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<div class="square" style="float:right">[[File:Square Nick Hewer.jpg|The Apprentice]]</div>18 December 2014 '''Nick, You're Fired!'''<br/>Nick Hewer has described his decision as a "relief tinged with regret" to not be Lord Sugar's aide for future series of [[The Apprentice]]. The 70-year-old PR expert explained in his statement that "I've been pondering my departure from The Apprentice for a while and have decided that year 10 is the appropriate time." He will still be hosting [[Countdown]].<br/><br/>
<div class="square" style="float:left">[[File:Square the voice uk black white.jpg|The Voice UK]]</div>23 September 2014 '''Rita Ora finds her Voice'''<br/>The BBC have announced that Rita Ora will join the judging panel on [[The Voice UK]] when it returns for its fourth series early next year. The singer, who will replace Kylie Minogue, guest judged on [[The X Factor]] in 2012, and will appear alongside returning coaches will.i.am, Sir Tom Jones, and Ricky Wilson.<br/><br/>
<div class="square" style="float:left">[[File:Square the voice uk black white.jpg|The Voice UK]]</div>23 September 2014 '''Rita Ora finds her Voice'''<br/>The BBC have announced that Rita Ora will join the judging panel on [[The Voice UK]] when it returns for its fourth series early next year. The singer, who will replace Kylie Minogue, guest judged on [[The X Factor]] in 2012, and will appear alongside returning coaches will.i.am, Sir Tom Jones, and Ricky Wilson.<br/><br/>
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<div class="square" style="float:left">[[File:The X Factor logo.jpg|75px|The X Factor]]</div>11 June 2014 '''Zig-a-zig-ah! Mel B joins The X Factor'''<br />Mel B has been announced as the fourth and final judge on this year's series of [[The X Factor]]. The former Spice Girl was previously a guest judge on the 2012 series, and has also judged on the Australian version of the programme, and on ''America's Got Talent''. She will join [[Simon Cowell]] and Cheryl Cole who are returning to the panel, as well as long-standing judge [[Louis Walsh]], who, contrary to earlier reports, has not left the programme. The new series will begin airing in the summer.<br/><br/>
<div class="square" style="float:left">[[File:The X Factor logo.jpg|75px|The X Factor]]</div>11 June 2014 '''Zig-a-zig-ah! Mel B joins The X Factor'''<br />Mel B has been announced as the fourth and final judge on this year's series of [[The X Factor]]. The former Spice Girl was previously a guest judge on the 2012 series, and has also judged on the Australian version of the programme, and on ''America's Got Talent''. She will join [[Simon Cowell]] and Cheryl Cole who are returning to the panel, as well as long-standing judge [[Louis Walsh]], who, contrary to earlier reports, has not left the programme. The new series will begin airing in the summer.<br/><br/>
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<div class="square" style="float:right">[[File:Square BAFTA.jpg|A League of Their Own]]</div>19 May 2014 '''They're in a League Of Their Own (Again)'''<br />That's the BAFTA-winning [[A League of Their Own]], folks. Sky's flagship sports-and-entertainment quiz won the BAFTA award for Best Comedy and Comedy Entertainment Programme. [[Ant McPartlin|Ant]] and [[Declan Donnelly|Dec]] won Best Entertainment Programme and Best Entertainment Performance for [[Saturday Night Takeaway]].<br/><br/>
 
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<div class="square" style="float:left">[[File:Winklemann_claudia_classy.jpg|75px|Strictly Come Dancing]]
 
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</div>10 May 2014 '''Please Welcome to the Floor, Claudia Winkleman'''<br/>[[Claudia Winkleman]] has been confirmed as the new co-presenter of [[Strictly Come Dancing]] following Sir [[Bruce Forsyth]]'s decision to step down. Winkleman has previously stood-in as a main presenter during Forsyth's abscence, and has also previously hosted spin-off programme ''It Takes Two''. She will join [[Tess Daly]] when the series returns for its twelfth outing in the autumn.<br/><br/>
 
