Love Island 2020

We know you’ve all been waiting for it and it is finally back upon us, Love Island 2020 got off to a rip-roaring start last night. After a wait of almost six months, viewers gathered in their droves as the winter-time variant of the show returned to the screens. Despite drawing more than 2.5 million viewers, the show’s launch has proven to be less watched than the opening of the last summer series. 800,000 views down, to be exact, on last summer’s initial viewership of 3.3 million. Is this slump in ratings a sign of things to come? Has Love Island’s popularity reached its peaked? There’s only one way to find out…

In more concerning news from the popular ITV2 reality series, viewers were left unimpressed a mere hour into the show. Broadcasting regulator Ofcom received more than 270 complaints. Since then, a spokesperson has confirmed that they related to two incidents. 25-year-old beauty consultant Siannise Fudge was paired was 23-year-old Nas Majeed. Having described her friends referring to her as Princess Jasmine in a segment recorded for the programme, Fudge stated, “I love Princess Jasmine and he kind of looks like Aladdin.” The broadcasting regulator confirmed receiving 36 complaints about that incident. A total of 231 complaints were registered about the inclusion of 23-year-old Ollie Williams in the programme. After pictures of him posing next to a dead animal, which he had apparently killed, emerged prior to the airing of the programme, viewers threatened to boycott the show if he was included in the line-up.

The first wintertime airing of the highly popular reality TV show is being broadcast from a luxury villa in Cape Town, South Africa. With Cape Town’s murder rate soaring by 30 per cent in the last six years, the villa’s exact location is a closely guarded secret. Producers have also revealed that armed security forces have been put in as an extra precaution and will be patrolling the outskirts of the compound twenty-four hours a day.

Dancing On Ice: Meet the Contestants

Radzi Chinyanganya

Partnered with professional skater Jessica Hatfield, the Blue Peter joined the show as a last-minute replacement for the injured Michael Barrymore.

Caprice Bourret

The bombshell model and fashion brand owner is paired with professional partner Hamish Gaman. Through regular social media posts, Caprice has kept her fans updated about her progress.

Trisha Goddard

The sixty-one-year-old talk show host pairs up with professional partner Lucasz Rozycki. A mainstay on television for decades, Dancing On Ice is just another challenge on her list of accomplishments.

Ben Hanlin

TV presenter and street magician Ben has already admitted to not being able to skate. With professional partner Carlotta Edwards watching over him, we’re sure he’ll be fine. He’ll definitely be one to watch on this year’s competition!

Perri Kiely

Diversity’s iconic dancing star, Perri is no stranger to slick moves. However, how he’ll fare in the switch from dancefloor to ice will be the real challenge. Especially as former dance mate Ashley Banjo will be among the judges.

Lisa George

Paired up with Tom Naylor, the Coronation Street star has expressed how Dancing On Ice represents a challenge to her that she was eager to complete before turning 50. Good luck!

Ian Watkins (H from Steps)

Ian, or H, will be no stranger to the skills required to perform on ice. Alongside professional partner Matt Evers, the pair will make history as the first same-sex couple to dance together on the show.

Lucrezia Millarini

ITV newsreader Lucrezia will be under the professional tutelage of Brendyn Hatfield, but will her performances be good enough to make the headlines?

Maura Higgins

Popular Love Island 2019 contestant Maura will hit the ice alongside professional partner Alexander Demetriou. After winning over the nation on Love Island and presenting the agony aunt segment on This Morning, perhaps she’ll pip her rivals to the top spot in this year’s dancing competition?

Kevin Kilbane

With partner Brianne Delcourt, former professional footballer Kevin is hoping for a smooth transition, as he swaps the football boots for skates.

Libby Clegg

Paralympian gold medallist Libby will be making history as the first ever blind contestant in the show’s history. Alongside Mark Hanretty, Libby sees Dancing On Ice as a challenge to conquer. Kudos!

Joe Swash

Actor and presenter Joe Swash pairs up with professional skater Alexandra Schuman. A previous winner of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here, Joe can definitely win over the public. But, will his moves be able to win over the judges?

