Commons committee approves Richard Sharp as BBC chairman

Appointment of former Goldman Sachs banker Richard Sharp as the next chairman of the BBC is approved by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee The former Goldman Sachs banker faced questions from committee on Thursday Committee chairman Julian Knight said Mr Sharp ‘impressed’ the MPs Mr Sharp was chosen by the Government as its … Read more

Dancing On Ice’s Colin Jackson says he turned down the opportunity to have a same-sex partner

Dancing On Ice’s Colin Jackson says he turned down the opportunity to have a same-sex partner on the ITV show as he ‘gets on better with women’ By Olivia Wheeler For Mailonline Published: 11:43 GMT, 15 January 2021 | Updated: 11:52 GMT, 15 January 2021 Colin Jackson has revealed that he turned down the opportunity … Read more

UK weather: Heavy snow, ice and freezing fog to spark travel chaos as temperatures plunge

Motorists can expect more “tricky” conditions as the heavy snowfall that caused disruption in parts of northern England and Scotland gives way to ice and freezing fog. The Met Office said temperatures could drop as low as -10C overnight in areas that have seen “lying snow.” Various yellow warnings have been put in place across … Read more

Inquest into ‘unexplained’ death of Nicolas Lyndhurst’s son Archie, 19, ‘is cancelled’ 

An inquest into the ‘unexplained’ death of teenage actor Archie Lyndhurst has been abandoned – months after the star passed away following a ‘short illness.’      A coroner has dropped the investigation into the tragedy, according to reports, after Archie was found dead at his family home in west London on September 22. The teenager, … Read more

The Royle Family is latest BBC show slapped with ‘woke’ discriminatory language warning

The Royle Family is the latest BBC show to be given a warning for discriminatory language due to Jim Royle’s ‘nancy boy’ slur.  The third episode of the second series, which first aired on 7 Oct 1999, sees Ricky Tomlinson’s disagreeable character watching an episode of Changing Rooms, during which he calls Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen a ‘nancy boy’.  Following similar … Read more

is it really a surprise that a kale smoothie is low on energy?

If your lockdown fitness regime has been anything like mine, it will have started on a high note with daily Joe Wicks sessions, progressed to brief consideration of a Pilates Zoom session, and currently be at the stage of walking to the fridge and back. According to The Truth About Getting Fit at Home (BBC … Read more

Countryfile presenter Anita Rani to host Woman’s Hour

She is a popular presenter of BBC One’s Countryfile and has presented numerous BBC documentaries including Bollywood: The World’s Biggest Film Industry, My Family, Partition and Me: India 1947, and War on Plastic with Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. The BBC is committed to putting more BAME presenters on the airwaves. An Ofcom report published in November found … Read more

Tory Police Minister attacks lockdown ‘flouters’ – but says 70-mile bike ride is okay

The Tory Policing Minister has attacked people who are “flouting” lockdown rules and will “cost people their lives” – but has clarified a 70-mile bike ride is okay. Kit Malthouse said a “small minority” of people were deliberately breaking lockdown, doing “ridiculous things” and “not taking it seriously”. And he warned ministers are on “tenterhooks” … Read more

Covid UK: Woman, 42, warns youngsters ‘Covid IS real’ as she gasps for breath

Distressing video shows a 42-year-old woman warning youngsters ‘Covid is real’ as she struggles for breath while fighting the virus. The woman, whose first name is Hanifah, is seen coughing and on oxygen in ICU at Croydon University Hospital in south London. She told the BBC she felt she was ‘dying’, adding: ‘Even to young … Read more

A compelling case but an uneasy watch

Jiah Khan was a beautiful Bollywood actress whose star burned briefly before she was found dead at her home, aged 25. The police quickly declared it a suicide, but Jiah’s family suspect foul play. The first episode of Death in Bollywood (BBC Two), a three-part investigation, presented the family’s case. It wasn’t clear if the … Read more

Fiona Phillips says she regrets doing Strictly as she reignites feud with Brendan Cole

Fiona Phillips has said she regrets ever agreeing to being on Strictly Come Dancing. The former GMTV host, 60, appeared on the hit BBC One show back in 2005 when she was partnered up with pro dancer Brendan Cole. And despite there being a lot of water under the bridge since, it seems as though … Read more

