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'First Dates' Top 10 Most Awkward Moments


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'First Dates' made its debut Stateside earlier this week, when the Ellen DeGeneres executive-produced American version of the show brought some of the most awkward and heartwarming dates to viewers. In the UK however, we've enjoyed seven regular series' (and one celebrity!) of the show. But what have been some of the best moments? Here are our Top 10...

Ellen DeGeneres serves as executive producer on 'First Dates US'Ellen DeGeneres serves as executive producer on 'First Dates US'

1) When sensitive Arnie found his date Miki both 'scary' and 'mean'

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'Eden' Reality Show Contestants Spend A Year In The Wilderness - But Nobody Was Watching


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After a year living in the remote highlands of Scotland, the remaining cast members of experimental Channel 4 reality show ‘Eden’ have returned to civilisation – only to realise that nobody had been watching!

This time last year, 23 contestants were placed in the wilderness of Scotland and essentially left to fend for themselves in what was verging on a sociology experiment, to see what kind of society would be created, with the results being shown in monthly episodes.

However, fractious infighting occurred and discipline broke down, with some contestants being smuggled junk food and alcohol by relatives and a total of 13 people quitting the show over 12 months.

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O2 Customers Get Priority On 'All 4' Shows, Including Peep Show


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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).

GoggleboxGogglebox 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.”

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Channel 4's Cathy Newman Quits Twitter After Mosque Incident


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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 NewmanCathy 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.

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Sky Hits Out At David Abraham's "Glaring Inconsistency" Over Terrestrial Channels


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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.

GoggleboxSteph 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.

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Channel 4 Strikes (Potentially) Important Xbox Deal For 'Real Humans'


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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. 

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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.

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Is 'Mammon' The New The Killing, Borgen Or The Bridge?


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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.

MammonCan '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.

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Flood Of Complaints Causes 'Benefits Street' Ofcom Investigation


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The highly popular, contentious and controversial Channel 4 documentary Benefits Street, which highlights the travails of those living on James Turner Street, Birmingham, is due to go under investigation by Ofcom after attracting over 1700 complaints.

Benefits StreetBenefits Street has attracted severe criticism

The first episode attracted the most vitriol, with the general public incensed at the level of crime shown in the program, including the main participants removing tags from clothes and lining bags with foil to avoid detection when shoplifting goods.

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Should 'Benefits Street' Be Renewed For Second Series?


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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.

Benefits Street Channel 4Channel 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.

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Babylon Hits Channel 4 - Has The Danny Boyle Comedy/Drama Impressed?


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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?

Babylon

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.

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Channel 4 - The cast of '7 dwarfs' documentary shown on channel 4 London, England - Out in Soho central London Tuesday 16th August 2011

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La Toya Jackson, Channel 4 and Sony - Latoya Jackson Thursday 16th September 2010 at Macy's Los Angeles, California

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La Toya Jackson
La Toya Jackson
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La Toya Jackson
La Toya Jackson

Nick Grimshaw, Amy Winehouse and Channel 4 Tuesday 3rd March 2009 the Channel 4 presenter leaving Amy Winehouse's new pad carrying an overnight bag Barnet, England

Nick Grimshaw, Amy Winehouse and Channel 4

Jeff Stelling and Channel 4 - Jeff Stelling and Rachel Riley London, England - the new presenters of the Channel 4 show Countdown leaving a London studio after appearing on This Morning. The new series of Countdown is due to start on Monday, January 12th Thursday 8th January 2009

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Jeff Stelling and Channel 4
Jeff Stelling and Channel 4
Jeff Stelling and Channel 4
Jeff Stelling and Channel 4
Jeff Stelling and Channel 4

Channel 4 - Cast from Channel 4 News Los Angeles, California - Air Party’s 4th annual 'Halloween celebrity charity event' held at Viabian Sunday 28th October 2007

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