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  1. Eurovision catch-up
  2. Queen's 90th birthday show
  3. LGBT award winners

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By Emma Saunders and Frances Cronin

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Goodbye, goodbye

Adios amigos. It's time for us to head off into the sunset. But do join us tomorrow, the day that Barbara Windsor - aka Peggy Mitchell - also makes a momentous exit, as her final episode on EastEnders airs on BBC One. Sniff, sniff. See you then!

Steve Martin's party tips

Steve Martin has labelled this tweet 'Name tags make parties so much easier' - we're not sure what party they were at but we'd like to have been a fly on the wall. 

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Singer Gaz Coombes joins RSC for one-night only

Gaz Coombes

As any Shakespeare scholar knows, the bard was a massive Supergrass fan* so he would undoubtedly be thrilled to know that frontman Gaz Coombes is to play one-off gig at the RSC next month.

He'll be playing tracks from his solo career, including his latest album Matador, nominated for the 2015 Mercury Prize, and a selection of hits from his time with Supergrass. And if that doesn't include Richard III, he's doing it wrong.

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The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, Is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils

Gaz is performing in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon on Sunday 19 June.  

*okay, we made this bit up....

Tom Hiddleston school boy pic

Ever wondered what Tom Hiddleston looked like as a lad? 

Well wonder no longer - he's revealed a picture as part of his charity campaign for Unicef. 

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In other Tom Hiddleston news, one major bookmaker has suspended betting on him becoming the next James Bond. 

Coral made the decision at the weekend after a big gamble on the Night Manager star in a 24-hour period. It followed reports Tom had been seen meeting with Bond director Sam Mendes. 

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Ellen spoofs Beyonce's Lemonade and 'Becky with the good hair'

Ellen DeGeneres has gone down the tried and tested route of comedians inserting themselves into videos for comic effect - see every Oscars ceremony since about 1990, including this year's with Chris Rock.

So, here is Ellen in Beyonce's Lemonade - is it us or is this about a week late?...

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Missed Victoria Wood tribute show?

A good tip from Victoria Wood's Twitter account today - the ITV tribute last night was very touching, seeing all her friends including BFF Julie Walters talking about the comedian for the first time since she passed away last month.

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Adele announces new single

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Under-appreciated pop artiste Adele is to promote her struggling career with the release of a new single from the album 25.

Send My Love (To Your New Lover), produced by Swedish pop overlord Max Martin, will be the follow-up to underground hits Hello and When We Were Young, with a brand new video shot by Patrick Daughters (Feist, Muse, Yeah Yeah Yeahs).

The clip will premiere at the Billboard Music Awards this Sunday, 22 May, alongside performances from Rihanna and DNCE, and a tribute to Prince by Madonna.

Adele posted a teaser on her Twitter account mere moments ago.

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Godzilla director leaves

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer

Director Gareth Edwards has left Godzilla 2 having just finished directing Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Edwards, who also directed the first Godzilla outing, wants to fit in some smaller scale projects alongside the Star Wars spin-off.

Godzilla 2 is not due for release until March 2019 but the hunt is now on for a new director.

Warner Bros and Legendary also have Godzilla Vs Kong in the pipeline, due for release in 2020.

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Eagles have landed

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FA Cup fever is mounting - check out Crystal Palace fan Doc Brown's unofficial song. Palace will take on the Red Devils at Wembley on Saturday.

Drugs and US justice documentaries for BBC

Will Mallard

Five new documentary series have been commissioned for the BBC, with topics including the American justice system, the London Ambulance Service and the Bristol drugs trade.

Filmed in the run up to the US Presidential elections, Florida will be placed under the microscope in American Justice, with a focus on the Republican heartland of Duval County.

After the success of Hunters of The South Seas, Will Millard is going back to Indonesia for A Year With The Tribe for another three-part series for BBC Two.  

Storyville’s Unlocking The Cage follows animal rights lawyer Steven Wise as he argues on behalf of four captive chimpanzees in New York State, while Our Drugs War will focus on both consumption and prohibition of illegal drugs Bristol.

