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  1. Bafta TV Awards 2015 - nominations announced
  2. Neil MacGregor to stand down as British Museum director
  3. Jeremy Clarkson to host Have I Got News for You on 24 April

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By Neil Smith and Genevieve Hassan

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"Quittin' time!"

Neil Smith

Arts reporter

"Who says it's quittin time?"

"I says it's quittin time!"

"I's the foreman. I's the one who says when it's quittin' time at Tara. Quittin' time!"

A politically incorrect moment there from Gone with the Wind, reprinted now as we take our leave on today's highly eventful live page.

We'll be back tomorrow with lots more arts and entertainment news, including the shortlist for this year's Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and a look ahead to Denise Van Outen's debut appearance on EastEnders.

In the meantime, as Idris Elba says

in a personal message marking the end of shooting on the fourth season of Luther... "It's a wrap!"

Brucie at the Palladium

Sir Bruce Forsyth

Sir Bruce Forsyth is returning to the London Palladium, the scene of some of his greatest triumphs, for a night of comedy, song and dance on 12 May.

"I love doing the live show," the 87-year-old said on ITV's This Morning earlier. "I enjoy it more than anything I ever do."

With shows in Cardiff and Norwich also lined up, the veteran entertainer is far too busy to be missing the regular hosting role on Strictly Come Dancing he gave up last year.

"I don't miss doing Strictly because it was never the show that I thought it would be," he told Phillip Schofield and Christine Bleakley.

"I thought it would be a comedy show [with] me getting among the contestants, showing them how to dance."

Watch the full interview.

Booker Prize administrator dies

Ion Trewin
Man Booker Prize

Ion Trewin, literary director of the Booker Prize Foundation, has died at the age of 71.

The former literary editor of The Times had a long association with the prestigious book prize, having chaired its panel of judges in 1974 and served on its management committee before becoming its chief administrator in 2006.

Trewin edited Alan Clark's diaries and went on to write the colourful politician's biography. He also had a number of roles at the Weidenfeld & Nicolson publishing house, among them editor-in-chief.

His death follows that of Martyn Goff, the previous Booker Prize administrator, who died on 25 March at the age of 91.

Poldark second series confirmed

Aidan Turner in Poldark

BBC One's Poldark has been commissioned for a second series, enabling Aidan Turner to continue sending millions of hearts a-flutter.

The actor will return alongside Eleanor Tomlinson as Demelza for an eight-part series that will dramatise the third and fourth instalments of Winston Graham's book cycle.

The current series, which continues on Sunday, has attracted an average audience of 8.2 million.

Pop pickers


Daft Punk's Random Access Memories and St Vincent's Strange Mercy

As we're halfway through the decade, the NME has decided to take a look back at the past five years and pick out what it thinks are the best albums of the 2010s so far.

There are offerings from Aphex Twin, Alt-J, St Vincent, Daft Punk and Kanye West - but who topped their list?

Take a look at the magazine's top 25.

One, two, three, Thor

A scene from Avengers: Age of Ultron

If you're still having trouble telling the Avengers apart, help is at hand in a new trailer for their upcoming reunion Age of Ultron.

Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and Black Widow are all present and correct, each with a snappy quip. ("It's all in the swing!" wisecracks Thor after using his hammer against some robot adversaries.)

The Hulk's in there too, as are franchise newcomers Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). Oh, and let's not forget Ultron himself (pictured), a villainous machine with the voice of James Spader.

The film itself is out in the UK on 23 April.

Watch the latest trailer on YouTube.

Bump art

A Salisbury artist has been working on a more unusual canvas - his pregnant wife's stomach.

Alex Makwana has painted a number of designs, including some famous film scenes, on his partner Jo's tummy, with each taking four hours to create.

Painting on tummy
Alex Makwana
Painting on tummy
Alex Makwana

So what do you do while you're being painted on for long periods of time? Watch Call the Midwife and One Born Every Minute, of course.

Read more on this story.

Lord Sugar - Bafta reaction



Congratulations to @Nick_Hewer @karren_brady and the @bbcapprentice team for their @BAFTA nomination."

The Apprentice is nominated in the reality and constructed factual category.

BB King 'feeling better'

BB King in 2013
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Veteran blues guitarist BB King says he is "feeling much better" after being treated in hospital for dehydration caused by diabetes.

"I want to thank everyone for their concern and good wishes," the 89-year-old musician said

in a message posted on Facebook.

King, known for such hits as The Thrill is Gone and Every Day I Have the Blues, has lived with Type II diabetes for more than 20 years.

Read more on this story.

