YOUR GUIDE TO UPCOMING TV APPEARANCES 41

Here is your guide to the upcoming TV appearances, from X Factor to Strictly, awards show to chat shows.

SOUNDS LIKE FRIDAY NIGHT – FRIDAY 1 DECEMBER 2017
Radio 1 presenter Greg James with Radio 1 Xtra’s DJ Dotty present a lively mix of entertainment direct from the now refurbished BBC Television Centre in London’s White City. Brit award-winner Paloma Faith joins the pair to complete the hosting line-up, introducing performances by chart-busting singer Rita Ora and all-conquering rock duo Royal Blood.

THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW – FRIDAY 1 DECEMBER 2017
Together on Graham’s sofa: legendary rock star Sir Elton John; actor and writer Stephen Fry; Oscar-nominated actress Carey Mulligan; pop star Robbie Williams; and singer-songwriter P!nk, who performs What About Us.

MICHAEL McINTYRE’S BIG SHOW – SATURDAY 2 DECEMBER 2017
Featuring music performances from Jessie J and Welsh rock heroes Stereophonics. Premier League legend Alan Shearer hands over his phone in Celebrity Send To All, and Michael sneaks into another house in the jaw-dropping Midnight Gameshow. Plus new comedy material from Michael himself and one unsuspecting member of the public gets the surprise of their life when they become the Unexpected Star.

THE X FACTOR UK FINAL – SATURDAY 2 & SUNDAY 3 DECEMBER 2017
A host of global superstars take to the stage at London’s ExCeL Centre.

New boyband PRETTYMUCH will be making their UK debut, X Factor superstar Louis Tomlinson gives us a world exclusive of his new single Miss You, Global megastar P!nk will be treating us to a mega-mix performance of What About Us & Beautiful Trauma, Multi award winning artist Sam Smith will perform a track from his number 1 album and Latin sensation CNCO make their X Factor debut alongside X Factor legends Little Mix.

STRICTLY COME DANCING THE RESULTS – SUNDAY 3 DECEMBER 2017
There will be a spectacular music performance from the Leading Ladies, Beverley Knight, Amber Riley and Cassidy Janson.

THE CHASE CELEBRITY SPECIAL – SUNDAY 3 DECEMBER 2017
Greg Wallace, Denise Lewis, Mark Pougatch and Gina Yashere come together to work as a team in the hope of winning thousands of pounds for their charities.

THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW – FRIDAY 8 DECEMBER 2017
With Oscar-nominated star of The Help and Zero Dark Thirty Jessica Chastain; comedian and writer Dawn French; Pitch Perfect actress Rebel Wilson; and the stars of Jumanji: Welcome to the JungleDwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart and Jack Black. Plus, music from Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, who perform Holy Mountain.

MICHAEL McINTYRE’S BIG SHOW – SATURDAY 9 DECEMBER 2017
TV presenters Marvin and Rochelle Humes both hand over their phones in the first ever double Send To All and there’s music from pop rockers The Vamps.

THROUGH THE KEYHOLE I’M A CELEBRITY SPECIAL – SATURDAY 9 DECEMBER 2017
Keith Lemon is back with a fifth series of Through the Keyhole. Kicking off with an I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! special.

Join Keith as he rummages around three mystery celebrity houses unearthing clues for the studio panel to guess ‘who habitates in a house like this.’

On this week’s star-studded panel are Comedian Jimmy Carr, former Queen of the Jungle Stacey Solomon, TV Presenter Myleene Klass and legendary DJ Tony Blackburn.

THE CHASE CELEBRITY SPECIAL – SUNDAY 10 DECEMBER 2017
Bradley Walsh hosts as four celebrities try to pit their brains against one of the country’s finest quiz brains.

But have Sam Quek, Basil Brush, Andi Peters and Charlie Higson got what it takes?

CELEBRITY JUICE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL – THURSDAY 14 DECEMBER 2017
Joining the panel this week is actor and TV presenter John Barrowman, musician and songwriter Alex James, TV personality and actress Denise Van Outen, popular Kaiser Chief frontman Ricky Wilson and Loose Women host and singer Stacey Solomon.

THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW – FRIDAY 15 DECEMBER 2017
Among the guests on Graham’s sofa: the stars of the hotly-anticipated Star Wars: The Last JediDaisy Ridley, John Boyega and Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill; together with award-winning singer-songwriter Sam Smith, who performs Pray.

THE CHASE CELEBRITY SPECIAL – SUNDAY 17 DECEMBER 2017
Bradley Walsh hosts as Mathew Horne, Danny Care, Jodie Kidd and Al Murray do their best.

THE ROYAL VARIETY PERFORMANCE – TUESDAY 19 DECEMBER 2017
Queen of Comedy, Miranda Hart, is to host The Royal Variety Performance.

The award-winning comedy writer and actress will host this year, in the presence of members of the Royal family. The event will come from the iconic London Palladium Theatre, which is hosting the event for the 41st time.

The show promises to be an unforgettable evening of the best UK and international musical performers, extraordinary theatre and brilliant comedy as well as a number of surprises along the away.

