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Summary

  1. Author Sir Terry Pratchett dies
  2. Downton Abbey welcomes royal visit
  3. Jeremy Clarkson 'fracas' row continues

Live Reporting

By Neil Smith and Kev Geoghegan

All times stated are UK

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RIP Sir Terry:

Neil Smith

Arts reporter

Sir Terry Pratchett
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That's our lot on the live page today, so we'll leave you with more wonderful words of wisdom from the late, great Sir Terry Pratchett,

as tweeted by fan Ricky Gervais:

"It's not worth doing something unless someone, somewhere, would much rather you weren't doing it."

See you tomorrow.

Culture secretary Sajid Javid

@sajidjavid

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RIP Terry Pratchett. Many children owe thanks for his wonderful stories. Thoughts with his family & friends."

Prime Minister pays tribute

@David_Cameron

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Sad to hear of Sir Terry Pratchett's death, his books fired the imagination of millions and he fearlessly campaigned for dementia awareness."

'Watershed moment'

Sir Terry was a patron of Alzheimer's Research UK, whose director, Hilary Evans, said his death would have "a profound effect on both literature and the 850,000 people who live with dementia".

"Sir Terry's uniquely witty and affecting announcement of his diagnosis with Alzheimer's at our 2008 conference will be seen as a watershed moment for all people living with dementia.

"It engendered huge public awareness of Alzheimer's and issued a call to arms for society to talk about dementia and take steps towards defeating it."

Read the full tribute.

Lives touched by Sir Terry

You have been getting in touch with us about the death of author Sir Terry Pratchett.

Giovi tweets: "

thank you for every dream, every escape, every story, every fiction, every single word! world is emptier now."

Joe McDowell writes: "

Sad news."

Karyna Morris says: "

Will be missed by millions"

Sir Terry's quotes on... everything

Buzzfeed has listed 26 of Sir Terry Pratchett's best quotes from his Discworld novels about life, death and everything in between.

A favourite in this office: "Inside every old person is a young person wondering what happened."

Last novel completed

Sir Terry Pratchett in 1997
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Sir Terry Pratchett set his Discworld novels on a flat disc balanced on the backs of four elephants that stand themselves on the back of a giant turtle.

The saga began in 1983 with The Colour of Magic and ran to a further 40 titles, the last of which, The Shepherd's Crown, was completed last year.

Caitlin Moran on Sir Terry Pratchett

@caitlinmoran

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I can't imagine a 13-year-old alive who wouldn't be changed a bit, for the better, by reading Terry Pratchett."

Death announced on Twitter

Sir Terry Pratchett
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The death of British author Sir Terry Pratchett was announced

in a series of tweets beginning with: AT LAST, SIR TERRY, WE MUST WALK TOGETHER.

It continued: "Terry took Death's arm and followed him through the doors and on to the black desert under the endless night."

The posts finished with "The End."

More Terry Pratchett tributes

Penguin Books UK: "The world has lost one of its brightest, sharpest minds. Rest in peace, Sir Terry Pratchett."

Penguin Random House: "It is said that your life flashes before your eyes just before you die. That is true, it's called Life." - Terry Pratchett #restinpeace

True Blood star

Robert Kazinsky: "RIP terry pratchett, I owe my love of books to you, growing up, your Discworld was my favorite place to be."

Scottish comedian

Janey Godley: "My husband had never read due to autism he got a #terrypratchett audio book and it literally changed his life - he listened to them all."

Pratchett on Desert Island Discs

Discworld creator Terry Pratchett appeared on Radio 4's Desert Island Discs in 1997, during which he mused on whether his works could be considered literature.

"Literature is clearly a vote taken probably after you are dead," he told the BBC's Sue Lawley. "I don't think I write literature.

"I hope I write entertaining books that are good value for money, If they're read in 50 years' time, it will be a bonus."

Listen to the full programme.

Tony Parsons on Sir Terry Pratchett

@TonyParsonsUK

"

Rest well, Terry Pratchett who died with his cats on his bed and his loved ones by his side. A great life, a brave death, inspirational man."

Pratchett's publisher pays tribute

"I was deeply saddened to learn that Sir Terry Pratchett has died. The world has lost one of its brightest, sharpest minds.

In over 70 books, Terry enriched the planet like few before him. As all who read him know, Discworld was his vehicle to satirise this world: he did so brilliantly, with great skill, enormous humour and constant invention.

Terry faced his Alzheimer's disease (an "embuggerance", as he called it) publicly and bravely. Over the last few years, it was his writing that sustained him. His legacy will endure for decades to come.

