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Ruby Wax explores the effect of the Holocaust on her family, and guilty pleasures abound as Alan Sugar returns with a grotesque new gang of wannabes

Ruby Wax has not probed much into her past; eventually, this episode becomes as much a wider education about the Holocaust as a journey into family. Mental health issues have informed much of Wax’s recent life and her investigations focus less on her parents’ flight from their home in Vienna than on the fate of her great-grandmother and great aunt who were, it turns out, both institutionalised in the same facility. John Robinson

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Watch: William, Harry and Kate Release Searingly Honest Short Films on Mental Health

Watch: William, Harry and Kate Release Searingly Honest Short Films on Mental Health
Prince Harry has completed a course in helping those with mental health difficulties as he, Prince William and Princess Kate step up their work for those facing challenges.

Harry underwent two days of training in how to help sufferers when he volunteered at the British Army’s Personal Recovery Unit last year. “It ran through the range of options that veterans face,” says a royal source.

Along with Harry, William and Kate have also been increasing their expertise in the area. Through his employment as a pilot with East Anglian Air Ambulance, William has seen first-hand the importance of professional mental health support,
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Rae Earl interview: My Mad Fat Diary, teen mental health & social media

Louisa Mellor Mar 3, 2017

To mark the publication of her new book, #Help: My Cat’s A Vlogging Superstar!, we chatted to the brilliant Rae Earl

In the course of my conversation with Rae Earl about her new children’s book, the following topics came under discussion: Kirsty MacColl, the Playmobil Funko Willy Wonka figure, running marathons, Krysten Ritter’s fringe on Gilmore Girls, David Tennant on stage (“the only time Hamlet’s ever made any sense to me!), the layout of Stamford Morrisons' car park, the sound design on Jackie, McDonalds coke, the sanctuary of public toilets, Piers Morgan, Rory Gilmore’s paramours (“I’m a Jess fanatic and I won’t have any nonsense about Dean or Logan”), Anne Widdecombe, level crossings, Nazis and vomit.

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David Gest: from impresario to star of British reality TV

After divorcing Liza Minnelli, the former music promoter, who died aged 62, found his metier in the jungles, dining rooms and diary rooms of UK reality TV

The British public knew little of David Gest, who has died aged 62, before he burst on to our screens a decade ago to launch his reality television career. We’d perhaps seen that clip where he greets his new bride, Liza Minnelli, with the kind of kiss that could wear a dent in solid stone. And some of us may have watched that Ruby Wax special where she followed the newlyweds around for a few days as they cooed at each other and bought expensive jewelry. But he was otherwise a peculiar-looking mystery to us; friend to the Jacksons, record producer, showoff.

Related: David Gest, TV celebrity and producer, dies

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Thunderbirds Are Go: Emilia Clarke & more join the cast

Louisa Mellor Rob Leane Jul 18, 2017

Thunderbirds Are Go's next batch of episodes will feature Emilia Clarke, David Tennant, Mark Gatiss and more...

2015 saw the revival of Gerry Anderson's Thunderbirds in new animated series, Thunderbirds Are Go. The first twenty-six episode series aired in two chunks on ITV here in the UK, and a second season was speedily announced.

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The first half of series 2 has already aired, and the remaining 13 episodes will air in the autumn of this year.

Today, thanks to the show's official site, we've got some exciting cast info to share. Here are the main supporting players from the second half of Thunderbirds Are Go series 3...

