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  2. One Direction announce new album
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By Sarah Jane Griffiths and Neil Smith

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So long, farewell...

That's about all we've got time for on today's entertainment live page, but don't forget to join us tomorrow when - among other things - we'll be discussing who was victorious in tonight's TV battle.

In a case of tragic TV scheduling, this week's Great British Bake Off (BBC One, 20:00 BST) and Coronation Street's special live episode (ITV, 19:30 BST) clash for half an hour.

Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood
Rehearsals for Corrie Live

As if that wasn't a tricky enough decision to make, Corrie's also going live and interactive with a "second screen experience" viewers can catch on their phones, tablets and laptops. Stephen Mulhern will be going behind the scenes live, as it’s happening, with anAccess All Areas online stream.

You can even get your message written on blackboard in the Rovers Return! Here's Cath Tyldesley, aka barmaid Eva, to explain how.

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See you on Thursday.

Princes in hard hats

William and Harry meet residents
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DIY SOS is coming back with a royal seal of approval, after Princes William and Harry stopped by to help the team transform a derelict Manchester street into housing for veterans.

The builders' "most ambitious project yet" will see several empty properties transformed into liveable homes for ex-service personnel, as well as a support centre.

The princes joined the show's builders and volunteers on Wednesday, with William painting a kitchen and Harry tasked with laying paving stones.

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Discovered by Asda

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It's not often you can credit a supermarket ad with breaking a new band. But LA-based indie-pop duo The Score have been enjoying newfound fame across the UK, thanks to their track being chosen for Asda's 50th anniversary campaign. 

Oh My Love became the "most Shazam-ed ad track of the year" and helped them get a record deal. 

Newsbeat's Sinead Garvan has been speaking to them all about it.

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Scream Queens find UK home

A scene from Scream Queens

E4 has announced it will be showing Scream Queens, Ryan Murphy's new slasher comedy series, in the autumn.

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The 15-part series centres around a university sorority house rattled by a series of murders. Emma Roberts, Lea Michele and Abigail Breslin star, while Jamie Lee Curtis - the original scream queen herself - plays the university's dean. 

The show - which premiered in the US last night - also features guest appearances from pop stars Ariana Grande and Nick Jonas.

Here's what Entertainment Weekly had to say about it.

Gentlemen of the Road

Mumford and Sons

Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at a festival? Or why Mumford and Sons decided to put on their own?

Well, the band and their Gentlemen of the Road Stopover events were the subject of a BBC Radio 1 documentary last night. 

It was recorded at their Stopover in Aviemore in the Scottish Highlands last month and features all four Mumfords - Marcus, Ted, Ben and Winston. 

The programme also features some of the acts on the line-up, including Lianne La Havas, Jack Garratt and The Maccabees - who were also one of the guests on Later with... Jools Holland last night. 

The London rockers  performed the title track from their recent number one album Marks to Prove It (below).

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Go to the iPlayer to watch the whole programme, which also featured Roisin Murphy and the Stereophonics.

'No title yet' for Top Gear trio's show

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Broadcaster James May has told the BBC that nothing has been decided regarding the show he and his fellow former Top Gear presenters are making for streaming service Amazon Prime.

Speaking at BMW's Mini plant in Oxford, where he is shooting BBC Two programme Building Cars Live, he insisted that "nothing has happened" with the show, which will see him working alongside Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond once more.

I can't tell you anything about it. All we've done so far is possibly found an office to work from. We haven't got a name, we haven't decided on any of the content. Nothing has happened."

May, however, did have some thoughts on the scandal engulfing Volkswagen, the world's biggest car-maker, over its manipulation of US diesel car emissions tests.

I wouldn't be surprised if they turn out not to be the only ones. Every time I turn the radio on all I hear is it's more VWs and a greater amount of money has been knocked off their share price. But all these things are actually a stimulus to improving the car.

If there's a bit of a scandal about diesels it's all a bit ugly and unfortunate. But I bet you in five years' time, if cars are still being fitted with diesel engines, they'll be much better as a result."

Building Cars Live will be shown on BBC Two next month.

Filming starts on Miller comedy

Ben Miller

A new romantic comedy series called I Want My Wife Back started filming this week, starring Ben Miller as the show's "incredibly unlucky hero" Murray.

Described by producers as a "modern farce", the comedy kicks off with Murray being left by his wife, played by Caroline Catz, on her 40th birthday.

The series follows his attempts to win her back as he seeks advice from friends, family and colleagues and adopts a new strategy each week to achieve his goal.