My sympathies go out to Terry's wife Lyn, their daughter Rhianna, to his close friend Rob Wilkins, and to all closest to him."

- Larry Finlay, MD at Transworld Publishers

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Sir Terry Pratchett
BBC

Sir Terry Pratchett, author of the best-selling Discworld fantasy novel series, dies aged 66.

Happy birthday RLPO

Vasily Petrenko
Mark McNulty

It's a big day for the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, which will be celebrating the 175th anniversary of its first ever concert in 1840 later with a double bill of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and Mendelssohn's Die erste Walpurgisnacht.

Chief conductor Vasily Petrenko (pictured) will be wielding the baton at the event, which has been three years in the planning.

The concert, at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, is now sold out but will be broadcast live on

Classic FM.

Bjork bares her heart

Bjork
Record label

Lion Song is one of the most affecting songs on Bjork's new album Vulcania, detailing her fruitless attempts to communicate with a lover who grows ever more distant.

"Should I throw oil on one of his moods?" she wonders. "But which one? Make the joy peak? Humour peak? Frustration peak? Anything peak - for clarity."

The track has now been blessed with a video, which finds the Icelandic star dressed in the acupuncture-gone-awry outfit you see above.

Directors Inez & Vinoodh said: "Bjork's character for Lionsong had to be smooth like a spider waiting in her web and seductive like a Balinese dancer cast in bronze.

"She is seen as if under a microscope, baring her heart while luring us inside the bloody galaxy of her own wound."

Watch the video on YouTube.

News round-up

Here are some of the other stories we've been reporting on today:

  • German architect Frei Otto, who died on Monday aged 89, has been
    posthumously awarded the prestigious Pritzker Prize.
  • The lead guitarist for death metal band Slipknot has been released from hospital after being
    stabbed in the head by his brother.
  • The BBC is to give away
    one million mini-computers to 11-year-olds across the country as part of its push to make the UK more digital.
  • An Afghan artist who dressed in a metal suit featuring
    exaggerated breasts and buttocks in Kabul tells the BBC why she conducted the stunt.

Great Scott

Kristin Scott Thomas
BBC

Last year, Dame Kristin Scott Thomas declared she was quitting cinema.

"I just suddenly thought, I can't do it any more. I'm bored by it. So I'm stopping,"

she told The Guardian.

But she's back on screen already - starring in Suite Francaise, a romantic drama set during the German occupation of France during World War Two and based on Irene Nemirovsky's best-selling novel.

Appearing on Woman's Hour this lunchtime, the actress explained why the project made her change her mind.

"I read this book when it was published in 2004 and I was always passionate about the story.

"The novel itself was so brilliant, and the observation made of people under duress and in fear was just so brilliant that I couldn't resist."

She also told Jenni Murray about the problem of ageism in the film industry and why she intends to concentrate on her theatre work.

You can hear the interview on the

Radio 4 website.

From Samurai to King

Ken Watanabe - the Japanese actor who was Oscar-nominated for his role opposite Tom Cruise in The Last Samurai - is playing a lead role in a new Broadway adaptation of The King and I.

Broadway World

has some great shots of him in costume with co-star Kelli O'Hara, taken for Vanity Fair.

Mark of Caine

Hang On A Minute Lads… I've Got A Great Idea by Richard Wilson
Reuters

There'll be some cricked necks in Hong Kong this month thanks to the installation of an unusual art installation - a full-sized replica of a vintage Harrington Legionnaire coach, perched seven floors up on the exterior of the famous Peninsula Hotel.

Inspired by the final scene of Sir Michael Caine's classic 1969 caper movie The Italian Job, Richard Wilson's Hang On A Minute Lads… I've Got A Great Idea will remain in precarious-looking situ until 8 April.

Coinciding with this year's Art Basel and Art Central Fairs in Hong Kong, the unveiling marks the start of a three-year collaboration between the Peninsula and the Royal Academy of Arts in London.

They were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off! Sorry, we couldn't resist.

Say cheese

The Duchess of Cambridge poses with Downton Abbey cast and crew members
PA

The Duchess of Cambridge has rounded off her visit to the Downton Abbey set in west London by posing for a photo with cast and crew members.

Michelle Dockery, Penelope Wilton and Hugh Bonneville are among those in the picture. How many other regulars can you spot?

Watch a report on the royal visit.

Madonna criticises Radio 1 ban

Madonna
Reuters

Madonna's had a bit of a rant at Radio 1, calling it "discriminatory and unfair" after it declined to play her latest single.

The 56-year-old, who famously took a topple at the Brits last month, told the Sun she was "shocked" by her exclusion from the station's playlist.

