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Jools Holland webchat – your questions answered on punk, Amy Winehouse and his favourite rapper

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The bandleader and television presenter has tickled ivories with the biggest names in music. He told us which musician he’s most in awe of, what late legend he’d like to spend eternity with and his peculiar fear of dying

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Thank you so much for joining me and taking the time to think up your eloquent questions. I hope you found my answers satisfactory. I have the honour to remain your humble and obedient servant. I'm sorry there wasn't time to answer them all.

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25aubrey asks:

Of all the people you’ve sat alongside tickling the ivories with, who were you most in awe of?

I think many of us will be in awe of the people who we have idolised since our childhood. I remember listening to Gladys Knight when I was a teenager and going to see her at the Lewisham Odeon. So »

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Losing the X Factor: is it time for the X-Men universe to stop expanding?

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News that James Franco will play Multiple Man in a new film is just the latest attempt to add layers to a cinematic world that’s struggling to take shape

When James Franco entered talks to play superhero Multiple Man in an upcoming movie, we can only imagine the actor, director, screenwriter, musician and poet saw the character as a metaphor for his own creative endeavours. For Marvel mutant James Madrox was named for a useful ability to duplicate himself countless times over, meaning he is capable of living scores of lives all at once.

Related: Marvel, DC, whatever ... why all superhero movies look the same these days

Related: When will Hollywood give us a genuinely queer superhero?

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- Ben Child

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Would I Lie to You review: it's hilarious – honestly

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The panel show remains razor-sharp in its 11th series, with host Rob Brydon and team captains Lee Mack and David Mitchell a perfect combination. Plus, Storyville: My Mother’s Lost Children

And here he is again – panel show professional/talent show contestant-for-hire Ed Balls. How come he’s not in the jungle? Maybe they thought he’d been spreading himself too thin and people were already bored of him. He’s making up for it elsewhere – Michael McIntyre’s Big Show at the weekend and now Would I Lie to You? (BBC One).

Ed’s former existence is now such a distant memory I’m beginning to wonder if it was all a dream. Can this clown really have once been the shadow chancellor who wanted to be leader of the Labour party and therefore the country?

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- Sam Wollaston

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Tuesday’s best TV: The A Word, The Secret Life of 5-Year-Olds, Motherland

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Joe asks for a goat in the originally autism-centred family drama, and the tykes get competitive during a quiz. Plus: a pool party is too much for the parents

The popular doc strand that puts little tykes through the constant surveillance and arbitrary task-setting of Big Brother continues. Ten five-year-olds spend a week hanging out in a totally wired nursery, unaware that their social interactions are being analysed by child psychologists. An ice-breaking quiz gets competitive very quickly but the boisterous stars of this particular intake are infectiously fun and often startlingly empathetic. Graeme Virtue

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- Graeme Virtue, David Stubbs, Jack Seale, Ellen E Jones, Ben Arnold, Andrew Mueller, Hannah Verdier

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Australia will have its own Weinstein reckoning. It's just a matter of time | Van Badham

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The local stage and film industry is small and speaking out carries bigger risks. But behind closed doors, a storm is brewing

Did you hear about the stand-up comedian? High-profile, well-known – and banned from several local venues because he touches up the female comedians. No one’s gonna talk about it – “not until he dies in an alcohol-fuelled car accident”, a friend from the scene has said. But the women don’t like him. They don’t feel safe when he’s around.

What about the young male theatre maker? Before he started getting main stage gigs he was still doing shows on the fringe, and became obsessed with a woman also working with one of the theatres. He got her number, would not stop calling her, told her that he was in love with her, and one night, when she was at work, he cornered her. She just started »

- Van Badham

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No Activity review – Will Ferrell and Bob Odenkirk join faithful Us reboot of Aussie cop comedy

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Jk Simmons, Amy Sedaris and Jason Mantzoukas bring new energy to a winning format: Waiting for Godot in a cop car

It seems like just yesterday the first season of Stan’s original Seinfeldian cop series No Activity tore down the freeway, with the actors Patrick Brammall and Darren Gilshenan in the front seats as dunderhead cops on a stakeout.

And by “tore down” I of course mean “parked in a stationary car”. And by “freeway” I mean “cargo wharf at night where nothing ever happens”.

