Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By ALICE WALKER

WHAT a time to be a TV viewer in Bri­tain!

We’ve got two of the best shows for years go­ing head to head against each other on a Satur­day night.

Now Si­mon Cow­ell’s back on Bri­tain’s Got Tal­ent, it’s back to its best and the new for­mat of BBC1’S The Voice is a breath of fresh air.

And while both shows are claim­ing vic­tory in the rat­ings war, the truth is with new tech­nol­ogy like iplayer, Sky Plus and Tivo most peo­ple end up watch­ing the two pro­grammes any­way.

But the best thing about these telly tal­ent shows is that they give or­di­nary peo­ple the chance to shine.

With­out them the charts would be full of bor­ing stage school grad­u­ates in­stead of real peo­ple like Su­san Boyle or Paul Potts.

Snobs may look down on them, but the fact that mil­lions tune in ev­ery week and buy their records proves just how good these shows are. UP­STAIRS, Down­stairs babe Kee­ley Hawes has told BBC bosses that EV­ERY telly drama should boast steamy sex scenes.

The for­mer Spooks babe, who bared all in 2000 film Com­plic­ity, reck­ons a bit of nookie is a sure-fire way to make a show a suc­cess.

The 36-year-old said: “See­ing a bit of rumpy pumpy is al­ways fun in a TV drama – it’s just part of life and should be in ev­ery good show.”

Posh totty Kee­ley, who plays plummy Lady Agnes Hol­land in the hit BBC1 pe­riod drama, has cer­tainly had her share of telly romps.

She also stripped off for lesbo BBC1 drama Tip­ping the Vel­vet in 2002.

But Kee­ley reck­ons she’s still not 100 per cent comfy with her curves, and re­sorts to body-sculpt­ing knick­ers to hold her stom­ach in.

She said: “The cos­tumes on Up­stairs, Down­stairs are great, but I didn’t stress about fit­ting into them – there’s al­ways Spanx!”

IT’S KEE­LEY PHWOARS: Telly babe stripped bare


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