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Regardless of whether a castle lies in ruin there’s something about the grand, classical designs that remains incredible alluring. Steeped in ancient history – whether they’ve been able to survive the test of time (and the rain) or not – they look hauntingly beautiful stood in high positions throughout Britain. Castles have a knack of defining their surroundings, as those who built them knew, and rather than being symbols of fear and control, there’s now a romantic air about them.
From the turrets of the castle down to the depths of the dungeons, they demand exploration. Whether you’re looking for evidence as to which toilet Charles I definitely used or whether the ghosts of those who were killed in battle still find themselves roaming around the empty corridors, the experience remains enduringly popular.
If you haven’t been to these historic landmarks already, you’ll need to »
- Sara Weir
Netflix are going to become big players in the film world. Fact. It’s not a question of if, but rather when as today the online streaming service have released the release dates for their first four original movies.
The Idris Elba starrer Beasts Of No Nation will kick off the initial Netflix release slate, and will be released on all of their platforms on October 16th. The film will also play in selected cinemas on the same date. Following that, The Ridiculous Six will be the first of four Adam Sandler films available only on Netflix. The movie will release on December 11th. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend will be released theatrically in China and on IMAX and on Netflix globally in Q1 2016, and then Pee-wee’s Big Holiday, »
- Paul Heath
For some reason, Hollywood fell in love with British actors again in the 1990s. Sparked by Alan Rickman's turn as Hans Gruber in Die Hard at the back end of the 1980s, many movie villains were either Brits, or in the case of Cliffhanger, John Lithgow taking on the mannerisms of a British antagonist.
Yet in particular, Hollywood went recruiting British comedy talent, with faces then mainly - but not exclusively - known for their small screen work getting roles of various sizes in Hollywood productions. Here are some who racked up the air miles - starting with the man who arguably became one of the most successful...
Hugh Laurie - 101 Dalmatians
Laurie is a man of many talents, who ultimately cracked America with »
Still Open All Hours remained on top of the ratings on Sunday evening, overnight data reveals.
BBC Two's live darts coverage attracted 2.54m (11.1%) from 5.45pm. Kate Humble's Into the Volcano intrigued 1.14m (5.0%) at 9.15pm, followed by Paul Hollywood's Racing Legends with 770,000 (5.5%) at 10.15pm.
On ITV, All Star Family Misfortunes entertained 2.99m (13.2%) at 7pm (158k/0.6% on +1), while Foyle's War continued with 4.33m (17.5%) at 8pm (401k/1.9%).
Channel 4's Phil Spencer: Secret Agent brought in 845k (3.7%) at 7pm (158k/0.6%), followed by The Hotel with 1.44m (5.8%) at 8pm (98k/0.4%) and Walking the Nile with 1.74m (7.0%) at 9pm (202k/1.2%).
On Channel 5, Aladdin »
4 items from 2015