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The new F1 season gets underway next month

Will Hamilton continue his dominance or can his rivals close the gap?

F1 Car SunsetThe 2014-15 season was pretty much a one horse race right until Lewis Hamilton had all but confirmed his second world title as a Mercedes driver and his third title in all, to match that of his boyhood hero Ayrton Senna.

With only his closest rival and Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg making anywhere near a challenge to his dominance, this season may prove to be more of the same unless the chasing pack can change the game. It’s still early days with official testing yet to start in Catalonia on February 22 but already, some are predicting that Ferrari might make a better fight of it this time around.

The official Formula One season starts as always in Melbourne, Australia with first practice scheduled for March 18, 2016 and only then will we get a glimpse at how much the off-season development has affected the cars and their drives. Some voices from inside the paddock are suggesting that the Scuderia have been working tirelessly around the clock to get their car to its full potential. Ferrari fans will hope so.

The back of last season showed they had taken great strides with some impressive podium finishes and the odd win for German Sebastian Vettel who will no doubt be desperate to close the gap on the current world champ. British fans may not like to hear that the four-time world champion may be getting the car his reputation deserves yet, with many fans saying the sport has gotten boring of late, perhaps a classic rivalry between Ferrari and Mercedes is exactly what the sport needs to give it a lease of life. Whatever happens, we predict this season won’t be anywhere near as clear cut as last.

Get the best coverage direct from the UK

This year, Sky Sports F1 is really the only place worth watching live Formula One races as the BBC in a surprise cost-cutting decision, decided to suddenly axe it’s existing coverage of the sport early, now with the contracts remaining term to be assumed by Channel 4, with F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone desperate to ensure that the sport gets a decent level of coverage on terrestrial television, to prevent audiences levels plummeting and the sport effectively going into exile.

Only time will tell what the future holds for the sport in terms of televised coverage, but you can rest assured that the only place to watch it live, anywhere abroad is with UKTV2C. Speak to our sales team today if you want to get your system set-up and ready in time for the first races in Australia next month.

It’s a bumper month of sport on UK TV this February!

A hugely important month of football fixtures coming up

The FA Cup

In season’s past, many would complain of the Premier League season almost being wrapped up by now, with the front runners leading the pack by a country mile. Not anymore! The gaps between the top teams and even down the divisions has lessened in recent years and this had made for some really exciting football upsets that seem to keep on coming.

The end of January and February promises to be a superb period of football all across the divisions with cup football returning to our screens. Some fixtures are unmissable viewing.

Capital One Cup Semi-Final 2nd Legs

With both matches looking to get wrapped up, our first cup final places of the season will be decided mid-week with two Merseyside clubs leading their respective ties.

On Tuesday evening, Stoke travel to Anfield to face Liverpool in a 7:45pm kick-off, carrying a solitary goal deficit whilst Everton travel to The Etihad Stadium the following evening to face Manchester City at 7:45pm, with the hosts needed to overturn the Toffee’s 2-1 lead.

Could we see an all Merseyside tie at the final in Wembley on Sunday, 28th February? You can find out by watching both games live on Sky Sports 1 HD.

The FA Cup returns this weekend

To wrap up the month of January nicely, the fourth round of the FA Cup gets underway later this week, with a Friday night kick off between hosts Derby County and visitors Manchester United, live from 7:30pm on BBC One.

With Louis van Gaal seemingly under increasing pressure, an early cup exit could leave the United board with a tough decision to make. With just a couple of days left in the transfer window, surely this is a must-win game for the Red Devils, who’s form has been indifferent all season long. Could an upset be on the cards? You’ll have to tune into BBC One this Friday using your VPN or Sling system to find out!

The next day also promises to potentially throw up a few upsets in the remaining FA Cup fixtures. Aston Villa host Man City is a game the home team need to win to kick start their dreadful season, Crystal Palace host Stoke in what could a pretty feisty affair, Liverpool host West Ham in what must be a tight match to predict and on the Sunday, MK Dons welcome Chelsea for a tie that could be the one to watch!

Tune into the BBC this weekend to catch all the action and see it infold.

The Premier league title race will take shape

Once the fun and games in the cup matches is all done and dusted, all eyes will be back on the Premier League and the top four title battle.

Leicester City have been this season’s breath of fresh air and whether or not you agree with their style of play, with their defensive counter-attacking approach to both home and away games, you have to admire that a team assembled on a fraction of the cost of the teams around them can only make them the neutrals favourites.

