Eurovision

UK's Eurovision history

Sandie Shaw (1967)

Sandie Shaw was already a huge star before entering the competition under the UK flag in 1967. The 'barefoot pop princess' was a hit in Europe, having recorded songs in French, German, Spanish, and Italian

Her song 'Puppet on a String' was not Shaw's first choice - in fact, she wasn't keen to appear in the contest at all. Coerced by her management, Shaw performed and went on to not only win Eurovision but become the first woman to reach no.1 in the UK chart three times.

This week's top TV: 9 - 15 May

Monday

Upstart Crow

BBC2

10pm

David Mitchell appears as Britain's foremost playwright, William Shakespeare, in this new comedy depicting the life of the Bard as he juggles family life with a career in the theatre.

In episode one, William is having troubles with his latest play Romeo and Juliet as England's leading 'female' actor is apparently too old to play the teenaged Juliet and his nemesis plots to close down the whole production.  

BBC reveals plans for Eurovision 2016 coverage

Last year's winner Måns Zelmerlöw will present the show from his native Sweden, while UK coverage of the event will be fronted by Scott Mills, Mel Giedroyc and Eurovision familiar Graham Norton. 

"I think it’s just an escape from reality for a week, whether you are watching it on TV or in the host country," said Mills in an interview earlier this week. "You don’t hear about anything else that’s going on the in world and actually for a week it's nice. Also everyone is there for the same reason and it’s the friendliest place on earth." 

Competition launched to find next Eurovision entry

Eurovision

The BBC has unveiled a nationwide competition to find the UK’s next Eurovision entry.

The broadcaster is working with partners to ensure the selection process will draw from amateur, professional or superstar musical talent.

“This year really will be the biggest song search for Eurovision the BBC has ever undertaken,” says Guy Freeman, Editor of Special Events for the BBC.

Anyone can submit a video of their song, providing that it is sung live by the artist who would perform the song in Sweden next year.