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Chelsea are Premier League champions but who’ll be kings of Europe?

Mourinho’s Chelsea Blues do it again

In what had become a pretty much one-sided Premier League title race, this weekend saw the highly inevitable crowning of new Premier League Champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, 3rd May in a tight tussle with fellow Londoner’s Crystal Palace to get those all important three points required. It wasn’t a vintage performance by any stretch, something many football fans have come to expect from Mourinho’s efficient and well drilled Blues side but the end result was as predictable as ever.

One shaky penalty conversion from Eden Harzard sealed the deal and with their usual brand of stubborn, effective match-winning mentality, club captain John Terry and his fellow Chelsea team-mates celebrated their first title win in five years with the home fans and by a convincing margin. Later in the day, Manchester City’s slender 1-0 win over Tottenham at White Hart Lane, could never be enough to stop them relinquishing their title, simply due to the fact that Chelsea were streets ahead all season long and led from the front right from the off. In comparison to previous years, this season’s title race was well and truly over weeks ago and it was frankly, a dull, one-sided affair.

Now, not more than a couple of days later, the papers are already talking about how the Portuguese tactician Mourinho will shuffle his pack, and decide which players will stay, which players will go and which new acquisitions will arrive this summer in a shake up to assemble an even more ruthless squad that will undoubtedly do their level best to retain their Premier League title next year.

One name firmly on the lips of many is that of Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale who’s love affair with the Bernabeu faithful is coming to an abrupt and apparently ugly end. Incredibly, the Champions league final winner was scored by the Welsh wizard yet the infamously fickle and petulant Real fans have decided to turn on their world record prized possession and unjustifiably, blame him for a number of poor results in this year’s La Liga season.

Real on balance, are still in this season’s premier European club football competition, not to mention still chasing a La Liga title and with an upcoming Champions League semi-final match tonight against newly crowned Italian Serie A champs Juventus, they have every chance of going to the final to defend their crown – even possibly against arch rivals Barca who tomorrow, host German giants Bayern Munich in the other semi.

But strangle, the Real fans in their infinite wisdom, seem to believe this is a poor return. Some football fans are never satisfied!

Pep returns to his spiritual home in the Champions League

Anyone who loves football would be crazy not to tune into Sky Sports 1 HD tomorrow, for what could be a feast of footballing brilliance.

Pep Guardiola takes his Munich side back to his long-time spiritual home in Spain to the Camp Nou, home of Barcelona football club where he spent the majority of his career as a player and more recently as a highly successful coach.

The former Barca bosses Bayern team were knocked out at the semi-final stage against Real Madrid this time last year, having won the competition in 2009 and 2011 with the Catalan club. He is naturally hoping to go one better this time around, and many pundits believe the weaknesses of his former side in the run-up to the first leg at the Nou Camp may make the Germans favourites to win this tie.

With his history and inside knowledge of the workings at Barca, who knows what may happen tomorrow night? All we can say is, tune in and enjoy a feast of football from the likes of Messi, Suarez, Neymar and Iniesta. It could be an incredible game.

F1 resumes in Europe this weekend

Formula One returns to its spiritual European home this weekend, with the opening race of this part of the season taking place in Spain, at the Circuit de Catalunya.

With the silver arrows of Mercedes mostly dominating, this race is poised to be the first time any major upgrade packages are brought to the 2015 cars due to the proximity to the teams’ bases. So with Ferrari hot on Hamilton and Rosberg’s heals, will we actually see the F1 season finally come to life?

With expert pundits such as David Coulthard now claiming that World Champion Lewis Hamilton has “a different aura’, it could be a great season for the British racing driver if his car remains as dominant as it has for the first four races of the season. Surely teammate Nico Rosberg and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel will have something to say about that?

We’ll have to see. Catch all the race action, plus all the practice and qualifying sessions live on Sky Sports F1.

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Game of Thrones returns tonight on Sky Atlantic HD

The long awaited Season 5 is back on our screens!

Game of Thrones Season 5The fifth outing of HBO’s epic ‘Game of Thrones’ series finally gets underway tonight, Monday April 13th, on Sky Atlantic HD after what feels like an eternity in waiting, with legions of fans of the televised depiction of George R. R. Martin’s ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ novels counting down the days until the show returns to UK TV screens.

