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Heartbeat actor William Simons dies aged 79

[ad_1] Image caption One of Simons' BBC roles was in The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries between 1990 and 1994 Heartbeat actor William Simons, who charmed Sunday evening viewers for nearly two decades as easygoing veteran PC Alf Ventress, has died aged 79.Welsh-born Simons played the character in all 18 series of the 1960s-set show.He also appeared in Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Crown Court and Last of the Summer Wine during his 60-year
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The play dispelling the British Vietnamese ‘nail-bar’ cliche

[ad_1] Image copyright Gavin Li Image caption Playwright and actress Tuyen Do wants to break away from the image of the refugee Boat People Opening this week is what's being presented as the first British Vietnamese play. Summer Rolls at London's Park Theatre shows the younger generation embracing cultural change - and unsettling their families who arrived as migrants 40 years earlier. Tuyen Do's play is itself illustrative of this
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Reviving Northern Ireland’s poetry scene one poem at a time

[ad_1] From poetry slams to spoken word events to recitals, poetry's rise in popularity over the last few years has been hard to escape.Last year poetry sales in Northern Ireland rose by 40% and two-thirds of poetry sales across the UK were from people under 34-years-old. Poets, like Rupi Kaur, with large social media followings have been credited with 'making poetry cool again'.Niamh McNally, a 23-year-old poet from Belfast, had
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Elton John awarded France’s highest civilian award Legion d’Honneur

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The singer was presented with the award at France's presidential palace Sir Elton John has been awarded France's highest civilian award, the Legion d'Honneur.The British musician was presented with the award by President Emmanuel Macron during a ceremony at the Élysée Palace.President Macron's office praised Sir Elton, 72, as a "melodic genius" and as one of the first gay artists to give a
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Mark Rylance resigns from RSC over BP sponsorship

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Rylance said he was quitting to "lend strength" to progressive voices in the RSC Actor Mark Rylance has resigned from the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) over its sponsorship deal with oil company BP.Rylance, in a resignation letter, said he was quitting to "lend strength" to progressive voices in the RSC. The RSC said it is "saddened" by Rylance's departure but that corporate sponsorship
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Bruce Springsteen beats Madonna to top UK album chart

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images/PA Image caption Springsteen (left) last topped the UK album chart in 2014 Bruce Springsteen has beaten fellow US music veteran Madonna to top the UK album chart with his latest release.Western Stars - The Boss's 19th studio album - racked up 25,000 more combined sales than Madge's Madame X, which had to settle for second place.The two new entries saw last week's chart-topper, Lewis Capaldi's
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Cardi B charged with strip club assault

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images US rapper Cardi B has been formally charged with assault, relating to a fight at a New York City strip club.The former stripper, whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar, had previously faced misdemeanour charges over the incident at Angels NYC in Queens in August.She was arrested in October for allegedly ordering an attack on two bartenders named as Jade and Baddie G.TMZ reports the incident
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Good Omens: Christian group petition Netflix over Amazon show

[ad_1] Image copyright Amazon Image caption Michael Sheen and David Tennant star as the angel and demon respectively A US Christian group calling for the cancellation of Amazon's Good Omens have been lampooned after mistakenly sending a 20,000-strong protest petition to Netflix.The Return to Order sect argue the show, about a demon and angel uniting to stop Armageddon, normalises Satanism and "mocks God's wisdom".Netflix responded in jest with a "promise"
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Danny Boyle rules out more Trainspotting films ‘at the moment’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Trainspotting's sequel was filmed in Edinburgh in 2016 Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle has ruled out a third instalment of the Trainspotting films "at the moment".The original 1996 movie, based on Edinburgh author Irvine Welsh's novel, was followed up by a sequel in 2017.At the Scottish premiere of his new movie Yesterday, Boyle said he was not thinking of reuniting Renton, Begbie and Spud
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Danny Baker to revive show axed by BBC as a podcast

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Sacked BBC radio broadcaster Danny Baker has announced he's to return with a new twice-weekly podcast in 2020.Baker was fired from his 5 Live show over a tweet about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's baby in May.The 61-year-old deleted the tweet and apologised for his "serious error of judgement", adding it was "one of the worst days of my life".On Thursday, he took to