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Peter Kay’s Car Share to make surprise return

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Fans of Peter Kay’s sitcom Car Share thought it had ended for good – but the comedian has announced there will be two more episodes.

Kay said he wanted to “quit while you’re ahead” after series two ended earlier this year.

But he’s announced a “special finale” to show what happened between John, his character, and Sian Gibson’s Kayleigh.

It will follow Car Show Unscripted, an improvised episode. Both will be screened on BBC One next year.

The second series ended in May with Kayleigh declaring her love for John but walking out of his car and his life when he refused to say how he felt.

The lack of a twist bringing the two characters together at last surprised and disappointed many viewers who had convinced themselves the show was building up to the perfect romantic finish.

“People have been very angry that the series ended in that way,” Kay said.

“But [now] there is a series finale explaining what happened the next day, after the big argument.

“We’ve also done another episode called Car Share Unscripted, which is half an hour of us basically making the script up and improvising. It’s nothing to do with the story – just us having a laugh.”

After the series ended, he said there would be no third series or Christmas specials because he was worried about running out of ideas.

“There’s only so much you can do in a car and the last thing you want to do is ruin it, because I think it’s a lovely thing,” he said.

Kay announced the new episodes on Children In Need on BBC One on Friday.

He has long been a supporter of the charity, fronting a fund-raising single that went to number one in 2009. This year, he has raised more than £633,000 by auctioning 100 tickets to an intimate live show in Blackpool.

Car Share won two Bafta TV Awards in 2016 – best scripted comedy and best male performance in a comedy programme for Kay.

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Taylor Swift cements her chart reputation with third UK number one album

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I’m sorry, Taylor Swift can’t come to the phone right now. Why? Because she’s busy selling thousands of albums.

Reputation has shifted 84,000 copies this week, giving the star the third UK number one album of her career.

It has also become 2017’s fastest-selling record by a female artist, despite being unavailable on streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music.

Swift’s previous number ones are 1989, which sold 90,000 copies in week one, and Red, which managed 61,779 copies.

In her home country, Swift is set to top the Billboard charts after racking up more than a million sales of Reputation – the only record to achieve that milestone this year.

But in the UK, where the star has yet to give any interviews or make any TV appearances, her album has failed to match the commercial performance of Take That and Ed Sheeran (who happens to appear on Swift’s album track End Game).

Overall, Reputation has notched up the sixth-highest opening week sales of the year to date, according to the Official Chart Company.

Biggest first-week UK sales of 2017 so far
Artist Album Week one sales
1) Ed Sheeran ÷ 671,452
2) Rag ‘N’ Bone Man Human 117,101
3) Take That Wonderland 113,211
4) Liam Gallagher As You Were 102,660
5) Sam Smith The Thrill of it All 97,328
6) Taylor Swift Reputation 84,000

Elsewhere in the album chart, Sam Smith’s The Thrill Of It All drops to number two, while Michael Ball & Alfie Boe’s former chart-topper Together Again holds steady at three.

There are new entries for Elton John’s new greatest hits collection Diamonds at five, and Shed Seven’s long-awaited fifth album Instant Pleasures at eight.

In the singles chart, Camilla Cabello tops the rankings for a third week in a row, with Havana staving off a threat from Rita Ora’s latest single Anywhere.

Eminem scores his 28th top 10 single with Walk On Water, which features vocals from Beyonce, while Elbow make their first chart appearance since 2012 with their Beatles cover Golden Slumbers, which soundtracks this year’s John Lewis Christmas advert.

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Star Wars: Princes William and Harry are stormtroopers in The Last Jedi

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Princes William and Harry have cameo roles as stormtroopers in the next Star Wars film, actor John Boyega has said.

The royals visited the set of The Last Jedi in April 2016 and were rumoured to have filmed a scene in disguise.

Now Boyega, who plays reformed stormtrooper Finn, has confirmed that he shared a scene with the pair “wrapped in stormtroopers costumes”.

The actor also appeared to confirm that actor Tom Hardy appears beside them, also beneath a face-obscuring helmet.

Boyega’s confirmation came during a taping of a “round table” interview for the Hollywood Reporter. The film website has reported his quotes but has yet to make the audio available.

