ITV & BBC TO SPLIT EURO 2016 COVERAGE 0 283

ITV and the BBC can today confirm the split of matches for next summer’s European Championship in France.

The broadcasters will share the 11 group matches contested by England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

ITV will show the opening match of the tournament between hosts France and Romania on 10 June as well as England’s first and final group games against Russia, and Slovakia. The BBC will broadcast the home nations clash between England and Wales as well as Wales’ first match against Slovakia. They will also show Northern Ireland’s opening match against Poland and final group game against world champions Germany.

ITV will show Northern Ireland v Ukraine, Russia v Wales and the Republic of Ireland’s games against Belgium and Italy.

The BBC will be showing Germany’s opening game against Ukraine, the Republic of Ireland’s first match against Sweden as well as the opening games for Italy and Portugal.

ITV will have first pick of the round of 16 and semi finals, whilst the BBC has first two picks of the quarter finals. Both ITV and BBC will show the final.

The full split of the group stage matches is outlined in the table below.

Niall Sloane, ITV Director of Sport, said: “Euro 2016 promises to be a very special tournament, expanded to 24 teams for the first time, taking place so close to home and with the involvement of three Home Nations plus the Republic of Ireland. This is unprecedented and we look forward to bringing home to viewers the action and excitement on the ground in France. The tournament begins on ITV for UK viewers next year and we’re looking forward to showing live two of England’s three group matches as well as key matches involving Northern Ireland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland. Our group stage coverage also includes all of holders Spain’s matches and a standout tie between World Champions Germany and fierce rivals Poland. Viewers will be able to watch all our matches live online on itv.com, which will also host a dedicated Euro 16 site offering comprehensive coverage in the build up to and throughout the most eagerly anticipated European Championship for many years.”

Philip Bernie, BBC Head of TV Sport, said: “We are delighted to have the most talked about match of the draw in England v Wales, in such a special year for the home nations, as well as the opening matches for Wales and Northern Ireland on their return to major tournament football. We have a great selection of games that also include two matches featuring the world champions Germany and the opening games for some of the tournament’s best players, including Gareth Bale, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ronaldo. The BBC also features the Republic of Ireland’s first game with Sweden and our great picks of subsequent rounds will ensure coverage of the home nations if they progress. Euro 2016 promises to be a standout event in a busy sporting summer on the BBC and we will bring audiences closer to the action than ever before with our most extensive coverage. We expect record numbers to enjoy our comprehensive range of content and catch-up services across TV, radio, online, digital, social media and the iPlayer.”

Euro 2016 – Group stage game split

Friday 10 June
20.00 (ITV) France v Romania

Saturday 11 June
14.00 (BBC) Albania v Switzerland
17.00 (BBC ) Wales v Slovakia
20.00 (ITV) England v Russia

Sunday 12 June
14.00 (ITV) Turkey v Croatia
17.00 (BBC) Poland v Northern Ireland
20.00 (BBC) Germany v Ukraine

Monday 13 June
14.00 (ITV) Spain v Czech Republic
17.00 (BBC) Republic of Ireland v Sweden
20.00 (BBC) Belgium v Italy

Tuesday 14 June
17.00 (ITV) Austria v Hungary
20.00 (BBC) Portugal v Iceland

Wednesday 15 June
14.00 (BBC) Russia v Slovakia
17.00 (ITV) Romania v Switzerland
20.00 (ITV) France v Albania

Thursday 16 June
14.00 (BBC) England v Wales
17.00 (ITV) Ukraine v Northern Ireland
20.00 (ITV) Germany v Poland

Friday 17 June
14.00 (ITV) Italy v Sweden
17.00 (BBC) Czech Republic v Croatia
20.00 (ITV) Spain v Turkey

Saturday 18 June
14.00 (ITV) Belgium v Republic of Ireland
17.00 (BBC) Iceland v Hungary
20.00 (BBC) Portugal v Austria

Sunday 19 June
20.00 (BBC) Romania v Albania
20.00 (BBC) Switzerland v France

Monday 20 June
20.00 (ITV) Russia v Wales
20.00 (ITV) Slovakia v England

Tuesday 21 June
17.00 (BBC) Northern Ireland v Germany
17.00 (BBC) Ukraine v Poland
20.00 (ITV) Croatia v Spain
20.00 (ITV) Czech Republic v Turkey

Wednesday 22 June
17.00 (BBC) Hungary v Portugal
17.00 (BBC) Iceland v Austria
20.00 (ITV) Italy v Republic of Ireland
20.00 (ITV) Sweden v Belgium

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BRIT AWARDS 2019 WINNERS REVEALED 0 150

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Tonight we celebrated the achievements of British and international artists and musicians over the last year, live on ITV from The O2 Arena, London!

Jack Whitehall was back on hosting duties for the second year to present an exceptional night of entertainment for the 12,000 arena guests and the millions watching from home. A grand total of 13 awards – designed by acclaimed architect Sir David Adjaye – were handed out during the show.

Presenters on the night included: Paloma Faith, Annie Mac, Suki Waterhouse, Khalid, Jared Leto, Liam Payne and Winnie Harlow.

Multi-award winning actor and performer Hugh Jackman kicked off proceedings with a dazzling rendition of ‘The Greatest Show’ from the global music sensation The Greatest Showman, resplendent with over 100 circus-themed dancers. Calvin Harris made his BRITs debut with a collaboration with Dua Lipa, Sam Smith and Rag’n’Bone Man, and the show also hosted performances from George Ezra, Jorja Smith, Jess Glynne with H.E.R., Little Mix with Ms Banks and The 1975. P!nk closed the show with an incredible four song medley following the presentation of her Outstanding Contribution to Music award.