February will surely decide whether they have true title aspirations or whether they’ll fade away as many pundits predict. With all four teams playing one or two matches against each other over the coming weeks, important points will be gained and lost and come March, we could see who really are this season’s frontrunners.

The fixtures not to miss next month surely have to be Manchester City vs Leicester on Saturday, 6th February from 12:45pm on BT Sport 1. Then the following week, Arsenal host Leicester on Sunday, 14th February from 11:30, followed by Manchester City vs Tottenham from 4:00pm, both live on Sky Sports 1 HD – two massive games that will bring joy or heartbreak on Valentine’s Day.

It’s going to be a month of unmissable football. So if you want to see these games plus all the other live fixtures coming up on the BBC, Sky and BT Sports; then contact our sales team today to order you system by calling +441614080812 or email sales@uktv2c.com

New & Returning TV Shows for 2016

New Year television that will have you glued to your TV set!

If you thought you might want to take a break from the telly in the new year and make plans for your social life, then think again. 2016 promises to be a great year as many exciting new television series are set to hit our screens, as well as the return of many fans favourites. Here’s our list of shows that you must check out, coming to a small screen near you:

Jimmy & Jamie’s Friday Night Feast

Friday, January 1st, 2016 – Channel 4 at 8:00pm

Those two cheeky chappies from Essex bring in the new year with their own brand of fun and food from the famous Southend Pier once again. In the first episode of the new series, Orlando Bloom drops by to show off his sword training whilst cooking up a tasty Moroccan tagine. Jamie prepares fragrant, aromatic Asian seafood parcels, whilst Jimmy takes on the great British banger, showing how to make your own tastier homemade version instead. The boys also discover a by-product of the goat dairy industry in the form of delicious meat, that’s currently being discarded.

War & Peace

Sunday, 3rd January 2016 – BBC1 at 9:00pm

For lovers of period dramas, this adaption of the famous novel for television by one of Britain’s finest screenwriters, Andrew Davies (Bleak House, Pride and Prejudice, House of Cards), may have come at just the right time, now that the nation’s beloved Downton Abbey has gone for good. Tolstoy’s epic story is brought to life by an impressive cast line-up, arguably one of the best ever assembled for a British drama, with name such as Gillian Anderson, Jim Broadbent, Lily James, Paul Dano, James Norton, Tuppence Middleton and Stephen Rea among the long list of names. The cast all shine in this story of the tangled lives and loves of young Russian aristocrats during the Napoleonic Wars. This is not one to miss surely.

Queen Victoria

Unconfirmed – ITV

If having one new period drama wasn’t enough for you then ITV have certainly not let the dust settle after Downton’s demise. They’re also getting in on the period drama act with recently departed Dr. Who star Jenna Coleman, getting to grips with her first lead role in this lavish eight-part drama mini series, as it follows the monarch’s early life, from coronation to marriage to Prince Albert.

The final release date is yet to be confirmed but we do know that the series will open with a 90-minute episode, followed by 7 one-hour episodes.

Fresh Meat

Tuesday, 5th January 2016 – Channel 4 at 10pm

The incredibly popular cult comedy series starring Jack Whitehall will definitely be returning for a fourth and final series in 2016. Filming concluded late 2015 and to date, there have been mixed messages as to when the show will be scheduled to air again. We believe it is due to air as soon as next Tuesday but some published listings state otherwise. All we know is Episode One “The Purge” will be on our screens very soon and this has to be marked as unmissable.


Unconfirmed – Sky Atlantic

Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and Terence Winter (of ‘The Sopranos’ fame) have joined forces to create this highly anticipated HBO TV series about the music industry in 1970s New York. Bobby Canavale plays record executive Richie Finiestra, with Olivia Wilde as his wife, Devon, and Juno Temple as his ambitious A+R assistant in this gorgeous 70s style adaption of life in the industry over 40 years ago.

As yet, a date for the UK premiere is yet to be confirmed so keep your eyes peeled on Sky TV to see the latest trailers and announcements of its imminent release.

What’s on UK TV this Christmas 2015?

As we enter another festive period, there’s plenty to look forward to on the telly this Christmas. Whether you’re in the UK or overseas, getting access to the best in British entertainment is simple with UKTV2C and to give you a sneak peak at what’s in store, here’s our run down of what’s coming up and our recommended list of unmissable entertainment:

Sunday 6th December 2015

I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Final,  2015 – ITV1 9:00pm
If you haven’t heard about the squabbles, tantrums and torment going on in the Australian jungle this year then you must have had the TV switched off! It’s an unhappy camp this year and with evictions starting tonight, this is when the show starts to get a little nastier and more personal. With recent in-fighting mostly brought about by Lady Colin Campbell, many of the contestants are hoping for a swift eviction for the self-proclaimed high class socialite. However, the voting public may have a vindictive streak and could easily keep the “lady” in the camp to maintain the heated entertainment.