Climb every mountain

Michael Sheen as Kenneth Williams in Fantabulosa!, Nero in Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire and David Frost in Frost/Nixon

Kenneth Williams, the Emperor Nero, Sir David Frost - just a few of the famous people that Michael Sheen has portrayed on screen.

To their ranks we will soon be able to add George Mallory, the British climber whose expedition to Mount Everest - spoiler alert! - came to a sticky end in 1924.

Sheen will play the ill-fated mountaineer in a film called In High Places, described as "an epic story about the uncompromising nature of character and the sometimes overwhelming power of dreams".

Andrew Scott and Kelly Macdonald will also appear in the biopic, due to begin shooting in September in India, London and northern Italy.

Read the full story.

'Let's turn haters into motivators'


Pop foursome Blue have hit back following reports they have been

dropped by record label Sony after their latest album failed to sell.

"We love Sony Music who have supported us and licensed the album for the UK and supported us on tour," the band

wrote on Facebook.

"Sadly there are still those 'journalists' that find it fun and amusing to preach their negativity and vitriol towards us.

"Let the haters hate and in the meantime we are going to keep on doing what we love."

Blue, pictured above in Comic Relief noses, will celebrate their 15th year together in 2016.

Carrying the can

Tagging robot by Banksy

How did Banksy become the world's most famous vandal? That's one of the puzzlers currently being posed this week by iWonder, the place where the BBC seeks to provide "thought-provoking answers to fascinating questions".

Find out how the world's best-known (though still anonymous) urban graffiti artist became the darling of the art scene in its

interactive timeline.

Discover design



French designer Jean Prouve was #bornonthisday in 1901. Discover more #DesignandDesigners

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Twin Peaks video appeal

Following news at the weekend David Lynch

will not return for the revival of Twin Peaks, the stars of the show have made a video appealing for him to come back to the project.

The director said he left the show because he had not been given enough money "to do the script in the way I felt it needed to be done".

But the cast, including Sherilyn Fenn, Sheryl Lee, Peggy Lipton and James Marshall, have pleaded for Lynch to reconsider.

Their two-minute video starts with the caption "Twin Peaks without David Lynch is like..." and goes on to see the stars explain why the director is so integral to the show.

They've also

set up a Facebook page asking for fans to share the video and support their plea.

More award nods for Taylor

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Taylor Swift and Sam Smith

On Tuesday we told you about Taylor Swift landing four nominations at this year's Billboard awards.

Only four out of the 41 categories had been announced at the time. Now, though, the full shortlist has been released.

Swifty has boosted her haul to a whopping 14 nominations, with Sam Smith closely behind on 13 nods.

The prizes will be dished out on 17 May.

Read more on this story.

Lewis returns

Kevin Whatley as Lewis

Lewis fans rejoice - ITV has announced that the Oxford-based detective will return for a ninth series.

Kevin Whately and Laurence Fox will reprise their roles as Lewis and Hathaway, alongside Angela Griffin's DS Lizzie Maddox and Clare Holman's Dr Laura Hobson.

The new six-episode series will go into production in May, with Inspector Morse creator Colin Dexter continuing as a consultant producer.

Whately hinted the ninth series of the Morse spin-off

would be the last in September, saying: "Everything has a life span and I think it's gone on long enough."

Melanie Hill - Bafta reaction


"Congrats to #Cilla cast and crew for THREE @BAFTA nominations... I'm very proud to be part of the team."

Melanie Hill played 'Big Cilla', Cilla Black's mother, in the ITV drama about the singer's early days.

Barton vs Barton

Mischa Barton
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Mischa Barton is taking her mother to court, alleging she stole money the actress earned while starring in drama series The OC and made endorsement deals that damaged the star's reputation.

In a legal action filed on Tuesday, Nuala Barton is also accused of throwing her daughter out of a Beverly Hills home purchased with money Mischa had earned.

It is further alleged Nuala bullied her daughter, has been withholding royalties and lied about the amount Mischa was paid for a 2013 film.

"While Barton was busy perfecting her craft and turning her acting dreams into reality, her mother... was secretly scheming to exploit Barton's bourgeoning career," the action claims.

Hollyoaks - Bafta reaction



So we've only just gone and got nominated for a #BAFTATV award! Our first since 2003 too. *dances around The Loft*"

Hollyoaks is nominated for the Bafta TV award for soap and continuing drama.

'Justice against the odds'

Dame Helen Mirren
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Dame Helen Mirren has been speaking to the BBC about her latest film, a fact-based drama about an Austrian Jew's fight to recover a painting stolen from her family by the Nazis.

Woman in Gold, out in the UK on Friday, sees Maria Altman (Dame Helen) and a young American lawyer (Ryan Reynolds) battle to wrest Gustav Klimt's 1907 portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I from the Austrian authorities.

