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Strangers to be married off in new television show

Six single people are going to be introduced at the altar and married off on television in a bid to find the formula for the perfect relationship.

Channel 4 is launching a new show that will marry off singles. Credit: Katie Collins/PA Wire

The couples will take part in Channel 4's show Married At First Sight which aims to find out if science can produce a stable marriage.

The show, which is based on a hit Danish programme, will reduce a pool of 200 people down to six singles who will be matched up by a panel of experts and cameras will follow their first six weeks together.

At the end of filming, the couples will be asked if they want to go their separate ways or stay together.

Channel 4's chief creative officer Jay Hunt said the show was "taking on Britain's reputation as the divorce capital of Europe".

Ex-EastEnders star set for brief Albert Square return

Former EastEnders star John Partridge - who played Christian Clarke in the soap - is returning to Albert Square in the aftermath of the storyline about Lucy Beale's murder.

(Left to right) Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt), Peter Beale (Ben Hardy) and Christian Clarke (John Partridge). Credit: BBC/PA Wire

The 42-year-old will reprise his role "for a short stint" on the show for the funeral scenes which started shooting yesterday.

Viewers will see Christian pay his respects and support his elder sister Jane Beale who was Lucy's stepmother which will mark the first time Partridge has been seen in the show since leaving in November 2012.

He previously dismissed any possible return, telling Metro: "I'm out of it forever. I didn't get killed or anything. We both left to lead a much better life out of the Square."

Lucy (Hetti Bywater) will be killed off with the whodunnit storyline set to run up until the show's 30th anniversary in February 2015 when the identity of the killer will be revealed.

Report: Cash 'wasted on unwatched paid-for TV'

Nearly two-thirds (62%) of those questioned said they have no idea how much internet data they actually use as part of entertainment bundles they pay for, while almost a third of respondents (29%) do not know what capacity they are paying for.

Although an increasing number of consumers are putting their hands in their pockets to pay for additional online streaming services, there is still a considerable amount of cash wasted on paid-for TV channels which go unwatched.

People should regularly assess their viewing habits to ensure they are getting value for money from their TV service.

– Guy North Freeview director

The cost of TV "wastage" - the amount spent on paid-for channels that are going unwatched - has decreased since last year.

With the cost of TV entertainment within a bundle averaging at £22 per month in 2014, households are spending £195.35 annually on unwatched TV channels.

The report was issued by the Post Office and Freeview.

Spending on entertainment bundles hits record levels

The amount households spend on entertainment bundles has increased to record levels, a national review of internet users' spending habits has shown.

Spending on entertainment bundles hits record levels. Credit: Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press/Press Association Images

Vision and Value 2014 - an examination of television, broadband and home phone usage among consumers who choose to bundle the services - found that monthly spending on bundles has increased since 2013, costing each household an average of £50 per month.

This equates to an overall national spend of £3.3 billion - the highest it has ever been.

The report also found that almost one in five UK bundle users is spending an additional £10 per month for online TV subscriptions.

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Mrs Brown's Boys takes top Christmas TV spot

Sitcom Mrs Brown's Boys was the most viewed television show on Christmas Day beating Coronation Street and Doctor Who into second place.

Brendan O'Carroll's comedy was the most viewed show on Christmas Day. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

EastEnders, which used to regularly top the Christmas viewing figures, ended up in fourth place with Strictly Come Dancing's Christmas special completing the top five.

Mrs Brown's Boys - the bawdy show created by Irish comic Brendan O'Carroll, which has become a surprise ratings hit - pulled in an average audience of 9.4 million.

However, Doctor Who - which included Matt Smith's regeneration into the new doctor Peter Capaldi - enjoyed the biggest peak audience of 10.2 million.

Top ten Christmas TV shows: 1. Mrs Brown's Boys 9.4m. 2. Doctor Who 8.3m. 2. Coronation Street 8.3m. 4. EastEnders 7.8m. 5. Strictly Come Dancing 7.3m. 6. Call the Midwife 7.1m. 7. Downton Abbey 7m. 8. Toy Story 3 6.3m. 9. ITV News 5.9m. 10. Emmerdale 5.8m.

Giamatti joins Downton Abbey for Christmas special

Oscar-nominated actor Paul Giamatti will be joining the cast of Downton Abbey for the Christmas Day special.

Paul Giamatti, who gained international recognition for his role in 2004 comedy Sideways, will appear in Downton Abbey's Christmas special. Credit: PA

The American star, who was nominated for the best supporting actor Oscar for his role in boxing drama Cinderella Man, will play Lady Grantham's brother.

Not a lot has been given away about Giamatti's role in the ITV drama, but producers have let slip the Christmas Day episode will revolve around Lady Rose MacClare's (Lily James) entry into London's high society.

Downton Abbey's Christmas special will pick up six months after series four left off. Credit: PA

Shirley MacLaine returns as Lady Grantham's mother Martha and James Fox joins the cast as aristocrat Lord Aysgarth.

The two-hour episode of the award-winning ITV series, which will be shown at 8.30pm on Christmas Day, picks up the story six months on from the end of series four.

First TV pictures from inside Court of Appeal broadcast

Television pictures of a live case at the Court of Appeal have been broadcast for the first time since cameras were banned from the vast majority of courtrooms in 1925.

An image from the first few minutes of footage from the Court of Appeal

The landmark footage did not include any sound since the case in question involved sensitive details relating to a child.

The defendant was not in shot since the cameras in the court will focus on the lawyers' arguments and judges' summing up, decision and - in criminal cases - sentencing remarks.

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