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