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guardian.co.uk — BBC Scotland is to invest an extra £5m in programming and content for Scottish audiences in the runup to next year's referendum on independence. The money will pay for documentaries on the main issues arising from the Scottish independence story to be broadcast from late 2013, a series of debates on the subject to be broadcast next year, and live coverage of the referendum results on TV, radio and online in English and Gaelic.
guardian.co.uk — ITV's long running entertainment show Dancing on Ice is to end after next year's ninth series. Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean, the Olympic ice skating gold medalists who mentored celebrity contestants through painful tumbles on the show, announced on ITV's Daybreak on Tuesday morning that the final series will be broadcast next year.
guardian.co.uk — Eddie Braben, the comedy writer best known for his work on the Morecambe and Wise show, has died after a short illness, aged 82. Braben, who also wrote material for BBC radio comedy show Round the Horne, Ken Dodd, David Frost and Ronnie Corbett, died on Tuesday morning, his manager Norma Farnes announced.
guardian.co.uk — Brian Henson, son of Muppets creator Jim Henson, will be among the speakers at this year's Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival in August. Henson, an award-winning director and producer and chairman of the Jim Henson Company, will present The Evolution of Puppetry session at the festival, giving an insight into how the use of puppets has evolved from The Muppet show to the modern era on TV and film.
guardian.co.uk — ITV's British Soap Awards proved more popular than BBC1's returning Jason Isaacs detective drama Case Histories on Sunday night, attracting nearly 6 million viewers. The British Soap Awards averaged 5.7 million viewers and a 24.9% audience share over two hours from 8pm - the most watched show on any channel on Sunday.
guardian.co.uk — The traditional poor showing for the UK's Eurovision entrant, Bonnie Tyler, did not stop BBC1's live coverage averaging nearly 8 million viewers on Saturday night. BBC1's Eurovision Song Contest averaged 7.7 million viewers and a 35.3% audience share over three and a half hours from 8pm.
tumblr.com — In the UK, "knackered" means to be worn out or tired, but since we in the US don't use this word it can cause some confusion. My brother-in-law had an awkward encounter when he first moved to London wherein he thought a friend was telling him that his wife started getting naked around 9 p.m.
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