‘Game time’ for UK Eurovision hopeful

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionEurovision 2019: UK entry Michael Rice says it’s about time we had a decent song As the final nears, UK Eurovision hopeful Michael Rice talks betting odds, boxing gloves… and why he’s “sick” of Brexit. The last few months have been “a whirlwind of emotions” for Michael Rice, the 21-year-old singer from Hartlepool who was chosen in February to represent the UK at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. His promotional duties have taken him from Spain and the Netherlands to Croatia and Russia, with a brief visit to Israel to film the “postcard” video that will precede his performance on Saturday. His hectic schedule has whisked him from The Graham Norton Show …

Joan Bakewell’s career of ‘failure and recovery’

“And they said, ‘Oh, Joan, that’s such a good idea. The trouble is, Richard Curtis has just arrived with The Vicar of Dibley.” The Dawn French series, which revolved around a female vicar arriving in a small English village, was hugely popular when it launched in 1994 and is now regarded as one of the UK’s greatest sitcoms. “So every time I see Richard Curtis now, I always say, ‘You destroyed my career,’” Dame Joan laughs. Nonetheless, her career in broadcasting has been illustrious enough to be recognised by the British Academy, placing the 86-year-old in fine company. Kate Adie, Jon Snow and Joanna Lumley are among the broadcasters who have received the Fellowship in recent years. Dame Joan: Life …

Hinduja brothers top Rich List for third time

British citizens Sri, 83, and Gopi, 79, who are based in London, are two of the four brothers controlling the empire. Among the properties they own is the Old War Office in Whitehall, which they hope to reopen as a luxury hotel. The two brothers topped the newspaper list in 2014 and in 2017. The list, which estimates the 1,000 richest people in the UK, is based on identifiable wealth including land, property, other assets such as art, and shares in companies, the Sunday Times says. It does not include the amount contained in people’s bank accounts. Brothers David and Simon Reuben – who made their fortune in property, carpets and scrap metal – are in second place on the …

8 things we learned at the Bafta TV Awards

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHighlights from the 2019 Bafta TV Awards Winning Eve might be a more appropriate title for the BBC’s hit drama after the Bafta TV Awards on Sunday. There were wins in some of the night’s biggest categories for Killing Eve, including best drama series and best actress for Jodie Comer. I’m A Celebrity and Britain’s Got Talent were among the other winners in what has been a strong year for British television. “Just sitting [in the audience] watching these incredible programmes makes me realise that we really should… get a telly,” joked Jessica Hynes during her own acceptance speech for female comedy performance. Here are eight things we learned backstage at the …

The strange death of Innes Ewart

Image caption Pat Ewart has spent 18 years seeking answers to her son’s death That point in time is forever frozen in Pat’s memory. Despite the passing of the years she rewinds every word and gesture of that early morning in flawless detail. “No,” she said. “You’re wrong.” Image caption Young Innes had grown up to be a computer programmer Pat wrote: “Innes. Pick up your phone. There’s been a mistake. A body’s been found and the police say it’s you. Where are you?” There was never to be a reply. Image caption A photo of the car park several years later when railing had been added on the top floor But the facts appeared to speak for themselves. Police …

Universities misusing NDAs ‘is an outrage’

UK universities in ‘gagging order’ row What are non-disclosure agreements? Are NDAs being abused? Known as “confidentiality clauses” in the legal profession, NDAs can be signed when staff are hired to protect trade secrets like inventions or ideas. But they can also be signed when employees and organisations resolve a dispute, and have been used to stop workers discussing allegations of misbehaviour in the workplace. Last month, dozens of academics told BBC News they were “harassed” out of their jobs and made to sign NDAs after making complaints. Related Topics Sexual harassment Universities Bullying Non-disclosure agreements Universities in the UK Higher education Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

From Hollywood to Manchester to the comedy circuit

He also has a long way to go before he achieves his dream of restoring his ancestors’ stately home. It’s a wreck. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Hopwood DePree at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival “The way people in Hollywood do business versus the way English people do business is totally different, and I’m learning a lot from being here,” he says. “Hollywood is very temporary. When people talk about an old building, it’s from the 1920s. It’s fun, it’s exciting, but when you come to Middleton, this hall’s been here for 600 years. “So everything is rooted in a sense of longevity and history and tradition. Life here feels much more grounded and rooted in reality. That’s probably …