9:00pm tonight brings an end to that wait and new beginnings for many characters who find themselves in unfamiliar pastures. The curtain raiser to this season opens with Daenerys grappling with her tempestuous dragons, whilst Tyrion is on the run from slaying his Father, opening his eyes up to new possibilities.

With winter on the way to Westeros, and the battle for the iron throne gaining momentum, ‘Game of Thrones’ fans can expect more of the usual action, intrigue and suspense; not to mention betrayal, blood, violence, and the usual sight of naked flesh.

Since last season’s climax, fans have had to contend with a number of behind the scenes specials and character montages which has only increases the agony in waiting. Now that the wait is over, we can finally sit back and enjoy the next chapter in this unmissable, mind-blowingly superb feast of storytelling. And if another few hours is still just too much to bare, perhaps the season 5 trailer will be enough to get you all set for tonight’s Game of Thrones opening credits sequence on Sky Atlantic HD. Enjoy!

 

The Premier League is reaching it’s conclusion

If blood and guts is not your thing and you prefer to watch 22 men kick a bag of air around a park, then you’ll know full well that the Premier League run-in only has a handful of games to go.

With Manchester City seriously stuttering in their title challenge, suffering recent defeats to local rival Manchester United, as well as Crystal Palace and a humbling in the Champions League by Barcelona, their season is on the verge of collapse; now sat in fourth place and well adrift of league leaders Chelsea.

In a strange twist of fate and a large dose of luck, Liverpool now sat in 5th, host Newcastle at Anfield tonight at 8:00pm, knowing a win could take them to within 4 points of City, with 6 games remaining. Only just recently, most pundits had the top four all wrapped up however, with City’s indifferent form and apparent lack of confidence, can Brendan Rodgers’ men mount a late challenge and snatch the final UEFA Champions League place away from last season’s Premier League Champions? Stranger things have happened!

With Spurs having their usual end of season slump, only Southampton and City stand between them and a possible chance of returning the Europe’s top club competition next year. Catch all the action live from 7:00pm tonight on Sky Sports 1 HD.

The F1 season just got a little bit tasty!

Nico Rosberg is not a happy bunny and with team-mate and outright arch enemy Lewis Hamilton cruising to victory in China this weekend, relations are now becoming very strained.

With three races completed, Hamilton leads the FIA Formula 1 World Championship from newly appointed Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel by 13 points, with fellow German Rosberg just behind by a further 4 points. And this past weekend, it appears the cracks are already starting to show.

Hamilton led the race from pole to the finish however, with Rosberg chasing behind for the entire race in second, Nico was not happy with the racing style of Hamilton; claiming he had deliberately “backed up” the chasing pack to inflict unnecessary pain and difficultly on his team-mate. It all flared up during the post race press conference when Rosberg accused reigning World Champion Hamilton of compromising his race. Hamilton responded in his usual style by stating that if Rosberg “wanted to get close to overtake he could have done” claiming that he wasn’t sure “what his problem” was.

Whichever way you look at the situation, it is clear that F1 has a new and fierce rivalry that harks back to the days of Senna and Prost. It makes for unmissable viewing and with each race, the flare ups are only going to intensify. No doubt, there will come a breaking point at which we may see something never witnessed in the modern era of F1 racing. It’s great stuff and for racing fans, simply adds to the spice of the sport which has been missing for many years.

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Get ready for a new season of Formula 1

F1 returns to our screens in one week!

It only seems like yesterday that Lewis Hamilton was holding aloft the FIA Formula One World Championship trophy along with the BBC Sports Personality Award for 2014 shortly afterwards, yet in just seven days from today, the racing begins all over again in Melbourne, Australia on Friday 13th, March; as Lewis bids to retain his title. With the first practice session followed by qualifying the next day and the first race of the season getting off the mark on Sunday, 15th March 2015, it’s without doubt going to be an exciting season ahead.

As many had predicted, it appears that Constructors Champions and Hamilton’s current team Mercedes, are expected to be the one’s to beat, showing commanding form. Pre-season testing has shown the German outfit to still have the best set up, with lap times by the silver arrows looking impressive. Teammate and arch rival Nico Rosberg has most notably shown awesome pace which can only signal a return to the head-to-head battle seen last season. Bring it on!

Pre-season testing however, hasn’t been plain sailing for other teams. McLaren, now bed fellows with Honda, have recently welcomed the return of double World Champion Fernando Alonso who had what now appears to be a horror crash during testing that has put him out of the first race of the season.

