Prince Of Wales Launches New Royal Parks Charity In Hyde Park

Last month, The Prince of Wales launched the Royal Parks charity in Hyde Park, following the merger of the Royal Parks Agency and the Royal Parks Foundation.

Shire horses take His Royal Highness to the charity launch reception


His Royal Highness toured the under-construction ‘super’ nursery, which will house the 500,000 flowers and shrubs that are needed for all eight Royal Parks – reducing lorry movements and the need to buy in plants.

The Prince then met school children in the wildflower meadow area who were engaged in insect meadow sweeping, and tried to catch some of the bugs for himself. His Royal Highness was also shown a story telling educational ‘snail’ from Mission: Invertebrate, whose mission is to educate people about the role invertebrates have to play on the environment.

After enjoying a trip in a horse-drawn carriage, The Prince arrived at the Ranger’s Lodge to launch the new charity,
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Keith Lemon wants X Factor's Simon Cowell for Through the Keyhole

Keith Lemon has admitted that he would like Simon Cowell's house to feature on Through the Keyhole.

The second series kicks off tonight (August 30) with panel guests including Alan Carr, Ruth Langsford and Jonathan Ross.

"I'm blowing my own trumpet, but I think this series is better than the last," Lemon told Press Association. "We went to Los Angeles to do a few houses – they were really Hollywood-style houses."

However, Lemon said that there is still one person whose home he wants to visit on the show. "Simon Cowell's would be amazing. We come on straight after The X Factor, so it would be great to do an X Factor Through The Keyhole special."

Meanwhile, the Celebrity Juice star revealed that his revamped version had received the seal of approval by previous host Loyd Grossman, who had attended a studio recording.

"I said a few choice words in
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Through the Keyhole with Keith Lemon: Black toilet paper and breakages

It's not just The X Factor that's back tonight - if you stick around afterwards, you'll get to watch Keith Lemon snooping his way through a bunch of celebrities' houses in a brand new series of Through The Keyhole. We caught up with Keith recently to find out what we can expect - and it involves black toilet paper, angry celebrities and much, much more...

Keith reckons the second series is better than the first.

"I think this series is better than last series because I was just finding my feet in the first one, and this one I know where they are, they're on the end of my legs. But it's quite loosey goosey, this one. I said, get rid of the autocue because I feel like I'm not doing anything if I'm just reading. So we got rid of the autocue and it has more of a Celebrity Juice flavour to it,
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Nicolas Cage's 5 craziest roles: The Wicker Man, Bad Lieutenant

Nicolas Cage's 5 craziest roles: The Wicker Man, Bad Lieutenant
As Nicolas Cage returns to Oscar-worthy form in David Gordon Green's extraordinary Southern Gothic drama Joe, we celebrate some of the strangest roles he's essayed along the way, from insect-munching Manhattanite to bee-wrangling bear impersonator. It's not always pretty, but it's never boring...

Vampire's Kiss (1988)

After he was a leading man, but before he was a very good one, Cage played that 1980s stalwart – the Yuppy Dick – in this off-kilter black comedy. Enunciating in an inexplicably anglicised drawl, like Loyd Grossman shouting through a tube, his character Peter Loew confides to his therapist: "I brought this girl up to my place, really hot, you knooooooow... Suddenly, this bat comes sweeping down out of noooowhere. I'll be daaaaamned if I didn't get really turned on!"

From here things only get stranger, with Loew exhibiting all the usual signs of vampirism: cringing at the sign of crosses/mirrors, shouting the alphabet
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Jason Statham unveils new deodorant range

News Ryan Lambie 1 Apr 2014 - 06:22

Action star Jason Statham now has his own brand of antiperspirant, which promises to provide the essence of man in a can...

George Forman has his grill. Loyd Grossman has his own range of cooking sauces. Now action star and Den Of Geek hero Jason Statham has unveiled his new line of spray-on deodorant, which the label claims will provide us with "the essence of man".

"From Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels to The Expendables franchise," a press release tells us, "Jason Statham has proved time and again that he's the alpha male of action cinema. His new line of antiperspirant - simply called Statham - will make a little bit of that machismo available to everyone."

With each fragrance named after one of his hit films - Blitz, Hummingbird and Crank are the first three, with The Mechanic, Chaos and The Bank Job
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MasterChef celebrates 10th series: Classic contestants return

MasterChef will celebrate its 10th series with John Torode and Gregg Wallace at the helm with the return of classic contestants from the last decade.