With just a week left to run, it’s going to get very interesting so make sure you tune in this week to see who stays, who goes and who gets to face the dreaded bush-tucker trials.

Sunday 20th December 2015

BBC Sports Personality of the Year,  2015 – BBC1 7:00pm
Every year, the public votes for their favourite sports man or woman and this year the contestants are yet to be finally announced. According to the bookmakers, there’s no clear out and out favourite but amongst the frontrunners, names include Jessica Ennis-Hill, Andy Murray, three-time F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton, Chris Froome, Wayne Rooney and Mo Farah.

With the Davis Cup final starting today in Ghent, contested between Belgium and Great Britain, a win for the Brits could propel Andy Murray to the front as favourite to pick up the coveted trophy for a second time.

The Apprentice Final – BBC1 9:00pm
Love them or loathe them, every year a group of wannabe entrepreneurs battle it out to be Lord Sugar’s next lap dog and the festive period will bring the curtain down on this year’s run. With so many of this year’s supposed front-runners falling when the pressure told, some unexpected names are now starting to show their qualities. Joseph Valente is now regarded as the surprise favourite to win, with American Vana Koutsomitis, Richard Woods and Scott Saunders being seen as other plausible winners.

With just a few weeks left to run, the pressure is going to mount so make sure you catch the final two battling it out over the Christmas holidays.

Thursday 24th December 2015

Peter Kay: 20 Years of Funny – BBC1 9:00pm
Bolton’s number one entertainment export has been on our television screens making us laugh for twenty years now and there’s nothing quite like Peter Kay’s brand of humour to get us into festive mood. For one hour, the show looks back at the comedian’s career in his very own unique and larger than life style. A perfect way to start the Christmas period.

Friday 25th December 2015

Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special, BBC1 6:30pm
The Christmas Day evening’s entertainment starts off with the usual ballroom dancing entertainment hosted by Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly. This highly popular show has gone from strength to strength every year and with the era of reality TV having started to get tired and predictable (X Factor anyone?), it’s great to see that good old fashioned family entertainment is still as timeless as ever!

Downton Abbey – ITV1 8:30pm
With this being the last ever episode of the much loved period drama, this feature length curtain closer is bound to bring tears to the eyes of millions of avid fans across the country and worldwide. Without doubt, this will be the most watched show in the UK on Christmas Day so is it worth watching anything else?

There’s still a large number of shows and time slots to be confirmed on both the BBC and ITV so check our Facebook page for updates on festive shows as they’re announced. In the meantime, if you want to ensure you get to watch all the Christmas TV with your family wherever you are this Christmas, then contact the UKTV2C sales team today to discuss your needs.

Who’ll be entering the celebrity jungle this November?

Ant & Dec are heading back down under again

Although no official date has been confirmed as yet, the much anticipated return of “I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here” is pencilled for a November launch. To date, ITV have kept their cards close to their chest and haven’t announced the final start date of this ever-popular reality show. Many believe this could be due the final line-up not being fully confirmed, with a few names yet to be agreed.

As usual, rumours are rife with who may be making an appearance this year. Possible and plausible names touted to date include Former X Factor winner James Arthur, Union J boybander Josh Cuthbert, ex-Dragon Den star and entrepreneur Duncan Bannatyne, X Factor choreographer Brian Friedman, TV host Anne Robinson, EastEnders’ actor Jake Wood, actress Leslie Ash and former Pussycat Doll and Celebrity MasterChef winner Kimberly Wyatt.

There’s also been some slightly more unlikely, eyebrow raising potential candidates for the jungle this year including the highly unlikely Caitlin Jenner, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner’s former nanny Christine Ouzounian (how is she a celebrity exactly?) and infamous Playboy model Chloe Mafia. There’s always at least one bit of eye candy for the guys so all bets are off on that one!

Only time will tell but one thing we do know is, we can’t wait. So for all you jungle fever and bush tucker trial fans, here’s a little trailer to whet the appetite!

