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Love Island becomes ITV2's most-watched show ever

Show that counts George Osborne among fans is huge success for the broadcaster

No one expected an ITV2 reboot of a failed celebrity reality TV show to become a national phenomenon, but Love Island’s massive popularity has turned into an enormous ratings and financial success for the commercial broadcaster.

Following its surprise popularity last summer, the launch of the programme’s fourth series on Monday attracted almost 3 million viewers, making it the channel’s most-watched show ever and beating all other programmes in its time slot. It has also become a successful export, with the format sold to countries including Germany, Australia and Finland.

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Don’t be a poached egg on legs, just be yourself | Brief letters

Nick Gibb and reading | Job opportunity for George Osborne | An Epicurean life | Fashion advice for Stephen Moss

I was disgusted to see Jeremy Corbyn not only reading our book Bear Hunt to a group of small children but also showing them the text (Election 2017, 22 April). Schools minister Nick Gibb explained to me that it’s “dangerous” to let young children see “non-phonically regular” texts as it “confuses” them; children in such situations will “guess” the words, or use “other cues”, like the grammar of the sentence or context of the story. If I understand the Gibb theory correctly, I should say that it may have looked as if the children were enjoying themselves, but Corbyn was in fact exposing them to great risks.

Michael Rosen

London

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Big boost for UK production in 2016 by Jennie Kermode - 2017-01-27 15:32:31

Star Wars: a force for good in the British film industry

Films like Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, Justice League and Paddington 2 have brought Hollywood investment streaming into the British film industry over the past year, it was revealed today. According to figures released yesterday by the British Film Institute, inward investment for 2016 was up 18%, totalling £1.35bn.

A total of 48 major Hollywood films were shot wholly or partially in the UK last year, along with numerous smaller ones. Projects partly developed in the country, such as Bridget Jones's Baby and Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, have enjoyed international success, helping to attract more business.

One big factor is believed to have been the UK's film tax incentive scheme, intoduced in 2015 by the then Chancellor George Osborne, himself a big film fan with family connections to the industry. The dramatic fall in the pound in the
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Star Wars and Trainspotting sequels help UK film production break records

Some 200 movie shoots spent £1.6bn in Britain in 2016, a rise of 13% on the previous year, reveal new BFI statistics

The Brits may not be coming at this year’s Oscars, as Tuesday’s nominations saw the country score its lowest number in a decade, but the film industry is increasingly coming to Britain.

New statistics released by the British Film Institute on 26 January show that 200 feature films started shooting in the UK last year, contributing to a total spend of £1.6 billion. This is a 13% rise from the previous year’s figures – and the highest number since the record started in 1994. Of the 200 films, 48 were funded outside the UK, and these account for 85% of the total investment.

Related: Credit rating: why George Osborne has got his name on Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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‘Choose Facebook, revenge porn, zero hours': what does the Trainspotting speech mean today?

Renton’s original rant has been repurposed so many times that even George Osborne has parodied it. Can the new film’s update ever be more than a middle-aged delusion?

Twenty-one years ago, Ewan McGregor, albeit briefly, tapped into prevailing anxieties over the spiritual bankruptcy of western consumerist society. “Choose life,” began his monologue as smackhead Mark Renton in Danny Boyle’s film adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s novel Trainspotting. “Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a fucking big television. Choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players, and electrical tin can openers. Choose good health, low cholesterol and dental insurance. Choose fixed-interest mortgage repayments. Choose a starter home …”

Can Ewan do it again? Can he speak to 2017’s zeitgeist as he did in 1996? In the sequel, T2 Trainspotting, Renton, sexy druggie nihilist turned 46-year-old failed accountant with heart problems, updates the iconic speech from the original
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Donald Trump and his ‘Entourage Of Entertainment’

Love Him, or Hate Him, Donald J. Trump is the 45th President of the United States, and He Brings an ‘Entourage of Entertainment ‘to the White House!

If there’s one thing the world has learned from 2016 it is this: Never underestimate the power of the politically incorrect. The media will spin stories one way, but the pulse of the people is feeling something else entirely. How, pray tell, did things go so awry? Well, to be fair we should have anticipated as much after the shock Brexit referendum on June 23, 2016. On that fateful day, Britons went to the polls to decide on their future. Britain without Borders and Regulations from Brussels, or Britain with Borders and centralised control from London. The Brexit referendum – non-binding though it may be – resulted in a shock victory for Brexiteers.

In the run-up to the referendum, the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, Prime Minister David Cameron
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Ed Balls faces Strictly public vote with turbo-charged charleston

Tony Blair would be proud,’ Balls is told by Bruno Tonioli after performance that helped BBC show to 9.2m viewers

The last time Ed Balls faced the voters, he didn’t have to do it in skintight jeans, button-straining red check shirt and – as one of the Strictly Come Dancing judges most unkindly suggested – “flapping around like a mating rooster”.

