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Summary

  1. Midsomer Murders reveal new Barnaby sidekick
  2. McFly re-form for Anthology tour
  3. Susan Boyle involved in Heathrow incident with police
  4. BBC commissions Nadiya documentary
  5. Dame Jenni Murray defends Archers abuse storyline
  6. Prince sells 655,000 albums in four days

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By Steven McIntosh

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Goodbye

That's just about it from us for today, but before we leave you for the evening, there's just time to bring you Daisy Ridley doing some lightsaber training.

The actress is currently preparing for her appearance in the upcoming Star Wars Episode VIII film, and it's fair to say she's taking the training seriously:

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We're out of breath just watching.

In related news, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens has just become the fastest-selling blu-ray release of all time. 

The film shifted 531,000 blu-ray copies last week, overtaking the previous record holder Skyfall, which sold 522,000 units in February 2013.

When DVD sales are added on, it brings last week's combined total for The Force Awakens to 1,247,662 copies, making it 2016's best-selling film so far. Not bad going at all.

Please join us again for tomorrow from 08:30 BST for Wednesday's Entertainment Live page. 

Have a nice evening!

Grayson Perry: Bear Grylls celebrates a masculinity that is useless

Radio Times

Grayson Perry
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Turner Prize-winning artist Grayson Perry has dismissed adventurer Bear Grylls as a "hangover" of a "useless" type of masculinity. 

Perry has turned his attention to masculinity and manly men for a new Channel 4 TV series and said Grylls shows the kind of qualities that are not useful in modern life. 

He told the Radio Times:

He celebrates a masculinity that is useless. Try going into an estate agent in Finsbury Park and come out with an affordable flat. I want to see Bear Grylls looking for a decent state school for his child!

Perry said the stoicism that is associated with modern masculinity is damaging and men should instead be more willing to speak about their feelings. He went on: 

Men might be good at taking the risk of stabbing someone or driving a car very fast, but when it comes to opening up, men are useless. Masculinity is a decorative feature that is essentially counter-productive.

In Grayson Perry: All Man, the dress-wearing artist puts himself in three ultra-male worlds to see what their masculinity explains about the changing lives and expectations of men in modern Britain. 

BBC cooks up Nadiya special

Nadiya Hussain
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The BBC has commissioned a one-off special about Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain.

The two-part travelogue will follow her journey from her birthplace in Luton to her family village in the north east of Bangladesh.

The programme's title? The Chronicles Of Nadiya.

Patrick Holland, who commissioned the programme for the BBC, said:

Nadiya's story on Bake Off touched the hearts of the nation. We are delighted that she will be using her cooking skills to take us on a journey to such an extraordinary and changing land.”

Opera North include Britten work in new season of works

Der Rosenkavalier - Janis Kelly as Marschallin, Deanne Meek as Octavian, 2002
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The first new production of Benjamin Britten's Billy Budd in over 20 years and a telling of Hansel and Gretel starring soprano Susan Bullock as both the witch and the mother are among the highlights of Opera North's newly-announced 2016/17 season.

The company will be putting on six productions across the season, which will be the first under new music director Aleksandar Markovic.

Markovic - who takes over from the company's music director for the last 12 years, Richard Farnes - will conduct Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier (a 2002 production of which is pictured above) and close the season with a staging of Puccini's Turandot.

The season will also see productions of Rossini's Cinderella, starring South African tenor Sunnyboy Dladla and Canadian mezzo Wallis Giunta; another Puccini opera, the one act Suor Angelica; and the first UK staging of Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's The Snow Maiden in over 60 years.

More than enough to excited about there - and if you want a taste of what's to come, here's Susan Bullock flexing her impressive pipes with the BBC Symphony Orchestra back in 2011.

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Dame Jenni Murray defends Archers abuse storyline

Rob Titchener, played by Timothy Watson and Helen Titchener, played by Louiza Patikas
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Dame Jenni Murray has defended The Archers' controversial attempted murder storyline, saying that it is "not a step too far". 