It quoted the British actor as saying it was “a great experience” to shoot the scene with the princes, and that it made for a “strange contrast of a weird family”.

In April, Boyega said “no comment” when asked whether William and Harry would be making cameo appearances. The royals were on the film set in 2016 as part of an official visit to Pinewood Studios.

Take That singer Gary Barlow has also revealed that he has a part in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which is out in cinemas in December.

The BBC has tried to contact Prince William and Harry’s communications secretary and a spokesperson for Disney, owner of the Star Wars brand.

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Debbie McGee hits back at feud rumours with Alexandra Burke

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Debbie McGee has rubbished rumours of a feud between her and fellow Strictly contestant Alexandra Burke, saying the pair are “the closest of friends”.

She spoke as she prepared to take part in the show’s Blackpool week, live from the Tower Ballroom.

McGee, whose late husband Paul Daniels danced on the BBC One show, said competing in the ballroom was going to be “the most amazing experience”.

The only negative side of Strictly was dealing with tabloid stories, she said.

Speaking about the supposed row with singer and actress Burke, which has appeared in various newspapers, she added: “All I would say is you can’t believe anything you’re reading in the paparazzi press.

“We have a really special friendship,” she said, adding of the reports: “It’s absolute rubbish.”

McGee, who was mid-way through a break between rehearsals with dance partner Giovanna Pernice. also said there had also been claims that she had fallen out with Luba Mushtuj, Pernice’s professional partner.

She said the tabloid rumours were “the only bit that’s horrible about Strictly – and it’s nothing to do with any of us, because there hasn’t been any feuding with anyone”.

McGee, who’s one of the favourites to win the dancing show, added: “This year the producers have said they’ve never had a unit that all got on so well.

“We all adore each other. It’s a competition, but we’re all rooting for each other. We all want each other to do as well as we possibly can.”

She is dancing a samba to a Spice Girls medley on Saturday night’s show, and said that she “hasn’t stopped laughing” since it started in September and that she feels “proud to be able to stand up for the older woman”.


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Illustrator Chris Riddell accuses John Lewis over Christmas ad

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John Lewis has been accused of copying a 1986 book by former Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell in its latest Christmas advert.

Writing on social media, the illustrator accused the retail giant of “helping themselves” to his book Mr Underbed in its festive campaign.

Both feature a small boy who discovers a giant cuddly monster under his bed.

John Lewis responded by insisting “the main thrust” of its advert’s story was “utterly different to Chris Riddell’s”.

It said: “The story of a big hairy monster under the bed which keeps a child from sleeping is a universal tale which has been told many times over many years.

“Ours is a Christmas story of friendship and fun between Joe and Moz the Monster, in which Joe receives a night light which helps him get a good night’s sleep.”

Riddell’s story features a small boy whose attempts to find another place for Mr Underbed to sleep lead to the discovery that he shares his bedroom with various other hidden creatures.

Writing on Tumblr on Thursday, Riddell said it was “very generous of John Lewis to devote their Christmas advertising campaign to my 1986 picture book… in this age of shrinking publicity budgets”.

The author and illustrator said he was not interested in “a protracted and arcane legal action” but was merely concerned with having “the issue of accreditation” highlighted.

“Going forward, it’s important that young creative people have their work credited in the proper way,” he told BBC News.

The writer conceded that the advert’s plot was “different to the underlying story in Mr Underbed” but still said he felt there were clear parallels.

“What piqued my interest was that the actual premise was remarkably similar,” he said. “There are similarities there and I was just pointing that up.”

His accusations attracted support from fellow author Frank Cottrell-Boyce, who likened John Lewis to “grinches [that] nick something from under the spreading tree of other people’s creativity”.

The John Lewis advert was created by advertising agency adam&eveDDB, is directed by Michel Gondry and features a cover version of The Beatles’ Golden Slumbers by Elbow.

Brighton-based Riddell was the ninth Children’s Laureate, holding the post between 2015 and 2017.

The 55-year-old is the creator of the award-winning Goth Girl novels, a three-time winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal for illustration and The Observer’s political cartoonist.

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Fantastic Beasts 2: First look at Jude Law’s young Dumbledore

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The first image from JK Rowling’s second Fantastic Beasts film has been revealed.

