Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.


  1. Harper Lee announces To Kill A Mockingbird follow-up
  2. Whitney Houston's daughter "fighting for her life"
  3. Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight founder charged with murder
  4. Comic Relief enlists Dame Edna for charity Bake-Off

Live Reporting

By Mark Savage and Ian Youngs

All times stated are UK

Get involved

  1. Goodbye 'til Wednesday

    Mark Savage

    Entertainment reporter

    And on that Harper Lee bombshell, I'm afraid we have to leave you.

    Come back tomorrow for more reaction to the Mockingbird sequel, as well as the announcement of the Broadcast Awards in London.

    Thanks for joining us today and have a great night.

  2. Harper Lee: Twitter explodes

    via Twitter

    Almost instantly, Twitter has gone crazy for the news that Harper Lee is publishing a second novel. Here are a few of the best moments.

    Harper Lee responses

    Empire magazine's Chris Hewitt writes: "Harper Lee to publish a second novel, 55 years after To Kill A Mockingbird. And I thought I was useless with deadlines."

    Calum Marsh tweets: "This Harper Lee news is a real windfall for ninth grade English teachers."

    Mark Harriss adds: "Another Harper Lee book ALREADY? Ugh, it's like she's James Patterson or something."

    And Nick Pettigrew says: "Possible Harper Lee 2nd novel titles: The Mockingbird Strikes Back, To Kill Another Mockingbird, To Seriously Injure A Woodpecker."

  3. BreakingHarper Lee returns

    Harper Lee

    Harper Lee is to publish her second novel - 55 years after To Kill A Mockingbird.

    Go Set a Watchman, a novel the Pulitzer Prize-winning author completed in the 1950s and put aside, will be released on 14 July, her publishers said.

    It is essentially a sequel to To Kill A Mockingbird, featuring Scout Finch as an adult - although it was actually written first.

    Lee's editor persuaded her to rework some of the story's flashback sequences as a novel in their own right. That book became Mockingbird.

    "I was a first-time writer, so I did as I was told," said the author in a statement. "I hadn't realised it [the original book] had survived, so was surprised and delighted when my dear friend and lawyer Tonja Carter discovered it.

    "After much thought and hesitation, I shared it with a handful of people I trust and was pleased to hear that they considered it worthy of publication. I am humbled and amazed that this will now be published after all these years."

  4. Diversifying EastEnders

    EastEnders boss Dominic Treadwell-Collins has hit the headlines today after saying he won't bring minority characters into the BBC soap just to fulfil diversity quotas.

    We've just spoken to former EastEnders director Michael Buffong, who is now artistic director of black theatre company Talawa, who agreed that reflecting diversity shouldn't be a "box-ticking exercise".

    But, he added: "We've tried everything else, we've tried waiting - why not have quotas? At least there will be a change."

    He said he would like to see greater representation on TV and across the entertainment industry as a whole. "The answer is make programmes more diverse. Give black actors roles - it's not an incredibly difficult formula."

    Read more on this story.

  5. Behind rock's biggest hits

    Rick Rubin

    Whiskery super producer Rick Rubin has recorded some of the biggest names in music, from Johnny Cash to Adele via Jay-Z and Eminem.

    He's a master at pulling unexpected performances from musicians who've become too successful to challenge themselves - but we rarely get to hear his thoughts on the music.

    That's all changed now that he's signed up to the Genius lyrics site (formerly Rap Genius), where he's annotating the songs he's worked on, along with some others that inspire him.

    He recalls how Jay-Z wrote the first verse to 99 Problems "in about 20 minutes, sitting in the back of the control room"; and heaps praise on Hozier's Take Me To Church.

    "It's one of the songs where if Johnny [Cash] was alive, we might try that one," he writes. "It's a weighty song."

    You can see Rick's profile page here.

  6. Grammys supergroup

    Paul McCartney, Rihanna and Kanye West

    Paul McCartney will perform at the Grammy Awards with Kanye West and Rihanna.

    The supergroup, which is being called "Parihanye" by absolutely nobody, will perform their new single FourFiveSeconds for the first time at Sunday's ceremony.

    The single went into the UK charts at number five on Sunday - and Rihanna has just posted the music video on YouTube. You can see it here.

