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  1. Jailed Rolf Harris stripped of CBE
  2. Sir Simon Rattle to join LSO in 2017
  3. Daniel Craig films Comic Relief sketch

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By Neil Smith and Genevieve Hassan

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Mustn't mumble

Radio Times

Aidan Turner in Poldark

Actor Aidan Turner has admitted the cast of BBC One's Poldark remake were "spooked" during shooting by complaints about mumbling in the corporation's period dramas.

Last year's dramatisation of Jamaica Inn prompted

a deluge of complaints from viewers who struggled to understand what was being said on screen - something Turner said he was determined not to see repeated.

"I didn't see the show but the fuss about it spooked us all a lot," he told the Radio Times. "We started shooting a few weeks later and I can tell you all the actors were aiming for 10 out of 10 on enunciation."

Turner, recently seen as "sexy dwarf" Kili in the Hobbit films, plays brooding Ross Poldark in the 18th Century drama, which begins on BBC One on 8 March.

Read the full story.

First look at Snowden

Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Snowden
Film company

The makers of Oliver Stone's new film about Edward Snowden have released the first picture of actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the NSA contractor turned whistleblower.

The image shows Snowden in the military fatigues he sported during his brief time with the US Army - an episode that ended when he broke both his legs in a training accident.

Based on a book by Guardian journalist Luke Harding, Snowden is currently shooting in Munich and

will be released in the US on Christmas Day.


Laura Poitras's film about the fugitive US intelligence leaker, was named best documentary feature at the Oscars last month.

BreakingBreaking News

Rolf Harris

Former children's entertainer Rolf Harris is stripped of his CBE following his conviction of a string of indecent assaults.

Read the full story.

Dame Helen says sorry

Dame Helen Mirren

Dame Helen Mirren was feted in New York on Monday night at a spring gala held in her honour by the Roundabout Theatre Company.

The 69-year-old is currently reprising her performance as The Queen in Peter Morgan's hit play

The Audience on Broadway. On the eve of the run's first performance, though, the actress had something to get off her chest.

While walking the red carpet, Dame Helen used an interview with Sky News to apologise to an unnamed man who got into trouble with transport police for holding a train door open for her on the New York subway.

"I should have got up out of my seat there and then and walked off and said 'He did it for me, it's my fault'," she admitted. "But we were late for the theatre, so I sat there."

The Oscar-winning star said she was "a terrible person" for not standing up for the "very nice man" who came to her aid.

But she shouldn't fret too much. After all, Daniel Craig

completely wrecked a train carriage in Skyfall and hasn't even mentioned it since.

Not forgotten

Meredydd Evans in 1966

The BBC's obituary editor Nick Serpell has been remembering some of the people whose deaths in February, while significant, were not as widely reported as they perhaps should have been.

Welsh culture champion Meredydd Evans (pictured), guitarist Sam Andrew and comic book artist Brett Ewins are among those to whom he pays tribute in his latest

Been and Gone column.

News round-up

Here are some other news stories that have pinged our radar today.

Quotable Kanye


Kanye West

Kanye West spoke at Oxford's Museum of Natural History on Monday, at the invitation of Oxford University.

His 20-minute speech - in which he asked for absolute quiet so he could get his stream of consciousness going - covered a range of topics including art, philosophy and politics.

Billboard picked out 10 of his best quotes, including his thoughts on why The Matrix is "like the Bible of the post-information age".

Read the highlights from his speech.

Bearing up

The Duke of Cambridge with 'Paddington'

"And what do you do?" "Er... well, I'm a prince." "Hmmm." [Hard stare]

The Duke of Cambridge is in China at present, meeting dignitaries (and hanging out with Paddington) as he does his best

to promote British business and culture.

One of Prince William's duties during the Shanghai leg of his trip was to present Chinese representatives with one of the first surviving films of China - a minute-long recording of Shanghai's Nankin Road, shot in 1901.

A valuable testament to the hustle and bustle of city life along what is now known as Nanjing Road, it is the only film known to have survived from a series of about 40 titles made by British war correspondent Joseph Rosenthal.

Amanda Nevill, head of the British Film Institute (BFI), described the gift as "the UK's cultural handshake with China".

Nankin Road, Shanghai

Rattle 'will galvanise'

Rebecca Jones

Arts correspondent

Sir Simon Rattle
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Sir Simon Rattle's appointment is a coup for the LSO. The orchestra has a powerful personality and it needs a big beast at its helm.

But as well as being good news for the orchestra, Sir Simon's appointment is a boost for the British music scene. His call for an outstanding concert hall in London has shown the power he has to galvanise public opinion.

And he will be a champion for putting music back in schools. He is passionate about education and has said it will be a "huge priority" for him.

Unexpected emails of our time

We get a lot of emails here at the BBC entertainment desk. But this is the best subject line we've seen for a long time.

Sarah Brightman email

Yes, you read that right. "Sarah Brightman Space Expedition Press Conference to be hosted by Carol Vorderman".

Well, Carol was always very good at Countdowns...

Brightman will be discussing her training as she

prepares to visit the International Space Station in September.

You can be sure we'll bring you all the latest on this crucial news story as it happens.

