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    Philip Larkin famously wrote that sexual intercourse began in 1963, ‘between the end of the Chatterley ban and the Beatles’ first LP’. It was also when the intimate foibles of an aristocratic ruling class were first exposed to the glare of the mass media and a public ravenous for details. It was the year of Lord Denning’s scathing report on the Profumo affair, in which His Lordship mused on depravity in high places. And 1963 also saw one of the most sensational divorce trials in legal history, featuring the Duke and Duchess of Argyll, a three-strand pearl necklace, robbery, a photograph of a ‘headless man’ and a sexual act too shocking to be described in the newspapers of the day. Now the BBC is set to broadcast a major new dramatisation of the case, starring Claire Foy – who has previously portrayed the Queen in the Netflix series, The Crown – as Margaret, Duchess of Argyll. 1963 also saw one of the most sensational divorce trials in legal history, featuring the Duke and Duchess of Argyll, a three-strand pearl necklace, robbery,...
    Homosexuality was labeled a mental illness. A new film recounts the fight to remove it. Treasury Secretary Yellen warns debt ceiling battle could spell catastrophe illustration about international women in film “This decade [has] to be about women having each other’s backs,” said Kate Winslet in her Sept. 19 Emmy acceptance speech for HBO’s Mare of Easttown. Around the world, the international film and television industry’s most powerful women had already been hard at work with that mission. Female producers, studio executives and channel bosses are seeing a historic opportunity to capitalize on the seismic changes wrought by the #MeToo movement to push for true inclusion and diversity across the entertainment business. But impressive advances in onscreen representation have not been matched by gains in corporate power structures, where, at least at the very top and particularly outside the United States, it is still very much a man’s world. “A lot of work needs to be done in the C-suite, where serious decisions are made,” notes Mo Abudu, CEO of pan-African TV conglomerate EbonyLife Media. Nevertheless, the glass ceiling...
    JUST when you think there's nothing left to binge, a whole host of new TV shows spring up to fill your schedule. Thankfully, TV Mag is here to guide you through which new shows are worth your time this week. What's New? See - Apple TV+ 7Jason Momoa stars in the second series of the gripping drama SeeCredit: Planet Photos Aquaman’s Jason Momoa leads the cast in this epic post-apocalyptic series from the mind of Peaky Blinders and Taboo creator Steven Knight. The first series transported us to a dystopian future, where the entire human race had lost their sight and everyone had to find new ways to survive. The birth of sighted twins within Baba Voss’ (Jason) tribe led to years of war as Queen Kane wanted them captured, and while Baba tried to protect his family, things didn’t go to plan as the end of series one saw Haniwa (Nesta Cooper) captured by General Edo Voss, Baba’s arch-nemesis brother. The story picks up where it left off and Baba is fighting to reunite his...
    THE EastEnders cast are some of the hardest working soap stars in the business but many of them look worlds away from their characters in real life.  Some of the stars have undergone surgery while others have shedded the pounds - whatever it is, a lot of the cast have had dramatic makeovers.  38Danniella Westbrook joined the cast of EastEnders in 1990Credit: PA:Press Association Here, Fabulous delves into some of the most dramatic transformations from the stars of EastEnders including Danniella Westbrook’s changing face and Natalie Cassidy’s epic weight loss makeover... Danniella Westbrook There’s no denying Danniella Westbrook’s face has changed since she shot to fame in EastEnders in 1990. After years of cocaine abuse and botched surgery, the actress - who played Sam Mitchell on the BBC soap - is almost unrecognisable from the fresh-faced younger sister of Grant and Phil Mitchell. After appearing as an extra in EastEnders she was put forward for the role of Sam at the age of 16 and successfully auditioned before first appearing on the BBC soap in July 1990. She has been...
    ENGLAND'S sensational Euro 2020 win over Germany is the most-watched TV show of the year. A staggering 20million tuned on the box to catch the famous victory with a further 6.5m live streams online taking the total viewing figure beyond 27m. 9More than 27million people tuned in to watch England beat Germany on TuesdayCredit: Getty 9BBC One showed the game live with Gary Lineker joined by Alan Shearer, Jurgen Klinsmann and Rio Ferdinand at WembleyCredit: pixel8000 Fans across the nation got in front of the screen to witness Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane fire the Three Lions past the old enemy and into the last eight. Millions more were crammed into fan parks and pubs with a further 45,000 inside the stadium. A peak audience of 20.6m for BBC One's live coverage means the Beeb overtake ITV for the UK No1 in 2021. The BBC held the record when 11.6m watched England vs Croatia but ITV smashed that figure with 18.4m catching the 0-0 draw 0-0 with Scotland. And with the BBC showing Saturday night's quarter-final against Ukraine in...
