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Unreported World review – a family reunion with Krishnan Guru-Murthy

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There isn’t a dry eye in the house – or at least my house – as Bo and Hong embrace in a studio 40 years after being separated by the Khmer Rouge

Krishnan Guru-Murthy has taken a bit of a bashing this week for an interview he did with Robert Downey Jr on Channel 4 News. His crime was to try to make the interview interesting and actually find out something about the actor, rather than sticking to the PR script and asking lame questions about the film Downey Jr was there to promote. A lot of people didn’t like it. Rdj certainly didn’t like it and walked out of the interview.

There are no Hollywood egos for Guru-Murthy to take on in Unreported World: 40 Years to Find My Family (Channel 4), just two middle-aged sisters who haven’t seen each other since they were separated as children. This »

- Sam Wollaston

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Forced Indigenous exile during Ww II – 'I couldn’t forget what happened'

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Roy McIvor was nine years old when military police rounded up 285 Guugu Yimithirr people on a Lutheran mission near Cooktown in far north Queensland

Roy McIvor, renowned Cape York storyteller and painter of an abstract bent, has turned to simple realism.

How else to tell the story it has taken the Guugu Yimithirr elder seven decades to confront through art?

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- Joshua Robertson in Brisbane

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Masterchef 2015 winner announced after tense final

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Simon Wood, data manager from Oldham, fights off fierce competition to be crowned Britain’s best amateur cook 2015

Simon Wood has been crowned the country’s best amateur cook as MasterChef Champion 2015. The 38-year-old data manager from Oldham fought off fierce competition from fellow finalists Emma Spitzer and Tony Rodd to lift the coveted trophy on the BBC One show.

All three had to prepare three-course meals to impress judges John Torode and Gregg Wallace at the end of the seven week competition. Wallace, in his discussions with Torode as they decided the winner, said of Wood: “Simon is a class, class act.” Torode said: “He just keeps on getting better and better.”

Related: Masterchef 2015: who will win the final?

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- Press Association

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Grey's Anatomy and beyond: which TV doctor should we lust after next?

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After Thursday’s events on Grey’s Anatomy we suggest some other camera-ready physicians who still get hearts racing (and still have a pulse)

Spoiler alert: this blog was published after Grey’s Anatomy aired in the Us on ABC on 23 April. Do not read if you haven’t watched the latest episode

Just can't. #GreysAnatomy pic.twitter.com/vUqv40KdpS

Last night Derek Shepherd ran out of luck. McDreamy, played by Patrick Dempsey for the last 10 years, had previously survived a plane crash and a shooting. But just as he was on his way to quit his White House job in order to begin his happily ever after with Meredith Grey, his wife, he met his end in the form of a semi-truck.

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- Jana Kasperkevic

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Grey's Anatomy's big twist shouldn't surprise anyone (warning: spoilers)

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The seismic events on Shonda Rhimes’s long-running medical drama might have turned heads but when shows get past season 10 things generally get drastic

Spoiler alert: this blog was published after Grey’s Anatomy aired in the Us on ABC on Thursday 23 April. Do not read if you haven’t watched the latest episode

Last night 9.4 million people tuned in to watch Derek Shepherd die. Which, to be honest, shouldn’t be surprising.

Rumours of Patrick Dempsey’s impending doom began circulating earlier in the week, and by the time his character got into that fateful car accident yesterday, the series reached its largest audience since September’s season premiere. Why? Because Derek Shepherd was a prince of a character we’d known and loved since the beginning. Also, because his death marks the end of an era.

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- Anne T Donahue

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Poldark cuts a swathe through the BBC

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Staff plant stalks of wheat outside New Broadcasting House so that Chris Evans can recreate Alan Turner’s antics

Monkey was baffled to see a group of BBC staff carefully planting stems of wheat into boards outside New Broadcasting House. The individual stalks were being patiently stuck into thin foam. Was it a scene from W1A? No, turns out it’s another ripple from the Poldark effect. Chris Evans apparently wants to try his hand at Aidan Turner-style scything on The One Show. What happens though when the director says cut? Boom-tish!

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- Monkey

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Top Gear to have all-new team as Richard Hammond rules himself out

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Presenter joins James May in confirming he will not return to show after Jeremy Clarkson’s departure

Richard Hammond has joined James May in confirming he will not be returning to BBC2’s Top Gear following the axing of Jeremy Clarkson and the departure of its executive producer, Andy Wilman.

It will mean the BBC2 show will have an entirely new presenting team and senior backroom staff when it returns in a new incarnation next year.

To be clear amidst all this talk of us 'quitting' or not: there's nothing for me to 'quit'. Not about to quit my mates anyway.

