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  1. Critics hail BBC Wolf Hall adaptation
  2. Rihanna wins copyright battle against Topshop
  3. TV Awards pay tribute to Coronation Street's Anne Kirkbride

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By Lorna Blount and Genevieve Hassan

All times stated are UK

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  1. That's all for now...

    Lorna Blount

    Entertainment reporter

    Right, it's that time again. Where does the day go?!

    It's been a busy day in the world of arts and entertainment - from tributes and trophies at the National TV Awards, Rihanna's legal battle to driving without a licence (poor Ed Sheeran!).

    What will tomorrow bring? Only one way to find out...

    One final selfie to keep you going......

    X Factor winner Ben Haenow tweeted this photo of Davina McCall photo-bombing him and Simon Cowell at the NTAs. Simon looks rather happy too.

    Davina McCall
  2. Wogan's role:


    Sir Terry Wogan

    Sir Terry Wogan is to appear in the new series of Sky 1's Moone Boy. The BBC Radio 2 presenter will play the host of a home video show for which central character Martin Moone tries to film a hilarious clip.

    Chris O'Dowd's comedy returns on 2 March.

    Read the full story.

  3. Shakespeare Gala:

    The Stage

    Simon Callow

    Simon Callow is to direct a gala concert at the Southbank Centre to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death as part of the centre's new classical music season.

    The concert will feature "leading actors" performing readings from the Bard's plays, with one from Callow himself. The other actors involved have yet to be confirmed.

    Taking place at the Royal Festival Hall on 23 April, the gala will be set to music inspired by the playwright's texts from the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

    Read more here.

  4. Are you the next big thing?

    Inspire Proms

    Love writing music? Want to develop your creative flair further or simply be the next big thing?

    Well, the new BBC Proms Inspire scheme might be the string to your bow - the search is on to find the nation's brightest young composers aged 12 to 18 who want to write their own music.

    As well as composer workshops and events, the scheme includes The Young Composers' Competition, with the chance to win a coveted BBC broadcast, professional performance of your piece and a BBC commission.

  5. Around the BBC

    While We're Young

    Other arts, culture and entertainment stories making headlines around the BBC News website:

    • Noah Baumbach film While We're Young - starring Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts - will be the opening gala at the Glasgow Film Festival, it has been announced. (Glasgow)
    • Workers at a north Wales hairdressing salon are hoping to trace a poet who has been brightening their days with prose for the past two months. (North West Wales)
    • The tsunami relief concert drawn up on the back of a beer mat. (Wales)
    • A charity behind a planned underground dinosaur museum on the Jurassic Coast believes the attraction would bring £20m into the local economy every year. (Dorset)
    • A teacher who appeared in Educating Yorkshire has been barred from teaching after having sex with two ex pupils. (Leeds and West Yorkshire)
  6. Woman in Black rating anger:

    Screen Daily

    British director Tom Harper has criticised the BBFC over its decision to give his Hammer horror sequel The Woman In Black: Angel Of Death a 15 certificate.

    The director said the film-makers were presented with a "whole long list of - to my opinion - questionable reasons" justifying its decision.

    "Personally, I was disappointed... There was no blood, no swearing. Obviously, there are some uncomfortable scenes within it. It was always intended to be a 12A."

    Read the full story.

  7. Mears mishap

    Ray Mears

    Poor Ray Mears. He's been axed as a speaker at a caravan show after calling the mobile homes "hideous" and "ghastly" on BBC One's Room 101 last week.

    Organisers said Mears recorded the programme before entering negotiations to appear at the caravan show and "shouldn't have taken the job if he has fundamental issues with caravans".


  8. Brake control!

    The Stig and Ed Sheeran

    Remember learning to drive? Nerve-wracking and daunting, I am sure you'll agree.

    Now imagine getting behind the wheel for the first time on a racing track for Top Gear - and competing against a clock.

    Well, that's exactly what chart-topping Ed Sheeran did. Turns out his manoeuvring skills are not as good as his vocal cords.... The singer managed to drive his "reasonably priced car" off the track more than a few times.

    Take a look at some of the photo evidence here!.

  9. Newspaper hoard

    David Sillito

    Arts Correspondent

    Inside National Storage Building

    Newspaper sales may have dropped by more than 40% over the last decade, but more than seven million of them are still sold every day.

    The British Library saves at least one copy of every paper printed - more than 60 million in total - and this week it has opened a new hi-tech library in Yorkshire to store its huge archive.

    Watch my report from the low-oxygen room run by robots here.

  10. Something to "shout" about


    This is definitely something this Scottish singer will want to "shout" about.

    Celebrating an impressive 50 years in the business, Lulu has signed a new album deal with her very first label Decca Records.

    Making Life Rhyme, which is out on 30 March, is the first complete collection of the Lulu's self-penned songs. The petite singer with the big voice started off her career when she was just 15 years old.

  11. Artist "selfies"

    Sir Anthony Van Dyck

    They say the sea air is good for you, so it seems quite fitting that the Sir Anthony Van Dyck is beginning his UK tour with a restorative stop at the Turner Contemporary in Margate.

