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May 9, 2016

Political columnist apologises after mocking disabled broadcaster Andrew Marr

Political columnist apologises after mocking disabled broadcaster Andrew Marr

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Quentin Letts, a political columnist and sketch writer has publicly apologized after he mocked disabled broadcaster Andrew Marr. Letts was reviewing former BBC business editor Robert Peston‘s new ITV television show for The Daily Mail when he made the comments. In his column he said that Marr, who suffered a stroke in 2013, was like “Captain-Hop-Along, growling away on BBC One, throwing his arm about like a tipsy conductor”.

Letts posted an apology on his Twitter page after a critical article by Roy Greenslade, which appeared in The Guardian. Greenslade said “I don’t want to come off all namby-pamby. I understand that no-one should be beyond criticism and that Letts was exercising his right to press freedom. But really Quentin, that was a graceless remark.”

The apology tweet read, “I fear my sketch reference to the admirable Marr today was horrid. Apologies to all concern and upset”. Letts also replied directly to Greenslade, who updated his article. Letts said “Perhaps I should have been more cautious but I hope that Andrew will forgive it. He has been equally teasing about himself in my company. I admire him”. He also added that he believes that Marr’s stroke had “made him more watchable than he was beforehand”.

Criticism also came from Marr’s wife and The Stroke Association. Eleven complaints were filed in relation to the comments to the Independent Press Standards Organisation according to a BBC statement.

Andrew Marr drew in 1.6 million viewers significantly more than Peston’s debut, with 166,000 viewers tuning in. Peston left the BBC to become ITV’s political editor in 2015.



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May 8, 2016

2016 British Academy Television Awards

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The 2016 British Academy Television Awards (63rd ceremony), organized by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, was held on 8 May 2016 in London’s Royal Festival Hall and hosted by Graham Norton. It rewards programmes broadcasted on the UK television in 2015-2016, and actors playing in these programmes. The nominations were announced on 30 March.

Only two shows won several awards: the historical TV seris Wolf Hall and Peter Kay’s Car Share. The BBC won more than half the awards. The evening was surprisingly political, with the acceptance speech of Peter Kosminsky (director of Wolf Hall and the first to receive his award) which attacked the government about their try to “eviscerate” the BBC. He received a standing ovation for his speech.

