong:Live (part of the Food Fight series), where they had to produce a 3 course meal under the guidance of Gordon Ramsay.

Later the housemates had a wine-tasting session with the hijacker that day Malcolm McLaren. McLaren had asked for this to be broadcasted in black and white which it was.

The hijacker that day, Kate Lawler later entered the house with an Indian take-away. While in the house, she lied to Anthony and told him that evicted housemate, Calista Robertson, had sold a story about him to a tabloid newspaper which was "very personal".

Note 1: After John completed a task on Day 1, he was immune from every eviction during the series.

Note 2: When Amy won a task on Day 10 she won immunity from this weeks eviction. She also got to choose another housemate to be immune. She chose Anthony. Finally, due to losing the task against Amy, Anthony had to put one housemate up for eviction and he chose Victor. On Day 13, celebrity hijacker Joan Rivers selected Emilia, Jeremy and Liam to also face the public vote. It was a double eviction, meaning two housemates would be evicted.

Note 3: The housmates nominated live. They each had two minutes to go to a private area and write down their two nominations. They were not obliged to give reasons for their nominations. They then all announced their nominations to each other at the dining table. Also, because of a double eviction planned that week, it was the three or more housemates with the most nominations that would go up rather than the normal two or more. Had there been no double eviction, Nathan and Jeremy would have been the only two up.

Note 4: There were no nominations in the final week, instead the public voted for who they wanted to win the show. The housemate with the most votes would go on to win the show.

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BBC Three

BBC Three logo

BBC Three is a television channel from the BBC broadcasting via digital cable, terrestrial, IPTV and satellite platforms. The channel is described by the BBC as an outlet for 'New drama, talent, comedy, films, and accessible news'. The channel is on-air from 19:00 to about 04:00 each night, in order to share terrestrial television bandwidth with the CBBC Channel. Unlike its commercial rivals, 90% of BBC Three's output is from the United Kingdom and other European Union countries. 80% is original, covering all genres, from current affairs, to drama, to comedy to animation. BBC Three has a unique '60 second news' format. This was adopted so that operation of the channel could be completely automated, without the complication of dealing with variable length live news broadcasts. The current controller of the station is Danny Cohen, and the Head of Scheduling is Dan McGolpin.

The channel is the successor to the similar BBC Choice and was launched on 9 February 2003, eleven months after the originally planned launch date (and the launch of BBC Four). The delay was due to debate over its proposed format - some felt it wouldn't be sufficiently different from existing commercial channels catering to young people. The channel was launched by Stuart Murphy, who previously ran BBC Choice, and before that UK Play, the now-discontinued UKTV music and comedy channel on which ran Rock Profile, by Matt Lucas and David Walliams (who went on to star in Little Britain). At 33, Murphy was the youngest channel controller in the country, a title he held since launching UK Play at the age of 26, although on 20 October 2005 it was announced that Murphy was soon to leave the channel to work in commercial television.

The channel's original idents were conceived by Stefan Marjoram at Aardman Animations and were used from launch until February 2008. Stuart Murphy was touring Aardman Animations looking for new programming ideas for BBC Three when he spotted the cone shaped creatures, he then took the idea back to the Lambie-Nairn agency, responsible for the BBC Three identity package. A feature of this identity is also the music "Three Is The Magic Number", based (only the lyrics are copied) upon Schoolhouse Rock!.

On 22 January 2008 a new channel identity was unveiled. Rebranding was carried out by Red Bee Media, along with agencies MPG and Agency Republic with music and sound design by creative audio company Koink. The channel has 6 idents, 6 stings and 3 promo openers all produced by Nexus Productions. Danny Cohen, BBC Three's Controller, speaking of the rebranding said: "I'm delighted to announce BBC Three's fantastic line-up of new programmes, along with our innovative and exciting approach to television for young audiences. BBC Three is aiming to become Britain's most ambitious multi-platform network – combining television and the web into a single, integrated offering.

In early 2003, viewers could watch episodes of popular BBC soap opera EastEnders on BBC Three before they were broadcast on BBC One. This was to coincide with the relaunch of the channel and helped it break the one million viewers milestone for the first time. The episode was not originally commissioned for the channel. An episode of EastEnders Revealed, which was commissioned for BBC Three, attracted 611,000 viewers.

In October 2004, BBC Three broke its previous records at the time, when 1.8 million viewers tuned in for a new series of the award-winning comedy, Little Britain. Little Britain was later broadcast on the BBC's terrestrial analogue channels BBC One and BBC Two. In the same year newly commissioned Chris Crudelli hit Mind, Body & Kick Ass Moves was rolled out to over 100 countries.

In 2005, BBC Three showed the documentary series Doctor Who Confidential immediately after episodes of the new series of Doctor Who had been screened on BBC One. This was followed up in July 2005, when it began to screen repeats of both programmes. Coincidentally, the 1971 Doctor Who story The Dæmons featured a broadcast on a then-fictional BBC Three. In October 2005, it was announced that BBC Three had commissioned a spin-off drama series from Doctor Who, Torchwood, designed as a post-watershed science fiction drama for a more adult audience. Torchwood is the first science fiction programme ever to have been commissioned by the channel, although it had previously shown repeats of Doctor Who and imported programmes such as Farscape.

Torchwood launched with an impressive 2.4 million viewers in October 2006, not only breaking BBC Three's previous record of 1.8 million, but it is also believed to be the biggest ever multichannel audience for a UK-originated, non-sports programme, thought to be third to an episode of Friends, broadcast on Sky One in 2000, which attracted 2.8 million viewers and in 2006 with Sky One's Terry Pratchett's Hogfather which attracted 2.6 million viewers. The second episode attracted an equally impressive 2.3 million viewers, and boosted BBC Three to a 3.5% share of multichannel viewing that evening, compared to the network's three month Sunday average of 0.9%.

Successful new programmes have included Funland, described as being a 'disturbingly funny new thriller', which first aired on Sunday 23 October 2006 at 22:00. It has since been repeated on prime-time BBC One. Other new programmes which crossed channels have been Tittybangbang, a comedy sketch show starring Lucy Montgomery and Debbie Chazen, which first aired on 10 January 2006, and featured a range of bizarre characters, and Man Stroke Woman, another sketch show, starring Nick Frost and Nick Burns, mostly dealing with relationships of 20- and 30-somethings, which first aired on 21 November 2005. Based on the programme's success, it began to be repeated on BBC Two. BBC Three was also the home to Monkey Dust, a twisted adult animation which graphically depicted many stereotypes such as paedophilia, racism and youth 'hoodie' violence.

The channel features hourly news updates called 60 Seconds, which includes the top news, sport and entertainment stories. It is presented in a cheeky, relaxed style in keeping with the rest of the channel. As part of the BBC's discussions with the government in whether the channel could launch originally, a longer news programme had been promised to provide a daily section of news and current affairs. The News Show, as it came to be called upon launch was later rebranded The 7 O'Clock News. However, the BBC discontinued the bulletin in 2005, claiming that in fact, the programme's audiences were minuscule and the output was provided elsewhere on the BBC.

In 2006, BBC Three aired the first run of a back-up show for BBC Two's The Apprentice, You're Fired! until sport and high ratings moved it to BBC Two.

Popular programmes on the channel include Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps (the channel's longest running comedy), The Mighty Boosh, Coming of Age and Family Guy. In May 2007 the channel aired the new sitcom Gavin & Stacey written by and staring Ruth Jones and James Corden alongside Mathew Horne, Joanna Page, Alison Steadman and Rob Brydon. Also reality TV show Last Man Standing narrated by Ralf Little, series one was aired from 26 June to 14 August 2007 and series two began on 14 October 2008.