Gary Lineker picks up Danny Murphy’s comical commentary error during Arsenal’s FA Cup win

Gary Lineker couldn’t help but point Danny Murphy’s amusing commentary blunder during Arsenal’s FA Cup clash with Newcastle. Though the third-round tie came alive late in extra time as the Gunners grabbed two late goals, there wasn’t much by way of action for the bulk of the fixture at the Emirates. But there was some … Read more

Alan Shearer and Ian Wright agree on Arsenal’s “best player on the park” vs Newcastle

Alan Shearer and Ian Wright agreed that Kieran Tierney was the “best player on the park” for Arsenal as they battled to a 2-0 victory over Newcastle in the FA Cup. Tierney, 23, went into the third-round tie after scoring a stunning goal, assisting another and keeping a clean sheet in the Gunners’ victory over … Read more

Graham Norton slams tax-avoiding celebs saying they should be ‘social outcasts’

Graham Norton says celebrities who avoid tax should be made social outcasts like drink-drivers. In a US radio interview, the chat host hit out at multi-millionaires accused of not coughing up. When asked about comedian Jimmy Carr, Norton said: “There was a time when drunk-driving was sort of socially acceptable. “People left dinner parties drunk … Read more

Christine and Frank Lampard’s love story – from how they met to second baby

Christine and Frank Lampard are expecting their second child together, but how did it all begin? As the happy couple share the news that Christine is pregnant with their second baby, we take a look back on their incredible love story. Christine shared the announcement on Instagram tonight, posting a beautiful picture of herself cradling … Read more

Ross Kemp pays an emotional tribute to EastEnders legend Barbara Windsor with moving eulogy

Ross Kemp paid an emotional and tearful tribute to Dame Barbara Windsor as he delivered a moving eulogy at her funeral. The EastEnders legend was laid to rest at Golders Green crematorium on Friday after losing her battle with Alzheimer’s in December, aged 83. And Ross, 56, who played Barbara’s on-screen son Grant Mitchell in … Read more

Samira Ahmed’s Newswatch show off air amid BBC Covid safety review

Samira Ahmed reveals BBC have taken her Newswatch show off air for two weeks while bosses review Covid safety at New Broadcasting House Presenter Samira Ahmed takes to Twitter to announce temporary cancellation BBC confirm lockdown will see increased precautions in London headquarters  Along with John Neal, show host is ‘pressing to return as soon … Read more

Newswatch taken off air immediately to make the studio coronavirus-safe

Newswatch has been taken off air immediately while the BBC works to make the studio coronavirus-safe. The BBC News programme, which takes an in depth look into public opinion of current events, will not air for the next two weeks. Samira Ahmed, Newswatch’s host, confirmed the news on her Twitter account on Friday afternoon, saying … Read more

BBC received nearly 200 complaints over comedy branded ‘offensive to millions’

The BBC registered nearly 200 complaints over one of its comedy specials. 193 disgruntled viewers phoned up the Beeb to express their disappointment with The Goes Wrong Show’s Christmas instalment. The broadcaster was previously forced to defend the episode, which saw a fictional amateur dramatic society present its take on the Nativity story. But being … Read more

BBC hit with 500 complaints over Black Lives Matter NYE fireworks

The BBC has received more than 500 complaints about the inclusion of Black Lives Matter symbols within their screening of London’s NYE fireworks display. The corporation’s internal regulator’s fortnightly complaints report counted 500 viewers “unhappy the New Year fireworks display referenced Black Lives Matter.” As Big Ben’s bongs rang out across London and on TV … Read more

Princess Diana ‘told to wear wig to look like Camilla in sexless marriage with Charles’

Princess Diana was reportedly told to wear a wig so that she looked like Camilla, in a bid to spice up her sexless marriage with Prince Charles The claims have been made by royal biographer and The Crown historian Robert Lacey in a new book, as he takes a look into the relationship between the … Read more

EastEnders’ Ruby Allen tells Martin Fowler she’s pregnant – but fans guess sick twist

