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Six steps to … Liz Hurley as Queen Helena in The Royals

26 March 2015 2:15 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

From To the Manor Born to Downton Abbey and Fresh Meat – how posh people have evolved on TV

The posh occupy a peculiar place in British public life – from William and Kate to James Blunt, they are equal parts comfort blanket and scratching post. And, naturally, the same applies to the journey of posh archetypes through the history of our television. We can’t quite decide between scorn and affection but, all the same, they represent an itch we seem compelled to scratch.

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- Philip Harrison

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The United Nations, MixRadio along with international stars Celebrate International Day of Happiness

15 March 2015 11:00 PM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

Today, a host of superstars have teamed up with the United Nations and the world’s most personalised music streaming service, MixRadio, to launch the #HappySoundsLike campaign to mark International Day of Happiness.

Music has the power to spread happiness and inspire solidarity and hope for a better tomorrow. Recognizing this, United Nations Messengers of Peace and Goodwill Ambassadors, along with international artists such as Ar Rahman, Ed Sheeran, David Guetta, Charlize Theron, John Legend and James Blunt, amongst others, have contributed to create the world’s happiest playlist, launching on March 20th, International Day of Happiness.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said, “The United Nations is happy to be partnering with MixRadio to raise awareness of the International Day of Happiness. On this day we are using the universal language of music to show solidarity with the millions of people around the world suffering from poverty, human rights abuses, »

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Lack of working class actors is changing what gets made, says Jimmy McGovern

23 February 2015 10:01 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Screenwriter famous for gritty dramas says he struggles to find working-class actors to play parts in his series because only posh people can afford the training

The screenwriter Jimmy McGovern has added his voice to the class debate within the entertainment industry, saying that he struggles to find actors who can play working-class roles.

“I’m constantly looking round for actors who can convincingly portray working-class men,” said McGovern. “They’re getting fewer and fewer because it’s only the posh ones who can afford to go into acting.”

Related: Julie Walters: ‘People like me wouldn't get a chance today'

Related: James Blunt's letter to Chris Bryant makes him appear a paranoid wazzock

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- Kevin Rawlinson

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Julie Walters: lack of working-class actors is sad

23 January 2015 8:45 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Actor adds voice to row over number of privileged artists in the arts, saying drama career wouldn’t be an option for her now

Walters: ‘People like me wouldn’t get a chance today’

Julie Walters has added her voice to the growing row about whether there is a lack of working-class voices in contemporary drama, saying that if she was starting out now she most likely would not have the chance to make it as an actor.

The comments from Walters come in an interview with the Guardian on Saturday, and echo those of the shadow arts minister, Chris Bryant, who said last week that those from privileged backgrounds, such as Eddie Redmayne and James Blunt, were over-represented at the top of their professions.

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