Blistering barnacles!

Illustration from King Ottokar's Sceptre

On Monday we reported on an upcoming auction in Paris that will see hundreds of storyboards, drawings and books

by Tintin creator Herge go under the hammer.

One of the items up for grabs is a page from King Ottokar's Sceptre that appeared to show - to us anyway - detective duo Thomson and Thompson travelling by motor launch with Tintin towards a seaplane.

A reader has been in touch to put us right. "Thomson and Thompson are not travelling towards a seaplane, but to a flying-boat," he writes.

"There is a difference: a seaplane sits above the water on floats, but a flying-boat has a hull that sits in the water."

Thank you, Mr Alan Fisk from London, for setting us straight.

Sheridan's showstopper:

Emma Saunders

Entertainment reporter

Sheridan Smith

Comedy series Inside no 9 is about to return to BBC Two - and creator Steve Pemberton has confessed he was to blame for Sheridan Smith failing to collect best actress prize at the recent National Television Awards.

The actress was filming an episode for the show's second series before heading off to the O2 in Greenwich.

She left Twickenham at 16:30 - but it took more than three hours to make the 18-mile journey across London. Yikes.

Terrence's Oscar flub

Terrence Howard and Jimmy Fallon

If you were watching the Oscars ceremony last month, you might have noticed actor Terrence Howard stumble while introducing some of this year's best picture nominees.

Here in the office, we thought his autocue may have stopped working. But it turns out he had decided to memorise his lines - only to forget them.

The Hustle & Flow star was on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Monday and told him what had happened.

Watch the interview on YouTube.

Nurse, the screens!

Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Claire Rushbrook
Getty Images/BBC

The Royal Court is to stage a "timely" new play about the National Health Service as part of its spring season which will see audience members taken on a walking tour around the celebrated London theatre.

Who Cares, by Michael Wynne, will use verbatim testimonies from nurses, doctors, paramedics and politicians to analyse what the London theatre calls "one of the most important issues on the public agenda".

Vicky Featherstone, the Court's artistic director,

told The Guardian the NHS was "something that defines who we are as a nation" as well as "a massive election issue".

The season will also feature a new play by debbie tucker green (apparently she prefers lower case) that marks an on-stage reunion for Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Claire Rushbrook (pictured), previously seen as Brenda Blethyn's daughters in Mike Leigh's Secrets and Lies.

Marc his words:

BBC Breakfast

Marc Almond on BBC Breakfast

Marc Almond was on the BBC Breakfast sofa earlier, explaining why he is releasing a new album after previously fearing his "songwriting muse" had deserted him forever.

"I thought it was about time I made a pop record again," said the former Soft Cell star. "I'd been working on opera projects and theatre projects and I'd really missed doing pop music."

The 57-year-old said it was "really nice" to sing songs with "catchy choruses, good beats [and] hooks", describing his new release - The Velvet Trail - as "the most enjoyable, easiest album I've made".

Take a look at what he had to say.

She's no dummy

Bjork mannequins

The Museum of Modern Art's multimedia

Bjork retrospective opens to the public this weekend. Its curator, though, has not been able to resist offering a glimpse of what's in store.

Klaus Biesenbach, the New York institution's chief curator at large, has posted a sneak peek

on Instagram, waxing lyrical on the "specially fabricated vitrine" on which the robots from Bjork's All is Full of Love video will be housed and the "shiny beauty" of the body shell she wore on the cover of her Volta album.

The exhibition, which runs from 7 March to 7 June, is sure to be a must-see for fans of the eccentric Icelandic performer, whose most recent album, Vulnicura, was

rush-released in January.

The shot above shows some of the Bjork mannequins that will feature in the show.

Express delivery

Mark Williams
Mike Marsland

The Harry Potter studio tour in Leavesden, Hertfordshire, is to have a new exhibit - the original Hogwarts Express steam engine that awaited Harry, Ron and Hermione on King's Cross railway station's magical Platform 9 ¾.

The full recreation of the famous platform opens to visitors on 19 March, though actor and train enthusiast Mark Williams was given a sneak peak this week.

"The Hogwarts Express was a magical part of the Harry Potter film series," says Williams, who played Arthur Weasley in the blockbuster franchise.

"People don't always realise the school train was in fact a real working locomotive which has been transporting passengers up and down the country since 1937."

More on Rattle

Tim Masters

Entertainment correspondent

Sir Simon Rattle said he met the orchestra at the Barbican on Tuesday morning, before the official press conference at which his appointment was confirmed.

"I just came back from talking to the orchestra now," he told reporters. "I begged them, 'Can we all look each other in the face before we make the announcement?'

"They came out at the ungodly hour of 9.30 to talk and one feels this incredible warmth and openness of the group.

"It feels it's a group that will not put a ceiling on what they can achieve."

'Put a roof on Glasto'

Lionel Richie

There's nothing Lionel Richie likes better than dancing on the ceiling, a terpsichorean feat one thought would be beyond him when he performs at the Glastonbury Festival this summer.

The former Commodores singer, however, has come up with a radical solution to the problem - putting a roof over the vast Worthy Farm site that would protect revellers from the elements.

