The Day Mountbatten Died review – an atrocity that still haunts lives four decades on | Television & radio

The Day Mountbatten Died review – an atrocity that still haunts lives four decades on | Television & radio

It has been 40 years since Lord Mountbatten was killed – or “executed” as the IRA put it – while on a boat trip during his annual Irish summer holiday, in a bomb blast that also killed three others, including two teenage boys. Hours later, two more bombs went off 100 miles away, killing 18 […]

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Ben Wheatley to direct zombie-pensioner TV satire on divided Britain | Television & radio

Ben Wheatley to direct zombie-pensioner TV satire on divided Britain | Television & radio

After setting films in a High-Rise and A Field in England, the director Ben Wheatley is turning his attention to a provincial British town for a new six-part zombie drama satirising intergenerational divides in the UK. Channel 4’s Generation Z will be written and directed by Wheatley, with the Free Fire director skewering tensions between […]

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BBC using strong-arm tactics over iPlayer, say independent producers | Media

BBC using strong-arm tactics over iPlayer, say independent producers | Media

The BBC has been accused of trying to strong-arm independent TV producers into extending the availability of their shows on the iPlayer from 30 days to one year without paying millions in additional licensing fees. Ofcom, the broadcasting regulator, this month gave the green light for the biggest expansion of the BBC iPlayer since its […]

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Paul Dacre to present TV series on Daily Mail and modern Britain | Media

Paul Dacre to present TV series on Daily Mail and modern Britain | Media

Paul Dacre is to become a television presenter after Channel 4 signed up the former editor of the Daily Mail to take part in documentary series exploring how he helped shape modern Britain. The journalist, who stepped down from editing the newspaper last year after a quarter of a century in charge, will use The […]

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ITV to bring Who Wants to Be a Millionaire scandal to screen | Media

ITV to bring Who Wants to Be a Millionaire scandal to screen | Media

The infamous Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? cheating scandal is being adapted into a TV drama starring Michael Sheen as Christ Tarrant. Matthew Macfadyen will play Charles Ingram, the so-called “Coughing Major”, in Quiz, with the Fleabag actor Sian Clifford as his wife Diana. The drama will air on ITV, which broadcasts Who Wants […]

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First ads banned for contravening UK gender stereotyping rules | Media

First ads banned for contravening UK gender stereotyping rules | Media

Two television ads, one featuring new dads bungling comically while looking after their babies and the other a woman sitting next to a pram, have become the first to be banned under new rules designed to reduce gender stereotyping. The Advertising Standards Authority banned the ads, for Volkswagen and Philadelphia cream cheese, following complaints from […]

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Alan Partridge saves Steve Coogan from lengthy driving ban | Culture

Alan Partridge saves Steve Coogan from lengthy driving ban | Culture

Steve Coogan has escaped a lengthy driving ban after successfully arguing that a new series featuring his Alan Partridge character could not be filmed on public transport. The comedian was clocked driving his Porsche at 36mph in a 30mph zone close to his mansion in East Sussex, earning him a three-point endorsement on his driving […]

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Met police officer appeared on Nigerian Big Brother without permission | UK news

Met police officer appeared on Nigerian Big Brother without permission | UK news

A Metropolitan police officer is under investigation after appearing on Nigeria’s version of Big Brother despite being denied permission to do so. The force said PC Khafi Kareem, 29, had been granted unpaid leave for an “unrelated reason”. Africa Magic, the TV company behind Big Brother Naija, said that she had joined the show “so […]

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Katherine Parkinson on her Ossie Clark dress: ‘I was paranoid I looked like a bumblebee’ | Fashion

Katherine Parkinson on her Ossie Clark dress: ‘I was paranoid I looked like a bumblebee’ | Fashion

This is an Ossie Clark dress, which I bought while I was very pregnant, so I hadn’t even tried it on, but I’m a big fan of Clark, and hoped that I would fit back into it at some point. It’s a bit faded at the sleeves because I got it from an antique shop […]

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