EastEnders viewers are predicting a sickening twist after Ruby Allen’s latest bombshell. The character dropped the news on her husband Martin Fowler that she was pregnant with his child. It came just days after Martin confessed he didn’t want any more children, already having two kids and two stepchildren. Ruby hid from him that she … Read more

Nurse in tears as she battles Covid while desperate to get back to helping patients

A nurse on the coronavirus pandemic front line has said she feels ‘helpless’ as she is hospitalised with the illness herself. Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital nurse Estrella Catalan said she was desperate to return to work, as she battled the virus. The emergency department nurse gave an emotional interview to the BBC from her … Read more

Pooch Perfect, review: Throw me a bone – we’re now shampooing dogs on TV

Ok, I’m doing the contestants a disservice. They also trim and blow-dry dogs. And when tasked with zhushing up a Shih Tzu, they have the option of giving them a top knot with a cutesy bow.  The presence of the immensely likeable Sheridan Smith saves it from total disaster. She hosts the show with a dog … Read more

Covid UK: BBC staff must wear ‘social distancing proximity devices’

BBC staff will have to wear ‘social distancing proximity devices’ in the office to make sure they keep two metres apart BBC staff have been told to wear ‘social distancing devices’ which will beep Technology will alert them if they are less than 2 metres apart from someone else Staff working in office will also … Read more

BBC staff will have to wear ‘social distancing proximity devices’ in the office

BBC staff will have to wear ‘social distancing proximity devices’ in the office to make sure they keep two metres apart BBC staff have been told to wear ‘social distancing devices’ which will beep Technology will alert them if they are less than 2 metres apart from someone else Staff working in office will also … Read more

Ex-Goldman Sachs banker Richard Sharp who used to be Rishi Sunak’s boss will be next BBC chairman

Multi-millionaire ex-Goldman Sachs banker Richard Sharp, who used to be Rishi Sunak’s boss, will be the next BBC chairman, according to reports. Mr Sharp is set to be announced for the £160,000-a-year role as early as Thursday, according to Sky News. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has reportedly signed off the selection for the ‘three or four … Read more

BBC’s new chairman revealed as former Golden Sachs banker

Names previously linked with the post include former chancellor George Osborne and Telegraph columnist Charles Moore. The new chairman will work closely with new director-general Tim Davie, who is the former chief executive of the BBC’s commercial arm, BBC Studios. He took over from Lord Tony Hall in September and said the corporation needs to keep reforming “with urgency” … Read more

Actress refuses to appear on Woman’s Hour after accusing host Emma Barnett of degrading comments

An actress refused to appear on Woman’s Hour this morning after accusing host Emma Barnett of making ‘degrading and vile’ comments about her.  Kelechi Okafor was set to talk on the BBC Radio 4 show to discuss the #MeToo movement with new presenter Emma Barnett.  But as the programme was live on air, the British … Read more

Patsy Palmer sends love to Dr Dre as he’s hospitalised with brain aneurysm

Ex-EastEnders star Patsy Palmer has sent her love and well wishes to rapper Dr Dre after he was rushed to hospital for emergency surgery. Dr Dre is being treated at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after suffering a brain aneurysm on Monday. The 55-year-old music mogul was rushed to hospital last night by … Read more

Deborah James urges people to still seek treatment despite lockdown

BBC podcast presenter Deborah James has urged people to still attend medical check-ups and seek treatment despite the news of another national lockdown.  The mother-of-two, 38, from London, who presents the Radio 5 Live podcast ‘You, me and the Big C’, appeared on Lorraine today – just hours after Prime Minister Boris Johnson plunged England back into … Read more

A Great British Year and more

Camilla: Making of a Mistress Channel 5, 9.30pm Given an added topical piquancy by the ongoing controversy over Netflix’s The Crown, this documentary aims to set the record straight about the Duchess of Cornwall and how she went “from Britain’s most hated woman to loved royal”. Starting in 1989, when the Prince of Wales’s affair … Read more

never mind the charmless killer, it’s 1970s Bangkok that most impresses

The problem with The Serpent (BBC One) is that it is a whodunit where we already know who did it. As this retelling of the true story of Seventies serial killer Charles Sobhraj meandered through the second of eight episodes, no attempt was made to conceal the French ex-pat’s criminality or to cloak him in … Read more