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The Great British Bake Off 2017 final – as it happened

It’s grand final time and the big question: Steven, Sophie or Kate for the win? Would Twitter have a meltdown if – somehow – it’s Kate? Here’s what happened, minute by minute.

9.21pm GMT

Also Lol at Stacey’s update. “She still likes pink.”

Bye!

9.20pm GMT

Well.

Well, well ,well.

9.16pm GMT

A shame Steven went out on a relatively low note, but I suppose he had to, to bring into relief Sophie’s consistency. She’s clearly fabulous.

9.14pm GMT

Ch4 are definitely shipping Stovie.

9.13pm GMT

The main takeaway here is: Liam Called It

9.13pm GMT

I bet Liam’s dissertation will be under-researched yet charming.

Steven and Sophie are going on holiday together! How gorgeous! Or weird! Is it weird? Feel like it is a bit.

9.11pm GMT

Tom! I knew his name was Tom.

9.11pm GMT

Kate. Yasss kween.

There is no blood left in Steven’s face.
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Abi Morgan's female lawyer series 'The Split' casts up

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BBC One, Sundance TV series heading into production.

Abi Morgan’s BBC One and Sundance TV drama The Split has cast up ahead of production, which kicks off in London next week.

Nicola Walker [pictured centre] (Four Weddings And A Funeral) will lead the six-part drama, alongside Meera Syal (Goodness Gracious Me), Stephen Mangan [pictured right] (Episodes), Fiona Button (Lip Service), Deborah Findlay (Leaving), Annabel Scholey (Being Human), Barry Atsma (Hector And The Search For Happiness) and Stephen Tompkinson (Dci Banks).

Written by Morgan [pictured left], whose credits include Shame, The Iron Lady and The Hour, the series counts Jane Featherstone as an executive producer under her new banner Sister Pictures.

Broadchurch director Jessica Hobbs is directing, with Black Mirror’s Lucy Dyke producing.

The series is an exploration of modern marriage and the legacy of divorce told through the lens of the Defoes, a family of female lawyers working in London’s divorce circuit.

It was commissioned by Piers Wenger, controller of BBC
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Goodness gracious me – why are there still so few Asian people on TV? | Coco Khan

With the classic comedy show about to turn 20 we should be asking why, in the words of Meera Syal, depictions of British Asian people have gone backwards

Each year, without fail, someone in my family will say it. Normally, it’s at a Christmas party or some other mass family gathering. A relative will say something mildly insulting to someone, and it will ring out: “Check, please!”

For the uninitiated, it’s a reference to a sketch in Goodness Gracious Me: the catchphrase of a tactless, occasionally sexist and often creepy serial dater asking a waiter for the check after inevitably ruining a dinner date. (“I really respect you. You’re a modern, strong Asian woman, who doesn’t conform to gender stereotypes ... great tits too. Check, please!”) It is one of many catchphrases from the show that has become almost a tradition in my family, and I’m
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Meera Syal criticises lack of Asian people on British TV

Actor says conservative climate is limiting TV shows featuring Asians to stories about issues, such as Rochdale abuse, rather than everyday lives

The representation of Asian people on British television has moved backwards amid a conservative climate that favours nostalgia and period drama, according to the writer and actor Meera Syal.

Asian people were often treated as issues rather than people, she said in an interview with the Radio Times in which she suggested the groundbreaking sitcom she helped create, Goodness Gracious Me, could return in a different format.

Related: a profoundly affectionate ... review – couples' rows are painful to watch

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Mindy Kaling’s NBC Comedy Pilot Adds ‘EastEnders’ Alum Nina Wadia

Exclusive: Last week Nina Wadia was invited to spend some time with the Queen at Buckingham Palace to celebrate the UK's long relationship with India and now the EastEnders alum will be spending some time with one of America's Queens of comedy. The Bombay-born Wadia has just closed a deal to join Mindy Kaling's NBC comedy pilot as one of the untitled show's regulars, I've learned. The Goodness Gracious Me actor will portray Lubna, a not to be trifled with ambitious Saudi…
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Wednesday’s best TV: Trust Me, I’m a Doctor, British Empire: Heroes and Villains

