Digital Spy is a British-based entertainment, television and film website and brand and is the largest digital property at Hearst UK. Since its launch in 1999, 'DS' has focused on entertainment news related to television programmes, films, music and show business to a global audience. Digital Spy now reaches 23 million unique users per month, making it one of the 150 largest websites in the UK.
As well as breaking news, in-depth features, reviews and authoritative editorial explainers, the site also features the DS Forum.
Type of site
|Entertainment, television and film news|
|Owner||Hearst Magazines UK|
|Alexa rank||1,832 (November 2018)|
|Launched||January 1999 (as digiNEWS)|
In early January 1999, Iain Chapman launched the digiNEWS website, providing news, rumours and information on Sky's new digital satellite platform SkyDigital. At the same time, Chris Butcher launched the ONfaq website, offering similar news and information on the UK's new digital terrestrial platform ONdigital. Both sites proved to be popular, attracting a lot of attention from visitors eager for more news about these rapidly developing TV platforms. Very quickly, Iain and Chris discussed the idea of a merger of the two sites, to create the digiNEWS Network.
On 28 February 1999, digiNEWS and ONfaq merged and were rebranded as sites of the new 'digiNEWS network'. More websites joined the network, including Chris Norris's cablenews:uk (covering NTL and TeleWest cable services), Mark Hughes' DVDNews (DVD news and reviews) and Neil Wilkes' TV:uk (TV news and gossip). While the network grew, it was still served from personal webspace from ISPs such as Freeserve, so discussions with website guru Jose Cardoso began and work started on integrating the multitude of sites into a single portal.
It was important for the new site to be easily accessible, so a .COM address was preferable but the diginews.com address was already taken. After many many emails back and forth, the name 'Digital Spy' was chosen.
The Digital Spy forums first went live on 1 March 2000, built on the UBB forum platform. The newly named 'Digital Spy' news portal went live on 19 May 2001, running on a custom-built content management system called RAMS (Remote Article Management System).
Digital Spy Limited was incorporated in late 2001 by Alan Jay, Neil Wilkes and Mark Hughes, with Ian Chapman, Jose Cardoso and James Welsh joining later as shareholders.
On 1 August 2011, ownership of Hachette UK was sold to Hearst Magazines UK, with the Digital Spy editorial team and operations unaffected.
On 2 May 2013, Digital Spy won the Media Editorial Team of the Year 2013 at the British Media Awards. On 3 July 2014, Digital Spy won Consumer Website of the Year 2014 at the AOP Digital Publishing Awards.
In October 2015, Digital Spy moved its content management system from RAMS to Hearst's newly developed Media OS.
In October 2017, Digital Spy won PPA Digital Content Team of the Year, and was shortlisted for Website of the Year and Content Team Leader of the Year. In December 2017, almost one million people voted in the DS Reader Awards. In March 2018, Digital Spy was shortlisted for International Website of the Year at the Hearst Editorial Excellence Awards.
In October 2018, Digital Spy won PPA Digital Content Team of the Year for the second year in a row.
In 2008, the website held its first Digital Spy Soap Awards. The nominations shortlist was chosen by Digital Spy's soaps editor Kris Green. From 2014, the awards became the annual Digital Spy Reader Awards, which polls the site's readers for the best moments in various categories.