Match of the Day Live international football matches featuring Wales are often shown if an England match is being shown on BBC One. The channel also shows some matches of England's Women's team. The 2008 Africa Cup of Nations was shown on the channel from 20 January – 10 February 2008.

BBC Three is also home to many pan-psychology based programmes which bring topics such as addictions and childcare into an entertainment and educational context. Such programmes include Freaky Eaters, Spendaholics, House of Tiny Tearways, Sex..with Mum & Dad, Little Angels, Little Angels with Tanya Byron and Teen Angels.

New shows commissioned included Lily Allen and Friends, a variety show based on social networking, hosted by Lily Allen, a multi-platform talent show Upstaged presented by DJ Scott Mills, a series of "hard-hitting" documentaries aimed at a young audience and six new drama pilots; Phoo Action (which is to be made into a full series), Being Human (which has now been made into a series), Mrs Inbetweeny, West 10 LDN, The Things I Haven't Told You and Dis/Connected.

The channel is aimed at 15-34 year olds, and competes with other digital channels including ITV2 and E4.

Its share of the audience during its transmission hours is 2.6% among 15-34 year olds, and 1.7% among all individuals. BARB, the official ratings agency, averages out BBC Three's viewing figures over 24 hours even though the channel only broadcasts in the evening, giving a distorted sense of the channel's viewership. Despite several official complaints from the BBC, BARB continues to publish figures which the BBC argues are unrepresentative. Nine million people watch BBC Three every week.

The channel has had critical and popular successes, winning more awards in its six year history than its commercial rivals (Sky One, Living, E4, ITV2, Five and Paramount Comedy Channel) have won in their combined 25-year history. In total BBC Three has won 7 BAFTA awards, 5 British Comedy Awards, 15 Royal Television Society Awards and 5 Rose d'Or Awards since the channel was launched in February 2003. Most recently, it won Broadcast Magazine's Digital Channel of the Year Award for Best General Entertainment Channel, and MGEITF Non Terrestrial Channel of the Year.

All three of BBC Three's dramas produced in 2004 (Outlaws, Bodies and Conviction) received BAFTA nominations, as did classical music show Flashmob The Opera.

In 2008, BBC Three's Gavin and Stacey won the BAFTA audience award and the best comedy performance award was awarded to James Corden for his part.

The channel has also come in for criticism from several corners, the most prominent of which are some of the BBC's long-standing presenters. These include John Humphrys, who argued that BBC Three and BBC Four should be shut down in the face of budget cuts to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, which he presents, John Sweeney of Panorama, and Jeremy Paxman are among other journalists have also criticised the channel and its content.

BBC Vision director Jana Bennett confirmed in an interview for Broadcast magazine in May 2008 that the BBC Trust has been petitioned to change the start of transmission time from the current time of 7pm each evening to earlier in the afternoon. A decision from the Trust is not expected until 2009.

Bennett said that some of the extra hours would be given over to BBC Switch the BBC's teen programming strand.

These figures are updated weekly and show for comparison the viewing share of various channels, either since the channel launched or since BARB was created (January 1992). The channels shown are, in order, the BBC television channels, those from the ITV Network, those from Channel 4, Five, those from UKTV and those from BSkyB.

This represents the majority of the first-run television and those channels carried by digital satellite, cable and Freeview.

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Kylie Minogue

Kylie Minogue performing during her KYLIEX2008 tour.

Kylie Ann Minogue, OBE, (born 28 May 1968), is an Australian pop singer-songwriter and occasional actress. She rose to prominence in the late 1980s through her role in the Australian television soap opera Neighbours, before commencing her career as a recording artist in 1987.

Signed to a contract by British songwriters and producers Stock, Aitken & Waterman in 1987, she achieved a string of hit records throughout the world. Her popularity waned during the early 1990s, leading her to part company from Stock, Aitken & Waterman in 1992. During the mid to late 1990s, Minogue distanced herself from her earlier work and attempted to establish herself as a credible and independent performer and songwriter. Her projects were widely publicised, but her albums failed to attract a substantial audience and resulted in the lowest sales of her career at the time. She returned to popularity as a pop artist in 2000, and became well-known for her elaborate music videos and expensively mounted stage shows. Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005, Minogue returned to performing and recording in late 2006 after a period of convalescence.

Although she was dismissed by some critics during her early career, she has achieved longevity as a pop music artist. She has sold in excess of 60 million records, and has achieved her greatest successes in Australia, Europe, Asia and Latin America. She was awarded an OBE in 2008 for services to music.

Kylie Ann Minogue was born at 11:00am AEST at Bethlehem Private Hospital in Caulfield South, Melbourne, Australia, the first child of Ronald Charles Minogue, an accountant of Irish ancestry and Carol Ann (nee Jones), a former dancer from Maesteg, Wales. Her sister, Dannii, is also a pop singer, and her brother, Brendan, works as a news cameraman in Australia.

Minogue attended classes at Camberwell High School in Melbourne along with her sister Dannii.

Raised in the inner Melbourne suburb of Surrey Hills, the Minogue sisters began their careers as children on Australian television, and from the age of twelve, Kylie appeared in small roles in soap operas such as The Sullivans and Skyways, before being cast in one of the lead roles in The Henderson Kids. She gave her first singing performance in 1983, on the weekly music programme Young Talent Time which featured Dannii as a regular performer. Dannii's success in this program overshadowed Kylie's acting achievements, until Kylie was cast in the soap opera Neighbours in 1986.

In Neighbours Minogue played the character of Charlene Mitchell, a schoolgirl turned garage mechanic. As stated in The Guardian, "Her appeal at first lay in her unapologetic ordinariness... she played an oil-smudged mechanic with no desire to better herself. Charlene was happy to spend her life grappling with the intestines of greasy cars." A story arc that created a romance and eventual marriage between her character and that played by Jason Donovan culminated in a wedding episode in 1987 that attracted an audience of 20 million viewers.

Her popularity in Australia was demonstrated when she became the first person to win four Logie Awards in one event, including the "Gold Logie" as the country's "Most Popular Television Performer", with the result determined by public vote.

The singles from Rhythm of Love sold well in Europe and Australia and were popular in British nightclubs. When "Shocked" reached the British Top 10 in 1991, she became the first recording artist to place their first thirteen single releases in the Top 10. In May 1990, Minogue performed her band's arrangement of The Beatles's "Help!" before a crowd of 25,000 at the John Lennon: The Tribute Concert on the banks of the River Mersey in Liverpool. Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon offered Minogue their thanks for her support of The John Lennon Fund, while the media commented positively on her performance. The Sun wrote "The soap star wows the Scousers — Kylie Minogue deserved her applause".

After recording a fourth album, Let's Get to It (1991), Minogue had fulfilled the requirements of her contract and elected not to renew it. She had often expressed the viewpoint that she was stifled by Stock, Aitken and Waterman, and later compared the experience to her time with Neighbours, saying all they required her to do was "learn your lines... perform your lines, no time for questions, promote the product".

Minogue's subsequent signing with Deconstruction Records was highly touted in the music media as the beginning of a new phase in her career, but the eponymous Kylie Minogue (1994) received mixed reviews. It sold well in Europe and Australia, where the single "Confide in Me" spent five weeks at number one. Subsequent singles, "Put Yourself in My Place" and "Where Is the Feeling?" were top twenty hits in the UK.

