Channel 4 scraps Host the Week after one episode

Channel 4 scraps Host the Week after one episode

Channel 4 has decided to scrap its latest entertainment show Host the Week. Initially commissioned as a two-episode series, the unscripted and unrehearsed show debuted last week with Gogglebox’s Scarlett Moffatt presenting. A second episode fronted by comedian Jack Whitehall will now not go ahead. “We’re brave enough to take risks with innovative programme ideas but also to acknowledge they don’t all work and move on,” a spokeswoman said. Thursday’s episode saw Moffatt front the…

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Philip Pullman to name character after Grenfell victim

Philip Pullman to name character after Grenfell victim

Author Philip Pullman is likely to name a character in his upcoming book after a 15-year-old girl believed to have died in the Grenfell Tower fire. The writer is part of the Authors for Grenfell campaign, auctioning items to help raise money for those affected. A teacher bid £1,500 to secure the name of his former pupil Nur Huda El-Wahabi in the book, who is believed to have died along with her family. Other people…

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Hamilton calls Vettel a 'disgrace' after clash in Azerbaijan

Hamilton calls Vettel a 'disgrace' after clash in Azerbaijan

Lewis Hamilton called title rival Sebastian Vettel “a disgrace” after the Ferrari driver drove into his car in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku. The two clashed before one of three restarts in a chaotic race, Vettel hitting the back of Hamilton’s Mercedes and then swerving sideways into him. Vettel said Hamilton had deliberately slowed – or “brake-tested” – him. Hamilton denied that and added that it was “disgusting driving” and “not sportsman’s conduct”. Vettel…

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England U21s into semis after easing past Poland

England U21s into semis after easing past Poland

England reached the semi-finals of the European Under-21 Championship for the first time since 2009 by comfortably beating 10-man Poland to finish top of Group A. Demarai Gray opened the scoring early on with a long-range effort before substitute Jacob Murphy tapped in. Poland rarely threatened and had defender Jan Bednarek sent off late on for tripping Tammy Abraham in the box. Lewis Baker converted the resultant penalty to complete the win. The victory against…

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Frankie Dettori out of Royal Ascot after Great Yarmouth fall

Frankie Dettori out of Royal Ascot after Great Yarmouth fall

Jockey Frankie Dettori will miss the 2017 Royal Ascot meeting after a fall at Great Yarmouth last week. The Italian, 46, had been due for some fancied rides, including favourite Lady Aurelia in the King’s Stand Stakes on the opening day on Tuesday. Dettori, the most successful Royal Ascot jockey currently riding, returned to action at Chantilly on Sunday. However, he is struggling with an arm injury and was ruled out of the five-day fixture….

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Man released from prison after podcast sparks retrial

Man released from prison after podcast sparks retrial

A man who has spent 13 years in prison in Sweden charged with murder has been released after new evidence came to light in a true crime podcast. Spar, hosted by journalists Anton Berg and Martin Johnson and released via podcast platform Acast, has been examining the imprisonment of Kaj Linna for the last two years. Mr Linna was initially sentenced to life in prison in 2004 for murder and robbery. Robert Lindberg was killed…

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Scotland and England draw after three goals in final six minutes

Scotland and England draw after three goals in final six minutes

Harry Kane’s injury-time equaliser rescued England from a late collapse after Scotland threatened to secure a dramatic victory in their World Cup qualifier at Hampden Park. Substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s close-range finish after 70 minutes looked to have put England on course for three points that would have cemented their position at the top of Group F – only for Scotland to turn a largely undistinguished game upside down in the closing moments. Celtic’s Leigh Griffiths…

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Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill quit No 10 after election criticism.

Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill quit No 10 after election criticism.

Media playback is unsupported on your device Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, Theresa May’s closest advisers, have resigned in the wake of the Conservatives’ failure to win the general election. The PM had been warned she faced a leadership challenge on Monday unless she sacked the pair, the BBC understands. Mr Timothy said said he accepted responsibility for his role in the Tory manifesto, criticised by many MPs. He said he regretted not including a…

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