Related: Top Gear producer Andy Wilman resigns from the BBC

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- John Plunkett

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Robert Rietti obituary

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Actor best known for his voice, who dubbed in a number of James Bond films

As a film and television actor, Robert Rietti, who has died aged 92, was best known for his voice. Although he made occasional on-screen appearances, as in John Schlesinger’s Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971) and the ITV series The Avengers, his regular work came from dubbing the dialogue of actors whose command of English was limited or who could not make the final stages of recording a soundtrack.

After the actor Robert Shaw died in 1978, Rietti was called to dub his voice in parts of three movies for which Shaw had not completed the recording. After a diagnosis of cancer compelled the removal of Jack Hawkins’s larynx in 1966, Rietti provided the spoken words for some of his films. In Treasure Island (1972), he revoiced every word spoken by Orson Welles as Long John Silver.

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- Michael Freedland

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Have I Got News for You: Ian Hislop wheels out the Jeremy Clarkson jokes

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Team captains can’t help but have a dig at the former Top Gear presenter when The Stig is mentioned during recording of the show

Jeremy Clarkson’s absence from this week’s episode of Have I Got News for You was not mentioned at the recording of the show on Thursday night, Monkey hears. But he did feature in the last round when a picture caption of what looked like The Stig and some car drivers prompted team captain Ian Hislop to come back with the riposte that the caption should include something about punching and Paul Merton joked it should be about Clarkson inventing a time machine to go back and see if there was a time when “he wasn’t a twit”. Whether or not the quips make it through the comedy cut to screen remains to be seen.

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- Monkey

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Everybody Loves Raymond actor Sawyer Sweeten dies aged 19

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Manager confirms that child actor who played Geoffrey Barone on the long-running Us sitcom took his own life weeks away from his 20th birthday

Actor Sawyer Sweeten, known for his role in Us sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, has taken his own life, according to a statement released by his manager. He was 19.

“This morning a terrible family tragedy has occurred,” the family said in a statement, published on the Hollywood Reporter.

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- Monica Tan

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Why Thierry Henry is an unpopular – and terrible – pundit on Sky Sports

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The broadcaster’s headline act has been banal and noncommittal. The best you can say is that he looks like he smells nice

Thierry Henry factfile: from Arsenal to Barcelona and back again

Oh, Thierry. It wasn’t meant to be this way. How did we get here? What happened? And is there a rewind button? Eight months into that giddily well-remunerated Sky Sports contract it is probably time, with all due fond expressions of respect and regret, to ask the obvious question. How has Thierry Henry, despite his obvious natural advantages of wit, charm, intelligence and supreme sporting pedigree, managed to transform himself into such a terribly unpopular – and indeed terrible – TV pundit?

A little early hostility was likely. The natural state of the football fan has always been a kind of bile-laden one-upmanship. In the digital era, this has been aggressively hot-housed. There are endless, ever-multiplying opportunities to be unhappy about football. »

- Barney Ronay

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Channels 4 and 5 giving Tories more airtime than other broadcasters

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Cardiff University research also finds BBC and Sky News’ election coverage featured Conservative sources speaking for longer than those from other parties

Channel 4 and Channel 5 gave Conservative party voices about a third of election coverage airtime in their main news bulletins in the first 19 days of the campaign.

Both the BBC and Sky News featured Conservative sources speaking for longer than those from other parties on their flagship news shows, Cardiff University’s ongoing election coverage survey also found.

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- Stephen Cushion and Richard Sambrook

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Ex-Top Gear producer: Jeremy Clarkson’s departure a tragedy

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Andy Wilman calls former presenter an ‘editorial genius’ amid speculation presenting trio with James May and Richard Hammond will move to Netflix

Former Top Gear producer Andy Wilman has criticised BBC “meddling” in the show and described Jeremy Clarkson’s axing by the corporation as a “tragedy”.

Wilman, who quit the BBC in the wake of Clarkson’s departure, fuelling speculation that the pair will reunite on a rival broadcaster, described Clarkson as an “editorial genius”.

Related: Top Gear producer Andy Wilman resigns from the BBC

Related: Top Gear: James May rules out returning without Jeremy Clarkson

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- John Plunkett

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Loose Women: the chatshow that refuses to back down

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Peter Robinson goes behind the scenes of ITV’s daytime panel programme to meet Coleen, Jamelia and Ruth backstage and discuss telly snobs and speaking your mind

“Most of my life,” explains Coleen Nolan as she attempts to control a three-legged dog, “is spent shovelling horse poo.” We’re in the Loose Women canteen and kind-faced one-time pop clan member Nolan is cheerily detailing her home life in Cheshire, which is where you’ll find her when she’s not on telly business.