Adam Hills as Buddy Pendergast

Alan Ford as Light Fingered Fred

Asa Butterfield as Space Controller Conrad

David Tennant as Tycho Reeves

Emilia Clarke as Doyle

Kathryn Drysdale as Kate

Mark Gatiss
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Alan Rickman Remembered: Celebrating His Life and the Movies That Moved Us

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Alan Rickman Remembered: Celebrating His Life and the Movies That Moved Us
For most actors, it's in the eyes - that's where the camera lingers. Alan Rickman had an extra gift: a voice that sparked shivers of every sort. He used it to disarm Bruce Willis in Die Hard, to woo Kate Winslet in Sense and Sensibility and to rattle Daniel Radcliffe in the Harry Potter films. That rumbling bass baritone moved audiences and made Rickman one of the most respected actors of his generation. When it was silenced by cancer on Jan. 14, the only thing left to feel was heartbreak. He was 69. Born in London, the classically trained actor earned acclaim on the British stage,
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Alan Rickman Remembered: Celebrating His Life and the Movies That Moved Us

  • PEOPLE.com
Alan Rickman Remembered: Celebrating His Life and the Movies That Moved Us
For most actors, it's in the eyes - that's where the camera lingers. Alan Rickman had an extra gift: a voice that sparked shivers of every sort. He used it to disarm Bruce Willis in Die Hard, to woo Kate Winslet in Sense and Sensibility and to rattle Daniel Radcliffe in the Harry Potter films. That rumbling bass baritone moved audiences and made Rickman one of the most respected actors of his generation. When it was silenced by cancer on Jan. 14, the only thing left to feel was heartbreak. He was 69. Born in London, the classically trained actor earned acclaim on the British stage,
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Awfully Good: Sir Billi with Sean Connery

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I'm happy to say Inside Out is a glorious return to form for Pixar. On the complete opposite end of the animated spectrum is.  Sir Billi (2012) Director: Sascha Hartmann Stars: Sean Connery, Alan Cumming, Ruby Wax   An elderly skateboarding veterinarian is the only man heroic enough to save Bessie Boo the Beaver from Scottish genocide.  Ever since Sean Connery... Read More...
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Alan Rickman: having a film career is a bit of a surprise

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Alan Rickman: having a film career is a bit of a surprise
The British actor-director revealed stories from Die Hard, Harry Potter, Robin Hood and his latest film, A Little Chaos.

Alan Rickman entertained a select audience in London last night with stories from nearly 30 years in movies.

Speaking on stage at the latest BAFTA: A Life In Pictures event, the actor-director revealed how his first exposure to film was at school with titles like Ealing comedy The Titfield Thunderbolt, before going to art school and encountering his first major influences: Antonioni and Fellini.

“But I don’t know that I thought this would be part of my life,” he recalled. “To be perfectly honest, having a film career at all is a bit of a surprise.”

After going to Rada at 25, Rickman established himself on stage and TV, and didn’t star in his first film until his early 40s. That film just happened to be the blockbuster action hit Die Hard.

He won the
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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Strictly Come Dancing, Game of Thrones

Strictly Come Dancing: BBC One, 6.30pm

Caroline, Frankie, Mark and Simon take to the floor to battle it out for the glitterball trophy. Following an elimination, three couples will dance again to salsa their way to victory.

There's also a musical performance and a chance to see the entire 2014 cast one more time as they reunite for a group routine while the votes are being counted.

Atlantis: BBC One, 7.55pm

Ariadne's life hangs in the balance and Jason resolves to do all he can to save her, embarking on a dangerous quest into the unknown.

However, after a daring encounter with the ancient Grey Sisters, Jason's mission sees him come full circle, bringing him face to face with Medea and Pasiphae once more.

Game of Thrones: Sky Atlantic, 9pm

Winter may have already arrived, but you still have a chance to catch this HBO series from the very beginning.
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The best Christmas 2014 TV and radio

We’ve scanned the UK Christmas TV and radio schedules for the festive fortnight and circled a few programmes you may enjoy…

We’ve taken our glittery pen to the pages of this year’s festive TV Listings guide to circle a selection of shows that might tickle your Christmas fancy.

Supplement your festive box-set viewing with appearances from the Doctor and Clara, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, Dame Judi Dench, Professor Danielle George, the work of Roald Dahl, Charlie Brooker, David Attenborough, the much-missed Rik Mayall, and many more...