The BBC Radio 4 soap shocked listeners when Helen Titchener (voiced by Louiza Patikas) stabbed her abusive husband Rob (Timothy Watson) in front of her young son Henry. 

However, Dame Jenni - a longtime fan of The Archers - has said the hard-hitting plot was spot on and was "bringing into the open what a vile, destructive, and often hidden, crime domestic abuse is". 

The audience, I know, is divided on whether the editor has gone too far in telling the long, drawn-out, painful story of Rob's coercive control and his sexual and physical violence, culminating in Helen striking out with the knife he placed in her hand and now being held on remand, charged with attempted murder.

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I couldn't disagree more with those who object. The Archers has always covered important social issues, from Jennifer's unmarried pregnancy and Adam and Ian's homosexual relationship to anorexia, violent suicide and Pat's depression after her son, John, died. But none has been as revealing as this one.

Dame Jenni said some of her Woman's Hour listeners have tweeted to say that they cannot bear to tune in to the soap, but that there have also been emails from women saying that they have understood for the first time what has happened to them. 

Men have also been in contact to say that Rob's behaviour made them realise that they too control their partners, she said.

The shocking attack with the knife was not a step too far. Real women have been provoked to such a degree that they've attacked and even killed, and we can now follow the story through the complex legal system.

Stars on board for Show Boat maiden voyage

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Entertainment reporter

Ian McKellen and the cast of Show Boat
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Ian McKellen with the cast of Show Boat at Monday night's premiere

Doctor Faustus wasn't the only first night in London’s West End on Monday, which also saw classic musical Show Boat make its maiden voyage at the New London theatre.

Lord Lloyd-Webber, Sir Ian McKellen and Bryan Adams were among those to cheer on Daniel Evans' acclaimed Sheffield Crucible production as it officially docked at its new home.

A sprawling saga spanning 40 years, the show tells of three generations of one family whose fortunes are tied to those of the Mississippi paddle steamer on which they live and perform.

The cast of Show Boat
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The musical is best known for such rousing numbers as Ol' Man River and Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man. 

According to Evans, though, its depiction of racial injustice and inequality at the turn of the 20th Century gives it a contemporary resonance.  

It was written in 1927 but unfortunately feels very relevant still. I say unfortunately because it tackles prejudice and serious themes. Having said that, though, it also gives you a good night out at the theatre. It's got amazing songs that are so memorable, you come out humming them - songs that have become standards and part of the consciousness. They definitely don't write them like this any more.

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Show Boat is currently booking until 7 January.

Further reading: Why musical Show Boat stays afloat

Debbie Harry joins calls for YouTube to pay musicians fairly

The Guardian

Debbie Harry
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Blondie star Debbie Harry is the latest artist to put pressure on YouTube to "support the musicians and artists who have made that platform what it is today."

In a blog post for The Guardian she says she feels "compelled to speak out on behalf of a new generation of artists who are not being treated or compensated fairly."

She adds: "Artists are being exploited to make a very small percentage of people extremely rich."

It's after Nikki Sixx told the BBC YouTube and Google should live up to their corporate mottos and "do the right thing". 

Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato cancel gigs over anti-LGBT law

Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato
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Following in the footsteps of Bruce Springsteen and Pearl Jam, Nick Jonas and Demi Lovato have cancelled the North Carolina leg of their current tour in protest over the state's controversial new "HB2" law. 

Widely perceived as being anti-LGBT, the law requires people to use public toilets and changing rooms that correspond to the biological sex listed on their birth certificates. 

In a joint statement, Demi and Nick said "one of our goals for the tour has always been to create an atmosphere where every single attendee feels equal, included, and accepted for who they are."

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Doctor Faustus: Critics divided over Game of Thrones star's stage return

Kit Harington
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Game of Thrones star Kit Harington has returned to the West End stage in a play that gives a modern twist to 16th Century drama Doctor Faustus.

Directed by Jamie Lloyd, the reworking of Christopher Marlowe's play features two new acts by Colin Teevan.

