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  1. News and updates for 17 May 2016
  2. Sinitta, Jimmy Osmond and Amy Childs part of Celebrity Masterchef line-up
  3. BBC announces changes to online services
  4. Carry On films set to make a comeback

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By Frances Cronin and Genevieve Hassan

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That's all for today's arts and entertainment news. 

We're looking forward to the tense finale of thriller Marcella on ITV later and we'll be trying not to cry at Peggy's send off - it's an emotional rollercoaster of a night on TV. 

See you for more tomorrow. 

Peggy Mitchell RIP

EastEnders fans will be needing hankies this evening as Dame Barbara Windsor bows out of the soap.

Her character Peggy Mitchell came back last week, where she discovered her cancer had returned and spread to her brain.

The One Show will be live in Albert Square to mark her exit before the main programme 19:25 BST and a feature, Peggy Mitchell: Last Orders, will debut on the BBC iPlayer too.

To celebrate we're posting this picture of Peggy as a tequila girl in the Old Vic - happy times. 

Barbara Windsor
Dame Barbara Windsor

Dame Barbara bows out of EastEnders

Dame Barbara Windsor says her final farewell to EastEnders as her character Peggy Mitchell leaves the soap.

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Castles made of sand...or rather, couscous

The Guggenheim Museum in New York City has launched a new exhibition featuring the works of 17 artists from the Middle East and North Africa. 

The BBC looked at three of the pieces on display as well as a recreation of a city made of couscous.

Spamalot movie catches out Eric Idle

Our news yesterday about a Spamalot movie being on the way caught Eric Idle by surprise...

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We think he's still looking. 

First trailer for new Prison Break released

Prison Break fans rejoice! A new series is returning next year and it would appear lead character Michael Scofield is going to appear in it.

And that's a bit of a feat considering it was suggested he died when the series ended 11 years ago.

Fox has released the first trailer showing the return of a lot of your favourite characters, as well as showing Michael - you guessed it - in another prison and his attempt to get out.

How many times can someone break out of a prison? Quite a few apparently.

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Mariah Carey is 'like anybody else'

Mariah Carey's long had a reputation for being a bit of a diva, but what is the talented singer really like? The trailer for her new E! show Mariah's World has just debuted, and suggests we may find out. 

It follows the singer on tour in the UK, Europe and Africa and planning her wedding to Australian casino mogul, James Packer. 

Despite revealing she has "a rule which states I will not been seen in fluorescent lighting without sunglasses", Mariah also insists she's just "like anybody else". 

Just "like anybody else" with a net worth of $500m, who is marrying someone with an estimated net worth at of $4.7 billion.

And an alter-ego called Mimi.

We look forward to finding out how similar we are when the show debuts later this year.

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Carson heads out birdwatching

Well we've found out how Downton Abbey's Jim Carter has been celebrating his best actor TV Choice nomination today - he's been birdwatching with Chris Packham for Springwatch.  

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Chapman brothers reveal latest artwork

Provocative artist duo Jake and Dinos Chapman have posted a picture of their latest artwork on Twitter.

In their typical macabre manner, the piece - titled Even the Dung Beetle Stares Up at the Stars - features lots of skeletons and skulls, as well as a whole host of severed heads.

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Human Traffic 2 on the way?

After the earlier news about the Trainspotting sequel could Human Traffic be set to follow suit?

Danny Dyer has tweeted about it and he doesn't deny it. 

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Coloured reflections in art

A nice bit of art for you now and some photos of Liz West's solo exhibition Our Colour Reflection. 

It's taking place at the Visual Arts Centre in North Lincolnshire until 25 June.  

Our Colour Reflection
Hannah Devereux

Our Colour Reflection is made of more than 700 mirrors made of coloured acrylic discs. 

There are 15 colours in all and the mirrors with diameters of 30, 40, 50 and 60cm are set at different heights so that they reflect the roof space of the old nave, revealing parts of the architecture that would otherwise be invisible, and project colour up into the historic interior. 

It is described as "playful, elegant and engaging but also thoughtful".

Our Colour Reflection
Hannah Devereux

The work is described by West as being "grounded within its site but also holds its own voice within the grandeur and information that the space brings to the conversation" 

The work intends to put the audience to the fore, demanding a response "physically, emotionally, psychologically or even spiritually." 

Our Colour Reflection
Hannah Devereux
Our Colour Reflection
Hannah Devereux

Captain America still rules box office on both sides of Atlantic

Captain America: Civil War

The latest Marvel film, Captain America: Civil War continues to dominate cinemas in both the UK and US according to latest box office figures.

The superhero movie topped the American chart for a second week taking $72.6m (£50.2m) - bringing its total US haul to a whopping $296m (£204.7m) - and the UK chart for a third with £2.8m, taking its total to £32.2m.

Here's how the top five looked on both sides of the Atlantic.