There’s been numerous conflicting reports about the speed of Alonso’s accident, which led to his head injuries and subsequent hospitalisation. All we know is the incident occurred on the exit of turn three at the Circuit De Barcelona-Catalunya.

Alonso’s lap prior to the accident was the fastest he had done that day. On the subsequent lap, the crash lap, he brakes deeper into turn one, and goes wide as a result.

That indicates a different line through the kink of turn two, from where he took a wider entry and potentially faster line into turn three. Alonso entered turn three noticeably faster than on the previous lap and although it is hard to be absolutely sure of the difference, it is in the region of 5-7km/h, and in racing terms, that is a significant amount.

Let’s hope that he makes a full recovery soon as his return to McLaren was expected to be a return to the glory days at the British F1 racing team with arguably, the most talented driver in the current F1 crop.

A new season means new cars

As with previous years, all of the racing teams have not only been working hard to improve the speed and performance of their cars, but have also been hard at work securing lucrative sponsorship deals to help fund their racing season. This has led to some very interesting and eye-catching changes to some of the cars we’ll be seeing on this year’s starting grid.

The most notable change is this year’s Red Bull car which looks like a zebra crossed with a sports car. Gone is the distinct purple and red emblazoned across the fibreglass and instead, they have gone with a distinct black and white graphic that will take some getting used to. Red Bull’s other team Toro Rosso have however, stuck with a more recognisable colour palette and will be easy to spot amongst the cars parading around Melbourne Park next weekend.

If you want to see how your favourite racing team will appear this season, you can see a complete slideshow of this years cars over at the BBC website.

How and where will you be watching?

With just a week to go, there’s not a great deal of time left to ensure you’re ready and set for the new season ahead. What are you waiting for?

Like previous years, all of the races will be shown live on Sky Sports F1, with pre and post race coverage, insight and analysis being the order of the day. No one can argue that Sky’s coverage of Formula One has been nothing short of groundbreaking and with a commentary and punditry team that is the envy of the world, it’s hard to resist wanting to see the action on the premium satellite network.

That’s why at UKTV2C, we have created a series of packages that offer unprecedented access to all the F1 this season wherever you live in the world, on whatever device you like. Our Sling and VPN systems enable our customers to watch the live F1 races from practically anywhere, using their laptops, phones, tablet and TVs so is it any wonder, we’re the world’s number 1 provider of Formula 1 abroad?

If you’re still seeking ways to watch this seasons F1 then look no further. Check out our specialist Sky Go F1 packages and get your Formula One racing season off to a rip roaring start!

It’s derby weekend in the Premier League

Two massive games coming up live on UK TV!

This Saturday 7 February, 2015 sees two sets of bitter rival go head-to-head in what could be a couple of feisty clashes. First up is the early kick-off between Tottenham Hotspur and north London rivals Arsenal at White Hart Lane.

With Spurs sitting just one spot below 5th placed Arsenal by two points, an awful lot could be riding on this game in the chase for that lucrative fourth Champions League spot come the end of the season.

Spurs got their season off to a shaky start, with their strikers misfiring and their defence at sixes and sevens. However, recent weeks have seen a major change in fortunes with the emergence of the young English star striker Harry Kane already netting 20 goals this campaign alone and looking hungry for more, especially after the demolition of Chelsea at the Lane just a few weeks ago. Suddenly, Spurs look like contenders, having built a successful system around Danish midfield talisman Christian Eriksen.

Arsenal have also had some questionable performances with certain sections of the fans calling for a change at the top but, with Wenger still in the manager’s seat, the Gunners have had a decent run of form since their New Years Day defeat at Southampton, especially with their impressive win at Manchester City and recent 5-nil thrashing of Aston Villa.

With the recent return of Theo Walcott, who was famously injured last season in this very same fixture, there could be a lot of bad blood out there; with both teams desperate to show who’s top dog in North London.

Whether or not you’re a Gooner or Lillywhite, this game should be must see viewing for any neutral football fan. Coverage starts live on BT Sport 1 from 12pm this Saturday.

Don’t miss the late kick off on Merseyside

If one local derby wasn’t enough to whet your appetite, then two should be enough with Liverpool travelling the short journey across the city to local rivals Everton at Goodison Park.

