18 items from 2012
A night with the comedian during the filming of Girls on Top in 1985
In January 1985 Jennifer Saunders was in makeup before location night scenes in a snowy Nottingham. She was filming Girls On Top, a sitcom she'd written with Dawn French and Ruby Wax, about four women sharing lodgings. Saunders was playing a proto-Edina from Ab Fab character; less alcoholic but more dim, and named Jennifer.
"My character tries to make her kidnappers party snacks," she explained. "She's clueless, has no dignity and is an original on TV. No actress would ever play her." At adjacent makeup mirrors, French and Wax nodded in deadpan agreement.
Inspiration was drawn from Saunders and French's days sharing a flat in Swiss Cottage (while at the Central School of Speech and Drama). Here they'd drunk Blue Nun in "a messy kitchen with stale food"and developed their "act" under the name Kitsch 'N' Tiles. »
- John Hind
TV: Red Dwarf X
Teleport yourself back to the 90s with the return of the cult sci-fi show, back for a 10th series after last year's mini-outing, which got a lukewarm reception. The original quartet have all returned and Craig Charles claims the show is "back to what it does best". See for yourself if that claim stands up by viewing the most recent episode at Dave on-demand.
TV: Be Your Own Boss
A blending together of The Apprentice and Dragons' Den, this series sees prodigious entrepreneurial types pitch their ideas to Richard Reed, multi-millionaire and co-founder of Innocent, in the hope of earning a hefty investment. It doesn't exactly bring any new ideas to the table, but smoothie man Reed at least provides a fresher-faced, more open-shirted alternative to Lord Sugar's grouch. The series is available to view in full on iPlayer until Wednesday evening. »
- Gwilym Mumford
The third time's the charm for Annie Lennox.
The legendary Eurythmics singer got married last Saturday in London, her third marriage, People reports.
Lennox, 57, married Dr. Mitch Besser, 57, a Harvard-educated gynecologist who founded mothers2mothers, an organization based in Africa that aims to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV, keep mothers healthy, and empower women. Lennox, a committed activist known for raising awareness for HIV charities, met Besser through his charity which she fundraises.
Related: Annie Lennox Performs at Queen's Star-Studded Concert
According to Mail Online, her two daughters, Lola, 22, and Tali, 19, served as her bridesmaids. Celebrity guests at the private ceremony, which reportedly took place on a boat on the Thames River, included Colin Firth and comedienne Ruby Wax.
Lennox confirmed the marriage with a tweet on Sunday of a photo of her wedding flowers with the simple caption, "Wedding flowers 15th September 2012." »
Sweet dreams are made to come true for Annie Lennox. The singer, 57, got married last Saturday in London, her spokesperson confirms. Lennox tied the knot with American Dr. Mitch Besser, also 57. The Harvard-educated gynecologist founded mothers2mothers, a private organization based in Africa that is dedicated to reducing mother-to-child HIV transmission. The Mail Online reported that the private ceremony took place with 150 friends on a private boat on the Thames River. According to the report, Lennox's daughters, Lola, 22, and model Tali, 19, were her bridesmaids. The bride wore a long white gown with lace bolero shrug and a vintage 1920s-style headpiece. »
- Helen I. Hwang
In a tiny Irish church, Amy Winehouse proved that she had a rare talent
Amy Winehouse's musical legacy is presently being extracted from a tragically small body of work. Under any circumstances the 20-minute performance in a tiny church in Dingle, County Kerry, that formed the centrepiece of last night's Arena: Amy Winehouse – The Day She Came to Dingle (BBC4) would have been a small gem. A year after her death, it took on the aura of unearthed treasure.