|'Most Popular Actor'||James Sutton (John Paul McQueen in Hollyoaks)|
|'Most Popular Actress'||Jo Joyner (Tanya Branning in EastEnders)|
|'Sexiest Male'||Scott Maslen (Jack Branning in EastEnders)|
|'Sexiest Female'||Roxanne McKee (Louise Summers in Hollyoaks)|
|'Best Newcomer'||Rita Simons (Roxy Mitchell in EastEnders)|
|'Best Exit'||Gemma Bissix (Clare Devine in Hollyoaks)|
|'Best On-Screen Partnership'||Samantha Janus and Rita Simons (Ronnie and Roxy Mitchell in EastEnders)|
|'Best Child Actor (Under 16)'||Ellis Hollins (Tom Cunningham in Hollyoaks)|
|'Villain of the Year'||Jack P. Shepherd (David Platt in Coronation Street)|
|'Storyline of the Year'||John Paul and Craig's (Guy Burnet) affair (Hollyoaks)|
|'Best Single Episode'||Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) and Stella Crawford's (Sophie Thompson) wedding (EastEnders)|
|'Best Pet'||Wellard (Kyte in EastEnders)|
|'Best Serial Drama'||The Bill|
|Best Female Soap Actor||Kellie Bright (Linda Carter in EastEnders)||Alison King (Carla Connor in Coronation Street)|
Nikki Sanderson (Maxine Minniver in Hollyoaks)
Lindsey Coulson (Carol Jackson in EastEnders)
Emma Atkins (Charity Dingle in Emmerdale)
|Best Male Soap Actor||Danny Dyer (Mick Carter in EastEnders)||David Neilson (Roy Cropper in Coronation Street)|
Adam Woodyatt (Ian Beale in EastEnders)
James Sutton (John Paul McQueen in Hollyoaks)
Kieron Richardson (Ste Hay in Hollyoaks)
|Best Soap Newcomer||Maddy Hill (Nancy Carter in EastEnders)||Declan Bennett (Charlie Cotton in EastEnders)|
Cameron Moore (Cameron Campbell in Hollyoaks)
Joe Gill (Finn Barton in Emmerdale)
Twinnie-Lee Moore (Porsche McQueen in Hollyoaks)
|Best Soap Storyline||"Who Killed Lucy Beale?" (EastEnders)||Hayley's cancer (Coronation Street)|
John Paul's rape ordeal (Hollyoaks)
Maxine and Patrick's domestic abuse (Hollyoaks)
Linda's rape ordeal (EastEnders)
Ben Mitchell is a fictional character from the BBC soap opera EastEnders, who has been played by six different actors since his on-screen birth on 21 March 1996. Matthew Silver appeared as an infant Ben between 1996 and 1998, and Morgan Whittle played him as a toddler between 1999 and 2001. After a five-year absence from the series, Charlie Jones assumed the role of Ben in 2006. The character was recast in 2010 to Joshua Pascoe, who left the role two years later. Ben's return was announced in May 2014 with actor Harry Reid in the role; Ben returned on 22 September 2014. Reid was written out of the series in 2017 and Ben departs on 12 January 2018. The character will be reintroduced in 2019 with the role recast to Max Bowden.
Ben's storylines include a feud between the show's Mitchell and Beale families for his custody; developing a love of dance and the arts, which is a source of tension between him and his father, Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden); being physically and mentally abused by his father's girlfriend Stella Crawford (Sophie Thompson); struggling to come to terms with his homosexuality and then attempting to hide it; unintentionally killing Heather Trott (Cheryl Fergison); having a daughter, Lexi Pearce, with Lola Pearce (Danielle Harold); a relationship with Abi Branning (Lorna Fitzgerald), while having a secret relationship with Paul Coker (Jonny Labey), who he had a relationship with when he came out; being involved in a homophobic attack which caused Paul's death and romantically involved with Luke Browning (Adam Astill), the son of his mother's rapist James Willmott-Brown (William Boyde).
As played by Jones, Ben received generally poor reviews from critics. Grace Dent of The Guardian wrote several negative opinion pieces on the character, and contacted the BBC with a list of suggestions for humorous storylines in which he could be killed off. However, the storyline where Ben was abused by Stella won "Best Storyline" at the 2007 Inside Soap Awards, and was nominated for the "Best Soap Storyline" accolade at the TV Quick and TV Choice Awards. In 2012, Pascoe was nominated "Villain of the Year", but lost out to Andrew Lancel (Coronation Street). Lisa O'Connell, also writing for The Guardian, was complimentary of Ben's later, protracted coming out storyline, which she called "a perfect foundation for years of dramatic conflict".Cheryl (singer)
Cheryl Ann Tweedy (born 30 June 1983) is an English singer and television personality. Born and raised in Newcastle upon Tyne, she rose to fame in late 2002 upon winning a place in Girls Aloud, a girl group created through ITV's Popstars: The Rivals. While still in the group, she began a solo career in April 2009, and between then and 2014, she released four studio albums – 3 Words (2009), Messy Little Raindrops (2010), A Million Lights (2012) and Only Human (2014). Collectively, the albums included ten singles, five of which – "Fight for This Love, "Promise This", "Call My Name", "Crazy Stupid Love" and "I Don't Care" – reached the top position on the UK Singles Chart. Cheryl was the first British female solo artist to have five number-one singles in the UK, and she held the record for the British female solo artist with the most UK number-one singles until Jess Glynne overtook her in 2018.