    THE Line Of Duty finale landed a record 12.8 million viewers - making it the most watched drama episode since records began. The incredible finale managed to rack in 56.2% of the UK's TV audience on Sunday night, according to overnight figures. ???? Read our Line of Duty live blog for the up-to-the-second updates 5The Line of Duty smashed viewing recordsCredit: pixel8000 SPOILERS BELOW This is the most watched episode of any drama since records began in 2002, according to the BBC. Only an episode of ITV's police drama Heartbeat reached similar figures, gaining 13.2 million in February 2001. However, Line Of Duty's figures are likely to be even higher, as even more people are likely to watch it on iPlayer. Series six of the hit BBC crime drama concluded on Sunday evening with the revelation that bungling bent copper Det Supt Ian Buckells was H. 5The episode managed to rake in 12.8million viewersCredit: PA The incompetent detective, played by actor Nigel Boyle, had hidden in plain sight since he first appeared in series one in 2012 because no one thought...
    FANCY yourself as a quiz whiz? You may not be such a smartypants after all. TV quiz shows have been ranked in order of difficulty. Channel 5’s Eggheads is deemed the biggest doddle, while Beeb geek-fests Mastermind and University Challenge are top befuddlers. 11Are you a quiz mastermind in waiting? Find out which TV quiz show would suit youCredit: BBC Gaming site jackpotjoy.com based odds of success on prizes at stake, numbers in teams and skills required – although University Challenge dangles NO money, just kudos. Take our progressively tricky test to find out what show you might aspire to . . .  EGGHEADS (Idiot proof) 11Jeremy Vine keeps things simple on EggheadsCredit: BBC Which world leader was pictured bare-chested in Siberia in 2007, fishing in a river, and again in 2009 riding a horse? A: Angela Merkel B: Kim Jong-il C: Vladimir Putin What song was a No1 hit for Blondie in 1980 and Atomic Kitten in 2002? A: Call Me B: The Tide Is High C: Heart Of Glass POINTLESS (Easy peasy) 11Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman are PointlessCredit: BBC/Remarkable,...
    LINE of Duty fans have branded ice queen DCS Patricia Carmichael "the face of 2020" after her epic return. The Detective Chief Superintendent - played by Anna Maxwell Martin in the hit BBC show - turned up to the AC-12 office unexpected last night with some very bad news. 5DCS Patricia Carmichael made a return to the BBC show last night - and fans are fumingCredit: BBC While SI Hastings, DI Arnott and DC Bishop were discussing some important issues in a separate room, Carmichael made a very dramatic entrance to their office. Her greeting was short and unwelcoming and she even managed to throw a dig in at those who weren't present. She told the force: "One or two familiar faces, one or two conspicuous by their absence... "For those of you for whatever inexplicable reason don't know I'm Detective Chief Superintendent Patricia Carmichael. I don't mind Ma'am or boss. I'm not a huge fan of governor or gaffer..." 5The DCS didn't give AC-12 a very warm receptionCredit: BBC MORE ON LINE OF DUTYJUST A JIMMYWhat you...
    LINE Of Duty viewers were last night blown away by the BBC1 cop thriller’s most explosive episode yet. After a subtle start to series six, the action really kicked off with creator Jed Mercurio delivering some dumbfounding plot twists. 9Line Of Duty viewers were last night blown away by the BBC1 cop thriller’s most explosive episode yetCredit: BBC Fans were left wondering if this was the beginning of the end for the show itself as fortunes took a dramatic turn for AC-12 and its heroes. And the police procedural thriller moved firmly from the interview room to the streets, which were transformed into a war zone. With Line Of Duty stalwarts still reeling, Rod McPhee assesses the storylines and where the drama goes from here. BOMBSHELL 1: Boss Hastings is shown the door After pushing his luck once too often as boss of anti-corruption unit AC-12, Supt Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) was pushed out. His arrest of dodgy Det Supt Ian Buckells (Nigel Boyle) sparked another fiery clash with fishy Police & Crime Commissioner Rohan Sindwhani (Ace Bhatti). 9Boss Supt...
    EASTENDERS' anti-vaccine row has become the most complained about moment from the soap in TEN years. Last week, Karen Taylor proudly announced she was an anti-vaxxer and insisted she "wouldn't have any of that rubbish pumped into me". 6Karen Taylor said she wouldn't have the coronavirus vaccineCredit: BBC The soap favourite was shut down by her horrified neighbours Suki Panesar and Patrick Trueman, who argued the coronavirus jab made them feel "invincible". Now the BBC has received 684 complaints from viewers who felt the storyline was "inappropriate and biased against people who do not want/cannot have the Covid vaccine". The number of people up in arms about the moment makes it the soap's most complained about moment since 2011. But the BBC has fiercely defended the script in a statement, saying: “EastEnders, whilst a fictional drama, has a long tradition of reflecting real life and this exchange aimed to reflect the conversations that some people in Britain are having." 6Patrick beamed as he told Suki he'd received his second dose of the Covid vaccineCredit: BBC Despite hundreds of viewers being...
    PIERS Morgan's crushing rants about Meghan Markle saw Good Morning Britain hit with 41,000 Ofcom complaints - the highest number for a decade. However, the 55-year-old star, who quit rather than apologise for calling the Duchess a liar, doesn't yet hold the record for the most objections ever. 16Piers Morgan's treatment of Meghan Markle upset viewers - and Alex Beresford The 2007 Celebrity Big Brother racism row involving Jade Goody and Shilpa Shetty attracted a staggering 44,500. And even more complained when the BBC screened Jerry Springer: The Opera with its troupe of tap-dancing Ku Klux Klansmen. In fact, there are no end of shows over the years that have left viewers howling with outrage. Here, we run down the ten most complained-about moments in British TV history - from a possessed Michael Parkinson to the notorious 'punchgate' row between Roxanne Pallett and Ryan Thomas... 16Dani Dyer was left in tears on Love Island in 2018 - for no good reason 10. Dani Dyer crying on Love Island Love Island bosses found themselves on the receiving end of some serious rage from...