Her appearance was part of the 2006 Other Voices festival, which provides the material for an Irish TV programme of the same name, so it was hardly undiscovered. The festival itself is quite an astounding thing – Rufus Wainwright, Florence and the Machine and Jarvis Cocker have been enticed to perform at the 80-seat St James's Church over the years. For big bands used to big venues, it's also a little daunting. »
- Tim Dowling
Care Home Kids: Looking For Love
Ashley John-Baptiste is widely known as the guy who quit The X Factor (he left boy band The Risk last year while they were still in the running). Here, though, he wants to talk about something else: from the age of two until he was an adult he was in care and moved between foster and child care homes. Though he admits he's done remarkably well in life, he still carries the emotional scars of his upbringing. In this documentary he revisits the care system, meeting children who are currently in care, to try to find out what really went on. Martin Skegg
Horizon: The Truth About Looking Younger
9pm, BBC »
- Martin Skegg, Julia Raeside, Hannah Verdier, Ali Catterall, Gwilym Mumford
Footballer Peter Crouch is filming a chatshow pilot for Sky, reports have claimed. The Stoke City striker's project will be entitled On the Couch with Peter Crouch, according to The Sun. Beady Eye frontman Liam Gallagher is rumoured to be appearing on the pilot. "Peter is a smart guy and takes on the role of a chatshow host well," a source said. "He has a long list of people who he considers heroes, in comedy, music, food, you name it. "The idea is he will go and visit people at their homes or workplaces and chat to them in a quirky way. It's more Ruby Wax than (more) »
- By Kate Goodacre
The stars hosted a Great British tea party at the the Hay Festival in Wales, and are calling for people across the U.K. to donate more than half a million books to sell at Oxfam's shops before 21 June to raise funds for the organisation's fight against global poverty.
Fry says, "It's really important to look at your bookshelves and find some books that you think you can live without to donate to Oxfam. Books are a wonderful gift because you're giving something that is brim-full of ideas and stories while also supporting the valuable work that Oxfam is doing around the world. Apart from anything else you'll clear your shelves for more books!" »
Join me from 9pm as the Apprentice candidates do their best to launch a luxury range of sweets and male grooming goods at an affordable price
Good evening, and welcome to the Apprentice liveblog. Unfortunately, Heidi isn't here today - she fell in love with La La Love by Ivi Adamou during our Eurovision liveblog on Saturday and has genuinely traipsed off to Cyprus in search of it - so you'll have to put up with me instead. I'll give it 110%. I'll be the reflection of perfection. I've got a field of ponies. Etc.
Tonight is the semi-final; the last time the candidates will be operating in teams before they're disassembled for Sunday's final - and probably illegally aggressive - interview stage. Before any of them can get there, though, they'll have to spend tonight creating a brand that's both affordable (like a black market monkey) and luxurious (like a top hat). There. »
- Stuart Heritage
Game of Thrones
9pm, Sky Atlantic
Back for a second series, the citizens of Westeros are coming to terms with their new world order. King Joffrey is about as benevolent a ruler as you'd imagine any surly teenager with a crown who can finally tell his mum to shut up would be. Out in the desert, Daenerys may have added baby dragons to her retinue, but she's still got a starving horde of Dothraki to feed. And Robb Stark is feeling the burden of leadership: a few victories, but the end of the war is nowhere near. It's a thoroughly engrossing start. Richard Vine
The hair-whipping blondes are back for a third series, and shallow doesn't even begin to describe it. Gabilicious is throwing »
- Richard Vine, Hannah Verdier, Gwilym Mumford, John Robinson, Andrew Mueller, Julia Raeside
The Duchess of Cornwall hosted a reception to celebrate the achievements of outstanding women this week.
The guest list at the Clarence House event included a number of leading women from the media, led by the BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour presenter Jenni Murray, and featured comic Ruby Wax, author Kathy Lette and human rights campaigner Bianca Jagger.
The event was held in support of the Women of the World (Wow) festival at London’s Southbank Centre next week where a host of famous female artists from Annie Lennox to Sinead O’Connor will perform. Other events will feature comediennes, poets, businesswomen and entrepreneurs.