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<div class="square" style="float:right">[[File:Square TV Set.jpg|A League of Their Own]]</div>23 April 2014 '''They're in a League Of Their Own'''<br />[[A League of Their Own]] will air until at least 2017, according to a new deal. Hosted by James Corden, the sports-themed quiz has been one of Sky1's most consistent performers. The new contract, for three ten-episode series, will see the programme reach its eleventh series, making it one of Sky's longest-running game shows.<br/><br/>
 
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<div class="square" style="float:left">[[Image:Square Bruce Forsyth.jpg|Strictly Come Dancing]]</div>4 April 2014 '''Nice to see you...'''<br />[[Bruce Forsyth|Sir Bruce Forsyth]] is to step down as host of the main [[Strictly Come Dancing]] show after 11 series. The 86-year-old entertainer said "it was the right time to step down from the rigours". He will continue to host the show for the Children in Need and Christmas specials.<br/><br/>
 
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<div class="square" style="float:right">[[Image:The X Factor logo.jpg|75px|The X Factor]]</div>10 March 2014 '''Cheryl Cole is Back Too'''<br />Following in the footsteps of a certain Mr Cowell, Cheryl Cole has today announced via Twitter that she will be returning to the judging panel on [[The X Factor]] after a four-year break. Ms Cole was the winning mentor twice during her previous tenure, guiding Alexandra Burke and Joe McElderry to victory. The talent show's eleventh series is due to air this summer.<br/><br/>
 
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<div class="square" style="float:left">[[File:Square Simon Cowell.jpg|The X Factor]]</div>7 February 2014 '''Simon Cowell's Back'''<br />Three years after he last judged musical careers, [[Simon Cowell]] will return to [[The X Factor]] in the UK. He left us to star in the US version of the show, which wasn't such a success, and now returns to find the next Shayne Ward.<br/><br/>
 
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18 December '''Travis Penery'''<br />Everyone at UKGameshows.com is very sad to hear of the death of Travis Penery, one of our contributors and a long-standing member of the UK game show fandom scene. Travis was well-known for his in-depth knowledge of formats and selflessly shared his passion for television with fans both in the UK and around the world. Often his Christmas cards contained a small bundle of CDs containing rarities he had found from his extensive sources, including his own satellite TV system. He also wrote his own blog and contributed UK-skewing articles to the US game show site Buzzerblog. He died aged 29, following complications from a stroke. We would like to extend our sincere condolences to his friends and family.<br/><br/>
 
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<div class="square" style="float:left">[[File:Square the voice uk black white.jpg|The Voice UK]]</div>19 September '''The BBC Reveals its New Voice'''<br />After drip-feeding information for a week, the BBC has finally confirmed the full line-up for the upcoming third series of [[The Voice UK]]. Returning coaches Sir Tom Jones and will.i.am with be joined by Aussie songstress Kylie Minogue and Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson, while [[Emma Willis]] and Marvin Humes will be the new presenters. The new series will air in January, avoiding a ratings battle with [[Britain's Got Talent]].<br/><br/>
 
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<div class="square" style="float:right">[[Image:Square brendan sheerin.jpg|Coach Trip]]</div>4 September '''Coach Trip Back on the Road'''<br />Channel 4 have announced that they have commissioned a ninth series of [[Coach Trip]]. The series which sees tour guide Brendan Sheerin overseeing a couples tour of Europe, with the least popular couple voted off at the end of each day, last aired in March 2012. The new series will consist of thirty half-hour episodes, and will take in countries in southern Europe.<br/><br/>
 
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<div class="square" style="float:left">[[Image:The X Factor logo.jpg|75px|The X Factor]]</div>''The story below has been contradicated by events: we heard in March 2014 that Louis Walsh will return for the upcoming series.''<br>
 
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6 August '''Louis has The Exit Factor'''<br />Louis Walsh has revealed that the upcoming tenth series of [[The X Factor]] will be his last. The Irish music mogul has judged on all series of the programme since it first aired in 2004. During his time on the programme he has mentored several acts that have gone on to have chart success, including JLS, Shayne Ward, Union J, and [[Jedward]].<br/><br/>
 
