Fame Academy debut beaten by Popstars; BBC still “happy with” it.

Fame Academy debut beaten by Popstars; BBC still “happy with” it.
The BBC’s new Fame Academy was easily beaten in the ratings by ITV’s Popstars: The Rivals, but the BBC says it’s “…happy with the programme. We hope viewers will continue to watch as the series continues and the progress of the students develop. This was only the first episode.” About 7.5 million people watched the latest version of Popstars, while 4.6 million watched Fame Academy.

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

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