One sees Faustus become a Las Vegas illusionist after he sells his soul to the Devil.

The audience at Monday's gala opening included fellow Game of Thrones actors Alfie Allen and Natalie Dormer.

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Kirsten Dunst and Donald Sutherland join Cannes Film Festival jury

Some of the new jurors
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The jury includes Vanessa Paradis, Donald Sutherland, Mads Mikkelsen and Kirsten Dunst

Actress Kirsten Dunst and Hollywood veteran Donald Sutherland have joined the jury for the Cannes Film Festival.

Others on the nine-strong panel include Casino Royale villain Mads Mikkelsen, French star Vanessa Paradis and Hungarian director Laszlo Nemes.

Chaired by Mad Max director George Miller, the jury will pick the winner of the top award, the Palme d'Or.

Organisers said the nine showed "universal and international approach" of the event, which begins on 11 May.

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Ariana Grande and Jimmy Fallon have lip sync conversation

Stop what you're doing right now (unless you operate heavy machinery) and watch this brilliant video from Ariana Grande and Jimmy Fallon.

The pair have teamed up to have a Lip Sync Conversation.

Which is to say, a conversation made up entirely of lines from current chart songs, which Grande and Fallon mime along to.

It really is best if we stop here and just let you watch it. It's brilliant.

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The Beatles are ready for their close-ups in unseen backstage footage

The Guardian

The Beatles
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It's black and white and pretty grainy but some unseen footage of The Beatles getting their make-up done ahead of an appearance on an Australian TV show has been released by the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia . 

The footage was shot backstage on the special The Music of Lennon & McCartney tour in November 1965.

It's a process they clearly take very, very seriously...

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Watch Jack Garratt's inspiring video for Surprise Yourself

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Music reporter

Jack Garratt's new song, Surprise Yourself, is all about letting go of your fears - and the video captures the moment several of his fans did just that.

They allowed themselves to be filmed as they confronted phobias about heights, sharks, tattoos and even balloons (that one's called Globophobia) and the results are surprisingly moving.

Watch below.

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Piers Morgan and Jamelia clash over Beyonce's Lemonade album

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You might have noticed a certain popular artist released a new album over the weekend.

That's right, Katherine Jenkins finally unleashed her new record, Celebration.

But there was another album that was getting a small amount of attention after its release on Saturday night: Beyonce's Lemonade.

The "visual album" premiered as an hour-long film on HBO (trailer above), with the album's 12 songs connected by verbal interludes spoken by Beyonce.

It has been broadly praised by critics and fans have spent several days poring over the lyrics and credits.

The album is deeply personal and alludes to infidelity , but it also has some strong political themes, referencing the Black Lives Matter movement and at one point using a clip of Malcolm X saying: "‘The most disrespected person in America is the black woman."

Jameia and Piers Morgan
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But Piers Morgan has accused the singer of "shameless exploitation" in an article for the Mail Online:

Five years ago, Beyonce was at pains to be seen as an entertainer and musician and not as a black woman who sings. Now, it seems to be the complete opposite. The new Beyoncé wants to be seen as a black woman political activist first and foremost, entertainer and musician second.

One person who read Morgan's article was singer and Loose Women panelist Jamelia.

She has responded to him in an article of her own, posted on her blog:

Dear Piers, I absolutely understand why you didn’t get the Beyoncé album, *newsflash honey*...it wasn’t made for you, and i’m going to need you to be cool with that.

Morgan later responded to Jamelia in tweet form, saying that he's taken her comments on board:

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However - he's since added that he won't be changing his opinion anytime soon:

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Kate Bottley: Gogglebox has led to more conversations about faith than my sermons

Kate Bottley
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Gogglebox vicar Kate Bottley says her TV role has led to more conversations about faith than any of her sermons. 

Bottley stars in the Channel 4 show, which watches people watching TV, and is also the vicar of Blyth, Scrooby and Ranskill in north Nottinghamshire. 

