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The 14 most exciting things to happen on TV in the 90s

Louisa Mellor Dec 7, 2017

UK kids wouldn’t have survived the 90s without The Crystal Maze, Knightmare, Gladiators and more…

Remember boredom? Boredom was to a nineties childhood what stress is to modern adulthood – a constant and inescapable presence, relieved only by television.

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The difference is, even television could be boring in the nineties. Grown-ups exclusively watched One Man And His Dog, The Budget and Ballykissangel, the sort of programmes that gave you Sunday-night-dread any day of the week. Try as you might to escape border collies, Kenneth Clarke and priests having harvest festival scrapes in picturesque Irish villages, it simply wasn’t possible. There were no streaming services to come to your rescue. Video rental was a birthdays-only treat. What else were you supposed to do? Read?

Every so often, a bright light would shine through, illuminating the murk of Ground Force and Oh,
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Linda Barker adopts dog

Linda Barker has adopted an abandoned dog. The former 'Changing Rooms' star has been working with the Dogs Trust for their 'A dog is for Life, not just for Christmas' street art campaign and fell so hard for the lurcher puppies, George and Angelina, she posed with for promotional photographs, she decided to take the female dog - who is named after actress Angelina Jolie - home to care for her. The 53-year-old presenter is proud to be supporting the campaign, which urges the nation to think twice about giving puppies as Christmas presents only to be given up later. Linda said: ''This
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Chloe-Jasmine admits X Factor romance with Stevi

Linda Barker has adopted an abandoned dog. The former 'Changing Rooms' star has been working with the Dogs Trust for their 'A dog is for Life, not just for Christmas' street art campaign and fell so hard for the lurcher puppies, George and Angelina, she posed with for promotional photographs, she decided to take the female dog - who is named after actress Angelina Jolie - home to care for her. The 53-year-old presenter is proud to be supporting the campaign, which urges the nation to think twice about giving puppies as Christmas presents only to be given up later. Linda said: ''This
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13 I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! winners ranked: Who was best?

After 13 series, there have now been more than enough I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! winners to fill up their own all-star series.

They all had to endure creepy crawlies, tough Bushtucker Trials and mockery by Ant & Dec, but they all won the hearts of the nation for a couple of weeks.

Some of them may have fallen from grace since, while some have soared up the UK fame ranks. But who were the best champions from their respective series? Here's our just-for-fun, don't-take-it-too-seriously Top 13.

13. Carol Thatcher - Series 5 (2005)

Potentially the most surprising winner of the lot, no-one could have guessed that Margaret Thatcher's daughter would have been voted the nation's favourite.

Viewers were won over by how involved she was in the tasks, her no-nonsense attitude, and the fact that she was only up against Sid Owen and Cannon & Ball.

12. Matt Willis - Series 6 (2006)

The Busted
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How makeover TV has responded to the austerity era

Channel 5's Brand New House for £5K is a reality show for a cash-strapped nation. But does it teach us anything else about ourselves?

Delivering a quick history of 20th-century fashion during her new Channel 4 series, Dawn O'Porter explains that the frivolous, glamorous clothes of the 1920s were considered inappropriate during the depression of the 1930s. And, although O'Porter doesn't make the connection, her latest programme This Old Thing: the Vintage Clothes Show (9pm) is part of British TV's response to the recent and, unless you believe the Chancellor of the Exchequer, current period in which the UK economy has been wearing the retro sackcloth of the Wall Street crash era.

Another example of this hard-times genre, scheduled against it in the same slot on Channel 5, is Brand New House for £5K, in which Linda Barker, a designer who became one of the best-known blue-wall-thinkers on the BBC's home-makeover
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Linda Barker to front new Channel 5 show Brand New Home for £5k

Linda Barker is to front a new Channel 5 property series.

Brand New Home for £5k will see Barker achieve "amazing home transformations for jaw-droppingly small amounts of money".

