VIDEO: Liverpool crowds greet giant puppets

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Thousands of people have lined Liverpool’s streets to welcome three giant marionettes, which will tell the story of the city during World War One.

A grandma giant set off in search for a her giant granddaughter and giant pet dog Xolo on Friday morning.

The huge figures began the Memories of August 1914 commemoration, and will visit many of the city’s landmarks before they sail away on the River Mersey on Sunday.

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VIDEO: Tony Blackburn: 50 years on air

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Radio announcer Tony Blackburn is celebrating a career that has spanned 50 years.

He will be hosting a special anniversary show on BBC London 94.9 on Friday.

Wendy Hurrell reports.

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VIDEO: Gillan denies Star Wars wig claims

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Former Doctor Who star Karen Gillan has denied rumours that her hair was donated to the new Star Wars film.

The actress shaved her head for a new role for Guardians of the Galaxy, sparking a variety of internet rumours.

Speaking on the Guardians of the Galaxy red carpet, she told the BBC’s Lizo Mzimba there had been a “miscommunication”.

Meanwhile, Avengers director Joss Whedon, who also attended the premiere, said he was impressed with the set of the new Star Wars film – which has the working title Episode VII.

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AUDIO: Lloyd Webber: Music comps are ‘a fix’

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Cellist Julian Lloyd Webber has advised aspiring artists to avoid classical music competitions because “they are fixed”.

Speaking to Front Row’s Kirsty Lang, he said that the competitions – apart from the BBC Young Musician competition – have nothing to do with ability.

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VIDEO: Malevich’s revolutionary art in London

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A new exhibition at Tate Modern in London explores the revolutionary art of Russian Kazimir Malevich.

The work of the creator of the controversial Black Square and the Suprematist movement will be on display until the end of October.

BBC Russian’s Olga Smirnova reports.

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VIDEO: CBeebies goes classical at Proms

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Following the sell-out success of last year’s Doctor Who at the Proms, the BBC Philharmonic is staging the first ever CBeebies event.

It is hoped it will help bring classical music to a new, younger audience.

BBC entertainment correspondent Lizo Mzimba reports.

Listen to the Cbeebies proms at 11.00 Sunday on BBC Radio 3 or online

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Gavin and Stacey house goes on sale

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25 July 2014 Last updated at 09:08

47 Trinity Street in Barry, south Wales

A house listed as “the spiritual home” of Gavin Stacey has gone on the market.

47 Trinity Street in Barry, south Wales, which was used as the set for the home of Stacey’s mother Gwen in the show, has a guide price of £125,000.

The house is part of a Gavin Stacey tour which visits several set locations of the BBC sitcom.

According to the listing, more than 13,000 people have visited the house, including weekly coach trips.

47 Trinity Street in Barry, south Wales
Joanna Page

Joanna Page plays Stacey in the show and is seen standing outside her mum Gwen’s house

The listing added: “It is however up to a purchaser whether this arrangement continues or indeed any future filming is permitted, should the creators decide on a further series or one-off special.”

The show ran for three series between 2007 and 2010 with a Christmas special between the second and third series.

James Corden, who played Gavin’s best friend Smithy in the show, recently said that a reunion won’t be coming any time soon.

Speaking on Greg James on Radio 1, the actor said: “I don’t think we’ll do a film, I think that would be a stretch.

“We might do a special one day, we talk about it often but it’s just time really.”

James Corden and Mathew Horne

James Corden plays Smithy, Gavin’s best friend, who is played by Mathew Horne

In 2008, Gavin Stacey won the audience award at the Television Baftas and was named best TV comedy at the British Comedy Awards.

The show also picked up the best comedy award at the 2010 National Television Awards.

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Eleanor Bron joins The Archers cast

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Eleanor Bron and Anne Cullen (pictured in 1960)Bron plays Carol Tregorran, a character formerly played by actress Anne Cullen (pictured right in 1960)

Eleanor Bron has joined the cast of Radio 4′s rural drama series The Archers, playing a character who first appeared in it 60 years ago.

The 76-year-old said she was “thrilled” to be playing Carol Tregorran, a role originally played by Anne Cullen.

Listeners learned Carol had returned to Ambridge to attend the funeral of her husband John in Friday’s episode.