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<div class="square" style="float:right">[[File:Square 036.jpg|Knightmare]]</div>24 July '''Life Force Replenished'''<br />There's to be a new edition of [[Knightmare]], distributed on the internet. Original producer Tim Child has returned to the one-off show, which features Jessie Cave from ''Harry Potter'' and comedian Isy Suttie. This summer will also see a stage show of ''Knightmare'' performed at the Edinburgh Festival.<br/><br/>
 
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<div class="square" style="float:left">[[File:Square_Channel_4_diner_ident.jpg|8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown]]</div>9 July '''8 Out of 10 Cats Prefer Countdown'''<br />Channel 4 have announced that [[8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown]] has been commissioned for a full series. The format, which sees the [[8 Out of 10 Cats]] regulars invade the [[Countdown]] studio, originated from the ''Channel 4 Mash-up'' evening aired in January 2012. This special, originally intended as a one-off, rated well, and led to three more specials being aired. The new series is scheduled to air this summer.<br/><br/>
 
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<div class="square" style="float:right">[[File:Square TV Set.jpg|Dancing on Ice]]</div>21 May '''Dancing on Ice Skates Off'''<br />ITV have announced that the forthcoming series of ''Dancing on Ice'', scheduled to air in January 2014, will be the last. The format, which first aired in 2006, will bow out by celebrating the 30th anniversary of Torvill & Dean's gold-medal-winning performance of ''Bolero'' at the 1984 Winter Olympics.<br/><br/>
 
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<div class="square" style="float:left">[[File:Square_big_brother_2010.jpg|Big Brother]]</div>2 April '''Brian, You Have Been Evicted'''<br />Channel 5 has announced that [[Emma Willis]], presenter of [[Big Brother]] spin-off ''Bit On The Side'', has been promoted to host of the main show, replacing two-time ''Big Brother'' winner [[Brian Dowling]] who has hosted the programme since its move to the broadcaster in 2011. Willis will take the helm for the first time when the civilian version of the programme returns for its 14th series this summer.<br/><br/>
 
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<div class="square" style="float:right">[[File:Square_Peter_Jones_%283%29.jpg|Dragon's Den]]</div>11 March '''They're In'''<br />The BBC has announced Cloud-service entrepreneur Piers Linney as the second new Dragon to join the den, following the departures of Hilary Devey and Theo Paphitis. Linney, and fellow new Dragon, designer Kelly Hoppen, will appear alongside long-standing Dragons Peter Jones, Deborah Meaden, and Duncan Bannatyne when the programme returns for its eleventh series later this year. <br/><br/>
 
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<div class="square" style="float:left">[[File:Superstars S.jpg|73px|Superstars]]</div>14 November '''More Heavy Action'''<br />The BBC's Christmas schedule will include a one-off revival of [[Superstars]], featuring sixteen medal winners from the recent Olympics. Amongst those due to compete are Mo Farah, Nicola Adams, Alistair Brownlee, and Kath Grainger. The full line-up's in [http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2012/superstars-2012.html the BBC press release]<br/><br/>
 
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<div class="square" style="float:right">[[File:Square the voice uk black white.jpg|The Voice UK]]</div>13 November '''Found Their Voice'''<br />The judging panel for the second series of [[The Voice UK]] has been confirmed, and it's very familiar. Jessie J, Sir Tom Jones, Danny O'Donaghue, and will.i.am are all going to reprise their roles when the show comes back in 2013.<br/><br/>
 