    The artist's famous last self-portrait (1640-1), was saved for the nation by the National Portrait Gallery in 2014 following a campaign backed by the Art Fund and a hefty £6,343,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

    The painting will have a starring role in the gallery's exhibition Self: Image and Identity, which features works from other notable artists such as Mary Beale, Louise Bourgeois, John Constable and Tracey Emin.

    The exhibition opens on 24 January and runs until 10 May.

  12. Missed Throne opportunity

    Peter Dinklage

    Game of Thrones is largely shot in Northern Ireland, but did you know it could have been filmed in Scotland?

    Scottish MPs were told the show's producers had considered using the country as its setting for the fictional Westeros, but were put off by a lack of infrastructure.

    "Game of Thrones was looking to come to Scotland and it didn't come here, because we don't have a body pushing hard enough," Equity's Drew McFarlane said during an inquiry into the creative industries.

  13. Perfect Wolf

    Damian Lewis

    BBC Two's adaptation of Hilary Mantel has been praised by critics, with one calling it "close to perfect television". Damian Lewis was also admired for his "fearsome" portrayal of Henry VIII.

    Read more about the reviews.

  14. Turbine Hall commission

    Abraham Cruzvillegas

    Mexican artist Abraham Cruzvillegas has been commissioned to fill the Turbine Hall at London's Tate Modern.

    The sculptor is noted for crafting artworks from found objects. His previous projects have included modifying a bike and pedalling it through the streets of Glasgow playing music.

    The vast Turbine Hall has housed several vast and thought-provoking pieces of public art over the years. Ai Weiwei famously filled the hall with millions of porcelain sunflower seeds, while Olafur Eliasson installed a giant yellow artificial sun.

  15. Chewie out of hospital

    via Twitter

    Following the news earlier this week that Star Wars actor Peter Mayhew was in hospital with pneumonia, the Chewbacca star has tweeted to say he's on the mend and on his way home.

    Peter Mayhew tweet
  16. Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg

    Kickstarter page

    Congratulations to TLC who have reached their target of $150,000 (£99,000) on crowd-funding site Kickstarter to fund their fifth and (so they say) final album.

    It will also be the first album by the 90s R&B group to feature only members Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas after third member Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes died in a car crash in Honduras in 2002.

    TLC Tionne Watkins and Rozonda Thomas

    Clearly a TLC fan, Katy Perry is reported to have given the group a hefty boost by pledging $5,000 (£3300) to the cause, according to TMZ.

    The funding project is still active until 19 February though - so maybe they'll raise enough money to make a sixth album...

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    We still want to hear your views on today's stories - did you agree with the NTA winners? What were your favourite 2014 shows to watch on iPlayer? And what do you think of Page Three returning to The Sun? Get in touch and let us know.

  18. Gangsters and grannies:

    BBC Breakfast

    Jessica Chastain

    Hollywood actress Jessica Chastain spoke to BBC Breakfast this morning about her latest film, A Most Violent Year. You can watch her interview with Charlie Stayt - where she also talks about taking her granny to the Oscars - here or via the Key Video tab at the top of the live page.

  19. Hacking cases settled

    Cilla Black, Peter Andre, Darren Day and EastEnders star Jessie Wallace have all settled phone-hacking claims, the High Court is told.

    More on this story.

  20. Wooah! Music dream team!

    Lady Gaga and Adele

    Lady Gaga's Instagram post post this morning has got us all talking! She's cuddled up to Adele for a selfie, in what could be Gaga's Los Angeles home.

    Are the pair making music together? We'll keep you posted!

  21. Guilt-edged chance

    Neil Smith

    Arts reporter


    We've all done it, haven't we? Visit an archaeological site of timeless historical relevance and walk away with a priceless artefact?

    No? Well, apparently you're in the minority. According to The Art Newspaper, people have been going to the ancient Roman city of Pompeii for centuries and taking home a relic or two as a souvenir of their visit.

    So many of these items have been returned by guilt-wracked tea leaves (or thieves for the Cockney rhyming slang uninitiated) that the custodians of the site are now organising an exhibition featuring some of the objects that have been sent back to them, often accompanied by letters of apology.

    A date for the show has yet to be announced. When it is, though, it's sure to be popular with history lavas everywhere.

  22. Rihanna's image battle

    BBC News Channel

    Topshop, has lost an appeal against its unauthorised use of a picture of pop singer Rihanna on a T-shirt. Paul Joseph, who's a copyright solicitor, said it "doesn't pave the way for other celebrities to sue companies who use their image without permission".

    He told BBC News: "Rihanna had previously run competitions and made public appearances in Topshop stores, meaning the two were likely to be linked in the mind of the public

    "These particular factors would make the public think this t-shirt had been authorised by her. The court was keen to stress this would not usually be the case," he added.

    Read the latest here.

  23. TV ratings

    Coronation Street was last night's most-watched programme attracting 7.6 million viewers, overnight figures suggest.