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Guinea pig Michael Mosley tests out the weight-loss benefits of diet and exercise. Plus: David Olusoga examines how the empire has been treated by TV

The last in the series finds the famous “going for an English” sketch from Goodness Gracious Me dissected by, among others, Meera Syal, who helped to create it. Then an impressive haul of celebs, including Nigel Planer, David Baddiel, Ricky Tomlinson, Maxine Peake, Diane Morgan, Russell Tovey and Josie Lawrence, discuss everything from Spaced, The Day Today and Blackadder to Till Death Us Do Part, all in Gogglebox style. Ben Arnold

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Meera Syal on comedy, wife-swapping and rebellion

The Goodness Gracious Me actor and comedian has starred in hit TV shows and films, and written a book worthy of Gcse study. So why doesn’t she know where her next job is coming from?

There is, Meera Syal says, a big Indian wife-swapping circle in Guildford. “I know someone who was part of it,” she deadpans, snacking on Bombay mix. “Car keys in a bowl, all that business. The whole thing imploded because one of the couples fell in love with each other, and you’re not supposed to do that – you’re just supposed to have a shag.”

Her delivery is flawless, casually pitched to make my eyebrows jump at the image of suburban Asian swinging. “These are people who go to [the temple],” she mimes a namaste, “and bow at their parents’ feet. That’s what I’m saying!” She shakes her head. “The stories.”

Related: Goodness Gracious Me
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UK TV ratings: Educating Cardiff schools 1.6m on Channel 4

UKTV ratings roundup - data supplied by Barb

Educating Cardiff got off to a strong start on Channel 4 on Tuesday (August 25), according to overnight figures.

The behind-the-scenes look at Willows High School in Wales appealed to 1.58m (7.8%) at 9pm, while a further 219k (1.5%) tuned in an hour later on +1.

Educating Cardiff begins: What did you make of Willows High School? Have your say

However, the launch is down slightly on the 1.80m who watched the first episode of Educating the East End last year.

Earlier in the evening, The Three Day Nanny averaged 1.05m (5.3%) at 8pm (118k/0.6% on +1).

BBC One's New Tricks was the night's most-watched programme outside of soaps with 4.97m (24.3%) at 9pm.

On BBC Two, Natural World brought in 1.97m (10.0%) at 8pm, before The World's Busiest Railway 2015 gathered 2.13m (10.5%) at 9pm, and Goodness Gracious Me interested 1.24m (7.4%) at 10pm.

ITV's Bargain Fever Britain intrigued 2.21m (11.2%) at
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Tuesday’s best TV

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A playful portrait of the pop artist in A Day In The Life Of Andy Warhol, a murder in the City in New Tricks and lots of laughs in Goodness Gracious Me Special. Plus: back to the classroom in Educating Cardiff and School Swap – The Class Divide

New Tricks goes all Wolf Of Wall Street (well, Threadneedle Street) when Steve stumbles upon the apparent murder in the 80s of a City futures trader who was part of a group that called itself The Wolfpack – a bunch of pin-striped wallies who were into some debauched shenanigans when they weren’t hauling in the cash. Tracking down his old partners in crime leads the Ucos team into a murky web. Meanwhile, Steve is skint, but hopes to learn a few stock market tricks to get him out of a hole. Ben Arnold

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Meera Syal webchat – as it happened

The actor and author of new novel The House of Hidden Mothers answered your questions in a live webchat – from why she changed her name to her advice on writing without stereotypes, via her distaste for mince, catch up with her answers now

2.11pm BST

Thanks all for your comments, questions, and making me laugh. Have a lovely summer.

Thanks everyone for your questions, and thanks to Meera. Until next time!

2.10pm BST

Youoffmyplanet asks:

Hi Meera, you were wonderful in Behind the Beautiful Forevers – were you surprised to find that it had taken so long to get an all-Asian cast on the Olivier Stage?

