Mercury Prize-winner Dave: What you need to know

Image copyright BL@CKBOX/YouTube Dave made his debut in May 2015 with an attention-grabbing freestyle on the YouTube channel Bl@ckbox. Hard-hitting, honest and vulnerable, it had all the hallmarks of his future hits. But he bided his time before committing to an album – releasing 11 singles and two EPs over the next four years. Along the way he caught the attention of rap superstar Drake, who jumped on the remix for Wanna Know. Dave later featured on Drake’s More Life mixtape, and the two collaborated on the Netflix drama Top Boy, in which Dave plays drug dealer Modie. Drake later revealed he’d discovered the South London MC by absentmindedly browsing YouTube and stumbling across a playlist called “best new songs …

Youth clubs ‘key to tackling drug gang rise’

People in the Seaside area of Llanelli were once so scared to leave their homes due to the amount of crimes linked to drugs, they organised a public meeting to tackle the problem. A drug user’s story Image caption The Seaside area of Llanelli has been given special funding to help tackle drugs after a public meeting Mr Llewelyn said: “I think it’s fantastic that the community has come together. “These organised crime groups want to disrupt communities, so the community coming together, with the support from this funding, should hopefully help things to improve.” The commissioner believes the best way of fighting the gangs is to make communities like Seaside more resilient and resistant to their influence. “We can …

Christopher Eccleston: ‘I’m a lifelong body-hater’

“I never have. I always thought of it as a filthy secret, because I’m northern, because I’m male and because I’m working class.” From the age of six he was concerned he had a “pot belly” and “knobbly knees”. The father-of-two was diagnosed with clinical depression after splitting from his wife Mischka in 2015 and says it was then that he considered taking his own life. “I was in a state of extreme anxiety, convinced I was either going to die or I was going to kill myself,” wrote the actor, who was working on the BBC drama The A Word at the time. Follow us on Facebook, or on Twitter @BBCNewsEnts. If you have a story suggestion email entertainment.news@bbc.co.uk.

‘Watching an actor play my suicidal younger self’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Matt Haig: “We absolutely never know what sort of person we will be in the future” As Haig puts it, the new play dramatises “the most intense experience of my life and some of the worst days of my life”. The author has had little hands-on involvement in its creation at Sheffield’s Crucible theatre, however. “I’ve given them a relatively free rein,” he says. “The only thing I said as a caveat at the meeting was, ‘You can do what you want with me and Andrea, but please go gentle on my parents’. I’m totally OK with all the warts and all stuff, but with my parents it’s a bit more awkward. “I’ve made …

Ex-Wales rugby captain Thomas reveals he has HIV

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionGareth Thomas reveals he is HIV positive Former Wales rugby captain Gareth Thomas has revealed he is HIV positive, saying he wants to “break the stigma” around the condition. He said he wants to show how people with HIV are misrepresented as “walking around with walking sticks who are close to dying”. He has also spoken about “shame” and “fear” of keeping his condition secret. He completed the Ironman triathlon in Pembrokeshire after making the announcement – cheered on by crowds. He finished the gruelling challenge in 12 hours and 18 minutes with high emotion at times. Image copyright Athena Pictures Image caption Thomas broke down with emotion as he saw his …

Downton Abbey film: 14 things you need to know

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe cast of Downton Abbey discuss going from the small to the big screen It’s been talked about for years and now, finally, Julian Fellowes’ hit ITV period drama is transferring to the big screen. All your favourite characters have returned – get ready for those famous Dame Maggie one-liners – along with a few high-profile new faces, including Imelda Staunton and Killing Eve’s David Haig. The film centres around a visit from the King and Queen, which has got both the Downton household and the village all aflutter. Reviews have been warm if a little underwhelming, with many publications, including The Telegraph, The Sun, The Guardian and the Daily Mail, giving …

Rare footage of 1972 IRA Queen’s attack revealed

Last week, the Troubles series showed previously unseen footage of Martin McGuinness carrying weapons and taking part in a car bomb attack in Londonderry in 1972. Image caption Two men carrying the bomb used in the attack on the Queens University’s sports hall The documentary also captured IRA attempts to shoot down helicopters in Derry, a Belfast IRA meeting led by Seamus Twomey, who later became the organisation’s Chief of Staff, and the funeral of member Colm Keenan. The IRA killed more than 800 people during the period covered by this week’s episode (1972-78) in which the overall death toll climbed tenfold, from just over 200 dead to more than 2,000. Episode Two of Spotlight on the Troubles: A Secret …

