Tweet, drink and be merry: TV stars to follow on Twitter

With the BBC reportedly annoyed at talent letting PR secrets slip, who's worth watching on the social network?

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There’s no getting away from it – Twitter has changed the way we communicate as surely as Gutenberg did when he first unveiled the printing press and dashed off a few typeset poems. Twitter’s concise, fast and efficient, allowing the instant global publication of news, gossip and opinion in a way unimaginable even a mere decade ago. But Twitter, like peer-to-peer file-sharing, is forcing people to reassess the old ways of doing things.

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The BBC is reportedly in a tizz about stars ruining PR campaigns with their incessant tweeting, citing Sophie Ellis-Bextor blowing the cover off Sting’s appearance in Ricky Gervais’s new TV series as an example of a tweet too far. And Sophie’s not alone: Stephen Mangan, Armando Iannucci and, for ITV, the cast of Coronation Street, are all accused of leaking top-secret TV titbits via the social networking service.

The corporation is apparently planning on putting a ban in place that would bar talent from tweeting about their professional dealings with Auntie. So before the Beeb sets an industry-wide precedent with any forthcoming internal legislation that forces stars to think twice before reaching for their smartphones, why not see what this bunch of British TV types are up to, and what sort of thing you can expect of them in their tweets.

Stephen Fry
@stephenfry
2,784,383 followers*
Twitter specialism: Anything and everything. From what he’s doing to technical advice, all nicely punctuated and full of polysyllabic wordy-words, as one would expect from the host of QI.

Jonathan Ross
@wossy
1,091,548 followers
Twitter specialism: Running conversations with his followers, punctuated with wit and funny photos.

Lord Sugar
@Lord_Sugar
774,167 followers
Twitter specialism: Feuds, feuds, feuds. Kirsty Allsopp and Piers Morgan are just two notable figures to have endured Suralan’s wrath. Also apparent throughout Wimbledon that he’s an almost pedantically passionate fan of tennis.

David Mitchell
@RealDMitchell
422,289 followers
Twitter specialism: Plugs and opinion. If you like his newspaper columns you’ll enjoy his feed as it’s very similar in tone (which at least proves it’s not ghostwritten – unless the ghost does his Tweeting for him too).

Lauren Laverne
@laurenlaverne
89,133 Followers
Twitter specialism: All things musical. And I really do mean ALL things, not just trendy festivals and the like: “Morrisons is playing Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car”. Literally *the* most depressing & least appropriate shopping stk ever.”

Graham Linehan
@Glinner
110,517 followers
Twitter specialism: Miscellany. Like an online version of the Victorian mag Notes and Queries, Linehan’s feed is a font of intriguing information, funny titbits and appeals to followers to pool their knowledge.

Julia Bradbury
@JuliaBradbury
16,397Followers
Twitter
specialism: The busiest shooting schedule on Twitter. It’s a wonder
Julia’s got time to tweet at all judging by her updates which see her
blasting all over the world. A great feed to subscribe to if you’re
feeling overworked and want some perspective.

Peter Serafinowicz
@serafinowicz
581,810 followers
Twitter specialism: Pithy observations. Example: “You can tell a lot about someone btw they use abbreviations.”

Sarah Beeny
@sarahbeeny
51,131 followers
Twitter specialism: Campaigns and competitions. Ms Beeny’s got a lovely set of principles.

Phillip Schofield
@Schofe
863,924 followers
Twitter specialism: Chumminess. Phil’s regular blend of gentle anecdotes and opinions bear out his all-round thoroughly-nice-chap TV persona.

Kate Humble
@katehumble
20,396Followers
Twitter
specialism: Badgers and so on. The Springwatch presenter’s feed is the
perfect refuge for the armchair wild-life love to live vicariously.

Brian Cox
@ProfBrianCox
343,662 Followers
Twitter specialism: Learned debate. I’d never seen “wishy-washy semantics” deplored on Twitter before chancing by the keyboard-playing scientist’s feed.

Jimmy Carr
@jimmycarr
1,038,231 followers
Twitter specialism: Jokes aplenty. And some suitably acerbic opinion, too. A man who’s mastered the art of doing stand-up in 140-character bursts.

John Cleese
@JohnCleese
1,220,229 followers
Twitter specialism: Overuse of the phrases Twittering Twats/twatters/ad infinitum.

Myleene Klass
@KlassMyleene
117,761 Followers
Twitter
specialism:Near-perfect grammar and celebrity anecdotes. Myleene
clearly enjoys quite the exciting, fast-paced life and documents it
withaccuracy that would impress a sub editor. It’s almost ironic that
her surname’s a misspelling.

Jon Snow
@jonsnowC4
83,213 Followers
Twitter specialism: Strident opinion. The C4 news anchor is far from shy about sharing his views about the news he has to report impartially on air.

Armando Iannucci
@Aiannucci
168,804 followers
Twitter specialism: Highbrow fun, like the following: “In Glasgow to be boffed as an Honorary Doctor of Letters. From today, all my tweets will be in Latin.”

Alex Jones
@MissAlexjones
39,180 Followers
Twitter
specialism: Exclamations and kisses. Honestly, a feed boasting so many
‘x’s that Long John Silver wouldn’t know where to start…


Stephen Mangan

@StephenMangan
51,755 followers
Twitter specialism: Dashed romanticism. To complement his poet’s barnet, some of his tweets read like Coleridge at sundown: “Sitting outside in the glorious sunshine watching yachts glide past. Perfect. But one day I will be dead.”

Charlie Brooker
@charltonbrooker
333,319Followers
Twitter specialism: Being Charlie Brooker. I imagine his feed’s a more or less fairly accurate stream of hilariously invective-laden consciousness…

Chris Addison
@mrchrisaddison
89,828 Followers
Twitter specialism: Educated hilarity eg: ‘A man just texted me to tell me he’s waiting in a car outside. He sent a message to space and back. I have a doorbell.’

Happy tweeting!

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*all Twitter stats correct as of publication date