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Lights! Camera! Dance! Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman hosted a movie-themed edition this week, with Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, Craig Revel Horwood and Darcey Bussell commenting on the Hollywood-inspired routines
So that’s it for another Strictly Week! I’ll be back next Saturday for a blessedly theme-free week, so please join me back here then; in the meantime I’m on Twitter @heidistephens if you fancy saying hello. Thank you to everyone who joined in below the line - without your sequins and glitter this dress would be a very dull affair indeed. See you next Saturday! Hx
And just to add insult to (shoulder) injury, Anthony and Oti have to do their final dance to “So Long, Farewell” from The Sound of Music, which is just weird.
- Heidi Stephens
As if Strictly Come Dancing wasn't sparkly enough, it's time to inject some of the magic of Hollywood - that's right, it's Movie Week! The celebs and their partners will be boogying on down to some classic tunes from cinema, but who will come out on top?
We'll be here hoping for some serious movie-level drama, so grab the popcorn and join us from 6.20pm when the show begins and we'll bring you all the action.
20:25Right, that's it for tonight's show! Who was your favourite? Who do you think will be in the dance-off tomorrow? Let us know all your thoughts below and stick with DS for all the Strictly coverage you need...
20:19Right, here's the leaderboard - Jay is right up at the top followed by Kellie and Helen. Down at the bottom is Carol, with Anthony and Ainsley making up the bottom three. And get dialling/clicking, »
You might not know her name, but Jessica Gunning has been part of some of the best, most ground-breaking British film and TV of the last decade. Born in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire ("... where Last of the Summer Wine was filmed," she says. "Claim to fame!"), Gunning later joined the National Theatre where she shared the stage with Hayley Atwell.
Unforgettable moments in Doctor Who (destroyed by CGI munchkins), Fortitude (by far some of the icy drama's grisliest scenes) and BBC Three comedy Top Coppers have confirmed her place as an exciting talent.
1. Doctor Who (2008)
Gunning brought charm to the part of poor Stacey Campbell, who met a darkly comic fate - she melted and was replaced by a pack of adorable Adipose, marshmallow-like blobs that posed an unlikely threat to Earth.
"You do really feel when you're doing Doctor Who that you're part of something that's pretty special," says Gunning. »
According to The Daily Telegraph, Queen Elizabeth II is a big fan of the ITV show - and also one of its biggest critics.
"[The Queen] loves watching Downton Abbey and pointing out things they have got wrong, partly because she is familiar with Highclere Castle, where it is filmed," author and royal chronicler Brian Hoey told the newspaper.
"She is the same when she is watching anything on television. In one programme she was watching, the Queen noticed that a British officer was wearing medals that were from the wrong era. It was set in the First World War but the medals he was wearing did not come in until the Second World War."
Hoey also added that Her Majesty enjoys watching Dad's Army, »
TV star best known for role as Inspector Cyril ‘Blakey’ Blake, and as ‘Smiler’ on Last of the Summer Wine, dies aged 88
Lewis died peacefully at 1.50am on Wednesday in the Cambridge nursing home, in Wanstead, east London.
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- Press Association
His family has confirmed to multiple media outlets that Lewis passed away on Wednesday (August 12) at a nursing home in East London.
Lewis's niece Rebecca told the press that the actor remained in "high spirits" in his last days, adding: "He was always singing and joking."
Through more 50 years in front of the camera, Lewis was best known for portraying Cyril 'Blakey' Blake in the ITV comedy On the Buses and its three spinoff films.
Musician whose harmonica-playing graced many pop songs in the 1960s and also film and TV music, notably on Last of the Summer Wine’s theme tune
The harmonica has often been regarded as a novelty instrument, but it became highly prized in British pop music following the success of Frank Ifield’s 1962 recording of I Remember You. The memorable harmonica phrase was performed by Harry Pitch, who has died aged 90. Pitch’s distinctive sound graced numerous pop records of the 1960s, as well as film music, commercials and even classical music concerts. Probably the most widely recognised of his performances was the theme tune for the long-running television series Last of the Summer Wine.