Australian artist Nick Cave had been interested in working with Minogue since hearing "Better the Devil You Know", saying it contained "one of pop music's most violent and distressing lyrics" and "when Kylie Minogue sings these words, there is an innocence to her that makes the horror of this chilling lyric all the more compelling". They collaborated on "Where the Wild Roses Grow" (1995), a brooding ballad whose lyrics narrated a murder from the points of view of both the murderer (Cave), and his victim (Minogue), and its success demonstrated that Minogue could be accepted outside of her established genre as a pop artist. It received widespread attention in Europe, where it reached the top 10 in several countries, and acclaim in Australia where it reached number two, and won ARIA Awards for "Song of the Year" and "Best Pop Release". Following concert appearances with Cave, Minogue recited the lyrics to "I Should Be So Lucky" as poetry in London's Royal Albert Hall "Poetry Jam", at the suggestion of Cave, and later credited him with giving her the confidence to express herself artistically, saying: "He taught me to never veer too far from who I am, but to go further, try different things, and never lose sight of myself at the core. For me, the hard part was unleashing the core of myself and being totally truthful in my music".

In 1997, French photographer Stephane Sednaoui described Minogue as a combination of "geisha and manga superheroine". He began taking photographs of her that downplayed her glamour, with the aim of attracting a more diverse audience, and she drew inspiration from artists such as Shirley Manson and Garbage, Björk, Tricky and U2, and Japanese pop musicians such as Pizzicato Five and Towa Tei, with whom she would later collaborate on the singles "GBI: German Bold Italic" and "Sometime Samurai".

Impossible Princess, named after a poetry collection by artist Billy Childish, featured collaborations with musicians such as James Dean Bradfield and Sean Moore of the Manic Street Preachers. Largely a dance album, its style was not represented by its first single "Some Kind of Bliss", and Minogue countered questions that she was trying to become an indie artist. She told Music Week, "I have to keep telling people that this isn't an indie-guitar album. I'm not about to pick up a guitar and rock." Billboard magazine described the album as "stunning" and concluded that "it's a golden commercial opportunity for a major with vision and energy . A sharp ear will detect a kinship between Impossible Princess and Madonna's hugely successful album, Ray of Light". In the UK, Music Week gave a negative assessment, commenting that "Kylie's vocals take on a stroppy edge ... but not strong enough to do much".

Retitled Kylie Minogue in the UK following the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, it became the lowest selling album of her career. In Australia, Impossible Princess became her highest selling album since Kylie in 1988, with sales boosted by a highly successful live tour. In reviewing her show, The Times wrote of her ability to "mask her thin, often nondescript voice with musical diversity and brittle charisma and genuinely great pop songs by any standard", and a live album recorded during her tour, titled Intimate and Live, was successful in Australia.

She maintained her high profile in Australia with live performances, including the 1998 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, the opening of Fox Studios in Sydney in 1999, where she performed Marilyn Monroe's "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend", and a Christmas concert in Dili, East Timor in association with the United Nations Peace-Keeping Forces.

Minogue and Deconstruction Records parted company and following a duet with the Pet Shop Boys' on their Nightlife album, she signed with Parlophone in April 1999. Her album Light Years (2000) was strongly influenced by 1970s disco artists, such as Donna Summer and Village People and included several songs written by Guy Chambers and Robbie Williams who imbued their lyrics with humour. New Musical Express wrote: "Kylie's capacity for reinvention is staggering" and summarised the album as "sheer joy" and "what she does best". It generated strong reviews for Minogue and quickly became a success throughout Asia, Australia and Europe, selling over two million copies worldwide. The single "Spinning Around" became her first UK number one in ten years, and its accompanying video, which featured Minogue in revealing gold hot pants, received widespread television airplay. "Kids", a duet with Robbie Williams, was also a substantial hit, peaking at number two in the UK.

Fever, released in 2001, retained some disco elements and combined them with 1980s electropop. It reached number one in Australia, the UK, and throughout Europe, eventually achieving worldwide sales in excess of 6 million. Its lead single "Can't Get You out of My Head" became the biggest success of her career, reaching number one in over twenty countries.

Following extensive airplay by North American radio, Capitol Records released it in the United States in 2002. The album debuted on the U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart at number three, and the single reached number seven on the Hot 100.

The subsequent singles "In Your Eyes", "Love at First Sight" and "Come into My World" were substantial successes throughout the world, and Minogue established a presence in the mainstream North American market, achieving particular success on the club scene. In 2003 she received a Grammy Award nomination for "Best Dance Recording" for "Love at First Sight", and the following year won the same award for "Come into My World".

Minogue's former stylist and creative director William Baker explained that the music videos for the Fever album were inspired by science fiction films—specifically those by Stanley Kubrick—and accentuated the electropop elements of the music by using dancers in the style of Kraftwerk. Alan MacDonald, the designer of the 2002 KylieFever tour, brought those elements into the stage show which drew inspiration from Minogue's past incarnations. The show opened with Minogue as a space age vamp, which she described as "Queen of Metropolis with her drones", through to scenes inspired by Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange, followed by the various personas of Minogue's career. Minogue said that she was finally able to express herself the way she wanted, and that she had always been "a showgirl at heart".

The show attracted mixed reviews, with the main criticisms being that nothing substantially new was presented, and that the new songs did not match the appeal of her previous hits. Despite this, the concert was made into a successful television special that drew high ratings.

The album downplayed the disco style and Minogue said she was inspired by 1980s artists such as Scritti Politti, Human League, Adam and the Ants and Prince, blending their styles with elements of hip hop. It received positive reviews with Billboard Magazine writing of "Minogue's knack for picking great songs and producers". All Music described it as "a near perfect pop record... Body Language is what happens when a dance-pop diva takes the high road and focuses on what's important instead of trying to shock herself into continued relevance". Sales of Body Language were lower than anticipated after the success of Fever, though the first single, "Slow", was a UK number-one hit. After reaching number one on the US club chart, "Slow" received a Grammy Award nomination in the Best Dance Recording category.

Minogue released her second official greatest hits album in November 2004, entitled Ultimate Kylie, along with her music videos on a DVD compilation of the same title. The album introduced her singles "I Believe in You", co-written with Jake Shears and Babydaddy from the Scissor Sisters, and "Giving You Up". Both songs reached the British top ten, and with a tally of twenty-nine top ten singles, Minogue became the second most successful woman on the British singles charts, behind Madonna. "I Believe in You" reached the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play top three, and Minogue was nominated for a Grammy Award for the fourth consecutive year when the song was nominated in the category of "Best Dance Recording".

Early in 2005, "Kylie : the Exhibition" opened in Melbourne. The free exhibition featured costumes and photographs spanning Minogue's career and went on to tour Australian capital cities receiving over 300,000 visitors. It was then exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London in February 2007.

Minogue commenced her Showgirl - The Greatest Hits Tour, which was intended to be the most extensive of her career, and anticipated a total audience of more than 700,000. The show was a success in the United Kingdom, however shortly after Minogue arrived in Melbourne to begin the Australian shows, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

In November 2006, Minogue resumed her Showgirl - Homecoming Tour with a performance in Sydney. She had told journalists prior to the concert that she would be highly emotional, and she cried before dedicating the song "Especially for You" to her father, a survivor of prostate cancer. Although her dance routines had been reworked to accommodate her medical condition, and slower costume changes and longer breaks being introduced between sections of the show to conserve her strength, the media reported that Minogue performed energetically, with the Sydney Morning Herald describing the show as an "extravaganza" and "nothing less than a triumph".