John and Gregg will team up with former winners and finalists to inspire and judge the latest crop of amateur cooks, who are hoping to join the show's Hall of Fame.

Previous stars of the show coming back include 2005 champion Thomasina Miers, 2009 champion Mat Follas, 2011 winner Tim Anderson and 2012 finalist Shelina Permalloo.

The original TV series MasterChef aired between 1990 and 2001 and was hosted by Loyd Grossman. It was revived in 2005 with new judges Gregg and John and has become a ratings smash for the BBC, shifting from BBC Two to BBC One.

The new-look MasterChef has inspired Celebrity, Junior and Professional spin-offs.

MasterChef series 10 starts on Wednesday (March 26) at 9pm on BBC One. The series continues Thursday at 9pm and Friday at 8.30pm.

In a
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Horizon: Man on Mars; Danny Baker's Rockin' Decades – TV review

Wasted muscles, psychological damage … and patchy Wi-Fi. We're not going to be ready to hit the ground running when we travel to Mars

When we abandon this increasingly useless planet and head, as surely we must, to Mars, there will be a few problems on arrival. It's not just that there is, as yet, no baggage reclaim, but rather that, after a 15-month flight across space, prey to radiation from solar flares, having recycled again and again our own urine and solid matter, we won't be ready to hit the ground running. In fact, our muscles and bones will have wasted so much during that 56m km journey that we will have to be carried from our landing craft and nursed until we recover the strength to stand upright.

In Alex Hearle's superb, if sexistly titled, Horizon: Man on Mars (BBC2), there was footage of enfeebled Russian cosmonauts
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TV highlights 10/02/2014

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Winter Olympics | Benefits Street | Jim Davidson: At Least I'm Not Boring | Danny Baker's Rockin' Decades – The Seventies | The Walking Dead | Uncle | The Life Of Rock With Brian Pern | Payday

Winter Olympics

From 6am, BBC2

Live coverage of day three's events from Sochi. Today's highlights include freestyle skiing, culminating in the final of the men's moguls, short track and speed skating, women's luge, and the opening bouts of the curling – always a weirdly mesmerising spectacle – with Britain's men and women both in action. Also, we get a first glimpse of the traditionally dominant Us and Canadian teams in the women's ice hockey, as they face off against Switzerland and Finland respectively. Andrew Mueller

Benefits Street

9pm, Channel 4

How did we reach a pass at which it appears to be widely believed that the people most responsible for society's ills are those with the least power? Benefits Street, of
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The Taste review: Nigella Lawson's new food reality show lacked spice

My Life Is In This Spoon!

Welcome to The Taste. A Us reality TV import, which brings together X Factor ridiculous silliness, Voice-style ridiculous seriousness, a healthy dollop of Nigella Lawson and just about gets away with it. Just.

The concept is simple. 25 cooks serve up one single spoonful of their best dish, the three judges pick four people for their team, the rest go home. Then the judges and their teams go head-to-head and you can probably figure out the rest, if you've watched a single reality TV show over the last 20 years.

Cooking on TV used to be very different. Playful daytime TV larks (Ready Steady Cook), cold, hard competitions (old Loyd Grossman's MasterChef) or niche Food Channel 463 snooze-telly (456 Beef Dishes from Somerset). These days, it's primetime entertainment and big business.

From Jamie and Gordon to Bake Off and the spruced-up MasterChef, cooking TV is now Dramatic
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How TV Apprentice Yasmina Siadatan became start-ups' friend

Series five winner champions work of government-backed agency that will lend £150m to budding entrepreneurs

The rollcall of government experts sometimes reads like the pages of the Radio Times. Shopping guru Mary Portas is campaigning to save the high street, finance entrepreneur James Caan, below, a former regular on Dragons' Den, is the government's social mobility tsar, while property makeover queen Kirstie Allsopp doled out advice on housing policy to the Tories in opposition. When the previous Labour government wanted a sprinkling of small-screen glamour, they called on Jamie Oliver, Alan Sugar, Carol Vorderman and Loyd Grossman.

Yasmina Siadatan, winner of the fifth series of BBC1's The Apprentice, is one of the latest TV faces to be helping out Whitehall. She is the creative director, and public face, of the Start-Up Loans Company, a government-backed agency that will lend £150m to budding entrepreneurs over the next few years.