Best Actor
  • Mark Rylance – Wolf Hall (BBC Two)
    • Ben Whishaw – London Spy (BBC Two)
    • Idris Elba – Luther (BBC One)
    • Stephen Graham – This Is England ’90 (Channel 4)
Best Actress
  • Suranne Jones – Doctor Foster (BBC One)
    • Claire Foy – Wolf Hall (BBC Two)
    • Ruth Madeley – Don’t Take My Baby (BBC Three)
    • Sheridan Smith – The C-Word (BBC One)
Best Supporting Actor
  • Tom Courtenay – Unforgotten (ITV)
    • Anton Lesser – Wolf Hall (BBC Two)
    • Cyril Nri – Cucumber (Channel 4)
    • Ian McKellen – The Dresser (BBC Two)
Best Supporting Actress
  • Chanel Cresswell – This Is England ’90 (Channel 4)
    • Eleanor Worthington Cox – The Enfield Haunting (Sky Living)
    • Lesley Manville – River (BBC One)
    • Michelle Gomez – Doctor Who (BBC One)
Best Entertainment Performance
  • Leigh Francis – Celebrity Juice (ITV2)
    • Graham Norton – The Graham Norton Show (BBC One)
    • Romesh Ranganathan – Asian Provocateur (BBC Three)
    • Stephen Fry – Quite Interesting (BBC Two)
Best Male Comedy Performance
  • Peter Kay – Peter Kay’s Car Share (BBC iPlayer)
    • Hugh Bonneville]] – W1A (BBC Two)
    • Javone Prince – The Javone Prince Show (BBC Two)
    • Toby Jones – Detectorists (BBC 4)
Best Female Comedy Performance
  • Michaela Coel – Chewing Gum (Channel 4)
    • Miranda Hart – Miranda (BBC One)
    • Sian Gibson – Peter Kay’s Car Share (BBC iPlayer)
    • Sharon Horgan – Catastrophe (Channel 4)
Best Drama Series
  • Wolf Hall (BBC Two)
    • Humans (Channel 4)
    • The Last Panthers (Sky Atlantic)
    • No Offence (Channel 4)
Best Single Drama
  • Don’t Take My Baby (BBC Three)
    • The C-Word (BBC One)
    • Cyberbully (Channel 4)
    • The Go-Between (BBC One)
Best Mini-Series
  • This Is England ’90 (Channel 4)
    • Doctor Foster (BBC One)
    • The Enfield Haunting (Sky Living)
    • London Spy (BBC Two)
Best Soap and Continuing Drama
  • EastEnders (BBC One)
    • Coronation Street (ITV)
    • Emmerdale (ITV)
    • Holby City (BBC One)
Best Scripted Comedy
  • Peter Kay’s Car Share (BBC iPlayer)
    • Chewing Gum (E4)
    • Peep Show (Channel 4)
    • People Just Do Nothing (BBC Three)
Best Comedy and Comedy Entertainment Programme
  • Have I Got News for You (BBC One)
    • Charlie Brooker’s Election Wipe (BBC Two)
    • Quite Interesting (BBC Two)
    • Would I Lie to You? (BBC One)
Best International Programme
  • Transparent (Amazon Prime)
    • The Good Wife (More4)
    • Narcos (Netflix)
    • Spiral (BBC Four)
Radio Times Audience Award
  • Poldark
    • Doctor Foster
    • The Great British Bake Off
    • Humans
    • Making a Murderer
    • Peter Kay’s Car Share
Best Feature
  • The Great British Bake Off (BBC One)
    • Back in Time for Dinner (BBC Two)
    • Kevin McCloud: Escape to the Wild (Channel 4)
    • Travel Man (Channel 4)
Best News Coverage
  • Channel 4 News: Paris Massacre (Channel 4)
    • BBC News at Six: Paris Attacks Special (BBC One)
    • ITV News at Ten: Refugee Crisis (ITV)
    • Sky News: From Turkey to Greece (Sky News)
Best Current Affairs
  • Outbreak: The Truth About Ebola (BBC Two)
    • Children of the Gaza War (BBC Two)
    • Escape from Isis – Dispatches (Channel 4)
    • Jihad: A British Story (ITV)
Best Factual Series or Strand
  • The Murder Detectives (Channel 4)
    • The Detectives (BBC Two)
    • Great Ormond Street (BBC Two)
    • The Tribe (Channel 4)
Best Reality and Constructed Factual
  • First Dates (Channel 4)
    • Gogglebox (Channel 4)
    • I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here (ITV)
    • The Secret Life of 5 Year Olds (Channel 4)
Best Entertainment Programme
  • Strictly Come Dancing (BBC One)
    • Adele at the BBC (BBC One)
    • Britain’s Got Talent (ITV)
    • TFI Friday (Channel 4)
Best Sport
  • The Ashes (Sky Sports)
    • The Grand National (Channel 4)
    • Match of the Day Live: FA Cup Final (BBC One)
    • Six Nations – Final Day (BBC One)
Huw Wheldon Award for Specialist Factual
  • Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners (BBC Two)
    • Grayson Perry’s Dream House (Channel 4)
    • The Hunt (BBC One)
    • Rudolf Nureyev – Dance to Freedom (BBC Two)
Flaherty Award for Single Documentary
  • My Son the Jihadi (Channel 4)
    • Bitter Lake (BBC iPlayer)
    • Life After Suicide (BBC One)
    • Louis Theroux: Transgender Kids (BBC Two)
Best Live Event
  • Big Blue Live (BBC One)
    • The Sound of Music Live! (ITV)
    • Stargazing Live: Brit In Space, Tim Peake Special (BBC)
    • The Vote (More4)
BAFTA Fellowship
  • Ray Galton and Alan Simpson



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May 22, 2015

David Letterman signs off after 33 year career on the Late Show

David Letterman signs off after 33 year career on the Late Show

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American TV host David Letterman announced his retirement on Wednesday night, after a 33 year career as host of the Late Show on CBS. His farewell included an abundance of clips from his classic skits, a few restrained fillips of sincerity and humility and sarcastic, self-deprecating humor with a tinge of nostalgia.

Letterman chose as his last musical guests the Foo Fighters, as the band in the past had canceled their tour in South America to play on his first show after Letterman’s heart surgery operation.

Over the last few weeks, a parade of celebrity guests including Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and George Clooney paid their respects to Mr. Letterman. Jason Alexander from Seinfeld tweeted: “David Letterman, thank you for the laughs, both live and on air. May your family bring you joy and inspiration and may you laugh for all your days.”

On Wednesday, he described all the encomiums as “over the top” and said he found it “flattering, embarrassing and gratifying”. After more than an hour of tributes and laughs, David Letterman signed off his last show yesterday night with the words: “That’s pretty much all I got … thank you and goodnight.”



