The Bill actor Tony Scannell dies aged 74

Image copyright Fremantle Media/Shutterstock Actor Tony Scannell, who played DS Ted Roach in ITV police drama The Bill, has died at the age of 74. Scannell played the character for nine years in the 1980s and 90s. He was originally only meant to be in two episodes, but impressed the show’s producers and went on

Martin Scorsese reveals lockdown ‘anxiety’ and ‘relief’

Image caption Martin Scorsese: “A sense of relief settled in and a real sense of freedom.” Martin Scorsese has spoken about how “anxiety” set in during lockdown, after an initial “relief” that his heavy 2020 workload had been temporarily lifted. The director has shot a new home-made short film about his experiences of isolation during

John Boyega: Star Wars actor rails against racism after George Floyd death

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Boyega appeared in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker Actor John Boyega has delivered an uncompromising message against racism after fielding praise and backlash for Twitter posts about the subject. The Star Wars actor posted about his hatred of racists on Wednesday following

Coronavirus: Sneakbo sorry for Aylesbury lockdown video

Image copyright DronePix Image caption A crowd gathered in Buckingham Park, Aylesbury, where the music video was being filmed Rapper Sneakbo has apologised for filming a music video during lockdown, describing it as a “totally regrettable episode”. The 27-year-old was seen shooting the video in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, on Friday. A local resident said “up to

Emily Maitlis: I asked for night off from BBC’s Newsnight

Image caption On Tuesday’s Newsnight, Emily Maitlis said the row had caused “a deep national disquiet” Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis has said she did not present Wednesday’s Newsnight because “I asked for the night off”. She responded to reports the BBC replaced her after it said her introduction about Dominic Cummings on Tuesday’s show did

Terrace House: Reality show cancels season after Hana Kimura death

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Hana Kimura’s death sent shockwaves across Japan Japanese Netflix reality show Terrace House has cancelled its current season following the death of cast member and pro-wrestler Hana Kimura. The 22-year-old had before her death issued a series of social media posts implying she had been cyber-bullied. News of her

BBC Proms to include two weeks of live concerts at Royal Albert Hall

Image caption Organisers said this year’s Last Night of the Proms would be “poignant and unique” This year’s BBC Proms will combine archive recordings and live concerts – with audiences at the Royal Albert Hall if coronavirus restrictions allow. Organisers said the “ambition” is for musicians to perform at the London venue for the last

The High Note: Why Tracee Ellis Ross ‘only got better with age’

Image copyright Universal Image caption The High Note is now being released online, instead of cinemas Usually, when a Hollywood star has a new movie coming out, they fly to London for a publicity blitz. They’ll often take part in a press junket, which is where the film company hires out an entire floor of

The blind teen who’s a favourite to win Britain’s Got Talent

A blind 15-year-old girl has become one of the bookies’ favourites to win this year’s Britain’s Got Talent, which starts this weekend. Sirine Jahangir, who lost her sight at the age of 10, impressed judges with her singing and piano-playing during audition rounds for the reality show. The preliminary episodes of the series were recorded

Fraggle Rock to be revived by Apple TV+ after 33 years

Image copyright ALAMY It’s time to stream your cares away, and leave your lockdown worries for another day… Because classic children’s show Fraggle Rock is to be revived by Apple TV+, 33 years after the last series was made. Gobo, Red, Boober, Mokey, Wembley and Uncle Travelling Matt will reunite for more songs and adventures,

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