It's written and produced by the team behind The Worst Week of My Life (Mark Bussell and Justin Sbresni) and also stars Jan Francis.

Cara hits out at paparazzi

Cara Delevingne
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It seems Cara Delevingne has had her fill of unwanted attention from paparazzi photographers after London Fashion Week. The supermodel and actress has been venting her frustrations with a string of tweets. 

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As the action heads to Milan for the next round of shows, Delevingne had a word of warning for photographers there.

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She also wrote: "One day when I have time, I will find out where you live and camp outside your house with my friends armed with [a] camera," adding: "Then let's see who is laughing."

Sorry guys, rant over. I hope you all had a great day. If I wasn't able to vent to you guys, these situations would probably end in violence

I refuse to let these grown men treat people like objects with no feelings and get away with it, I will never be silent.

Cara was all smiles earlier, though, as she joined Kate Moss in Milan to present their campaign for high street chain Mango.

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Botticelli remembered

Artworks at the Gemaldegalerie in Berlin, Germany

More than 50 originals by Florentine painter Sandro Botticelli can currently be marvelled at at the Gemaldegalerie art museum in Berlin, Germany.

The Botticelli Renaissance also features works by Degas, Rossetti, Magritte and Andy Warhol as it explores how a painter who was quickly forgotten after his 1510 death was rediscovered in the 19th Century and went on to become one of the world's most renowned and influential artists.

The exhibition opens on Thursday

and runs until 24 January.

Wearing in Valencia

Gillian Wearing

British artist Gillian Wearing poses in front of some of her photographs at an exhibition of her work at the Modern Art Institute in Valencia, Spain.

The exhibition, which features video installations, photographs and a sculpture by the winner of the 1997 Turner Prize, runs from Thursday until 24 January.

Tompkinson lined up for Pig play

Stephen Tompkinson

Brassed Off and DCI Banks star Stephen Tompkinson has landed an unexpectedly topical role in Pig Farm, a "dark new farce" coming to the London stage next month.

Written by Greg Kotis, the Tony-winning writer of the acclaimed musical Urinetown, this black comedy tells of an American farm struggling to cope with its annual pig count.

The play, first seen in New York in 2006, runs

at the St James Theatre from 21 October.

Here's what the New York Times had to say about the original production.

Sculpture turns a new leaf

Dirty Corner sculpture

Sir Anish Kapoor's controversial Dirty Corner sculpture in the gardens of Versailles has been covered in gold leaf to mask anti-Semitic graffiti.

The trumpet-shaped work has been vandalised three times since it was installed in June, and Sir Anish had previously said he would not remove the offending slogans.

Over the weekend, however, a tribunal ruled that the graffiti must be erased and an alarm installed.

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Walliams sent to the Tower

David Walliams with the Gangsta Granny cast

David Walliams stopped off at the Tower of London on Wednesday to launch an upcoming stage version of his 2011 bestseller Gangsta Granny.

The show, about a grandmother who plots to steal the Crown Jewels, opens in Birmingham on 7 December, the first stop in

a nine-month UK tour.

Strictly dances revealed

Strictly Come Dancing celebrities

Thunder In My Heart by Leo Sayer, Wham!'s Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go and Clean Bandit's Rather Be are just some of the songs this year's Strictly hopefuls will be dancing to on Friday and Saturday's shows.

Click here for the full line-up of song titles and dance styles.

Serial podcast eyes new case

Sgt Bowe Bergdahl

Fans of the hugely successful

Serial podcast who are still suffering withdrawal symptoms will be pleased to hear its producers may have selected a case for their second series.

Soldiers who served with ex-POW Sgt Bowe Bergdahl - who disappeared from his post in eastern Afghanistan under mysterious circumstances back in 2009 -

have told Maxim magazine they have been interviewed by Serial host Sarah Koenig.

The soldier's five-year captivity at the hands of Taliban forces came to an end in May 2014, after the US secured his release in exchange for five Guantanamo Bay detainees.

Bergdahl (pictured) claims he was abducted by insurgents after intentionally walking off his outpost, in a bid to draw attention to conditions in his unit that he found troubling.

He faces desertion and other charges by the US military for his disappearance. You can read more details in

our profile of the soldier.

Koenig's previous investigation into the case of Adnan Syed, a man currently serving a life sentence for the 1999 murder of his high school ex-girlfriend Hae Min Lee, ignited a campaign to re-open the case. He has since been granted an appeal.

However, a member of the Serial team told Maxim they would appreciate "some room" while they were "actively reporting stories".

"The Serial staff is currently working on several things simultaneously: Season 2, Season 3 and some other podcast projects," said production manager Emily Condon.

