It Ain’t Half Hot Mum actor dies aged 88

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWindsor Davies will be remembered for his role as Battery Sergeant Major “Shut Up” Williams in It Ain’t Half Hot Mum Actor and star of It Ain’t Half Hot Mum, Windsor Davies, has died. Davies, 88, who was best known as the sergeant major in the TV series, died on Thursday, his family said. Born in Canning Town, London, he returned to his father’s home village, Nant-y-Moel in Bridgend county, when World …

Stan and Ollie car back on the road

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy’s slapstick comedy was hugely popular during the early classical Hollywood era of American cinema Mr Grose said: “When we sold the business about seven years ago I started to take a bit more notice of it. “It wasn’t running and that seemed a shame because I was aware it had been used by Laurel and Hardy in 1953 and it was time to try to pay a bit of …

Williams ‘blasting’ music to torment Page

The two stars live next door to each other in Holland Park – Williams’s Grade II-listed home used to belong to film director and restaurant critic Michael Winner. It is not publicly known who wrote the complaint, which is signed “Johnny”. Talking about the row in the Telegraph on Friday, a spokesman for Williams said the claims in the complaint were “a complete fabrication and nonsense”. Image copyright Owal Image caption A drawing from the planning application to develop the …

Helen Mirren shoes to redefine ‘Essex girl’

Image copyright Epping Forest District Museum Image caption The main exhibition highlights the achievements of women from Essex Image copyright Epping Forest District Museum Image caption Olympian Sally Gunnell – from Epping – has donated a pair of her trainers Snapping the Stiletto opens at Epping Forest District Museum on 12 January

Visitors flock to town after TV appearance

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionCromer Pier a ‘star’ of BBC One this Christmas A seaside town has seen a boost in visitors after its 117-year-old pier starred in a BBC One film over Christmas. Cromer, in Norfolk, was the location for the channel’s festive idents which were shown before programmes, as well as the short film “Wonderland”. About 12,000 people watched the town’s annual firework display on New Year’s Day – up 2,000 on the year …

‘Escape artist’ rhea on run for weeks

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe large flightless bird was seen in the road at Chiltern Bank An “escape artist” rhea distracting drivers in Oxfordshire has been on the run for four weeks, police said. The large flightless bird, named Chris, was seen in the road at Chiltern Bank, Peppard Common, on Sunday. PC Simon Pink said a number of people had called about the rhea, but efforts to capture it had been unsuccessful. In a tweet …

‘Queer icon’ is Sound of 2019 runner-up

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBrooklyn-born pop star King Princess is the runner up in BBC Music’s Sound Of 2019 list Type “King Princess” into Google, and the headlines are overwhelming. “A gay icon in waiting,” says the NME. “A queer pop star for a new generation,” agrees DIY magazine. “All Hail King Princess, the newest member of queer pop royalty,” declares The Guardian. And King Princess is agreeably relaxed about the role she’s been assigned. “If …

Two dead in Spanish mountains plane crash

The 62-year-old former Thanet District Council Conservative councillor tweeted pictures from the air Wednesday. Mr Hockings, 67, ran an aircraft maintenance company called Cristal Air based at Spilsted Farm airfield at Sedlescombe, near Hastings. Skip Twitter post by @SimonMoores Dawn’s early light – Apparently Biarritz make it very difficult to refuel so go to San Sebastián instead pic.twitter.com/3hH0GWEsZ1 — Simon Moores (@SimonMoores) January 9, 2019 The Aviation Safety Network said the plane crashed at 13:50 GMT on Hernio mountain in …

Olivia Colman’s film is Bafta favourite

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe 2019 Bafta nominations have been announced, Lizo Mzimba looks at the front runners Olivia Colman’s film The Favourite leads the race for this year’s Bafta Awards, with 12 nominations. The announcement comes days after Colman won a Golden Globe for playing Queen Anne in the period comedy-drama. It’s some way ahead of its nearest Bafta rivals Bohemian Rhapsody, A Star Is Born, First Man and Roma, which have seven nominations each. …

Director explains menstrual blood scene

“But it was probably the most straightforward scene that we shot because there were six women there and we all know what happens and we all know what to do. “I think that it’s probably one of the few contexts in which I can say normalisation is a good thing, we just need to see that, because it happens to pretty much half of us at some point in our lives and that we’ve not shown it before is probably …

Can we trust money advice from Mary Poppins?

Mary Poppins cast defend ‘forgettable’ songs The story behind the new Mary Poppins music In the 1964 original, young Michael nearly causes a run on the bank because he wants to give his pocket money to a woman selling bird food, instead of prudently investing it. The new film seems to vindicate his father’s advice to put his trust in the financial wizardry of compound interest. Michael’s tuppence investment turns out to have grown significantly between 1910 (when the first …

Olivia Colman’s varied career in pictures

From her breakthrough in TV comedies in the early 2000s to her award-winning performance on the big screen in The Favourite in 2019, British actress Olivia Colman is fast becoming both a national treasure and a major Hollywood player. She has already won a Golden Globe for best actress so far this awards season and been shortlisted for a Bafta, with an Oscar nomination likely later this month. At the age of 44, Colman has reached star status after appearing …

Flamenco star kicks off Sound of 2019

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionSpanish artist Rosalia takes fifth place in the BBC Music Sound Of 2019 list Flamenco music has never troubled the UK charts – but that looks set to change with the arrival of Rosalía. The 25-year-old is turning flamenco on its head by tethering its vocal melismas and palmas (hand clapping) to the sounds and attitude of hip-hop. It’s earned the singer fifth place in the BBC Music Sound of 2019, which …

The big things to look out for in 2019

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Rihanna’s last album was released in 2016 Victoria might not be there but expect Girl Power to take over again as the Spice Girls go back on tour for the first time in more than a decade. The tickets sold out straight away and fans are really excited. She’s confirmed she’s been in the studio, so expect new music from Rihanna in 2019. There have been rumours that there could even be more than …

Use of force by staff at prison doubles

The HM Inspectorate of Prisons visit in August found there had been 314 incidents involving the use of force by staff in the previous six months, almost double the 166 detailed in a 2015 report. Inspectors also said supervisor reports, officer statements and reports on prisoners’ injuries and health care, in relation to justifying the use of force, were missing in some cases. In others there was insufficient detail about the incident and the film record did not match the …