Ta for that. Loved doing that production. We all did as a company - we were aware we were making a little bit of history. I guess I shouldn't be surprised about how long things take any more, I'm just glad it's done, and hopefully
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Goodness Gracious Me cast reuniting in one-off special to celebrate India

The cast of Goodness Gracious Me are reuniting for a one-off BBC Two special to celebrate Indian culture.

After the success of their 2014 comeback special, the cast announced plans for another reunion earlier this year - with Meera Syal, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Nina Wadia and Kulvinder Ghir all confirmed to return.

The reunion fits in with the BBC's announcement of a major season of programmes to celebrate Indian culture across all of its channels.

As part of this season of programming, Sue Perkins will front an hour-long show about the city of Kolkata on BBC One.

She said: "At the start of this journey, there were two things I knew about Kolkata: The Black Hole and Mother Theresa. It was a privilege to experience life beyond the clichés and to witness the vibrancy, chaos and multi-culturalism of Bengal first hand."

Dan Snow, Anita Rani and Robert Llewellyn will present the World's
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Meera Syal: I've been invisible since I turned 50

Goodness Gracious Me star bemoans ageism and sexism afflicting industry, and says actors who played her husband five years ago are now being cast as her son

Meera Syal has hit out at ageism directed at female actors, saying that she has felt invisible since turning 50.

Related: To age is to fail: the media's message to older women | Invisible Woman

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9 things we learned at The Asian Awards 2015: Srk, Zayn Malik and more

9 things we learned at The Asian Awards 2015: Srk, Zayn Malik and more
It was a starry night at the 5th Asian Awards courtesy of some of the biggest talents on the planet, who were recognised for setting an unprecedented standard of excellence in their fields of endeavour.

Celebrating Asian success across all walks of life, the event saw the best of stage, screen, sport, music and industry, converge on the lavish setting of the Grosvenor House Hotel, for a night of highly merited back-slapping and champagne-swilling.

Of course, all eyes were on the two star attractions whose rise to fame has been nothing less than stratospheric. Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan flew in to personally collect his award, while ex-One Direction bandmate Zayn Malik made his first public appearance since the now infamous split that left Directioners around the world in a state of mourning.

It was difficult to determine who the hoards of fans gathered outside the Park Lane hotel were screaming for,
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9 things we learned at The Asian Awards 2015

9 things we learned at The Asian Awards 2015
It was a starry night at the 5th Asian Awards courtesy of some of the biggest talents on the planet, who were recognised for setting an unprecedented standard of excellence in their fields of endeavour.

Celebrating Asian success across all walks of life, the event saw the best of stage, screen, sport, music and industry, converge on the lavish setting of the Grosvenor House Hotel, for a night of highly merited back-slapping and champagne-swilling.

Of course, all eyes were on the two star attractions whose rise to fame has been nothing less than stratospheric. Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan flew in to personally collect his award, while ex-One Direction bandmate Zayn Malik made his first public appearance since the now infamous split that left Directioners around the world in a state of mourning.

It was difficult to determine who the hoards of fans gathered outside the Park Lane hotel were screaming for,
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Bend It Like Beckham: Where are the cast of the 2002 box office hit now?

Bend It Like Beckham: Where are the cast of the 2002 box office hit now?
Cast your minds back to 2002 - a time when Pop Idols didn't need to have The X Factor, Fifty Shades of Grey were just colours on a paint sampler chart and David Beckham was a mere international superstar rather than global megastar.

Bend It Like Beckham, with a modest estimated budget of £3.7 million, opened that same year and became a critical and commercial success - breaking box office records and scoring BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations, as well as making household names of many of its stars.

As the cast continues preparing for the West End stage adaptation of Gurinder Chadha's screen hit ahead of previews on May 15, find out what the movie's ensemble cast went on to achieve - including who is coming back for the musical...

Parminder Nagra (Jess Bhamra)

Nominated for Best Newcomer at the Empire Awards on the back of the movie's success, Parminder went
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Goodness Gracious Me to return for another special

Goodness Gracious Me will return for another special.

The sketch comedy show originally ran from 1996 to 1998 on BBC Radio 4 before a TV stint on BBC Two from 1998 to 2001.

