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A fresh batch of maroonees is dropped off on a tropical paradise/purgatory. Sort-of famous ones this time – the usual former boyband members, comedians, stars of scripted reality etc, straight from central castaways. Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls (Channel 4, Sunday) it’s called. They’re given a bit of water, some basic tools, a few motivational words from Bear. “Worthwhile things in life don’t come easy,” he tells them. “Embrace our hardships every day. Positivity, positivity, positivity.” Thanks Bear, I’ll be taking that one to work with me every day. Positivity, positivity, positivity.
- Sam Wollaston
The adventurer gets shipwrecked with famous faces, while Poldark comes up with a solution to his money woes
9pm, Channel 4
As part of Channel 4’s Stand Up To Cancer campaign, Dom Joly, Towie’s Lydia Bright, a grumpy chap from The Hotel and “selfie queen” Karen Danczuk are among those abandoned by Bear Grylls on an island in the Pacific. Within 24 hours, tears are soaking into Ollie Locke from Made In Chelsea’s pink Ralph Lauren, and Aston from Jls is in a deep funk. And not the good, James Brown kind. After four days, things start to get rather more serious. Ben Arnold
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- Ben Arnold, David Stubbs, Hannah Verdier, John Robinson, Mark Gibbings-Jones, Graeme Virtue, Jack Seale, Paul Howlett
Louisa Mellor Jul 1, 2016
Not every artist is happy to have their song featured in a particular TV show or film. Here are 17 times the rights were refused...
It's not only political campaigns that inspire musical artists to exercise the power of veto on the use of their songs. For reasons of finance, reputation, ego, taste and more, the following TV shows and films weren't able to secure the use of the recordings they originally sought...
This Express piece quotes an Empire Magazine interview with Martin Scorsese’s long-time editor Thelma Schoonmaker in which she relates how the original plan was to have Frank Sinatra’s original recording of My Way play over the end credits of modern gangster classic Goodfellas instead of the Sid Vicious cover that was eventually used.
3 items from 2016
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