The one and only Britain’s Got Talent returns for another action packed, fun-filled series this spring with a new addition to the judges’ desk in the shape of the brand new Golden Buzzer!
The dream judging panel of Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams, are back on a mission to unearth the most original talent around, searching for a winning act who can entertain the nation and capture the hearts and the imaginations of the public.
Joining the judges are the award winning duo Ant and Dec, who will be guiding viewers through all the acts as only they can.
Once again the judges will be saying yes to the acts that impress and buzzing off the acts that fail to make the mark, but this year they will also have the brand new Golden Buzzer for an act they think has that extra special something.
Leaving no stone unturned the Britain’s Got Talent auditions have scoured the country, visiting London, Cardiff, Manchester, Birmingham and, for the first time ever, Belfast.
Viewers can expect to be amazed and astounded by an incredible line up of acts competing to be crowned this year’s winner, from comedians and contortionists through to singers and spoon players.
The lucky act who is crowned the winner in the live grand final will secure a life changing cash prize of £250,000 and the opportunity to perform at this year’s Royal Variety Performance.
This show is usually great entertainment, regardless of who appears, but for those who grew up in the 1970s, blimey have Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman got THE show for you this week.
It’s bursting with familiar faces from the era, including radio DJ Ed ’Stewpot’ Stewart, whose Junior Choice broadcasts at Christmas are still a Radio 2 highlight. He teams up with Tiswas co-host Sally James, she of the ’almost legendary pop interviews’.
Plus, there’s former cape-wearing Prog rock keyboard-botherer Rick Wakeman and one of Birmingham’s finest tunesmiths Roy Wood, of Wizzard fame.
Crossroads’ iconic Paul Henry, better-known as nice-but-dim Benny (“Miss Diane”) Hawkins and the stunning Madeline Smith (Roger Moore’s first 007 conquest in Live and Let Die, as well as being a beloved Hammer scream queen).
And look out for sitcom stars Anna Karen (On the Buses) and Sally Thomsett (Man About the House).
It was a given than ITV golden boy Paddy McGuinness would be in the running for this offering (as Ant and Dec and Keith Lemon are busy with other projects), but who would have teamed him up with Angela Rippon?
Very few of us. However, as this is partly aimed at the lucrative, ever-growing pensioner market, it makes a lot of sense to bring in flavour of the month McGuinness and the original host of Top Gear.
Angela has proved to be something of a consumer Rottweiler in recent months on The One Show and Holiday Hit Squad , so there’s a good bet she’ll calm down a bit for Amazing Greys (yes, we see what they did there).
It sees young contestants take on pensioners in a series of challenges.
While the seasoned contestants may have spent decades honing their skills, the contenders hope they can beat at least two of them.
There’s a cool £10,000 at stake, but who will win?
Rob Brydon presents this new series in the Blankety Blank mould.
Kicking off the first show are guests Simon Callow, Emilia Fox, Rob’s Gavin & Stacey colleague James Corden, double medal-winning Olympic champ Louis Smith and Ab Fab veteran Jennifer Saunders.
“Where else are you going to see a line up like that?” asks Rob after they’ve taken to their seats? Where indeed?
The first contestants are Rob, a prison worker and theatre usher with extraordinary hair, and the rather glamorous Shirley from Birmingham, who has plans to emigrate to Australia.
Regarding the game itself, here’s a sample question: according to a recent survey, what should older people do three times a week to help them look younger?
Simon Callow may seem joyfully out of place as he considers the answer, but Brydon is a natural at this sort of cheap and cheerful format.
It should brighten up the dullest night’s viewing.
All is not well in the land of Far Far Away. When King Harold’s health fails him and he – er – croaks, it’s down to Fiona and Shrek to pick up the mantle of running the place and carry on.
But the green-skinned ogre is not exactly keen to revisit his wife’s home town again, and instead goes on a quest (ably assisted by chums Puss and Donkey) to find the rightful heir, Artie.
Meanwhile, the bad characters in Far Far Away gang together under the banner of scorned Prince Charming, and mount their own claim to the throne.
There’s no wonder this did enormous business at the box office. The animation is even more razor-sharp than the previous two outings, while the witty script is beautifully delivered by the seasoned cast.
Like the first two films, this animated comedy is fun for all the family and will entertain the young and the young at heart
Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Antonio Banderas, Justin Timberlake
A jealous string-pulled cowboy doll’s status as his owner’s favourite plaything is threatened by the arrival of a charismatic hi-tech astronaut figure, who refuses to believe he is simply a toy.
However, the rivals are forced to work together when they are left stranded in the outside world.
This not only made history as the first feature-length computer-generated cartoon, it’s also one of the smartest children’s films of the past 50 years.
It’s also part of the few screen trilogies in history where each movie deserves top marks for effort, invention and heart.
Appealing to all ages, kids will appreciate the charming characters, while the grown-ups will welcome the film’s many humourous moments.
The voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Jim Varney
Ten years after they divorced, Jane and Jake are reunited at their son’s graduation and end up sleeping together.
However, their reunion is complicated by the fact that Jake is married to a much younger woman, while Jane is embarking on a romance with a kindly architect.
Can the former couple keep their clandestine affair a secret from their new partners and their children?
It’s a little overlong for a comedy, and despite the title, it never digs particularly deeply into the love rectangle at its centre. But luckily, the cast are on such charming form, it’s hard to care.
Alec Baldwin and Meryl Streep in particular have a real chemistry as Jane and Jake – the only implausible aspect to their affair is that you wonder why he ever left her in the first place.
This is easy viewing that will score points with even the hardiest of hearts.
Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin, John Krasinski, Lake Bell, Mary Kay Place, Rita Wilson