"It's a story of justice against the odds, that's why I wanted to do it," said Dame Helen. "There's courtroom drama in there too, and also the relationship of an older woman and a younger man, which you don't often get."

Apart from Philomena of course, which also saw an older woman, played by Dame Judi Dench, team up with a younger man, played by Steve Coogan, to correct a historic injustice.

Read more and
watch the interview with Dame Helen.

Say it with a smile

BBC Newsbeat

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Kanye West with Daniel Ramos

Here's something we don't often see - a picture of Kanye West smiling.

The reason? The settling of a legal action between the musician and Daniel Ramos, a photographer he was alleged to have attacked outside a Los Angeles airport.

According to Mr Ramos's lawyer, the case has been resolved with a handshake and an apology a week before the trial was due to start.

So that's all right then. Is it just us, though, or does Kanye's smile look just a little forced?

Read the full story.

Neil MacGregor: 'dynamic and popular'

Will Gompertz

Arts editor

Perhaps Neil MacGregor's greatest achievement as the boss of the British Museum has been transforming it from a slightly old-fashioned institution with a chilly welcome, into one if the world's most popular visitor attractions without feeling the need to dumb down.

In fact, his success stems from having the confidence to assume the public are not stupid, but are open-minded and intellectually curious.

As a leader he has been dynamic, innovative and popular, although I understand he was never particularly keen on the details.

The task facing the trustees is to find a successor who can firstly consolidate MacGregor's achievements and build upon them. It won't be easy.

Final Discworld coming soon

Sir Terry Pratchett

Sir Terry Pratchett's final Discworld novel will be published on 10 September.

The Shepherd's Crown will be the 41st novel set in Pratchett's comic world, a flat disc balanced on the backs of four elephants standing on the back of a giant turtle.

The author, who died last month at the age of 66, announced last year the novel was on its way but did not live long enough to see it published.

"It is a huge privilege to be publishing Sir Terry Pratchett's final Discworld novel," said publisher Random House.

"Terry's writing is loved and respected the world over and this publication will be an incredibly important and special event for us all."

Norton to host TV Baftas

Graham Norton
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Following on from this morning's Bafta TV award nominations, it's been confirmed Graham Norton will return to host this year's ceremony on 10 May.

The Irish comedian - seen here sporting an untypical beard - is nominated for best entertainment performance, while his BBC One chat show is up for best comedy and comedy entertainment programme.

Chris O'Dowd - Bafta reaction



A @BAFTA nomination for Moone Boy!!! Better get my glad rags out. Woohooooo!!!"

Moone Boy, which Chris O'Dowd writes and stars in, is nominated for the Bafta TV award for scripted comedy.

Moone Boy

Never mind the ballots

Trevor Cooper, Sarah Hadland, Ben Miller and Hattie Morahan in Ballot Monkeys
Channel 4

You may have noticed there's a general election coming. And it hasn't escaped Channel 4 either, who are marking it with a real-time sitcom about the "battle buses" used by the leading political parties to spread their election messages.

Written by Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin, Ballot Monkeys will see Ben Miller, Hugh Dennis, Sarah Hadland and others play campaigners banging the drums for their respective factions.

Gaps will be left in the scripts for the five 30-minute episodes, allowing the Outnumbered writers to update it with topical references and up-to-the-minute observations.

"We haven't yet decided whether we're brave or bonkers," said Fiona McDermott, Channel 4's commissioning editor for comedy.

Read the full story.

Leigh Francis - Bafta reaction


"Just heard that I'm nominated for a bafta! Me not Keith Lemon me! Hurrraaaah! That's brightened up my cloudy day."

Leigh Francis - aka Keith Lemon - is nominated for the entertainment performance TV Bafta for ITV2's Celebrity Juice.

Actor Geoffrey Lewis dies

Geoffrey Lewis
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US actor Geoffrey Lewis, best known for his appearances alongside Clint Eastwood in such films as Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, Bronco Billy and Every Which Way But Loose, has died at the age of 79.

Lewis, whose daughter Juliette followed him into the acting profession, died on Tuesday in Woodland Hills, California.

A staunch Scientologist, Lewis was nominated for a Golden Globe in 1980 for the TV comedy series Flo.

In a moving post on Twitter, Juliette Lewis wrote "

no amount of tears" could wash away her grief at losing her "hero".

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Who are you tipping to win Bafta TV prizes in May?

Will this finally be Benedict Cumberbatch's year? Who will win the soap and continuing drama battle between Coronation Street, EastEnders, Hollyoaks and Casualty? And what is your top entertainment programme of the year?