    ITV dominated the schedules for the rest of the evening, with the National Television Awards drawing an average audience of 6.3 million (peaking at 7.2 million around 20:45 GMT). The figures exclude ITV1 +1 viewers.

    BBC Two's adaptation of Wolf Hall also fared well - with its 3.9 million viewers easily beating Crimewatch on BBC One.

  24. King of the iPlayer

    Benedict Cumberbatch

    Benedict Cumberbatch may have missed out at the National TV Awards last night - but the Sherlock star need not worry.

    Not only is he nominated for an Oscar for his role in The Imitation Game, the actor was "King of the BBC iPlayer ratings" in 2014 (this is not a real term, just to be clear).

    Latest stats show Sherlock was the most watched show on the catch-up service, with episode The Empty Hearse requested a whopping 4.2 million times.

    Hot on its wheels was Top Gear. The opening show of the 2014 series, with Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond, was requested 3.8 million times.

  25. Cucumber, Banana and a bit of Tofu

    Neil Smith

    Arts reporter


    Fifteen years on from his landmark series Queer as Folk, writer Russell T Davies is returning to the world of modern gay relationships in an ambitious trio of shows that kick off later.

    Channel 4 drama Cucumber focuses on the trials and tribulations of a middle-aged gay man called Henry, while its sister show Banana on E4 tells of gay men and lesbians in their 20s. There's also a third, more experimental show called Tofu - a mix of documentary, comedy and drama that will be available through Channel 4's on-demand service 4OD.

    At a launch event in London last week, Davies - best known for reviving Doctor Who and for creating its Torchwood spin-off - said his aim was to make a programme about sex that was not "sexy or salacious or shocking".

    Some may feel different given the graphic nature of some scenes, though that doesn't stop Cucumber - which starts on Thursday at 21:00 GMT - being a funny, well-observed and occasionally poignant watch.


    Banana, which follows Cucumber on E4 at 22:00, has its strengths too and features a charismatic turn from Freddie Fox (pictured) that should give an additional boost to this rising young star's career.

    Last week's launch was followed by a party held, fittingly enough, at the top of the Swiss Re building, affectionately known as the Gherkin. Former Doctor Who star Matt Smith was one of those in attendance; Eric Pickles, alas, was a disappointing no-show.

  26. From the court

    Clive Coleman

    Legal correspondent

    Topshop has lost its appeal against pop singer Rihanna.

    In July 2013, the star won a legal battle against Topshop over the sale of a t-shirt bearing her image, which featured a photo taken during a video shoot in 2011. It was held that Topshop's unauthorised use of Rihanna's image, amounted to passing off.

    Topshop appealed but today the Court of Appeal found against it and in Rihanna's favour.

    The court found that a substantial number of consumers would be deceived into into thinking that the t-shirt had been authorised by Rihanna.

  27. Back to Grammys:

    Billboard Magazine

    LL Cool J

    A familiar face is returning as Grammys host. LL Cool J will once again serve as emcee for music's biggest night. The rapper-actor has presided over 10 Grammy shows, including serving as host every year since 2012.

    "As both a Grammy-winning recording artist and an accomplished actor, LL Cool J's wide range of talent, dynamic personality and charismatic energy make him the perfect choice to host the Grammy Awards," Recording Academy president and CEO Neil Portnow said in a statement.

    Read more here.

  28. BreakingBreaking News


    Rihanna wins a legal battle with high street shop Topshop over a T-shirt bearing her image.

  29. Tops back off!

    The Sun newspaper

    Well it's certainly had the national talking - earlier this week it was widely reported The Sun had decided to cover up its Page Three models, after 44 years.

    But this morning the tops were back off as the newspaper published its first picture of a topless woman in almost a week, claiming it had a "mammary lapse".

  30. Doctor Who? Me?!

    via Twitter

    David Tennant

    Clearly the special recognition award came as a bit of a shock to David Tennant.

    @shezzaandadalek tweeted: "No one has ever or will ever deserve this award more than David Tennant."

  31. "Thank you, thank you..."

    via Twitter

    Cheeky duo Ant and Dec scooped the prestigious entertainment presenter title for the 14th year in a row - beating Keith Lemon, Dermot O'Leary and Bradley Walsh to the prize.

    The pair tweeted: "Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! We're very, very grateful!"

  32. NTA special recognition

    National Television Awards

    Highlights of the glitzy event included Broadchurch and Doctor Who actor David Tennant picking up the special recognition award. He said it was a... *cough* "out of body experience".

  33. "I love you, Anne"

    National Television Awards

    So, let's start with the National Television Awards that took place last night. Coronation Street star William Roche paid an emotional tribute to his former co-star Anne Kirkbride, who died on Monday.

    He said: "We share your grief and sadness at losing such a beautiful person who'll be so greatly missed by us all. I love you, Anne. Thank you."

  34. Post update

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    Genevieve Hassan

    Entertainment reporter

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    Lorna Blount

    Entertainment reporter

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