Larry Kramer: Playwright and Aids activist dies at 84

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Kramer helped found both Gay Men’s Health Crisis and Act Up US playwright, author and Aids activist Larry Kramer has died at the age of 84. Kramer wrote the landmark 1985 play The Normal Heart, about the early years of Aids, and 1992’s The Destiny of Me. He was

Newsnight ‘breached impartiality guidelines’ with Dominic Cummings remarks

Image caption Emily Maitlis presenting Tuesday’s Newsnight The BBC has said an introduction about Dominic Cummings on Tuesday’s Newsnight did not meet the required standards of due impartiality. The programme began with presenter Emily Maitlis saying “the country can see” Cummings had “broken the rules”. It should have made clear the remarks were “a summary

Ricky Tomlinson’s strike conviction to be reviewed

Image caption A play United We Stand explored the convictions of the Shrewsbury 24 The Royle Family star Ricky Tomlinson’s 1972 conviction for picketing offences will be reviewed by appeal judges. The Liverpool actor who also starred in Brookside was one of the pickets known as the Shrewsbury 24 convicted for conspiracy. Tomlinson, now 80,

Claire Foy and Matt Smith to perform live in empty Old Vic theatre

Image copyright Helen Maybanks Image caption Claire Foy and Matt Smith first appeared in Lungs at the Old Vic in 2019 Claire Foy and Matt Smith will reunite in a socially-distanced play to be streamed from an empty Old Vic theatre. The pair co-starred in Netflix’s The Crown before appearing together in Lungs at the

Sky Q kicks off HDR support starting with on-demand nature shows

Image copyright Sky Image caption Sky’s new nature channel launches today – with HDR programmes available on-demand Sky has launched three new on-demand nature programmes featuring high dynamic range (HDR) for Sky Q customers. HDR offers a greater range of colours, making pictures more vivid and realistic than before. But Sky viewers will need a

California sues Disney and CBS over Criminal Minds harassment claims

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Members of the Criminal Minds cast pictured in August 2014 A cinematographer on TV show Criminal Minds was allowed to grope male crew members by employers who condoned his conduct, a US legal action alleges. Gregory St Johns is accused of touching multiple men and retaliating against those who

Man charged over deadly Kyoto animation studio fire

Image copyright Reuters Police in Japan have charged a man 10 months after he allegedly set fire to an animation studio in Kyoto, killing 36 people. Shinji Aoba, 42, had been in hospital since the arson attack in July 2019. He was so badly burned that police had been unable to question him until now.

Soul Boy: The teen who found a home on the dancefloor

“When I’m on the dancefloor and Northern Soul music is playing I feel like this is where I lie, this is like your home.” Anthony Flavin has spent most of his life growing up in care. Life was hard for him for a good while, but he credits his passion for Northern Soul music with

Denmark embraces live music drive-ins

Concerts and music festivals have been cancelled around the world due to measures brought in to fight coronavirus. So musicians are finding new ways to reach their fans safely. Now drive-ins have been revived, to bring live music back to the stage. In Denmark, more than 70 shows are planned. The BBC caught a performance

Glastonbury: BBC to air classic sets in festival’s absence

Image caption BeyoncĂ© headlined Glastonbury in 2011 The BBC is to broadcast classic Glastonbury performances this year in the music festival’s absence. Previous headline sets from BeyoncĂ©, Adele, Coldplay, David Bowie and Jay-Z will be shown on BBC Two and BBC Four. A new pop-up channel will also appear on BBC iPlayer, which will feature

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