The show will embark on a ‘Farewell Tour’ around the country before leaving TV screens for good.
Channel 4 game show ‘Deal or No Deal’ has been axed after 11 years and over 3,000 episodes. Presented by Noel Edmonds the show was hugely popular in its early years and at one time attracted more than 4 million viewers. However ratings have fallen steadily in recent years, with it now attracting an audience of just around 300,000.
‘Deal or No Deal’ host Noel Edmonds
A TV insider told The Mirror: “'Deal Or No Deal' doesn’t get the ratings it used to and it is not a cheap daytime show to make. Noel and ‘Deal’ had a great run but bosses have just decided it is the right time to end the series.”
Continue reading: Noel Edmonds' 'Deal Or No Deal' To End On Channel 4 After 11 Years
The Siddiqui family were visited by police after a relative made a joking reference to ISIS in a Facebook post.
The Siddiqui family from Channel 4’s Gogglebox have apologised, after a relative made a joke about ISIS on Facebook which resulted in a police investigation. Baasit Siddiqui said he was sorry for any offence the joke may have caused, saying it was intended to be light hearted.
The Siddiqui family
Baasit’s brother Raza Siddiqui had uploaded a photo of the three dressed in camouflage during a paint balling game to Facebook with the caption, “Isis training day, look how happy we look!” While friends of the family then also made jokes in the comments, one user reported the image to police.
Continue reading: Gogglebox Family Apologises Over "Misjudged" ISIS Joke
O2 customer will get priority to new Channel 4 content.
As part of a new brand partnership, O2 Priority customers will get access to new Channel 4 shows before they’re shown on TV – that includes Peep Show, Fresh Meat and the hit reality show Made in Chelsea. As part of the new deal, the O2 logo will also be plastered onto All 4 content (All 4 replaces 4oD).
Gogglebox has been a big hit for Channel 4
David Amodio, Channel 4’s Digital and Creative Lead said, “This collaboration with O2 is the most exciting digital partnership in Channel 4’s history.”
Continue reading: O2 Customers Get Priority On 'All 4' Shows, Including Peep Show
Cathy Newman is taking a break from Twitter after receiving a string of abusive messages.
The Channel 4 journalist Cathy Newman says she is taking a break from Twitter after apologizing for causing "a great deal of offense" after seemingly erroneously claiming she was ushered out of a south London mosque.
Cathy Newman has apologized for causing "a great deal of offense"
Newman sparked controversy after tweeting that she was "ushered out of" the South London Islamic Centre in Streatham after trying to visit during Visit My Mosque day. However, CCTV footage obtained by the Huffington Post appeared to confirm that Newman left of her will.
Continue reading: Channel 4's Cathy Newman Quits Twitter After Mosque Incident
David Abraham didn't hold back in his MacTaggart speech.
Sky has hit back at Channel 4's chief executive David Abraham over what the company perceives to be "glaring inconsistency" in his views on retransmission fees. In his speech at the Edinburgh International Television Festival, Abraham accused Sky of being "dishonest" and said the firm should pay to transmit the five terrestrial channels - for fees that would reach £200 million a year.
Steph and Dom on Gogglebox. The production company behind the show was recently told to the US
Abraham said on Friday: "The argument that has been played out that we are looking for subsidy and regulatory defence, is a dishonest one. The fact is the current regime is a piece of government intervention which benefits the pay platforms, it allows pay-TV platforms to take free-to-air channels for free.
Channel 4 has scored a potentially important deal with Xbox for 'Humans'.
Channel 4 has struck a deal with Microsoft's Xbox to remake the Swedish sci-fi drama Real Humans, marking the first time a games console maker has partnered with a UK broadcaster to fund a major series.
The deal will see Channel 4 air the drama exclusively in the UK in 2015 at the time as Microsoft makes the show available to Xbox owners in North America.
Continue reading: Channel 4 Strikes (Potentially) Important Xbox Deal For 'Real Humans'
Can Mammon follow where The Killing, Borgen and The Bridge led?
