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Alexis Petridis on pirate TV

5 August 2012 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

What a bunch of pirates did for the arts in Britain

I can't remember why I started reading about pirate TV on the web, but I'm glad I did. Pirate radio is an essential part of British musical history, but you never hear much about its televisual cousin. Pirate TV stations were harder to set up, and their content harder to provide. Furthermore, they belong to the past: even before the digital switchover, there was no need for pirate TV in a world where YouTube had turned everyone into a potential broadcaster.

None of that stops pirate TV being fascinating. It's packed with intriguing characters, such as Radio Caroline founder Ronan O'Rahilly, who came up with the bizarre idea – apparently with the backing of John Lennon and Yoko Ono – to start a light entertainment channel broadcasting to Britain from an aircraft flying over the Irish sea; the 70s hippy collective Videofreex, »

- Alexis Petridis

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'The Voice' UK's Sam Buttery joins Boy George musical 'Taboo'

18 July 2012 2:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Sam Buttery has signed up to star in the Boy George musical Taboo. The Voice UK singer will play the role of Leigh Bowery, originally played by George, for the upcoming revival of the play in the West End. Buttery said of his casting: "Leigh Bowery is such an icon to me, so to get the chance to play him is just phenomenal. I just can't wait!" Taboo is set to run from September to late December at London's Brixton Clubhouse. The musical was written (more) »

- By Tom Eames

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David Lachapelle: 'Fashion, beauty and glamour are the mark of civilisation'

18 February 2012 4:10 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

For years David Lachapelle was the go-to photographer for the world's biggest stars. But in 2006 he ditched fashion for fine art. As an exhibition of his work opens in London, he talks to Elizabeth Day about death, divas and decadence

David Lachapelle is running late. Though the term "running" doesn't quite describe it. "He's sleeping," says one of Lachapelle's assistants, peering at me languidly through those ironic-retro spectacles that seem to be de rigueur for arty types. "People are working on it." Working on what, I wonder? Getting him out of his pyjamas?

The assistant explains that Lachapelle flew in from his home on the Hawaiian island of Maui yesterday and is still jet-lagged. This is why we've had to change the interview location at the last minute and congregate in the lobby of a chintzy five-star hotel just off Sloane Square in London. Besides, he's not that used to »

- Elizabeth Day

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