Channel overview – Page 18

  • The Big Allotment Challenge
    Ratings

    BBC2 sows the seeds of a hit

    2014-04-25T16:09:00Z

    Get out the cloche, pull up the radish, snip the beans and sweep the duckboards – the latest craft to master has arrived.

  • Fifteen To One
    Ratings

    C4 quiz drops off the pace

    2014-04-16T15:58:00Z

    William G Stewart first introduced us to 15 contestants, 14 of whom were destined to be unlucky, in January 1988. More than a quarter of a century on, and 10 years off the air, his former show has had a bumpy return.

  • Mary Berry Cooks
    Ratings

    Mary Berry batters rivals

    2014-04-11T16:29:00Z

    Mary Berry does a nice line in butter-wouldn’t-dare-melt demureness, but when it comes to ratings, the Queen of Buns is a killer – as all but the denizens of Weatherfield found out on Monday.

  • Lambing Live
    Ratings

    Lambs spring into top 10

    2014-04-04T15:30:00Z

    In fields around the land this week, green visors were delivered, baize tables were set up and cards dealt out, and once again the lambs had to explain, hoofs on hips, that they gambol.

  • Lambing Live
    Ratings

    Babies deliver on BBC2 & C4

    2014-03-28T17:19:00Z

    This week, BBC2 launched a sort of farming version of Call The Midwife, with more bleating, less screaming and a fear of mint sauce.

  • Living In Space
    Ratings

    Lap of honour for Channel 4

    2014-03-20T17:52:00Z

    BBC2’s weekly primetime share was almost 8%, helped enormously by Top Gear: Burma Special: 6.1 million/23% share is a huge audience, more than twice that of the next show in the table, and it would be foolish to argue against it.

  • Mary Berry Cooks
    Ratings

    Mary cooks up BBC2 success

    2014-03-14T16:06:00Z

    In the summer of 1914, moustaches and frock coats roamed the corridors of power and decided that it was time for war.

  • The Necessary War
    Ratings

    Hastings wins battle of docs

    2014-03-07T11:01:00Z

    Appositely, as sabres rattle in Eastern Europe, BBC2 played two programmes on the outbreak of the First World War.

  • The Taste
    Ratings

    The Taste falls to new low

    2014-02-28T10:44:00Z

    The sliding-about-a-lot has ended and GB won four medals, the best return since 1924; the year Mallory and Irving were lost trying to ascend Everest for the first time.

  • sochi
    Ratings

    Olympics in winning form

    2014-02-20T14:50:00Z

    The nation is gripped by the sliding about of athletes, often in lycra and occasionally with brooms.

  • Winter Olympics
    Ratings

    BBC2 skates ahead of ITV

    2014-02-13T12:37:00Z

    If ever there was a right time to announce the relinquishing of the BBC2 Quill of Control, it would be after news like this: BBC2’s Saturday and Sunday combined all-time share (12%) beat ITV’s (9.8%).

  • Top Gear
    Ratings

    Top Gear races to the summit

    2014-02-07T17:52:00Z

    This week, Top Gear returned to show Benefits Street who’s boss.

  • The Jump
    Ratings

    Seasonal hits for BBC and C4

    2014-01-31T15:19:00Z

    The only winter watching I want to do is the sort that involves waving it off at a bus stop, followed by anxious glances down the road searching for the garlanded spring bus.

  • Great British Bake Off
    Ratings

    Bun fight fails Benefits test

    2014-01-24T17:19:00Z

    Last year, there was a Twitter-based hoo-ha about one of the Bake-Off finalists. It was largely ludicrous, if unpleasant for the baker involved, but creator Love Productions probably felt that as controversies go, it was manageable.

  • Stargazing
    Ratings

    Benefits Street claims top spot

    2014-01-17T14:44:00Z

    Gazing at the night sky seeing stars that blew up long ago puts missing the council’s Christmas tree collection day into perspective.

  • PDQ
    Ratings

    Top Gear stars battle it out

    2014-01-09T17:32:00Z

    You have barely had time to forget the embarrassment of welcoming in the new year by singing into a hairbrush, or adjust to a new calendar, or manhandle into the garden the huge tree that seemed such a good idea to bring indoors three weeks ago, than a whole bunch ...

  • Heston
    Ratings

    Mixed fortunes for C4

    2013-12-17T11:01:00Z

    There were mixed fortunes for Channel 4 as Heston returned to nearly 2 million while Liberty and the British Comedy Awards struggled.

  • University Challenge
    Ratings

    BBC2 rises to the Challenge

    2013-12-12T16:20:00Z

    Some years ago, while snowbound at a friend’s house in Switzerland, we played Trivial Pursuit.

  • Burma.jpg
    Ratings

    Wild Burma tames C4 Cats

    2013-12-06T16:44:00Z

    It remains difficult for me to see a polystyrene cup without wanting to pick it up, place it between my teeth and launch into “sitting at my piano the other day”, followed by throwing an imaginary ball into a paper bag.

  • The Choir
    Ratings

    The Choir hits the right note

    2013-11-22T15:06:00Z

    Many moons ago, I spent a summer ensconced in Birmingham City Library researching a history of … well, let’s just say Victorian Public Health capital expenditure in case you’re reading this early in the morning.