He was born in north London, one of seven children of Israel Pitch, a Polish immigrant garment worker and his wife, Annie Tinner. The family name had been inadvertently created by an immigration official who mistranscribed the original Polish name, »
- Dave Laing
There comes a time to turn away from the horrors of the world and retreat underneath the soft, comforting duvet of nostalgia. That time is Friday. That metaphorical duvet is below.
Here are fifty of the best kids’ TV theme songs (spread over two pages and in arbitrary order) of the 1980s. Some, like Alan Hawkshaw’s distinctive Grange Hill intro, are unarguable classics of the era, while others, like Mike Harding's Count Duckula, only started in the late-eighties and spent the rest of their run in the next decade.
Obviously, there being only 50 on this list, we may have missed out your favourite (deliberately or otherwise). Let us know if so, but remember that links may take a while to appear in the comments thread because »
The news is pretty huge in the world of television, as it has been consistently one of the UK's biggest shows since its launch in 2010, and has achieved massive success in the Us and beyond.
Downton Abbey: 8 stories we want for series 6
Ending the series was likely to be a very difficult decision for ITV, especially considering its appeal abroad and its continued success at Us award ceremonies, but it was also in danger of hanging around too long.
Julian Fellowes was stuck in a peculiar situation, as he could never have imagined that it would take off in the manner in which it did. UK audiences are used to dramas either lasting for a few series or going on for yonks, while the Us are accustomed to »
Lilyhammer's 'gangster on the lam in a remote Norwegian town' story is a quirky, comic gem that richly deserves a fourth season...
Lilyhammer’s third season arrived on Netflix last November, bolder, bloodier and sillier than ever. The most recent batch of episodes, boasting a budget bigger than Norway’s Gdp, catapulted viewers from the cold climes of Scandinavia to the tropical slums of Rio de Janeiro and back again, with a few stop-offs in New York along the way. There was murder, intrigue, Islamic terrorism, a dying whale, a mafia cookbook, drug-running, a big-budget Brazilian telenovela, reindeer racing and of course the requisite explosions, gun fights and fist fights that are now a permanent staple of life in the quiet and quaint little town of Lillehammer. There was also a finale that featured one of the more bizarre cliff-hangers in modern television history: a bludgeoned breast-crazed maniac lying »
Motoring show pulled from Sunday night schedules as BBC investigates claims controversial presenter threw punch at colleague
In the end it wasn’t Jeremy Clarkson’s racist, homophobic or sexist comments, but a “fracas” with a colleague that became the final straw for the BBC, long urged to punish its highest-paid star.
A tight-lipped corporation said on Tuesday it had suspended the controversial Top Gear presenter pending an investigation into his “fracas with a BBC producer” and, for the first time, it pulled the show from its schedule for the next two Sundays. Perhaps ominously for Clarkson, the statement said “no one else has been suspended”.
No Top Gear this weekend, apparently. How about 633 Squadron instead? @JeremyClarkson @RichardHammond
@MrJamesMay No no no. Where Eagles Dare. Much better.
@MrJamesMay @RichardHammond I did some pretty good war documentaries. They could screen one of those.
No, surely, Last of the Summer Wine; no one will notice the difference. »
- Jane Martinson and agencies
The presenter was temporarily dropped from the channel after a "fracas" with a producer, with widespread reports suggesting that Clarkson allegedly aimed a punch at the co-worker.
An investigation is under way at the corporation and no-one else has been suspended over the incident. All three remaining episodes in the current series of Top Gear have reportedly been delayed.
James May first wrote: "No Top Gear this weekend, apparently. How about [the film] 633 Squadron instead?" to which Richard Hammond replied: "No, surely, Last of the Summer Wine; no one will notice the difference. »
12 items from 2015
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