With The Killing, Borgen and The Bridge, British television’s been looking and sounding a little Scandinavian as of late, this seems unlikely to change as our new TV obsession could be Mammon. This Nordic six part drama could be the next big Scandinavian export that we just can't do without.
Can 'Mammon' Match The Killing?
Mammon follows journalist Peter Veras who's trying to investigate a high up financial scandal, that might just end up being very close to home. Its all done in classic Norwegian noir style, which means it’s dark and very, very complicated. Also before you try to look it up, ‘mammon’ means greed, particularly with money, but its not a Norwegian word, it actually comes from the New Testmanet, so there. The worlds of journalism, finance and politics will all be delved into as a typically tricky plot is woven over the course of six episodes. If you enjoyed the crime drama of its Scandinavian predecessors this one just be right up your street, if you didn't you might just be even more baffled at the Scandi TV invasion. It is worth bearing in mind though, this one is Norwegian and they haven’t had much luck on the original drama front before. Mammon might just change their fortunes though, as the word is that it's already been recommissioned for a second season, meaning expectations are high, especially abroad.
Continue reading: Is 'Mammon' The New The Killing, Borgen Or The Bridge?
As Channel 4 decides to renew their controversial show, Benefits Street, we take a look at the series so far and question whether a second series is a good idea.
Channel 4’s hit show, Benefits Street, has certainly ruffled a few feathers since it first aired on 6th January, 2014. Undeterred by the controversy, which has included a change.org petition to ban the show signed by almost 60,000 people, Channel 4 has announced plans to commission a second series. However, Love Productions, the production company behind the program, have appealed for a new location and the second series of Benefits Street won’t be taking place in Birmingham.
Channel 4's Benefits Street set to return for Series 2
The first series, which followed the residents of the apparently notorious James Turner Street in Birmingham, has come under fire for its black and white presentation of those living on benefits. Among the inhabitants of the street who have been portrayed in the show are a pair of young, unemployed parents, a drug addict and an alcoholic. Channel 4’s narrowly focused presentation of those receiving benefits has caused an outcry that this is an inaccurate depiction of what life on benefits is really like for the majority of people who receive them.
Those who have appeared on the show have been labelled lazy, and have since become victims of bullying and death threats. While the program purports to comment and raise issues regarding the welfare system focalised by those currently affected, critics have argued that instead those who have appeared have been been demonised for the viewing consumption of the general public and to the delight of the right wing.
Continue reading: Should 'Benefits Street' Be Renewed For Second Series?
Despite some compelling themes, Babylon seems to have missed its mark.
Danny Boyles name is enough to get people up and interested in a new project, so when his new TV series, Babylon – on Channel 4 – was announced, attention was fixed firmly on the police comedy-drama. But has he managed to make the grade with the critics?
The show centres on the concept of spin within the police force as one of the UK’s most controversial institutions tries to cover up – or at least spin – some pretty bad press. Bringing in Instagram’s PR maestro is the Metropolitan Police’s way of changing their public façade.
Continue reading: Babylon Hits Channel 4 - Has The Danny Boyle Comedy/Drama Impressed?
Lib Dem leader received the invitation live on air...
Nick Clegg had an interesting caller when he appeared on his weekly LBC radio phone-in show today (Jan 22). The Liberal Democrat leader and Deputy Prime Minister received a call from none other than ‘White Dee’ one of the most prominent stars of Channel 4’s Benefits Street.
White Dee is everyone's mum on James Turner Street
Deidre Kelly, who is better known to viewers under the pseudonym ‘White Dee’ - due to the ‘Black Dee’s' presence on the street - told the Deputy PM that she had been a Liberal Democrat voter but had switched to Labour since the coalition. She offered Clegg the chance to reclaim her vote, telling him, “you can attempt to win me back.” (BBC)
Continue reading: Benefits Street’s 'White Dee' Invites Nick Clegg Round For Tea
Laila Rouass, Channel 4 and Sony Friday 17th September 2010 Laila Rouass, presenter of the Channel 4 Book Club, launches the new Reader Touch and Pocket electronic book readers from Sony London, England