The following night, Minogue was joined by Bono, who was in Australia as part of U2's Vertigo tour, for the duet "Kids", but Minogue was forced to cancel a subsequent planned appearance at U2's show, because of exhaustion. During her last two shows, she was joined on stage by sister Dannii Minogue for the duet, their first performance together since the late 1980s. Minogue's shows throughout Australia continued to draw positive reviews, and after spending Christmas with her family, she resumed the European leg of her tour with six sold-out shows in Wembley Arena, before taking her tour to Manchester for a further six shows. On 31 December 2006, she saw in the new year with an extra sell-out show at London's Wembley Arena, where she was supported by ABBA tribute band Bjorn Again.

In Australia and the UK, X initially attracted lukewarm sales, which were attributed to the single "2 Hearts", although its commercial performance eventually improved. In the U.S., where X was released in April 2008, it debuted outside the top 100 on the albums chart despite some promotion. Critics blamed the low sales on the choice of the single, "All I See", which was not tested in Britain, where Minogue has had much success. Minogue called the U.S. market "notoriously difficult You have so many denominations with radio. To know where I fit within that market is sometimes difficult", though she did not rule out the possibility of returning to promote her music there. X was nominated for the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Electronic/Dance Album, Minogue's fifth Grammy Award nomination.

In December 2007, Minogue participated in the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway with a variety of artists, and later performed in the final of UK talent show The X Factor with the eventual winner, Leon Jackson, whose mentor was Dannii Minogue. From May 2008, Minogue promoted X with a European tour, KYLIEX2008, which is her most expensive tour to date with production costs of £10 million. Although she described the rehearsals as "grim" and the set list went through several overhauls, the tour was generally acclaimed and sold well, including in the UK, where it was reported that tickets for the eight shows scheduled sold out within 30 minutes of them going on sale.

It was announced in late December 2007 that Minogue was to be among those honoured in Queen Elizabeth II's 2008 New Years Honours list, with an OBE for services to music. Minogue commented "I am almost as surprised as I am honoured. I feel deeply touched to be acknowledged by the UK, my adopted home, in this way." She received the OBE officially from The Prince of Wales in July 2008. Shortly after, Minogue was voted and named as the Britain's Best Loved Celebrity by a tabloid newspaper. Also in 2008, Minogue won best International Female Solo Artist award at the 2008 BRIT Awards, and received the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in May, this being France's highest cultural honour.

On 15 September 2008, it was announced that Minogue will star at what is being touted as the most expensive private party ever staged - a £16 million ($35 million) soiree at a new luxury hotel in Dubai. British newspapers reported that Minogue will be paid £2 million ($4.4 million) to keep 2000 guests spinning around at the opening of the Atlantis Hotel on the man-made island of Palm Jumeirah.

In 1989, Minogue starred in The Delinquents, which told the story of a young girl growing up in Australia during the late 1950s. Its release coincided with her popularity in Neighbours, and while both the film and Minogue's performance received poor reviews, it was a commercial success. She appeared as Cammy in the action film Street Fighter (1994), based on the fighting game series of the same name. The film received poor reviews by critics, with The Washington Post's Richard Harrington calling her "the worst actress in the English-speaking world." She starred as Dr. Petra von Kant along with Pauly Shore in the 1996 movie Bio-Dome.

Australian film director Baz Luhrmann, cast Minogue in Moulin Rouge! (2001) where she played the part of Absinthe, the Green Fairy, singing a line from The Sound of Music.

On October 6, 2001 Minogue duetted with Kermit The Frog of The Muppets in a special broadcast on British channel ITV, singing a surprising version of her song Especially For You.

In 2002, Minogue provided the voice of a young girl named Florence in the animated film The Magic Roundabout, released in 2005. She also sang the title song in the movie and was one of the two starring actors not replaced when the film was released in North America.

In April 2007, News of the World reported that Minogue had been cast as a 'sexy Cyberwoman' in the 2007 Doctor Who Christmas special episode entitled "Voyage of the Damned". This was denied by the show's executive producer, Russell T Davies, in the magazine Ariel, but a statement by Minogue indicated that she would be in the episode, but not as a villain as previously reported. It was officially announced by the BBC on 3 July 2007 that Minogue was to feature in the episode as Astrid Peth, a waitress on a spacefaring version of the Titanic, following rumours in the press and sightings of her filming. The episode aired on 25 December 2007, with 13.31 million viewers, the show's highest viewing figures since 1979.

In another television venture, The Kylie Show was broadcast in the UK on ITV1 on 10 November 2007. The programme featured highly stylised set-piece song performances from Minogue as well as sketches showing her backstage, most notably ones featuring Jason Donovan failing to recognise Minogue, and a catfight sequence with her sister, Dannii Minogue. The show secured strong viewing figures of 5.03 million. Minogue was also featured in the film documentary, White Diamond, which she made with friend and stylist, William Baker during August 2006 and March 2007. White Diamond documents Minogue's return to the world stage with her 2006 Showgirl Homecoming Tour. White Diamond premiered at Vue cinemas across the UK on 16 October 2007, with a DVD release in December 2007.

She has appeared in guest roles in television series such as The Vicar of Dibley and Men Behaving Badly in the UK, and Kath & Kim in Australia, which capitalised on her celebrity status and image for comedic effect. In the latter she played a Melbourne teenager on her wedding day, referencing her role as Charlene in Neighbours.

On 18 February 2009 , Minogue hosted the 2009 BRIT Awards with James Corden and Mathew Horne.

In 1990 Minogue was in a relationship with INXS lead singer Michael Hutchence, which furthered her attempts to gain acceptance as a mature performer, with Hutchence saying his favourite hobby was "corrupting Kylie", and writing the INXS hit song "Suicide Blonde" in reference to her. By 1997 Minogue was involved in a relationship with French photographer Stephane Sednaoui.

Minogue's breast cancer diagnosis in 2005 led to the postponement of the remainder of her Showgirl - The Greatest Hits Tour and her withdrawal from the Glastonbury Festival.

Her hospitalisation and treatment in Melbourne resulted in a brief but intense period of media coverage, particularly in Australia, where the Prime Minister John Howard issued a statement supporting Minogue. As media and fans began to congregate outside the Minogue residence in Melbourne, the Victorian Premier Steve Bracks warned the international media that any disruption of the Minogue family's rights under Australian privacy laws would not be tolerated. His comments became part of a wider criticism of the media's overall reaction, with particular criticism directed towards paparazzi.

Minogue underwent surgery on 21 May 2005 at the private Catholic Cabrini Hospital in Malvern. Friends such as Olivia Newton-John (who had overcome her own battle against the illness several years earlier) urged the media and fans to respect Minogue's privacy. Soon after, Minogue commenced chemotherapy as part of her treatment regimen.

Minogue issued a public statement, thanking her fans for their support and urging them not to worry. On 8 July 2005, she made her first public appearance after her surgery, when she visited a children's cancer ward at Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital. She returned to France where she completed her chemotherapy treatment at the Institut Gustave-Roussy in Villejuif, near Paris.

In December 2005, Minogue released a digital-only single, "Over the Rainbow", a live recording from her Showgirl tour. During the early months of 2006, media began reporting Minogue's upcoming projects and the general improvement in her health. In June 2006, she was reported to be recording material for a new album, collaborating with Scissor Sisters, Steve Anderson, Richard Stannard, Johnny Douglas, Ash Thomas, and Teddy Riley while also making preparations to continue her newly renamed Showgirl Homecoming tour.

Her children's book, The Showgirl Princess, written during her period of convalescence, was published in October 2006, and her perfume, "Darling", was launched in November. On her return to Australia for her concert tour, she likened her cancer battle and chemotherapy to experiencing a nuclear bomb, and expressed her determination to resume her career. Whilst appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in the United States, Minogue spoke of how her cancer had originally been misdiagnosed, and stated "Because someone is in a white coat and using big medical instruments doesn't necessarily mean they're right", but she later spoke of her respect for doctors.