Michel Roux Jr cooks up something inspiring

If you prefer your food more civilised than grubs, mealworms and cockroaches then tomorrow’s new show “Kitchen Impossible” hosted by Michelin star chef Michel Roux Jr may be more suited to your tastes.

From 9:00pm on Channel 4, eight young people with disabilities are given four weeks to train in the restaurant industry under the guidance and mentorship of Michel. Amongst the tasks handed down to them, they’ll have to learn to work, live and develop together in a very pressurised environment. Their first task is to cook a signature dish, which some didn’t quite grasp. 24-year-old Jack, who is autistic, decided to bring his favourite microwaveable ready meal, which unsurprisingly isn’t quite what Michel expected and doesn’t go down too well!

Naturally, it’s a tough and challenging journey for this group of disabled contestants but one that is sure to be heartwarming and inspiring as they learn to develop their skills over the coming weeks. We think this one could be well worth the watch!

Strictly gets a little spooky!

For those who just love the ballroom dance, this Saturday’s Strictly Come Dancing will have a ghostly feel as the show embraces a Fright Night fright theme. This Halloween special will feature a blend of spooky sambas, petrifying pasos and terrifying tangos as the dancers enter into the spirit of the evening in an effort to make it through to next week’s round.

Clearly the scariest prospect however, has to be the judging panels Halloween costumes, especially if Craig Revel Horwood decides to go to town. All we know is, it’s going to be spooktacular television darling!


Autumn UK television entertainment swings back in action

We’re just a matter of days away from October now and as the Autumn days set in, in the United Kingdom, so does the return of many of our favourites to the television screens to keep us entertained during the colder and darker months ahead. If you haven’t already noticed, here’s the pick of the bunch of just some of the shows that you may have either forgotten got under way or are set to return soon that you may have just forgotten about:

Downton Abbey

It’s no great secret that this series will be the very last season that the Grantham family airs on our screens. With season six comes a number of stories and subplots that we are waiting to finally get wrapped up. Now two episodes in, there’s the small mater of whether Mrs Hughes should agree to have her wedding at Downton Abbey amongst a number of story lines that include love, tragedy and some small doses of disaster.

As the cast recently stated in a trailer for ITV about this final outing, “there’ll be tears and laughter but like a good meal, you’ll be satisfied”. You can see for yourself in the video below.

Strictly Come Dancing

It’s only just started as Week 1 of Strictly aired this past weekend so no eliminations… yet! But already, we got a glimpse of who has the natural gift for the dance floor and those who need a little bit more work behind the scenes. Amongst this year’s celebs, it came as no surprise that Peter André took to the stage like a duck to water. With his background in pop music and live choreographed dance routines, getting back into the swing was without question a natural process for him and already, he’s one of the favourites to last until the end.

Other notable acts were Georgia may Foote, Jay McGuiness, Katie Durham and Anita Rani whilst it became abundantly clear that Carol Kirkwood, Jeremy Vine and Kirsty FGallagher may be goign back to thei rday jobs quite soon if their dances do not improve.

All round however, it was the usual good natured, fun entertainment and Strictly will be back on our screen this coming weekend on the BBC.

The X Factor

Now in it’s 12th season unbelievably, Simon Cowell is back with a new judging panel of Cheryl Fernandez-Versini (formerly Cole), Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora. Rumour has it that this year’s show is flagging in the ratings and there could be some shake ups to come to get fans to return to the long established show. What hasn’t changed is the sheer level of willing participants who crave the limelight of stardom.

Now already into Week 9, we’ve gone past the fun part – the auditions and now it’s getting to the serious stage of the show. So if you want to catch up with who’s got the nod or not, tune into ITV this coming weekend.

The Great British Bake Off

For those who like to watch their calories rather than eat them, fans of baking will be happy to see the return of Mel and Sue for a sixth outing on BBC. With the final just around the corner on October 7th, 2015 you’ll have to move quickly to catch up with who’s through and who’s been eliminated before they crown this year’s champion.

The bookies have suspended all betting after a run of big money bets were placed on one particular contestant which led to suspicion that the winner’s name had been leaked. Some people just want to have their cake and eat it!

Britain’s Biggest Adventures

If you’re not a foodie but more of an adrenaline junkie, then perhaps Bear Grylls final episode in the series will get your blood pumping as he treks around Britain in some extremely dangerous and tough conditions. Tonight, he concludes his wildlife expeditions in Scotland, home to Britain’s most remote and extreme landscapes. He canoes the rapids of glacial valleys to find freshwater pearl mussels, travels by dog-sled through the ancient Caledonian forests to meet conservationists, and skis the Cairngorms to observe reindeer.