Cheryl became a judge on the UK version of The X Factor in 2008. She mentored two of the eventual winners of the competition (Alexandra Burke in series five and Joe McElderry in series six), before resigning in 2011 and joining the panel of the American version, which she left during the auditions stage. She returned to judge series 11 and 12 of the UK version.
Cheryl has become a recognised and photographed style icon, being referred to as a "fashionista" by the press. She has been photographed for the covers of British Vogue, Elle and Harper's Bazaar, and fronted cosmetic company L'Oréal from 2009 to 2018. Her net worth was estimated at £20 million in October 2014. Cheryl was married to England footballer Ashley Cole from July 2006 to September 2010. She married Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini in July 2014, and was granted a decree nisi from him in October 2016. From 2016 to 2018, she was in a relationship with One Direction singer Liam Payne, with whom she has a son born in March 2017.Ciaran McCarthy
Ciaran McCarthy is a fictional character from the British ITV soap opera, Coronation Street, portrayed by Keith Duffy. He made his first on-screen appearance on 7 August 2002, before departing in 2005. He returned in 2010 until Duffy temporary departed in January 2011 to go on Boyzone Tour, and returned on 3 November 2011. Duffy departed the role again on 25 November 2011 due to family commitments although he stated his intention to eventually return as Ciaran. In his duration on the show the character has been at the centre of several romances including relationships with Sunita Alahan, Tracy Barlow and Michelle Connor. Ciaran has been characterised as a ladies' man and a charmer. The character is also known for his "sex symbol" status. Duffy has received nominations at various soap award ceremonies for his portrayal of Ciaran.Greg Jessop
Greg Jessop is a fictional character from the BBC soap opera EastEnders, played by Stefan Booth. He is introduced as the fiancé of Tanya Branning (Jo Joyner), and first appeared on screen on 1 October 2010 to work on the reconstruction of The Queen Victoria. On 15 April 2011, Greg and Tanya wed, just before hearing that Tanya's ex-husband Max (Jake Wood) and their daughter Abi (Lorna Fitzgerald) have been in a car crash. Joyner has warned that Tanya could break Greg's heart. In June 2011 it was announced that Booth was leaving the soap at the end of his storyline, and Greg left on 12 August 2011. Booth confirmed that Greg will return. He returned for a single episode on 21 October 2011.
Greg has been described as "gorgeous" and "loyal" and a "himbo with a good heart". Joyner opined that Greg was right for Tanya, saying, "She'll be safe with Greg. He's the right man for Tanya at the moment." In February 2011 it was announced that filming had started on location for Greg and Tanya's upcoming wedding in April 2011. However, it was unconfirmed if they will actually marry, meaning that the couple's future will hang in the balance until the time of broadcast. Greg and Tanya's wedding was branded the "swankiest wedding the show's seen." Booth said that he is "pleased" that his character is involved in some of the soap's biggest dramas. Digital Spy held a poll asking people who they thought Tanya should be with. Greg came second, with 35.2% of the vote. Booth told Digital Spy that Greg would fight for Tanya with the possibility of a punch up between Greg and love rival Max. In June 2011, it was announced that Greg will leave EastEnders at the end of his current storyline. Booth was apparently "disappointed" after EastEnders bosses decided to axe his character. The door was left open for a possible future return.History of Hollyoaks
Hollyoaks began airing on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom on 23 October 1995. The target audience was that of teenagers and it initially dramatised the lives of seven of that age group who lived in Hollyoaks, a fictional suburb in the city of Chester in Cheshire, England. Originally broadcast as one episode per week, in 2011 it is being shown five times weekly. Audience numbers have varied over its lifespan, with viewing figures well below one million being contrasted with highs of four million.
