The TV drama that became topical by accident

What are non-disclosure agreements? While the news headlines around abuse and non-disclosure agreements could easily have been a source of research for Addai, he says he decided instead to stick to consulting child psychologists during development. What he found was that, if anything, his proposed storyline hardly scratched the surface of the world of abuse and NDAs. What makes a great TV drama? “The production company were good at arranging meetings with Tavistock Children’s Services, speaking to child psychologists, who explained that this is nowhere near what’s been happening in our country right now,” he says. “To hear these guys lay out raw their kind of passion to really do something about it, they’re the real heroes really. “And make …

Beer-brewing monks struggle with demand

Image caption The Mount Saint Bernard Abbey brewery was set up after the dairy farm failed to make enough money The beer – named after the meadow where monks settled in 1835 – is sold at the abbey shop and by some local retailers, but about a third is sold through a distribution company. It is proving particularly popular in Belgium and the Netherlands. Image caption There are 14 Trappist breweries in the world – some also make other produce like honey, chocolate and cheese According to the International Trappist Association, beer must be brewed within the abbey by the monks or under their supervision The brewery’s activities must be secondary in importance to the monastery’s work and way of …

David Nicholls: Writing new novel ‘completely terrifying’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe novelist describes the “terrifying” experience of writing a new book It’s 10 years since David Nicholls’ novel One Day became a publishing phenomenon – a word of mouth sensation that has sold more than five million copies around the world. Five years later came Us and now five years after that he’s back with a new novel. But can he repeat the success with Sweet Sorrow – a story of falling in love for the first time? Nicholls is under no illusion that whatever he does next, a book he wrote a decade ago “will always be the most popular and successful thing” he is known for. One Day was a …

13 things we’ll never forget about Glastonbury 2019

1) Thanks to Stormzy, we know how to say Shut Up in sign language Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTara Asher is a British Sign Language interpreter who specialises in grime music This clip of Stormzy’s sign-language interpreter (one of only four grime interpreters in the UK) went viral over the weekend. Tara Asher was filmed in front of the Pyramid Stage enthusiastically signing the rapper’s song Shut Up, so hearing impaired people could enjoy the show. 2) Move over Janet, these were Glastonbury’s best dancers Skip Twitter post by @Policeatglasto Wessex and Clifton dancing to @AnneMarie by the Pyramid Stage 🤣💃🏼@ASPoliceHorses pic.twitter.com/VlLS6piBjI — Glastonbury Police (@Policeatglasto) June 29, 2019 3) Lewis Capaldi’s big entrance Media playback …

Glastonbury: Freya Ridings’ crowd-surfing fantasy

She describes it as a “time capsule” of the last 10 years of her life – as she fought dyslexia to win a place at the Brit School, and made her name at open mic nights before signing a record deal. Arriving at Glastonbury at the crack of dawn to speak to the BBC, she was full of wide-eyed wonder. “Just being here is like having a caffeine hit,” she said as she sat down to chat. Report End of Youtube post by Freya Ridings Image Copyright Freya Ridings Freya Ridings Report End of Youtube post 2 by Freya Ridings Image Copyright Freya Ridings Freya Ridings Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The singer plays two shows at Glastonbury over …

The care home that built a replica High Street

Image caption The care home is also home to animals, including some hungry goats “It just got bigger and bigger and it was like, ‘Let’s do this, let’s not just have shop fronts but spaces people could actually use, that families could use,’” says Anthea Reid, the care home’s manager. Next to the cages housing the parrots there are guinea pigs, ducks and those hungry goats – all aimed at stimulating residents’ senses. Image caption Audrey, next to her daughter Viv, has lived at the home for two years “I think it’s excellent, it gives them a talking point,” says Viv Semmens, whose 90-year-old mum Audrey has lived there for two years. Audrey is living with dementia, like more than …

More music venues aim for a 50/50 gender split

“We need to see a more balanced workforce. Image copyright Gareth Cattermole Image caption The Royal Albert has signed up to the pledge, as well as Opera, the venue hosts the Bafta film awards 60 new organisations have signed up to Keychange including the Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Bella Union record label and the EarTH music venue in east London. “There has been a tradition of commissioning more male composers than female in the classical world,” she explains. “That is why we have encouraged orchestras, labels publishers, venues, concert halls to sign up.” She says it is all about making sure younger women can see it is possible to be a producer, label manager or headline a festival. …

The life of a female chimney sweep

Image copyright EMILY WILEBORE Image caption Emily Wilebore set up her chimney sweeping business in 2016, having previously worked as a youth worker For Emily Wilebore, the only time she has experienced dubious remarks about her job is when she has been up on the roof. Image copyright EMILY WILEBORE Image caption Emily says she’s is “really well-received” by customers “I was really taken aback by how brilliant and confident she was at doing it. I just needed that boost, really,” Emily says. Following that meeting, she decided to complete her own chimney sweep training and eventually set up her own business in 2016. Emily says she has never found any “gold rings or old hip flasks” – which, in …

