3 items from 2014
John Hurt is to star in an upcoming WW1 drama on ITV.
It is part of a series of programmes marking the centenary of the outbreak of World War I.
"This programme gives the stage to the authentic voice of the British people as they endured over four years of the greatest violence in human history," said Richard Klein, »
Alison Steadman will front an ITV documentary about the Shetland Islands, it has been announced.
The Gavin and Stacey actress will explore the area and wildlife in a special ITV documentary that will air later this year.
An avid bird watcher and patron for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (Rspb), Steadman will visit colonies of rare birds such as gannets and puffins.
"I'm thrilled to be exploring some incredible wildlife against the stunning backdrop of Shetland - a place I have been longing to explore for over 20 years," Steadman revealed.
"Shetland is renowned for its seabird colonies, including some rare and beautiful breeds."
Later this year, Steadman will appear in BBC's upcoming five-part drama series titled The Secrets. »
✒ Last week's farewell party, or in effect funeral service, for the Press Complaints Commission offered a sad contrast with the Pcc in its pomp. Lord Hunt, one of several sometime chairmen and directors attending, wandered around with a tray of canapes as if looking for a new, humbler role. Solemn speeches were ill-advisedly backdropped by a slideshow rich in Pcc party snaps, including one of a former bigwig playing Santa Claus. All a far cry from the body's glitzy apotheosis, its 10th birthday party in 2001, when guests swigged champagne amidst display cases of jewellery at Somerset House and mingled with Prince Charles, Camilla, Prince An drew, Prince William and, for some reason, Donatella Versace. Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive, but to be regulating was very heaven.
✒It dragged on far into the night. Several of the participants rambled on embarrassingly or said stupid things. Almost everyone was drunk or acted drunk. »
3 items from 2014
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