Spring is here and 'Friday Download' presenters Richard, Dionne, George, Shannon and Bobby decide to set out on a road trip together; a holiday that should boast fun and frolics, but things start going wrong from the off. Their van is slowly breaking down and somehow manages to get stuck up a tree outside... where else? A large and very old haunted house. They are forced to beg hospitality from the unusual homeowners, but they soon wish they hadn't when furniture starts moving on its own, books fly off shelves and strange apparitions haunt their evenings. However, they can't help but feel sorry for the owners of the house, who may be forced to allow it to be knocked to the ground if they can't raise funds to keep it. The gang decide to raise the money themselves, and host a special music event called Friday Fest, though it doesn't quite go to plan...
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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.”
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Is Jonathan Franzen's new novel inspired by Edward Snowden?
Jonathan Franzen, the polarising writer considered by some as the finest of his generation, will release his new novel, Purity, next autumn. Described as a "multigenerational American epic", the book will be Franzen's fifth novel and first since 2010's Freedom stormed the bestseller chart.
Jonathan Franzen will release his fifth novel, Purity, next autumn
Purity tells the story of Purity Tyler, a young woman searching for her father - moving from American to South America and East Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall. Jonathan Galassi, president of publisher Farrar, Straus and Giroux said the story hinged on "the mystery of Pip's family history and her relationship with a charismatic hacker and whistleblower". He also suggested Purity was a "stylistic departure" for Franzen.
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A third of nominees for the Man Booker Prize 2014 are Americans, but Dona Tarrt did not make the list.
In the first year since opening up nominations to international writers, The Man Booker Prize has announced its longlist for 2014 with almost a third of writers coming from America. In a much criticised decision, organisers of the prestigious literary prize announced last year that the rules of eligibility were changing - prompting fears that the list would be swamped by U.S. writers.
The Man Booker Prize 2013 [Getty/WPA Pool]
Of the 13 longlisted authors for 2014, Joshua Ferris, Karen Joy Fowler, Siri Hustvedt and Richard Powers would not have been eligible under the original rules. Nevertheless, judges left of American author Dona Tartt, whose novel The Goldfinch won the Pulitzer Prize.
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The Right Stuff will be told over 280 Tweets
In a not entirely unprecedented move - Jennifer Egan, Neil Gaiman and Philip Pullman have already done this before – David Mitchell, the award-winning author of Cloud Atlas, has written a new short story and will release it over Twitter.
David Mitchell in London for a screening of the movie adapation of his book, Cloud Atlas. Photo: Getty 2013, Stuart Wilson
The story, about a boy tripping on his mother's Valium pills, will be told Tweet by Tweet – using 280 updates, to be exact - over the next seven days. “Once the idea that I could use Twitter as a storytelling medium bit me, it wouldn't leave me alone,” said the author of his new project, according to The Guardian.
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After a successful run of over ten years, 'Peep Show' will come to an end in 2014. We look back at some of our favourite 'Peep Show' quotes from over the years.
Channel 4’s hit series Peep Show is set to return for its 9th, and final, series this year. It’s almost too much to bear thinking that we may not see Mark, Jeremy, Super Hans, Big Suze and the gang again after 2014. In the meantime, while we wait for the show to return to our screens we thought we’d reminisce about some of our favourite Peep Show moments. Peep Show’s been running for over ten years now, so fortunately, there’s quite a lot of them!
Mark: (while jogging in the park) I'm brilliant, I'm a jogger. I'm running! I knew there had to be a sport for me... Oh, God, is that a stitch? I'm literally going to die, What an idiotic boob I was about 10 or 11 seconds ago!
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Which of the six nominees will you vote to become King or Queen of comedy?
The nominations are in for this year's British Comedy Awards King or Queen. Out of various awards for television performances, breakthrough comedians, and entertainment personalities, one comedian will rise to be crowned the year's King or Queen of Comedy at the ceremony hosted by Jonathan Ross.
Though there are 15 categories in total, only one - the King or Queen of Comedy - is open to public voting meaning British people will choose their favourite comedian of the year. Entertainers up for one of the country's most prestigious comedy awards include Jack Whitehall, David Mitchell, Sarah Millican, Graham Norton, Lee Mack and Alan Carr.