The piece de resistance however, is when he scales the treacherous Aonach Morto to discover how the mighty Scottish mountains came to be formed 400 million years ago.

So if you’re an expat or away from the UK and feeling a little homesick, all of these show can be seen live and on-demand anywhere in the world with a system from UKTV2C. To get yours, simply contact our sales team online or call +441614080812 for more details.

The road to Euro 2016 in France reaches the closing stages

Gareth Bale

With all the craziness of the summer football transfer window now finally behind us, it’s good to get back to what we enjoy most and that is the actual sporting excellence on offer. With the Premier League taking a brief break for the international matches, all eyes are firmly focused on the home nations with the first of the remaining Euro 2016 qualifying matches taking place from today.

In Group B, Wales who have just been curiously ranked the 9th best team in the world, one place above England in 10th, travel to Cyrpus looking to continue their fine form and consolidate their place at the top of the table to keep the likes of Belgium at bay. Chris Coleman’s side certainly look set to qualify for a major tournament for the first time since 1958, thanks to the massive impact of world footballing star Gareth Bale who is looking in great from for his club Real Madrid.

With wales already having played the Belgians twice already and with remaining fixtures against teams regarded as a lesser threat, can Coleman and his Welsh dragons finally achieve what Ryan Giggs never did and get to a major finals in France next year? You can find out tonight from 7:00pm live on Sky Sports 1.

Could Scotland and Northern Ireland join them?

It’s a long shot but history could be made if two other home nations along with England, all qualify for next years tournament in France. Scotland haven’t travelled to a major tournament this century, whilst Northern Ireland have also had to wait since 1986. Northern Ireland travel to the Faroe Islands in a game they must surely fancy winning to maintain their very respectable second place in Group F and keep the pressure on the Romanians who currently only lead by a solitary point.

Scotland who still have a lot of work to do if they are to realise their dream, travel to Georgia and must win to keep pace with the surprise leaders Poland who have a slender lead over World Champions Germany. It’s a tough group but so far, no one has taken an outright lead and anything is still possible.

Both of their matches take place on Friday, with the Scots kicking off slightly earlier than normal at 5:00pm on Sky Sports 1, whilst the Northern Irish team play from 7:45pm on Sky Sports 5.

England travel to lowly San Marino

Ever the whipping boys if international football, San Marino host an in-form England team looking to rack up goals this Saturday for a number of reasons.

On a personal level, Wayne Rooney hopes to break England’s international goal scoring record by beating Sir Bobby Charlton’s all-time scoring tally of 49. Rooney currently sits one shy so the odds look good against their next opponents.

But more importantly, if England beat San Marino this Saturday and Slovenia fail to beat Switzerland, Hodgson’s England team will qualify for Euro 2016 with three matches to spare, taking huge amounts of pressure off the remaining fixtures and allow some of the fringe squad players to get a run in the team and build confidence.

Can they do it? You can find out this Saturday from 5:00pm on ITV and remember, if you want to watch this match or any of the other international qualifying matches due to be aired live on UK TV, you can watch them anywhere in the world with UKTV2C. Simply contact our sales team on +44 1614 080812 or email us for more details.

The Premier League 2015/16 season begins this weekend!

Top flight football is back this Saturday

With almost £500million having been already been spent in the transfer market ahead of the September 1st deadline, this season looks to be another clash of the big spenders. Manchester United and Liverpool have made the most noise with some major departures and arrivals whilst surprisingly, Chelsea and Manchester City who have both had poor pre-seasons, have been pretty quiet in the wallet department.

One surprise move was the transfer of Petr Cech to Arsenal, from London neighbours Chelsea in what could be a game changing acquisition. However, most pundits agree that the title will most likely be contested by Chelsea and Manchester City as of previous seasons, with Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United all fighting for the two remaining Champions League places.

Liverpool and United fans may disagree with that prediction, so too will Gunners fans after their recent Community Shield victory over Chelsea, however big spending has never automatically guaranteed success as many Spurs fans will agree with, having seen a major clear out of some of the stars they acquired after the departure of Gareth Bale two years ago. With a new look defence, Tottenham are looking to build for the future with a more youthful looking side and an impressive new stadium about to start construction but like most seasons past, will probably not quite make the cut to reach the promised land of the Champions League places.

Who will survive the drop?

