Britain's Got Talent
The nation’s favourite talent show, Britain’s Got Talent, has 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 – will be back taking their seat on the judging panel in the search for the most exciting talent around.
They will be joined by the nation’s favourite TV duo Ant and Dec – along with their OBEs – who will be 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.
Over the past few months the dream team have travelled the length and breadth of the country looking for that winning act who can not only capture the heart and imagination of the Great British public but who is also fit to perform for a Royal. After a magical series in 2016, this year’s viewers will be exhilarated and amused in equal measure as a host of variety acts take to the stage.
Acts you can expect to see this series include; a love guru, a ten-foot robot and a pair of Simon Cowells. There are also three record-breaking acts, BGT’s youngest ever magician and a dance crew like you’ve never seen before…
All four judges and Ant & Dec will also 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. As each judge has their own particular tastes in what makes great entertainment, the Golden Buzzers are certain to throw up interesting choices and perhaps even disagreements amongst the panel!
With thousands of people applying, viewers can expect to be amazed by the remarkable line-up of acts competing to be crowned this year’s winner and in doing so, secure an incredible £250,000 and the opportunity to perform at the Royal Variety Performance 2017. The past decade has seen BGT 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. This year’s series is sure to provide even more must-see moments.
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 has returned for a new series on ITV2 with presenter Stephen Mulhern back for his 11th year… and no, he can’t believe it either!
Stephen is back to his usual tricks, getting to know the contestants and introducing a whole host of hilarious unseen acts who all get the pleasure of meeting the star of stage and screen… whether they like it or not!
As ever it will be the acts that make this series of Britain’s Got More Talent such addictive viewing. Stephen will be coming 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!
Ant and Dec will be 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 come face to face with a tattoo of themselves… on a mans behind!
Amanda Holden also returns to answer ‘the one viewer’s’ everyday dilemmas in Handy Mandy as she aims to solve some of life’s biggest problems… but Handy Mandy never quite offers up the solutions you’d expect.
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, and playing games with them that no one else could!
For the first time, our reveal show goes LIVE! where we will be meeting the newly crowned LIVE semifinalists LIVE in the studio – where anything can and will happen!
In the week of live semi-finals, Britain’s Got More Talent will be there straight after the main show LIVE! Ready to get the lowdown from the acts and all the first reactions from the judges, LIVE! Viewers can call in and speak to the panel and there will be all the usual chaos, celebrity guests, games, fun and more.
If that wasn’t enough, in another first for the show, 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.
Take Me Out
The Saturday night party everyone is invited to is back on ITV. Take Me Out series 9 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
Sunday nights on ITV2 belong to Mark and Laura as Take Me Out: The Gossip has moved to a brand new slot.
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.