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4/03/2012 10:34:00 pm - Reported by Chuck Foster

David Tennant is fronting a new advertising campaign for Virgin Media alongside Sir Richard Branson, highlighting the facilities available on Virgin's television services. The first advert shows Tennant exploring his own back catalogue on the Tivo service, with Branson tinkering with a time travel device ... [Virgin Media, 30 Mar 2012]

Tennant has also been confirmed to play the lead in a two-part adaptation of Alan Furst's novel Spies of Warsaw, a co-production between BBC Worldwide and ARTE France; he stars alongside Janet Montgomery (Merlin, Entourage). Richard Fell, executive producer for Fresh Pictures, said: "We are thrilled and delighted that David and Janet are going to be in Spies of Warsaw. They are both actors of such great range and quality they will light up the screen as the star crossed lovers Jean Francois and Anna." The cast also features Burn Gorman (Torchwood). [BBC Media Centre, 3 Apr 2012]

Alexander Armstrong is among the guest hosts when Have I Got News For You returns to BBC One for its 43rd series this month. The nine-episode series starts on Friday 13th April and Armstrong will be in the hot seat for episode five, scheduled to go out on 11th May - making a record-breaking 20th appearance as guest host when he does so. Extended repeats - Have I Got A Bit More News For You - are shown on BBC One and BBC One HD the following Sunday. [BBC Media Centre, 29 Mar 2012]

Director Graeme Harper became part of a world record when he drove a train full of teddy bears at the North Bay Railway; some 280 bears were aboard for the three-quarter mile ride which raised money for Raw Animal Rescue, Hope Animal Rescue and Veteran Horse. The record attempt was arranged by Ms Minty Steade, who said: "It is just pure harmless fun, people can have a laugh and help set a record. The children also received a certificate to say their bear has been on a train driver by Graeme Harper of Dr Who fame - you cannot get any better than that can you?" [Scarborough Evening News, 2 Apr 2012]

John Barrowman will be performing a number of concerts in the UK between 21st and 24th June. This kicks off at Scarborough's Open Air Theatre on the 21st, then to Glasgow Green on the 22nd, Blackpool's Picnic by the Seaside at the Tower Festival Headland on the 22nd, and finally appears in London at the Hampton Court Palace Festival on Sunday 24th June; the actor said of the latter venue: “I'm thrilled to be performing my summer concert at the favourite palace of so many kings and queens. I hope you'll come hold court with me for this special mid-summer celebration." [Scarborough Evening News, 31 Mar 2012] [UK Festival Guides, 2 Apr 2012] [Blackpool Gazette, 3 Apr 2012]