Stars lined up to appear include the legendary Kelsey Grammer who will be performing, with his cast, an exclusive extract from the new musical Big Fish; plus The Killers, Seal, Louis Tomlinson, The Leading Ladies – Beverly Knight, Cassidy Janson and Amber Riley – and The Script, and Paloma Faith.

Also taking to the stage are, Britain’s Got Talent winner, pianist Tokio Myers; the West End casts of ‘Annie’ and ‘42nd Street’; the incredible Circus Abyssinia; Michael Ball and Alfie Boe; the mesmerising Cirque du Soleil plus comedy from Jason Manford and Tom Allen.

A NIGHT FOR THE EMERGENCY SERVICES – WEDNESDAY 20 DECEMBER 2017
A Night For The Emergency Services is a celebration of the heroes behind the uniforms to show appreciation and thanks for the incredible work they do.

Presented by Ashley Banjo and Diversity, the show features talented members of the emergency services displaying their amazing skills in front of an audience made up solely of emergency service staff.

Following a year beset with national tragedy, the appreciation for the emergency services has never been higher. Introducing the show, host Ashley Banjo says: “Tonight is all about the brilliantly dedicated emergency services. It’s a chance for us to meet the people behind the uniforms and say thank you to all the hard working teams who have had to deal, so professionally, with such a difficult year.”

The first performance of the evening features Diversity dancing alongside aerialist Hayley Wray who is a firefighter from Jersey and Scott Elliott who works for South Yorkshire Police.

They are accompanied by singers from the Royal Free Hospital Music Society and the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS choir with the Royal Greenwich Volunteer Police Cadets playing drums.

The next act is the Cheshire Fire Choir who perform a moving rendition of Bridge Over Troubled Water with global singing star Leona Lewis.

PC Paul Taylor who touched the hearts of the nation when we was caught on camera dancing with some children at the Manchester One Love Concert, gets to dance with his colleagues from Darlington Police alongside Diversity.

This is followed by Mark Daniels, a RNLI volunteer from Ilfracombe who performs as a Michael Buble tribute act in his day job, giving an impressive rendition of Santa Claus is Coming to Town.

Mentalist (mind magician) Ashley Turner, a Detective Sergeant from Northampton Police also shows off his impressive and entertaining mind-boggling act.

Emergency Medical Technician Lewis Quinn performs Bring Him Home with singing duo Michael Ball and Alfie Boe accompanied by the Blue Light Symphony Orchestra led by detective Seb Valentine. The orchestra is the only one in the UK made up entirely of Emergency Service personnel.

The finale is an unforgettable performance by Diversity accompanied by Britain’s Got Talent winner Tokio Myers, supported by the Cheshire Fire Choir and Blue Light Symphony Orchestra.

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ITV CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR HIGHLIGHTS 2017 REVEALED 15

A sleigh full of specials, across entertainment, drama, comedy and factual entertainment, will decorate the ITV schedule this Christmas, with an added festive helping of exciting free-to-air film premieres, with Jurassic World and Spectre coming to terrestrial television for the first time.

Chigwell’s favourite trio return to ITV with a feature length one-off Christmas special of Birds of a Feather. Pauline Quirke, Linda Robson and Lesley Joseph reprise their roles as Sharon, Tracey and Dorien in a new adventure for the ladies. (9pm Monday December 18th).

Then to the London Palladium, where Miranda Hart hosts an unforgettable evening of entertainment in the presence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, The Royal Variety Performance, where a wide range of internationally acclaimed acts and West End stars are brought together for one night only on a single stage.(7.30pm Tuesday December 19th).

The heroes behind the uniforms will be celebrated and honoured in this one off Christmas special on ITV, A Night For The Emergency Services. Presented by Ashley Banjo and Diversity, the show will feature talented members of the emergency services performing alongside special celebrity guests including Michael Ball and Alfie Boe, Leona Lewis and Tokio Myers. (9pm Wednesday December 20th).

Next ITV has a Christmas special with renowned chefs Gordon Ramsay and Gino D’Acampo alongside First Dates Maître D Fred Siriex, in which Gino and Gordon will lay on a spectacular banquet for the heroes of 2017. Working against the clock they’ll be assisted by a number of famous faces as the two teams compete to serve the most impressive festive menu. Charming Maître D Fred will not only be tasked with running the service but he’ll be wrangling the results from our deserving diners, whilst keeping the self assured Brit and the feisty Italian apart. Gordon, Gino and Fred’s Great Christmas Roast will be full of festive delight, celebrating great food and even greater Britons. (9pm Thursday December 21st).

The Pub Landlord is back this Christmas to host a one-off festive special with Al Murray’s Make Christmas Great Again where the country’s favourite landlord will be behind the bar for a festive lock-in, with a host of special guests, interviews and sketches, the ultimate public house party. (9pm Friday December 22nd).

On Christmas Eve afternoon ITV will be making a festive splash in Cannonball: Christmas Special, with Freddie Flintoff, Frankie Bridge, Radzi Chinyanganya, Ryan Hand and Maya Jama. (4pm Sunday December 24th). 