Drama Doctor Who: Last Christmas

The tenth annual Doctor Who Christmas Special since the show’s 2005 return, and Peter Capaldi’s first real festive Tardis adventure. Nick Frost, Michael Troughton, Dan Starkey and Nathan McMullen all co-star in this Father Christmas North Pole caper, alongside Capaldi and Jenna Coleman. Watch the latest trailer, here.

When’s it on? 6.15pm on Christmas Day,
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‘Rocky Horror’ Sequel ‘Shock Treatment’ Set To Electrify London Stage

Legendary schlock musical The Rocky Horror Picture Show had a successful stage to screen transfer, in the process inspiring more cosplay than a thousand Wizard World conventions. Follow up movie Shock Treatment was a flop, but writer/star Richard O’Brien is planning to set the blood-stained glitterball in motion again with a reworked live version, due to premiere at the King’s Head Theatre in London next year. Though not a direct sequel, the film featured Rocky Horror characters Brad and Janet, who became part of a deranged TV broadcast in an age before reality television.

The satirical content is clearly a big draw for reviving the script now. While Shock Treatment didn’t make a dent at the box office it does have its own following. The production cast numerous performers who would go on to greater things, such as the late Rik Mayall and Ruby Wax, as
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Rik Mayall, David Mitchell and more in Crackanory series 2 picture

Rik Mayall and David Mitchell are among the stars who feature in an exclusive picture from Crackanory series two.

The part live-action, part-animated Dave show sees celebrities narrating adult versions of bedtime stories in the style of the children's classic Jackanory, which first came to TV screens in 1965.

Vic Reeves, Sue Perkins, Katherine Parkinson, Meera Syal, Warwick Davies, Ben Miller, Johnny Vegas, Ruby Wax, Emilia Fox and Simon Callow will also appear in the new series.

Late comic actor Mayall will appear reading The Weatherman by Tony Way, which will be screened on Wednesday, September 24 at 10pm.

Mayall's episode - which will also feature Vic Reeves - will get a BAFTA preview screening on September 16.

The show's first series featured the likes of Harry Enfield, Jack Dee, Sally Phillips and Richard Hammond.

Watch a trailer for the new series of Crackanory below:
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Vic Reeves and Sue Perkins for Crackanory, Rik Mayall episode could air

Vic Reeves, David Mitchell and Sue Perkins are to feature in the new series of Dave's Crackanory.

The part live-action, part-animated show sees celebrities narrating adult versions of bedtime stories in the style of the children's classic Jackanory, which first came to TV screens in 1965.

The second series could also feature a story told by Rik Mayall, who recorded an episode before he passed away last month.

Dave bosses previously explained that they were carefully considering when to schedule the episode in question, with general manager Steve North calling it a "complete privilege" to work with Mayall.

The new run will also include appearances from Katherine Parkinson, Meera Syal, Warwick Davies, Ben Miller, Johnny Vegas, Ruby Wax, Emilia Fox and Simon Callow.

The show's first series featured the likes of Harry Enfield, Jack Dee, Sally Phillips and Richard Hammond.

Watch a trailer for the first series of Crackanory below:
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Stars mourn Rik Mayall at funeral

Ade Edmondson, Alan Rickman and Dawn French were among the celebrities who mourned Rik Mayall at a private funeral today (19.06.14). Friends and family of the late 'Young Ones' star - who tragically died at the age of 56 on June 9 - gathered at St George's Church in Dittisham, Devon, to pay their respects to the comedian. Ade, Rik's comedy partner and 'Bottom' co-star, was joined at the funeral by his wife Jennifer Saunders, as well as a host of other names including Ben Elton, Nigel Planer and Ruby Wax. Rik's coffin, which was adorned in red roses, was carried into the
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Rik Mayall funeral attended by Ade Edmondson, French & Saunders and others

The funeral of Rik Mayall has been held in Devon today (June 19).

Friends and family of the comic icon paid their respects at a service held at St George's Church in Dittisham, Devon.

His Comic Strip Presents... co-stars Jennifer Saunders and Dawn French attended the service, along with The Young Ones star Nigel Planer.

Ben Elton, Ruby Wax, Alexei Sayle, Alan Rickman and Peter Richardson were also among the mourners.

