Brit Awards express from the UK


The BRIT Awards ceremony for 2015 is the most anticipated night of the British music industry calendar and hosted by none other than multi-award winning pair Ant and Dec.

Established in 1977, the awards are now an annual glittering, champagne-fuelled, star-studded evening featuring live performances and unique collaborations from some of the world’s biggest artists.

Ant & Dec are certainly no strangers to the music industry, with fourteen Top 20 hits of their own including Let’s Get Ready to Rhumble, which was re-released in 2013 and went straight

to the top of the charts. On top of that, they have three multi-platinum albums, and re-wrote and recorded the official World Cup anthem for the England football team in 2002.

Expect another line-up of big names and fantastic performances with details for the 2015 ceremony to be confirmed shortly.

The BRIT Awards 2015
New Zealand Premiere Express from the UK
Thursday 26 February, 2pm (Encore at 8.30pm)

Get involved with #NZEurovision live coverage


The team here at Dan News will be hosting a special gathering of die hard Eurovision fans at Dan’s house to get involved in the action.

For the first time ever on UKTV, fans will be able to cheer along their favourite countries during the ultimate musical event of the year, the Eurovision Song Contest, broadcast live from Copenhagen.

Fans won’t miss a moment of the Eurovision Song Contest action, with the two live Semi-Finals broadcasting on May 7 and May 9 at 7.00am, with an encore at 9.30pm. The excitement comes to a climax when the 26 finalists perform in the finale on Sunday May 11 from 7.00am (simulcast with the Eurovision Song Contest live feed) with an encore at 8.30pm.

New Zealand fans will once again be able to experience this distinctive television event, featuring new talent and established artists from across Europe and the UK all battling it out for the glory of the number one spot. Viewers will be able to share their own memorable moments and become the voice of the live event on UKTV, using Twitter and Facebook to share and talk about the contest online as it happens (#NZEurovision, @UKTVnz).

Embraced globally for its unique mix of performers showcasing unforgettable moments, the Eurovision Song Contest is the world’s biggest non-sporting live TV event, broadcast to hundreds of millions of people across the globe. In 1974, Eurovision was the launching pad for Swedish pop sensation, ABBA, who to this day are still the most successful competition winners since its inception almost 60 years ago.

This year, one of the highlights will be Australia’s participation as the interval act in the second Semi-Final with platinum-selling performer, Jessica Mauboy, singing an original song written especially for the Eurovision Song Contest. Jessica launched her career by taking part in Australian Idol.

Natalie Edgar, Director of Television BBC Worldwide ANZ, said: “We are delighted to bring UKTV viewers all of the excitement of the Eurovision Song Contest 2014, live from Copenhagen. Eurovision Song Contest has a passionate and devoted legion of fans scattered all around the world and UKTV is proud to be broadcasting the event live to New Zealand audiences.”

Fun facts about the Eurovision Song Contest

 In 2012, Sophie Wilson, a New Zealand member of OGAE (the world’s biggest fan organisation for the Eurovision Song Contest) travelled all the way to Baku, Azerbaijan for the Eurovision Song Contest.
 Grease star and Aussie favourite Olivia Newton-John took to the Eurovision stage in 1974, singing her way to fourth place in Brighton.
 Remember French Canadian singer Celine Dion? Celine launched her career internationally after her win at the 1988 contest held in Dublin.
 Cliff Richard, the UK’s third top-selling singles artist competed twice, finishing in second and third place in 1968 and 1973 respectively.
 This year marks 40 years since Swedish pop group ABBA won the Grand Prix of the Eurovision Song Contest with their memorable song Waterloo.
 This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first time the Eurovision Song Contest was held in Copenhagen.
 Ireland has won the contest seven times with three wins running consecutively in 1992, 1993 and 1994 – more than any other country.
 A singer named Ruslana won for Ukraine in 2004 and was later elected to their parliament.
 Norway has scored no points more times (four) than any other country in the Eurovision Song Contest history.
 The Turkish Eurovision Song Contest entry in 1983, consisted entirely of the word ‘Opera’ being repeated over and over. Spain’s cleverly titled, La La La contained no fewer than 138 La’s.

TX information
Semi-final 1: Wednesday May 7 at 7.00am (live) with the encore at 9.30pm
Semi-final 2: Friday May 9 at 7.00am (live) with the encore at 9.30pm
Final: Sunday May 11 at 7.00am (live) with the encore at 8.30pm

Get involved
Fans will be able to get directly involved with the live event from May 7-9. Viewers will be able to share their own memorable moments and become the voice of the live event on UKTV, using social media platforms to share and talk about the contest online as it happens.


SKY TV to showcase the life of Margaret Thatcher this weekend


Join SKY TV for coverage this weekend as the world remembers the legendary, controversial life of Britain’s ‘Iron Lady’ Margaret Thatcher.

Margaret Thatcher was one of the defining personalities of the 20th century. In diplomacy, economics, society and as a woman, she had enormous impact at home and abroad.

Tune in this weekend for a selection of programmes across the SKY platform that look back on the life of Britain’s first female Prime Minister.