Also on Christmas Eve, Bradley Walsh hosts a very special edition of The Chase. It’s a Christmas Chase: Celebrity Special as all five chasers try to catch Coronation Street star Patti Clare, comedian Matt Richardson, presenter Kirsty Wark and singer Jimmy Osmond. (5.50pm Sunday December 24th).

Next on Christmas Eve (6.40pm Sunday December 24th), West End legend Michael Crawford will guide seven well known celebrities through an all singing, all dancing musical theatre extravaganza, in All Star Musicals. Hosted by Freddie Flintoff, All Star Musicals features a cast of famous faces who will each perform an iconic number from a hit musical at the legendary London Palladium.

At 8.30pm on Christmas Eve Rowan Atkinson is back in 1950’s Paris, investigating another case inMaigret in Montmartre.(8.30pm Sunday December 24th).

Christmas Day treats include 60 minute specials of Coronation Street (8pm) and Emmerdale (5.50pm), and Paul O’Grady will be back at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home on his Christmas mission to find new homes for more adorable four-legged friends, in Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs at Christmas.(7pm)

Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes will be back, in a feature length festive special of ITV’s epic period drama, Victoria at 9pm on Christmas Day.

On Boxing Day, Ed Chamberlin hosts live racingaction from the Winter Festival at Kempton Park and the Yorkshire Christmas meeting at Wetherby. He is joined at Kempton Park for expert analysis by AP McCoy and Mick Fitzgerald, with reporters Oli Bell, Luke Harvey, and Rishi Persad, Matt Chapman with the latest betting news, and Richard Hoiles in the commentary box. 

On Boxing Day too, ITV will bring viewers the terrestrial TV premiere of Jurassic World (6.40pm Boxing Day).

On December 30th, viewers are invited to Guess The Star as Jonathan Ross hosts a brand new one-off game show where five well-known stars are completely transformed into their favourite musical icon for a performance. The programme pits three celebrity teams against each other to try and deduce who the disguised stars are, in the shortest time possible. (7pm Saturday December 30th)

On New Year’s Eve, ITV cordially invite you to A Right Royal Quiz (3.30pm Sunday December 31st), Britain’s first ever panel show about the Royal Family and a celebratory and affectionate look at the Royals and the country’s obsession with them. Hosted by Fern Britton, two Royal-loving celebrity teams battle it out to win the prize, the ‘Crown of Right Royalness’. There will also be new Cannonball: Splash Hits (6.50pm Sunday December 31st).

On New Year’s Day Ed Chamberlin kick offs the New Year with the ITV Racing team live at Cheltenham for four races from the home of the National Hunt and two races from Musselburgh. Ed is joined for expert analysis at Cheltenham by Mick FitzGerald and Luke Harvey, with reporting from Rishi Persad and Alice Plunkett, commentary from Richard Hoiles and Sally Ann Grassick reporting from Musselburgh.

New Year’s Day also marks the free-to-air premiere that evening of the latest Bond film, Spectre (8pm January 1st).

Films across the Christmas holiday period on ITV include seasonal treats The Holiday, Santa Claus The Movie, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and Jack Frost, plus family favourites Despicable Me, and Despicable Me 2, the Harry Potter and Hobbit films, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, Mr Bean’s Holiday and Babe.

REVIEW: ASCENDING DAWN – ‘COALESCE’ 17

They might be a fairly new band, but coming into such a saturated and rock heavy music world certainly hasn’t dampened the spirits – or the voices – of London based prog/alt metal quartet Ascending Dawn and their debut album Coalesce makes quite the first impression.

Opening numbers “All In Now” and particularly stand-out track number 3 “Cannonball” make sure listeners pick up on the almost undeniable air of Lacuna Coil’s Cristina Scabbia surrounding AD’s front-woman Marlain Angelides from the off – both have strong voices, fraught with power and emotion, but make no mistake, they are also entirely different people who just happen to share a career path.

While Marlain rightly takes centre stage across the 9 tracks – 10 if you include the radio edit of “Cannonball” – featured on the collection – her band-mates Jen Fletcher, Mark Weatherley and Owen Rees also shine thanks to their tight musicianship and ability to create a great ambience with their instruments.

The album is also helped greatly by impressive production, with the mixing and mastering done Jochem Jacobs, formerly of Textures. His efforts on Coalesce allow for each track to connect with the next, even when lyrically or musically they really shouldn’t, and it’s this that ultimately prevents the album from being a stop-start ‘what the hell is going on’ type of record.

Despite the bands’ many talents, which they showcase as best they can on the album, come the half-way point, and most notably following “Opposites”, each track does tend to start sounding like the last as the group appear to have stuck to what they know and do best. It might work on a debut album but should they be fortunate enough to return to the studio and record a second, a bit of variety certainly wouldn’t go amiss. Nevertheless, for a first effort, it’s a strong and well-polished one, sure to impress those music fans who like their tracks to be large, considerably loud and rather in your face.

Coalesce is available now.