The British Comedy Awards were held last night, presented once again by Jonathan Ross. It saw a room of the country's funniest people come under one roof to celebrate and ridicule one another, as is the British tradition.
Twenty Twelve and The Thick of It have been compared since the former hit screens in 2011. It satirises the shambolic organization of this year's the Olympic games, while The Thick of It satirises the inner workings of the British government. However, despite audiences loving Twenty Twelve and it receiving four nominations in the three categories that it's eligible for, it failed to take home anything. Both Olivia Colman and Jessica Hynes from the show were nominated for Best Actress, but they lost out to The Thick of It's Rebecca Front. It seems an odd snub given that everyone has been celebrating all things Olympic since it was revealed that London got the deal.
Another surprise was Jack Whitehall's voted win of King of Comedy for 2012. He was up against some serious comedy heavy weights that have done the circuit for years: Alan Carr, Lee Mack, David Mitchell, Graham Norton and last year's Queen of Comedy, Sarah Millican. Initial speculation had assumed David Mitchell would get the prize, for his many panel show appearances, Peep Show and That Mitchell and Webb Look. However, Whitehall has really broken through this year, with popular shows Bad Education and Fresh Meat, which are a lot better than they sound.
The British Comedy Awards are set to be aired on Channel 4 on December 12th, hosted- as always- by Jonathan Ross. This year's nominations have a few surprises, but despite three contenders up for the King or Queen of comedy for 2012, everyone's talking about the amount of nominations for Twenty Twelve- four in total, where The Thick of It has only three- although in all three of those categories, they'll be compeating against one another.
The real star of the occasion though is Olivia Colman who has two nominations in the same category but for two different shows: Twenty Twelve and Rev. However, despite breaking records with those nominations, she's not up for the vote for Comedy Royalty. Instead, those go to Jack Whitehall, Alan Carr, Lee Mack, Graham Norton, David Mitchell and Sarah Millican, who'll be defending her title from 2011. The result is down to a public vote, but the strongest contenders are Jack Whitehall, David Mitchell and of course last year's winner. Jack Whitehall is the sproutling of the bunch, but 2012 really has been his year with BBC's Bad Education and Channel 4's Fresh Meat to his credit.
Harry Hill's TV burp has also received three nominations for the final season of TV Burp. Hill said: "I am thrilled that my personality has been deemed entertaining enough to be nominated for a British Comedy award, particularly in this, the last year of TV Burp, and when I next see it I will be certain to let it know. It would be the icing on the cake if it won - but no pressure", the Guardian Reports.
Olivia Colman has been nominated twice in the same category for the upcoming British Comedy Awards. The 39-year-old, perhaps best known for playing Sophie on Peep Show, is up for Best Actress for two BBC shows, Rev and Twenty Twelve.
The decision has left some comedy fans bemused, though the general consensus is that Colman has put in two excellent performances and therefore has every right to be nominated twice. She played Hugh Bonneville's character's long-suffering assistant Sally Owen in the London Olympics comedy and plays Tom Hollander's wife Alex Smallbone on religious comedy Rev. Though having two chances to win the award, Colman still faces stiff competition to land the gong, with Twenty Twelve co-star Jessica Hynes also nominated. The Thick Of It's Rebecca Front, who plays the MP Nicola Murray, is also up for Best Actress. Colman - now considered one of the UK's top actresses - has already had a superb year, winning a slew of awards for playing an abused charity shop worker in Paddy Considine's gritty drama Tyrannosaur.
Elsewhere at the comedy awards, The Thick Of It is one of five shows to receive three nominations, along with The Graham Norton Show, Rev, Cardinal Burns and Harry Hill's TV Burp. Steve Coogan picked up a couple of nominations for Alan Partridge: Welcome To Places In My Life. This year's King or Queen of Comedy will be contested by Alan Carr, David Mitchell, Graham Norton, Jack Whitehall, Lee Mack and Sarah Millican. The award winners will be announced live on Channel 4 on Wednesday 12 December.