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How Britain Could Still Wiggle out of Brexit

27 June 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

In a monumental decision last week, Britain voted to leave the European Union - and almost immediately came down with a case of buyer's remorse. Dubbed the Brexit, the referendum vote - 52 to 48 percent to exit - has sent the stock markets and the British pound's value crashing. The harsh pill of reality has left many wondering if they can turn back time - but is it a little too late? Is there a scenario where Britain can reverse course and remain in the EU? A parliamentary petition calling for a second referendum vote now has well over the necessary »

- Lindsay Kimble, @lekimble

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How Britain Could Still Wiggle out of Brexit

27 June 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

In a monumental decision last week, Britain voted to leave the European Union - and almost immediately came down with a case of buyer's remorse. Dubbed the Brexit, the referendum vote - 52 to 48 percent to exit - has sent the stock markets and the British pound's value crashing. The harsh pill of reality has left many wondering if they can turn back time - but is it a little too late? Is there a scenario where Britain can reverse course and remain in the EU? A parliamentary petition calling for a second referendum vote now has well over the necessary »

- Lindsay Kimble, @lekimble

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Sensible reason to swap Titty for Tatty | Brief letters

25 May 2016 11:03 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Swallows and Amazons | Diy recessions | Infectious diseases | David Cameron’s Micra purchase | Bob Dylan’s birthday

When I read the Arthur Ransome books in the late 1950s Titty, while not a familiar name, had no other connotations, and certainly not for someone of my age (Titty’s family ‘furious’ over name change for Swallows and Amazons film, 25 May). Now, I suspect that any 10-year-old would hear it and snigger, which militates against the innocence that the Altounyan family are aiming to preserve. Given that the second letter of the name has to be a vowel, Tatty seems about the only plausible alternative, even if it does suggest a degree of dishevelment.

Henry Malt

Bythorn, Cambridgeshire

• There is a Diy recession that George Osborne has forgotten (Letters, 25 May; Report, 23 May). In 1988 Nigel Lawson cancelled mortgage interest relief at source for unmarried couples, but delayed its introduction for a year. This resulted »

- Letters

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Sensible reason to swap Titty for Tatty | Brief letters

25 May 2016 11:03 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Swallows and Amazons | Diy recessions | Infectious diseases | David Cameron’s Micra purchase | Bob Dylan’s birthday

When I read the Arthur Ransome books in the late 1950s Titty, while not a familiar name, had no other connotations, and certainly not for someone of my age (Titty’s family ‘furious’ over name change for Swallows and Amazons film, 25 May). Now, I suspect that any 10-year-old would hear it and snigger, which militates against the innocence that the Altounyan family are aiming to preserve. Given that the second letter of the name has to be a vowel, Tatty seems about the only plausible alternative, even if it does suggest a degree of dishevelment.

Henry Malt

Bythorn, Cambridgeshire

• There is a Diy recession that George Osborne has forgotten (Letters, 25 May; Report, 23 May). In 1988 Nigel Lawson cancelled mortgage interest relief at source for unmarried couples, but delayed its introduction for a year. This resulted »

- Letters

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Grayson Perry creates huge phallus to represent bankers' worldview

18 May 2016 4:01 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Artist says latest work, which is covered in banknotes and George Osborne’s image, was inspired by industry’s self-denial about gender bias

The artist Grayson Perry has revealed two new works inspired by his experience of the world of high finance, including a giant penis embossed with banknotes and George Osborne’s face.

For the final episode of his Channel 4 series exploring masculinity in the 21st century, Perry spent time interviewing the men who control the UK’s financial services industry.

Related: Grayson Perry interview: 'I’m no longer the anonymous pervert walking down the street'

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- Hannah Ellis-Petersen

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Robert Peston’s ITV show pulls in a tenth of Andrew Marr's BBC audience

9 May 2016 2:25 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

High-profile guests including George Osborne fail to keep viewers indoors on hottest day of the year

Robert Peston’s new politics show on ITV attracted just 166,000 viewers on Sunday, a tenth of the 1.6 million who watched Andrew Marr on BBC1.

A guest lineup including the chancellor, George Osborne, and broadcaster Louis Theroux did not keep viewers indoors on the hottest day of the year. The programme was scheduled immediately after its BBC rival, from 10am, during which it also performed worse than BBC1’s than Big Questions, which attracted more than 700,000 viewers for an hour-long special on the legacy of the British Empire.

Related: Rough edges, Screeny and a new haircut: Robert Peston launches Sunday show

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- Jasper Jackson

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Peston on Sunday review: a bleeding-edged blade cuts old-school ties

8 May 2016 6:53 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The differences between ITV’s Sunday-morning newcomer and its Andrew Marr-led BBC rival were immediately clear

The unintended first words heard from the host of ITV’s new Sunday morning talk show, Peston on Sunday, were “break a leg”, spoken to co-host Allegra Stratton as the opening titles ended.