    BBC Breakfast has waged war on Piers Morgan and Good Morning Britain - insisting it’s the "UK’s most watched breakfast show". Show bosses hit back after rival host Piers vowed to overtake the channel's ratings for the first time in 30 years. 4BBC Breakfast presenters Credit: BBC/Twitter On the day Good Morning Britain celebrated its most watched show in history, BBC Breakfast tweeted: "These @BBCBreakfast figures might make awkward reading for some: "- 80m live stream requests on @BBCiPlayer (up 56%) "- Audience share of 42% "- Average daily reach of 5.7m Thanks for tuning in to the UK’s most watched Breakfast programme…." Host Dan Walker shared the tweet, adding: "Thanks for watching." 4Piers Morgan believes GMB will take over BBC Breakfast by the end of the yearCredit: Rex Features But the BBC's attempt at tough talk looks to prove Piers' point that execs will soon be choking on their cornflakes, with Good Morning Britain poised to overtake the corporation's flagship breakfast show for the first time in the two contenders' broadcast history. Under Piers and his...
    On Tuesday’s episode EastEnders could not help the fans, but had a socially distant wedding, which delighted fans who were branded “weird”. Rainey Cross and Stuart tied the knot in the middle of the highway Albert Square so he could not open the door because Stuart was badly stuck in the wedding car and the battery was dead. Rainey (Tanya Franks) was initially angry, but since the couple missed their place in church, they decided to hold the ceremony right there on the road. Pleasant footage showed Rainey and Stuart (Ricky Champ) reading their vows before Rainey revealed that there was a surprising announcement for Stuart.The socially distant wedding took place tonight in Albert Square (Image: BBC)read moreRelated Articlesread moreRelated Articles“I’m pregnant!” She screamed as Stuart was overwhelmed with emotions. “Are we going to be parents?” He asked in surprise, before shouting happily and paying homage to the car horn. But some eagle-eyed observers pointed out that if the car’s battery died, the horn would not work. One tweeted: “#EastEnders battery is too flat, he can’t open the door, but...
    Freddie talks about his war with Bulimia (Image: BBC)Freddie Flintoff’s documentary, Living with Bulimia, has devastated audiences with his raw and honest account of the game star’s eating disorder. The top gear presenter spoke honestly about how being a bulimic has affected his life, including the shame of being proud to clean up the food, and even harder to admit to the grip he now has on himself. Freddie, who was provoked by comments about his weight during his time as a cricketer, continued to throw away his diet when he began to appreciate his weight loss. He explained: ‘Everyone was happy with me. My weight was declining. ‘It’s like: “I’m the boss of this.” It continued, and I was always doing it. ‘ However, the negative effects soon began to catch on, and he finally admitted to hiding his actions from those around him, including team members and family members, before telling his wife. Upon learning of bulimia as a whole, Freddie was shocked to find that it was not defined by being sick and that there were other...
    MASTERCHEF judge Monica Galetti knows a thing or two about high-end service. But while presenting hit BBC series Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond The Lobby, even she was taken aback by the facilities on offer in the world’s most exclusive resorts. 5Masterchef judge Monica Galetti presents the hit BBC series Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond The Lobby with foodie and co-host Giles CorenCredit: WARNING: Use of this image is subject to the terms of use of BBC Pictures' Digital Picture 5She was taken aback by the facilities on offer in the world’s most exclusive resorts, including the jewel in the crown of this series being The Torridon in Scotland The show sees the Samoan-born chef, who owns fine-dining restaurant Mere in London’s Fitzrovia, and co-host Giles Coren work alongside staff in hotels where Lamborghini dealerships in the lobby are the norm and high-rollers have access to secret in-hotel mansions. In the three-part series, which starts on Tuesday, the pair roll up their sleeves in the technology-obsessed MGM Cotai in Macau, in Germany’s Schloss Elmau, which claims to invigorate the mind, body and...
    Coronavirus — For the first time since the pandemic began, a Latin American country goes to the polls to decide its political destiny. After the coronavirus forced to postpone the elections in May and after the controversial cancellation of the municipal elections last February that led to massive protests, the Dominican Republic finally elects a new Congress and president on Sunday. Six political parties dispute the ballots in a vote that many analysts describe as extraordinary and not only due to the context of the covid-19 in which they are held. And it is that the Dominicans will decide this time if they leave in power the party that has governed 16 of the last 20 years and that controls most of the country’s institutions or if they will make way for a new political formation whose members have never occupied a position in the Executive. Everything indicates that the latter will happen: according to the polls, most of the voters would opt for a group formed just six years ago, the Modern Revolutionary Party and its leader, Luis...
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