With every new season comes fresh blood and the three clubs all hoping to make a mark as newbies this year are Bournemouth, Watford and Norwich. To start off their Premier League campaigns, the south coast club host Tim Sherwood’s new look Aston Villa, whilst Watford have a tough trip to Goodison Park to face Everton and Norwich host a revitalised Crystal Palace.

No one can predict how the season will pan out at this early stage but one thing is for sure, silly season has many weeks left to run so last minute transfer rumours and deals will be flying around until September 1st, when we can actually sit back and see how our teams will fair in what promises to be another season of twists and turns.

Will you be watching the live games on Sky and BT Sport?

At UKTV2C, we can provide direct access to your own exclusive Slingbox or Sky Go VPN system to enable you to take your Premier League season with you, wherever you go. With two television networks now sharing the spoils, there’s never been more live football action than there is on offer now.

At the time of going to press, both Sky and BT Sport have confirmed their preliminary list fo live games up until the festive period. So if you want to catch any of the following live game, speak to us first:

Live Premier League fixtures on Sky Sports

Saturday 8th August

Chelsea v Swansea City – Sky Sports 1 HD (17:00)

Sunday 9th August

Arsenal v West Ham United – Sky Sports 1 HD (12:30)
Stoke City v Liverpool – Sky Sports 1 HD (15:30)

Monday 10th August

West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City – Sky Sports 1 HD (19:00)

Fri 14th August

Aston Villa v Manchester United – Sky Sports 1 HD (18:00)

Sunday 16th August

Crystal Palace v Arsenal – Sky Sports 1 HD (12:30)
Manchester City v Chelsea – Sky Sports 1 HD (15:30)

Monday 17th August

Liverpool v Bournemouth – Sky Sports 1 HD (19:00)

Sunday 23rd August

West Bromwich Albion v Chelsea – Sky Sports 1 HD (12:30)
Everton v Manchester City – Sky Sports 1 HD (15:30)

Monday 24th August

Arsenal v Liverpool – Sky Sports 1 HD (19:00)

Saturday 29th August

Tottenham Hotspur v Everton – Sky Sports 1 HD (17:00)

Sunday 30th August

Southampton v Norwich City – Sky Sports 1 HD (12:30)
Swansea City v Manchester United – Sky Sports 1 HD (15:30)

Saturday 12th September

Manchester United v Liverpool – Sky Sports 1 HD (17:00)

Sunday 13th September

Sunderland v Tottenham Hotspur – Sky Sports 1 HD (12:30)

Leicester City v Aston Villa – Sky Sports 1 HD (15:30)

Monday 14th September

West Ham United v Newcastle United – Sky Sports 1 HD (19:00)

Saturday 19th September

Manchester City v West Ham United – Sky Sports 1 HD (17:00)

Sunday 20th September

Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace – Sky Sports 1 HD (12:30)
Southampton v Manchester United – Sky Sports 1 HD (15:30)

Saturday 26th September

Newcastle United v Chelsea – Sky Sports 1 HD (17:00)

Sunday 27th September

Watford v Crystal Palace – Sky Sports 1 HD (15:30)

Monday 28th September

West Bromwich Albion v Everton – Sky Sports 1 HD (19:00)

Saturday 3rd October

Chelsea v Southampton – Sky Sports 1 HD (17:00)

Sunday 4th October

Everton v Liverpool – Sky Sports 1 HD (12:30)

Saturday 17th October

Watford v Arsenal – Sky Sports 1 HD (17:00)

Sunday 18th October

Newcastle United v Norwich City – Sky Sports 1 HD (15:30)

Monday 19th October

Swansea City v Stoke City – Sky Sports 1 HD (19:00)

Saturday 24th October

Arsenal v Everton – Sky Sports 1 HD (17:00)

Sunday 25th October

Sunderland v Newcastle United – Sky Sports 1 HD (11:30)
Manchester United v Manchester City – Sky Sports 1 HD (14:00)
Liverpool v Southampton – Sky Sports 1 HD (16:00)

Sunday 1st November

Everton v Sunderland – Sky Sports 1 HD (12:30)
Southampton v Bournemouth – Sky Sports 1 HD (15:30)

Monday 2nd November

Tottenham Hotspur v Aston Villa – Sky Sports 1 HD (20:00)

Saturday 7th November

Stoke City v Chelsea – Sky Sports 1 HD (17:30)

Sunday 8th November

Aston Villa v Manchester City – Sky Sports 1 HD (13:30)
Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur – Sky Sports 1 HD (16:00)