US box office

  1. Captain America: Civil War - $72.6m 
  2. The Jungle Book - $17.8m 
  3. Money Monster - $15m  
  4. The Darkness - $5.2m 
  5. Mother's Day - $3.3m

UK box office

  1. Captain America: Civil War - £2.8m
  2. Angry Birds - £2.1m
  3. The Jungle Book - £1.6m
  4. Bad Neighbours 2 - £1.1m
  5. Florence Foster Jenkins - £461,784

BBC Young Musician performs live for Radio 3

BBC Radio 3

The ridiculously talented 17-year-old who was named the BBC's Young Musician has been into the Radio 3 studio to show off his mad skills.

Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason performed Casals' The Birds live for In Tune.

Close your eyes, listen and relax...

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TV Choice nominations

Benedict Cumberbatch, Downton Abbey, Suranne Jones

The nominations are in for the TV Choice Awards and while Downton Abbey may have ended, the show is still gathering nods.

The programme is up for best drama, with Laura Carmichael - aka Lady Edith - up for best actress and Jim Carter, who played butler Mr Carson, is up for best actor. 

He'll face competition from Benedict Cumberbatch for his performance in The Hollow Crown, Tom Hiddleston for The Night Manager, Peaky Blinders' Cillian Murphy, Martin Clunes for Doc Martin and Peter Capaldi for Doctor Who. 

Capaldi's companion Jenna Coleman is also up for best actress along with Happy Valley's Sarah Lancashire and Sheridan Smith for Black Work, but they face a tough challenge beating Suranne Jones who keeps winning awards for her performance in Doctor Foster. 

Other categories see The Great British Bake Off, X Factor, Britain's Got Talent and Strictly Come Dancing face off, as well as the show's judges.

Mary Berry's Foolproof Cooking and Paul Hollywood: City Bakes have both been nominated for best food show, alongside Saturday Kitchen and Simply Nigella.

See the full list of nominees

Behind the scenes with Macca

Sir Paul McCartney's given fans a sneak peak behind the scenes of rehearsals for his One On One tour. 

The singer's hitting Buenes Aires tonight and tomorrow night, before heading around the US, Canada, Argentina, Germany, France, Spain, Czech Republic, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands and Belgium.  

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Artworks by street artist Banksy from international private collections are to go on display in Rome.

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Carry On films to make a comeback?


Carry On Camping
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Oooh matron! The comedy Carry On films could be making a comeback, according to Variety.

Two new movies are in the works - Carry on Doctors and Carry On Campus - to be written by Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps writers Tim Dawson and Susan Nickson.

The last Carry On film, Columbus, was released in 1993 and it's fair to say it didn't set the world alight - so all eyes will be on the revived versions.

Nickson said:

I’m thrilled to be involved in perhaps the biggest comedy franchise in Britain. I grew up watching these films and to be working on this project feels like coming home. They’re peculiarly British but the appeal of the humour and the ever-present message that good people always win is absolutely global.

The cast has yet to be confirmed though - who would you like to see in the films? Tweet @BBCNewsEnts and let us know.

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Alfie Boe and Michael Ball bromance

News of a new bromance now and Alfie Boe and Michael Ball are going on tour together and they've only gone and recorded an album together too.

We like Michael Ball's contribution to the pairing which he mentions in his tweet.   

Alfie brings the voice, the looks and the charm...I bring the sandwiches!!!

Alfie brings the voice, the looks and the charm...I bring the sandwiches!!!

And here's a very sweet film of them talking about why they wanted to work together and gives you a taster of them performing in the studio.

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Years & Years cancel US tour

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Olly from Years & Years

Years & Years have been forced to cancel their upcoming US tour with Ellie Goulding after singer Olly Alexander took ill. 

They announced the unfortunate news on their website saying it was "with great sadness and regret" adding Olly "has been advised that he needs immediate rest".

Years & Years website screengrab
Years & Years

Get well soon Olly!

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BBC online changes revealed

BBC Food website

The review into the BBC's online offerings has just been published in an effort to save £15m. The BBC plans to make the following changes, subject to any regulatory approval:

• Close the iWonder service, but redeploy its formats across BBC Online

• Close the BBC’s Food website. BBC Worldwide’s Good Food site will remain

• Focus on distinctive long-form journalism online under a current affairs banner and close the online News Magazine

• Integrate Newsbeat output into BBC News Online, but close the separate Newsbeat site and app

• Continue to offer travel news online but close the Travel site and halt development of the Travel app

• Stop running local news index web pages, offering instead an open stream on our rolling guide to BBC and local news provider stories, Local Live

• Remove ring-fenced funding for iPlayer-only commissions

• Reduce funding for Connected Studio, the digital innovation programme, with innovation increasingly funded within business-as-usual and the Studio maintained as an enabler of innovation

• Reduce digital radio and music social media activity and additional programme content that is not core to services.