If you had to pick two teams this season that had under achieved based on last season’s performances, then you’d be hard pushed to pick any others than the pairing of Liverpool and Everton. With the two teams sat in 7th and 12th respectively in the Premier League, the fans of both clubs have had to endure a season of ups and downs.

Liverpool’s loss of talismanic and controversial striker Luis Suarez to Barcelona was without doubt a major factor in their slow start, not to mention the misfiring and misbehaving signing of Mario Ballotelli which appears to be backfiring on them as many predicted. Everton on the other hand didn’t have to endure such losses and have simply found it harder to get going having to deal with the additional fixture headaches that the UEFA Europa League represents.

With loan signing Aaron Lennon joining the ranks for the rest of the season from Spurs, the flying winger may just add the pace and experience their squad needs to push on and beat their local rivals in what must be seen as a must win game for both sets of fans.

Neither of them are expecting the same finishing positions as last season, so bragging rights versus their local rivals has to now take centre stage.

This game is again live on UK television, with coverage starting at 4:45pm on Sky Sports 1.

Great new TV shows to look forward to in 2015

Get ready for a new season of superb entertainment!

It’s 2015 and with the new year, comes some awesome brand new TV shows to look forward to in the UK. Both terrestrial and satellite TV platforms have been hard at work in creating some of the best entertainment around and 2015 looks set to be a ground breaking year. So if you’re here in the UK or overseas, check out some of these exciting new shows that will soon be hitting our screens:

Critical (Sky1)

Lennie James heads up this brand new real-time medical drama coming to Sky television viewers, that follows trauma consultant Glen Boyle (James) and his team over a single hour every week, also starring Claire Skinner and Kimberley. This is the latest TV project from Jed Mercurio, who also created the groundbreaking medical series Bodies and Line of Duty; so unsurprisingly expectations are high for this one.

Wayward Pines (FOX UK)

Already drawing huge comparisons to the classic David Lynch TV series Twin Peaks, this is a new thriller from Director M Night Shyamalan who’s assembled a pretty impressive an all-star cast in the shape of Matt Dillon, Carla Gugino, Terrence Howard, Toby Jones, Shannyn Sossamon and Juliette Lewis for this ten-part series, which follows a US Secret Service agent trapped in a small town. Sound familiar? Hmmm… just a little. Director Shyamalan has freely admitts that he’s “copying the s**t” out of his filmmaking hero Lynch. Well they do say imitation is the greatest form of flattery and with the confirmed return of Twin Peaks on the horizon, there will undoubtedly be even more comparisons made. This could be one to watch!

Fortitude (Sky Atlantic)

If you thought Wayward Pines had an impressive cast, then this Arctic-set murder-mystery thriller could just trump it, with an assembled cast that can only be described as simply stunning, including Stanley Tucci, Christopher Eccleston, Sienna Guillory, Michael Gambon, Richard Dormer and The Killing’s Sofie Grabol, returning to the genre that made her name. This epic 12-part series looks set to be Sky’s most ambitious original series to date. Definitely worth a look in.

War & Peace (BBC One)

Adapting this hugely important and vast work of internationally recognised literature for TV is no job for the faint hearted. But if anyone is up for a challenge, it’s Andrew Davies, whose past works include Mr Selfridge, the ’90s adaption of Pride and Prejudice and the original BBC House of Cards series. Downton Abbey’s Lily James, Happy Valley’s James Norton and Paul Dano, star of 12 Years a Slave will all feature in this BBC version of Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel.

Thunderbirds are Go! (ITV)

I kid you not, Thunderbirds are back! 2015 is set to be a FAB year (sorry!) as ITV looks to revamp the classic Gerry Anderson puppet series using a combination of modern CGI animation and live-action footage. This reboot of the classic original will feature Gone Girl’s Rosamund Pike as the new voice of Lady Penelope, funnyman Kayvan Novak as Brains and for the purists out there, veteran voice artist David Graham will be reprising his role of Parker. Superb!

Jekyll & Hyde (ITV)

Acclaimed comedian, actor and author Charlie Higson is the brains behind this small-screen sequel to the classic Robert Louis Stevenson horror novella. Set 40 odd years after the original, this new Jekyll & Hyde will follow Robert, grandson of the original Dr Jekyll, as he battles ghouls, zombies, werewolves and vampires, as well as his own inner demons.