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David Frost: Hello, Good Evening and Farewell; When Miranda Met Bruce; David Attenborough's Rise of Animals; Peaky Blinders; Science Britannica – review

It's been a week for TV's grey knights, with Frost, Brucie – and Attenborough's brief history of spines

David Frost: Hello, Good Evening and Farewell (ITV1) | ITVPlayer

When Miranda Met Bruce (BBC1) | iPlayer

David Attenborough's Rise of Animals (BBC2) | iPlayer

Peaky Blinders (BBC2) | iPlayer

Science Britannica (BBC2) | iPlayer

Such was David Frost's unprecedented success on television in both Britain and America that his weekly bicontinental commute at the height of his fame was said (wrongly) to have put him in the Guinness Book of Records as the most travelled man on the planet. Meanwhile Bruce Forsyth is apparently the longest-serving TV entertainer of all time. Yet the reason neither man needs an introduction is in no small part due to their introductions.

"Hello, good evening and welcome" and "Nice to see you, to see you nice" – they're not exactly prose poems, but in the 1960s and 1970s a
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How David Frost went from television frontman to visionary tycoon

Despite his on-screen career lasting for a neat half-century, his enduring influence on the TV industry will not be as a presenter

Unusually among broadcasters, Sir David Frost chose to list in Who's Who every single programme he had ever made, with the result that his entry eventually occupied almost 20cm between the diplomat and businessman he alphabetically divided. These credits ran from That Was the Week That Was, for the BBC in 1963, to Frost on Sketch Shows, shown on BBC4 this year. But, despite this on-screen career lasting for a neat half-century, his enduring influence on the TV industry will not be as a presenter.

Frost, who died on Saturday of a suspected heart attack onboard a cruise ship, first emerged as host of satire shows – not only TW3, but also The Frost Report and Not So Much a Programme – and then as a topical interviewer. However, while the
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Through the Keyhole: TV review

Without David Frost and Loyd Grossman, Through the Keyhole is all about the banter – and Keith Lemon

Iremember Through The Keyhole. I remember it as a gentle show. I remember Loyd Grossman pottering around Patrick Moore's cluttered cottage, crammed with telescopes and xylophones, asking the same question he asked every week: "Who would live in a house like this?" As if it could have been one of Britain's many famous astronomer-xylophonists. I remember Grossman's ridiculous nasal voice, every vowel long enough for the viewer to nip out and pop the kettle on and still be back in time for the end of the word.

And Frost! I remember David Frost, in his suit and glasses. I remember him as a dignified figure, a respectable grey silhouette, conducting the studio section as if it were his sworn and solemn duty, nudging the panel towards declarative sentences for the audience to encourage with applause.
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Sir David Frost: multiple talents earned a place in TV history

Pioneering entrepreneur and interviewer, most famous for drawing a confession from disgraced Us president Richard Nixon

Such was the longevity and breadth of Sir David Frost's career in television that arguably any one of a good half-dozen of his achievements would have been sufficient to secure his place in broadcasting history.

Over more than 50 years, from a post-Cambridge traineeship with the Associated-Rediffusion ITV franchise to a role with al-Jazeera, Frost was the interviewer of eight UK prime ministers and seven Us presidents, a pioneer of TV satire and comedy, the tormentor-confessor of Richard Nixon, a TV entrepreneur and early innovator of self-production, a master of the chatshow sofa and a long-running gameshow host.

Frost's first brush with showbusiness came as secretary of the Cambridge Footlights revue, where contemporaries remember the cast's bemusement when on tour to see posters declaring David Frost presents The Footlights.

After his traineeship with Rediffusion,
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Sir David Frost: 6 ways he influenced the broadcasting landscape

Tributes have been paid to Sir David Frost, who has died suddenly at the age of 74.

During his lengthy career, Frost was at the forefront of major changes in broadcasting and used his skill, creativity and persistence to provide viewers with some of the most memorable moments in television - and in some cases, world history.

Digital Spy looks back at six ways in which Sir David Frost made his mark on broadcast media below.

1. That Was the Week That Was (TW3)

That Was the Week That Was - or TW3, as it was often known - made politicians and the establishment fair satirical game in the early 1960s at a time when the Profumo affair was dominating headlines. Commissioned by the BBC, Frost was chosen to anchor the programme by its creator Ned Sherrin.

