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His Dark Materials: Lin-Manuel Miranda goes behind the scenes

[ad_1] Lin-Manuel Miranda takes a peek behind the scenes of the new BBC blockbuster bringing Philip Pullman's magical series to the screen. The star behind the hit musical Hamilton plays hero Lee Scoresby in His Dark Materials and said he fell in love with the books when he first read them.He also couldn't say no to a bit of theatrical karaoke in Cardiff - where the series has been put
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Do party election broadcasts matter any more?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The political parties get their close up on TV ahead of elections From sombre money box lectures to cheesy boy band spoofs, the party election broadcast has become a stalwart of our TV listings. It was on this day - 15 October - in 1951 that former Liberal leader Lord Herbert Samuel took to our screens for the first ever televised version and
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Saved by the Bell creator Sam Bobrick dies at 87

[ad_1] Image copyright Steven Blustein Saved by the Bell creator Sam Bobrick has died at the age of 87.His daughter confirmed on Facebook that Bobrick died in hospital last week after suffering a stroke.He wrote more than 40 plays but was best known for creating the popular high school sitcom, which ran between 1989 to 1993.A new series featuring original cast members Mario Lopez and Elizabeth Berkley, is set for
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Ruth Davidson to chair ITV mental health advisory group

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Davidson has been open about her own mental health issues Former Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson is to chair ITV's new Mental Health Advisory Group.The group, created following the deaths of participants on The Jeremy Kyle Show and Love Island, will give practical advice to ITV and STV shows.Ms Davidson - who is still an MSP - has taken up the unpaid role
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Booker Prize: Five other times awards have been shared

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption L to R: Sigourney Weaver with Jodie Foster, Margaret Atwood with Bernardine Evaristo and Glenn Close with Lady Gaga For the third time in its 50-year history, the Booker Prize has been shared between two authors.Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo were named joint winners on Monday and will each receive half of the £50,000 prize money.The award was previously shared in 1974 and
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Whitney Houston nominated for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Whitney Houston's hits include So Emotional, I Will Always Love You and My Name Is Not Susan Whitney Houston has been nominated for a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a honour she never received in her lifetime.One of the biggest stars of the 1980s, she has never previously been put forward for induction, possibly because of her lack of
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Fortnite Chapter 2: First glimpse of new season after map wiped out by asteroid

[ad_1] Image copyright Epic Games Well that didn't last long.Less than two days after being hit by a massive asteroid and enveloped in a black hole, Fortnite is back online.Season 11 - or Chapter 2 - is now live, with gamers getting used to a whole new map and updated gameplay.Since Sunday night, the game has been offline, replaced by a livestream of a black hole on its Twitter page.But
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Netflix sued over When They See Us

[ad_1] Image copyright Atsushi Nishijima/Netflix The makers of When They See Us are being sued for defamation over an interrogation technique in the show.Netflix and show director Ava DuVernay are accused of misrepresenting the Reid Technique - a controversial method of questioning suspects.The show refers to the practice as being "universally rejected" - a claim denied by the complainants John E. Reid and Associates, Inc.They say the show has caused
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Simples, whatevs and Jedi added to Oxford English Dictionary

[ad_1] Image copyright BGL Group/Getty Images Image caption Simples is associated with the Compare the Market ads while Jedi is from Star Wars Whatevs, simples, chillax, sumfin and Jafaican have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary.They are among 203 new words which appear in the dictionary for the very first time.Other words which are part of the October 2019 update include Jedi, nomophobia and easy-breezy.The letter 'O' has also
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Pharrell says he’s ’embarrassed’ by Blurred Lines lyrics

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Pharrell Williams says the controversy surrounding Blurred Lines made him realise some of his songs "catered" to a sexist culture.The singer says at first he didn't understand why some people saw the lyrics as "rapey". But he later realised that "there are men who use the same language when taking advantage of a woman".Blurred Lines was criticised by some who claimed the lyrics referred to