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Stars lined up for Edinburgh Television Festival

John Bishop, Frankie Boyle and Gary Lineker Image copyright AFP/PA
Image caption L-R: Bishop, Boyle and Lineker head the three-day event's star-studded line-up

Gary Lineker, John Bishop and Frankie Boyle will be among the celebrities at the 2014 Edinburgh Television Festival, its organisers have announced.

Lineker will take part in a celebration of Match of the Day's 50th anniversary, while Liverpudlian comic Bishop will host a prize-giving evening.

Controversial comedian Boyle will close the celebrations with a talk on the state of the television industry.

The festival, sponsored by The Guardian and YouTube, runs from 21 to 23 August.

Other participants include DJ Sara Cox and Pointless star Richard Osman, who will be taking part in a live version of Through the Keyhole hosted by Leigh Francis's Keith Lemon character.

Tessa Ross, outgoing head of Film4, will be quizzed by Newsnight's Kirsty Wark about her time as Channel 4's controller of film and drama.

Attendees will also have an opportunity to see the first episode of the new Doctor Who series two days before its BBC One transmission.

As previously announced, this year's MacTaggart lecture will be delivered by Channel 4 chief executive David Abraham.

Actor Kevin Spacey, broadcaster Jeremy Paxman and writer Dennis Potter are among those who have previously given the festival's keynote address.

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