Strange and Norrell (BBC One)

War and Peace is not the only ambitious literary adaptation in the works at the BBC, with Doctor Who writer Peter Harness bringing Susanna Clarke’s innovative fantasy novel to our screens. Ray Donovan star Eddie Marsan and Babylon standout Bertie Carvel have been cast as the titular pair in this seven-part drama, set in an alternate history where magic exists.

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UK TV makes the perfect gift this Christmas!

The perfect way to gift-wrap the seasonal period

It’s already the final month of the year and colder days have most certainly reach the British Isles. However, with less than three weeks until Christmas, there’s plenty of fabulous television entertainment to keep us warm throughout the festive period and beyond. Things are really cooking up this month and with many expats abroad, this is the time of year when the heart longs for a good old fashion British Xmas with all the trimmings back home. And that includes UK television of course!

If you know someone who is based abroad this time of year and really misses the world’s best television, why not give them the gift of UK television? It makes the perfect present and with prices starting as little as £3.99 a month, it’s the best deal any Black Friday bargain hunter or shopaholic could ever wish for.

Here’s a taster of what’s coming up this month so if you want to get yourself, a friend or a loved one connected to the best festive TV, join us today and take advantage of our amazing prices!

Unmissable Christmas soaps and dramas!

Every year, the soaps take us on a roller-coaster ride and for sure, this year won’t be any different. There’s always a disaster waiting to happen on Albert Square in Eastenders; the drama is just as chaotic up north on Coronation Street and there’s of course the other nations favourites Emmerdale, Hollyoaks plus the Aussie duo of Neighbours and Home & Away to keep us glued to our seats.

For fans of the poshest family in Britain, we’re promised another Christmas Special of Downton Abbey which is said to feature none other than a cameo appearance by George Clooney and for once, will actually be set at Christmas, this time spending the season with the newly-weds Rose and Atticus.

Sci-fi fans of Doctor Who will also be pleased to learn there’s a seasonal special in order. Clara returns to the Tardis alongside Peter Capaldi’s tetchy Doctor, but is it just for one last, climactic send-off? Of course we wouldn’t want to spoil it for you now would we! Suffice to say that it all takes place in the Arctic, Nick Frost plays Father Christmas and Michael Troughton, son of 1960s Time Lord Patrick Troughton, also features.

But don’t wait until Christmas to watch these as there’s still some great telly on right now that you don’t want to miss…

Pre-Christmas crackers to whet the appetite

If you’re quick and order your system in time, you’ll be able to catch some great reality TV this weekend.

Strictly is about to dance it’s way into the semis. We’re only three weeks from the final and most of the contestants are exhausted, with the celebrities spending more time than ever in the training room, with every hour of rehearsal a step closer to that glitterball trophy. This weekends heats are bound to say farewell to a surprise couple no doubt. Catch the show live at 7.00pm, this Saturday 6 December on BBC1.

Plus don’t forget to see the final of I’m a Celebrity on Sunday at 9.00pm on ITV. After three hilarious weeks of watching this year’s batch of wannabes brave it through bushtucker trials, share their sleeping bags with creepy-crawlies and discover their fellow campmates’ irritating habits, the time has come to crown the 14th King or Queen of the Jungle. Will it be Sykes or Foggie, or maybe a dark horse outsider? Who knows! Just tune in to find out…

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without Jamie…

And last but by no means very least, we wouldn’t enjoy the festive season without enduring some mouthwatering, comfort food Christmas recipes from the nations favourite chef.

Jamie’s Christmas dinner alternatives; Beef Wellington and Goose, look so delicious and easy to make that turkeys will queuing up to thank him. There’s also a beautiful bread and butter panettone pudding, a pair of cheeky Chrimbo cocktails and a couple of slightly complicated but tasty-looking recipes for all those leftovers; including a curry and some steamed goose buns, Korean-style.

Hmmm… sounds lovely. So your best bet is to tune in on Monday, 8 December on Channel 4 at 8.00pm.

What’s cooking on British TV this November

MasterChef: The Professionals adds a new face

Tomorrow sees the return of a new series of the popular cookery competition featuring some of the country’s top professional chefs all fighting to get their hands on this year’s coveted trophy. Mainstay judges Monica Galetti and Gregg Wallace remain however, longtime favourite Michel Roux Jr has departed to be replaced by new two-time Michelin-starred chef Marcus Wareing; adding a fresh face and angle to the ruling panel.

