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  • Critics may have savaged Victoria Beckham‘s reality special on NBC, but it actually did pretty decently in the ratings, according to Media Life. “The 8 p.m. show averaged a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating, according to Nielsen overnights, winning its timeslot and topping NBC’s rating in the slot last week for a rerun of Age of Love by 57 percent. It was also 16 percent better than NBC’s summer-to-date primetime average of 1.9, according to Nielsen data analyzed by Fox networks.”

  • Even Victoria Beckham has standards: shesays”No” to a friendship with Paris Hilton. By the way theNSFW Sun link has a shot of Paris’nipples if you’re one of the three people on Earth who hasn’t seen thembefore.
  • Not only did Sting and wife TrudieStyler lose thatsexual discrimination lawsuit brought by their former chef,the judges thought that Jane Martin should havedemandedmore in damages.(BBC)
  • Former Atomic Kitten singer KerryKatonaand her five-month-old child were held at knifepoint in herbasement when masked robbers broke into her home on Sunday. Herhusband was led around the house in search of valuables. (BBC)
  • Critics have submitted their opinions ofOrlando Bloom‘s West End debut. The verdict? A rousing “Eh.” In theBBC‘sroundup of reviews, Charles Spencer of The Daily Telegraphsays,”A brilliantined and moustached Orlando Bloom spends theentire evening looking pale and interesting. It’s not a challengingrole, but he remembers his lines and doesn’t bump into thefurniture.”
  • Dancing With the Stars judge BrunoTonioli‘s UK show, DanceX, was a hit for the BBC in its Saturday premiere.(The Stage)

  • ITV is banking on Daniel Radcliffe‘s Harry Potter success,scheduling his Rudyard Kipling film for fall.(TheStage)
  • Madonna and Guy Ritchie happy abodefaces a grueling inspection from Malawian officials.(The Sun)
  • Camilla doesn’t want to be Queen; whenPrince Charles takes the throne, she’ll be known as a”Princess Consort.”(Daily Mail)
  • Girls Aloud singer Nadine Coyle says Jesse Metcalfenever cheated onher.(Daily Mail)
  • John Simm is a “revelation” in the comedicplayElling, says Telegraph‘s DominicCavendish. “Simm has excelled at playing intelligent, inherently likeablemen contending with shifting, complex worlds – most recently, andunforgettably, as copper-in-a-coma Sam Tyler in Life on Mars. But who’dhave thought that from those traits of seriousness andself-reliance he’d fashion one of the comic performances of the year?”
  • Mark Ronson talks about his privilegedupbringing, his fame with fashionistas, and hiscollaboration with Lily Allen.(The Times)
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By Kevin Wicks
Kevin Wicks is the founding editor of Anglophenia.