33 things to know about the new Great British Bake Off

33 things to know about the new Great British Bake Off

After a year of channel hopping, line-up changes and way more drama than should ever be caused by some fairy cakes, we are so ready for the new series of The Great British Bake Off. And by the sounds of it, so are the contestants. “I just want to get on with it now, and burn my first cake,” one says in the opening episode. Quite. So, we’ve been to a press screening of the…

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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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Robert Hardy: Harry Potter and All Creatures Great and Small star dies

Robert Hardy: Harry Potter and All Creatures Great and Small star dies

The actor Robert Hardy, star of TV series All Creatures Great and Small, has died aged 91, his family has said. Hardy, they said, had a “tremendous life” and “a giant career in theatre, television and film spanning more than 70 years”. He was also known for numerous portrayals of Winston Churchill. In more recent years, he appeared as Cornelius Fudge, the Minister for Magic, in four of the Harry Potter films. Robert Hardy: A…

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Dining Out in Scotland: Europe’s Next Great Food Destination

Dining Out in Scotland: Europe’s Next Great Food Destination

Photo Credit: Crossbasket Castle Haggis, kippers, black pudding, clootie dumplings…Scottish food has typically been rather rustic and the butt of jokes for centuries. It is a joke no longer, though. The little nation’s culinary credentials are on the rise; it now boasts 13 Michelin stars awarded to 12 restaurants scattered across the country, not just in the cities. Dynamic chefs are returning from stints abroad to rediscover the abundance of plants and herbs their forbears…

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Charlie Gard: US doctor meets Great Ormond Street medics

Charlie Gard: US doctor meets Great Ormond Street medics

The US doctor who has offered to treat terminally ill Charlie Gard has attended a meeting at Great Ormond Street Hospital to decide whether he should travel to America for therapy. Dr Michio Hirano will discuss Charlie’s condition with doctors treating him and independent specialists. Great Ormond Street has given Dr Hirano an honorary contract giving him the same status as its own physicians. It means he can examine Charlie and has full access to…

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Great British Bake Off: Channel 4 says the show will be more 'modern'

Great British Bake Off: Channel 4 says the show will be more 'modern'

Channel 4 has said The Great British Bake Off will feel more “modern and future facing” when it swaps channels after moving from BBC One this year. Channel 4’s Jay Hunt said: “This is Bake Off but with an extraordinary, high calibre of contributors and it’s got a slight Channel 4 feel to it. “We’ve got a new tone to it, it’s got a new comic riff to it. I think that feels modern and…

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Charlie Gard case: Great Ormond Street in new court bid

Charlie Gard case: Great Ormond Street in new court bid

Great Ormond Street Hospital has applied for a fresh hearing in the case of Charlie Gard following claims of “new evidence relating to potential treatment for his condition”. It comes after seven medical experts suggested unpublished data showed therapy could improve the 11-month-old’s brain condition. Previously, the High Court said it was unlikely a US doctor offering to treat Charlie would be able to cure him. GOSH said it would “explore” the data. Charlie’s case…

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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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