The series starts off with a month of heats, beginning with the simple task of asking each chef to make their signature dish. This is shortly followed up by Monica’s usual set of skills tests to trip them up, with tonight’s opening show featuring a croquembouche. Newly recruited perfectionist chef Marcus then gives the contestants some quails and a larder bursting full of ingredients and a set time in which to impress with something original, beautifully presented and of course, delicious.

If food is your passion, then tune in tomorrow at 8:00pm on BBC2 with the show continuing shortly afterwards on Wednesday and Thursday his week.

If you fancy something witty and different…

Tune into Sky 1 tonight at 9:00pm for the start of Micky Flanagan’s Detour de France; a funny and alternative view to following the exact same route as the annual bike race around the roads, villages and towns of France.

‘It’s not a travelogue,’ says Flanagan unsurprisingly. ‘If you’re at home thinking: “Ooh, I’m about to get France uncovered… the secret, hidden France” – you’re not! We’re going on a jolly-up.’

The result is a delightful trek through the French countryside in the company of one of the UK’s funniest exports, starting off with a ferry journey across the British Channel, an uncomfortable cycle down the cobbled route of the Paris-Roubaix road race known as ‘the Hell of the north’, and a quick beer detour across the border to Brussels. Much in the same vein as the infamous “Idiot Abroad” series, it will no doubt give an alternative and distinctly British take on our nearest continental neighbours with a few laughs guaranteed. So if you’re a little tired of the same old TV shows, this one could well be worth a watch.

Don’t forget that his Lordship is back too!

If it may have slipped your notice, The Apprentice has been back for its tenth season for a couple of weeks now and already, the candidates have been dropping like flies!

With a twist of the rules from previous seasons, Lord Sugar can now point the finger and wield the axe whenever he chooses and thus far, he hasn’t disappointed. With the original candidate list being top heavy by an additional five this year, boardroom firings have to date been as unpredictable as ever. What has been predictable is the cretinous and downright desperate nature of the wannabe apprentices who at face value, must have been picked on entertainment value alone as their business credence appears to be withering away with each passing moment.

No clear favourite has emerged from this sorry bunch yet and with the next show on Wednesday due to air, their latest task involves running a tourism business. The teams aim to sell tickets for tours taking in some top attractions from Hever Castle to Blenheim Palace, and unsurprisingly the results are side-splitting and cringeworthy. After being subjected to stupid hats, childish sing-songs, dodgy toilets, delays and bizarre commentary, Karren Brady is spot-on when she describes one tour as ‘the coach journey from hell’. But who’ll be sent packing in a black cab when Lord Sugar has finished with them in the boardroom? Find out on Wednesday night from 9:00pm on BBC1.

Ready, steady… bake!

The Great British Bake-Off reaches it’s climax!

If you haven’t been taking much notice lately, you may have overlooked the fact that the UK seems to have gone baking mad… literally! With the vast array of cookery shows on TV these days, the stand out show of the year has been “The Great British Bake Off” which has seen its fair share of competitiveness, bickering and cookery disasters.

The show has now reached the final with the remaining three contestants fighting it out for the coveted title. It’s been a great series with some outstanding baking and it promises to be a spectacular climax. The nation can only guess what delights will be passing Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry’s lips or if anyone will crumble when it counts in the final bake off.

We know that the signature challenge, a classic pastry technique (that normally takes 24 hours) must be completed by the finalists in three. The technical challenges are harder than ever with no recipe and the showstopper dictates the perfect sponge, caramel, choux pastry and petits fours. Will it be sweet or sour for the final three? Find out on BBC One tonight at 8:00pm.

England continue their road to France 2016

The Premier League takes a break for the international fixtures this week. Amongst the teams playing are England who host Group E whipping boys San Marino at Wembley tomorrow at 19:45pm. As hot favourites, England are expected to win and win well – with most players fancying their chances of getting on the scoresheet, hoping to impress in time for their next fixture coming up against Estonia on Sunday evening in the Le Coq Arena in Tallinn at 17:00pm.

After a disappointing summer in Brazil, Roy Hodgson’s young revolution continues and aims to develop as a force once again on the international stage. Gone are the old guard of Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Rio Ferdinand who all followed the modern and slightly odd trend of announcing their international retirements; as though it were their direct decision as to whether they wore the shirt of the Three Lions or not.