‘Pushing the boundaries’ of immersive theatre

Dale expresses admiration for the work of the Punchdrunk company, especially the immersive show Sleep No More seen in London in 2003. It’s been a hit in New York for eight years and opened in 2016 in Shanghai. Sleep No More is Macbeth reinvented as intense film noir which you walk through. It was the show which proved immersive theatre could make very large amounts of money. Image copyright Tom Grace Image caption “From the moment you step into this world the hunt is on,” says producer Dalton M Dale “Creatures emerge as you move through. From the moment you step into this world the hunt is on and someone wants to catch you. Oh, and always bear in mind: …

Disney to take over Pinewood Studios

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The Star Wars: The Last Jedi set at Pinewood Studios The house that Mickey Mouse built is the biggest force in the film world, taking almost four times as much at the global box office as its nearest rivals in the first half of 2019. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Daniel Craig showing Prince Charles around the James Bond set Pinewood is 007’s spiritual home, with most of the franchise’s films made there. The complex even has the 007 Stage, which was built in 1976 for The Spy Who Loved Me. The latest Bond film, No Time To Die, has been filmed there recently, and in June an explosion damaged part of the …

Mya-Lecia Naylor died by misadventure says coroner

She was pronounced dead at Croydon University Hospital shortly afterwards. The inquest heard she was found hanged. She had spent the evening before her death watching a film with her family and had been planning for the future. Her family said she had been grounded and stopped from going to a party and had some worries about her GCSE results being worse than expected but added nothing had suggested she wanted to take her own life. The coroner said Naylor had no alcohol or drugs in her system and her father Martin Naylor added he had seen her two hours before she was found, and felt it was “a spur of the moment” act and she had not intended to …

Mum’s legal action over autistic son’s college place

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe Inside Out film from earlier in the year showed Zak Mohamed learning to shop independently The mother of a severely autistic man is taking legal action after a BBC film showing him learning to shop was used to assess him for a college placement. Zak Mohamed was given a place at City of Bristol College, which his mother said would be unsafe for him and others as classes were too big and too noisy. In a document seen by the BBC, the city council said the film showed he “can achieve good progress in independence”. His mother Nura Aabe said she was “sad they would use the film against me”. In …

Air ambulance in near-miss with ‘illegal’ drone

Crew members were returning from Bradford when they spotted the drone, the charity said. It went underneath the helicopter when the ambulance pilot lifted high into the air to avoid it. “The consequences don’t bear thinking about if a direct strike had occurred,” said Mr Waudby. “We’d be telling a very different story today if it had.” Follow BBC Yorkshire on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Send your story ideas to yorkslincs.news@bbc.co.uk.

Billie Piper: Trying to have it all is ‘stressful’

Image copyright Aron Klein Image caption Rare Beasts also stars David Thewlis “I would never have got this film made even two years ago,” she says. “It’s a dramatic shift and it’s turning around so much. I just wish it would extend to every industry and every household.” Piper joins another former Doctor Who actress, Karen Gillan, in turning to writing and creating her own material. Gillan recently made the movie The Party’s Just Beginning. “There’s great parts for women in TV and theatre,” says Piper, “but less so in film, it still feels like the stories can be male-led. “I definitely felt a while ago that I wasn’t seeing enough juicy roles for women and I clung to the …

Hollywood star’s ‘battle’ to learn Wolverhampton accent

“And the first week I did not fool anybody!” she laughs. “But then by the end of the second week with a little help from the girls I was working with – they would yell at me when I got something wrong – by the end of the week I felt much more comfortable.” Image copyright TIFF The first reviews of the film have been positive, although some critics suggested Feldstein hadn’t quite nailed the accent despite her research efforts. “Feldstein is as charming as ever, delivering her lines with the earnestness and flourish of an extremely theatrical teenage girl. Her British accent, on the other hand, is so-so,” wrote Anne Cohen in Refinery29. But she praised the film’s “searing …

Radar study into wind farm impact on sea birds

Chris Jackson, environmental specialist at Vattenfall, told BBC Scotland: “There’s currently a very precautionary approach when it comes to undertaking environmental impact assessments. “By undertaking this particular research we’re able to fill the knowledge gap, that understanding, and create greater clarity and certainty when undertaking future assessments.” Related Topics Wind power Donald Trump Balmedie Birds Original Article : HERE ;