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<div class="square" style="float:left">[[File:Square_antoine_jacques.jpg|Fort Boyard]]</div>15 September '''RIP Jacques Antoine'''<br/> UKGameshows is very sad to hear of the death of the prolific French TV director and producer Jacques Antoine, aged 88. During a career that spanned over 45 years, he developed 150 formats for French radio and television. His shows were characterised by imaginative locations and the novel use of physical activity - such as 1960's ''La Tête et les Jambes'' (Head and Legs). His adventure show [[Fort Boyard]], still running in France, was developed in the UK as [[The Crystal Maze]], and his other ideas influenced [[Treasure Hunt (2)|Treasure Hunt]] and [[Interceptor]].<br/><br/>
 
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<div class="square" style="float:right">[[File:Square red or black graham.jpg|Red or Black?]]</div>8 September '''Largest Cash Prize in History Paid'''<br />Graham Fletcher, a carpenter from Reading, has won £1,500,000 on ITV's [[Red or Black?]]. It's the biggest money prize ever awarded on UK television, and he goes to the top of our [[All Time Winners List]].<br/><br/>
 
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<div class="square" style="float:left">[[File:Square richard stilgoe.jpg|Richard Stilgoe]]</div>16 June '''Heraldic Rigor Sits'''<br/> In the Queen's Birthday Honours, [[Richard Stilgoe]] was knighted. This was for his charity work, and not his services to anagrams. Mary Berry from [[The Great British Bake Off]] was appointed CBE. Those appointed OBE included [[The X Factor]]'s Gary Barlow and Armando Iannucci of [[The 99p Challenge]].<br/><br/>
 
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<div class="square" style="float:right">[[Image:Square great british bake off.jpg]]</div>28 May '''The Great British Bake Off Wins Again'''<br/>Is there no stopping Mel and Sue's grotto of gateaux? [[The Great British Bake Off]] rolled off with the Best Lifestyle programme at the Rose d'Or festival, and added another layer of success with the Best Feature at the BAFTA Television awards. A new series is being whipped up for later in the year.<br/><br/>
 
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<div class="square" style="float:left">[[File:Square total wipeout.jpg|Total Wipeout]]</div>29 March '''Totally Wipedout'''<br/>The BBC won't commission another series of [[Total Wipeout]]. The show has been making its way across the big red balls of television for four years, but now looks a bit wobbly, and will fall into the water after one final series.<br/><br/>
 
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<div class="square" style="float:right">[[Image:Square andrew lloyd webber.jpg]]</div>18 January '''Who Wants to be a Messiah?'''<br/>Andrew Lloyd Webber is taking his casting shows to ITV, and the first role to fill will be Jesus Christ. A new arena tour of the rock opera ''Jesus Christ Superstar'' is planned, and the title part will be cast by the great British public. More: [http://www.itv.com/presscentre/pressreleases/programmepressreleases/superstar/default.html ITV press release]<br/><br/>
 
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<div class="square" style="float:left">[[File:Square bob holness.jpg|Blockbusters]]</div>6 January '''End of the Run for Bob'''<br/>Game show legend [[Bob Holness]] has died peacefully this morning. He had been suffering from heart conditions for several years. The South African-born actor and radio presenter hosted the long-running student quiz [[Blockbusters]] and a modern incarnation of [[Call My Bluff]].<br/><br/>
 
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<div class="square" style="float:right">[[Image:Square alesha dixon.jpg|Strictly Come Dancing]]</div>2 January '''Alesha Dixon leaves Strictly'''<br/>It has been announced that [[Alesha Dixon]] will not return to the judging panel for the tenth series of [[Strictly Come Dancing]], which is due to air later this year. Dixon has been a judge on the programme since 2009, when she controversially replaced original judge [[Arlene Phillips]]. Instead, Dixon will judge on [[Britain's Got Talent]], alongside [[Simon Cowell]], Amanda Holden, and newcomer [[David Walliams]].<br/><br/>
 
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<div class="square" style="float:left">[[File:Square big brother 2010.jpg|Big Brother]]</div>31 December '''That's ''Sir'' Big Brother to you'''<br/>The New Year's Honours list has recognised people associated with game shows. Former [[:Category:Endemol Productions|Endemol]] Creative Director Peter Bazalgette, the overseer of shows including [[Big Brother]] and [[Ready Steady Cook]], is appointed a Knight. There's a CBE for [[Ronnie Corbett]] for his services to broadcasting, [[Lorraine Kelly]] is appointed OBE for her charity work, and [[Stuart Hall]] is honoured for both of these reasons.<br/><br/>
 