Throughout her professional life, Minogue has been the subject of intense media interest in both the United Kingdom and Australia, which remained constant even while her success as a recording artist had temporarily fluctuated. Her efforts to be taken seriously as a musician have sometimes been hindered by her high profile as noted by The Australian, who wrote in 1997, "When you have to lug around an image the size of Kylie's, it's difficult for any music you produce to match the hype—especially in a country that gives scant credibility to pop".

Minogue is regarded as a gay icon, which she encourages with comments such as "I am not a traditional gay icon. There's been no tragedy in my life, only tragic outfits." While part of her appeal lies in her flamboyant costumes and her confident sexual posturing, she acknowledges the gay community throughout the world by performing at gay venues and events, and by openly supporting AIDS charities and gay rights causes. Her male dancers have often displayed overt homosexual attires and attitudes. She has said that she believes gay fans responded to her apparent distress when the news media began heavily criticising her in 1989, and that those fans have remained loyal, explaining, "My gay audience has been with me from the beginning... they kind of adopted me".

After playing the "girl next door" in her early music videos, Minogue began to touch on adult themes: a mature relationship in "Better the Devil You Know", lesbian posturing and drag queens in "What Do I Have to Do", telephone sex in "Confide in Me", and prostitution in "On a Night like This". She performed a slow strip tease in the Barbarella-inspired "Put Yourself in My Place" and wore revealing costumes in many of her videos, most notably "Spinning Around" and "Can't Get You Out of My Head". She satirised her image in the video for "Did It Again", in which the four major incarnations of her career, "Indie Kylie", "Dance Kylie", "Sex Kylie", and "Cute Kylie" battled for supremacy. Her evolving image and often overt sexuality led to some critical comparisons to Madonna.

In 1993, Baz Luhrmann introduced Minogue to the photographer Bert Stern, notable for his work with Marilyn Monroe. Stern photographed her in Los Angeles and, comparing her to Monroe, commented that she had a "similar vulnerability and awareness of the camera".

During her career she has chosen photographers who attempt to create a new "look" for her, and the resulting photographs have appeared in a variety of magazines, from the cutting edge The Face to the more traditionally sophisticated Vogue and Vanity Fair, making the Minogue face and name known to a broad group of people. Stylist William Baker has suggested that this is part of the reason she has entered in the mainstream pop culture of Europe more successfully than many other pop singers who concentrate simply on selling records.

Minogue has often spoken of the stability of the team she works with. Her parents, Ron and Carol Minogue, are actively involved in her career; her father, an accountant, is her financial advisor and her mother has joined her on each of her tours. She has been managed by Terry Blamey since 1987 and the close network, along with her Stock, Aitken and Waterman origins, have led to comments that she is "manufactured", an assessment which Minogue has admitted is partly accurate, saying, "if you're part of a record company, I think to a degree it's fair to say that you're a manufactured product. You're a product and you're selling a product. It doesn't mean that you're not talented and that you don't make creative and business decisions about what you will and won't do and where you want to go... Ultimately, yes, it's my name and I have to deliver the goods. But it doesn't happen without a team. So I try and work with the best people I can and take from them what I can. Hopefully I enhance what they do as well" William Baker has described her status as a sex symbol as a "double edged sword" observing that "we always attempted to use her sex appeal as an enhancement of her music and to sell a record. But now it has become in danger of eclipsing what she actually is: a pop singer".

In January 2007 Madame Tussaud's in London unveiled a new waxwork of Minogue. This is her fourth waxwork and only Queen Elizabeth II has had more models created. On 23 November 2007 a bronze statue of Minogue by sculptor Peter Corlett was unveiled at Melbourne Docklands for permanent display. The sculpture took 3 months to create with the assistance of a waitress with the same dimensions as Minogue.

Minogue has gained credibility by her association with people such as fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier, photographer Stephane Sednaoui, and designer John Galliano, who described her as a "blend of Lolita and Barbarella".

In 2000 Minogue performed at the Sydney Olympic Games closing ceremony. Designed by Michael Wilkinson, Minogue's costume featured a pink silk beaded corset and diamante headdress. It is now housed at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.

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List of Big Brother (UK) shows

This is a complete list of shows about and relating to Big Brother (UK).

Big Brother is a nightly show, featuring highlights of events that have occurred in the Big Brother House on the previous day. Narrated by Marcus Bentley, the show is sometimes referred to as the 'Channel 4 Show', the 'catch-up show', the 'main show' or the "highlight show". On Fridays, Big Brother is aired as a part of Big Brother Live Eviction. There is no title of 'Big Brother' during the opening sequence or after advert breaks as the Big Brother Eye is known to most people.

Big Brother Live Eviction is broadcast on Fridays at 9:00 pm on Channel 4, and is presented by Davina McCall.

The first fifty minutes of the show are highlights of the previous day, shown in the same format as Big Brother. At around 9:55 pm, Davina will "talk to the house" and announce the latest evictee before the show breaks at 10:00 pm.

The show returns at 10:35 pm when the housemate with the largest percentage of the public vote is evicted and interviewed by McCall. At the end of the interview, the evictee is shown their "best bits", a compilation of their most memorable moments in the house.

Live Eviction is often extended if something special is happening that night, such as new housemates or a double eviction or a secret task. The timings have changed for Big Brother 9 as it is hoped to get better ratings when not up against as much competition as it was at 8:30 pm. If it had gone out at 8:30pm it would have lost a vast majority of the viewers as most would be watching popular ITV1 soap Coronation Street.

Big Brother Live (briefly named 'Big Brother: Direct From The House' for the first week of Big Brother 9) is live streaming from the house and airs on E4 and sometimes for 1 or 2 hours early in the morning on Channel 4.

It is named 'Live' but is actually transmitted on a 15 minute delay to enable producers to censor any material which is inappropriate/libellous. It is noted in Big Brother news reports and other such announcements as the 'as live' feed.

Big Brother's Little Brother (also known as BBLB) is a magazine television programme that airs on Channel 4 and E4, running in conjunction with each series of Big Brother. It was presented by Dermot O'Leary until January 2008. It is currently hosted by George Lamb and Michael Barrymore but between 6 June and 25 July 2008 Zezi Ifore was a co-presenter. From the 26 July Zezi Ifore was stripped of presenting duties due to undisclosed reasons, and only appears in pre recorded segments based around ex housemates and gives a weekly roundup of her weeks activities on the Sunday edition of BBLB. It was first reported that she would be hosting on a Sunday, on the first week after she was stripped of her presenting duties she was a guest on the Sunday show, however a week later she co-hosted it.. On the episodes in which a segment is shown she is credited in the ending title sequence as a presenter. The programme looks at Big Brother-related activities outside the House and features interviews with celebrities, journalists and friends and family of housemates, and sometimes recently evicted housemates. The show is filmed in The George Lucas Stage at Elstree Studios, which is only a short walk from the main house itself.

The show was first aired on 29 May 2001 as a part of Big Brother 2, Natalie Casey was a co-host with O'Leary for the first week that year. It is shown every Sunday morning as part of Channel 4's T4 slot as well as on E4 during the week.

For Celebrity Big Brother 2006, broadcast in January 2006, Big Brother's Little Brother was moved to a morning slot of 8:00 am on Channel 4 and renamed Big Brother's Little Breakfast. It was moved back to its previous timeslot on E4 for Big Brother 7 and subsequent series.

