‘The show needed to come back’: how Drake rescued the druglords of Top Boy

It was Britains answer to The Wire. But the gang drama was dead until the rapper stepped in and pitched it to Netflix. Its stars and writer talk grime, gentrification and Boris Johnsons Britain I told them I was on my way out to meet some singer called Drake, says writer Drake was a fan of Top Boy, Bennetts Channel 4 drama about the lives of drug dealers and residents on a fictional Hackney estate called Summerhouse. He had been recommended it while on tour and loved it so much, he began posting stills from the show on Instagram with clumsy attempts at London slang (real bod man). When he found out it had been cancelled, he decided to bring …

Uncovered: the 200m theme park, the businessman and the missing millions

A Guardian/ITV News undercover investigation raises concerns about Gavin Woodhouse, who is behind project endorsed by Bear Grylls A new 200m outdoor adventure park, which is being launched with the support of the celebrity adventurer Bear Grylls, is being fronted by a financier who has raised millions of pounds from private investors and whose businesses have a multimillion-pound black hole. The Afan Valley Adventure Resort in south Wales was granted owned and run by Gavin Woodhouse, a businessman who previously attracted tens of millions of pounds from small private investors in order to build care homes and acquire a hotel portfolio. Despite raising about 16m five years ago to build four new care homes, none are operational and three have …

Brexit: Johnson says Britain will leave EU on 31 October ‘do or die’

Tory leadership frontrunner hardens position as Eurosceptics extend influence on faltering campaign Boris Johnson has hardened his position on leaving the EU do or die by the end of October, as hardline Eurosceptics extended their influence on his altercation with his girlfriend, Carrie Symonds. In a round of interviews designed to put the focus back on his EU policy and away from his personal life, Johnson appeared to signal there was an increasing prospect of a no-deal Brexit three months after he would take office. Profile Boris Johnson’s Tory leadership campaign Show Hide Personal style A late-night altercation between Tory leadership favourite, Boris Johnson, and his partner, Carrie Symonds have changed the dynamics of Johnson’s campaign. He had been either …

Ill never be a cute object… Dragon Tattoo star Noomi Rapace on bank heists, sexism and loving England

As her latest film, The Captor, is released, the star of the Millennium trilogy tells why shes determined to portray women taking control of their lives Noomi Rapace found fame across the world playing the fearless Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy. The films based on the Millennium thrillers are now a decade behind the Swedish actress, who went on to co-star with Michael Fassbender, Glenn Close, Tom Hardy and Will Smith in a succession of Hollywood blockbusters. Yet, Rapace says, the fighting spirit of the heroine of the late affecting the state of Louisiana, Rapace was working in New Orleans. I was so upset to be in the city. It is so backwards and so …

Treatment of Northern Irish journalists likened to police state, court hears

Barry McCaffrey and Trevor Birney were held over alleged theft of Loughinisland report The arrest of two Northern Irish journalists after they embarrassed authorities by obtaining documents relating to a mass murder was the kind of operation more associated with a police state than with a liberal democracy, a court has heard. Northern Irish police raided the homes and offices of the award-winning journalists Trevor Birney and Barry McCaffrey last August over the alleged theft of a police watchdog report, in a case that has gained global attention owing to concerns over its impact on press freedom in Britain. The unredacted document was obtained by the journalists as part of their investigation into the murders of six Catholic men by …

Worlds biggest investor accused of dragging feet on climate crisis

BlackRock, which controls $6.5tn in assets, urged to use its influence on planets biggest polluters When a letter from BlackRocks founder and chief executive, Larry Fink, landed in inboxes in January saying that the worlds biggest investor would no longer invest in companies that are not compliant with the history of embarrassing big companies. But while the message was fake, the concern behind it was not: environmental campaigners see BlackRock as a key obstacle to progress on meeting climate crisis goals. Now they are stepping up the pressure on the worlds biggest asset owner which faces its shareholders at its annual meeting on Thursday to use its influence on some of the worlds biggest polluters, as it has done previously …

Robocrop: world’s first raspberry-picking robot set to work

Autonomous machine expected to pick more than 25,000 raspberries a day, outpacing human workers Quivering and hesitant, like a spoon-wielding toddler trying to eat soup without spilling it, the worlds first raspberry-picking robot is attempting to harvest one of the fruits. After sizing it up for an age, the robot plucks the fruit with its gripping arm and gingerly deposits it into a waiting punnet. The whole process takes about a minute for a single berry. It seems like heavy going for a robot that cost 700,000 to develop but, if all goes to plan, this is the future of fruit-picking. Each robot will be able to pick more than 25,000 raspberries a day, outpacing human workers who manage about …

Feel no pity for Theresa May. She has been the worst prime minister in modern times | Owen Jones

Deceit and dishonesty were hallmarks of her doomed reign. From her Brexit dealings to the Windrush scandal, she has failed, says Guardian columnist Owen Jones Spare me the inevitable pity for Theresa May after her vans around mixed communities, who spread pernicious myths of being unable to deport illegal migrants having sex to avoid deportation. There is only one discernible consistency in Mays ideology and that is bashing migrants. When she became prime minister, May and her coterie of advisers defined by a swagger and bravado that would swiftly become hubris hungrily set their eyes on devouring Ukips voting tally in the 2015 election in order to hand the Tories the landslide victory theyd been denied for three decades. quoting …