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<div class="square" style="float:right">[[File:Square Eggheads.jpg|Eggheads]]</div>1 December '''Eggheads crack'''<br/>C J de Mooi, the curly-haired one, has announced he's leaving [[Eggheads]]. In a brief statement, he said "I'm acting full time now and that's what I want to pursue."<br/><br/>
 
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<div class="square" style="float:left">[[File:Square Nick Hewer.jpg|Countdown]]</div>16 November '''Countdown to Nick Hewer: You're Hired'''<br/>One of Alan Sugar's henchmen from [[The Apprentice]] will be the new host of [[Countdown]]. Nick Hewer will host the parlour game from the start of 2012, and said in a Channel 4 press release, "It's particularly fitting that I should be doing this now as my spelling has started to slip quite badly. I used to be able spell chrysanthemum."<br/><br/>
 
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<div class="square" style="float:right">[[File:Square BBC.jpg|Shooting Stars]]</div>15 November '''Uvavu! Shooting Stars axed'''<br/>The BBC has confirmed that is has cancelled long-running comedy panel show [[Shooting Stars]]. Hosted by Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer, the programme first appeared on TV screens in 1993, and despite two hiatuses in the time since, has racked up over 70 episodes of anarchic fun.<br/><br/>
 
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<div class="square" style="float:left">[[File:Square 013.jpg|Weakest Link]]</div>22 April '''Goodbye... and this time, she means it'''<br/>[[Anne Robinson]] is quitting [[Weakest Link]] and will not be replaced, bringing the show to an end next spring. Robinson is stepping down to devote more time to writing. She will continue with her other programmes including ''Watchdog''.<br/><br/>
 
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<div class="square" style="float:right">[[File:Square_big_brother_2010.jpg|Big Brother]]</div>5 April '''Big Brother is getting back to you'''<br/>Channel 5 have signed a £200m, two-year deal with rights holder Endemol which will see the reality show, and its celebrity spin-off, return to UK screens from August 2011.<br/><br/>
 
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<div class="square" style="float:left">[[File:Square stephen fry.jpg|QI]]</div>3 March '''QI goes home'''<br/>It has been announced that [[QI]] will be returning to its original home of BBC Two for the next series. Producer John Lloyd said, "QI did very well in the ratings on BBC One but we thought we ought to give Coronation Street a fighting chance."<br/><br/>
 
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<div class="square" style="float:right">[[File:Square RTS logo.jpg|Award Winners]]</div>1 March '''RTS awards'''<br/>The nominations for this year's Royal Television Society Awards are in. The major game show category is "Best Entertainment", with [[The X Factor]], [[The Million Pound Drop Live]] and [[The Cube]] battling it out. Also up for awards are [[Deal or No Deal]] (Daytime and Early Peak), [[The Great British Bake Off]] (Lifestyle and Features) and inevitably Ant & Dec (Best Entertainment Performance).<br/><br/>
 
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<div class="square" style="float:left">[[File:Square radio4extra.jpg|The News Quiz]]</div>1 March '''Have I Got A Bit Extra News Quiz For You'''<br/>Following the success of extended versions of TV shows such as [[Have I Got News for You]], [[QI]] and [[The Apprentice|The Apprentice: You're Fired!]], the concept is to be transferred to radio for the first time, with Radio 4's [[The News Quiz]] getting an hour-long repeat on soon-to-be sister station Radio 4 Extra (currently Radio 7). <br/><br/>
 
