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Simon Brew Nov 2, 2016
Film 2016 returns tonight with a new guest presenter approach. Full details lie within...
Tonight marks the return to our screens of the BBC’s one-time flagship film programme, Film 2016. And following the announcement at the end of the summer that Claudia Winkleman was standing down as co-host of the show, the BBC has finally announced her replacement.
For the BBC has opted to go with a rotation of guest presenters for the new series, who in turn will accompany the returning resident critic Danny Leigh. There’s precedence for this in film programmes, I should note. Following the death of Gene Siskel, the late Roger Ebert continued to present a television film review programme with guest presenters for a while after. And that was deemed quite successful, if not quite - inevitably - up to majesty of seeing the original duo together.
We are all about the 1950s today, and music, and Wales, among other places, and tuberculosis. Watching Tom Jones’s 1950s: The Decade That Made Me (BBC2, Saturday), I’m a bit confused about what they – the 1950s – were like. A grey, boring, grown-up world, says Sir Tom, at least until rock’n’roll came along. Grey, boring and flat, agrees Francis Beckett. Wrong, says Joan Bakewell, not grey and gloomy and depressing at all. There was no sex; there was sex … You can understand my confusion.
Maybe it was about who you were, where in Britain you were, where in the 50s you were. Tom – who wasn’t grey back then, or boring, or grown up – was in Treforest, Pontypridd, which being in a valley in »
- Sam Wollaston
The TV presenter recalls the lessons of a life in the spotlight in a new book, Stop the Clocks. She joined us to answer your questions in a live webchat – from life and work lessons to the House of Lords via marriage and power naps, catch up with her answers here
Many thanks to everyone who posted questions, and to Joan for her time and her generous answers. Until next time!
Time to go. I've enjoyed the challenge of talking to you all... and each one of you. Goodbye.
Do marriage vows mean anything?
Vows matter to those who believe in them. I think we all accept that to take an oath in a court of law binds us absolutely to tell the truth. And indeed there is a punishment if we are found not to be doing so. Marriage vows are between two people, »
- Guardian Staff
Banning speakers from university campuses is the wrong way to achieve change, says the broadcaster and peer
Joan Bakewell, former broadcaster and Labour peer, has said that attempts to ban controversial speakers at universities are an assault on free speech and a dangerous step towards “taking out the books and burning them”.
Her comments came after a spate of student bodies decided to “no-platform” speakers. Late last year an online petition was launched seeking to prevent Germaine Greer from giving a lecture at Cardiff University on the grounds that she has expressed transphobic views, and Brunel University students turned their backs and walked out on controversial Mail Online columnist Katie Hopkins.
Related: Is free speech in British universities under threat?
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- Mark Sweney
4 items from 2016
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