Related: Robert Peston goes for the jugular with George Osborne in new Sunday show

Related: Robert Peston criticises ‘vicious’ approach to interviewing politicians

Related: Tom Hanks speaks of lonely childhood in emotional Desert Island Discs

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- Mark Lawson

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BBC flocks to Thatcher drama Dead Sheep as EU referendum looms

3 May 2016 9:01 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Play examining Geoffrey Howe’s split with Pm over Europe looks more timely than ever

On the day of Geoffrey Howe’s memorial, Monkey hears that Dead Sheep, the play written by ITV’s Tonight reporter Jonathan Maitland about the former chancellor’s savaging of Margaret Thatcher in his resignation speech, may be made into a BBC film. A reading of the play – described by the Guardian’s Michael Billington as “extremely entertaining” – went down well at the corporation and producers are now in talks to raise funding. At Howe’s service in Westminster, attended by his widow Elspeth, David Cameron, George Osborne and John Major among others, Michael Heseltine reminded people of how dismissive the anti-European Thatcher could sometimes be towards Howe – something highlighted in Maitland’s play. Given Howe resigned over Thatcher’s policy towards Europe, saying, “the European enterprise is not and should not be seen … as »

- Monkey

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Film Reviews - Criminal, Despite The Falling Snow, Eisenstein in Guanajuato

13 April 2016 5:53 AM, PDT | The Independent | See recent The Independent news »

Hm Treasury and Chancellor George Osborne must take some of the responsibility for this misfiring and very jarring thriller. The original intention was to make it in an American city but the producers relocated the action to London to take advantage of the generous tax breaks available in the UK. The result is an American movie dressed up in British clothes that simply don't fit. »

- Geoffrey Macnab

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Hidden Britain by Drone review – spellbinding footage, depressing viewing

10 April 2016 11:20 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Tony Robinson’s drones took us to some inaccessible places, but inevitably a human dimension was missing, while the Stephen King 11.22.63 adaptation imagined a better world if JFK had lived

It has got to the point where I can’t see a man in a hi-vis jacket and hard hat on television without wondering if it’s George Osborne looking awkward in an industrial setting. The man standing in a huge recycling plant on Hidden Britain by Drone (Channel 4, Sunday) wasn’t Osborne, but he did sound like him. “Ultimately,” he said, “it’s about making money.” And you thought recycling was about saving the world.

There was something dystopian and depressing about this programme, even though the idea was good: use cameras on drones to access secret and inaccessible places. It was presented by field-botherer Tony Robinson, who introduced the drones as if they were his pets, though »

- Emine Saner

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The Rise and Rise of London as a film location

10 April 2016 4:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

This week, Neil Calloway argues that tax, language and excellent locations mean London is currently the best place to make films…

With the release this week of the trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, eagle-eyed viewers noticed that Canary Wharf Underground Station was standing in for the Death Star in some shots. Now, anyone who has ever been stuck on the tube during rush hour can relate to the Underground being an evil engineering project designed to destroy people, but it also reminded the world that London has become probably the top destination for blockbuster film-makers.

Of course, films have always been shot in and around London, but in recent years more and more films have been shot in the capital, including films not set there (which, given that the Death Star is near Yavin and not on the Isle of Dogs, would include Rogue One). The 2012 adaptation »

- Neil Calloway

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Tampon Tax Repealed in Chicago and the European Union

21 March 2016 9:45 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Chicago lawmakers have voted to repeal the tampon tax on tampons and pads, and now the European Union has agreed to allow each member state to decide independently if they will apply a tax. In Chicago, women were previously taxed 10.25 percent on feminine products, and this decision will eliminate the city's portion of the tax, decreasing the total tax by 1.25 percent, according to the Associated Press. The tampons and sanitary napkins are now considered medical necessities. The state of Illinois is also considering removing their tax on feminine hygiene and incontinence products. Currently, women in only five states are exempt »

- Julie Mazziotta, @julietmazz

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Tampon Tax Repealed in Chicago and the European Union

21 March 2016 9:45 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Chicago lawmakers have voted to repeal the tampon tax on female hygiene products, and now the European Union has agreed to allow each member state decide independently if they will apply a tax. In Chicago, women were previously taxed 10.25 percent on feminine products, and this decision will eliminate the city's portion of the tax 1.25 percent, according to the Associated Press. The tampons and sanitary napkins are now considered medical necessities. The state of Illinois is also considering removing their tax on feminine hygiene and incontinence products. Currently, women in only five states are exempt from paying a tax on the products - Maryland, »

- Julie Mazziotta, @julietmazz

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Creative England responds to concerns over cuts

21 March 2016 12:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Creative industries agency taps into reserve to ensure effective delivery of services.

Since its contentious launch in 2011 UK creative industries financier Creative England has proven a boon to many UK companies and creatives.

The not-for-profit public and privately-backed organisation, whose primary aim is to invest in the regional film, games and digital industries, has invested tens of millions of pounds into more than 400 companies.

Among a host of film investments are Andrew Haigh’s acclaimed 45 Years and Kit Harrington thriller Spooks: The Greater Good, while it also runs perennial micro-budget film scheme iFeatures. It has also backed hit TV shows including Dancing On The Edge and Line Of Duty.

The company’s financial clout has grown from a budget of under £5m at launch to £12.5m for 2015/16 and it has attracted notable executives from the media, games and film industries to its board, including Karen Blackett OBE, Ian Livingstone Cbe and Studiocanal UK CEO Danny Perkins.