BBC Sports Personality of the Year

2007 – Joe Calzaghe – Boxing

Considered one of the greatest British boxers of all time, Joe Calzaghe was selected by the public for the prestigious BBC award in 2007. Following victory in two fights conducted on home soil, Calzaghe attracted the attention of the British public. On 7th April 2007, Calzaghe went up against Peter Manfredo Jr. before 35,000 fans in Cardiff, Wales. Following an onslaught which went without reply in the third round, the fight referee ordered a stop to the action. While some commentators questioned the decision, and others criticised the premature stoppage, the spectating public went into a frenzy. Following this spectacular victory, Calzaghe was pitted against undefeated WBA champion Mikkel Kessler. The fight was for the title of undisputed champion. On 4th November 2007, Calzaghe defeated Kessler by unanimous decision. He became the undisputed champion of the super-middleweight division. The BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award crowned what was the biggest year in Calzaghe’s boxing career.

2014 – Lewis Hamilton – Formula One

Having won 209,920 of the 620,932, Lewis Hamilton took the biggest share of the votes for the 2014 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award, with 34%. That year’s runner-up was Rory McIlroy, who received 20% of the votes. Hamilton’s success came after he had been runner-up to Joe Calzaghe, in the 2007 television award. Following on from Damon Hill (1994, 1996), Nigel Mansell (1986, 1992), Stirling Moss (1961) and Sir Jackie Stewart (1973), Hamilton became the fifth Formula One racing driver to win the award. The 2014 F1 championship was dominated by spirited competition between Mercedes teammates Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. Culminating in the very last race of the season, Hamilton commanded the Abu Dhabi grand prix from the start, as Rosberg struggled with car problems. It was the second time Hamilton had won the F1 Drivers’ Championship.


BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award Winners

1994 & 1996 – Damon Hill – Formula One

British Formula One legend Damon Hill is one of a select group of sports personalities to win the annual BBC award twice. During a year in which the Formula One world was flung into mourning by the death of Ayrton Senna, Hill was very close to winning the F1 World Championship. However, with Michael Schumacher hot on his trail, the decision rested on the final race of the season. In a controversial finish, both Schumacher and Hill failed to complete the race due to a collision, with some observers blaming Schumacher for causing the crash. Ultimately, Hill lost out to the German by a single point. Nevertheless, in recognition of his efforts the British public selected him as BBC Sports Personality of the Year. In 1996, Hill secured a total of eight grand prix wins and maintained his position on the front row of the starting grid, over the course of the season. With those wins, and consistent performances throughout the season, Hill won his first F1 World Championship title. Also, he became the third person to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award twice, following Nigel Mansall and Henry Cooper.

1999 – Lennox Lewis – Boxing

Between the late 1980s and early 1990s, new life was breathed into heavyweight boxing with the emergence of the precocious Mike Tyson. Following a lull in the division after the excitement of the Muhammad Ali era, heavyweight boxing resurged in the 1990s. During this time, Lennox Lewis rose to great prominence. Following decisive victories over Ray Mercer, Oliver McCall and Shannon Briggs in previous years, in 1999, Lewis clashed against Evander Holyfield. While the first bout between the two ended in a split decision draw, Lewis secured a unanimous decision victory against his formidable later that year. As a result, the British boxing legend retained the WBC and lineal heavyweight titles and won the WBA, IBF and IBO championships, becoming the undisputed and unified heavyweight champion. This rare feat was recognised by the British public, who selected him for that year’s BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award.

BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award Winners

1967 – Henry Cooper – Boxing

British heavyweight boxer and British, Commonwealth and European heavyweight champion, Henry Cooper is best remembered for his 1963 and 1966 clashes with Muhammad Ali. The first fight is remembered as featuring one of only four knockdowns suffered by Ali in his entire boxing career. Susceptible to cuts, Cooper was ultimately forced to withdraw from both fights due to excessive bleeding. Henry Cooper was the first person to be selected for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award by the public and is the only British boxer to be awarded a knighthood.

1981 – Ian Botham – Cricket

Hailed as one of the greatest all-rounders in the history of cricket, Botham’s public selection as BBC Sports Personality of the Year came after achieving the highpoint in his career. Having ascended to the captaincy, Botham’s form suffered greatly. In his last test as captain at Lord’s, during the historic 1981 Ashes series, Botham was dismissed for a duck in both innings. Resigned from the captaincy, Botham returned to the subsequent tests with an invigorated fire. At the legendary Headingley test match, England carved out a victory from certain defeat, after following on caused by a batting collapse. Botham exhibited a valiant batting display, achieving 149 not out. Additionally, at the final match at the Oval, Botham took a ten-wicket haul. England took the Ashes series victory, largely thanks to Botham’s efforts and he was named Man of the Series.