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March 26, 2015

Zayn Malik leaves pop band One Direction after five years

Zayn Malik leaves pop band One Direction after five years

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Zayn Malik, one of the members of British pop boy-band One Direction, has left the group after five years. The band confirmed yesterday that Malik has left the group with a statement on Facebook. They also announced they would continue with the remaining four members and their fifth album would be recorded later this year.

The statement posted on One Direction’s Facebook page said “After five incredible years Zayn Malik has decided to leave One Direction. Niall, Harry, Liam and Louis will continue as a four-piece and look forward to the forthcoming concerts of their world tour and recording their fifth album, due to be released later this year”.

Malik, 22, also released a statement through Facebook confirming his departure. He said “My life with One Direction has been more than I could ever have imagined. But, after five years, I feel like it is now the right time for me to leave the band. I’d like to apologise to the fans if I’ve let anyone down, but I have to do what feels right.”

After news of Malik’s departure spread fans took to social media to share their disappointment. On Twitter the hashtag #AlwaysInOurHeartsZaynMalik was created and 48,000 comments were left on the statement posted by the band on Facebook. The Employer Advice Service, based at Manchester company Peninsula, said 220 people had called overnight regarding compassionate leave relating to the news. Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, employment law director Alan Price said “While I sympathise with One Direction fans, I hardly think this qualified as compassionate leave”.

One Direction formed as a group in 2010 after competing as single artists on the British reality music competition The X Factor. The band was signed by Simon Cowell‘s record label after the show, which they finished third on. The remaining members of the group are Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson.



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March 25, 2015

British singer Lil\’ Chris found dead aged 24

British singer Lil’ Chris found dead aged 24

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Lil’ Chris, an English singer and television personality, died on Monday, police reported that day. The 24-year-old Chris Hardman was found dead at an address in Lowestoft, Suffolk. Suffolk Police said they were not treating it as a suspicious death. Hardman came to fame as Lil’ Chris after appearing on the Channel 4 reality television show Rock School.

Rock School in 2006 featured a student rock band that KISS frontman Gene Simmons created. Hardman was chosen to be the bands lead singer by Simmons. Speaking to The Daily Mirror, Simmons paid tribute to Hardman. He said “Lil Chris was a kind, little soul. I will greatly miss his smile and his spirit. I knew there was something special about him as soon as I met him”.

More tributes came from other celebrities. McFly band member Dougie Poynter paid tribute to Hardman on Instagram; he posted alongside a photograph of him, “So sad to hear about Lil Chris. He was such a genuinely sweet and funny guy, we had some awesome times. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends.” Boxer Anthony Ogogo praised him as a “super-talented kid”; Ogogo and Hardman both went to Kirkley High School.

Hardman’s most successful hit was Checkin’ It Out, his debut single in 2006, which made it to number three on the UK Singles Chart. He released his last album in 2008 but had recently announced plans of a musical comeback on Twitter.

Prior to his death Hardman had spoken about his battle with depression on Twitter. He once tweeted “Depression really sucks. Learning how to notice it can save lives and your own feelings at times. Take time to understand it, for everybody.” Since his death has been announced the suicide helpline charity The Samaritans have released a statement. They said “If anyone has been affected by this news, or is struggling to cope, we would like to let people know that Samaritans is here for them if they need to talk.”



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March 12, 2015

Ten killed in helicopter crash in Argentina, French Olympians among the dead

Ten killed in helicopter crash in Argentina, French Olympians among the dead

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Three French sport stars are among the dead following a helicopter crash on Monday in Villa Castelli, Argentina. In total, ten people died after the crash, which involved two helicopters. The dead included passengers and both pilots in the mid-air collision. The victims were taking part in the French reality television show ‘Dropped‘ when the accident happened.

The victims included Olympic swimmer Camille Muffat, Olympic boxer Alexis Vastine and Florence Arthaud, a yachtswoman. Both pilots were Argentinian, the remainder of the victims were French and worked as part of the television shows production team. Bodies of all ten of the victims have been retrieved and taken to the morgue.

The accident occurred while both helicopters were flying at a low altitude in tandem. Amateur camera footage shows the helicopters colliding when one appears to fly into the path of the other. It remains unclear what caused actions which lead to the crash. Cesar Angulo, Secretary of Security for La Rioja, the province in which the accident happened released an update. He said “An explosion occurred and it’s believed that they must have collided. Aeronautical experts will have to determine that.”