Margaret Thatcher: Prime Minister

UKTV – Friday 12 April at 9.00pm

BBC Knowledge – Saturday 13 April at 7.30pm

Margaret Thatcher died on 8th April 2013. With exclusive access and unrivalled archive footage, this film looks back at the extraordinary life and times of a remarkable woman. Over 11 years in power, from 1979 to 1990, Mrs Thatcher stamped her influence on Britain and the rest of the world. In this programme, former colleagues and family members speak frankly and often with great warmth and humour about a unique personality. Part biography, part the story of a crucial period in recent history, it presents an enthralling and entertaining narrative of a politician whose like had never been seen before, and never will be again.

Margaret Thatcher

CNN – Saturday 13 April at 9.30pm

She was Britain’s first female prime minister and served three consecutive terms. Margaret Thatcher was known as the ‘Iron Lady’ for her unbending politics and leadership style. Her brand of conservative economics garnered her immense popularity in some corners and passionate contempt in others. CNN’s Becky Anderson highlights the life and legacy of Margaret Thatcher; one of the most impactful political figures of the 20th century.


BBC World News – Saturday 13 April at 10.30pm
BBC World News will also be broadcasting a special edition of current affairs programme Newsnight. Through extraordinary insights from those who worked with and against Baroness Thatcher, the programme examines the impact of her policies both in the UK and abroad and includes an interview with former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger who discusses her international role.

Dateline London

BBC World News – Sunday 14 April at 1.30pm
This programme which brings together foreign correspondents based in London to give an outsider’s view of events in the UK, will host a special discussion considering reaction to Baroness Thatcher’s passing. This edition will be presented by BBC News’ Maxine Mawhinney, and features journalists from Le Monde, Sunday Telegraph and Bloomberg.

The Rise and Fall of Margaret Thatcher

BBC World News – Sunday 14 April at 7.30pm

BBC presenter Martha Kearney, who became a political correspondent when Margaret Thatcher was at the height of her political power, charts the unlikely rise of the grocer’s daughter who became Britain’s most famous Prime Minister. In this documentary Martha reflects on Thatcher’s bitter downfall at the hands of her colleagues in government, a betrayal she never recovered from.

Margaret Thatcher: Britain’s Iron Lady

BBC World News – Sunday 14 April at 9:10pm

Renowned broadcaster and journalist Andrew Marr presents this documentary which sees family, friends and former colleagues – as well as political opponents – recall Baroness Thatcher’s life, her extraordinary personality and her tumultuous years in power. In her eleven years in office she defeated Argentina in the Falklands War and at home she battled the unions into submission. Under her steely guidance the Conservative government brought in privatisation and deregulated the City. Love her or loathe her, this special programme explores how Mrs Thatcher changed Britain forever.

Hot off the satellite: Brit Awards 2013 on UKTV

One Direction

Special Event
UKTV – Thursday 21 February, 1.15pm (Encores, 7.30pm)

The BRIT Awards ceremony is the most anticipated night of the British music industry calendar. Established in 1977, the awards are now an annual glittering, champagne-fuelled, star-studded evening featuring live performances and unique collaborations from some of the biggest artists in the business.

Express from the UK, the ceremony will be hosted by James Corden and feature live performances from Robbie Williams, One Direction, Muse, Emeli Sande and Mumford and Sons.

Mastercard British Album Of The Year

Emeli Sande – ‘Our Version Of Events’
Mumford & Sons – ‘Babel’
Alt-J – ‘An Awesome Wave’
Plan B – ‘iLL Manors’
Paloma Faith – ‘Fall To Grace’

Best British Single with Capital FM

Adele – ‘Skyfall’
Alex Clare – ‘Too Close’
Coldplay & Rihanna – ‘Princess of China’
DJ Fresh feat. Rita Ora – ‘Hot Right Now’
Emeli Sandé – ‘Next To Me’
Florence & The Machine – ‘Spectrum’
James Arthur – ‘Impossible’
Jessie J – ‘Domino’
Labrinth Feat. Emeli Sandé – ‘Beneath Your Beautiful’
Olly Murs feat. Flo Rida ‘Troublemaker’
Rita Ora feat. Tinie Tempah – ‘R.I.P.’
Rizzle Kicks – ‘Mama Do The Hump’
Robbie Williams – ‘Candy’
Rudimental Feat. John Newman – ‘Feel The Love’
Stooshe – ‘Black Heart’

Best Live Act

The Rolling Stones
The Vaccines
Mumford & Sons

British Male Solo Artist

Calvin Harris
Olly Murs
Ben Howard
Richard Hawley
Plan B

British Female Solo Artist

Bat For Lashes
Amy Winehouse
Emeli Sande
Paloma Faith
Jessie Ware

British Group

One Direction
Mumford & Sons

British Breakthrough

Jessie Ware
Jake Bugg
Rita Ora
Ben Howard

International Group

Alabama Shakes
The Script
The Killers
The Black Keys

International Male Solo Artist

Bruce Springsteen
Michael Buble
Frank Ocean
Jack White

International Female Solo Artist

Taylor Swift
Alicia Keys
Cat Power
Lana Del Rey

British Producer Of The Year

Damon Albarn
Jake Gosling
Paul Epworth

Critics Choice

Tom Odell

Special Recognition Award

War Child