Winning British Group for the second time, The 1975 also added the much coveted Mastercard British Album of the Year award to their BRIT tally, for their third No. 1 album A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships.

A true ‘Giant’ of British music, Calvin Harris bagged his first ever BRIT awards, having been nominated 16 times in the last ten years. Winning British Single, along with Dua Lipa, for their No.1 smash hit ‘One Kiss’, the multi-million selling DJ was also honoured with Best British Producer, in acknowledgment of his immense chart topping success over the past twelve months, collaborating with some of the biggest artists in the world and responsible for some of the biggest hits of the last decade.

More BRITs firsts on the night saw a win for George Ezra for British Male Solo Artist and Tom Walker in British Breakthrough Act, the latter a public vote. Rising star Jorja Smith, who won the Critics’ Choice award in 2018, came away with British Female Solo Artist.

The BRITs Global Success award, identified by global sales success of a British artist, was awarded to Ed Sheeran for a second year, continuing to celebrate the phenomenal success of his third album Divide – certified sales alone account for 10.5 million, and overall Ed has sold an estimated 150 million records to date.

Ariana Grande was announced as Best International Female and Drake won his second BRIT award for Best International Male. Best International Group went to The Carters, their first as a group – although Beyonce and Jay Z have both won BRIT awards as individuals previously.

British Artist Video of the Year was once again determined by public social vote and this year the winner was Little Mix for ‘Woman Like Me’, which the girls performed earlier in the show.

WINNERS & SPEECHES

BRITISH MALE SOLO ARTIST – GEORGE EZRA (PRESENTED BY DANIEL STURRIDGE & PALOMA FAITH)

BRITISH FEMALE SOLO ARTIST – JORJA SMITH (PRESENTED BY H.E.R. & NILE RODGERS)

BRITISH GROUP – THE 1975 (PRESENTED BY NATALIE DORMER & VICKY McCLURE)

BRITISH BREAKTHROUGH ACT – TOM WALKER (PRESENTED BY ALICE LEVINE & CLARA AMFO)

INTERNATIONAL GROUP – THE CARTERS (PRESENTED BY JACK WHITEHALL)

INTERNATIONAL MALE SOLO ARTIST – DRAKE (PRESENTED BY JACK WHITEHALL)

INTERNATIONAL FEMALE SOLO ARTIST – ARIANA GRANDE (PRESENTED BY JACK WHITEHALL)

BRITs GLOBAL SUCCESS AWARD – ED SHEERAN (PRESENTED BY ABBEY CLANCY & ROMAN KEMP)

BRITISH ARTIST VIDEO OF THE YEAR – “WOMAN LIKE ME” BY LITTLE MIX FEATURING NICKI MINAJ (PRESENTED BY BROS)

BRITISH PRODUCER OF THE YEAR – CALVIN HARRIS (PRESENTED BY ANNIE MAC & SUKI WATERHOUSE)

BRITISH SINGLE – “ONE KISS” BY CALVIN HARRIS & DUA LIPA (PRESENTED BY LIAM PAYNE & WINNIE HARLOW)

MASTERCARD BRITISH ALBUM OF THE YEAR – “A BRIEF INQUIRY INTO ONLINE RELATIONSHIPS” BY THE 1975 (PRESENTED BY JARED LETO)

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO MUSIC – P!NK (PRESENTED BY KHALID)

HOLBY CITY & CASUALTY CROSSOVER ANNOUNCED FOR MARCH 0 167

For the first time since 2005, the cast of Holby City and Casualty will join forces for a two-part crossover special on BBC One as the staff of the emergency department and the wards come together when Holby City Hospital is plunged into chaos.

Characters from both series will interact as their storylines are intertwined across the two dramatic, action-packed episodes.

A major cyber-attack plunges Holby into blackout and disables most of the hospital’s automated monitoring equipment. At the same time Sacha (Bob Barrett) is in a car crash which injures his daughter Bekka (Francesca Barrett) and Ric’s (Hugh Quarshie) granddaughter Darla (Naomi Katiyo), one of whom might be pregnant. Fighting a different battle amongst the chaos, Connie (Amanda Mealing) is left to save the life of a member of her own team with surgery. As Sasha’s injuries become apparent Jac (Rosie Marcel) comes to his rescue and is ready to operate but with only one theatre available in the blackout, Connie and Jac have to make the impossible decision of which of their friends to try and save first.

Simon Harper, Executive Producer of Holby City and Casualty, says: “We’ve known for some time there’s been major audience appetite for a mega crossover between these sister shows, so that’s exactly what we are serving up! You’ll see both the Casualty and Holby teams striving heroically against the odds in two episodes of pure, nail-biting, taut, emotional medical drama. I’m quite literally in awe of Michelle Lipton’s writing achievement and Steve Brett’s direction in pulling off this double, and so proud of both the Cardiff Casualty and Elstree Holby crews and casts in making the mind boggling logistics work, quite aside from their creative wizardry. There’s so much to relish in the cross-show character interactions: an especially poignant thematic resonance between two regulars, Connie and Jac in delicious conflict, and perhaps most vitally, who from Casualty has been secretly carrying on with whom from Holby!”

The crossover will begin during Casualty on Saturday 2 March and will conclude during Holby City on Tuesday 5 March on BBC One.

Throughout 2019, Holby City is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a host of guest appearances from previous Holby characters and fan favourites across the year. Amanda Mealing will be the latest returner in the crossover, coming back to her old stomping ground in Holby as Connie Beauchamp.