Ambulances: Life And Death On The Streets will meet the people who are working day in and day out, from paramedics to 999 call operators, to keep on top of the pressure and provide emergency care to Londoners across the capital.

Spamalot movie in the works

Lizo Mzimba

Entertainment correspondent

Spamalot sign at the Palace theatre

It looks like a big screen version of the Monty Python musical Spamalot could soon be on the way.

The Tony award-winning stage show, itself adapted from the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, has been a huge hit in the West End, Broadway and around the world since it first opened more than ten years ago.

Late last week, film studio 20th Century Fox registered the domain names and

There’s no word yet on casting or when it might start filming.

Cannes 2016: Reporter's diary

Eurovision may be over, but the Cannes Film Festival is still going strong.

Our roving reporter is in France to bring you up to date with the latest news.

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Cannes 2016: Reporter's diary

The BBC's Neil Smith brings you news, gossip and glamour from the 69th edition of the Cannes Film Festival.

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Nancy Drew pilot "too female"

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News on US TV now and it seems with a choice of two pilots to go for, CBS has plumped for legal drama Doubt over a contemporary take on the character from the Nancy Drew book series that has upset some fans.

According to Deadline, the Drew pilot went down well with test audiences but was "skewed too female for CBS’ schedule" and there wasn't an 8pm or 9pm slot available.

But some Twitter users weren't impressed.

Of course #NancyDrew show was #toofemale for cbs. Just like most women are too female to direct, produce, or have speaking lines in TV/film.

Didn't realize there was a maximum amount of female that could be reached? #nancydrew #toofemale

Well @CBS, I think I'm #toofemale to watch any of your new shows. Sorry. #NancyDrew @onlysarahshahi

Doubt does, however, have a female lead - Katherine Heigl plays a lawyer who becomes romantically involved with a client who may or may not be guilty of a brutal crime.  

Sherlock gets new cast member

Toby Jones
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News for Sherlock fans now and Toby Jones is going to join the next - and fourth -  series of the multi award-winning show. 

He will star in the second episode of the brand new three-part series, which starts filming today. 

Episode two will be directed by Nick Hurran, who was Emmy nominated for outstanding directing for a miniseries for series three episode, His Last Vow. 

Co-creator, writer and executive producer Steven Moffat said he was "delighted" to have him on board and he will be "bringing to life one of Doyle’s finest villains."

Toby is not giving too much away about his character only saying: "I'm excited and intrigued by the character I shall be playing in Sherlock..."

Co-creator, writer and executive producer Mark Gatiss is also "thrilled" to welcome "one of our finest actors to the Sherlock family. I know Toby will embrace the part with true relish!" 

Tim Healy "feeling much better"

Tim Healy

TV star Tim Healy is recovering in hospital after being taken ill during the filming of the ITV show Benidorm.

He was flown to Manchester from Spain on Saturday after his condition improved enough to allow him to travel.

The Mirror reported that Healy was taken ill almost a month ago and had been fighting for his life.

An ITV spokesman said the 64-year-old was "feeling much better" and that filming of the show had been "adjusted to accommodate Tim's absence".

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Radiohead video upsets Trumpton creator

Still image from Radiohead's latest video
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The video for Radiohead's new single Burn The Witch appears to have caused a lot of heartache for the family of Trumpton creator Gordon Murray.

The clip sees characters from Trumptonshire recreate scenes from Wicker Man - but the band apparently didn't seek consent from Murray, who was the series' writer and producer.

"We consider this a tarnishing of the brand," his son-in-law told the Mail On Sunday. "It is not something we would have authorised. We consider that there is a breach of copyright and we are deciding what to do next.”  

Whether the family would have a case or not is hard to say. To begin with, the copyright for Trumpton resides with the BBC, which made the series in the 1960s. 

Furthermore, Radiohead's video is likely to be protected from copyright claims under the "parody exception" - which allows the use of material so long as it is fair and does not compete with the original version.

We've contacted Radiohead's record label and video director Chris Hopewell for a response. We'll let you know if they reply. In the meantime, watch the video before the lawyers rip it down.