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Britain's Duchess Camilla hosted a reception celebrating outstanding women last night (28.02.12). The Clarence House event was held in support of the Women of the World (Wow) festival - which takes place at London's Southbank Centre next week - and saw a variety of leading females in the media, including comic Ruby Wax, author Kathy Lette, campaigner Bianca Jagger and BBC Radio 4 presenter Jenni Murray, in attendance. Bianca was impressed by Camilla, explaining: 'I think she is a woman who really understands the role of women. She's always been very supportive about women's causes.' Bianca also stressed the importance of the Wow festival. She said: 'In the 21st century women have not been able to achieve gender equality, therefore »
Sir David Frost is returning to the BBC with a guide to the art of television interviewing in a new series called Frost on Interviews.
Frost, whose encounter with Richard Nixon was voted the best TV interview of all time by the Radio Times, charts the development of the genre over six decades.
The BBC4 series examines the deferential early political interviews, which were almost party political broadcasts and tracks it through to the more combative style used by Robin Day and Jeremy Paxman.
During the programme, Tony Benn reveals: "In the old days you would have interviews when the questioner would say, 'Prime minister, would you tell us again about your latest triumphs?' That was flattery. That »
- Tara Conlan
January 23rd sees the DVD and Blu-ray release of The British Guide to Showing Off, Jes Benstock’s joyous cult documentary on artist Andrew Logan’s Alternative Miss World competition, and to celebrate the release we have three copies of the DVD to give away to our readers courtesy of VivaVerve.
Read on for a synopsis, trailer and details of how to enter the competition...
"Andrew Logan. British Artist. Living legend. And creator of the anarchic and utterly outrageous Alternative Miss World Show, a spectacular costume pageant and fancy dress party for grown ups. In The British Guide to Showing Off, director Jes Benstock takes us under Logan's glittering wing to take an joyous look at this most quirky and exotic subculture event. Featuring contributions from Brian Eno, Ruby Wax, fashionista Zandra Rhodes (who designed all of Andrew's hostess costumes), Richard O'Brien, Nick Rhodes and Grayson Perry, The British Guide to Showing Off »
Ruby Wax is rumoured to have pulled out of Celebrity Big Brother at the last minute. The comic and TV presenter, who has previously appeared on shows including Celebrity Shark Bait and Cirque de Celebrite, was among the rumoured lineup for the Channel 5 reality series, which launches tonight (January 5). However, according to former housemate John McCririck, Wax has withdrawn from the show. "I'm very, very sad indeed, I was in the house yesterday doing some filming. One likely contestant was going to be Ruby Wax. I think she would have been fantastic," McCririck told BBC Radio 5 Live. "She would have been fantastic. Great comedian. If anyone had (more) »
- By Alex Fletcher
Celebrity Big Brother kicks off tonight at 9pm on Channel 5 and the rumoured housemates list keeps getting longer and longer with more famous faces (and z-listers) being linked to the reality series. Frankie Cocozza is a longstanding rumour, having been linked to the show almost immediately after he was axed from The X Factor. Brian Dowling appeared to hint at his inclusion during an interview with Digital Spy, but Cocozza's contracts with Syco and ITV may prevent him from taking part. Other hot tips who look likely to make the final cut include Reservoir Dogs actor Michael Madsen, British comic Ruby Wax, Pineapple Dance Studios star Andrew Stone and Towie's Kirk Norcross. Ex-EastEnders actress Natalie Cassidy and former Corrie star Denise Welch's names have been swirling around the rumour (more) »
- By Alex Fletcher
Celebrity Big Brother has unveiled this year's Diary Room chair. The new photos of this series' Diary Room centrepiece follow the release of a number of preview pictures from inside the compound. Ruby Wax, Natasha Giggs, Michael Madsen and Andrew Stone have all been linked with a spot on the new series of the Channel 5 show. On Wednesday, Irish model Georgia Salpa was revealed to be taking part in the reality competition via a message on her agency's Facebook account. (more) »
- By Christian Tobin
Ruby Wax has revealed that the team behind Absolutely Fabulous considered making a musical version of the show. Wax, who works as a script editor on the comedy, explained that they eventually decided the plan would not be successful. "It wouldn't work as a musical," she told The Daily Telegraph. "I don't think things ever sound better when they're musicals as nobody can write (more) »
- By Catriona Wightman
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