The former Changing Rooms star will mastermind a team that will revamp properties on a shoestring budget by recycling items, restoring them and upcycling.

Barker will have two weeks to transform the houses, but will face big challenges when she encounters "out-dated décor, dilapidated fittings, peeling wallpaper... unfinished Diy projects and self-inflicted aesthetic crimes".

Emma Westcott, Commissioning Editor Factual, said of the commission: "We are delighted to have Linda on board for this series. Her background and love of design makes her the perfect presenter for Brand New Home for £5k.

"As the housing market is closing in, we think viewers will be fascinated by what can be achieved with a 5k budget."

Brand New Home for £5k is a three-part series,
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Splash, Educating Yorkshire: 5 surprise reality TV hits of 2013

Of course, we had the classics. 2013 saw the return of all the standard reality shows, from Big Brother to The Voice, and from The X Factor to Strictly Come Dancing. The Beeb even announced that Great British Bake Off was now so successful that it would move to big boy channel BBC One.

But aside from all of the classics, some other reality shows got us hooked - and surprisingly so. Below, we list five of our surprise hits from 2013 - let us know in the comments if you were a fan...

Whodunnit

Back in 2003, the BBC ran a little show called The Murder Game, which followed a group of contestants trying to solve a murder. It was really smart and genuinely creepy at times.

Whodunnit was not that show. While it had a similar premise - a group of contestants solving a bunch of murders in a mansion to
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'I'm a Celebrity's most stomach-churning Bushtucker Trials - pictures

We don't think we've seen anything quite as revolting as the shiny and pink offal glistening inside the limo during the latest Bushtucker Trial on I'm a Celebrity last night.

Lucy Pargeter took part in 'Limo Scream' and successfully secured 10 out of 12 stars during the stomach-churning task, which involved hunting for tokens under offal and a variety of nasties within the stretch limousine.

So we've decided to remind ourselves of other nausea-inducing challenges and trials that perhaps went a step too far on I'm a Celebrity.

Close your mouth for the love of God, Joe Pasquale!

The poor comedian had sopping wet rats clambering all over his face and neck as he was submerged in water during the 'Danger Down Under' trial on I'm a Celebrity back in 2004. Look at its wet, pesky paws all over his goggles! And its fat grey tail creeping down his shirt.

Stuff of nightmares.
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Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez & Rihanna Named FHM’s Sexiest Women

It’s that time of year! FHM magazine has released it’s list of the world’s 100 sexiest woman, and Taylor, Selena and Rihanna all made the list, while Mila Kunis nabbed the top spot.

Rihanna, Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift have many things in common, including the fact that they are all considered to be the sexiest women in the world! Our favorite girls are all on FHM’s 2013 list of 100 Sexiest Women In The World, with Rihanna placing at #2, Taylor at #12 and Selena at #32. Kristen Stewart (#91), Kim Kardashian (#38), and Mila Kunis (#1) also made the coveted list. Read on to see who else is considered one of the sexiest women in the world!

Full List Of FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women In The World 2013

100. Sofia Vergara

99. Nathalie Emmanuel

98. Chloe Cummings

97. Olivia Godfrey

96. Susanna Reid

95. Layla Anna-Lee

94. Imogen Poots

93. Linda Barker

92. Rachel Shenton

91. Kristen Stewart

90. Rachel Riley

89. Lucy Collett

88. Franziska Klein
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Louie Spence 'wants to be Splash! series two contestant'

Louie Spence has reportedly expressed interest in starring in the second series of Splash!

The dancer is said to have told ITV bosses that he would like a spot in next year's lineup of celebrities, according to The Sun.

A source said: "Louie can't wait to get in the pool with Tom Daley. He reckons that he's the perfect candidate for the show."

The former Dancing on Ice judge is known to be a big fan of the show, and appeared as a guest during the live final earlier this month.

Tom Daley's surprise hit TV show has been recommissioned for a second series by ITV, and will return in 2014.

Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards was crowned the winner of the first series, beating former Changing Rooms designer Linda Barker and Benidorm's Jake Canuso to the title.

Rebecca Adlington has been tipped for a spot in Splash! following her recent retirement from swimming.
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Eddie Edwards wins first series of Splash!

Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards has won the first series of 'Splash!' The former Olympic skier won the public vote last night (02.02.13) on the celebrity diving show which featured fellow Olympian Tom Daley as a mentor. The final of the show saw judges Andy Banks, Jo Brand and Leon Taylor each give the 49-year-old sportsman a perfect 10 for a combined score of 30. Leon, a former diving Olympian, said: ''You're not only pushing the boundaries, but you're smashing them.'' 'Benidorm' star Jake Canuso was the first runner-up, whose grand total of 55.5 points was only 3.5 behind the winner. Meanwhile, TV decorator Linda Barker
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Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards wins ITV's celebrity diving competition Splash!

Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards wins ITV's celebrity diving competition Splash!
Veteran Olympian Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards has won ITV's celebrity diving competition 'Splash!'

His triumph comes 25 years after he shot to fame with the world's worst Olympic ski jump at the winter Olympics in Calgary, Canada.

He knocked actor Jake Canuso into second place and Linda Barker, of the BBC's 'Changing Rooms', into third.

The Eagle landed perfectly with his first dive and taking a maximum 30 points for the two-and-a-half somersault from the 10 metre board.

It had not been an easy week for Edwards who lost his confidence in training with a series of painful belly and back flops.

But with his game face on and after his flawless showing, celebrity judge Jo Brand told him: "You just need to master hang gliding and you could be the next Milk Tray man."

Andy Banks, who guided the career of Olympic bronze winner Tom Daley, the participants' mentor,
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Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards wins 'Splash!'

Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards has been named winner of Splash!.

The former Olympic skier impressed judges and viewers alike in his final solo and synchronised dives, beating former Changing Rooms designer Linda Barker and Benidorm's Jake Canuso to the title.

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Despite facing a setback after a disastrous dive in training this week, Edwards's 2 1/2 somersault dive from the 7.5m board gained a perfect score from judges Andy Banks, Jo Brand and Leon Taylor, while his synchronised dive earned 28.5 out of 30, producing a final score of 58.5.

After announcing the result, presenter Vernon Kay hailed Edwards's "fearless" performances over the course of the series.

Edwards told Kay: "It's been fantastic. Very painful, very, very difficult and very dangerous but I've loved every minute of it."

Barker's forward 1 1/2 somersault from the 5m board prompted Brand to call the interior designer an "inspiration". Together with the synchronised dive performed alongside Daley, she scored
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'Splash!' final - live blog

Whether you think it's innocent Saturday night cheese, or as repugnant as an unwashed Speedo, there's no denying that ITV's Splash! has got everyone talking the past few weeks.

Tonight, Tom Daley will slip on his trunks for one last time as finalists Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards, Linda Barker and Jake Canuso compete to be crowned the top splasher, or something, in a live 90-minute extravaganza.

Digital Spy will be saying goodbye to one of our favourite TV guilty pleasures with commentary, updates, some loving ribbing and occasional declarations of 'phwoar' in this live blog. Join us for the Splash! final from 7pm.

20:33Thanks for joining us for the Splash! live blog, all. We know it's not everyone's cup of tea, but it turned out alright in the end didn't it? Carry on the convo in the comments section below, as we leave you with this lovely revelation from Dom Joly.
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Jessie J to shave head for Comic Relief

Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards has won the first series of 'Splash!' The former Olympic skier won the public vote last night (02.02.13) on the celebrity diving show which featured fellow Olympian Tom Daley as a mentor. The final of the show saw judges Andy Banks, Jo Brand and Leon Taylor each give the 49-year-old sportsman a perfect 10 for a combined score of 30. Leon, a former diving Olympian, said: ''You're not only pushing the boundaries, but you're smashing them.'' 'Benidorm' star Jake Canuso was the first runner-up, whose grand total of 55.5 points was only 3.5 behind the winner. Meanwhile, TV decorator Linda Barker
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Linda Barker, Eddie Edwards and Jake Canuso make 'Splash!' final

