Sky to create 2,000 jobs with new Elstree TV and film studio | Business

Sky is to build a Hollywood-style film studio in north London, creating more than 2,000 new jobs, as the pay-TV company ramps up its fight against streaming giants Netflix and Amazon. The 13-hectare (32-acre) studio complex is being built in Elstree, just down the road from Elstree Studios where rival Netflix shoots flagship series The […]

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‘You could literally stand on a squirrel’ – a stroll in the park with Bear Grylls | Global

I have been given a time and a place to rendezvous with the world-famous adventurer Bear Grylls. Eleven hundred hours, at the arrow on the map, which turns out to be in the south-east corner of Hyde Park, London, at the huntress fountain. It may not be the Costa Rican rainforest, but the squawking of […]

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Emilia Clarke: ‘I didn’t want people to think of me as sick’ | Global

Emilia Clarke had a headache. It was 2011, just before Valentine’s Day and just after she’d wrapped on the first series of Game of Thrones, playing Daenerys Targaryen, Breaker of Chains, Mother of Dragons. She didn’t yet know, as she crawled into the locker room of her local gym in north London and vomited bile […]

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How Prince Andrew forced me to recognise the hollowness of The Crown | Emma Brockes | Opinion

Before the advent of The Crown – the Netflix show, not the institution – Princess Margaret was widely regarded as a snobbish, spiteful creature. That image has been refurbished: to fans of the show, she is firmly established as poor Margaret, the dazzling, tragic second fiddle to the Queen, who only wanted a meaningful role. […]

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‘A very nice guy’: how Godfrey Gao made it to the top | Film

Taiwanese-Canadian actor Godfrey Gao was famous for being the first Asian international supermodel but he was much more than just a pretty face – he had a reputation for being one of the friendliest stars in an intensely competitive industry. “He was known for being a very nice guy,” says Cecilia Pidgeon, a former celebrity […]

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All hail the new Lorraine Kelly, a gritty heroine for our times | Life and style

Much fun has been made of Lorraine Kelly’s claim that she is essentially a theatrical artist who appears on television as a character called Lorraine Kelly. Because, clearly, that was just an absurd punt designed to help her escape a million-pound tax bill. Right? Wrong. This week, Kelly demonstrated exactly how committed she is to […]

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Watching RuPaul taught me that drag isn’t just for queens | Alice O’Keeffe | Opinion

First, a confession: I have only recently woken up to the joy of drag. I know, I know, more fool me. But as a straight female who struggles to find matching socks to put on in the morning – let alone attach a false eyelash – the wigs, nails and makeup never felt particularly relevant […]

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Friends reunited: the one where they try to get along again | Life and style

SCENE: Central Perk coffee shop, and the gang is all there. Chandler: Wow, could this BE any more unlikely? Us getting back together for a reunion? Phoebe: More unlikely than all of you suburban nerds being friends with me, a formerly homeless hippy who doesn’t understand any of your references and has a tendency to […]

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Sean Spicer finally voted off Dancing with the Stars | US news

The former White House press secretary Sean Spicer has been eliminated from his first post-political job after hanging on for eight weeks of low scores, frustration and disappointment on the TV show Dancing With the Stars. The end for Spicer, who had shown substandard skills on the floor and bizarre choices in the costume department, […]

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I’ve been bingeing on a 25-year-old sitcom. It’s smart, modern – and definitely not Friends | Hadley Freeman | Life and style

Like my favourite movie cyborg who, for reasons I’ve never quite grasped, speaks in an Austrian accent, I’m back. But as I return to work after contributing to the global overpopulation problem, AKA maternity leave, one of my favourite literary passages feels especially relatable. It’s from Bridget Jones’s Diary, about the horrors of going back […]

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