The series has always focused on rites of passage and has an element of comedy. Comments made by television critics early in its run regarding their view that there was too much emphasis on humour caused the programme's creator and executive producer. Phil Redmond, to introduce issue-led storylines which highlighted the taboo issues faced by teenagers. Jo Hallows, who took over from Redmond, continued this strategy by using plots such as male rape and self-harm. She was replaced briefly by David Hanson and then Bryan Kirkwood was appointed to the role. Kirkwood made substantial changes to the cast and the programme looked at issues such as homosexuality, HIV and domestic violence. During this period Hollyoaks began to receive higher viewing figures, won a higher number of awards and received praise from those who had previously criticised the show for its acting and storylines.
Kirkwood's deputy, Lucy Allan, replaced him and continued many of the themes as well as using devices such as a non-linear week of episodes which saw the episodes shown out of chronological order so as to keep viewers guessing how the events came to happen, a flash forward episode which saw the events of six months into the future were shown, a baby-snatch story and a child murder plot. She left her position when the viewing figures declined, being replaced in 2010 by Paul Marquess, who began with a shake-up of the production team, the biggest cast cull since the show began and the introduction of over twenty new characters. Marquess stepped down from the role after one year and Gareth Philips took his position....Hollyoaks
Hollyoaks is a British soap opera, first broadcast on Channel 4 on 23 October 1995. It was originally devised by Phil Redmond, who had previously conceived the Channel 4 soap Brookside. The programme is set in a fictional suburb of Chester called Hollyoaks, and features a large cast of characters, primarily 16–35 year-olds. The soap is targeted towards an adolescent and young adult audience, and is mostly filmed and produced in Childwall, Liverpool, although nearby locations are sometimes used. Beginning with a cast of seven major characters in 1995, the serial has approximately 65 main cast members today. Hollyoaks has a high cast turnover in comparison with other British soaps; as of December 2017 nineteen characters have spent five years or longer on the show. The programme has won 35 British Soap Awards, 18 Inside Soap Awards, one TRIC Award and one National Television Award; at the 2014 British Soap Awards, Hollyoaks won Best British Soap for the first time, breaking the 15-year draw between rival soaps EastEnders and Coronation Street. It is also popular in other countries around the world. The longest-serving cast member is Nick Pickard, who has played Tony Hutchinson since the first episode in 1995; all the other original cast members left by 2008. Other long-running characters include: Cindy Cunningham, Mandy Richardson, Jack Osborne and Darren Osborne.Kat Slater
Kathleen "Kat" Moon (also Slater) is a fictional character from the BBC soap opera EastEnders, played by Jessie Wallace. She is also played by Kate Peck in a flashback in 2001 and Sumar-Elise Sandford in a flashback in 2018. Kat is the second eldest Slater family sister and first appears on 18 September 2000. Kat is described as "a bit of a floozy", "a bitch" and "very lazy". The EastEnders website says that as soon as Kat arrived in Walford with her "fake tan, heavy make-up and hoop earrings", viewers would know that Kat would bring a dose of "Viagra to the men of Albert Square". Wallace did not appear in the show between November 2004 and May 2005 following a period of maternity leave, and Kat later left the soap on 25 December 2005. Wallace reprised the role in 2010 and Kat returned on 17 September. She took leave from the soap again between January and June 2012. The character departed the soap again in May 2015, returning briefly between December 2015 and January 2016. Wallace reprises her role as Kat in the six-part spin-off series Kat & Alfie: Redwater in 2017. Following the confirmation that Kat & Alfie: Redwater would not return for a second series, it was announced that Kat would return to EastEnders; she returned on 22 March 2018.
The characters has been involved in many storylines, including a plot twist which sees her sister, Zoe Slater (Michelle Ryan), revealed to be her daughter after she was raped by her uncle Harry Slater (Michael Elphick) as a child. Another key aspect to the character's storylines is her marriage to Alfie Moon (Shane Richie). In Kat's second stint on the soap, in what was called "the biggest soap story in probably the history of soaps", Kat and Ronnie Branning (Samantha Womack) both give birth on the same day, but Ronnie's baby, James Branning, dies and while Kat is in hospital and her baby, Tommy Moon, is unattended, Ronnie swaps the infants. The storyline received over 6,000 complaints, making it the second most complained about EastEnders storyline. Kat's storylines also include suffering a miscarriage, an affair with Derek Branning (Jamie Foreman) which briefly ends her marriage with Alfie, becoming penniless and permanently scarred in a fire, becoming a millionaire and discovering that she has a secret son, Zoe's twin brother. In Kat & Alfie: Redwater, Kat discovers her son is a murderous Catholic priest, Dermott Dolan (Oisín Stack). In her third stint on the soap, Kat's storylines have focused on the breakdown of her and Alfie's marriage and her separation from her children.