Radio 1 says it chooses songs on "musical merit". Last year, though, its head of music declared its listeners had "moved on from Madonna".

Read the full story.

Music stars at Strange funeral

Boy George and Spandau Ballet carry the coffin of Steve Strange
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Boy George and Martin and Gary Kemp from Spandau Ballet have carried in the coffin of Visage singer Steve Strange at his funeral in Porthcawl in Wales.

Strange, who was born Steven Harrington and who had his biggest hit with Visage song Fade to Grey, died in February aged 55.

Read more on this story.

Insurgent 'a glorified rehash'

Shailene Woodley and Theo James at the Insurgent world premiere
PA

Shailene Woodley and Theo James walked the red carpet in London on Wednesday at the premiere of Insurgent, the latest instalment in the dystopian fantasy series that began last year with Divergent.

The sequel sees their characters, Tris and Four, go on the run, hounded by a futuristic government that divides its populace into five personality types.

According to

Screen Daily, the film "spends more time spinning out or setting up story points than delivering them" but "gets more emotionally engaging in the final act".

Variety's critic was less impressed, however, saying it feels like "

a tempest in a teapot" and "a glorified rehash of what came before".

Decide for yourself when Insurgent (rhymes with detergent) comes out in the UK and Ireland on 19 March.

'Tis but a scratch

Monty Python at the O2
Getty Images

It turns out the Monty Python farewell shows in London last year were not the last time its surviving members could be seen together alive and in the same room.

All five - Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, John Cleese, Terry Jones and Eric Idle (above) - are to attend a 40th anniversary screening of Monty Python and the Holy Grail at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York next month.

"All we know is that it was a documentary about coconuts that rather lost its way," said Palin, referencing the film's use of coconut shells to imitate horses' hooves.

Phoenix raising

Phoenix Nights cast with Comic Relief cheque
Presser

A series of Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights shows, performed live at the Manchester Arena in February, has raised more than £5 million for Comic Relief.

The sold-out 16 night run saw 196,000 tickets sold, with total proceeds coming to a massive £5,031,146.47.

Actor Paddy McGuiness

tweeted: "Thank you for buying a ticket! Your generosity will change lives."

Too darned loud

Michael J Fox
Getty Images

This sounds like a real treat for music and film fans alike. The Edinburgh International Film Festival and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra are teaming up this summer to mark the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future.

A screening of the film on 27 June at the Festival Theatre will be accompanied by a live performance of Alan Silvestri's score, with 15 minutes of additional music.

It's been 30 years since we first met Doc Brown and Marty McFly, and we don't feel at all old writing that. Michael J Fox, above, is now 53. Yes, 53!

Tickets go on sale on Friday.

Blurred Lines stars to appeal

Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams
PA

Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke are to appeal the verdict which ruled that they used parts of Marvin Gaye's 1977 hit Got to Give It Up in their 2013 hit Blurred Lines.

Tuesday's ruling saw the US singers ordered to pay $7.4 million (£4.8m) to Gaye's family, a verdict the performers' lawyer said would set a "horrible precedent".

Read more on this story.

Downton Duchess

The Duchess of Cambridge receives a bouquet from Zac Barke
PA

The Duchess of Cambridge is at Ealing Studios in west London today, meeting the cast and crew of ITV's popular period drama Downton Abbey.

Kate received a bouquet from child actor Zac Barker as she arrived for her visit, to be greeted by Julian Fellowes, creator of the hit country house saga.

The Duchess of Cambridge with Julian Fellowes and others
PA

She then met members of the show's hair and make-up team as they put the finishing touches to actress Phyllis Logan, otherwise known as housekeeper Mrs Hughes.

The Duchess's visit will also see her watch a scene being filmed for the show's upcoming sixth season. Don't expect a royal cameo though...

Beowulf casting news

Kieran Bew
BBC and (right) ITV press

ITV has revealed the actor who will play legendary warrior Beowulf in its forthcoming drama series - and his name is Kieran Bew.

Not quite a household name yet, the 34-year-old from Hartlepool has been in the TV shows Da Vinci's Demons and Silent Witness.

The 13-part action drama also stars William Hurt as Hrothgar and Joanne Whalley as Rheda. Above is a shot of the set being built for the new show somewhere in Northumberland.

The last time Beowulf hit the big screen was in 2007. The CGI spectacular saw Ray Winstone voice the title role and Angelina Jolie sport a bizarre Transylvanian accent.

