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Britain's got Talent returns for eighth series

Britain's got Talent has returned to ITV for its eighth series tonight with acts ranging from a roller-skating Wonder Woman to a man speed-eating a raw onion.

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Britain's Got Talent scores highest rating launch episode

Britain's Got Talent scored its highest rating launch episode ever with 11.1 million viewers, ITV said.

Boyband Collabro impressed the judges on last night's Britain's Got Talent Credit: Britain's Got Talent

The previous highest audience for a BGT launch show was in 2010, when the opening episode attracted 10.6 million viewers.

The audience to last night's series opener peaked at 12.3 million viewers and boasted a 47% share.

Peter Fincham, ITV's director of television, said: "The fantastic overnight figures show that Britain's Got Talent is event television, and we're delighted that so many viewers tuned to last night's launch episode, on what was a strong night for ITV."

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