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Man Booker Prize: Daisy Johnson is youngest nominee

Image copyright Man Booker PR/Polly-Anna Johnson Daisy Johnson has claimed the crown as the youngest author shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize at the age of 27. Four women and two men are shortlisted for the prestigious award, which recognises high quality literary fiction written in English. The other writers are Anna Burns, Esi Edugyan, […]

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Sky bid tussle to be settled by auction

The takeover of broadcaster Sky will be settled by an auction, the UK’s Takeover Panel has announced. The broadcaster has been subject to rival bids from Rupert Murdoch’s Fox and US conglomerate Comcast. The Takeover Panel said that the auction would start at 17:00 London time on Friday and end on Saturday evening. It said […]

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How come ITV sold BBC hit Bodyguard to Netflix?

Image caption The finale of Bodyguard is on BBC One on Sunday BBC One Drama Bodyguard has been such a hit that Netflix now wants in. The streaming network has acquired the rights to show the gripping thriller outside the UK and Ireland. However, it’s not the BBC that has done the deal. In fact, […]

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Ed Sheeran to play homecoming gigs in Ipswich and Leeds

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ed Sheeran has announced two sets of shows with a homecoming feel to them Ed Sheeran has announced two large shows in Ipswich, the first in his home county for five years. The singer grew up in Framlingham, Suffolk, and made his name playing gigs around the county before […]

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Emmy Awards 2018: Are British actors winning more Hollywood awards?

Image copyright Getty Images British actors went home clutching some of the night’s biggest prizes at this year’s Emmy Awards. The glamorous celebration of TV talent saw Claire Foy win the best actress in a drama award for her performance in The Queen and Thandie Newton win best supporting actress for Westworld. Matthew Rhys also […]

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Chris Evans and wife welcome twins

Image copyright PA Chris Evans’ wife has given birth to twins – a boy and a girl. The BBC Radio 2 breakfast show host said: “Ping and Pong arrived safe and well last night. Both healthy, both strong, happy and blessed, as was mum throughout.” His announcement was read out live on the show, which […]

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Courtney Hadwin eliminated from America's Got Talent

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Courtney was the favourite heading into the finals British teenager Courtney Hadwin has finished in sixth place in the final of America’s Got Talent. The 14-year-old from Hesleden, County Durham, was among the favourites to win the $1m (£760,000) prize on Wednesday. She wowed the judges and viewers with […]

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Bringing Shakespeare's neglected women out of the shadows

Image copyright Johan Persson Image caption Jade Anouka plays Queen Margaret, with Max Runham as Henry VI Shakespeare gave Queen Margaret more lines than any other female character, and more lines than King Lear. Now, she’s finally been given her own play – one of two productions putting the Bard’s women centre stage. A marketing […]

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Downton Abbey movie set like a school reunion – Julian Fellowes

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Downton cast at the launch for the final series in 2015 Shooting the movie version of TV drama Downton Abbey feels like the “reunion” of a very “happy” school, the show’s creator Julian Fellowes has said. The writer was back with the cast last week at Highclere Castle, […]

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Drag Race judge Michelle Visage to make West End debut

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Michelle Visage took part in Celebrity Big Brother 2015 RuPaul’s Drag Race judge Michelle Visage is to join the cast of West End show Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. She will play teacher Miss Hedge in the musical at London’s Apollo Theatre from 18 October to 26 January. The New […]