Sean O’Connor, editor of The Archers, said Bron “fitted [in] as if she has been here for 30 years”.

“In the 1950s, Carol was a significant role model for young women,” continued O’Connor, a former EastEnders producer who took over his Archers role last September.

“We hope she will continue to be so for older women today – an independent, spirited woman who embraces her later years on her own terms and without compromise.”

‘Quite forceful’

Carol Grey made her first appearance in The Archers in 1954 and married John Tregorran in 1967. She and John left Ambridge in 1990, returning for special occasions in 2007 and 2010.

Her place in Archers history is assured, having been dining at Grey Gables on the famous night in 1955 when Grace Archer was killed in a fire.

Bron, who began her career with the Cambridge Footlights in 1959 and appeared in such classic 1960s films as Help! and Alfie, described Carol as “quite forceful and independent, even now in her 80s”.

“Now she has returned to Ambridge she is able to be around friends,” she went on. “There’s something very wonderful when you can pick up those sorts of friendships and see them play out in a drama.”

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Ex-DJ Dave Lee Travis facing retrial

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Dave Lee TravisDave Lee Travis denies the charges against him

Former Radio 1 DJ Dave Lee Travis will go on trial in September over sexual abuse allegations, a judge has ruled.

Mr Travis faces a retrial on two charges – of indecent assault and sexual assault – and a new count of indecent assault.

The 69-year-old, who denies the three charges, was cleared of 12 counts of indecent assault in February.

Speaking after a hearing at Southwark Crown Court, he said he felt “very bitter” about what had happened to him.

‘Damaged reputation’

Mr Travis is charged under his real name of David Griffin.

In February, jurors were unable to reach verdicts on one charge of indecent assault dating back to the early 1990s, and one of sexual assault in 2008.

He has pleaded not guilty to one additional count of indecent assault on a woman aged over 16, alleged to have taken place on 17 January 1995.

The judge, Anthony Leonard QC, adjourned the case to a trial starting on 1 September.

In a nine-minute statement outside court, that the former DJ said was being delivered against the advice of his legal team, Mr Travis told journalists he had lost respect for those in the justice system – apart from the judge and the jury at his first trial.

He said there was no such thing as innocent until proven guilty and accused the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) of “over compensating” for its “failings” in the Jimmy Savile case, amid “hysteria” over the affair.

Mr Travis said the case had “done a lot of damage” to his reputation – damage that might be “irreparable” – and that the past 20 months since his arrest had been very stressful.

But he added: “I’m ok – I’m not about to top myself.”

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Game of Thrones adds new characters

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By Steve Holden
Newsbeat reporter

26 July 2014 Last updated at 08:04

Game of Thrones cast

Nine new characters have been unveiled for the fifth season of Game of Thrones.

The announcement was made via a video during a press conference at the Comic Con event in San Diego.

Among those joining the HBO show will be Jonathan Pryce, who played a James Bond villain in Tomorrow Never Dies.

Alexander Siddig, who’s starred in 24, and Oscar nominee Keisha Castle-Hughes will also feature.

Keisha Castle-Hughes

Keisha Castle-Hughes was Oscar-nominated for Whale Rider.

More than 6,000 people attended the Game of Thrones press conference.

Existing cast on the panel included Kit Harrington (Jon Snow), Gwedoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth) and Maisie Williams (Arya Stark).

No plot details were revealed but a blooper reel was played, as well as a video announcing the nine new characters and who will play them.

Jonathan Pryce

Jonathan Pryce played a Bond villain in Tomorrow Never Dies

Alexander Siddig

Alexander Siddig played Hamri Al-Assad in season 6 of 24.

Pryce will play the High Sparrow while Castle-Hughes will appear as Obara Sand.

Siddig is Doran Martell, the lord of Dorne and older brother to the late Oberyn Martell.

Toby Sebastian has been cast as Prince Doran’s son, Trystane Martell, the heir to Dorne.

Nell Tiger Free is Myrcella Baratheon, DeObia Oparei is Areo Hotah, Enzo Cilenti will be Yezzen, Jessica Henwick is Nymeria Sand and Rosabell Laurenti Sellers is Tyene Sand.

Jessica Henwick

Jessica Henwick played Amy Lang in BBC drama Silk

DeObia Oparei

DeObia Oparei has appeared in Moulin Rouge, Dredd and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

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