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<div class="square" style="float:left">[[File:Square monkey.jpg|Noel Edmonds]]</div>15 February '''Beat the Monkey to make Noel Feel Good?'''<br/>[[Noel Edmonds]] has set up a new company, Feel Good Television, and is currently touting a number of potential formats. Feel Good will concentrate on exploiting format rights and will contract production out to other companies. Among the formats being shopped around are valuation game ''Bank It or Bin It'', which recently filmed a pilot, and the headline-grabbing ''Beat the Monkey'', in which questions will be selected by a monkey in recorded inserts. <br/><br/>
 
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<div class="square" style="float:right">[[File:Square scorpion island.jpg|Escape From Scorprion Island]]</div>13 February '''CBBC cleans up at KidScreen Awards'''<br/>[[Escape from Scorpion Island]] has been honoured as Best Non-Animated or Mixed Series at the inaugural KidScreen Awards. It was one of five trophies picked up by CBBC at the awards, which aim to recognise engaging and entertaining children's TV from around the world.<br/><br/>
 
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<div class="square" style="float:left">[[Image:Square sun sea bargain spotting.jpg|Sun, Sea and Bargain Spotting]]</div>30 November '''BBC Trust rules against Reef'''<br/>The BBC Trust has published the findings of its investigation into allegations of fakery against [[Sun, Sea and Bargain Spotting]]. It found that Reef Television were in breach of BBC guidelines in allowing production staff to pose as members of the public, allowing staff to purchase items off-screen, and restaging events without the original participants. The Trust identified incidents across all five broadcast series of the show. Similar breaches were also found in other Reef productions, ''Trash to Cash'' and [[Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is]]. In some incidents, the outcome of the programme was affected. The affected programmes will not be repeated, however following the investigation, the BBC Executive has announced that it "is now satisfied that the company has compliance procedures and training of an appropriate standard" and the company's supension has been lifted.<br/><br/>
 
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<div class="square" style="float:right">[[Image:Square pat gibson.jpg|Eggheads]]</div> 23 November '''Yes, he is an Egghead'''<br/>Pat Gibson is the new [[Eggheads|Egghead]]. Gibson, a former [[Brain of Britain]], [[Mastermind]] champion, jackpot winner on [[Who Wants to be a Millionaire]] and 2007 IQA World Quiz champion, beat fellow ''Millionaire'' and ''Mastermind'' winner David Edwards to become the seventh member of "arguably Britain's most formidable quiz team".<br/><br/>
 
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<div class="square" style="float:left">[[Image:Square max robertson.jpg|Going for a Song]]</div> 20 November '''Max Robertson'''<br/>The death has been announced of Max Robertson at the age of 94. Robertson hosted the popular antiques panel game [[Going for a Song]] for twelve years, 1965-77. He was also a commentator, associated particularly with tennis, and retired in 1986. <br/><br/>
 
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<div class="square" style="float:right">[[Image:Square Argumental sergeant.jpg|Argumental]]</div>10 November '''Auntie gets Argumental'''<br/>BBC Two is to trial the Dave-commisioned comedy debating show [[Argumental]]. It is the first time the BBC has picked up an entertainment show from the UKTV network. <br/><br/>
 
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<div class="square" style="float:left">[[Image:Square Alan Sugar.jpg|The Apprentice]]</div>10 November '''Apprentice put back to summer'''<br/>The BBC has confirmed that the 2010 series of [[The Apprentice]] will be moved from its usual March starting date to the summer. The move was recommended by the BBC Trust in July, due to concerns that Alan Sugar's position as a government advisor could cause a breach of impartiality rules if the series, currently filming, were aired during a general election campaign. The ''Junior Apprentice'' spin-off will also be delayed.<br/><br/>
 
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<div class="square" style="float:right">[[Image:Square jack dee.jpg|Jack Dee]]</div>16 October '''Dee to host ISIHAC'''<br/>[[Jack Dee]] is to be the sole host for the next series of [[I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue]]. His appointment is for the next series only, and no decision has been made on a permanent host. Dee was one of three rotating hosts on the previous series, the first made since the death of long-serving chairman [[Humphrey Lyttelton]].<br/><br/>
 