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- Luke Buckmaster

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Blue Planet II edited on normal TV set to head off sound complaints

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Producers of David Attenborough series say they checked sound quality after complaints about recent BBC shows

The makers of Blue Planet II used a normal television while editing the soundtrack of the programme because of concerns that viewers would complain about the narration not being audible.

The BBC team used a TV rather than a music theatre or studio to review the final mix so they could understand how the natural history programme would sound in a family living room and set the narration, music and sound effects to the appropriate levels.

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- Graham Ruddick

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I'm a Celebrity returns – and Stanley Johnson makes it a must-watch

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Boris’s dad looks like he’ll be guaranteed entertainment. And with Ant McPartlin returning from rehab and the inclusion of former Scottish labour leader Kezia Dugdale, season 17 in the jungle is leaving other reality TV shows in the dust

With the 14th seasons of BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing and ITV’s The X Factor showing the risk of reality TV shows becoming repetitive, the 17th run of I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here!, launched by ITV on Sunday night, felt impressively interesting.

This freshness is helped by a rush of publicity resulting from bad and good luck. The misfortune was the addiction rehab to which co-host Anthony McPartlin had to submit this summer. The good chance was the more happily newsworthy coup of including among the jungle-mates Stanley Johnson, at the precise time that his son, foreign secretary Boris, may hold the futures of the »

- Mark Lawson

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Doctor Who theme's co-creator honoured with posthumous PhD

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Career of Delia Derbyshire, an under-appreciated electronic music pioneer, recognised by hometown university

The under-appreciated electronic music pioneer behind the Doctor Who theme is to be honoured posthumously with a doctorate from her hometown university as the programme gears up for the debut of its first female lead.

Largely ignored in life and barred from working in studios because she was a woman, Delia Derbyshire, will be awarded an honorary PhD from Coventry University on Monday.

Related: Delia Derbyshire and the BBC's Radiophonic Workshop: From the archive, 3 September 1970

Related: Obituary: Delia Derbyshire

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- Helen Pidd North of England editor

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When good TV goes bad: how Quantum Leap made one leap too far

20 November 2017 5:00 AM, PST

The time-travel show used its man-in-another-man’s-body tool to show that compassion trumps prejudice. Then Dr Sam turned up as Lee Harvey Oswald

Keep your salacious, scowling, morally compromised antiheroes. Doctor Sam Beckett – Quantum Leap’s time-hopping samaritan – was dependably the opposite, a sort of uncle hero. As played by the square-jawed Scott Bakula, Sam may have looked rugged but he was also relatable, a goofy but indefatigable do-gooder with six different doctorates, some sick kickboxing moves and a core decency so unshakeable it could apparently survive the existential trauma of frequent temporal displacement.

For five memorable seasons between 1989 and 1993, Sam didn’t just parrot the old maxim about walking a mile in another man’s shoes (or combat boots or high heels); he lived it. After a haywire physics experiment in 1999 sends him ping-ponging within the span of his own lifetime, Sam finds himself zapped abruptly into strangers like a one-sided Freaky Friday. »

- Graeme Virtue

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Kezia Dugdale joins I'm a Celebrity and causes split in Scottish Labour

20 November 2017 3:32 AM, PST

Former leader’s decision to join jungle reality show overshadows election of her successor, Richard Leonard

Richard Leonard, the new leader of Scottish Labour, has said “feelings are running high” in the party after his predecessor, Kezia Dugdale, joined the reality TV show I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here.

Dugdale, who quit as Scottish leader in August, has caused a furious row after news leaked out on Friday night she was flying to join the contest in Australia without first getting party approval to be away from Holyrood for up to three weeks.

I see @scottishlabour have developed their own unique take on the final day of #AntiBullyingWeek. Huge props, comrades! #TeamKez

Absolutely! #teamkez

So it seems I might have briefly tuned into a never-watched-before celebrity TV show tonight under false pretences....#confused #ImACeleb

Should not be suspended. Time for party leaders to grow up! @kezdugdale has »

- Severin Carrell Scotland editor

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The Punisher: was there ever a right time for Netflix's gun-toting vigilante show?

