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Tipping Point Game Show: Some Facts.

The image shows behind the machine

Filming a full series of Tipping Point happens in a three-month block,  with episodes usually filmed from Monday to Wednesday.

Host Ben Shephard bases himself in Bristol for the three days, before zooming back to London to present Good Morning Britain on
Thursdays and Fridays, and hosting Sky Sport  at the weekends.

Up to four shows are filmed each day.

Ben will change his suit between each recording so making it look as if  the episodes are been filmed on seperate days.

The celebrity editions are filmed at the end of each filming block.

For celebrity shows seating is erected in the studio.

To start with, 80 counters are placed on the top shelf of the machine, and 80 on the bottom.

They are placed rather than dropped, and are not arranged into any order.

There is a studio hand that comes onto the set to count the number of coins that fall

into the collection bin so that Ben can inform the contestants how much money they dropped over The Tipping Point.

The studio hand also comes onto the set to clear the dropped counters after each round.

The metal counters are individually polished before each show so that no fingerprints or marks appear on camera.

Ben Shephard can’t  believe the show has reached 1,000 episodes, as he wasn’t convinced it would catch on.


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“Sliced” is Coming Back To Our TVs on Dave Channel

“Sliced” is Coming Back To Our TVs on Dave.

UKTV announces today that Sliced is returning to Dave for another 6 episodes.  Sliced is co-written by its BAFTA-nominated star Samson Kayo  who plays Joshua, a down-on-his-luck pizza delivery driver in London.

The first three episodes reached over 1.7million viewer and was written by Samson Kayo and Phil Bowker and produced by Lovely Electricity. It is commissioned for UKTV by Pete Thornton, head of scripted, and ordered by Richard Watsham, director of commissioning, Luke Hales, Dave channel director, and Steve North, genre general manager, comedy and entertainment.

Sliced will be on our TV screens on Dave later this year.

Some media comments:

  • “Sweary, sweet and genuinely funny” – The Sun TV Mag
  • “Charming” – says The Guardian
  • “Scabrous, filthy, but funny” – reported the Daily Mail
  • “Officially our new favourite show … Dave’s best sitcom yet” – as written by Digital Spy
  • “Extremely relatable” – commented the Daily Mirror


Coronavirus: Huge Loss of Jobs in the Film Industry

About 120,000 film industry workers have  lost their jobs in Hollywood as a result of Covid 19

The film and TV industry around the globe has experienced an almost total stop of activity, with thousands of largely freelance crew laid off at short notice with little or no financial recompense. Hundreds of productions from studio shoots such as the Avatar sequels and Fantastic Beasts 3  to independantproductions have been halted.

In the UK, the situation for “below the line” crew appears equally catastrophic. The Broadcasting, Entertainment, Communications and Theatre Union) estimates almost 50,000 industry freelancers will have lost their jobs as a result of the virus. The union’s head, Philippa Childs, commented: “almost all film and TV production has ground to a halt in the UK … The country’s world-class film and TV sector is at risk of a whole generation of talent being financially ruined by this crisis.”

Directors UK, the trade guild representing British screen directors, sent a letter to chancellor Rishi Sunak calling for further measures to support freelance and self-employed film industry employees. Directors UK CEO Andrew Chowns wrote: “There is now a critical need for similar  support measures to be introduced for self-employed workers who are anxious, not just about losing their current work, but at the thought of facing months without income as productions are suspended longer term and, for some smaller productions, indefinitely.”

WIN a free Daisy Ridley Autographed Photo from Star Wars

Star Wars Autograph Universe is giving away a FREE Daisy Ridley autographed 10×8 photograph to one lucky winner in this competition.   There are three ways to enter as  listed below, you are allowed to enter all three times! Your entry will only count if you complete all the steps stated. Competition ends on February 29, 2020 at 8PM EST and the winner will be announced on our social media site. Best of luck!

3 Ways to Enter – Do All Three:


  1. Follow @swau_official on Twitter

  2. Retweet our contest (it will be pinned to the top of our page)

  3. Tweet out a photo your favourite Star Wars autographed item using #SWAURidleyContest and tag @swau_official


  1. Follow @starwarsautographuniverse on Instagram

  2. Post a photo of your favorite Star Wars autographed item using #SWAURidleyContest and tag @starwarsautographuniverse


  1. Like the @starwarsautographuniverse Facebook page

  2. Share our competition post (it will be pinned to the top of our page)

  3. Post a photo of your favourite Star Wars autographed item using #SWAURidleyContest and tag the @starwarsautographuniverse (make sure your post is public so we see it!)