Now led by an older and possibly maturer Wayne Rooney, England has a younger and more dynamic looks of fresher and faster players, if a little raw. Hodgson knows they have a long way to go if they are to challenge for honours of any note but two good results in these next two qualifiers will help to achieve that end goal.

You can catch England’s first match this Thursday against San Marino from 7:15pm and their following match on Sunday against Estonia from 4:30pm only on ITV.

Keanu Reeves premieres in 47 Ronin on Sky

Movie buffs should keep an eye out tonight at 8:00pm on Sky Movies Premiere as the reworking of the Japanese tale of an outcast samurai and a suicidal mission to avenge their dead master is delivered with some fantastical sword-and-sorcery. With Reeves playing the lead role, he is wedged into the story as a half Japanese misfit, who joins the vengence-seeking samurai and falls in love with their betrayed lord’s daughter. However, it’s Rinko Kikuchi’s shape-shifting villain who puts the oomph into the plot and delivers some fast paced action.

For anyone looking to watch something a little different with plenty of adrenaline, this could deliver perfect combination punch. Check it out tonight on Sky.

Talent show season is back on British TV

Strictly Come Dancing Logo

It’s week one of Strictly Come Dancing!

Just incase you hadn’t noticed, the new season of television shows are all starting to return to our televisions this month.

This week saw the start of the 12th season of Strictly Come Dancing on BBC, where the latest 15 hopefuls attempt to twirl their way to the coveted trophy with their professional dancing partners. This years start studded line up includes Gregg Wallace, Jennifer Gibney, Tim Wonnacott, Caroline Flack, Pixie Lott, Scott Mills, Steve Backshall, Jake Wood, Sunetra Sarker, Mark Wright, Simon Webbe, Thom Evans, Alison Hammond, Judy Murray and finally Frankie Bridge.

Taking over the presentation anchoring is all-female duo Tess Daley and the uniquely witty Claudia Winkleman, after long time television favourite Bruce Forsythe decided it was time to finally retire after several decades on our TV screens. He got the chance to say a short and heartfelt farewell on last weeks curtain raising show.

The real competition starts this Friday with the first of many weeks of dance routines that will be scrutinised and dissected by the judging panel of Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood and Darcey Bussell. Masterchef favourite Greg Wallace could be a marked man after giving Horwood a hard time on his cookery show, so revenge may be in the air, not to mention being odds on to leave first according to the betting websites. However, on first impressions, the most awkward and stiffest dances during the group opener last week has to go to Judy Murray who may struggle to keep her place if she doesn’t loosen up.

You can catch all the twists and twirls right across the BBC over the coming months, with a Christmas special to come no doubt. It will fly by!

Who will be the next British pop superstar?

Where there’s Strictly on the BBC, you can guarantee that ITV will have their flagship reality entertainment show The X-Factor not too far behind. Already a few weeks in now, the show has a new look to the judging panel. Yes the flat topped, high trousered one is back from a few years away from Britain in the USA. Simon Cowell has made a long-awaited return to the UK version of the show. The US version was recently axed. No coincidences there of course! But with American Idol being the mainstay for many moons now, another replica on a rival network only had it’s days undoubtedly numbered. And so we have to put up with the arrogant one once again.

With Simon comes many changes as last years judging panelists Sharon Osbourne, Gary Barlow and Nicole Scherzinger all got fired! Nice work Simon. In their place steps Cheryl Fernandez-Versini (formerly Cole) and Mel B. How predictably dull. Anyhow, this stage of the season is far from boring as it’s the auditions.

There’s already been some unmissable moments whereby several delusional, tone-deaf contestants have made total fools of themselves on national telelvision, truly believing they have what it takes to be the next pop superstar. Wonders never cease! With just a few more rounds to go, the remaining audition shows are compulsory viewing so even if you’re not a fan of the high production value, stage shows; you must watch these as they provide the best car crash TV moments you could expect. X-Factor can be seen right across the ITV network all season long so don’t miss it!

Downton Abbey returns this month!

The new series of Downton Abbey starts on 21st September. Fans of the show will be rejoicing that the bold decision was taken not to axe it and continue the drama series that has captured the imaginations of audiences of all ages, all around the world. All the usual cast are back but this season includes some new and exciting additions, most notably Richard E. Grant who plays the character of Simon Bricker, and is said to be ready to ruffle a few feathers. The return of Thomas also means with it more drama and can Mr and Mrs Bates finally find happiness together? Only time will tell.