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<div class="square" style="float:left">[[Image:Square ian wallace.jpg|My Music]]</div>14 October '''Ian Wallace'''<br/>[[My Music]] panellist Ian Wallace has died at the age of 90 after a long illness. Wallace partnered [[Denis Norden]] on the panel game from 1967 to 1993, never missing a single episode. Wallace was also a bass baritone singer, best known for his performance of Flanders and Swann's ''The Hippotamus Song''.<br/><br/>
 
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<div class="square" style="float:right">[[Image:Square mock the week.jpg|Mock the Week]]</div>2 October '''Frankie Boyle quits MTW'''<br/>[[Mock the Week]] has been commissioned for a further two series, but Frankie Boyle will not be taking part. Boyle has been a regular on the show since the first series in 2005, when he was still considered an unknown. He has left to pursue other TV projects.<br/><br/>
 
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<div class="square" style="float:left">[[Image:Square five 2009.jpg|Name That Tune]]</div>1 October '''I'll name that tune on five'''<br/>Five has announced that it is to revive the classic format [[Name That Tune]] next year. The show will be made by Ant and Dec's production company Gallowgate but they will not host it. Five previously revived the show in 1998, in a short-lived version hosted by [[Jools Holland]].<br/><br/>
 
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<div class="square" style="float:right">[[Image:Square wizard of oz 1939.jpg|Andrew Lloyd Webber]]</div>11 September '''Spoiler: He's not a real wizard'''<br/>The BBC has confirmed that next year's planned casting show for ''The Wizard of Oz'' will go ahead. [[Andrew Lloyd Webber]] had been in talks to move to ITV.<br/><br/>
 
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<div class="square" style="float:left">[[Image:Square ant dec tvquick.jpg|Saturday Night Takeaway]]</div>8 September '''More prizes for Ant and Dec'''<br/>[[Ant McPartlin|Ant]] and [[Declan Donnelly|Dec]] were the big winners at last night's TV Quick & TV Choice Awards, picking up an Outstanding Contribution award as well as trophies for Best Entertainment Show ([[Saturday Night Takeaway]]) and Best Talent Show ([[Britain's Got Talent]]). Other game show winners were [[The Apprentice]] for Best Reality Show, and [[Deal or No Deal]] for Best Gameshow.<br/><br/>
 
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<div class="square" style="float:right">[[Image:Square Karren Brady.jpg|The Apprentice]]</div>30 August '''Brady takes on Apprentice role'''<br/>The managing director of Birmingham City FC, Karren Brady, has been confirmed as Margaret Mountford's replacement on [[The Apprentice]]. Brady has appeared as an interviewer in two previous series and as a contestant on the ''Comic Relief'' celebrity version of the show.<br/><br/>
 
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<div class="square" style="float:left">[[Image:Square Big Brother.jpg|Big Brother]]</div>26 August '''Big Brother axed'''<br/>C4 has confirmed that next year's [[Big Brother]] series will be the last. The channel's Director of Programmes, Kevin Lygo, said that the show was still profitable but that it "has reached a natural end point on Channel 4 and it’s time to move on." The station is planning to spend the money saved on commissioning more original drama.<br/><br/>
 
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<div class="square" style="float:right">[[Image:Square martina hingis.jpg|Strictly Come Dancing]]</div>25 August '''BBC holds press conference'''<br/>The celebrity line-up for this year's series of Strictly Come Dancing was announced at a press conference in London this morning. The full list, which includes former tennis star Martina Hingis (pictured) is now up on the [[Strictly Come Dancing#Participants|Strictly Come Dancing]] show page.<br/><br/>
 
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<div class="square" style="float:left">[[Image:Square_masterchef_spiral.jpg|Masterchef Goes Large]]</div>24 August '''Junior Masterchef'''<br/>CBBC has commissioned a full series of ''Junior Masterchef'' following a one-off competition for last year's ''Children in Need'' night. The show joins the regular, celebrity and professional versions of [[Masterchef Goes Large|Masterchef]], all of which have already been commissioned through 2011.
 
