Britain's Got Talent
The nation’s favourite talent show, Britain’s Got Talent, returned to our screens for a fun-filled 11th series packed with action and variety.
With laughter, tears and bromances along the way the show’s four formidable judges – Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams – were back on the judging panel in the search for the most exciting talent around.
As always, the nation’s favourite TV duo Ant and Dec – along with their OBEs – were on hand to congratulate and commiserate the acts whilst guiding the audiences through the audition stages before taking on hosting duties for the exciting week of live semi-finals and, of course, the grand finale.
This series saw a host of variety acts take to the stage from a knife-throwing dancing couple, to a ten-foot singing robot and a hula-hooping granddad. There were also three record-breaking acts, Britain’s Got Talent’s youngest ever magician and a group of dancing pets…
As is BRITAIN’S GOT TALENT tradition, all four judges and Ant & Dec have the opportunity to give the act they think has that extra special something an automatic place in the live semi-finals with the use of the special Golden Buzzer. The acts that made the judges reach for that golden buzzer in 2017 were 15 year-old singer Sarah Ikumu (Simon), comedian and comedy writer Daliso Chaponda (Amanda), dancing best friends Mersey Girls (Alesha), comedy magician Matt Edwards (Ant & Dec) and 15 year-old singer Kyle Tomlinson (David).
The dream team travelled the length and breadth of the country looking for that winning act who could not only capture the heart and imagination of the Great British public but who is also fit to perform for the Royal Family. For the first time ever, the judges had no say in who went through to the live final, as the top two acts each night were decided entirely by the public.
After thousands applied, hundreds auditioned, 40 acts competed in the semi-finals and 11 made it through to the final, for that last chance at winning this year’s crown, the public chose 32 year-old pianist and musician Tokio Myers as their Britain’s Got Talent 2017 winner. Tokio captivated the nation with this raw talent and unique performances combining classical music with pop songs.
As the 11th winner of Britain’s Got Talent, Tokio won an incredible £250,000 prize, a spot to perform at the Royal Variety Performance 2017 and he has now joined the BRITAIN’S GOT TALENT hall of fame! The past decade has seen Britain’s Got Talent deliver fantastic winners from Paul Potts to Diversity; Ashleigh & Pudsey to Lance Corporal Richard Jones. And it’s not only the winners who have produced some of our most memorable TV moments; there was superstar singer Susan Boyle, comedian Jack Carroll, magician Darcy Oake and of course, the dog that hypnotised Simon – to name just a few.
The X Factor
The X Factor is television’s biggest search for a music star, returning in 2017 for it’s 14th series.
Expect knock-out vocals, big personalities and stand-out stage presence as the auditionees sing for the show’s judges, and the audience at home, in hope of securing a life-changing record contract.
The hit show has uncovered some outstanding talent across the years. To date, One Direction have sold more than 70 million records worldwide, Olly Murs released four multi-platinum albums with his fifth 24 Hours being recently certified platinum, while Little Mix’s fourth album Glory Days is now the longest reigning No.1 in the UK since the Spice Girls’ debut album Spice.
In 2016, three of the four British lead acts to chart at No.1 in the UK singles chart were discovered by The X Factor – Zayn, James Arthur and Little Mix. Last year’s winner Matt Terry is currently working on his debut album, after his charity winner’s single When Christmas Come Around debuted at No. 3 in the Official UK Charts.
Britain's Got More Talent
Britain’s Got More Talent returned for a new series on ITV2 with presenter Stephen Mulhern back for his 11th year… and no, he can’t believe it either!
Star of stage and screen, Stephen was back to his usual tricks, getting to know the contestants and introducing a whole host of hilarious unseen auditions. Ant and Dec were also back playing game shows from the past and present day, including Mastermind where their specialist subjects are each other, and Tell the Truth, where they came face to face with a tattoo of themselves… on a mans behind!
Amanda Holden made a triumphant return for Handy Mandy, where she answers ‘the one viewer’s’ everyday dilemmas and aims to solve some of life’s biggest problems… but the solutions are never what you’d expect.
However, it is the acts that make Britain’s Got More Talent such addictive viewing as Stephen comes face-to-face with the unusual, the incredible and the downright outrageous. He sets up a range of challenges with acts, meets the world’s worst impressionist, paints an old lady’s toes with a sharpie and comes face to face with a magician… called Stephen Mulhern!
As ever, Stephen continues to get the very best access to the judges, finding out more about them, and more importantly what the judges think of each other, asking them all the questions that no one else would dare to, playing games with them that no one else could and introducing Simon Cowell to faceswap!
For the first time ever, Britain’s Got More Talent went LIVE! From the reveal show, where Stephen met the newly crowned semi-finalists LIVE in the studio.
In another first for the show this series, Britain’s Got More Talent has a brand new home on ITV where it will be repeated every Saturday afternoon. And if that extra airtime isn’t enough to win this show an award, then, well… things will be the same as they have been for the last ten series.
During the week of live semi-finals, Britain’s Got More Talent was there straight after the main show LIVE! Ready to get the lowdown from the acts and all the first reactions from the judges including phone calls from viewers and all the usual chaos, celebrity guests, games, fun and more.
Take Me Out
The Saturday night party everyone is invited to has recently completed it’s ninth season on ITV. Take Me Out puts a spring in every singleton’s step, serving up more of the potential love matches and surprises that viewers have come to love.
With SIX engagements, SEVEN weddings and THREE tiny tots, Master Matchmaker Paddy has been busy lining up a selection of single lads to brave the legendary ‘Love Lift’ for the brand new ‘Flirty Thirty’ ladies, who are ready and waiting to leave their lights on for love.
To apply for Take Me Out single girls and boys should go to the ITV website at www.itv.com/takemeout
Take Me Out: The Gossip
Hosted by Mark Wright and Laura Jackson Take Me Out: The Gossip on ITV2 provides all the lowdown on the nights out.
Installed in sunny Villa Fernandos, Mark and Laura are on hand to witness all the budding romances, drama, tears and tantrums. They even hit the town (and DJ decks!) with the couples, bringing viewers a taste of what really goes down during the nights out in Fernando’s plus plenty of news and updates from the couples’ reunions.
All Star Family Fortunes
The classic game show Family Fortunes, made its first outing on ITV in 1979 – 2000, then returned as All Star Family Fortunes in 2006 with Vernon Kay as host.
The series sees two celebrities and their families go head-to-head in a bid to win £30,000 for the charity of their choice. Over the years, those taking part in the series have raised well-over £1 million for charity.
Celebrities who have taken part include: Tom Fletcher, Jermaine Defoe, Penny Lancaster, Michael Owen, Nicola Adams, Peter Andre, Michelle Keegan, Sophie Ellis-Bextor.
The iconic game show Blankety Blank returned to ITV for a one off Christmas special hosted by David Walliams.
Previously hosted by series regulars Terry Wogan, Les Dawson and Lily Savage, the aim of the game is for two contestants to compete head to head to match the answers of six celebrity panellists on fill in the blank statements.
The winner goes through to the much-loved Supermatch game. Expect plenty of fun and surprises as the contestants and celebrities attempt to fill in the blank or blanks.