French President Francois Hollande paid tribute to the victims. Speaking about the sport stars who lost their lives he said “They are dead because they wanted to push the boundaries. They wanted to make new exploits known to the world, make people aware of new countries and regions.” An involuntary manslaughter investigation has been opened by French officials. The procedure occurred automatically due to the fact the French citizens died abroad.

The television show involves contestants taking part in survival style activities in remote locations. Other contestants taking part included figure skater Philippe Candeloro, footballer Sylvain Wiltord, snowboarder Anne-Flore Marxer, swimmer Alain Bernard and Jeannie Longo, a cyclist. All the other contestants were uninjured during the accident.

The show, which was to be shown on TF1 in France started filming in February. The channel released a statement after the accident. They said “We learn with immense sadness of the accident that occurred during the filming of the show ‘Dropped.’ [Staff] come together in this terrible time with the pain of the families and those close to the victims”. French media announced that all contestants and crew are returning home and that filming had been suspended.

Muffat became the Olympic champion in the 400m freestyle event at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England. The 25-year-old also won a silver and bronze medal at the same games in different events. Vastine, 28, also competed at the 2012 games, being eliminated from the Light Welterweight category in the quarter finals. He won a gold medal in the 2008 games in Beijing, China. Arthaud, 57, was a yachtswoman who won the 1990 Route du Rhum.



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March 11, 2015

BBC suspend presenter Jeremy Clarkson over \’fracas\’ with producer

BBC suspend presenter Jeremy Clarkson over ‘fracas’ with producer

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Jeremy Clarkson, one of the presenters on the BBC’s motoring programme ‘Top Gear‘ has been suspended by the corporation. Clarkson, responsible for several prior controversies, was suspended Tuesday, after allegedly ‘punching’ a producer last week. The next two episodes of ‘Top Gear’ have been pulled from broadcast, with a third — the season finale — also unlikely to be shown.

The incident leading to Clarkson’s suspension reportedly occurred after an argument with a producer. After filming had finished in Newcastle, it is believed Clarkson, 54 punched 36-year-old producer Oisin Tymon over a lack of catering availability. The incident was reported to the BBC on Monday. A source spoke to the British newspaper The Daily Mirror about the incident. They said, “They came to the end of filming after a long day and Jeremy discovered that no food had been laid on. He just saw red and hit the assistant producer, who he blamed for not having organised the food. He snapped.”

However a source close to the suspended presenter defended him saying “he didn’t punch anyone”.

The BBC released a short statement clarifying the situation. It said “Following a fracas with a BBC producer, Jeremy Clarkson has been suspended pending an investigation. No one else has been suspended. Top Gear will not be broadcast this Sunday. The BBC will be making no further comment at this time.”

Previously Clarkson had been given a “final warning” by BBC bosses over comments he had made. In 2014 it appeared that the presenter used a racist term while singing a nursery rhyme, he apologised after the incident came to light. He also caused offence with comments he made about India and Mexico as well as comments about people with special needs.

‘Top Gear’ is a motoring programme shown on BBC Two in the United Kingdom. Clarkson has presented the show since 2002, co-hosting alongside Richard Hammond and James May. He is one of the BBC’s highest paid stars.



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March 10, 2015

Sam Simon, \’The Simpsons\’ co-creator, dies aged 59

Sam Simon, ‘The Simpsons’ co-creator, dies aged 59

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Sam Simon has died, at the age of 59, on Sunday of colon cancer, a disease he was diagnosed with in 2012. One of the co-creators of the television series The Simpsons, Simon helped create the hugely successful series in 1989 alongside Matt Groening and James L. Brooks. He left the show in 1993 after roles as writer and character developer among others.

Before The Simpsons Simon had worked on several shows in various positions. During the 1980s he worked on shows such as Taxi, Cheers, and The Tracy Ullman Show. In 1989 he helped create The Simpsons with Brooks and Groening, and was responsible for hiring the show’s first writing team. Despite leaving the show in 1993 he kept the title of executive producer, and continued to receive tens of millions of dollars every season in royalties.

After his diagnosis he began to donate his fortune to charity, estimated at around US$100 million . He donated to and was an active voice for charities focusing on animal rights including PETA. The Sam Simon Foundation, an organization he founded in 2002, released a statement to TMZ after his death: “For those of us who knew him, his voice will forever echo in our minds; his sense of humor will continue to make us laugh; and his compassion and generosity will continue to impact our lives[…] Sam, you will be missed by many, but there is a particular sadness among our clinic staff. We have been together for so long, and your absence will forever leave a void in our lives.”