'Provocative and controversial'

Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage
PA

Following David Cameron's comments about Jeremy Clarkson on Wednesday, more political leaders have been weighing in on the row over his widely reported bust-up with a Top Gear producer.

"The guy's obviously incredibly popular and the show that he does provides entertainment to millions of people, but who is responsible for determining whether he carries on or not, is his employers," deputy PM Nick Clegg told LBC.

"He is an employee of the BBC, they are his boss and so if they think he has done something wrong ... then it is for them to decide," the Lib Dem leader continued.

"I'm quite certain that if, as UKIP party leader, I punched one of our officials, I think I would be in considerable hot water," Nigel Farage told the same station.

"I do enjoy Top Gear, it's very entertaining. Deliberately provocative and controversial and whenever I sit down and watch it I always laugh."

Froot cause

Marina and the Diamonds
Presser

Marina and the Diamonds is back with a new album she says has been "really creatively liberating" to make.

The album is called Froot - a title that even the Welsh singer-songwriter, real name Marina Lambrini Diamandis, admits to being baffled by.

"I did it without much thought but I liked the way it looked," she told the BBC's Mark Savage. "It's playful, like a child had spelt it, and I wanted the album to be mature and childlike at the same time."

Read the interview with Marina.

Alexander the great

Alexander McQueen in 2005
PA

Savage Beauty, a retrospective of the work of late fashion designer Alexander McQueen, is set to attract hordes of visitors when it opens at London's Victoria and Albert museum this weekend.

Our colleagues on BBC Arts invited fashion journalist Dana Thomas to give her thoughts on the life and career of what it calls "one of the most innovative designers of his generation."

Read the full article, which includes a preview of the exhibition itself.

Big Bang star honoured

Jim Parsons with other stars of The Big Bang Theory
AFP

He's got it all - money, fame and now a big shiny star with his name on it.

Jim Parsons, the highest paid TV star in the world, has been honoured with his own spot on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.

The 41-year old

rakes in millions for his role as science geek Sheldon Cooper in hit sitcom The Big Bang Theory.

He was joined at the event on Wednesday by his Big Bang co-stars - Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik, Melissa Rauch, Simon Helberg, Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting.

Parsons is soon to be heard as the voice of an alien in the DreamWorks animation Home and his next stop will be Broadway, having been lined up to play the Almighty in a new comedy, Act of God, in May.

Cobain trailer released

Kurt Cobain
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One for Nirvana fans now. The first trailer for an acclaimed new documentary about late singer Kurt Cobain has hit the net, 21 years on from his 1994 death.

Montage of Heck - named after a mix-tape Cobain once put together of his favourite bands - features never-before-seen archive footage from his troubled childhood and home videos made during his troubled marriage to Courtney Love.

Rolling Stone magazine calls the two-and-a-half minute trailer "

devastating". What do you think?

Watch the trailer on YouTube.

Greek role for Bond star

Ben Whishaw
PA

British man of many talents Ben Whishaw - the voice of Paddington the bear and gadget guru Q in the forthcoming James Bond film Spectre - is now set to be a god of partying.

He's set to tread the boards in Bakkhai, a new version of the Euripides tragedy that forms part of a season of ancient Greek plays at the Almeida theatre in north London.

Whishaw will play Dionysus, god of fertility and wine, in a new production that the theatre says "will echo the original Ancient Greek performance model" by using just three actors and a chorus.

Aeschylus's Oresteia and Euripides' Medea bookend Bakkhai in

a six-month season that begins on 29 May and runs until 14 November.

Read more on this story.

Clarkson and the Blues

Jeremy Clarkson at Stamford Bridge
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One good thing about being suspended by the BBC, joked Jeremy Clarkson on Wednesday, was that he would be able to make it to Chelsea's Champions League tie that evening against Paris St-Germain.

Unfortunately for the Top Gear host and the rest of the Stamford Bridge faithful, his presence was not enough to stop the Blues being knocked out of the competition on away goals.

Read more about the match.

Still Alice co-director dies

Richard Glatzer with Julianne Moore on the Still Alice set
Film company

We start today with sad news that Richard Glatzer, co-writer and co-director of the Oscar-winning Still Alice, has died at the age of 63.

Glatzer - who wrote and directed the film with his husband Wash Westmoreland - died on Tuesday in Los Angeles, having been diagnosed with motor neurone disease (also known as ALS) in 2011.

"Rich was my soul mate, my collaborator, my best friend and my life," said Westmoreland. "I treasure every day of the short 20 years we had together."

Julianne Moore, who won an Oscar for her role in the film as a linguistics professor diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's, has also paid tribute

on Twitter.

Read more on this story.

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