Wallace has won multiple awards for her portrayal of Kat. At the National Television Awards, she was named "Most Popular Newcomer" in 2001 and "Most Popular Actress" in 2003. Wallace was additionally nominated for the "Best Actress", "Best Dramatic Performance" and "Hero of the Year" awards in 2002, and Zoe's maternity was nominated "Best Storyline". She was again nominated "Best Actress" from 2003 to 2006 consecutively, and shared "Best On-Screen Partnership" and "Best Exit" nominations with Richie in 2004 and 2006 respectively. In February 2011, following Kat's return to EastEnders, Wallace was nominated for Best Actress at the 2011 All About Soap Bubble Awards for her portrayal of Kat, and was also nominated alongside Richie for Best Comeback. She won the Television and Radio Industries Club (TRIC) Award for "TV Soap Personality" in March 2011.List of 2009 box office number-one films in the United Kingdom
This is a list of films which have placed number one at the weekend box office in the United Kingdom during 2009.List of 2010 box office number-one films in the United Kingdom
This is a list of films which have placed number one at the weekend box office in the United Kingdom during 2010.List of 2011 box office number-one films in the United Kingdom
This is a list of films which have placed number one at the weekend box office in the United Kingdom during 2011.List of 2012 box office number-one films in the United Kingdom
This is a list of films which have placed number one at the weekend box office in the United Kingdom during 2012.List of 2013 box office number-one films in the United Kingdom
This is a list of films which have reached number one at the weekend box office in the United Kingdom during 2013.List of EastEnders characters (2008)
The following is a list of characters that first appeared in the BBC soap opera EastEnders in 2008, by order of first appearance. All characters were introduced by executive producer Diederick Santer. Santer introduced four characters in January, Mr Lister, a new market inspector; Christian Clarke, the brother of Jane Beale and two members of the Branning family, Selina and Penny. In March, he introduced Jalil Iqbal, a new love interest for Shabnam Masood and in April he introduced Ricky Butcher's fiancée, Melinda as well as Bianca Jackson's children, Whitney, Morgan and Tiffany. Also in April he introduced Denise Fox's ex-husband, Lucas Johnson, and Opal Smith, the aunt of Gus and Juley Smith. In May he extended the Johnson family and introduced Lucas's son, Jordan as well as introducing Brenda Boyle, a new love interest for Charlie Slater. In July, he introduced two members of the long-established Mitchell family, Archie Mitchell and Danielle Jones. In August, he introduced Callum Monks, the son of Vinnie and in September, Tony King, arrived as the partner of Bianca, and Poppy Merritt, the new GP of Walford. November saw the only birth of the year, Amy Mitchell, the child of Roxy Mitchell and Jack Branning. The final introduction of the year was Dotty, Nick Cotton's daughter.List of awards and nominations received by EastEnders
EastEnders is a British soap opera that has aired on BBC One since 19 February 1985. It has been nominated for a variety of different awards including 19 British Academy Television Awards (nine wins), 13 Royal Television Society Programme Awards (four wins), 24 Television and Radio Industries Club (TRIC) Awards (15 wins) and 332 British Soap Awards (84 wins). Its first award, for Favourite Programme, was given by the Anna Scher Theatre on 24 January 1986.At the British Academy Television Awards, EastEnders has won the Best Soap or Best Continuing Drama Award eight times, in 1999, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2016, with a further eight nominations (2001, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2014 and 2015), and Best Drama Series once, in 1997. The show has received 21 nominations in the Most Popular Serial Drama category at the National Television Awards, which it has won 12 times. It has also won Best Soap at the Royal Television Society Programme Awards four times, in 2002, 2009, 2010 and 2011, with further nominations in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
At The British Soap Awards, it has won Best British Soap 11 times, Best Storyline four times and Best Single Episode three times. In 2013, Adam Woodyatt won a lifetime achievement award for his portrayal of Ian Beale. The show has won Inside Soap's Best Soap Award every year from 1996 to 2006, from 2008 to 2012, and in 2014. In the TV Choice awards, it won Best Soap in 1999, from 2001 to 2003, in 2006, from 2008 to 2012, in 2014 and 2015.