She wrote in the Radio Times: 

I've had more conversations about what faith might mean as a result of being the vicar on Gogglebox than I ever have about any of my Sunday sermons.

Good telly - like good radio - offers a reflection of the human story, and part of the human story is faith, religion and belief ... overtly religious programmes on TV have their place and are to be cherished, but there's also something to be said for 'religious broadcasting' by stealth. That's not to say we need to sneak faith in, but the gear change from the secular to the faith need not be obvious.

Bottley, who was ordained in 2010, has attracted attention - and controversy - with her forthright opinions and style. 

A fan of novelty slippers and polka dot dresses, she rose to public attention in 2013 when a video of her leading a flash mob in her parish church to 90s hit Everybody Dance Now went viral. 

Alongside her husband Graham, she has starred in five series of Gogglebox.   

Disney to make Maleficent and Jungle Book sequels

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You might remember us mentioning last week that the remake of The Jungle Book has been a big box office hit.

Well, Disney are clearly so happy about the film's success that the company has ordered a sequel, which, like the first, will be directed by Jon Favreau (pictured).

Disney took the opportunity to announce a big batch of other sequels and remakes too.

Angelina Jolie will reprise her role in a second Maleficent film.

The studio also confirmed a Mary Poppins sequel, starring Emily Blunt, and 101 Dalmatians spin-off, Cruella.

A Tim Burton-directed Dumbo and a "Tinker Bell project" starring Reese Witherspoon are also in development.

Also confirmed by Disney were a live-action adaptation of Madeline L'Engle's fantasy novel A Wrinkle In Time, the Dwayne Johnson-starring Jungle Cruise and The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, a Christmas story based on ETA Hoffman's 19th Century tale.

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Why Nikki Sixx is a picky bass player

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Music reporter

Sixx AM
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A couple of weeks back, I spoke to metal band Sixx AM, about their new album - a protest record, of sorts, reacting to the terror attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, as well as the increasingly volatile and divisive elections in the US.

You can read the interview over here. But here's a little excerpt that didn't make the final cut - in which I asked Nikki Sixx (formerly of Motley Crue) why he's one of the few musicians who uses a plectrum to play the bass guitar.

Here's what he said:

I like the sound of a pick because I like the crunch of it. It really bites more. Especially when I was a kid and playing punk rock, it was snappy and I’ve always liked the sound of 10-inch speakers. I’d have these 8x10 cabinets and they were really grimy, almost like the sound of a piano string on the bass.

Nikki SIxx

Singer and producer James Michael also explained how he utilised that sound on the new record, Prayers for the Damned.

Typically-speaking, using a pick on a Motley Crue record makes a lot of sense. It gives a gritty, grimy sound. But what’s exciting about bringing that sound into Sixx AM music is that it stands out a lot more, especially on this record. It took care of so much of the personality of these songs, just by being able to showcase Nikki’s personality.

James Michael

Radio 1 play Beyonce's album in full

What better way to round off a couple of days of maximum Beyonce appreciation, than by playing her new album Lemonade in full? That's exactly what Radio 1's Annie Mac did on her show last night - hosting a Beyonce Lemonade Listening party.

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She was joined in the studio by fellow presenter Clara Amfo and Sam Wolfson from Vice - and of course, plenty of listeners. Here are some of their reactions:

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Meanwhile if your Beyonce appetite is still not whetted, feast your eyes on this round-up of the album's five key talking-points. 

David Bowie 'a big fan' of Peaky Blinders show

David Bowie and a still from BBC show Peaky Blinders
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David Bowie liked Peaky Blinders so much he was apparently keen to have his music featured on the BBC Two crime series, its creator has revealed.

According to writer Steven Knight, the singer's "people" had told him "he was a big, big fan" of the period drama.

Knight said he had been played a copy of Bowie's Blackstar album shortly before the singer's death in January.

"It seems that his people were keen to establish that we could use it before he died," he told the Radio Times.

Knight said he learned of Bowie's interest in the show after the singer sent a photo of himself to the show's lead actor.