Saturday 21st November

Manchester City v Liverpool – Sky Sports 1 HD (17:30)

Sunday 22nd November

Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United – Sky Sports 1 HD (16:00)

Monday 23rd November

Crystal Palace v Sunderland – Sky Sports 1 HD (20:00)

Saturday 28th November

Leicester City v Manchester United – Sky Sports 1 HD (17:30)

Sunday 29th November

West Ham United v West Bromwich Albion – Sky Sports 1 HD (14:05)
Norwich City v Arsenal – Sky Sports 1 HD (16:15)

Live Premier League fixtures on BT Sport

Saturday 8th August

Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur – 12pm (BT Sport 1 & BT Sport Ultra HD)

Saturday 15th August

Southampton v Everton – 12pm (BT Sport 1 & BT Sport Ultra HD)

Saturday 22nd August

Manchester United v Newcastle United – 12pm (BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultra HD)

Saturday 29th August

Newcastle United v Arsenal – 12pm (BT Sport 1)

Saturday 12 September

Everton v Chelsea – 12pm (BT Sport 1)

Saturday 19 September

Chelsea v Arsenal – 12pm (BT Sport 1)

Saturday 26 September

Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City – 12pm (BT Sport 1)

Saturday 3 October

Crystal Palace v West Brom – 12pm (BT Sport 1)

Saturday 17 October

Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool – 12pm (BT Sport 1)

Saturday 31 October

Chelsea v Liverpoool – 12pm (BT Sport 1)

Saturday 7 November

Bournemouth v Newcastle United – 12pm (BT Sport 1)

Saturday 21 November

Watford v Manchester United – 12pm (BT Sport 1)

Saturday 29 November

Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea – 12pm (BT Sport 1)

It’s British Grand Prix Weekend

Lewis Hamilton

Can Hamilton get revved up to win on home soil?

After some indifferent results of late, the reigning F1 world Champion will be looking to get back to winning way at Silverstone this weekend. With team-mate and champions rival Nico Rosberg now looking more assured and only 10 points adrift, this season looks to be another close run thing between the two Mercedes drivers.

Last week in Austria, Hamilton blamed a dodgy clutch for his poor start off the line, handing the lead to Rosberg and eventually the chequered flag. Prior to that, some questionable team decisions led to a pit stop in Monaco that again, denied Lewis an almost certain victory. With points seemingly being dropped due to careless errors or sheer bad luck, Hamilton’s assured look is starting to waver and the German Rosberg most certainly senses an opportunity.

With the gap now close between to the two drivers, the pressure is most certainly on and this weekend’s British Grand Prix could signal an important milestone in the hunt for this season’s drivers champions.

Both the BBC and Sky Sports F1 are showing the race live this coming Sunday, 5th July however, with some important practice sessions about to get underway and the all important qualifying sessions on Saturday to determine who will start on pole, there’s no better place to see it all build up than on Sky.

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It’s the hottest Wimbledon on record!

Not only have the temperatures soared during this first week of tennis at SW19 but so have the British hopes. With the likes of James Ward, Aljaž Bedene and Heather Watson all making the third round, it’s great to see other players pushing on instead of the nation pinning all their hopes on the 2013 Wimbledon, 2012 US Open and Olympic champion Andy Murray.

Realistically however, Murray will no doubt be the only British player remaining in the draw come the second week but with a new generation coming through and Murray’s days at the top with only a few more years left to run, the nation needs a new hero and this year may have given us a glimpse into the future.

Despite losing his second round match, Liam Brody looks to be progressing well and showed a good range of shots, especially on the backhand side, but more noticeably, a willingness to fight and hustle which previous generations of Brits have certainly lacked. Kyle Edmund, another second round loser also shows some promise with a decent performance against tricky Ukrainian Alexander Dolgopolov. Again, despite losing, he looks like a potential prospect with the right application and attitude.

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Celebrities are cooking up a stinker

One of the BBC’s top rated shows Celebrity Masterchef is back for another outing and this years series appears to be scraping the barrel when it comes to quality cooking skills.

Sarah Harding of Girls Aloud looks like she’d struggle to boil an egg, whilst Syd Little gave it a go but certainly lacked any real finesse in his cooking. The “one and only” Chesney Hawkes showed soem promise however and might be vying for a new career, rather than riding off the back of a one-hit wonder career.

