Black British stars celebrated at National Portrait Gallery

Black British stars celebrated at National Portrait Gallery

Naomi Campbell and Tinie Tempah are among 37 black British musicians, actors, politicians, models and sports stars who will feature in a major new National Portrait Gallery exhibition. Running next year, the exhibition will also feature actor Sir Lenny Henry, journalist Sir Trevor McDonald, singer Laura Mvula and actress Thandie Newton. It is the gallery’s biggest acquisition of Afro-Caribbean sitters. Others will include Dizzee Rascal and Vogue’s new editor Edward Enninful. Labour MP Chuka Umunna…

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Matt LeBlanc: Top Gear to 'expand the comedy'

Matt LeBlanc: Top Gear to 'expand the comedy'

Matt LeBlanc has given viewers a taster of what they can expect from the next series of Top Gear. The 25th season of the show – due to air in spring 2018 – will see LeBlanc return to host alongside Rory Reid and Chris Harris. “I think we’ve tried to broaden the demographic of the show,” the presenter said. “Try to make it not lose the petrolhead nature of it but maybe open it up…

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Great British Bake Off: BBC moves rival cooking show in scheduling spat

Great British Bake Off: BBC moves rival cooking show in scheduling spat

The BBC is moving its new cooking show to avoid a clash with The Great British Bake Off when it launches on Channel 4. Channel 4 has poached Bake Off from the BBC and has scheduled the new series to open at 20:00 BST on Tuesday 29 August. The Big Family Cooking Showdown is on BBC Two at the same time on Tuesdays – but it will now move to Thursdays. The BBC said Channel…

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Liz Carr: Silent Witness star attacked with scissors

Liz Carr: Silent Witness star attacked with scissors

Silent Witness actress Liz Carr has been attacked by a man armed with scissors. Carr, who plays forensic examiner Clarissa Mullery in the BBC One series, was with her personal assistant when the assault happened near London’s Euston station. The 45-year-old, who uses a wheelchair, suffered minor cuts. Both women were taken to hospital and later discharged. A man has been detained under the Mental Health Act, police said. The incident happened on 10 August….

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Denise van Outen: Why I fell out with Johnny Vaughan

Denise van Outen: Why I fell out with Johnny Vaughan

Denise van Outen has revealed the real reason she fell out with former Big Breakfast co-host Johnny Vaughan – pay. The pair were close but Denise told ITV’s Loose Women show the friendship broke down when she found out he was renegotiating his contract separately. “It was mainly to do with pay. The view was that I did other things outside of presenting… that I already had another side to my career.” She said the…

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Taylor Swift sexual assault case: Why is it significant?

Taylor Swift sexual assault case: Why is it significant?

US pop singer Taylor Swift has won a civil case against an ex-DJ who she said grabbed her bottom during a pre-concert photo opportunity in 2013. The case has grabbed headlines for the star’s bold testimony in court, and emphasis that she wanted to fight the case not just for herself but for all women who are victimised. Here are four reasons why it’s significant. 1. It highlighted the underreporting of sexual assault The 2013…

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Are comedy double acts making a comeback?

Are comedy double acts making a comeback?

I can’t name a new, young TV comedy double act and neither can Barry Cryer. The comedian and writer says: “I want to spot a young double act and say ‘oh boy, it’s still going’. But it hasn’t happened for me yet.” At the start of his career he wrote for the gold standard of comedy duos, Morecambe and Wise. “It’s like telepathy,” Cryer says. “It’s rapport, a chemistry. They feed off each other.” At…

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Ant McPartlin 'overwhelmed' by fans' support over addiction

Ant McPartlin 'overwhelmed' by fans' support over addiction

Ant McPartlin has thanked fans for their support after revealing doctors warned he could have died from his painkiller and alcohol addictions. In a Twitter post, Ant wrote that he was “overwhelmed” by the positive feedback he had received. The star has received more than 2,000 tweets in response to his message. Skip Twitter post by @antanddec Have to say I’m overwhelmed by everyone’s love, support and well wishes today. Thank you one and all….

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