"Why would you have a festival when you're not sure if it's going to rain?" he told the BBC's Natalie Jamieson. "Why don't you just put a roof on everything?"

Given the Glastonbury site spans around 900 acres and has an 8.5 mile perimeter - just two

staggering statistics to marvel at - that would be quite a construction job.

Read the full story.

Rattle reaction

The widely anticipated news Sir Simon Rattle is to return to the UK to head up the London Symphony Orchestra has drawn an enthusiastic response on Twitter.

"Fantastic news," tweeted actress turned activist

Bianca Jagger, while
The Guardian said his appointment was "the seismic, creative shock UK classical music needs".

Given Sir Simon's recent claims that London lacks a world-class concert hall, it had been suggested a new venue was a condition of his returning.

Speaking earlier, though, the 60-year-old said his move to London was not contingent on the city getting a new venue.

Sir Simon Rattle tweets



I can't imagine a more inspiring way to spend my next years, and feel immensely fortunate to have the LSO as my musical family."

Rattle's 'dream'

Sir Simon Rattle conducts the London Symphony Orchestra
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The London Symphony Orchestra has unveiled details about Sir Simon Rattle's plans as music director, a vision "with children and young people at its heart".

"We share a dream in which performing, teaching and learning are indivisible, with wider dissemination of our art at its centre," said the conductor.

It was the LSO, of course, that Sir Simon conducted during his now legendary appearance alongside Rowan Atkinson at the London 2012 opening ceremony (pictured).

Read the LSO's official announcement.

Tim Masters

Entertainment correspondent

Sir Simon Rattle has confirmed after months of speculation he is to join the London Symphony Orchestra as its music director from September 2017.

Speaking at the LSO's Barbican home, Sir Simon said: "For me it's a very obvious step - the idea of coming home and having a position in this fantastic city."

He is currently director of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, where he has been since 2002 and has three years left on his contract.

The LSO is regarded as one of the UK's flagship orchestras and its principal conductor is one of the most high-profile roles in classical music.

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Sir Simon Rattle
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Sir Simon Rattle, one of the world's leading conductors, is to join the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) from September 2017.

Read the full story.

Fast Forward in Jeddah

Twisted red hands by Saddok Wassil
Richard Duebel

A significant turning point in the cultural landscape of Saudi Arabia was the formation of the Saudi Art Council last year - an umbrella organisation set up to help the kingdom's contemporary artists exhibit their work at home and abroad.

The fruits of its labours are currently on display in Fast Forward, an exhibition exploring the country's contemporary art since 1960 that runs in Jeddah, the kingdom's acknowledged cultural capital, until 22 April.

Take a look at some of the artwork.

Funny for Money(penny)

Daniel Craig
Getty Images

Actor Daniel Craig has been hard at work shooting Spectre, the next James Bond film, in various locales around Europe.

Yet he has still found time to appear in a one-off sketch for this year's Comic Relief fundraiser, to be broadcast on Red Nose Day on 13 March.

It has also been confirmed Professor Stephen Hawking will appear with David Walliams and Matt Lucas in a Little Britain sketch featuring the latter's Lou and Andy characters.

Stephen Fry, Dawn French and Russell Brand are among the other celebrities lined up for this year's charity funathon.

Read the full story.

Comic Relief 2015

'Tell him I'm busy':

BBC Radio 4 Today

Mel Brooks
Getty Images

On Monday we reported veteran funny-man Mel Brooks is coming to the UK later this month for a one-off performance at London's Prince of Wales theatre.

The 88-year-old has since taken time out of his busy schedule to discuss his 22 March extravaganza with friend Alan Yentob, the BBC's creative director.

The show, says Brooks, will be an "introspective retrospective" that will see the director of Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein and Spaceballs "tell near-truths all evening".

Listen to the full interview.

Chop chop

Jared Leto
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With his flowing locks and fulsome beard, actor Jared Leto did a more than passable Jesus impression at this year's Oscars.

But it's all change in Leto land as the Dallas Buyers Club star has undergone the chop and had a shave for his role as The Joker in supervillain ensemble film Suicide Squad.

Director David Ayer

teased the transformation earlier this week on Twitter, promising "something will happen". He's now followed it up
with snaps of scissors attacking Leto's ponytail and the newly shorn actor checking out
his new 'do.

Seeing as Karen Gillan

lost all her hair for Guardians of the Galaxy, the 43-year-old got off relatively lightly. Ayer, by the way, says Leto will be "majestic" as Batman's nemesis.

David Ayer/Twitter
David Ayer/Twitter

'Lucky to be alive'

Ted Robbins
Getty Images

We begin today with news of comedian Ted Robbins, who collapsed on stage in Manchester last month during a performance of Phoenix Nights Live.

The 59-year-old has been speaking about his ordeal and how grateful he is to the medical staff who treated him at the scene.

The comic was resuscitated by an off-duty cardiothoracic doctor, who apologised later for cracking his ribs while performing CPR.

"I was lucky enough to survive thanks to some wonderful people," said Robbins, who plays Den Perry in the stage version of Peter Kay's popular TV comedy. "I am so lucky to be alive."

Read the full story.

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