"[Bowie] sent a photo of himself with razor blades in his cap to Cillian [Murphy] about a year ago," the writer disclosed.

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Prince sells 655,000 albums in four days

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Business reporter

Prince
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US music fans have bought almost 655,000 Prince albums in the four days since the star died, according to measurement firm Buzz­Angle Music. At about $10 (£6.86) a pop, that would equate to $6.5m (£4.46m) 

The 3m individual tracks have have also been sold at about $1 each brought in another $3m, according to BuzzAngle, bringing the total to $9.5m (£6.5m).

Prince kept his music off Spotify and very little can be found on YouTube, but it's all available to stream on Tidal (which has no free tier, unlike Spotify).  

Susan Boyle involved in Heathrow incident with police

Susan Boyle
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Singer Susan Boyle is on her way home to Scotland after an incident with police at Heathrow Airport. 

The former Britain's Got Talent star, 55, was led away by officers after the disturbance in an airport lounge. 

Boyle became an international star after impressing the talent show judges with her performance of I Dreamed A Dream. 

She was at the airport waiting for a flight back to her home in Glasgow. A spokeswoman for Boyle said: "Susan is absolutely fine and is on her way home." 

 A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said: "Police were called at around 1:20pm on Monday April 25 to a lounge in Terminal 5, Heathrow to reports of a distressed woman. Officers attended and spoke with the woman."

The Avalanches to play Wild Life Festival

The Avalanches have announced a second UK date this summer - playing Disclosure's Wild Life festival near Brighton on 11 June. 

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The Australian band, whose comeback has been eagerly-awaited since their one and only album Since I Left You in 2000, recently announced three other festival shows. They'll also play Primavera in Barcelona, London's Field Day (the same weekend as Wild Life) and Splendour in the Grass in Byron Bay.

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Midsomer Murders reveal new Barnaby sidekick

DCI John Barnaby (left, played by Neil Dudgeon) and DS Jamie Winter (played by Nick Hendrix)
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DCI John Barnaby will have a new sergeant as his sidekick for the forthcoming series of Midsomer Murders.

Newcomer Nick Hendrix (pictured, right) is set to star as DS Jamie Winter, joining DCI Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon, pictured left) as they try to uphold the law in murder-struck Midsomer county. 

The actor replaces Gwilym Lee, who has played DS Charlie Nelson since 2013. 

Hendrix said:

I'm genuinely thrilled to join this bastion of British TV. It's a real privilege to be part of a hugely successful and much loved show and I am looking forward to stepping into the wonderful world of Midsomer.

The 19th series of the ITV crime drama will return in 2017, with six feature-length episodes.   

Harington 'incredibly nervous' about West End return

Kit Harington
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Game Of Thrones star Kit Harington has said he was "incredibly nervous" about making his West End return. 

The actor plays Doctor Faustus in a new production of the play at the Duke of York's Theatre, which opened last night.

The play is a modern twist on the classic play, directed by Jamie Lloyd whose previous credits include the musical Passion and Macbeth, which featured James McAvoy. 

He told the Press Association: 

I get very nervous. I get nervous on a take before a film set, let alone a play in front of a few hundred people, a lot of whom I know and who are my peers.

The play made its debut as Game Of Thrones fans in the United Kingdom were tuning in to the season six premiere of the hit show to find out the fate of his popular character Jon Snow. 

His girlfriend and former Game Of Thrones co-star, Rose Leslie, joined a host of his former Thrones actors such as Alfie Allen and Natalie Dormer in the audience:

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McFly re-form for Anthology tour

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McFly
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And what better way to start a Tuesday than with news of a McFly reunion?

The band are reforming for a 12-date, four-city UK tour in June.

Harry Judd, Danny Jones, Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter say they'll be playing all 64 tracks from their five studio albums over the three concerts at each venue.

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The band released a short teaser to get their fans excited:

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They haven't played together since 2013 when they joined forces with members of Busted to form McBusted.

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Steven McIntosh

Entertainment Reporter

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