Big Brother's Big Mouth, formerly named Big Brother's Eforum, was introduced with Big Brother 5 and was hosted by Russell Brand. The first series of the show was broadcast at 7:30 pm on E4 before being moved to a post-watershed slot, immediately after the Channel 4 highlights show, where it has since remained. A studio audience of fans and two celebrity guests discuss the latest happenings in the Big Brother House, while viewers are able to contribute via phone, e-mail, text polls, or by leaving a message on the 24-hour 'Mouthpiece' rant line. As of 2007, Brand no longer presented this show and the guest presenters listed below hosted the Series Eight programmes. James Corden and Mathew Horne fronted the show during January's Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack however they have only returned for Week 9 of the 2008 series. During this series, the show was temporarily renamed "Big Mouth with Davina" when it was fronted during the final week by Davina McCall. After his Week One and Week Twelve stints on the 2008 Big Mouth, Jack Whitehall is presenting the 2009 Celebrity Big Brother Edition full time. A similar spinoff has been introduced in the 2008 Australian version of Big Brother. However, Big Mouth has been used as a replacement of the 'Adults Only' program, which has been broadcasted at a later time slot, in an uncut and unrated presentation.

Big Brother's Big Mouth also had a Bulgarian version during Big Brother 3 Bulgaria, and it will return with a new conception during VIP Brother 3.

During the series presented by Brand, several regular characters were featured on the show.

That Whale: That Whale is an anthropomorphic whale who speaks with a Scouse accent. He shows little interest in Big Brother but seems adamant that he has a right to be on the show and still turns up regardless. Due to his obnoxious behaviour he was asked by Brand to no longer come on the show. His trademark saying is 'You Shithouse!' He only comes on the show now to find another male to make love with, since he came out as a homosexual.

Rosebud the Horse: Rosebud the Horse is a very polite and well-spoken character who allegedly lives with Brand in his home, in which he works as his slave and is often mistreated and forced to carry out perverted misdemeanours by members of the "Womanising Circuit" including Beppe di Marco, Dean Gaffney and David Walliams. He dresses in the style of a country gent, with tweed jacket, smart shirt and tie. He is often treated badly by Brand; in one episode he slapped him in the face.

Little Jon Connell: Little Jon Connell (born 1989 in Liverpool) normally appears in a scientist's lab coat to conduct a variety of experiments. His contraptions, which illustrate a number of Big Brother-related findings based on his scientific research, are regularly vilified and destroyed by Brand. Jon Connell is known as a Big Brother expert, having appeared on the show since the age of 15, first as a panellist on 'EFourum' then later in a regular slot entitled 'The Connell Files'.

Little Paul Scholes: Little Paul Scholes was a small doll with ginger hair, a nasal voice and snub nose, in a reference to the football player Paul Scholes. The doll was usually in the programme for a few minutes after the break in occasional shows and has a short conversation (often centring around his mistreatment) with Brand, usually resulting in him being hit off the bench or sat on. He died in the final Big Brother's Big Mouth of Celebrity Big Brother 2007 following the live final.

According to Brand, when he recorded a one-off special charting the previous seven series of the show, all of these characters have died. This was Brand's last time presenting as a Big Brother host.

Russell's ballbags: Russell's scrotum, that seems to live a sensational life separate from him. One of them is the "younger, shyer bag", and the other is the "older, more confident bag". They were characters throughout series 7 and were replaced by some new "Dicksacks" for the 2007 Celebrity edition of the show.

Big Kenneth: A friend of That Whale. Big Kenneth has appeared on the show once with That Whale in an attempt to beat up Brand and has also been round to Brand's house in an incident that may have led to an assault upon Beppe.

Diary Room Uncut features events throughout the week, mostly through footage of Diary Room conversations, However, some clips on the show feature other parts of the house. It is narrated by Marcus Bentley.

New to the Big Brother family is Big Ears, the official Big Brother radio show. Hosted by Iain Lee and Gemma Cairney, Big Ears will go out twice a week on the BB Website.

Also new for Big Brother 9, it is fronted by Tom Thurlow and shows views on Big Brother from various places. It is broadcast on Channel 4's sister channel E4's website weekly.

These are a collect of shows that are shown a couple of days before the live launch of an upcoming series. They usually recaps of previous series and catchup of previous housemates. Dermot O'Leary was usually the host.

A Big Brother Special is a general term that is used to describe any Big Brother show hosted by Davina McCall instead of the usually highlight show (the Eviction show is not a special show). Special shows usually occur on either Sunday, Wednesday or after 10:30 pm on a Friday. They replace the highlight show and McCall is usually the host. If a special show occurs on a Sunday, a new housemate/s is/are going in. If there is a special show on a Wednesday, an eviction or a twist will take place and if the show is after 10:30 on a Friday then there is likely to be either a twist, new housemate(s) or another eviction (or all three). Examples of special shows are Craig's surprise eviction, Eugene winning £50,000 (BB6 - Wednesday) Chantelle becoming a celebrity (CBB4 - Sunday), Susie entering the house (BB7 - Friday), Liam winning £100,000 (BB8 - Wednesday) and Lisa and Sara winning £25,000 each (BB9 - Wednesday).

8 out of 10 Cats Big Brother specials are shown before the live final of the current series of Big Brother, in which evicted Big Brother housemates from the current series and well known housemates from previous years are on the panels.

A special show on the Launch Night of Big Brother 9 links The Sunday Night Project to Big Brother.

A week after the Big Brother finale airs, a catchup show reveals what individual housemates have been up to since leaving the Big Brother House.

Big Brother Reveals More... Was a show that saw a round up of the weeks footage. It only ran the one series during Big Brother 2 and has never appeared again. However, it can be likened to Diary Room Uncut.

Saturday Night Live was a show which saw Big Brother setting live tasks in order for housemate to get access to treats/reward rooms. It ran throughout series Big Brother 3, Big Brother 4, and half way through Big Brother 5. It was axed due to poor ratings.

Nominations Uncut was a show aired on the digital free-to-air channel E4. The show consisted of unedited footage of housemates making their weekly nominations. The show was broadcast throughout series 4, 5, and 6.

Big Brother's Big Brain was a live discussion programme that aired from 22 May 2006 during Big Brother 7 until the end of Celebrity Big Brother 2007. It aired on Channel 4 every Monday at 11:05 pm. Presented by Dermot O'Leary, the show featured psychologists analysing the housemates' behaviour. This replaced the pre-recorded psychology clips shown on the Sunday night highlights show in previous series. BBBB was renamed Big Brother: on the Couch for Big Brother 8 with a new timeslot and Davina McCall replacing O'Leary as presenter.

Big Brother's Efourum was a live debate show, presented by Russell Brand, featuring a studio audience who would pose questions to a panel of celebrity guests and experts. The programme also introduced 15 year old Jon Connell as a regular pundit on the panel. It aired from 31 May 2004 during Big Brother 5 until the end of Celebrity Big Brother 2005. The show was broadcast three nights a week at 7:00 pm on E4 with a late-night Channel 4 repeat. In 2005, Big Brother’s Efourum was reformatted and renamed Big Brother's Big Mouth.

Big Brother: On the Couch was a psychology show that aired during Big Brother 8. It lasted for an hour every week. The show was presented by Davina McCall.

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Russell Brand

Brand in 2007 at a book signing

Russell Edward Brand (born 4 June 1975) is an English comedian, actor, columnist and presenter of radio and television.

Brand achieved mainstream fame in the UK for presenting a Big Brother spin-off, Big Brother's Big Mouth, and for his radio show, among other television series and award ceremonies. He has also appeared in a number of films, including the romantic comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall, St Trinian's and Bedtime Stories.

Brand is noted for his unusual fashion preferences, and he has described himself as resembling "an S&M Willy Wonka". He is also noted for various controversies that have surrounded him in the British media, such as the 2008 prank calls that led to his resignation from the BBC.