Linda Barker, Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards and Jake Canuso are through to the Splash! final. Interior designer Barker and skiing legend Edwards were voted through to the final by the public. However, Benidorm star Canuso was forced to take part in a dive-off against comedian Omid Djalili and Sky Sports presenter Charlotte Jackson. Olympic boxer Anthony Ogogo was forced to announce his retirement from the contest early in the semi-final, after aggravating a pre-existing injury during a dive on (more)
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Anthony Ogogo wins final 'Splash!' heat

Anthony Ogogo has triumphed in the third and final heat of Splash!. The Olympic boxing bronze medalist competed against actress Donna Air, comedian Dom Joly, Changing Rooms designer Linda Barker and Shameless star Tina Malone in tonight's (January 19) episode of Tom Daley's diving competition. Ogogo's dive involved a back somersault and entering the water feet first, which proved a challenge for the boxer. He was awarded 22 out of 30 by the panel, behind leader Linda Barker. Following the public vote, Ogogo won the heat, while Barker went through to the dive-off with Malone, ultimately beating the actress to stay in the competition. Before the programme, Ogogo took to Twitter to warn viewers about the size of his swimming suit. (more)
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Tom Daley: 'Splash! has seen a lot of wardrobe malfunctions'

Tom Daley has teased that Splash! is likely to contain "loads of waldrobe malfunctions". The 18-year-old Olympian is currently training 15 celebrities to dive and told The Sun that there have been some revealing moments. He said that the female contestants - model Caprice, Changing Rooms designer Linda Barker, Sugababes singer Jade Ewen, TV host Jenni Falconer and Sky Sports News presenter Charlotte Jackson - have fallen foul of loose swimming costumes. "There have been loads of wardrobe malfunctions," Daley explained. "Celebrities have turned up with bikinis thinking it's all going to be hunky-dory. Lots of bikini bottoms (more)
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Tom Daley's Splash! lineup revealed: Joey Essex, Caprice taking plunge

Joey Essex, Caprice and Sugababes singer Jade Ewen are among those confirmed to be taking part in Tom Daley's TV show Splash! The Olympic bronze medallist will be seen training celebrities to dive on a new ITV reality show which debuts this weekend. Hollyoaks actress Jennifer Metcalfe, Tina Malone from Channel 4 drama Shameless and Benidorm's Jake Canuso will also take part, along with comedians Dom Joly, Helen Lederer and Omid Djalili. TV host Jenni Falconer and Sky Sports News presenter Charlotte Jackson will also take the plunge, and the lineup is completed by gardener Diarmuid Gavin, Changing Rooms designer Linda Barker, ski jumper Eddie 'the Eagle' Edwards, plus boxer and former Big Brother: (more)
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Portlandia, welcome to the hipster capital of the muesli belt

Hipster-baiting sitcom Portlandia has arrived in the UK. Meet the creators and stars Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen

"What's Portlandia?" asks a friend when I tell them I'm interviewing the sketch show's creators Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein. What's Portlandia? Portlandia is the capital of the muesli belt, a place where "artisan" is a religion, plaid is god and baking someone a vegan cupcake is as good as cunnilingus. Zumba? They're so over it. Wheat intolerances? They invented them. Or, in the words of the show's anthem, Dream Of The 90s, Portlandia exists in a world where all the hot girls wear glasses, people went to clown school. Gore won, Bush never happened. People ride trams, skateboards, unicycles. Portland is a city where young people go to retire. "Oh, like Brighton?" replies my friend. Well, sort of.

Portland, Oregon, tucked away in the Pacific Northwest, is the closest thing the
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