This week’s heat has an eclectic range of interesting characters to say the least! Singer and reality star Kimberly Wyatt is joined by choreographer Arlene Phillips, former Corrie actor Craig Gazey, Blue Peter presenter turned journalist Andy Akinwolere and Big Brother presenter Rylan Clark. Whether they can cook or not is yet to be seen but the show is certainly compulsive viewing, especially for ardent Anglophiles.

Catch the latest show tonight at 9:00pm on BBC One.


Anyone for the new tennis season?

Nadal vs Djokovic

The big Rolland Garros showdown

Anyone who knows tennis will be well aware that today could signal a huge tectonic shift in mens tennis, as defending French Open Champion Rafael Nadal faces the in-form and seamingly unbeatable World Number 1 Novak Djokovic in Paris, in what would normally be a hugely anticipated final; yet this is just a last-eight quarter final match!

Due to some recent indifferent form on the dirt, Nadal has surprisingly not won a single clay court tournament this year and heads into the match ranked 7 in the ATP race, hence the earlier round meeting. Djokovic on the other hand, has looked imperious, having recently won both ATP 1000 Masters Tournaments in Monte Carlo and Rome, making him the outstanding leader in world tennis.

Yet with a record 9 French Open titles and 70 wins to just one solitary defeat in his lifetime, Nadal is still seen as the favourite by many pundits and tennis pros.

All we know is, a lot hinges on this match. If Nadal wins, he will cement his place as the undisputed King of Clay. Lose and it could spell the end of a glorious era for the Spaniard and the inevitable completion of the personal slam for the Serb, by completing his set of Grand Slam titles in professional tennis.

No one can predict the outcome so all we suggest is you tune into ITV4 this afternoon for what will be a pulsating and gruelling battle between two greats of the modern game. Get on your most comfy armchair as it could be a long one.

The football season ends… as does Blatter’s FIFA reign

As the domestic football season wraps up, we now have just the UEFA Champions League final to look forward to this coming weekend between Barcelona and Juventus at the Olympiastadion in Berlin, before it’s all over for another year.

This week has been a hugely controversial and tumultuous period for the beautiful game, as numerous senior figures within footballs international governing body FIFA, have been arrested on serious corruption charges; thus leading to yesterday’s sensational resignation announcement by recently re-elected head Sepp Blatter.

In truth, neither story was a great surprise to anyone who follows football. FIFA has been shrouded in controversy for years yet Blatter’s ability to dodge criticism and blame has made many believe his is made of teflon. Not anymore. Due to a US-led investigation by the FBI and IRS, many of FIFA’s senior representatives could be going from their ivory towers straight to jail in the very near future. Football’s international image couldn’t be worse and yet these recent events were long overdue!

If football is to ever regain any respect on the global stage, FIFA needs to either be dismantled or completely rebuilt. The future of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups appear to be in serious jeopardy as the awarding of both tournaments to Russia and Qatar respectively, were seemingly agreed due to the exchange of millions of pounds in bribes, all now apparently traced and directly connected to those at the very top of the FIFA hierarchy. Again, no great surprise considering the numerous accusations of corruption over the years but this time, it appears the evidence and proof of wrongdoing is overwhelming.

So let’s just hope that two of football’s great international names can put on a great spectacle in Berlin, to end a sorry week for the sport and draw a positive line under what could be the beginning of a new era in world football. You can catch the match live on ITV1 this Saturday, 6th June from 7:00pm.

Game of Thrones Season 5 is coming to a head

With just two episodes left of the current run of the hugely popular fantasy epic, the story has suddenly sprung to life in what has been a slightly pedestrian and slower paced series thus far.

We expected to see a much greater emergence for the likes of characters such as Arya and Sansa Stark, the latter who was recently forcibly wed to the wicked and twisted Ramsey Bolton, yet it appears the main crescendo will be the seemingly unwinnable war between the White Walkers and the Crows, allied with the Wildlings in a battle between the living and the dead, north of the wall.

The latest episode was undoubtedly one of the best yet this series and with the recent meetings of minds between Daenerys and Tyrion, we may start to see how the battle for the iron throne will shape up. Season 5 has undoubtedly been a period where the scene is set for things to come and with many more books and television adaptations waiting around the corner, fans will just have to be a little more patient to find out the fate of the many foes including Cersei Lannister, brother and lover Jamie, as well as their recently wed son and King.

The story feels like it is ready to erupt. Daenerys Targaryen has her dragons. The Wildlings have their giants and Cersei has her Frankenstein-style experiments ready to unleash on anyone who dare challenge house Lannister. Somethign is brewing and it is about to explode.

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