1986 – Nigel Mansell – Formula One

In one of the tightest Formula One World Championships in history, Nigel Mansell was edged into the runner-up’s position by Alain Prost in the final race of the F1 season. Missing out on the title at the Australian Grand Prix, Mansell’s setback came in sensational fashion, as his left-rear tyre exploded on the main straight with only 19 laps to go.

BBC Sports Personality of the Year

Devised by Paul Fox in 1954, the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award in an annual awards ceremony presented by the BBC. While originally featuring only one award, now the BBC Sports Personality of the Year also includes:

  • Team of the Year
  • Overseas Personality of the Year
  • A Lifetime Achievement Award
  • The Helen Rollason Award
  • The Coach Award
  • The Newcomer Award
  • Young Sports Personality of the Year
  • The Unsung Hero Award

During his tenure as editor of magazine show Sportsview, Paul Fox devised BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Held at the Savoy Hotel on 30 December 1954, the first ceremony featured in the Sportsview programme. Public voting was conducted by postcard and a total of 14,517 votes were cast. Ultimately, the inaugural award was given to long- and middle-distance runner Christopher Chataway, who beat Roger Bannister to the prize.

BBC Sports Personality of the Year Winners

Here, we take a look at some of the most memorable and most important sporting greats to have won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award.

1961 – Stirling Moss – Formula One

A member of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, Stirling Moss won 212 out of 529 races in which he participated. He is considered and described as “the greatest driver never to win the World Championship.” Despite missing out on World Championship success, Stirling Moss’ abilities led to successes against the odds. Key race victories include the 1961 Monaco Grand Prix, in which his comparatively-underpowered Lotus won the race by a 3.6 second margin.

1966 – Bobby Moore – Football

Bobby Moore was the first footballer to win the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award. For twenty-four years, he remained the only footballer to receive the award, until Paul Gasgoine was selected in 1990.

Rod Bond HMRC Investigator Pursues Tax Scammer in Latest F1 Productions Film based at Deansgreen Hall, Lymm

Rod Bond plays HMRC investigator pursuing golfer-turned-tax scammer Duncan Evans in F1 Productions’ movie filmed around Deansgreen Hall, Lymm. Deansgreen Hall is central to the plot, as Evans purchased the property from riches he scammed from the HMRC. While centred around Deansgreen Hall, the crime drama is filmed across various locations in Lymm. Alongside Deansgreen Hall in Deansgreen, Lymm Golf Club and Steps Charity Worldwide based on Crouchley Lane in Deansgreen also feature. With numerous collaborative successes, Rod Bond and Manchester F1 Productions, again join forces drawing global attention to the North West.

Manchester F1 Productions Announce Break in Filming to Support Rod Bond’s Charity Fundraiser

During the filming of highly charged scenes at Deansgreen Hall, Rod Bond and F1 Productions executives announced a sudden break in filming. In support of Rod Bond’s fundraisers for Deansgreen-based charity Steps, filming at Deansgreen Hall was paused for several days. Supported by co-stars Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio, the fundraiser raised millions for the charity located on Crouchley Lane. Rod Bond is no stranger to charity work and renowned for having brought together the biggest names in support of a plethora of causes.

Rumours in the Lead up to Filming at Deansgreen Hall

Prior to official announcements, filming at Deansgreen Hall had commenced under a cloak of secrecy. Reports of expensive supercars around the rural estate had emerged in weeks before the official press release from F1 Productions. Rod Bond had signalled his partnership with F1 Productions and a project centred around Deansgreen Hall, without providing much detail. Furthermore, the filming schedule itself was set back when lead actor Rod Bond witnessed an horrific knife crime. Having witnessed the brutal knife crime, the Hollywood actor was left shaken and unable to perform for weeks.

BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year

The BBC Cymru Wales Sports Personality of the Year is a televised sporting competition that features on BBC Two annually. First awarded in 1954, the BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year Award is considered the most prestigious and coveted annual sport award in Wales. Organised by BBC Cymru Wales, as of 2002, the competition is open to public voting, rather than being restricted to predetermination by a panel of the organisers’ choosing.

BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year: Notable Winners

2018 – Geraint Thomas – Cycling

Winner of three world championships (2007, 2008, 2012), two Olympic gold medals (2008, 2012) and one Tour de France (2018), Geraint Thomas is one of the leading names in cycling today.

2009 – Ryan Giggs – Football

With more accolades, honours and records than space to mention them here, Ryan Giggs is household name as a result of his successes at Manchester United Football Club.

2007 – Joe Calzaghe – Boxing

Holding a record of 46 wins, no losses or draws, Calzaghe is two-division unified world champion. Boasting one of the best records in boxing history, Calzaghe is counted as one of the best British boxers of all time.