Speaking to NBC in November 2014, Simon said “Cancer has been a fight, a journey, an adventure and the most amazing experience of my life.”

Simon had no children and was twice divorced. His first wife was actress Jennifer Tilly, to whom he was married from 1984 until their split in 1991. He married Playboy Playmate Jami Ferrell in 2000; the pair divorced not long after.

Current executive producer of The Simpsons, Al Jean paid tribute to Simon via Twitter, tweeting “Just heard terrible news of death of @simonsam. A great man; I owe him everything.”



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February 21, 2015

Harris Wittels, Parks and Recreation executive producer, found dead aged 30

Harris Wittels, Parks and Recreation executive producer, found dead aged 30

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Harris Wittels, an executive producer on the comedy television series Parks and Recreation, has been found dead. The 30-year-old was found unresponsive at his home in Los Angeles by his assistant on Thursday. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police have announced they are investigating the possibility of a drug overdose.

Wittels had a history of drug abuse and spoke openly about his addiction and treatment in drug rehabilitation centers. As well as working as a producer he was also a writer, musician, and stand-up comedian. He performed a stand-up set in Hollywood the night before his death.

Wittels, from Texas, started work on Parks and Recreation as a writer before being promoted to producer and eventually executive producer. Parks and Recreation is in its seventh and final season. The last episode is due to be broadcast on NBC next week.

His other working credits include work on The Sarah Silverman Show and Eastbound and Down. He authored a book, Humblebrag: The Art of False Modesty, which came from a phrase he coined on Twitter. #humblebrag was used as a term to describe the art of false modesty.

Tributes have come from across the world of television and comedy. Sarah Silverman called Wittels her “baby”. She said on Twitter “You should know that Harris was brilliant beyond compare. That his imagination was without limit. That he loved comedy more than anything”.

Parks and Recreation actress Amy Poehler said at a Variety event where she was being honored “I don’t really feel like telling any jokes. Today, I lost a friend. I lost a dear, young friend in my life who was struggling with addiction.”

Fans of Wittels also paid tribute to him. Posting on culture website The AV Club, one fan wrote “I don’t mean to belittle what those who knew him are going through at all, I know how I feel is nothing compared to what they’re dealing with, but it does feel like I lost a friend.” Another posted “Been sitting here crying since I found out an hour ago. Just unbelievably awful. Said this elsewhere but I genuinely feel like I lost a friend, don’t care how lame that sounds. RIP Harris.”

An official cause of death will not be known until results are released by the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.



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August 12, 2014

Actor and comic Robin Williams found dead at 63

Actor and comic Robin Williams found dead at 63

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The US comedy actor Robin Williams was found dead yesterday by the Marin County, California Sheriff’s Office, apparently by asphyxiation. Williams had been suffering from depression and announced he would re-engage in a twelve-step program.

Williams was the star of a whole series of comedy films winning an Oscar for his role in Good Will Hunting and Golden Globes for his acting in Good Morning, Vietnam, Mrs. Doubtfire, and The Fisher King. As well as films and television, Williams did stand-up comedy and appeared on chat shows; he appeared on the finale of Johnny Carson‘s tenure hosting The Tonight Show.

Williams’ initial claim to national fame was his role in Mork and Mindy where he played an alien who comes to earth, falls in love and gets married to a woman, Mindy McConnell, played by Pam Dawber.

Susan Schneider, Williams’ wife, said: “This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”

President Barack Obama paid tribute to Williams: “Robin Williams was an airman, a doctor, a genie, a nanny, a president, a professor, a bangarang Peter Pan and everything in between. But he was one of a kind. He arrived in our lives as an alien — but he ended up touching every element of the human spirit. He made us laugh. He made us cry. He gave his immeasurable talent freely and generously to those who needed it most — from our troops stationed abroad to the marginalised on our own streets. The Obama family offers our condolences to Robin’s family, his friends, and everyone who found their voice and their verse thanks to Robin Williams.”

Comedian Steve Martin tweeted: “I could not be more stunned by the loss of Robin Williams, mensch, great talent, acting partner, genuine soul.”

Ellen DeGeneres tweeted: “I can’t believe the news about Robin Williams. He gave so much to so many people. I’m heartbroken.”

Born in 1951, Williams leaves behind his third wife, and three children: daughter Zelda, 25, and two sons—Zachary, 31, and Cody, 19.



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