Good luck and MTFBWY!

The image shown here is different to the prize on offer.

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Last of the Summer Wine Characters Die within Weeks of Each Other


JULIETTE KAPLAN, who played battleaxe Pearl Sibshaw in BBC sitcom Last of the Summer Wine for 25 years, has died at the age of 80, as per her agent.

Kaplan appeared in 226 episodes of the show from 1985 to 2010, with the sharp-tongued Pearl trying to thwart husband Howard’s attempts to have an affair.

Juliette also appeared in Coronation Street in 2015 as Agnes Tinker.

Barry Langford thanked “everyone who sent their love and support to this fearless and supremely gifted actress”

The sad news comes after her agent announced on 31 July that she was “gravely ill”, and described her as a “very brave lady”.

Last of the Summer Wine ran from 1973 to 2010, which took a comical look at the lives of some elderly people in a Yorkshire town.


Other co-stars have paid tribute to Last of the Summer Wine and Coronation Street actress Jean Fergusson after she has died aged 74.

Jean – described as the life and soul of any gathering – was best known for playing Marina in Last of the Summer Wine and Dorothy Hoyle in Coronation Street.

She has appeared in over than 200 episodes of the classic Last of the Summer Wine over 25 years, beginning in 1985, and was widely known for her character’s long-running comedy affair with ‘Howard’, who was played by Robert Fyfe.

She was said to have been ill when friends saw her a few days before her death.

Jenny Ryan,The Chase Vixen, on Celebrity X Factor

JENNY RYAN, who is known as The Vixen on The Chase, has announced some exciting news.

Jenny Ryan is well known for being a professional quizzer on ITV  show, The Chase which is hosted by Bradley Walsh.

But the quizzing favourite announced she will soon be displaying  a different talent as she will be singing on the Celebrity version of the X Factor which airs on TV shortly.

Jenny retweeted a video from X Factor’s Twitter account, where she said the “cat is truly out of the bag” now the news has been released to the media.

Jenny has previously shown her excellent singing voice when she appeared with her co-stars, Mark Labbett, Shaun Wallace and Anne Hegerty.

The Chase quizzers sang on the Comic Relief show Let’s Sing and Dance for Comic Relief approximately 2 years ago.

The stars gave an incredible performance by singing songs from Wizard of Oz, and finished winning the competition.

Jenny is also in a ukelele band  from her home town of Bolton, calling themselves the Nanukes Of The North.


Are Selfies Killing the Hobby of Autograph Collecting?

Are Selfies Killing the Hobby of Autograph Hunting?

Sports and movie fans don’t particularly want to get autographs anymore. They now prefer creeping into the lives of the stars via their mobile phones. Is it too early to say that the autograph is dead. Sports memorabilia was once a thriving business which has suffered quite a downturn because of selfies. Selfies posted on twitter, instagram have resulted in a drop of interest in the celebrity signature.

Celebrities Mourn

The Australian cricketer, Shane Warne, has recently tweeted that his fans have lost interest in asking him for him autograph and would now prefer taking selfies with him. “After doing 5 selfies with people this morning before 8am on my morning run / walk I’ve come to the conclusion that the autograph is dead !” he put on twitter.

Everything on the internet stays there forever, selfies can stay forever but a hand written autograph on an item  would need special care to last long, they simply fade and deteriorate over the years . People love taking selfies with celebrities because it’s easy, quick and can be shared with their friends and family in an instant. Moreover, you don’t have to carry a writing stick with you all the time. You can get a selfie with your favourite sports stars anytime you happen to bump into them, providing they say yes of course . All you need is your camera phone, which is always with you.


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Kit Harington, Game of Thrones Star at a Wellness Retreat

Kit Harington, or Jon Snow, Game of Thrones Star at a Wellness Retreat

Kit Harrington, better known as Jon Snow is reported to have checked into a wellness centre in the USA just weeks before the global hit show Game of Thrones reaches a conclusion. The actor’s publicist said via a statement: “Kit has decided to utilise this break in his schedule as an opportunity to spend some time at a wellness retreat to work on some personal issues.”