1999 – Colin Jackson – Athletics

An Olympic silver medallist, two-time world champion, one-time World Indoor champion, undefeated at European championships in twelve years and two-time Commonwealth champion, Colin Jackson’s accolades include record-breaking in the 110 m hurdles and he remains at the 60 m hurdles world record holder.

1992 – Tanni Grey-Thompson – Wheelchair Racing

Born with spina bifida and a lifelong wheelchair user, Grey-Thompson is one of the UK’s most successful disabled athletes. Since a stellar career in athletics, Grey-Thompson has appeared on television and has been a baroness since 2010.

1980 – Duncan Evans – Golf

Duncan Evans rose to prominence in 1980 when he became the first Welshman to win golf’s Amateur Championship at the Royal Porthcawl Golf Club. In 2009, Evans was convicted for his part in a £3.5 million Value Added Tax scam, known as a missing trader fraud. During a life of luxury, Evans had purchased Deansgreen Hall in Lymm, Cheshire, a multimillion pound country mansion.

F1 Productions’ Next Release: Duncan Evans Fraud Film

Manchester based production company F1 Productions have announced their latest project at a press conference in Manchester. The financial crime drama will be based on the life and crimes of former amateur golfer Duncan Evans. Born in Crewe, Evans was convicted of tax fraud worth £21 million. His elaborate riches included country mansion Deansgreen Hall in Lymm, as well as other properties and numerous supercars. Manchester’s F1 Productions have announced that rather than glorifying Duncan Evans’ crimes and lifestyle, the fraud film will focus on the diligent work of HMRC investigators. In what is expected to be another success for the North West of England, filming will take place across Manchester and Cheshire. “We think it’s all too often that crime and the proceeds of crime are celebrated on screen. In what will be a gritty and dramatic unravelling, we will focus on the efforts of the HMRC investigators on Evans’ trail,” said a representative of Manchester’s F1 Production company.

The story of amateur golfer and convicted tax fraudster Duncan Evans is one of talent, success and criminal enterprise. Described as a “devious and accomplished fraudster,” Evans’ rise and fall is tale perfectly tailored for the big screen. From sporting success and his position as a hero to a life of plush criminal luxury, Evans saw it all. Born in Crewe, Cheshire, Evans’ success saw his catapulted to national renown. After winning golf’s prestigious Amateur Championship in 1981, Evans was chosen as BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year. However, soon after his sporting success, Evans took to a life of crime. Partnering with fraudster and scammer ‘Riviera’ Ray Woolley, Duncan Evans took to a life of crime. Together, the pair earned millions from an elaborate VAT fraud scheme. Plundering the coffers of the HMRC in the form of false and illegal tax rebates, Evans lived a life of luxury. From the latest high-performance supercars to one of the country’s most luxurious property’s Evans had it all.

Fun Facts: I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!

With this year’s I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here once again serving up gems, we take a look at some of the show’s secrets!

  • The show was originally going to be called ‘Get Me Out of Here – I’m A Celebrity!’ However, after much deliberation the producers switched it around. Somehow, it doesn’t quite sound right like that.
  • For celebrities joining the reality show, producers have developed an introduction pack. This introduction pack gives them an idea of what to expect on the show. Furthermore, those who make it through the pack are given what is known behind the scenes as ‘the talk of doom.’ Just to make sure everyone knows what they’re letting themselves in for!

  • Celebrities entering the jungle can only bring one luxury item from home with them and just three pairs of underwear! Originally, the number of underwear was meant to be limited to one but, we guess someone showed a moment of mercy.
  • The people who devised the show also wanted to ban the use of toilet roll and force the celebrities to use leaves instead. Of course, this is another editorial decision that didn’t make the cut!
  • In the first every series, deodorant was banned from the jungle. Only after the camera crew complained to producers, were the celebrities allowed to use deodorant!
  • Throughout their time on the show, I’m A Celebrity contestants are allowed just one phone call. Communication between the celebrities and even their agents is prohibited.

  • In Brian Harvey’s 2004 ‘House of Pies’ trial, over 1.5 million flies were used. Bred in special conditions which rendered them unable to fly, the flies did their job in making the singer physically sick.
  • While in the jungle, I’m A Celebrity contestants aren’t ever allowed to see the time. Even when the show’s presenters, Ant and Dec, visit the camp they cover their watches. This is in order to completely sever the contestants from reality!