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Diana Rigg: TV’s Sexiest Woman to Mrs. James Bond to ‘Game of Thrones’

Diana Rigg: TV’s Sexiest Woman to Mrs. James Bond to ‘Game of Thrones’
On July 16, “Game of Thrones,” the medieval fantasy for people who don’t normally like medieval fantasies, begins its seventh season on HBO. The battle scenes and the dragons are epic, but the series’ success is mostly due to the vivid characters created by George R.R. Martin and the actors.

Especially notable are the powerful women played by Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey — and Diana Rigg.

Rigg, whose birthday arrives a few days after the season premiere — she was born July 20, 1938 — plays Olenna Tyrell, aka the Queen of Thorns. To younger audiences, Rigg is best known for “Thrones,” her role as Mrs. James Bond, and a “Dr. Who” episode. But others remember the TV show that shot her to stardom: “The Avengers” (the real “Avengers,” long before the Marvel team), which was a tongue-in-cheek British spy actioner.

For two seasons, 1965-67, Rigg played Emma Peel, who often wore skin-tight catsuits as she outwitted and outfought evil masterminds. Emma
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Ids beware … the perils of using TV shows as a political weapon

Iain Duncan Smith and his team may think invoking Channel 4's Benefits Street makes them seem connected to the electorate but there is danger in hooking up a campaign to a TV show

Aides to Iain Duncan Smith, the secretary of state for work and pensions, glossed his welfare policies as being "a crusade to rescue Benefits Street Britain". This reference to the most-talked-about TV show of the moment will immediately have been understood by MPs, voters and newspapers on the Tory right as a pledge to take on Britons who – like some of the residents of Birmingham's James Turner Street on Channel 4's Benefits Street (Mondays, 9pm) – derive their entire income from state handouts.

Ids's spinners are continuing an increasingly popular political tactic in both the Us and UK of using telly references to connect with the electorate. Before Benefits Street, the most likely reference point was Downton Abbey.
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What makes a great speech?

With The King's Speech tipped to triumph at the Oscars, Mary Beard examines public speaking from Demosthenes to Obama

The world's first recorded cure for stammering was the "pebble method": go down to the seashore, fill your mouth with pebbles, and force your words to overcome the impediment. This was the self-help cure that, in the 4th century BC, cured the stuttering orator Demosthenes, and launched his career as the greatest public speaker of the ancient Greek world. And it was still being used 2,400 years later, in the 20th century Ad – marbles substituted for the original pebbles. Henry Higgins forced them into the mouth of Eliza Doolittle in Shaw's Pygmalion, only to see her swallow one of them. In The King's Speech, marbles are one of those quack remedies that have failed to cure the stammering Bertie.

But the ancient story was about much more than a clever, or quack,
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