Take a look at all the nominations and let us know.

Georgina Campbell - Bafta reaction


"Picked up a cheeky BAFTA nomination!!!! I don't think I'll be able to stop smiling today! I can't bloody believe it cheers @BAFTA."

Georgina Campbell is nominated for the leading TV actress Bafta for Murdered by My Boyfriend.

BreakingBreaking News

Neil MacGregor

Neil MacGregor has announced he is to step down as director of the British Museum at the end of 2015.

The academic, author and former head of the National Gallery has been director of the museum - the most visited attraction in the UK - since August 2002.

The 68-year-old said it was "very difficult" to leave but added he had decided to retire and "the end of this year seems a good time to go".

Sir Richard Lambert, chair of the museum's board, said he had been an "outstanding" director who had made "an extraordinary contribution to public life in the UK and beyond."

Read the full story.

The Interview 'reaches North Korea'

James Franco and Seth Rogen in The Interview

A controversial comedy about a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has reportedly found its way into North Korea - by balloon.

That's according to activist Lee Min-bok, who claims to have sent thousands of copies of Sony's The Interview over the country's border with South Korea.

Lee, a defector from the North, said he had tied the DVDs to balloons along with bundles of US dollars and leaflets criticising Kim Jong-un's regime.

Seth Rogen's film is said to have prompted the crippling cyber attack on Sony that led to thousands of its employees' private emails being leaked.

Read more on this story.

Jason Watkins - Bafta reaction


"Well that's a nice start to be day. So delighted to be nominated for a @BAFTA - I'm a little shocked."

Watkins is nominated for the leading TV actor Bafta for The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies.

James Corden - Bafta reaction



Wow! The Wrong Mans has been nominated for a scripted comedy Bafta. Completely chuffed @realmatbaynton and @jimfieldsmith."

Keeley Hawes - Bafta reaction



Absolutely THRILLED to bits to be #BAFTA nominated. Day made. And congrats to @Vicky_McClure and all on @Line_of_duty too! Amazing."

Clarkson back on the BBC

Jeremy Clarkson hosting Have I Got News for You in 2014

Jeremy Clarkson is set to make his first appearance on the BBC since losing his job as co-presenter on Top Gear.

The controversial broadcaster, whose contract was not renewed following a bust-up with a producer in March, is to appear as a guest host of Have I Got News for You on 24 April.

"Jeremy's contract has not been renewed on Top Gear but he isn't banned from appearing on the BBC," said a BBC spokesman.

Clarkson has guest hosted the satirical news quiz on numerous occasions. During one appearance in 2008,

he threw a pen at regular panellist Ian Hislop that left the latter with a cut on his face.

Read the full story.

Bafta TV nominations

Here are the nominations in the key acting categories:

Bafta TV nominees

Leading actor

  • Benedict Cumberbatch - Sherlock
  • Toby Jones - Marvellous
  • James Nesbitt - The Missing
  • Jason Watkins - The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies

Leading actress

  • Georgina Campbell - Murdered by My Boyfriend
  • Keeley Hawes - Line of Duty
  • Sarah Lancashire - Happy Valley
  • Sheridan Smith - Cilla

Supporting actor

  • Adeel Akhtar - Utopia
  • James Norton - Happy Valley
  • Stephen Rea - The Honourable Woman
  • Ken Stott - The Missing

Supporting actress

  • Gemma Jones - Marvellous
  • Vicky McClure - Line of Duty
  • Amanda Redman - Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This
  • Charlotte Spencer - Glue
Bafta nominees

Female performance in a comedy programme

  • Olivia Colman - Rev
  • Tamsin Greig - Episodes
  • Jessica Hynes - W1A
  • Catherine Tate - Catherine Tate's Nan

Male performance in a comedy programme

  • Matt Berry - Toast of London
  • Hugh Bonneville - W1A
  • Tom Hollander - Rev
  • Brendan O'Carroll - Mrs Brown's Boys Christmas Special

Bafta TV nominations

Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock and Olivia Colman in Rev

This year's Bafta TV nominations have just been announced.

Olivia Colman is nominated for a fourth consecutive year - this time for best female comedy performance, for her role in BBC Two's Rev.

Benedict Cumberbatch is nominated for Sherlock for a third time. He has yet to win the coveted award.

Dramas Happy Valley, Marvellous, The Missing and Line of Duty all scored three nominations each.

Read more on this story.

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Neil Smith

Arts reporter

Welcome to another of our rolling, scrolling live pages, bringing you all the news that's fit to print in the world of arts, entertainment, media and culture. There's lots of stuff to bring you today, starting with this year's Bafta TV nominations, so don't go anywhere else.