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Oct 09, 2014

The most legendary week in television is almost upon us

It is a golden week in TellyV history this week with premieres each and every night of the live-long week starting on Sunday with series 4 of Homeland, the first one since old ginger nuts got bumped off (assuming he did get bumped off; we've never actually seen it). The reviews of the new series are in and they are stellar. But that's just the start of it.

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Oct 03, 2014

Fancy being on telly? And it’s Channel 4, so not any old shit!

Fame is good for the soul. Ask anyone. So, basically, if you fancy a taste of the limest of light, kinda like food and are available for filming late October/early November, this might be for you. Or even you!

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Oct 03, 2014

Lindsay Lohan in ‘not too terrible’ shock!

Let's face it, you were hoping for a car crash. A glorious foul-up. Maybe even a no-show. Sorry to disappoint you, but Lindsay Lohan of Mean Girls and The Parent Trap and rehab and jail made her debut on the West End stage in David Mamet's slightly annoying Speed the Plow at The Playhouse Theatre and was... not too bad. Good even. There was even evidence of charisma.

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Oct 03, 2014

Quaglino’s? What, again?

You remember Quaglino's, right? Just? Leaving charity dos with everything that wasn't screwed down, hob-nobbing with Princess Diana before the crazy years, tutting as supermodels hogged ALL the loos but then they really were super back then... anyway, anygay... Quaglino's is back, back, back! and it might just take some of the pressure off CFH for which Princess Beatrice is heaving a sigh of relief.

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Oct 02, 2014

Clare Balding, Heather Small, charity and - most importantly - gays with drinks!

It's that time of the year again, people. The time you dig deep, dress up as high as you can and get yourself down to London's quite literally glittering Cafe de Paris for Carnival, in aid of Diversity Role Models. It's on Wednesday 29th October and is set to be fun of the highest order. 

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Oct 02, 2014

If you are a fan of trash TV, prepare to hand your notice in right now…

Lovers of TOWIE or The Real Housewives franchise or anything where you can watch people with more money than sense or taste make monkeys of themselves are going to be well made up at the launch of itvBE, an entire channel devoted to reality shows, which, as we were saying to Lydia Bright in Ibiza just last week, doesn't have much to do with anyone's real, you know, reality...

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Oct 02, 2014

An unshaven Tom Hardy in a furry collar. What more could you ask from a major film festival?

It is upon us, film freaks. The annual London Film Festival, which happens, ooh, almost every year. And what a Jamboree Bag of sticky and sweet delights it doth offer up this year, starting with Benedict Cumberbatch as gay code-breaker Alan Turing alongside Keira Knightley in opening gala The Imitation Game and not letting up until Bradley Pitt's Fury, which is the closing gala. Listen, you can't have it all.

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Sep 12, 2014

We have read a book! A whole one! Without moving our lips!

It may have just got a royal kicking in The Guardian of all places, but we would like to stand up for Ian McEwan's new book, The Children Act, which, in a break from tradition, we have actually read. It's good. And our decision is final.

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