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BBC Reveals Stars’ Salaries Amid Controversy Over Pay for Women

19 July 2017 3:12 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The BBC revealed the salaries of its top stars Wednesday, with presenters Chris Evans and Gary Lineker among the highest earners. The public broadcaster was forced by the British government to publish the names and numbers in its annual report, and as expected, the data showed that most of the big earners are men, fueling a debate on the gender gap at the BBC.

Evans (pictured), who has worked across radio and TV for the BBC, was the highest-earning star and the only one in the £2,220,000 to £2,249,999 bracket. (The figures are banded in £50,000 increments.) Evans placed above talk-show host Graham Norton, who earned between £850,000 and £899,999.

The top-earning woman at the BBC was presenter Claudia Winkleman, in the £450,000 to £499,999 bracket, significantly behind a number of male stars; Evans’ salary is at least four times that of Winkleman’s. Her “Strictly Come Dancing” co-host, Tess Daly, was in the £350,000 to £399,999 bracket.

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Sherlock Season 5 Still On The Cards, But It’s At Least A “Couple Of Years Away”

7 June 2017 2:31 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Perhaps the game is still afoot after all?

For all of the critical acclaim directed at the mystery drama, Sherlock season 5 is by no means a sure thing, and over the past six months, many of the show’s creative team – Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman included – have entertained the possibility that the fourth season will become its last.

The jury’s still out on that one, but one actor who still believes Benedict Cumberbatch’s prickly intelligent sleuth has a future on the small screen is Andrew Scott, who plays Sherlock’s arch-nemesis, Moriarty. Appearing on last night’s episode of The One Show (via Radio Times), Scott joked that the UK is more likely to stage another General Election before the show’s fifth season debuts. But assuming co-creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss are able to get the gang back together, it’ll likely be “another couple »

- Michael Briers

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The week in TV: The One Show; King Charles III; Loaded; I Love Dick; Second Chance Summer; Babs

13 May 2017 11:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Tim Pigott-Smith is glorious performance as a hapless King Charles III, while new money is delightfully awful in Loaded

The One Show (BBC1) | iPlayer

King Charles III (BBC2) | iPlayer

Loaded (C4) | All 4

I Love Dick | Amazon Prime

Second Chance Summer (BBC2) | iPlayer

Babs (BBC2) | iPlayer

Last week the BBC led its bulletins for a whole day with the “news” that a 95-year-old man might retire. This week, courtesy of some marshmallow questioning on The One Show, we learned that another man likes ties. Alex Jones giggled winsomely about the Pm’s kitten heels, then turned to Theresa May’s husband. “What’s your shoe equivalent, Philip?” she beamed, with her big Welsh face.

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Theresa May Commented on Her Influential Shoe Style and Twitter Wasn’t Happy About It

11 May 2017 9:24 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The British Prime Minister, Theresa May, is notoriously known for her standout footwear choices. (Seriously, we haven’t been this captivated by a Brit’s shoes since Victoria Beckham’s gravity-defining high-heel days.) But the politician’s recent comments on her shoes weren’t well received on Twitter.

May did an interview with BBC’s The One Show alongside her husband, Philip May, on Tuesday, and after talking politics and family life, the conversation turned to her eccentric taste in accessories. “I like my nice shoes and it gives me a reason to go and buy some more,” she said. »

- Colleen Kratofil

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'Monkmania v sassy Harry Potter' – the University Challenge final, reviewed by last year's winner

10 April 2017 11:19 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Has there ever been such a hotly anticipated final? Monkmania’s last hurrah was a nail-bitingly close match from two startling, near-omniscient teams

Has there ever been a more hotly anticipated final? And not just for #Monkmania’s last hurrah, but for the meeting of two teams whose near-omniscience over the course of the series has been genuinely startling – even for University Challenge.

In the light-blue corner, Wolfson College, Cambridge had grounds for optimism going into the final, having previously beaten Balliol in a close quarter-final. (Due to the quarter-finals system, which host Jeremy Paxman never tires of calling “Byzantine”, each team plays for best of three.) Captain Eric Monkman probably needs no introduction, having generated such ardent levels of admiration that fans have reportedly stalked him in the street, and declared to love him more than their own children. Not only has Monkman’s devoted fandom propelled him on »

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10 Times Jake Gyllenhaal & Ryan Reynolds’ Bromance Left Us Wanting More

24 March 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

If you’re not obsessed with Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds‘ full-fledged bromance, you’re about to be.

The actors — who star in Life — first met on the set of the thriller, where their professional relationship developed into something much more aww-worthy, and has since become the main topic on their press tour for the film. (Because when two dapper men flaunt their unbreakable bond, no sane human is capable of ignoring such perfection.)

Below, see all the times the pair practically declared their love for each other — and left us wanting more.

1. When Jake FaceTimed Ryan during his Late Night appearance. »

- Grace Gavilanes

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Ryan Reynolds Says Jake Gyllenhaal Cooks 'Just a Little Bit Better' Than Wife Blake Lively

16 March 2017 9:30 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

We haven't been this excited for a Hollywood bromance since George Clooney and Brad Pitt in Ocean's Eleven!

Ryan Reynolds and Jake Gyllenhaal are in the throes of promoting their new sci-fi film, Life, and are loving bragging about one another.

Watch: Jake Gyllenhaal Reveals How Brokeback Mountain Co-Star Heath Ledger's Death Has Changed Him

"He’s a wonderful man. It’s rare, I think, in our business when you meet somebody who’s a contemporary where there is literally no competition," Gyllenhaal shared during an appearance on U.K.'s The One Show. "It’s just a real love. I think that’s about just friends you meet at a certain time in your life. We met on this movie. We just became really close friends."

As for Reynolds, he can't stop gushing over his handsome co-star's culinary skills. “Blake [Lively], my wife, is very good at cooking, and Jake might be just a little bit better »

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Catching Up with BBC Asian Network Host Tommy Sandhu

22 February 2017 8:00 AM, PST | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

14th February 2017. I was very excited. Why? I had the chance to interview Mr. Tommy Sandhu, the host of the Breakfast Show on the BBC Asian Network. Tommy will be hosting BBC Asian Network Live on Saturday 25th February at Eventim Apollo, in Hammersmith. The event will see some of the hottest acts on the British-Asian and global music scenes come together on one stage for one night only. Performers include Badshah feat. Aastha Gill, Naughty Boy feat. Kyla, Steel Banglez presents Mist, Mostack, Abracadabra, Haile (Wstrn), Anirudh, Zack Knight, Fateh, Jasmine Sandlas, and Arjun Kanungo.

Sandhu joined the station’s daily schedule in February 2010 as the London showbiz reporter for the BBC Asian Network covering premieres, parties and all the gossip from the capital. Having DJ’d in London’s China White, Movida, Cafe de Paris, Paper, The Roof Gardens and The Shadow Lounge, Sandhu has also provided the »

- Rima Bhatia

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