"For now, we're not talking publicly about anything that we're working on."

'They have to be nice'

Island Records

Disclosure's new album, Caracal, is out this week and features a host of collaborators - from their old mucker Sam Smith and jazz star Gregory Porter to Lorde, Kwabs, Lion Babe and The Weeknd.

How do the Surrey dance duo, brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence, decide whom to work with? Howard told the BBC they have "three criteria". 

They have to be good singers. They have to be able to write music... And they have to be nice."

Read more from Disclosure in our interview.

Dressed for Breakfast

Eagle-eyed viewers have been remarking on how much the dress worn by BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin this morning resembled that of the programme's weather forecaster Carol Kirkwood.

Charlie Stayt, Louise Minchin and Carol Kirkwood

Kirkwood has since been on Twitter to insist any similarity was not intentional.

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Does Blade Runner sequel have a title?

The long-awaited sequel to Blade Runner may be called Androids Dream.

In the last few days, domain names including and have been registered by a company that has been used in the past by Warner Bros.

The sequel to Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic will be directed by Sicario’s Denis Villeneuve and is expected to go into production next summer.

The original film, of course, was based on Philip K Dick's 1968 novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Needless to say, our entertainment correspondent Lizo Mzimba is very excited.

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Plug pulled on Funny Prize

The Bookseller

The last we heard about the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, set up in 2008 by ex-children's laureate Michael Rosen to reward authors and artists of humorous children's books, was that it was being put on hold until 2016.

However, it has now been confirmed the prize will not be handed out again, as it does not fit in with the Roald Dahl Estate's plans to mark the centenary of BFG creator's 1916 birth.

Here's how Rosen revealed the news on Twitter.

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UK and Ireland box office

Jason Clarke (left) and others in Everest

Mountaineering drama Everest was the big draw at UK and Ireland cinemas this weekend, topping the chart with an opening tally of £3.16m.

That total - which includes takings from previews held the previous weekend - was enough to consign the previous week's top film, Kray twins biopic Legend, to second place.

All in all it was a good weekend for Working Title, the British company behind both releases.

Here's this weekend's top five in full.

  1. Everest (£3.16m)
  2. Legend (£2.44m)
  3. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (£1.51m)
  4. The Visit (£0.48m)
  5. Inside Out (£0.43m)

BBC One autumn highlights

Idris Elba as Luther

There's definitely an autumnal chill in the air today, but it's not just Google celebrating the September Equinox (or first official day of autumn), with a cute animated squirrel.

BBC One has also unveiled some of the shows that will be tempting us into onesie-wearing TV oblivion on the sofa over the next few months - otherwise known as the highlights of its autumn/winter schedule. 

They include the return of Luther and Sherlock; new dramas War and Peace, Dickensian, Capital and River; natural history series The Hunt and Great Barrier Reef; and a new comedy show from Tracey Ullman.    

Highlight's of BBC One's autumn/winter schedule

BBC One controller Charlotte Moore also announced some new commissions at last night's launch, including David Farr's "visceral" new drama Troy - Fall of a City.

Moore said the "epic tale of love, revenge, intrigue and bloodshed" would be "unlike anything we’ve ever seen on BBC One before".

Other shows in the making include: 

  • One-off drama To Sir With Love, adapted by Hanif Kureishi from ER Braithwaite's 1959 novel
  • The Cormoran Strike Mysteries, based on the crime novels The Cuckoo's Calling, The Silkworm and the forthcoming Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith (otherwise known as JK Rowling) 
  • A documentary about the Salvation Army, presented by Paul O’Grady
  • Saving Lives at Sea, a series about the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution)

Yogi Berra RIP

Yogi Berra, pictured in 2013, and a man in a Yogi Bear costume
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We wouldn't normally mention the passing of a baseball legend on these pages.

But as well as being one of his sport's most famous catchers, Lawrence "Yogi" Berra had another claim to fame - as the supposed inspiration of cartoon character Yogi Bear.

Hanna-Barbera, the makers of the cartoon, claimed the name was a coincidence, though that didn't stop Berra launching - and later withdrawing - a defamation suit.

Here's how our colleagues

at BBC Sport have been remembering the much-loved Hall of Famer.

Irons headed back to Bristol

Before Brideshead Revisited, Reversal of Fortune and Die Hard with a Vengeance, Jeremy Irons cut his teeth at Bristol's Old Vic theatre.

How fitting, then, that the 67-year-old should be heading back there next year to mark the venerable venue's 250th anniversary.