In March 2009, EastEnders won its third TRIC award in the category TV Soap of the Year, having also won similar categories at the British Soap Awards, National Television Awards, TV Choice Awards, and Inside Soap Awards within 10 months. EastEnders' Executive Producer Diederick Santer commented that this was due to having "the most talented cast and crew in the business, and the most fantastic and dedicated audience."Several different EastEnders actors have received acting award nominations for their performances in the show. June Brown is the only EastEnders actor to receive a nomination at the British Academy Television Awards and Patsy Palmer is the only one to be nominated in the Royal Television Society Programme Awards. Simon May won a TRIC award in 1986 for the EastEnders theme tune. Co-creator Tony Holland and writer Tony Jordan have also been honoured. As of 22 December 2017, EastEnders has been nominated for over 1200 awards and won more than 370.List of births, marriages and deaths in Hollyoaks
Hollyoaks is a British television soap opera, first broadcast on Channel 4 on 23 October 1995. There have been thirty-two births, fifty-five marriages and one-hundred and thirty-one deaths on-screen since the show began. They are listed in order of year.Neighbours
Neighbours is an Australian television soap opera. It was first broadcast on the Seven Network on 18 March 1985. It was created by TV executive Reg Watson, who proposed the idea of making a show that focused on realistic stories and portrayed adults and teenagers who talk openly and solve their problems together. Seven decided to commission the show following the success of Watson's shorter-lived soap Sons and Daughters, which aired on the network. Although successful in Melbourne, Neighbours underperformed in the Sydney market and struggled for months before Seven cancelled it. The show was immediately bought by rival network Ten. After taking over production of the show, the new network had to build replica sets because Seven destroyed the originals to prevent its rival from obtaining them. Ten began screening Neighbours on 20 January 1986, beginning where the previous series left off and commencing with episode 171. Neighbours has since become the longest running drama series in Australian television and in 2005, it was inducted collectively into the Logie Hall of Fame.
The show's storylines concern the domestic and professional lives of the people who live and work in Erinsborough, a fictional suburb of Melbourne, Victoria. The series primarily centres on the residents of Ramsay Street, a short cul-de-sac, and its neighbouring area, the Lassiters complex, which includes a bar, hotel, cafe, police station, lawyers' office and park. Neighbours began with three families created by Watson – the Ramsays, the Robinsons and the Clarkes. Watson said that he wanted to show three families who are friends living in a small street. The Robinsons and the Ramsays had a long history and were involved in an ongoing rivalry. Pin Oak Court, in Vermont South, is the real cul-de-sac that has doubled for Ramsay Street since 1985. All of the houses featured are real and the residents allow the production to shoot external scenes in their yards. The interior scenes are filmed at the Global Television studios in Forest Hill.
Through its entire run in Australia, Neighbours has been screened as a twenty-two-minute episode each week night in an early-evening slot. Neighbours moved to Ten's digital channel, Eleven (later rebranded 10 Peach) on 11 January 2011, and it is currently broadcast each weeknight at 6:30 pm. The show is produced by FremantleMedia Australia and has been sold to over sixty countries around the world, making it one of Australia's most successful media exports. Neighbours was first screened in the United Kingdom in October 1986 on BBC1 where it achieved huge popularity among British audiences in the late 1980s and 1990s. In 2008, it moved to the UK's Channel 5. From 2018, the show will become the first Australian drama to air all year round.Ruby Allen
Ruby Allen is a fictional character from the BBC soap opera EastEnders, played by Louisa Lytton. The character and casting were announced on 3 February 2005, and Ruby made her first appearance in episode 2908, broadcast on 18 March 2005. The character was written out in 2006, making her final appearance on 23 November 2006. Lytton has since expressed a disappointment in her exit, but stated she will always be grateful for the role. It was announced in July 2018 that Lytton would reprise her role during that year, with Ruby returning on 18 September 2018. Producers soon placed her at the centre of a sexual consent storyline, involving a special episode about the views surrounding consent. Lytton was nominated for two Digital Spy Reader Awards for the consent storyline, while Lytton and the story have been praised by viewers and television critics alike.The Voice UK
The Voice UK is a British television talent show created by John de Mol and based on the concept The Voice of Holland. It began airing on BBC One on 24 March 2012. There are five different stages to the show: producers' auditions, blind auditions, battle phase, knockouts, and live shows. The winner receives £100,000 and a record deal with Republic Records. There have been seven winners to date: Leanne Mitchell, Andrea Begley, Jermain Jackman, Stevie McCrorie, Kevin Simm, Mo Adeniran and Ruti Olajugbagbe.