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- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Everyone the new Top Gear has upset so far – before it has even aired

15 March 2016 4:58 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

George Osborne, Katie Hopkins, Ian Brady ... is there anybody the revamped car show hasn’t wound up – months before we’ve even seen it?

Only Top Gear could cause such an almighty hoo-ha before it has even reached the screen. (We’re talking actual Top Gear here – with Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc, Eddie Jordan, the Stig, plus those other ones you’ve never heard of – not the Punchy Oaf and his old muckers’ Amazon Prime effort which we won’t see until the autumn.) The BBC show starts in May, but it’s already managed to annoy an awful lot of people. Including...

Those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country and their relatives, after footage emerged of Matt LeBlanc pulling doughnuts around the Cenotaph in an insanely powerful car called a Mustang Hoonicorn. Retired colonel Richard Kemp called the stunt “gravely disrespectful”. Chris Evans said sorry on the radio. »

- Sam Wollaston

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John Prescott takes swipe at Sacha Baron Cohen and film Grimsby

6 March 2016 4:29 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Actor the same as George Osborne, another ‘spoilt public schoolboy from the south kicking the north’, says former deputy Pm

Sacha Baron Cohen is another “spoilt public schoolboy from the south kicking the north” and “just the same” as the chancellor, George Osborne, John Prescott has said following the release of the comedian’s new film, Grimsby.

The former deputy prime minister said the film – a spy comedy set in the north-east Lincolnshire fishing town – was the latest example of “southern-based elites” sneering at communities in northern England.

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- Frances Perraudin

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Joan Bakewell webchat – as it happened

2 February 2016 7:01 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The TV presenter recalls the lessons of a life in the spotlight in a new book, Stop the Clocks. She joined us to answer your questions in a live webchat – from life and work lessons to the House of Lords via marriage and power naps, catch up with her answers here

3.01pm GMT

Many thanks to everyone who posted questions, and to Joan for her time and her generous answers. Until next time!

Time to go. I've enjoyed the challenge of talking to you all... and each one of you. Goodbye.

3.00pm GMT

SirIsaac asks:

Do marriage vows mean anything?

Vows matter to those who believe in them. I think we all accept that to take an oath in a court of law binds us absolutely to tell the truth. And indeed there is a punishment if we are found not to be doing so. Marriage vows are between two people, »

- Guardian Staff

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Golden Globes 2016: DiCaprio, Lawrence, The Martian and The Revenant win top awards – as it happened

10 January 2016 8:18 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Ricky Gervais was as sharp-tongued a host as ever and the guests included the cream of the world’s film and TV for the first awards show of the season. We followed every moment live

Full list of winnersThe Revenant wins top prize as Ricky Gervais skewers the starsStars arrive on the red carpetOpening monologue pulls no punches

4.15am GMT

It was a night that started with a load of crass jokes, which then delivered its fair share of shocks before finishing with the familiar sight of Alejandro Inarritu holding a golden object over his head.

Branded as “the biggest party of the year” by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the Golden Globe Awards are traditionally viewed as the fun, slightly tipsy cousin of Hollywood’s awards show circuit.

That didn’t lessen the delight of the team behind the night’s big biggest winner, The Revenant, which won a fleet of top prizes:, »

- Lanre Bakare and Alex Needham in New York, Nigel M Smith in Los Angeles

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Making war and peace with the other side | Letters

6 January 2016 11:04 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Stuart Jeffries calls for a revolution in British television to rid us of those costume dramas that have helped to keep us supine during the austerity years and not rise up and execute George Osborne for the public good (Last night’s TV, 4 January). As a Guardian columnist, is it inevitable that in his review of War and Peace, he brings in a “Bullingdon-meets-drones-club montage of poshos on the raz with unconvincing prostitutes”? All criticism is political and Jeffries’s overtly, so it was with a little surprise I discovered that he is actually hooked on Andrew Davies’s “latest sexed-up dozier of the classics”. Has he gone over to the other side?

Janice Ketley

Englefield Green, Surrey

• Your obituary of Lord Ezra (24 December) omitted his key role in master-minding Eisenhower’s “Transportation Plan” in 1944, which was the pivotal factor in preventing Rommel from getting reinforcements to the Normandy beachhead in time. »

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More drama like Poldark and the Crown, plus a BBC battle

3 January 2016 9:30 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

As Top Gear relaunches, the BBC must negotiate charter renewal and Channel 4 could face privatision

This year could prove pivotal for both the BBC (charter renewal) and Channel 4 (potential privatisation).

As Creative Industries Federation chief executive John Kampfner says: “If 2015 was the year in which the government finally ‘got’ the creative industries – with a spending review settlement far less problematical than feared and with George Osborne stating the case for public investment – then could 2016 be the year when two of the organisations at the heart of creativity are imperilled?” However, he is “quietly confident” that “ministers may resist a battle over Channel 4 privatisation, although never say never” and “as for the BBC, expect difficult terms for charter renewal, but again perhaps not the dagger-in-the-heart once feared”.

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- Tara Conlan

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