How Peter Mayhew became Chewbacca

It was seen by the producers of Ray Harryhausen’s action fantasy Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger. This led to Mayhew playing the Minoton, a huge half-man half-bull bronze creature in the 1977 Sinbad film. He had exactly what Star Wars creator George Lucas needed when he was casting Chewbacca – height. Lucas had initially asked Dave Prowse, but he bagged Darth Vader instead. Mayhew was perfect for the role of Chewie, the loveable, even cuddly sidekick to Harrison Ford’s intergalactic smuggler Han Solo. Han, the pilot of the Millennium Falcon, saved the Wookiee from imprisonment, sparking their life-long friendship. Image copyright Lucasfilm Image caption Peter Mayhew played Chewbacca (L) alongside Harrison Ford in Star Wars Episode IV He …

‘Create your own work,’ says Hamilton star

Image copyright JOHAN PERSSON Image caption Hayley Atwell plays Rebecca West who is trying to undermine Rosmer’s idealism “But after a year you have to decide what to specialise in and I chose the acting course. Partly it was that I was discovering Shakespeare and the beauty of language. So now I’ve done 10 or so things at the National Theatre but I’ve also been in Avenue Q and then Hamilton. ”Being in Hamilton meant having almost a monk-like way of life. You have to take care of yourself: you need to keep fit and you can’t really go for a drink or party. But Lin-Manuel Miranda created something extraordinary and like nothing I’d been in the presence of before …

Victorian factory destroyed by ‘arson’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionNo one is thought to have been hurt, but the fire has destroyed the former Fisons fertiliser factory A suspected arson attack at a derelict Victorian fertiliser factory was likened to “a disaster film” scene. Fire crews were called to the Grade II-listed former Fisons warehouse on Paper Mill Lane, in Bramford, near Ipswich, at about 05:00 BST. No one is thought to have been hurt, but the building, dating back to 1858, was destroyed by the blaze. Ian Bowell, from Suffolk Fire and Rescue, said there was “no obvious natural cause” for the fire. “I have to say quite confidently that we are treating this as arson,” he said. Image copyright …

Gay couples’ church weddings ‘reluctance’

Rory Castle-Jones, 31, is a member of Swansea Unitarian Church and married his partner Rhys in a Neath Port Talbot Unitarian church in 2016. “It was very important to me and my partner to get married in a church,” he said. Image caption Andrew White of Stonewall Cymru says places of worship should not be forced to host ceremonies LGBT rights charity Stonewall Cymru said it was important that places of worship made their own decision over whether to marry same-sex couples. Director Andrew White said: “We’ve long stood up for religious freedom, we might not always agree… if you can’t get married as a same-sex couple in your local chapel, as sad as that would be if your local …

Why are only one in 10 nurses men?

Craig Orr says that when he bumps into ex-colleagues from the police, they ask what he is doing now. “I say ‘I’m a nurse’,” Craig says. “They say ‘Oh really, I didn’t expect that’.” Image caption Lee says nursing is not considered ‘macho’ Over the past decade the number of male nursing students across the country has remained stagnant at about 10%. Recent figures from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) show male applicants for nursing courses in Scotland were up this year to 410 but they are still down from 460 in 2010. Lee says: “Because there are not a lot of males already in the profession, that is causing the ones that want to do it not …

Fraudster poses as actor to dupe woman

One victim from the North West of England told BBC Radio Manchester she had lost a fortune after being targeted by a fraudster who has “just got no feelings at all”. The woman, who asked not to be named, said she was targeted at a vulnerable time following the deaths of both her mother and fiancé. “I’m quite a strong person but obviously certain things get to you and you let your guard down,” she said. ‘Star-struck’ The woman said she was first contacted online by someone posing as Mr Statham while she was on a Facebook page dedicated to the Fast and Furious star. “I thought ‘Oh, that’s nice of him, talking to his fans’. I might have been …

Passer-by films child abduction suspect

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe suspected attacker was also seen on CCTV in the area on Tuesday A man was filmed just after he allegedly attempted to abduct a 12-year-old girl as she walked to school. The girl was grabbed around the waist and picked up on Old Run Road, Hunslet, Leeds, on 23 April, police said. The West Yorkshire force said the man carried the child across the road to a secluded area, but she managed to fight him off and run away. A passer-by disturbed the alleged attacker and took mobile phone video. CCTV video has also been released. More stories from around Yorkshire He ran off, but the woman contacted police and gave …

Review: Kubrick’s luck, sweat and sheer talent

Varela: “Well, how is that?” Kubrick: “Sheer chance.” It was the same deal with A Clockwork Orange, which he only reluctantly read when his wife, an Anthony Burgess fan, pressed him to do so. Thank you, Mrs K. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMalcolm McDowell played the role of the thug Alex in A Clockwork Orange There is an element of good fortune to the timing of the Design Museum’s Stanley Kubrick Exhibition. The show has been travelling the world for a decade or more like a tried-and-tested circus act, but because this year marks the 20th anniversary of the great auteur’s death, its London residency feels like a special occasion rather than yet another stop on …