If you can’t wait to see the first episode of the new season, here’s the official series trailer offering a sneak peak into the latest drama filled season:

Set your programs to record the shows on ITV. You won’t want to miss it!

Get set for the return of Premier League Football

Premier League Trophy

The big kick off is just days away!

If you didn’t already know, the football season is literally about to start again with the curtain raising Community Shield between Premier League Champions Manchester City and FA Cup Winners Arsenal taking place this coming Sunday, 10 August at 3pm followed by the much anticipated return of the English Premier League on Saturday, August 16th.

With some new faces entering the managerial fray, not to mention the usual shuffling of players from club-to-club, this season looks set to be just as unpredictable and exciting as the last. As usual, most of the live coverage will be split across the two giants of premium television, BSkyB and BT, with Sky boasting the lions share of the fixtures, with 116 matches confirmed to date, with more to come as the season unfolds.

The first live Sky match hits our screens on Saturday night as Crystal Palace visits the Emirates Stadium to play Arsenal at 5:30pm. Sunday sees the usual double bill Super Sunday with Liverpool hosting Southampton whilst Manchester City travel to Newcastle United. The Monday Night Football game features newly promoted Burnley hosting Chelsea, which could be a really tough opening fixture for the debutantes.

Naturally, you can see how the opening weekend unfolds with UKTV2C on Sky Sports using one of our dedicated Slingbox packages or on Sky Go using one of our great value VPN systems. if you haven’t got your already in place, it’s not too late. Contact our sales team today to get yours ready in time for the big games!

Wow, F1 suddenly got interesting again!

Who would have thought after after all the rule changes and engine size reductions, that this years Formula One season would be one of the most hotly contested in years? In recent memory, triple World Champion Sebastian Vettel and his Red Bull team had dominated to such effect that the season would practically be over already at this mid-season break stage. Not this time.

The teams to watch this year are AMG Mercedes and the newly emerging Williams. The drivers championship looks set to go down to the wire, with teammates Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton fractiously tussling with each other as they both bid to take the drivers title, both racing for the very same team! These two old friends from their karting days have in recent weeks become fierce foes as some questionable manoeuvres and decisions have left both drivers with no doubt that it really is war. It’s made for great viewing and with the young German just ahead of the 2008 World Champion by eleven points at the mid-season break, no one can really predict who will come out on top at the end of the season.

The season gets back on track later this month in Spa, Belgium on 24 August. With a total of 8 races remaining and double points up for grabs in the season finale in Abu Dhabi, can anyone really make any firms predictions of how this one is going to go? Not likely! All we can say is stay tuned to Sky Sports F1 and see how the action unfolds. It’s going to get much, much hotter for sure!

The hard court tennis season is back

Fans of tennis will be pleased to see a return of the big guns to the North American hard court circuit, as the players work their way towards the US Open which starts at the end of this month.

This week is the Rogers Cup in Toronto and all the big name players are present, not to mention the young guns who made a real statement on intent during the summer, showing they mean business and are a true emerging force. Three of the big four of Djokovic, Federer and Murray are all present in Canada, aiming to win the 1000 ATP points up for grabs, whilst the likes of last weeks Washington champion Milos Raonic, Grigor Dimitrov and slayer of injured Nadal at Wimbledon Nick Kyrgios all looking to create a few upsets.

The young Aussie Kyrgios, will be facing Britain’s Andy Murray today which could be a potentially tricky encounter. Murray now claiming he can fully train at 100% since last years back surgery is really flagging in the world ranking, having dropped from 4th to 8th this year. Now seeded 8 for the Rogers Cup, he needs to make up for lost ground where others have taken advantage.

It’s a busy schedule leading up to the start of the US Open in Flushing Meadow on August 25, so Murray and the other top players know that this month’s ATP 1000 tournaments in Toronto and Cincinnati (next week) offer up a huge opportunity to gain higher seedings leading into this years final Grand Slam tournament.

The entire hard court season is being covered on Sky Sports so fans of tennis will be in for a bumper month with all the top names out there, fighting week in week out leading up to New York. See how it unfolds with us on Sky Sports.