Brand was born in Grays, Essex, England, the only child of Barbara Elizabeth (née Nichols) and Ronald Henry Brand, a photographer. His parents separated when Brand was six months old. His mother brought him up on her own, giving Brand a somewhat isolated and lonely childhood.

Brand made his theatrical debut at age 15 as "Fat Sam" in a school production of Bugsy Malone. After this Brand decided he wanted to be an actor. He began working as an extra and applied to study at the Italia Conti Academy. He was accepted, and Essex council funded his tuition for an introductory year, with potential funding for three additional years. Brand joined the academy in 1991. During this time he began smoking cannabis, became bulimic, and eventually took LSD. Brand was expelled during his introductory year for his behaviour. Afterward Brand had small acting roles in the children's show Mud and in The Bill.

In 1995 Brand applied for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and Drama Centre London and was accepted to Drama Centre. By this point he was a heroin addict and an alcoholic. He was expelled in the final term of his final year for smashing a glass over his head and then stabbing himself in the chest and arms because of poor reactions to one of his performances. After leaving Drama Centre, Brand decided to focus on comedy and began writing material with Karl Theobald, whom he met at Drama Centre. They formed a short-lived double act, Theobald and Brand on Ice.

Brand's first significant stand-up appearance was at the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year final in 2000. Although he finished fourth, his performance attracted the attention of an agent, Nigel Klarfeld of Gagged and Bound Comedy Ltd. That same year he made his Edinburgh debut as one third of the stand-up show Pablo Diablo's Cryptic Triptych alongside ventriloquist Mark Felgate and Anglo-Iranian comic Shappi Khorsandi.

In 2004, he also took his first one-man show, the confessional Better Now, to the Edinburgh Festival, giving an honest account of his heroin addiction. He returned the following year with Eroticised Humour. His first nationwide tour Shame, was in 2006 and drew on embarrassing incidents in Brand's life and the tabloid press's treatment of him since he became famous. The show released on DVD as Russell Brand: Live. His second nationwide tour was in 2007 and titled Russell Brand: Only Joking and released on DVD as Russell Brand: Doin' Life.

Brand appeared in a sketch and performed stand-up at the 2006 Secret Policeman's Ball. In March 2007, he co-hosted an evening of the Teenage Cancer Trust gigs with Noel Fielding. On 3 December 2007 Brand performed for HM Queen Elizabeth II and HRH Prince Philip as an act in the 2007 Royal Variety Performance.

Because of his filming schedule in America, Brand began performing stand-up there as well and has recorded a special for Comedy Central titled Russell Brand in New York that will air in March 2009. Brand began touring the UK in January to April 2009 on a tour called Russell Brand: Scandalous.

Brand's first presenting role came in 2000 as a VJ on music channel MTV presenting Dance Floor Chart, in which he toured the nightclubs of Britain and Ibiza, and the hosted teatime request show Select. However he was fired after coming to work dressed as Osama bin Laden the day after the September 11, 2001 attacks and bringing his drug dealer to the MTV studios.

After MTV, Brand featured in RE:Brand, a British documentary and comedy television programme that aimed to take a challenging look at cultural taboos. It was conceived, written and hosted by Brand, with the help of his comic partner for many projects, Matt Morgan. The series was shown on the now defunct digital satellite channel UK Play in 2002.

In 2004, he hosted Big Brother's Eforum on E4, a sister show to Big Brother 5. The show gave celebrity guests and the public the chance to have their say on the goings-on inside the Big Brother house. For Big Brother 6 the show's name changed to Big Brother's Big Mouth. Following Celebrity Big Brother 5, Brand said he would not return to host the Big Brother 8 series of Big Brother's Big Mouth; in a statement Brand thanked all the producers for "taking the risk of employing an ex-junkie twerp" to front the show and of his time presenting the show, he said: "The three years I've spent on Big Brother's Big Mouth have been an unprecedented joy." Brand hosted a one-off special called Big Brother According to Russell Brand in which Brand takes a surreal, sideways look at Big Brother through the ages. On 8 January 2008, Brand was the fifth celebrity to hijack the Big Brother house, in the E4 show Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack.

Brand returned to MTV in the spring of 2006 as presenter of the chat show 1 Leicester Square initially going out at 8 p.m. on Sundays before being shifted to a post-watershed time of 10 p.m. on Mondays, allowing a more adult theme to the show. Guests have included Tom Cruise, Uma Thurman, The Mighty Boosh and Boy George. A second series began in September 2006 on MTV UK. After Big Brother 7 finished, Brand presented a debate show called Russell Brand's Got Issues, on digital channel E4. The viewing figures for the first episode were seen as disappointing, being beaten by nearly all of E4's main multi-channel rivals, despite a big publicity and promotional campaign for the show. Because of the poor ratings the show was repackaged as The Russell Brand Show and moved to Channel 4. The first episode was broadcast on 24 November, on Channel 4 and the show ran for five weeks.

Brand presented the 2006 NME Awards, and was famously called a "cunt" by Bob Geldof, to which Brand replied, "Really it's no surprise he's such an expert on famine he has after all been dining out on, "I Don't Like Mondays," for 30 years." Brand hosted the 2007 BRIT Awards and presented Oasis with their Outstanding Contribution to Music award at the event. He also hosted one hour of Comic Relief. On 7 July 2007, he presented at the UK leg of Live Earth at Wembley Stadium, London.

A documentary presented by Brand and Matt Morgan about the writer Jack Kerouac and his novel On the Road called Russell Brand On the Road aired on 12 December 2007 on BBC Four.

Brand returned to Channel 4 to host Russell Brand's Ponderland, in which he discusses various topics like childhood and science through stand-up comedy. The show first aired on 22 October 2007, and was on for the following five nights. A second series began on 30 October 2008, drawing in over 1 million viewers, and was broadcast every Thursday night for a further 4 weeks with a Christmas special to air in December.

Brand was announced as the host of the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards which caused scepticism from the American media as he was relatively unknown to the American public. Brand's stint as host of the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards was not without controversy. At one point, he said the night, "marked the launch of a very new Britney Spears era," referring to it as, "the resurrection of ," and, "if there was a female Christ, it's Britney." Brand implored the audience to elect Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and later called then U.S. President George W. Bush, "a retarded cowboy fella," who in England, "wouldn't be trusted with scissors." He made several references to the purity rings worn by the Jonas Brothers, but later in the show, apologised for those comments. Brand claims MTV have asked him to host the 2009 awards after the ratings for the 2008 show were 20% up from the previous year.

In 2002, he filmed roles in the television comedy dramas Cruise of the Gods (although he was fired during the filming) and White Teeth. In 2005 he played Tommy in the BBC sitcom Blessed which was written and directed by Ben Elton. He auditioned for the part of Super Hans in the Channel 4 sitcom Peep Show, but was rejected by the writers in favour of Matt King.

In 2007, Brand played a recovering crack addict called "Terry," in the pilot for ITV comedy The Abbey, written by Morwenna Banks. The Abbey was commissioned for a full series to be shown on ITV2. Filming was due to begin in January 2008 but the series has since been cancelled. Also that year, he appeared in Cold Blood for ITV playing an ex-con called Ally. He voiced the Earth Guardian in Robbie the Reindeer in Close Encounters of the Herd Kind.