On the other hand, in May 2015 the former shadow chancellor lost his seat by 422 votes; this weekend he won a standing ovation from the audience, an admiring tweet from George Osborne – and his turbo-charged charleston helped the BBC show thrash ITV’s The X Factor by 9.2 million viewers to 8.1 million as the two went head to head for the first time in the series.

Go go go @edballs !! Fab performance, gave it loads of welly, love the jazz hands too! #glitterballs #scd #craigiswrong https://t.co/1sJBN415WN

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How Britain Could Still Wiggle out of Brexit

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In a monumental decision last week, Britain voted to leave the European Union - and almost immediately came down with a case of buyer's remorse. Dubbed the Brexit, the referendum vote - 52 to 48 percent to exit - has sent the stock markets and the British pound's value crashing. The harsh pill of reality has left many wondering if they can turn back time - but is it a little too late? Is there a scenario where Britain can reverse course and remain in the EU? A parliamentary petition calling for a second referendum vote now has well over the necessary
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How Britain Could Still Wiggle out of Brexit

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In a monumental decision last week, Britain voted to leave the European Union - and almost immediately came down with a case of buyer's remorse. Dubbed the Brexit, the referendum vote - 52 to 48 percent to exit - has sent the stock markets and the British pound's value crashing. The harsh pill of reality has left many wondering if they can turn back time - but is it a little too late? Is there a scenario where Britain can reverse course and remain in the EU? A parliamentary petition calling for a second referendum vote now has well over the necessary
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Sensible reason to swap Titty for Tatty | Brief letters

Swallows and Amazons | Diy recessions | Infectious diseases | David Cameron’s Micra purchase | Bob Dylan’s birthday

When I read the Arthur Ransome books in the late 1950s Titty, while not a familiar name, had no other connotations, and certainly not for someone of my age (Titty’s family ‘furious’ over name change for Swallows and Amazons film, 25 May). Now, I suspect that any 10-year-old would hear it and snigger, which militates against the innocence that the Altounyan family are aiming to preserve. Given that the second letter of the name has to be a vowel, Tatty seems about the only plausible alternative, even if it does suggest a degree of dishevelment.

Henry Malt

Bythorn, Cambridgeshire

• There is a Diy recession that George Osborne has forgotten (Letters, 25 May; Report, 23 May). In 1988 Nigel Lawson cancelled mortgage interest relief at source for unmarried couples, but delayed its introduction for a year. This resulted
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Sensible reason to swap Titty for Tatty | Brief letters

Swallows and Amazons | Diy recessions | Infectious diseases | David Cameron’s Micra purchase | Bob Dylan’s birthday

When I read the Arthur Ransome books in the late 1950s Titty, while not a familiar name, had no other connotations, and certainly not for someone of my age (Titty’s family ‘furious’ over name change for Swallows and Amazons film, 25 May). Now, I suspect that any 10-year-old would hear it and snigger, which militates against the innocence that the Altounyan family are aiming to preserve. Given that the second letter of the name has to be a vowel, Tatty seems about the only plausible alternative, even if it does suggest a degree of dishevelment.

Henry Malt

Bythorn, Cambridgeshire

• There is a Diy recession that George Osborne has forgotten (Letters, 25 May; Report, 23 May). In 1988 Nigel Lawson cancelled mortgage interest relief at source for unmarried couples, but delayed its introduction for a year. This resulted
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Grayson Perry creates huge phallus to represent bankers' worldview

Artist says latest work, which is covered in banknotes and George Osborne’s image, was inspired by industry’s self-denial about gender bias

The artist Grayson Perry has revealed two new works inspired by his experience of the world of high finance, including a giant penis embossed with banknotes and George Osborne’s face.

For the final episode of his Channel 4 series exploring masculinity in the 21st century, Perry spent time interviewing the men who control the UK’s financial services industry.

Related: Grayson Perry interview: 'I’m no longer the anonymous pervert walking down the street'

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Robert Peston’s ITV show pulls in a tenth of Andrew Marr's BBC audience

High-profile guests including George Osborne fail to keep viewers indoors on hottest day of the year

Robert Peston’s new politics show on ITV attracted just 166,000 viewers on Sunday, a tenth of the 1.6 million who watched Andrew Marr on BBC1.

A guest lineup including the chancellor, George Osborne, and broadcaster Louis Theroux did not keep viewers indoors on the hottest day of the year. The programme was scheduled immediately after its BBC rival, from 10am, during which it also performed worse than BBC1’s than Big Questions, which attracted more than 700,000 viewers for an hour-long special on the legacy of the British Empire.