Judge’s copy of Lady Chatterley’s Lover temporarily barred from leaving UK

Marked-up novel used in landmark 1960 obscenity trial sold to overseas buyer last year A copy of Lady Chatterleys Lover used by a judge at the books landmark 1960 obscenity trial, with all the rude bits carefully and dutifully marked up by his wife, has been temporarily stopped from leaving the UK. The arts minister, Michael Ellis, has placed an export bar on a copy of the DH Lawrence novel taken in to court by Sir Laurence Byrne. The government now hopes a UK-based buyer will be able to match the 56,250 asking price. The decision was made on the advice of a committee of experts chaired by Sir Hayden Phillips, who said the copy was a witness to one …

What Fleabag did next: future looks bright for Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Creator of hit sitcom not short of offers and hints Fleabag could return when she is 50 It has been described as a near perfect work of art with an ending that Fleabag, her next step is being eagerly anticipated by viewers and industry insiders alike. The BBC Three show ended on Monday after two series with a climactic episode that provided a definitive coda to the will-they-wont-they relationship between Waller-Bridges eponymous millennial neer-do-well and Andrew Scotts troubled, if much lusted after, priest. The episode and the series as a whole has received rapturous reviews from critics, with the Daily Mail describing it as redemptive, unsentimental and beautiful and the Metro declaring it a masterpiece. With the shows conclusion which …

Ricky Gervais offers proof, if needed, that there is life after The Office | Rebecca Nicholson

His new show, After Life, divides opinion, except in my household I kept walking in on my partner last week quietly crying over the laptop. Not, as might be reasonable to expect, because she is stuck in an infinite current affairs loop, never knowing when she might be freed from the horrors, but because she has been watching Ricky Gervaiss new sitcom, Us. Theyre very cuddly but they also have a sociopathic expression and they kind of look past you in a creepy way. He elaborated on the same theme in an Guardian. Theyre an animal of duality, he said. And they got those scissor-like ears that creep me out. He also told EW that rabbits are both scary and …

Lets stop pretending exercise is fun. Like work, youve just got to do it | Barbara Ellen

Talk of endorphins simply builds up false expectations of the thrill of working out Heres a harsh truth about fitness that you dont often hear exercise sucks. For some of us anyway. I envy those people I see posting online about their completed half-marathons, with messianic zeal (I feel so alive!). For people like myself, theres no redemptive endorphin rush. Exercising is just a repetitive bore to be dreaded and endured. If a Slendertone-thingy machine actually did the same job with electronic pads, as I sprawled on the sofa watching Lindsay Lohans Beach Club, Id sell my childrens kidneys to buy it. Worst of all, tedious though it is, for most, exercise is beyond beneficial, its vital health, wellbeing, weight, …

Jacob, Boris and the so-called coup what really happened at Chequers? | Hannah Jane Parkinson

I thought if anything would finally see off Theresa May it would be a blizzard of white men in expensive cars. Apparently not, says Guardian columnist Hannah Jane Parkinson On Sunday, in a sit-down meal probably a shade more horrific but less cerebral than the supper, which, as you can recall, turned out extremely well and was not at all a prelude to treachery and betrayal and zero people got nailed to a cross. Before the first bottle of wine had even been poured, however, there was great competition to see which particular snowflake of the mostly arch-Brexiter group could arrive in the most embarrassing manner. Duncan Smith rolled up dressed as a two-thirds-life crisis. Driving a classic Morgan sports …

Pete Davidson is dating an older woman – why is the world shocked?| Arwa Mahdawi

Misogyny is behind the criticism of the Saturday Night Live comedians relationship with Kate Beckinsale Quiz time! Put your calculators away, please, I have a maths problem designed to test every inch of your natural intelligence. Ready? Here we go: Pete Davidson is a 25-year-old comedian. He is dating Kate Beckinsale, a 45-year-old actor. Whats their age difference? Twenty years? Wrong. The correct answer, judging from popular responses, is: Too many years to be acceptable. While society takes older men hooking up with younger women for granted, we still seem to have a lot of hang-ups about women dating younger guys. There is a one-word explanation for this: misogyny. Davidson has addressed such double standards head-on. eople have a crazy …

Anti-vaxxers, the Momo challenge … why lies spread faster than facts

With Trump making six false claims a day and bogus Brexit claims spreading, we live in a disorienting post-truth era. It all began with the David Irving trial, writes Jonathan Freedland The queasiness keeps coming back, a very specific malady that I thought Id put behind me nearly 20 years ago. But each time I read about, say, the bogus version of the Momo challenge, or the rise and rise of the anti-vaxxer movement, the symptoms return, stronger than ever. If asked by a doctor to describe the sensation, Id say it feels as if the ground beneath my feet is slipping away, that there is nothing firm or solid to stand on. What triggers it are lies, usually in …