20 November 2017 3:00 AM, PST

The streaming giant’s latest Marvel series is an ultra-violent take on a difficult character, championed by neo-Nazis, that feels needlessly nasty in the current climate

If there was ever a time for a spree-killer superhero on television – an open question, certainly – the time might not be now.

The Punisher is a bloodthirsty vigilante and the protagonist of Marvel’s latest Netflix offering. It’s, unsurprisingly, awash in stylish ultra-violence, away from the more restrictive rules that govern network-dwelling comic book adaptations. It’s been the mode of almost all of the streaming giant’s Marvel shows: dull, often pointlessly nasty brutality with some languid speechifying between crunching bones. In the Punisher’s case, though, it’s not even artful fist-fighting but the titular character blasting away at flesh-and-blood humans with a variety of automatic weapons.

Related: Iron Fist is a terrible show – and it's not Donald Trump's fault »

- Sam Thielman

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ABC's Paul Kelly broadcast was a collective joy. Bring back live music on TV | Andrew Stafford

19 November 2017 10:02 PM, PST

Australia has a rich history of televised live music. Sure, it has induced moral panic, but without the risks we wouldn’t have those classic moments of celebration

For two hours on Sunday night, it felt like a good proportion of Australia was gathered around a gigantic campfire.

That campfire was burning on the steps of the Sydney Opera House, where Paul Kelly and his band were holding court – not just for the tens of thousands of people lucky enough to be there, but for hundreds of thousands more tuning in around the country, watching the ABC livestream and tweeting simultaneously.

Who ever at the abc decided they should broadcast Paul Kelly live from the Opera house tonight needs a pay rise, stat. Soooo good! #PaulKellyLive

Paul Kelly: for those who wondered, that’s what our collective memory looks like.

Related: Paul Kelly: Life Is Fine review – some »

- Andrew Stafford

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Michael McIntyre’s Big Show review: Ed Balls invites us to a hot tub party (sort of)

19 November 2017 10:00 PM, PST

Bursting into bedrooms and sending texts from the former shadow chancellor’s phone … The comedian’s show is back – and hard to dislike

Can you think of anything worse, more horrendous or terrifying? It’s the middle of the night, you are fast asleep in bed, at home. Suddenly, you are woken by people bursting into the room. Burglars? No, worse, much worse: a film crew, and Michael bloody McIntyre.

He – McIntyre – has got questions to ask you; it’s a quiz. Name three fairground attractions. Who’s this? (A Teletubby walks into the room – the yellow one, Laa-Laa.) Make these bird noises, and this man (Bill Oddie walks in) will guess what they are …

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- Sam Wollaston

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Monday’s best TV: Would I Lie to You?, My Mother’s Lost Children, Stalkers

19 November 2017 9:59 PM, PST

Rob Brydon presents a new series of the panel show, and a Storyville examination of the kidnap of two kids. Plus: a one-off documentary on the criminal offence

There are those who look down on this fib-based panel show, but it is capable of delivering sustained belly-laughs like few others – not least when Bob Mortimer is on. No changes in format for this new series, whose guests are Jo Brand, Kimberly Wyatt of Pussycat Dolls, David Baddiel and Ed Balls, now well into reinventing himself as a TV personality, and the comedy of whose surname does not go unnoticed. David Stubbs

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- Jack Seale, David Stubbs, Phil Harrison, Ben Arnold, Graeme Virtue, Andrew Mueller, Mark Gibbings-Jones, Paul Howlett

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The Walking Dead: season eight, episode five recap – The Big Scary U

19 November 2017 7:00 PM, PST

After a surprisingly solid start to the season, things start to slip with an episode high on incredulity and low on suspense

Spoiler alert: this blog is published after The Walking Dead airs in the Us on Sundays. Do not read unless you have watched season eight, episode four, which airs in the UK on Fox on Mondays at 9pm

The Walking Dead has been enjoying an unlikely run of form lately. Yes, the four episodes so far have, on occasion, been as stupid as a bucket of ham, and have shown some characters to be as suited to life in the post-apocalypse as they would be to life in the cold vacuum of space. But each one has managed to be gripping, exciting, and, weirdly, quite a lot of fun. Comparatively, while The Big Scary U was far from a disaster, it was undoubtedly the weakest so far, weirdly »

- Luke Holland

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