He filmed a small role in 2006 for Penelope. Brand's first major film role was as Flash Harry in the 2007 film St Trinian's, although it is not known if he will reprise the role for the upcoming sequel St Trinian's: The Legend of Fritton's Gold. His breakthrough role was in the 2008 film Forgetting Sarah Marshall, in which he played Aldous Snow, the boyfriend of the title character (played by Kristen Bell). Brand received rave reviews for his performance as Snow and revealed the character was changed from a Author to Rock Star because of his audition. He will again play the character of Aldous Snow for a buddy comedy entitled Get Him to the Greek, co-starring Jonah Hill. He is reuniting with Forgetting Sarah Marshall director Nicholas Stoller and producer Judd Apatow for the film also. It is described in Variety Magazine as a "very dirty take on Almost Famous".

Brand starred alongside Adam Sandler in the Disney film Bedtime Stories, that was released on Christmas 2008. Sandler has cast Brand in another film and will produce another, co-written by Brand and Matt Morgan, about a conman posing as a priest tentatively called Bad Father. Brand will appear in Julie Taymor's version of William Shakespeare's The Tempest as Trinculo. Brand will also appear in an Oliver Stone film and is in talks to star in a remake of Arthur written by Peter Baynham, with Brand playing the title character.

Brand's radio career began in early 2002, when he hosted a Sunday afternoon show with Matt Morgan on London's Indie Rock station Xfm. Brand was fired from this job after reading out pornographic material live on-air.

Brand co-hosted The Russell Brand Show since it began in April 2006 on BBC 6Music. In November 2006, the show transferred to BBC Radio 2 and aired on Saturdays from 9pm until 11pm. The show regularly had around 400,000 listeners. In an episode of the show broadcast on 18 October 2008, Brand and fellow Radio 2 DJ, Jonathan Ross, made a series of phone calls to the actor Andrew Sachs. Sunday tabloid The Mail on Sunday broke the story and regarded the phone calls as obscene. Both presenters were later suspended by the BBC due to the incident, and Brand resigned from his show.

Brand has written a column in The Guardian since May 2006 which centres around his admiration of West Ham United and the England national football team. A collection of the columns from May 2006 until June 2007 was released on 15 November 2007 in a book entitled Irons in the Fire. A second collection of the columns for the 2007/2008 season was released on 16 October 2008 and is called Articles of Faith. It also includes Brand interviewing Noel Gallagher, James Corden and David Baddiel about football.

Brand's autobiography, My Booky Wook, published by Hodder & Stoughton, was released on 15 November 2007. The book gained a positive reception upon release. The Observer commented that "Russell Brand's gleeful tale of drugs and debauchery in My Booky Wook puts most other celebrity memoirs to shame." Brand has began writing his second autobiography with a tentative release date of October, 2009.

He signed a £1.8 million two-book deal with HarperCollins in June 2008. The first book was Articles of Faith, with the second expected to be released in 2009.

Brand recorded a cover of The Beatles song "When I'm Sixty-Four" with Grammy Award-winning composer David Arnold for the 40th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. He contributed two songs to the soundtrack of the 2008 film Forgetting Sarah Marshall as Aldous Snow lead singer of the fictional band, "Infant Sorrow".

Brand lives in Hampstead, London, with his cat, which he named after the singer Morrissey, of whom Brand is a big fan.

He has been a vegetarian since the age of 14,and is also a fan of football, and a supporter of West Ham United; he says that his love of football is "intrinsically about my relationship with my father." He dresses in a flamboyant bohemian fashion describing himself as looking like an "S&M Willy Wonka." He has bipolar disorder, and has suffered from bulimia in the past. He also went through a period of self-harm.

He is a former heroin and sex addict, recovering alcoholic and has had numerous run-ins with the police, having been arrested 11 times During the time of his addiction, he was known for his debauchery, notable examples being his ejection from The Gilded Balloon, in Edinburgh and when he introduced his drug dealer to Kylie Minogue during his time at MTV . He has abstained from drug use since 2002 and is now a patron of the addiction charity Focus 12. His abandonment of drugs and alcohol was instigated by his agent John Noel after he was caught taking heroin in a toilet during his Christmas party. Brand regularly attends AA and NA meetings.

In February 2009 Brand and several other entertainers wrote to The Times defending Bahá'í leaders then on trial in Iran.

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Gavin & Stacey

Gavin & Stacey is a BBC television sitcom written by and starring Ruth Jones and James Corden and produced by Baby Cow Productions. Gavin is played by Mathew Horne and Joanna Page plays Stacey.

The first series (six episodes) chronicled the developing romance of the two leads and ended with their marriage. The second series (seven episodes) began with two back-to-back episodes, on 16 March 2008 on BBC Three. Both series originally aired on BBC Three and were later shown on BBC Two and BBC One; the Christmas special was aired on the latter channel.

Although the series is set in Billericay, Essex and Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, the two series were shot largely in Cardiff, Barry and the surrounding area, including Dinas Powys, Sully and Penarth.

Gavin & Stacey has won 5 awards out of 9 nominations in total, two of which were won at the British Academy Television Awards 2008.

On 25 December 2008, a documentary "12 Days of Christmas" was screened by BBC Three. It followed the making of the Christmas episode, and was shown in two versions, one of 30 minutes and one of 45 minutes.

There was uncertainty over whether a third series would be produced. The writers said that they did not want the show to become predictable, and that they would see how the Christmas special turned out.

In December 2008, Corden revealed he didn't know whether the sitcom would return for a third series, as he is currently working on the US adaption with Ruth Jones. Shortly afterwards, Ruth Jones announced on her final BBC Radio Wales Sunday Brunch radio show. Towards the end, she asked James Corden if they should do another series to which he replied "I'm in if you are", shaking hands and promising the audience that they would. A third series was confirmed by James Corden on the BBC website.

Ruth Jones and James Corden are expecting to finish the scripts for the new series by the end of March, with filming for the third series taking place in the summer.

The credits theme to Gavin & Stacey is "Run", by Stephen Fretwell.

The Libertines single "Don't Look Back into the Sun" was used repeatedly throughout the two series.

The Jeevas' cover of "You've Got My Number (Why Don't You Use It?)" (originally by the Undertones) can be heard as the cars pull up outside the pub for the quiz night.

The music used in the trailers was "Let's Make Love and Listen to Death from Above" by CSS.

When Gavin and Bryn Find Smithy at the driving range after going missing, the intro of "Only Ones Who Know" by Arctic Monkeys is played. Brianstorm by Arctic Monkeys is also played while Nessa is bowling.

The music used during the wedding ceremony in the climax of the first series in episode 6 as Stacey comes up the aisle is "Chasing Cars" by Snow Patrol.

The vows are off-camera, and the music used when the church doors burst open as the bridal party exits is "Love or Trial" by The Hot Puppies.

In the beginning of the first episode of the second series, Razorlight's "Before I Fall to Pieces" was used.

The last episode of the second series also featured a clip of Patrick Wolf's "Magic Position".

Their first dance in the last episode of series one was "A Million Love Songs" by Take That. Gavin & Stacey's song is "Last Request" by Paolo Nutini.

The music during Pam's protest in episode 6 of series 2 is, "Happy Ever After" by Ian Brown. Snow Patrol's "You Could Be Happy" and "Kill The Director" by The Wombats were also used in the same episode.

The final song of series 2 (the music whilst Smithy and Gavin are getting to the Hospital and Nessa is giving birth) is "Gravity" by Embrace.

In Ireland, the show began airing on RTÉ Two on 3 July 2008.

In New Zealand, season one began playing on TV ONE on 27 June 2008.

In Canada, the series is airing on BBC Canada.

In the United States, Gavin and Stacey premiered on BBC America on 26 August 2008, series one and two were shown back to back.

Season Two of Gavin and Stacey is currently playing on RTP2 in Portugal.

In Israel, the series is airing on Yes Stars Comedy.

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