Irons will co-star with Lesley Manville in Eugene O'Neill's epic play Long Day's Journey Into Night, which will open on 23 March under the direction of Sir Richard Eyre.

Here's how the theatre announced the news on Twitter.

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A star-studded Dream

Matt Lucas, Maxine Peake, John Hannah

A star-studded cast has been lined up for BBC One's adaptation of Shakespeare classic A Midsummer Night's Dream, due on our TVs next year.

Former Doctor Who scribe Russell T Davies has written a "bold and accessible" 90-minute adaptation, starring Matt Lucas as Bottom, Maxine Peake as Titania and John Hannah as Theseus.

Elaine Paige is Mistress Quince, Richard Wilson will play Starveling, Bernard Cribbins is Snout, while Javone Prince is Snug.

"This is such an exciting range of actors from stage and screen, from wild comedy to high drama, and some making their first ever appearance on camera," said Davies.

"The Dream is coming to life like never before."

Filming starts in Cardiff this October.

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New Apprentice, new advisor

The first trailer for the next season of The Apprentice has been unveiled.

It shows Lord Sugar "ready for battle" in the boardroom, flanked by Karren Brady and new advisor Claude Littner, Nick Hewer's replacement. 

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More Big Brother

The former Big Brother housemates who took part in last night's Bit on the Side programme have been on Twitter to comment on what Channel 5 called "an incident on the set". 

The show's broadcast was interrupted after an apparent bust-up involving Farrah Abraham and Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace, during which 'Allo 'Allo actress Vicki Michelle was reportedly injured.

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Thanx for the concerned tweets I'm fine at home There seems to be a lot of misconstrued stories I will set the record straight I'm tired now

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Horowitz serves up Saddam farce

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Entertainment correspondent

Anthony Horowitz and Saddam Hussein, pictured in 1998

Flatulence gags, split trousers and a nod to the Chuckle Brothers - Anthony Horowitz's new play Dinner with Saddam has it all.

Starring Steven Berkoff as the former Iraqi dictator, the story sees Saddam Hussein turn up at the home of a Baghdad family - played by Sanjeev Bhaskar, Shobu Kapoor and Rebecca Grant - and announce he wants to join them for a meal. He's even brought his own bottle of Mateus Rose.

Horowitz, who I happened to be sitting next to on the play's opening night at London's Menier Chocolate Factory, admitted to a few first night nerves. He also told me why he'd decided to use farce to tackle what he describes as inertia in the aftermath of the Iraq war.

"It seems a horrible thing to say, but unfortunately I think we are bored with Iraq. We've heard so much about it and everything we hear doesn't seem to add up. There are all these enquiries which lead nowhere.

"Comedy seems to be the only way to revisit it and try to get people to think again. So although it has a lot of jokes and scatological humour, this play also has a very serious core.

"I hope people will leave the theatre feeling they learned something new."

Horowitz, whose James Bond novel Trigger Mortis was published recently, hopes Dinner with Saddam might serve up some more courses after its six-week run in Southwark.

"Obviously I would like it to have a life beyond this theatre - whether it's the West End or the provinces or other countries.

"The more people who see it and laugh at it, the happier I'll be."

Dinner with Saddam

runs until 14 November.

Big Brother bust-up

Celebrity Big Brother set 2015

Celebrity Big Brother's Bit on the Side spin-off programme was taken off air last night when a row broke out involving former housemates.

'Allo 'Allo actress Vicki Michelle reportedly sought medical advice after getting caught in the crossfire.

Here is the moment the Channel 5 show got taken off air.

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A spokesperson for Channel 5 issued the following statement on Wednesday.

Last night's Celebrity Big Brother's Bit on the Side was interrupted due to an incident on set. Everyone involved is fine and last night's events are currently being investigated."

Corrie prepares for live show

It's D-day for the cast of Coronation Street as they prepare for tonight's special live episode - presented in honour of ITV's 60th anniversary.

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They've already had their fair share of well-wishers on Twitter too, including former Corrie star Michelle Keegan, their ITV soap buddies at Emmerdale and even their Albert Square rivals on EastEnders.

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One Direction time

One Direction album cover
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Last night was a big one for One Direction fans. First, the band announced what could be their final album. (Well, at least the last one before they take that scheduled "break".)

It's going to be called Made in the AM and it will be out on 13 November.

One Direction

Then they took to the stage at London's Roundhouse for the Apple Music Festival. By all accounts, both they and their support act, Little Mix, smashed it. 

Read Newsbeat's account of everything that happened, including when Harry sang Happy Birthday to a very lucky fan.

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