The film’s full title, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, has also been announced.

Eddie Redmayne is returning as Newt Scamander and getting a new co-star in Jude Law as a younger Albus Dumbledore, who is known to Harry Potter fans as the headmaster of Hogwarts.

There has been speculation that Jude Law’s Dumbledore will be openly gay.

A decade ago, JK Rowling said the character was gay in a Q&A with fans.

Dumbledore was played by Richard Harris and Michael Gambon in the Harry Potter films.

Rowling also revealed that when he was young, Dumbledore was smitten with rival Gellert Grindelwald – now played in the Fantastic Beasts films by Johnny Depp.

Depp’s return to the film series has attracted criticism from some fans who said he shouldn’t have been cast again after being accused of assaulting his ex-wife Amber Heard last year.

The first Fantastic Beasts film came out last year and won an Oscar for best costume design, making it the first of Rowling’s Wizarding World films to win an Academy Award.

It also marked the first time the author had turned her hand to screenwriting.

The spin-off started as a small volume of books released for the Comic Relief charity but it is now a film franchise – Rowling has said she is planning a total of five Fantastic Beasts movies.


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Children in Need features Strictly, EastEnders and Doctor Who

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Tess Daly has promised an “amazing night ahead” as she opened the show for Friday’s Children in Need.

A Weakest Link celebrity special, Blue Peter presenters doing Strictly Come Dancing, a singing EastEnders cast and Doctor Who will all feature.

Graham Norton, Mel Giedroyc and Ade Adepitan are also presenting the five-hour charity show on BBC One and Two.

More than 1,500 children will also be singing together across 10 different UK locations.

A record £46.6m was raised last year.

The show began on BBC One at 19:30 GMT with Tess and Ade, will include some of the children and young people whose lives have been changed through support from Children in Need.

During the evening, Car Share co-stars Peter Kay and Sian Gibson announced that the comedy series would return in 2018 with two new episodes.

“It’s been a very tough secret to keep,” said Kay.

Graham and Mel will take over presenting duties later on, followed by Marvin and Rochelle Humes.

Highlights will feature the steely Anne Robinson presiding over the Weakest Link. Celebrities facing her questions and cutting remarks will include actor John Thomson, Love Island winner Kem Cetinay and actress Chizzy Akudolu.

Six current and former Blue Peter presenters will don Strictly’s sequins – Mark Curry, Diane-Louise Jordan, Anthea Turner, Tim Vincent, Konnie Huq and Radzi Chinyanganya will compete for the Pudsey glitter ball trophy.

EastEnders fans saw their favourite characters sing popular numbers from classic West End musicals early in the show. Doctor Who fans will get their first exclusive look at the Christmas episode.

There will also be music from Rita Ora, The Vamps and Jason Derulo, while Joanna Lumley will present the Sir Terry Wogan Fundraiser of the Year award to people who “go above and beyond to raise money”.

Stage stars taking part include the cast of West End show Annie – including Strictly’s Craig Revel Horwood – as well as leading ladies Amber Riley from Dreamgirls, Beverley Knight from The Bodyguard and Cassidy Janson from Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.

Children in Need is the BBC’s UK corporate charity and raises money for disadvantaged children and young people around the country.

Children in Need is on BBC One from 19:30 GMT until 22:00. It will switch to BBC Two from 22:00 until 22:40, before returning to BBC One from 22:40 until 00:30. There will also be a One Show special from 19:00 until 19:30.

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Jamie Oliver bans daughter, 14, from posting selfies

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TV chef Jamie Oliver has said he has banned his 14-year-old daughter from sharing selfies, describing them as the unhealthy “sugar of social media”.

“We ban Daisy from doing selfies and mainly she doesn’t, but a couple slip up,” the father-of-five told the Lifestyle News Hound podcast.

Oliver, 42, says he is among the first generation of parents learning to deal with children sharing photos online.

He and wife Jools regularly post family photos on their own Instagram pages.

But Oliver, a prominent campaigner for healthy eating, described teenage girls’ use of Instagram as “frightening”.

