6 items from 2011
Top Gear presenter says sorry as 'shoot strikers' row prompts 5,000 complaints
Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand may have been dispatched but the BBC still has one high octane presenter who can prompt the leader of the opposition to join thousands of people in outraged response to a flippant suggestion that public sector strikers should all be shot.
Jeremy Clarkson's remarks on Wednesday night's One Show prompted more than 5,000 complaints to the BBC – and a political storm in which Ed Miliband said his remarks were "absolutely disgraceful and disgusting". It fell to his friend and Boxing Day dining companion David Cameron to provide crucial, if lighthearted support to the presenter who earns an estimated £1.2m from his work for the BBC.
The prime minister, in a TV interview, played down the incident: "That's obviously a silly thing to say and I'm sure he didn't mean that. I didn't see the »
- Allegra Stratton, Dan Sabbagh
Read the interview in which Jeremy Clarkson said public sector strikers should be 'executed in front of their families'
Hear the full transcript of Jeremy Clarkson's One Show interview, which the BBC says shows the wider context of his remarks.
Matt Baker: Now, at the end of a day where Britain has seen some of its biggest strikes, what we need is someone calm and level-headed.
Alex Jones: Yep, a guest with balanced, uncontroversial opinions, who makes great effort not to offend.
Jeremy Clarkson: Thank you very much.
Matt Baker: So Jeremy, schools, hospitals, airports, even driving tests have been affected. Do you the strikes are a good idea?
Jeremy Clarkson: It's been fantastic. Seriously, never had … London today has just been empty. Everybody stayed at home, you could whizz about, your restaurants were empty.
A record £26,332,334 was raised on Children in Need last night. The on-the-night figure is £8m more than 2010 and is expected to rise as more donations are sent in. Host Sir Terry Wogan announced the news at the end of the telethon, saying: "That is the greatest single total we have ever made in one night, so thank you. "Thank you to the British people in these tough times to come up with that kind of money on behalf of Britain's children." BBC Radio 2 listeners donated a record £2,032,642, beating last year's total of £1,693,444, according to the BBC. One Show host Matt Baker raised over £1.2m (more) »
- By Colin Daniels
Matt Baker is closing in on the final leg of his Children in Need Rickshaw Challenge, which has involved the One Show presenter cycling from Edinburgh to London. Baker, who has already raised over £500,000 with his efforts, told Digital Spy today that the task is physically taking its toll on his knees and bottom. "I've got a few knee sores, which is pretty horrendous and my backside is so sore I can't even describe it," said Baker. "The knees have been the biggest problem. But other than that I feel great." The TV presenter said that his toughest moment on the journey came in the opening day when he realised the enormity of his task. "The hills were awful, the wind battered me, the weather battered me. I was going over this big, big hill and it was just soul-destroying," he said. "It's one of those moments where (more) »
- By Alex Fletcher
The celebrities take to the floor for the first time.
Strictly 2011: The celebrities in pictures
Good evening, and welcome to the Strictly Come Dancing 2011 launch night liveblog! Are you excited? I'm Very excited. Tonight our celebrities and their professional partners will take to the floor for the first time, and we'll find out who has natural grace and poise, and who has two left feet plus an extra one for good measure.
I'll be liveblogging all the action on BBC1 from 6.10pm, apart from the bits where Sir Bruce Forsyth grinds out another dreadful gag and the audience dutifully laugh - those bits will be ignored as a matter of principle. Please note that from a technical standpoint I know very little about ballroom dancing, so you're unlikely to find insightful commentary on arm positioning and swan-like necks here. The extent of my knowledge of latin dancing can be measured in Zumba classes. »
- Heidi Stephens
Shooting has begun in Bristol on Eight Minutes Idle, the second film to be made under iFeatures, South West Screen's groundbreaking micro-budget filmmaking scheme. The first film being In The Dark Half (previously known as The Dark Half) starring Jessica Barden which completed shooting at the end of last year and is now in post-production.
Eight Minutes Idle is a warped urban comedy about life in a Bristol call-centre, directed by BBC New Filmmaker finalist and multi award-winning shorts director Mark Simon Hewis, based upon Matt Thorne's award-winning novel.
An exciting cast of rising British talent is also lined up for Eight Minutes Idle.
25 year old Tom Hughes (represented by Gordon & French) stars as Dan Thomas, a man who has always taken the path of least resistance - in his work life, home life and love life. But when Dan finds himself kicked out of the family home, he's »
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6 items from 2011
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