Last year saw a one-off special as part of BBC Two's 50th anniversary special.

The BBC has now announced that Sanjeev Bhaskar, Kulvinder Ghir, Meera Syal, Nina Wadia and Dave Lamb will return for another recording on March 7 at BBC Elstree Studios.

"After their successful reunion in 2014 the original cast from the award winning sketch show returns for another one-off special of the ground-breaking British Asian sketch show featuring some new characters and old favourites," said the broadcaster.

Yes tweeps. Another 1 off #GoodnessGraciousMe Scripts being written,filming March, broadcast later this year #kissmychuddies #timewarp #Ggm

Sanjeev Bhaskar (@TVSanjeev) February 12, 2015Fans can apply for a maximum of two tickets before Thursday, February 19 at 4pm.

Bhaskar confirmed on Twitter that scripts are currently
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Joan Collins and John Hurt Honored by Queen Elizabeth II

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Joan Collins and John Hurt Honored by Queen Elizabeth II
The diva of Dynasty is now a dame. Joan Collins, who played scheming, shoulder pad-wearing Alexis Carrington in the hit 1980s TV show, was made the female equivalent of a knight in Queen Elizabeth II's annual New Year's honors list. The star of potboilers including The Stud and The Bitch was recognized for her services to charity. Collins, 81, is a longtime supporter of nonprofit groups helping children. London-born Collins said Tuesday it was "humbling to receive this level of recognition from my queen and country, and I am thrilled and truly grateful." Actress Kristin Scott Thomas, who is due
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Joan Collins and John Hurt Honored by Queen Elizabeth II

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Joan Collins and John Hurt Honored by Queen Elizabeth II
The diva of Dynasty is now a dame. Joan Collins, who played scheming, shoulder pad-wearing Alexis Carrington in the hit 1980s TV show, was made the female equivalent of a knight in Queen Elizabeth II's annual New Year's honors list. The star of potboilers including The Stud and The Bitch was recognized for her services to charity. Collins, 81, is a longtime supporter of nonprofit groups helping children. London-born Collins said Tuesday it was "humbling to receive this level of recognition from my queen and country, and I am thrilled and truly grateful." Actress Kristin Scott Thomas, who is due
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Jonah from Tonga faces more 'brownface' criticism is it fair?

Chris Lilley says his comedy is meant to challenge stereotypes but in places this show, about to air on HBO, just feels like a misjudged 1970s sitcom

What Sione 'from Tonga' thinks of Jonah from Tonga

I always have to steel myself before watching television at Christmas. The deluge repeats from the late 1960s and 70s means that there will be at least one racial reference of questionable acceptability, and who wants to be the Grinch calling out Porridge from the sofa in the middle of a dip into the box of Roses?

It's easier to forgive a racist slip from the past because it was the Past and people, we are led to believe, at least, didn't know any better. I find it more difficult to get my head around today's creative minds using racial "otherness" as a point of comic relief and building entire characters around our collective differences.
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Updated: Sanjeev Bhaskar to guest star in Doctor Who series 8

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The Kumars' Sanjeev Bhaskar has Tweeted about filming Doctor Who series 8 with Peter Capaldi...

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Update: The BBC has officially confirmed that Bhaskar will be appearing in the series eight finale. Read more about it, here.

This one comes straight from the horse's mouth, well, Twitter account. Actor and writer Sanjeev Bhaskar (Goodness Gracious MeThe Kumars At No. 42The Indian Doctor) Tweeted the following not hours ago:

"So. I can finally reveal that I've spent part of this week flying about w/ this guy @bbcdoctorwho #DrWho #nospoilers" The Tweet was accompanied, for clarity, by a Peter Capaldi pic.

Though the as-yet-undisclosed guest role will be Bhaskar's first in the TV series, the actor previously provided the voice of Dr Avishka Sangakkara in Eighth Doctor Big Finish Audio Adventures The Eight Truths and Worldwide Web.

Doctor Who is also keeping it in the family with this particular guest star,
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