The New York Post claimed Kit Harington was hit hard by the ending of the series, which he had become Jon Snow for eight years, and under treatment for exhaustion, alcohol use and stress.

Kit Harington, and his wife Rose Leslie, both 32, met on set during the filming of Game of Thrones season 2.

Rose played Ygritte, a wildling who fell in love with a Kit’s character.

Ygritte was subsequently killed off in the show, and Jon Snow went on to face all matter of other conflicts, but Kit and Rose’s love has remained steadfast

With the show filming in Iceland, it provided the backdrop for the couple’s real-life romance to blossom.

In a 2016 interview, Kit said Iceland was “beautiful, because the Northern Lights are magical, and because it was there that I fell in love.”

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Blakes Seven Science Fiction TV Series Summary

Blakes Seven cult TV series from the 1970s

There were 4  series of thirteen 50-minute episodes each and first aired in the UK between January 1978 and December 1981 by BBC1.  It is set in the third century of the second calendar and probably 700 years in the future. Blake’s 7s concerns the adventures of political dissident Roj Blake, who commands a group of rebels against the forces of The Federation that rules Earth and many planets planets. The Federation uses mass surveillance and brainwashing  and drug pacifiers on its citizens. Blake was arrested on false charges, and deported to a penal colony.  On the journey there  he and fellow prisoners Jenna Stannis and Kerr Avon get control of a techno advanced alien craft, which its central computer called Zen informs is called The Liberator. Its speed and weapons are superior to Federation craft, and it also has a teleport system to transport people to the surface of planets. Blake and his crew start a campaign against the Federation, but are hounded by Space Commander Travis—a Federation soldier—and Servalan, the Supreme Commander.

The composition of the “seven” changes throughout the series. The initial group—Blake, Vila, Gan, Jenna, Avon and Cally—included Zen as the seventh. At the end of the first series, they capture a supercomputer called Orac. Gan is killed in the second series, and then Blake and Jenna disappear and are replaced by Dayna and Tarrant. At the start of the fourth series, Cally dies and is replaced by Soolin. After the destruction of Liberator,  Zen is replaced by a new computer, Slave on their new commandeered ship Scorpio.

Blake is an idealistic freedom fighter, but his associates are crooks, smugglers and killers. Avon is a techno genius who, while apparently motivated by self-preservation and wealth, acts to help others. When Blake is separated from his crew, Avon assumes command. Avon believes the Federation has been destroyed and becomes tired of killing, and seeks rest. By the middle of the third series, Avon realises that the Federation is growing again, faster than realised, and he once more takes up the fight.

The BBC had planned to conclude Blake’s 7 at the end of its third series, but a further series was commissioned unexpectedly. Some changes to the programme’s format were necessary, such as the introduction of a new spacecraft, Scorpio, and new characters, Soolin and Slave.  Blakes Seven was watched by around 10 million people in the UK and broadcast in 25 other countries.

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Professional Autograph Hunter Spent £36k in 2015 Obtaining Signatures


Professional Autograph Hunter Spent £36k in 2015 Hunting Down Celebrities

An extreme autograph hunter has spoken about he spends £36,000 a year stalking celebrities across the world.

Jason Thanos says he spent £3,000 a month on travel and 5 star hotels following A listed actors.

The guy can for days outside premieres to obtain autographs.

He said its worthwhile as he can sell a single signature for several thousand pounds depending on what kind of item he gets signed.

In the past he has sold autographs of Muhammad Ali, Sylvester Stallone, Megan Fox and Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe.

He regularly zips to  Canada, US, France, Italy and Ireland for film festivals and premieres in London.

He takes photos of himself with  celebrities for authentication, he has  selfies with names including Angelina Jolie, Al Pacino and Brad Pitt.”

He sells the signatures to fans and claims he asks a fair price with signatures ranging from £20 to £1000s.

He says its a  a service to those who can’t meet them. There are lots of people who cant travel to meet their heroes.

Muhammad Ali’s signature is the most desirable one and has sold one of his signed robes for £2,500.

He started collecting signatures in 2000 starting with bands he saw at concerts.

He then started collecting professionally and set up a website called Hollywood Autographs, in 2009.

He says the reason it can cost a lot is because he needs a team to hunt down the top celebs.

You may need to buy the merchandise for the stars to sign, pictures, posters, props from films, anything which would make the signature rarer.

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