Mayall's comedy partner Ade Edmondson was among the pall-bearers as the coffin was led from the church.

Around 140 people attended the private service, following Mayall's death at the age of 56 last week.

Before the service, Mayall's wife Barbara asked fans for their "thoughts and prayers". A memorial service will also be held in September.

Mayall was best known for his roles in Bottom, Blackadder and The Young Ones, and his partnership with Ade Edmondson.

Following his death, a fan-led social
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The Master to make Doctor Who comeback

Ade Edmondson, Alan Rickman and Dawn French were among the celebrities who mourned Rik Mayall at a private funeral today (19.06.14). Friends and family of the late 'Young Ones' star - who tragically died at the age of 56 on June 9 - gathered at St George's Church in Dittisham, Devon, to pay their respects to the comedian. Ade, Rik's comedy partner and 'Bottom' co-star, was joined at the funeral by his wife Jennifer Saunders, as well as a host of other names including Ben Elton, Nigel Planer and Ruby Wax. Rik's coffin, which was adorned in red roses, was carried into the
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Sheridan Smith, Angela Rippon honoured at Women in Film & TV Awards

Sheridan Smith and Angela Rippon were among the winners at this year's Women in Film and TV Awards.

The 23rd annual ceremony was held today (December 6) at the Park Lane Hilton Hotel in London, hosted by Ruby Wax.

Angela Rippon received the Eon Productions Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by BBC Director General Tony Hall.

The prize recognises Rippon's contribution to the industry for over 50 years, including her work as a journalist and newsreader, and presenting roles on shows such as Antiques Roadshow and Come Dancing.

Sheridan Smith was awarded the Mac Best Performance Award for her role in Mrs Biggs.

Doctor Who actor Peter Capaldi presented the Nep Visions Presenter Award to Mary Beard, for her work as a female TV academic and fighting against Twitter trolls.

Call the Midwife executive producer Pippa Harris received the Envy Producer Award, while Last Tango in Halifax creator Sally Wainwright was handed the Technicolour Writing Award.
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Sheridan Smith, Pippa Harris among Wftv honorees

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Sheridan Smith, Pippa Harris among Wftv honorees
Actress Sheridan Smith, producer Pippa Harris, and director Penny Woolcock are among the honorees at the 23rd annual Sky Women in Film and TV awards in London.

The 2013 Eon Lifetime Acheivement award goes to broadcaster Angela Rippon.

Nearly 1,000 industry guests are in attendance at the Park Lane Hilton in London. Ruby Wax hosts this year’s event.

Presenters of awards included BBC Director General Tony Hall, actors Peter Capaldi, Ashley Walters, Julie Walters and James Corden, and BFI London Film Festival director Clare Stewart

Wftv CEO Kate Kinninmont said: “We have a new talent award which this year goes to Kelly Marcel for creating Terra Nova for Steven Spielberg, scripting Saving Mr Banks for Tom Hanks and now being commissioned to bring Fifty Shades of Grey to our screens.

Sheridan Smith walked away with our acting award for her role as Mrs Biggs, and Clio Barnard won the directing award for her exquisite feature film, The Selfish Giant.

“It
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The Great British Bake Off's 'soggy bottoms' are perfect for BBC1

The only surprise about Bake Off's move from BBC2 is that it didn't happen long ago – the show is mainstream TV at its best

• Poll: will the move to BBC1 work?

At this stage, The Great British Bake Off barely even counts as a television programme any more. It's an institution. It's a place where millions of people congregate every week to drool over cakes, zone out during the boring history bits and use Twitter to aggressively denounce Ruby's continued unconvincing attempts at false modesty.

It's a monster. According to Barb, the only BBC shows with more viewers than The Great British Bake Off last week were Strictly Come Dancing, New Tricks and one episode of EastEnders. The number two rated show on BBC2, The Wrong Mans, achieved less than half the ratings of the Bake Off. So the news that it'll move to BBC1 next year isn't really a surprise.
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