ESC14_ Copenhagen_Logo_BlackFor the first time ever on UKTV, fans will be able to cheer along their favourite countries during the ultimate musical event of the year, the Eurovision Song Contest, broadcast live from Copenhagen.

Fans won’t miss a moment of the Eurovision Song Contest action, with the two live Semi-Finals broadcasting on May 7 and May 9 at 7.00am, with an encore at 9.30pm. The excitement comes to a climax when the 26 finalists perform in the finale on Sunday May 11 from 7.00am (simulcast with the Eurovision Song Contest live feed) with an encore at 8.30pm. Continue reading »

marvels-agents-s-h-i-e-l-dMarvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. heads ABC’s new season offering alongside the promising comedy Mixology, from the writers of The Hangover.

Here’s what we’ll be seeing from ABC in the near future. Continue reading »

Hollyoaks will return to New Zealand screens tonight in a new-look UKTV weekday line-up.

6.30pm – Hollyoaks: A Beginner’s Guide
7.00pm – Doctors
7.30pm – Hollyoaks
8.00pm – EastEnders.

Jana Bennett, President Worldwide Networks and Global BBC iPlayer, has confirmed the network’s commitment to stage bold and ambitious global television events as she unveiled two new seasons for 2012 at MIPTV.

London Calling and Planet Earth Live will run simultaneously across the BBC channels around the world, showcasing the very best of British programming and UK talent to the World.

As the eyes of the World turn to London this summer, the City of 2012 will be brought to life by the BBC through London Calling; a unique season of programmes that celebrate the music, fashion, art, culture and history of Britain’s capital city. The season will be led by live coverage from the spectacular Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Continue reading »

UKTV – Saturdays from 6 March, from 6.30pm

Family entertainment worth staying in for.

Follow an English family’s journey to South Africa in Wild at Heart (1) at 6pm; then After You’ve Gone at 7pm; travel in time with Doctor Who (1) at 7.30pm and enter The Hub with Captain Jack in Torchwood (1) at 8.30pm; then retreat into a world of celebrity chat, eccentric stories and down-right weirdness with The Graham Norton Show at 9.30pm.

UKTV – Fridays from 8 January, from 8.30pm

Right after Top Gear at 7.30pm is a comedy line up that will have you in stitches.

Firstly, there’s My Family (Series 9) at 8.30pm; Psychoville (from the creators of The League of Gentlemen) at 9pm – a dark, idiosyncratic comedy about a group of strange characters who each receive a mysterious letter; then there is the controversial The Jonathan Ross Show at 9.30pm; and lastly there’s Freezing at 10.30pm, a modern urban comedy about what happens when fame and promise start to fade away and careers become frozen.

Psychoville stars: Dawn French (Vicar of Dibley, Jam and Jerusalem), Dame Eileen Atkins (Cranford, Ballet Shoes, Cold Mountain), Christopher Biggins (The Rocky Horror Pictureshow, Revelations), Daisy Haggard (Green Wing, Man Stroke Woman) and Adrian Scarborough (Gavin & Stacey, Cranford).

BBC Worldwide Channels has acquired the multi-BAFTA award-winning chat show Friday Night With Jonathan Ross and UKTV is delighted to bring this to New Zealand audiences.

A consistent ratings hit on BBC One, the show will air as The Jonathan Ross Show on UKTV, SKY Digital Channel 6, from Friday 17 July.

The show has been a favourite on UK screens since launching on BBC One in 2001, winning numerous awards including four BAFTAs, a British Comedy Award, Broadcast Award and the Indie Award for Best Entertainment Programme and currently records 40 shows a year.

“We’re thrilled to be able to take Jonathan Ross’ unique brand of entertainment to our viewers around the world,” says David Weiland, Senior VP Programming, BBC Worldwide Channels.  “Showing the best of British talent to the rest of the world is absolutely what our international channels are all about, and I’m sure that the show will prove as popular with international audiences as it has done in the UK.”

Ross’ entertaining blend of comedy, celebrity chat and the latest music is not to be missed.  The first archive episodes shown will feature Tom Cruise, Lee Evans and Stephen Fry, as well as a performance from Franz Ferdinand.  Other guests appearing in subsequent episodes include Lily Allen, William Shatner, Glenn Close, Eddie Izzard, Lionel Richie, Hugh Jackman, Lady Gaga, Ben Stiller and Eminem.

Thursday 26 March, 8.30pm

The sheer depth and diversity of British music talent, on the national and international stage, is showcased at the BRIT Awards 2009 with MasterCard.

Britain’s favourites Take That and world dominating Coldplay are among the artists to performing at this much-talked about event, alongside Outstanding Contribution Winners Pet Shop Boys, global superstars U2, America’s biggest export Kings of Leon, UK Soul chanteuse Duffy and British pop phenomenon Girls Aloud.

Hosted by Kylie Minogue, James Corden and Mathew Horne, the show is a spectacular night of great music, featuring and honouring the hottest music talent and thrilling the eleven thousand audience at London’s Earls Court, making it a must-watch television extravaganza.

The Academy is made up of 1,000 specially invited members from across the breadth of the UK music industry: music critics, music writers, online & student press, major & independent record companies, retailers, music TV and radio producers & presenters, music publishers, artist managers, live concert promoters, NUS representatives and DJs.

Categories are:

•   MasterCard British Album **
•   British Male Solo Artist **
•   British Female Solo Artist **
•   British Group **
•   British Single
•   British Breakthrough Act
•   British Live Act
•   International Male Solo Artist **
•   International Female Solo Artist**
•   International Group **
•   International Album**
•   Producers Award
•   Critics Choice

•   Outstanding Contribution to Music Award, a gift from the Council of the BPI.

(The BRITs – Voting Academy**)

Ged Doherty, Chairman of The BRITs Committee said, “The BRITs Academy has chosen a very wide ranging list of nominations this year.  The list highlights the continued investment in British talent across the UK record industry and I wish all the nominees the best of luck.”

The BRIT Awards 2009 with MasterCard also welcomes a trophy back into the fold, with the Producer Award returning for the first time since 1998.

Life goes on in the familiar surroundings of their sitting room, but six years on baby David has grown up –have the rest of the family? Have they given up smoking? Have they joined the local gym and a book club? Will they be talking Pilates and Sartre – or talking the same old shite they did six years ago? What do you think?

As tension mounts in the Royle household, the family questions the implications of their home being fully laminated throughout and Cheryl places an advert in a lonely hearts column of a local newspaper and finds that, unfortunately, love isn’t blind after all.

Stars: Ricky Tomlinson (Clocking Off), Sue Johnston (Waking the Dead, Jam & Jerusalem), Caroline Aherne (The Fast Show), Craig Cash (Early Doors), Ralf Little (24 Hour Party People).

Christmas Eve, Wednesday 24 December, 9.15pm

A not-so-merry Christmas

It’s exactly a year after the death of her husband, and Sal Vine is finding the anniversary hard to deal with. The only person that seems to care is Kate Bales from the local grieving group, and even then, the mention of death only serves to re-open her own, barely healed wounds. Meanwhile the Guild are tasked with setting up a web site to compete with the neighbouring Guild at Hole. Will the ladies finally master the required technology to get their photos from the ‘stick’ up onto the computer, or will it all end in disaster?

Stars: Sue Johnston (Waking The Dead and The Royle Family), Jennifer Saunders (Absolutely Fabulous and French and Saunders), Dawn French (The Vicar of Dibley and French and Saunders), Sally Phillips (Bridget Jones’s Diary and Green Wing).

Christmas Eve, Wednesday 24 December, 8.30pm