Her three-legged dog Mika will make his TV debut on forthcoming blubfest Give A Pet A Home, while his new owner is next due on screens in 90 minutes as one of four faces fronting 16-year-old lunchtime chat behemoth Loose Women – still a hoot after 19 series in the game, and still based on its iconic shot of four women having a chat and taking the piss out of each other. »

- Peter Robinson

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Victoria Derbyshire's BBC2 show pulls in just 39,000 viewers

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News and discussion show, which also airs on the BBC News channel and online, draws its smallest audience so far – fewer than Channel 4’s Four in a Bed

It was touted by BBC News chief James Harding as the “centrepiece of domestic daytime TV news” but former Radio 5 Live presenter Victoria Derbyshire’s new BBC2 show has suffered the dreaded “zero rating”.

The news and discussion show, described by the BBC as the first “digital first” TV news programme, drew just 39,000 viewers on Thursday morning, which is rounded down to zero in the overnight ratings.

Related: 5 Live’s Victoria Derbyshire to join BBC News Channel

Related: Victoria Derbyshire's new show to be 'centrepiece' of BBC daytime TV news

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- John Plunkett

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Top Gear’s final two episodes featuring Jeremy Clarkson prove a hit on iPlayer

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BBC2’s last programmes showing Clarkson together with James May and Richard Hammond streamed or downloaded 3.6m times in March

The final two episodes of Top Gear to air with the presenting trio of Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond proved to be the most popular programmes viewed on the BBC’s iPlayer last month.

The BBC’s decision to suspend, and subsequently drop, Clarkson following his fracas with Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon has made the latest series of the BBC2 motoring show something of a must-watch on the catch-up TV service.

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- Mark Sweney

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Hunters of the South Seas: lessons from filming the Bajau Laut sea nomads

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Will Millard spent a month living in Indonesia while filming a documentary for BBC2, where spear fishing, hunting for sperm whales and sleeping in a stilt village is still part of daily life

I have never visited a community with a closer relationship to the sea than the Bajau Laut sea nomads of Indonesia. Their entire lives are focused on Ibu Laut – Mother Ocean. They are amazingly adapted physically for harvesting the sea and they live in the heart of the Coral Triangle, the richest marine environment on Earth. The guys I stayed with were incredibly efficient at catching fish, holding their breath for minutes at a time to hunt. In the film I describe their movement as underwater ballet – but it’s so practical. They seem to intuitively know how the fish will move before they spear them.

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- Will Millard

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W1A review: ‘nibbling, not biting, satire’

23 April 2015 11:00 PM, PDT

The problem with W1A is that reality is funnier than spoof – just look at Jeremy Clarkson. And the annoying language really is annoying

Over to New Broadcasting House and W1A (BBC2) where it’s a new day and Head of Values Ian Fletcher (Hugh Bonneville) is chairing an important meeting (obviously) of the Way Ahead taskforce. It’s about the forthcoming visit of Prince Charles, which takes on extra significance in the context of impending royal charter renewal. Also on the agenda: the possibility of the BBC losing Wimbledon, to rival broadcaster Sk…beep. Which is why Head of Brand Siobhan Sharpe (Jessica Hynes) is there, to say “so here’s the thing with this”, “it’s a no-brainer”, “Ok cool” etc and then to go away to play mash-up tennis with her team at Perfect Curve.

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- Sam Wollaston

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Friday’s best TV

23 April 2015 10:00 PM, PDT

Diarmaid MacCulloch investigates Sex And The Church, Rick Wakeman presents Tales From The Tour Bus and Cambodia’s sundered families are reunited in Unreported World. Plus: a Jeremy Clarkson-free Have I Got News For You and wet south Wales beckons in Weekend Escapes With Warwick Davis

I miss you. Do you miss me? I’ve come to find you.” When Siv Hong appears on Cambodian reality show It’s Not A Dream looking for her sister Bo, she has no idea what to expect. With millions of families deliberately ripped-up, scattered and, of course, murdered by the Khmer Rouge 40 years ago, this isn’t so much a developing countries-version of Cilla’s Surprise Surprise as a deadly serious affair, with an incredibly moving ending in store, as reporter Krishnan Guru-Murthy discovers. Ali Catterall

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- Ali Catterall, Jonathan Wright, Graeme Virtue, Andrew Mueller, John Robinson, Phil Harrison and Jack Seale

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Readers recommend: songs about ambition | Peter Kimpton

23 April 2015 12:00 PM, PDT

Hopes, dreams and plans … can they be hardened into action? Whether they stay as fantasy or become reality, suggest songs that capture what we want to become

“Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine,” said Elvis Presley, whose motor roared into action with as much thrust as any famous figure in music’s history. But once on the road, ambitions can change, and where the King was concerned, this came around 1960 when, until his incredible ’68 comeback concert, he spent most of the decade making 27 fairly rubbish films instead of fulfilling his original dream of musical greatness. His ambition wavered. A typical plot of one of these movies consisted of the following motivation: “Girl A likes me, and so does Girl B. Which one do I choose on this endless holiday in Hawaii? I dunno, uh huh. Guys, in the meantime, let’s sing around 13 songs …”

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- Peter Kimpton

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