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Azealia Banks is... sorry

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Azealia Banks

In what can only be described as a "tumultuous" few days in the life of rapper Azealia Banks, she has finally aplogised for a racist / sexist / homophobic / idiotic rant on Twitter which got her booted off the social media site and dropped from a UK festival bill.

Banks, whose one UK hit, 212, was released nearly five years ago initially accused Zayn Malik of appropriating her style in his latest music video before firing off a stream of missives too offensive to print here.

Well, she is now  pretty contrite about the whole thing: 

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Genuine apology or much-needed, slightly too late damage control?

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Cannes stars continue to party

The stars are still quaffing the champagne out at the Cannes Film Festival. 

Mark Rylance was there at the weekend for the premiere of The BFG or Le Bon Gros Geant - Le BGG in French. 

Mark Rylance
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Russell Crowe, Angourie Rice, Ryan Gosling and Matt Bomer were also there to promote their film The Nice Guys and all looked pretty nice...

Russell Crowe, Angourie Rice, Ryan Gosling and Matt Bomer
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Thelma and Louise stars Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis were reunited on the riviera - they were on a panel discussing women's issues in the film industry before getting a couple of awards themselves. 

Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis
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Carrie Fisher and her beloved dog Gary made it to Cannes for a screening of a documentary about herself and her mother Debbie Reynolds, made by actor/director Fisher Stevens. 

Carrie Fisher and Fisher Stevens
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While one of the big parties of the weekend was the Amazon Studios party, where Chloe Sevigny's dress choice caught our eye.  

Chloe Sevigny
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Artist celebrates university's refugee commitment

Chris Long

Entertainment reporter

Fetched Home by Edmund de Waal
University of Sheffield

Artist, ceramicist and author Edmund de Waal has been so impressed by his alma mater's work helping refugees that he has created a piece to celebrate it.

The artist, who holds both a graduate degree and an honorary doctorate from the University of Sheffield, has created Fetched Home in recognition of the institution's "deep commitment to supporting refugees", a spokeswoman said.

She said de Waal, whose father was a refugee, "decided to create and donate the artwork after learning more about the university’s long-standing tradition of welcoming refugees as academics and students based in a City of Sanctuary, and its national advocacy for international students".

The work takes its name from a poem by the Romanian Jewish poet Paul Celan on the subject of homelessness and displacement.

The artist will be discussing his gift and "place and displacement in poetry and the visual arts" in a talk at the university later.

If you fancy tuning in, it will be streamed online from 18:00.

Funny Girl understudy "petrified"

Actress Natasha Barnes spoke to Radio 2's Chris Evans this morning about stepping into Sheridan Smith's shoes to play the lead in West End show Funny Girl.

Natasha says she was "petrified but exhilarated at the same time".

"We're really looking forward to having Sheridan back... we're just soldiering on. It's a bit 0 - 60 miles per hour but I'm loving it."

Smith is taking between two to four weeks off from her role as Fanny Brice due to stress and exhaustion.

Cellist wins BBC Young Musician 2016

Sheku Kanneh-Mason

A 17-year-old cellist from Nottingham has won BBC Young Musician 2016.

Sheku Kanneh-Mason was praised for his "sincere and moving performance" of Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto no.1.

Inspired by Jacqueline du Pre, Kanneh-Mason first picked up a cello aged six. Three years later, he completed his Grade 8 exam, gaining the highest marks in the country that year.

"It's always rewarding," he says. "I love the deep sounds it can make, in contrast with the high, wailing sounds."

We met him during rehearsals last week. Here's what he had to say.

Meet Young Musician finalist Sheku Kanneh-Mason

ITV are pleased with how many people watched the Queen's birthday

Anthony Kiedis in hospital after cancelling shows

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis cancelled a couple of shows over the weekend, after suffering severe stomach pains.

The group was due to headline the KROQ Weenie Roast in Irvine, California on Saturday when bassist Flea announced on stage that his singer was in a bad way.