Strippers ‘terrified’ over secret filming

‘Extreme harm’ Both Victorias and Obsessions offer “full, nude” lap dances in “discreet” private rooms. Not Buying It claimed to have filmed dancers both touching themselves sexually and “straddling” investigators, despite licensing rules disallowing contact. One dancer offered prostitution, the group claimed. However “Daisy”, a Manchester-based dancer who was filmed, said: “I certainly don’t offer ‘extras’ and I don’t know any other girls who do.” She said her biggest fear was the footage being leaked. “I consent to being on CCTV, I consent to it every night when I go to work [because it keeps me safe] but I don’t consent to them filming me. “We have a right to our body, despite what we do for a job, and …

The 150-year-old ‘soul’ of a seaside town

Image copyright Illustrated London News Image caption The pier opened in 1869 to great fanfare Image copyright Science & Society Picture Library Image caption It was constructed using surplus rails from Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s South Wales railway Image copyright Clevedon Pier & Heritage Trust Image caption Thousands came out to celebrate the pier’s reopening on 27 May 1989 Image copyright Clevedon Pier & Heritage Trust Image caption Another ceremony was held when a new pier head and landing stage for steamer ships was added A new visitors’ centre and restaurant opened in 2016, with visitor numbers topping 100,000 for the first time in 147 years. In April, it came third behind Worthing and Clacton in the National Piers Society competition …

Sync or swim: How TV shows are breaking new bands

Skip Youtube post by LUSAINT – Topic Warning: Third party content may contain adverts Report It’s not the first time Love Island has helped break a new artist. Freya Ridings’ single Lost Without You won a platinum disc last summer after soundtracking a pivotal moment in the villa. She’s now on the Radio 1 playlist with her new single, Castles, and plays one of the main stages at Glastonbury next week. In some respects, this is nothing new. Ever since Nick Kamen stripped off his Levis to the sound of Marvin Gaye’s Heard It Through The Grapevine in 1985, music executives have known the power of a well-placed TV spot. More recently, Lily Allen and Ellie Goulding have received a …

Robert the Bruce film is ‘birth of a hero’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Angus Macfadyen in a scene from the film ‘Braveheart’, 1995 In his new film – Robert The Bruce – which will have its premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival tonight, Macfadyen goes back to the years after Wallace’s death when the Scots clan chiefs were vying for the throne. Image copyright Signature Entertainment Image caption Robert The Bruce was mainly filmed in Montana Macfadyen says the defeated Bruce is then “metaphorically born again”. “What you see is the process of the birth of a hero,” he says. The 55-year-old actor has spent 13 years trying to get the film made and, like his lead character, he had all but given up before he …

Why the Buzz around Toy Story creates millions

“The more successful the movies, the more likely (but not always) it will correlate with toy industry sales,” says Rebecca Deeming of the British Toy and Hobby Association. Franchises are an important fuel for toy sales. Data from market research company NPD shows that 23% of toy sales in the UK last year were generated by franchises – and almost half of that was related to films. ‘Woody’s a great leader’ New toys were added to the range in April, including those based on the new character, Forky – a spork given a makeover who does not want to believe he is now a toy. But Ms Pearson says that an updated version of the original Buzz Lightyear figure launched …

‘I can’t believe the evil that happened there’

Now in her 50s, she is telling her story in the hope it helps other victims of abuse in the care system, and highlights their fight for justice. Image copyright Nottingham Post/BPM Media Image caption Laura said she initially thought Beechwood’s Enderleigh block “looked like a lovely house” Beechwood first opened in November 1967, and by 1976 it incorporated four units, with an administration building augmented by the Enderleigh, Lindens and Redcot sections. Its original reputation as a home for criminal children endured – as did Enderleigh’s notorious padded cell – and reports from staff repeatedly referred to the “appalling and squalid” state of the buildings. The state of them was so bad, it led to one visiting psychologist asking: …

Cheese waste to produce ‘green’ gas

The white, crumbly cheese was first made by Cistercian monks in the 12th Century but was not produced on a commercial scale until the 1890s. Its recent popularity was partially driven by its appearance in the animated Wallace and Gromit TV and film series as the preferred cheese of Wallace. Follow BBC Yorkshire on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Send your story ideas to yorkslincs.news@bbc.co.uk

Critics praise ‘warm’ Top Gear return

By comparison, the launch of the previous series of Top Gear drew an overnight average audience of 1.97 million in February. The second-highest rating for BBC Two on Sunday was The Ranganation, with an average of 1.1m. What to expect from Top Gear’s new trio “The larky, bad-tempered chemistry that existed between [Jeremy] Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond has been replicated in a slightly sunnier form,” added the Guardian’s review. The show has gone through several line-up changes since Clarkson was dropped and May and Hammond left with him in 2015. Former Radio 2 host Chris Evans tried and failed to impress viewers while former Friends star Matt LeBlanc came on board for a couple of seasons, announcing his …