Related: Rough edges, Screeny and a new haircut: Robert Peston launches Sunday show

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Peston on Sunday review: a bleeding-edged blade cuts old-school ties

The differences between ITV’s Sunday-morning newcomer and its Andrew Marr-led BBC rival were immediately clear

The unintended first words heard from the host of ITV’s new Sunday morning talk show, Peston on Sunday, were “break a leg”, spoken to co-host Allegra Stratton as the opening titles ended.

Related: Robert Peston goes for the jugular with George Osborne in new Sunday show

Related: Robert Peston criticises ‘vicious’ approach to interviewing politicians

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BBC flocks to Thatcher drama Dead Sheep as EU referendum looms

Play examining Geoffrey Howe’s split with Pm over Europe looks more timely than ever

On the day of Geoffrey Howe’s memorial, Monkey hears that Dead Sheep, the play written by ITV’s Tonight reporter Jonathan Maitland about the former chancellor’s savaging of Margaret Thatcher in his resignation speech, may be made into a BBC film. A reading of the play – described by the Guardian’s Michael Billington as “extremely entertaining” – went down well at the corporation and producers are now in talks to raise funding. At Howe’s service in Westminster, attended by his widow Elspeth, David Cameron, George Osborne and John Major among others, Michael Heseltine reminded people of how dismissive the anti-European Thatcher could sometimes be towards Howe – something highlighted in Maitland’s play. Given Howe resigned over Thatcher’s policy towards Europe, saying, “the European enterprise is not and should not be seen … as
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Film Reviews - Criminal, Despite The Falling Snow, Eisenstein in Guanajuato

Hm Treasury and Chancellor George Osborne must take some of the responsibility for this misfiring and very jarring thriller. The original intention was to make it in an American city but the producers relocated the action to London to take advantage of the generous tax breaks available in the UK. The result is an American movie dressed up in British clothes that simply don't fit.
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Hidden Britain by Drone review – spellbinding footage, depressing viewing

Tony Robinson’s drones took us to some inaccessible places, but inevitably a human dimension was missing, while the Stephen King 11.22.63 adaptation imagined a better world if JFK had lived

It has got to the point where I can’t see a man in a hi-vis jacket and hard hat on television without wondering if it’s George Osborne looking awkward in an industrial setting. The man standing in a huge recycling plant on Hidden Britain by Drone (Channel 4, Sunday) wasn’t Osborne, but he did sound like him. “Ultimately,” he said, “it’s about making money.” And you thought recycling was about saving the world.

There was something dystopian and depressing about this programme, even though the idea was good: use cameras on drones to access secret and inaccessible places. It was presented by field-botherer Tony Robinson, who introduced the drones as if they were his pets, though
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The Rise and Rise of London as a film location

This week, Neil Calloway argues that tax, language and excellent locations mean London is currently the best place to make films…

With the release this week of the trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, eagle-eyed viewers noticed that Canary Wharf Underground Station was standing in for the Death Star in some shots. Now, anyone who has ever been stuck on the tube during rush hour can relate to the Underground being an evil engineering project designed to destroy people, but it also reminded the world that London has become probably the top destination for blockbuster film-makers.

Of course, films have always been shot in and around London, but in recent years more and more films have been shot in the capital, including films not set there (which, given that the Death Star is near Yavin and not on the Isle of Dogs, would include Rogue One). The 2012 adaptation
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Tampon Tax Repealed in Chicago and the European Union

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Chicago lawmakers have voted to repeal the tampon tax on tampons and pads, and now the European Union has agreed to allow each member state to decide independently if they will apply a tax. In Chicago, women were previously taxed 10.25 percent on feminine products, and this decision will eliminate the city's portion of the tax, decreasing the total tax by 1.25 percent, according to the Associated Press. The tampons and sanitary napkins are now considered medical necessities. The state of Illinois is also considering removing their tax on feminine hygiene and incontinence products. Currently, women in only five states are exempt
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Tampon Tax Repealed in Chicago and the European Union

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Chicago lawmakers have voted to repeal the tampon tax on female hygiene products, and now the European Union has agreed to allow each member state decide independently if they will apply a tax. In Chicago, women were previously taxed 10.25 percent on feminine products, and this decision will eliminate the city's portion of the tax 1.25 percent, according to the Associated Press. The tampons and sanitary napkins are now considered medical necessities. The state of Illinois is also considering removing their tax on feminine hygiene and incontinence products. Currently, women in only five states are exempt from paying a tax on the products - Maryland,
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