TW3 lampooned the class system, Britain's waning influence on the world stage (as in the clip below) and foreign affairs,
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Whatever you do, don't peer Through The Keyhole

Keith Lemon's new take on the classic formula is the worst kind of garish, self-congratulatory Saturday night TV guff

If you've just spent an hour and 20 minutes watching emphatic, begging teens punching their own self-worth to the ground for a panel of millionaires on all-new The X Factor (Saturday, 8pm, ITV), it would be easy to stay in your seat and let Through The Keyhole with Keith Lemon (same channel, straight afterwards) seep into your lounge. But as the hours and minutes go by like scenery barely noticed through a train window, please bear in mind that Through The Keyhole with Keith Lemon lasts for almost an hour. Before you decide to hate-watch it for the Twitter lolz, consider: you might die on Sunday and, in those final seconds before it all goes dark, it's his face you'll see, deliberately mispronouncing words and trying to make everything sound like bumming.
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'I am a pornographer'

Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn's follow-up to the darkly stylish Drive is the even more violent Only God Forgives. Is he revelling in sexual brutality?

"So," asks Nicolas Winding Refn, as we sit down for lunch in a swish new place in King's Cross, London, "what was the first reaction you had to my film? What was the first thought that went through your mind?"

Not only is this a reversal of the traditional interview roles, it's also a tricky question. The film under review is Only God Forgives, the follow-up to Refn's critically acclaimed and commercially successful Drive. Imagine a Quentin Tarantino homage to oriental slasher movies but directed by David Lynch at his most elliptical and unsettling, and you might get some idea of the strangeness of Only God Forgives. It features Ryan Gosling as a boxing promoter and drug dealer with impotence issues, Kristin Scott Thomas as his blond,
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Russell Kane's favourite TV: Breaking Bad, The Apprentice, Through The Keyhole

The stand-up comedian and tyro novelist on his telly-watching habits

Unmissable show?

I am a nutty fan of The Apprentice. It's got everything. If you're in take-your-brain-out-and-watch-tv mode, it's got that. If you want to analyse fluctuations in the human spirit, or want to analyse people's business ideas, it's got that as well. Or you can just point and laugh.

Box set?

Breaking Bad. I've just watched all of it. I finished that and felt like a woman who had given their baby up for adoption. I've done Game Of Thrones and Spartacus. First seasons of both: amazing. But then they disappear up their own worlds. The first season of Game Of Thrones is really clever, the characters are paramount. But by season three, it's just four teenagers sat around in Dungeons And Dragons capes.

Bring back …

Through The Keyhole. I heard rumours that it's coming back. I'd love to host it,
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Keith Lemon 'Through the Keyhole' gets Sir David Frost backing

Sir David Frost has given his backing to ITV's Through the Keyhole remake with Keith Lemon.

Leigh Francis's comedy character will front a revamped version of the show, which will have a six-episode first series run. The new show will have a similar format to the original with three celebrity panellists attempting to identity three mystery guests through a video tour of their homes.

Original Keyhole host Frost said: "I am delighted that the Keyhole format is now entering its fourth decade on TV. I know the pilot show went down very well with the studio audience and I wish Keith and his team the very best of luck for the series."

Frost's former co-host Loyd Grossman said: "Keith has definitely put a new spin on a very well-established, much-loved format. He has given Through the Keyhole a contemporary twist, but preserved the spirit and intention of the original programme.
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Vic and Bob: an appreciation

Feature Ryan Lambie 8 May 2013 - 07:00

With their sitcom House Of Fools recently announced, we celebrate the enduring comedy brilliance of Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer...

Readers of a certain age may remember the first time they saw Vic and Bob on television. For some, it may have been the 25th of May 1990, the fateful night "Britain's top light entertainer and singer" Vic Reeves burst onto screens with an absurdly fast, lounge-act rendition of The Monkees' I'm A Believer. In the background, his cohort Bob Mortimer looked on admiringly, dressed in the stovepipe hat and vast sideburns of Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

For many viewers, this was a first glimpse inside the strange world of a comedy duo who'd already garnered a cult following in London pubs and clubs in the mid-1980s. Having impressed the likes of Jonathan Ross and Alan Yentob with their surreal, apparently semi-improvised comedy, Vic and
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