"Anthony is on his way to the hospital right now and we're unable to play this evening," Flea said. "We are devastated about it. We're really sad."

On Sunday, the band issued an update on his condition:

Due to Anthony Kiedis' hospitalisation from complications from the intestinal flu on Saturday evening, the Red Hot Chili Peppers regretfully must postpone their upcoming concert for iHeart Radio on May 17th.

They would like to extend their gratitude to the fans for the outpouring of well wishes. Anthony is expected to make a full recovery soon.

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Dylan Thomas prize winner

Max Porter
Swansea University

Grief is the Thing with Feathers has won the £30,000 International Dylan Thomas Prize

The debut novel was Inspired by Crow, the collection of poems by Ted Hughes. 

It is intriguingly described as part novella, part polyphonic fable and part essay on grief, and is written by Max Porter, a senior editor at Granta and Portobello Books.

The way it plays with the archetypal figure of Ted Hughes’ Crow is both astonishing and beguiling. It is funny, it is deeply moving and it is a book that the judges are proud to see as the winner of the 2016 International Dylan Thomas Prize, in partnership with Swansea University.

Chair of judges Professor Dai Smith

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Boy Meets Girl wins LGBT prize

Boy Meets Girl

The UK's first transgender sitcom, Newsnight presenter Evan Davis and EastEnders star Danny Dyer were winners of the British LGBT Awards on Friday night.

BBC Two sitcom Boy Meets Girl won the coveted media moment of the year award, while Davis was named broadcaster of the year.

Dyer was named straight ally of the year.  

Other winners included Sam Smith, Boy George, Olympic boxing champion Nicola Adams, writer Sarah Waters and comedian Alan Carr.

Awards founder Sarah Garrett paid tribute to the BBC.

She said: "The commissioning of Boy Meets Girl was a landmark moment in British television history and it is fitting that the British public voted for it to receive a British LGBT Award.

"The BBC should be proud of its commitment to diversity and groundbreaking coverage of LGBT issues."

Danny Dyer was pretty pleased with his award. 

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And he certainly enjoyed the party. 

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Eurovision shock


In case you missed it on Saturday, Ukraine were the surprise winners of the Eurovision crown, beating favourites Australia and Russia into second and third place respectively.

Some have said the Ukriane entry by Jamala - about the deportations of Crimean Tatars by Stalin in 1944 - was too political for the competition. 

Sadly, it was all too predictable on the UK front - Joe & Jake could only manage 24th out of 26.

Catch up with our live page from the night.

Stars turn out for the Queen's 90th birthday

In case you missed it, here is said horse whisperer Jean-Francois Pignon and his super-cute pony that had such a memorable moment (well for us anyway) at the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations last night. 

Jean-Francois Pignon - horse whisperer

While Kylie kept her beautiful gown away from the horses and performed on stage. 

Kylie Minogue

Although Shirley Bassey did tackle the horse arena dirt with a little help from host Dec.

Shirley Bassey and host Dec

While Royal blue seemed to be the theme for the dresses worn by performers Katherine Jenkins, Imelda Staunton and Dame Helen Mirren. 

Katherine Jenkins, Imelda Staunton, Helen Mirren

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Emma Saunders

Entertainment reporter

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The Queen loves horses... and cows

This could be our favourite clip from The Queen's birthday celebrations on ITV last night. 

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A mention should also be given to the combo of Kylie singing I Believe in You while France's horse whisperer performed along with some unbridled horses and one cute pony.    

Although the number of horses in the star-studded event did confuse some on Twitter, including Scott Mills, just back from Eurovision.  

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Good morning

Frances Cronin

Entertainment Reporter

Hello and welcome to the first entertainment and arts live page of the week. 

There was a lot going on at the weekend - are you still recovering from Eurovision? 

The final episode of BBC One's Undercover series was aired last night, along with Indian Summers on Channel 4 last night - were you watching? 

Or perhaps you were glued to the Queen's 90th birthday celebrations on ITV featuring a host of stars and many, many horses. 

Keep reading and we'll bring you all of today's entertainment and arts news as it happens.