The show involves artists drawn from public auditions, and is part of The Voice franchise. It is produced by ITV Studios as well as Dutch production company Talpa Productions, and formerly Wall to Wall during its time on the BBC. The show was originally presented by Holly Willoughby and Reggie Yates. However, from 2014 onwards Emma Willis has presented the show with Marvin Humes who then left after its fifth series.
The BBC won a "bidding war" with ITV, paying £22 million for the rights to broadcast the show in the UK for two years. ITV's Britain's Got Talent launched its sixth series on the same date of 24 March 2012. Many media outlets saw this move as a deliberate attempt by ITV to create a "TV ratings war" with the BBC.In November 2015, the BBC announced that the fifth series of The Voice UK would be their last. That same month, ITV announced they had acquired the rights to air The Voice UK for three additional series, as well as plans for two series of The Voice Kids starting in 2017. In 2018, The Voice Kids was renewed for a third series which will air in mid-2019. The eighth series began on 5 January 2019.The X Factor (UK series 7)
The X Factor is a British television music competition to find new singing talent. The seventh series started on ITV on 21 August 2010 and ended on 12 December 2010. The winner was Matt Cardle. Cardle was mentored throughout the show by Dannii Minogue as mentor. After the victory, he released his debut single "When We Collide". A total of 15,448,019 votes were cast throughout the series. It was presented by Dermot O'Leary, with spin-off show The Xtra Factor presented by Konnie Huq on ITV2, who took over from Holly Willoughby.
The competition was split into several stages: auditions, bootcamp, judges' houses and live shows. Auditions took place throughout June and July 2010, with Simon Cowell, Dannii Minogue, Louis Walsh and Cheryl Cole returning as judges. Minogue missed the auditions and bootcamp due to being on maternity leave, so Geri Halliwell, Natalie Imbruglia, Katy Perry, Pixie Lott and Nicole Scherzinger were brought in as guest judges. Cole missed the auditions in Manchester and bootcamp because she had malaria. Following bootcamp, successful acts were split into four categories: Boys (male soloists aged 16 to 27), Girls (female soloists aged 16 to 27), Over 28s (soloists aged 28 and over) and Groups. Minogue and Cole returned for the judges' houses stage, and each judge mentored eight acts through judges' houses. The live shows started on 9 October 2010. Four acts eliminated at judges' houses were brought back as wildcards, making this the first series to have 16 acts perform in the live shows.
This was the first series of the show to be filmed in high definition, and was simulcast on ITV1 HD and STV HD. From October, The Xtra Factor was also shown in high definition, simulcast on the new channel ITV2 HD. It was sponsored by TalkTalk in the United Kingdom and Domino's Pizza in Ireland.
This series proved to be highly controversial, with many people complaining about the use of pitch correction software on the broadcast of contestants' auditions, the decision to form two groups out of rejected soloists, the rejection of popular contestant Gamu Nhengu at judges' houses and Cheryl’s failure to vote to eliminate an act in week 5 of the live shows. Controversy also surrounded contestants Shirlena Johnson, who was axed over fears for her mental health, and Treyc Cohen, who was reported to already have a record deal when the live shows started. There were also accusations of fixing, which were denied by the show's producers. It was the most watched series to date, with an average of 14.13 million viewers per episode. The final was watched by 17.71 million people, making it the highest rated television episode of 2010 in the UK.