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BBC responds to recipes cull story

An update now on the report more than 11,000 archived recipes will be removed from the BBC website as part of a review of the corporation's online output - the BBC press office has sent out this statement on Twitter:

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Justin Timberlake on course for UK number one

Fresh from wowing Eurovision fans with his performance at the Song Contest on Saturday night, Justin Timberlake's Can't Stop the Feeling is leading the race to top this week's UK singles chart.

Currently 6,000 sales ahead of Calvin Harris and Rihanna's This Is What You Came For, it would give JT his fifth UK number one. 

The track is from the soundtrack of new Dreamworks movie Trolls, and after releasing a promo featuring the cast goofing about, Timberlake's now revealed the proper video. It features a host of people dancing their socks off in diners, outside barber shops, in a launderette and the car park of a donut shop, as well as the singer doing his weekly supermarket shop. Check it out below. 

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Meanwhile The Stone Roses first new single in two decades, All For One, is currently at four (and topping this week's trending chart), while this year’s UK Eurovision entry Joe & Jake's You’re Not Alone is at 40. 

Albums-wise, Beyonce's Lemonade is all set to head back to number one, with Kygo's Cloud Nine at three and Meghan Trainor at five. 

We'll find out if those positions stick when the Official Chart is counted down on Radio 1 on Friday. 

Celebrity MasterChef line-up revealed

Gleb, Sinitta and Tommy Cannon

The line-up for this year's Celebrity MasterChef has been revealed and we think the word to describe them would be eclectic.

They include Strictly professional dancer Gleb Savchenko, pop singer Sinitta and Tommy Cannon from Cannon and Ball. 

They're joined by Simon Webbe from Blue and Sugababe Amelle Berrabah, plus former Communard-turned-vicar Richard Coles. 

BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin, TV presenter Cherry Healey and TV antiques expert David Harper will also be showing off their cooking skills - alongside actress Donna Air, Jimmy Osmond, and Amy Childs from The Only Way is Essex. 

Amy Childs, Jimmy Osmond, Donna Air

Shameless actress Tina Malone and former EastEnders Sid Owen and Laila Morse will also be testing out their culinary skills.

The world of sport is represented by Olympic gold medallist boxer Audley Harrison, former rugby world cup winner Neil Back and paralympic swimmer Liz Johnson. 

Completing the line-up are YouTube vlogger Marcus Butler, and presenter Alexis Conran. 

Among their challenges this year is cooking a five-course dinner for the Chelsea Pensioners to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday. 

Last year's finalists Rylan Clark-Neal and Sam Nixon will be among the judges joining regular judges Gregg Wallace and John Torode. 

Trainspotting sequel title and release date confirmed

You may recall at the beginning of April our entertainment correspondent Lizo Mzimba spotted several variations of were officially registered, potentially revealing the title of the eagerly anticipated Trainspotting sequel.

Well you heard it here first as T2 has now been confirmed as the film's title, as well as a release date of 27 January.


Trainspotting 2 release date set

Award-winning director Danny Boyle's long awaited sequel to Trainspotting will be released in January next year, it is confirmed.

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Sinead O'Connor found safe after going missing for 24 hours

Sinead O'Connor

Irish singer Sinead O'Connor has been found after going missing for more than a day near the US city of Chicago.

Wilmette Police told the BBC the 49-year-old had been located, after earlier saying they were "seeking to check the well-being" of the artist.

They were alerted after she went on a bike ride at 06:00 local time (11:00 GMT) on Sunday, and did not return.

Local media report that she had been staying with friends in the Chicago suburb for the past few weeks.

Following the death of Prince, who wrote her biggest hit Nothing Compares 2 U, she accused comedian Arsenio Hall of supplying drugs to the singer

She alleged on Facebook that Hall had been providing drugs to Prince, who died last month, for "decades".

He subsequently filed a $5m (£3.46m) libel suit against her.

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International Booker prize winner

Deborah Smith, Han Kang
Roger Blagg

Another story that broke overnight was that The Vegetarian, a novel about a woman who "wants to reject human brutality" and gives up eating meat, has won the 2016 Man Booker International Prize.

The book by South Korean author Han Kang's was translated by Deborah Smith, who only started teaching herself Korean in 2010.

The writer and her British translator will split the award's £50,000 prize money.

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BBC recipes for the chop

Mary Berry, The Hairy Bikers, Nigella Lawson

First up, it has been reported more than 11,000 archived recipes will be removed from the BBC website as part of a review of the corporation's online output.

It is apparently part of a plan to cut £15m from the BBC's online budget and focus on distinctive public service content.

TV show recipes will be posted online but only made available for 30 days.

James Harding, director of BBC news and current affairs, is expected to brief staff later about the future of online services and the BBC TV channels. 

We'll keep you updated on this story as it develops. 

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Good morning

Frances Cronin

Entertainment Reporter

Hello and welcome to another day of arts and entertainment news. 

We're still in shock at the end of last night's penultimate episode of Marcella - thankfully it's not long to wait until the final episode as it's on tonight. 

Until then we'll keep you updated with all the goings on from around the world.