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  A Very Northern Hotel

BBC One has commissioned a new show set in a unique Liverpool hotel which caters for large groups of visitors out to have fun.

A Very Northern Hotel (w/t) goes through the lobby and down the corridors to reveal the secret life of one of the most popular place to stay in Liverpool - The Shankly Hotel.

 Like other big hotels, it caters for a huge diversity of guests - from couples enjoying romantic breaks, to weddings and family getaways. But what makes The Shankly unique is its party rooms on the top floor.

Dedicated to large groups of young fun-loving friends, the enormous, individually-themed communal rooms sleep up to 24 guests in multiple beds, alongside dancefloors, bars, hot tubs and even a swimming pool.

A transmission date is yet to be announced.

Saturday Night Takeaway

Resting Saturday Night Takeaway for a year was the “right decision”, ITV executive Kevin Lygo has said.

The popular series, hosted by Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly, will not air this year.

McPartlin, 43, stepped down from all TV presenting duties last year, including Saturday Night Takeaway, following his arrest for drink-driving.

Lygo, ITV’s director of television, said: “It will be back next year. It was the right decision, because with Ant, we didn’t want him working last year so it was, it wasn’t just a year off on air, it was a year off from work and getting himself straight.

“And he’s done that really well and I’m delighted he’s back and fit and he’s doing Britain’s Got Talent now.

“There was a tonne of preparation (for Takeaway) and Ant and Dec particularly put so much effort in and work so hard on (it), if you think of how it’s put together… all those things they do are recorded before the year, they would have been done last September, October, November, and we took the decision, Ant took the decision, that he couldn’t sort of half get back into work”.

Referencing the show’s last hiatus, when it was off air from 2010-2012, he said: “People were delighted when it came back, so I think a year off will actually hopefully refresh and help the show, so when it comes back, it’s a real, big moment. But that will be next year”.

Lygo said the broadcaster was not replacing it with one show, but that they had “mixed and matched”, including “a few, extra episodes of Britain’s Got Talent” this year.

Modern Family To End

Award-winning US sitcom Modern Family is to end after its 11th series.

The 10th season of the programme, which centres on an extended blended family, is currently on the ABC network in the US. It airs on Sky One in the UK.

It was one of the first primetime sitcoms to feature a gay couple - Mitchell and Cameron - as lead characters.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who plays Mitchell, tweeted: "Will be hard to say goodbye. Love my family."

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