‘Pouty lips’

He said: “I’m going to generalise massively here, but from my observation so far, at 13 to 14, the kind of pictures that girls are putting up, just from what I’ve seen, split off 50:50.

“[There’s] normal young girl, and then this weird hybrid of – dare I say it – quite porno sort of luscious kind of pouty lips, sort of pushing boobs out.”

He said he did not “even want to look” at photos of other girls that 14-year-old Daisy had shown him.

“I’m like really? Are their parents not over that like a rash?”

However, Jamie and Jools Oliver are not against Instagram itself – and frequently post snaps of family holidays and days out that they are happy to share with the public.

Oliver added: “Because of the ‘like’ thing, it’s kind of almost the sugar of social media.

“It’s a quick way to get some kind of pat on the back or love.”

The NSPCC charity has told parents it is vital to spot inappropriate behaviour online – and has a Net Aware guide to social media sites young people are using.

The charity identified a number of risks for children using Instagram, including strangers following them and people taking screenshots and sharing photos without their permission.

Clooney returning to TV – two decades after ER

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George Clooney is returning to television, nearly two decades since his last appearance on the hit medical drama ER.

The Hollywood star will direct and star in a TV adaptation of Joseph Heller’s 1961 novel Catch-22, about the absurdity of war.

The announcement was made by Paramount Television, who will be backing the show which has yet to be acquired by a network for distribution.

Set in Italy during World War II, the novel follows US soldier Yossarian, fighting against a seemingly endless number of missions in order to be discharged from duty.

The phrase “catch-22” was coined by Heller, and is used to describe a maddening bureaucratic paradox where Yossarian declares insanity to avoid more missions but, by doing so, proves he is in fact sane.

Image:George Clooney as Dr Doug Ross in ER

Clooney will not play the lead character, but Commander Colonel Cathcart – the novel’s main antagonist and a military hypocrite.

The show has been written and produced by Luke Davies, who wrote the award-winning drama Lion, and David Michod, the Australian indie sensation who directed The Rover and Animal Kingdom.

Clooney’s move to television comes as Oscar-winning stars such as Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, Robert De Niro and Michael Douglas also take on small-screen projects.

The 56-year-old actor broke out on television series such as The Facts Of Life, Roseanne and was part of the original cast of medical drama ER, playing Dr Doug Ross until 1999.

Sylvester Stallone denies sex assault allegation

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Actor Sylvester Stallone has denied reports that he and a bodyguard sexually assaulted a 16-year-old fan in Las Vegas in the 1980s.

The Mail Online has published what it says is a police report dating from 1986, which detailed the allegations.

The young woman did not press charges, the report said, because she was “humiliated and ashamed”, as well as being “scared”. No action was taken.

The Rocky star’s spokeswoman said the story was “categorically false”.

Michelle Bega described the allegation as “ridiculous”, adding: “No one was ever aware of this story until it was published today, including Mr Stallone.

“At no time was Mr Stallone ever contacted by any authorities or anyone else regarding this matter.”

The alleged victim said she became intimidated and frightened when the star’s bodyguard became involved in the incident in a hotel room, according to the 12-page police report.

The report says the girl alleged they met in July 1986 in what was then the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel when she got an autograph from Stallone, then 40.

She claimed a bodyguard gave her keys to a hotel room, where she later had sex with both men.

The officer wrote: “She said that after she got dressed, Stallone made the comment to her that they were both married men and that she could not tell anybody about the incident and if she did, that they would have to beat her head in.”

Case dropped

A separate report from the sexual assault unit stated the men then laughed, “and she took it as a joke also”, but after the alleged victim left the room she “became very distraught and frightened, and wasn’t sure that that threat had been a joke after all”.

It added that she said she was not physically forced to have intercourse but felt “intimidated”.

Stallone was in Las Vegas at the time making the film Over the Top. His bodyguard, Mike de Luca, was shot dead by police in California four years ago.

The allegations were previously published by the Baltimore Post-Examiner last February. Ms Bega declined to comment further when asked if Stallone was aware of them.

The Mail said retired Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department detective sergeant John Samolovitch vouched that “the copy of the police report is in fact a true copy of the original report”. The force is yet to comment.

Stallone’s denial comes in the wake of allegations made against key Hollywood figures including Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and Louis CK.

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