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18 August '''X Factor splits over weekend'''<br/>[[The X Factor]] is to move its results shows to Sunday nights for the forthcoming series. Unlike [[Strictly Come Dancing]]'s recently-abandoned Sunday night show, The X Factor's results show will be live.
 
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18 August '''Coach Trip keeps travelling'''<br/>12 Yard's recently-revived [[Coach Trip]] has been recommissioned for a longer, 50-episode run in 2010. The show returned to Channel 4 daytime earlier this year after a 3-year break.
 
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Release the Hounds Christmas special: ITV2, 18 December
World's Strongest Man 2014: Channel 5, 20 December
Celebrity Squares Christmas special: ITV, 20 December
University Challenge at Christmas: BBC2, 20 December
Celebrity Mastermind: BBC1, 21 December
Brain of Britain Brain of Brains: Radio 4, 22 December
Britain Versus the World: BBC Radio 4 Extra, 22 December
A Question of Sport Christmas special: BBC1, 22 December
Would I Lie to You? Christmas special: BBC1, 22 December
Fifteen-to-One Christmas special: Channel 4, 23 December
Mock the Week Christmas special: BBC2, 23 December
A League of Their Own Christmas special: Sky1, 24 December
Fighting Talk Christmas special: Radio 5, 25 December
Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special: BBC1, 25 December
The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2014: Channel 4, 26 December
Through the Keyhole Christmas special: ITV, 26 December
Win Your Wish List: BBC1, 27 December
Brain of Britain 2015: Radio 4, 29 December
The Unbelievable Truth series 14: BBC Radio 4, 29 December
8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown Christmas special: Channel 4, 29 December
Mock the Week New Year special: BBC2, 31 December
Room 101 series 4: BBC1, 2 January
Celebrity Big Brother series 15: Channel 5, 7 January

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The Apprentice
18 December 2014 Nick, You're Fired!
Nick Hewer has described his decision as a "relief tinged with regret" to not be Lord Sugar's aide for future series of The Apprentice. The 70-year-old PR expert explained in his statement that "I've been pondering my departure from The Apprentice for a while and have decided that year 10 is the appropriate time." He will still be hosting Countdown.

The Voice UK
23 September 2014 Rita Ora finds her Voice
The BBC have announced that Rita Ora will join the judging panel on The Voice UK when it returns for its fourth series early next year. The singer, who will replace Kylie Minogue, guest judged on The X Factor in 2012, and will appear alongside returning coaches will.i.am, Sir Tom Jones, and Ricky Wilson.

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17 September 2014 Rising Star Falls
ITV has cancelled forthcoming singing contest Rising Star. The series, which was to have replaced Dancing on Ice early next year, sees viewers voting via an app as contestants perform, with only those securing 70% or more positive votes progressing to the next stage. The programme was a success in its native Israel, but has under-performed in both the United States and Germany, prompting ITV's decision to cancel it.

Deal or No Deal
8 September 2014 Deal for a Decade
Channel 4 has renewed Deal or No Deal until the end of 2015. The agreement makes sure that Noel and his red box club will mark their tenth birthday at the end of October next year. We've also heard about changes to the game, including a way for the studio player to demand an offer from The Banker.

Never Mind the Buzzcocks
9 July 2014 New Rock Follies
Welsh stand-up comic Rhod Gilbert has been confirmed as the new permanent host of the music comedy panel game Never Mind the Buzzcocks. Guest presenters have filled the chair for 4 years, since Simon Amstell stepped down as the resident ringmaster in 2008.

The X Factor
11 June 2014 Zig-a-zig-ah! Mel B joins The X Factor
Mel B has been announced as the fourth and final judge on this year's series of The X Factor. The former Spice Girl was previously a guest judge on the 2012 series, and has also judged on the Australian version of the programme, and on America's Got Talent. She will join Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole who are returning to the panel, as well as long-standing judge Louis Walsh, who, contrary to earlier reports, has not left the programme. The new series will begin airing in the summer.

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