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Bake Off rises to the top of 2015's most watched shows

Nadiya Hussain, Mary Berry, Bake Off, Paul Hollywood, Sue Perkins, Mel Giedroyc

Over half of the top 40 TV shows of 2015 aired on BBC One, according to research compiled by the Press Association from the Broadcasters’ Audience Research Board (Barb).

Despite an increase in viewers over the year, Channel 4 does not make the list, as BBC One fills 27 spots, and ITV takes the remaining 13 places. 

Strictly Come Dancing appeared 13 times in the list, making it the most consistently viewed show so far this year.

Lorraine Heggessey: Crises never go away

Lorraine Heggessey at the RTS London Christmas Lecture 2015

Top Gear was “an accident waiting to happen”, said Lorraine Heggessey, who told the audience enjoying her RTS London Christmas Lecture that she would have dealt with the programme’s presenter, Jeremy Clarkson, more quickly.

“Jeremy is a bit like a spoiled toddler,” she said. He had “crossed the line several times with quite racist remarks and got away with it”, added the former BBC and TalkbackThames executive.

Four highlights from Richard Holloway's TV career

During his four decades working in the television industry, Holloway has worked with some of the biggest and the best in the world of entertainment.

After leaving school at the age of 16, Holloway rose from stage assistant to be the man responsible for bringing shows such as The X Factor and All Star Family Fortunes to our screens.

Here are four of the best TV moments the entertainment guru had a hand in.

Seven TV stars who jumped ship

Jonathan Ross

After winning hearts as a judge on BBC One's The VoiceRita Ora has jumped ship to its competitor, X Factor. The ITV show has also poached famous BBC face – or rather voice – Nick Grimshaw, who hosts the prestigious Radio 1 Breakfast slot. While Grimmy will fulfill his judging duties alongside his BBC role, Ora's may come as a blow to BBC producers. But this isn't the first time stars have jumped ship. Here are a few of the most famous and most surprising moves.

1. Susanna Reid

Is the impressions show dead?

"How many impressionists do we see on TV these days? Hardly any... You find some on the cruise ships entertaining the 'blue rinse brigade.'" That is the damning view of Comedy Store founder Don Ward, who says he "can't stand" impressionists.

A decade ago, the impressions genre was in rude health. From political satire on Dead Ringers, to celebrity caricatures on Bo' Selecta!, there was an impressions show to suit almost every taste.