  7. Inherent Vice confusion

    The Daily Telegraph

    Paul Thomas Anderson's film of Thomas Pynchon's novel Inherent Vice is proving too much for some cinemagoers, who've been confused and disorientated by its mumbled dialogue and disjointed plot.

    Several have been voicing their displeasure online, including Philip Hensher, who tweeted: "Understood so little of plot or dialogue, I worried I 'd had a stroke."

    Read the full story on the Telegraph site.

  8. Left shark speaks

    Katy Perry and her sharks

    The infamous "left shark" - who forgot his dance moves during Katy Perry's Super Bowl show - has outed himself.

    Writing on Reddit, Scott Myrick said: "Yes, I was the shark!

    "I was actually a horse chest [sic] piece in Dark Horse and had to change into the shark costume in 1:30 seconds. It was nuts!

    "The visibility was terrible. I ran into a palm tree but the camera missed it."

    Myrick goes on to explain that he is one of Perry's regular dancers and is part of her current Prismatic world tour.

  9. Yoda one for me

    BBC Newsbeat

    Yoda waxwork

    Madame Tussauds has announced a new, multi-million pound collaboration with Disney - incorporating 11 immersive, walk-in scenes from the first six Star Wars films.

    This waxwork of Yoda in the Dagobah swamp was the first to be unveiled.

    Read the full story.

  10. Dylan on Sinatra

    Bob Dylan and Frank Sinatra

    Bob Dylan has been speaking about his love of Frank Sinatra as he promotes his new album Shadows In The Night, which features 10 songs made famous by Old Blue Eyes himself.

    "It's hard to find a song he did not do," says Dylan. "He'd be the guy you got to check with.

    "He had this ability to get inside of the song in a sort of a conversational way. Frank sang to you - not at you. I never wanted to be a singer that sings at somebody."

    The quotes come from Dylan's only interview for the new album, which he granted to The AARP, the magazine of the American Association of Retired Persons.

    You can read the full 9,000-word article on their website.

  11. Fifty Shades fall-out

    Fifty Shades of Grey

    Sam Taylor-Johnson has admitted to creative tensions behind the scenes of the Fifty Shades of Grey movie.

    Speaking to Porter magazine, the director said her relationship with author EL James was "difficult" and punctuated with "creative fights".

    "We would have proper on-set barneys, and I'm not confrontational, but it was about finding a way between the two of us, satisfying her vision of what she'd written as well as my need to visualise this person on screen.

    "But, you know, we got there."

    Asked whether she remained friends with the author, Taylor-Johnson hesitated, replying: "Ummm."

    When the interviewer replied that she did not have to answer, the director replied: "Good."

  12. Morrissey maligns meat munchers

    Celebrity curmudgeon and noted vegan Morrissey is at it again - cancelling a concert in Iceland after the venue refused his demands to stop selling meat on the night of his show.

    "I shall leave the Harpa Concert Hall to their cannibalistic flesh-eating bloodlust," he said in a statement.

    Read the full story.

  13. Monopoly gamble

    Monopoly board with euros

    Toy maker Hasbro is celebrating the 80th anniversary of Monopoly by putting real money inside Monopoly sets.

    Just 80 of the sets will be produced, then hidden in a shipment of 30,000 specially-branded editions of the board game.

    Anyone lucky enough to get their hands on one will get a windfall of 20,580 euros (£15,492).

    For now, however, the sets are only being sold in France.

  14. Election campaign snowballs

    Snowball Vine

    Poor old Peter Henley. The BBC's political reporter for the south of England has just been snowballed while live on the BBC News Channel.

    Like a true professional, though, he didn't even flinch.

    You can loop the moment forever on Vine.

  15. Art from emojis

    Amy Winehouse

    Rapper Yung Jake has become infamous on Twitter for celebrity portraits composed out of emojis - the smiley faces and pictures of fruit that pop up on text message apps.

    BBC Trending has interviewed him about his oeuvre.

  16. Game of Thrones preview

    Maisie Williams in Game Of Thrones

    HBO has shared some new pictures from the fifth series of Game of Thrones, which returns in April.

    They show child warrior Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) after she leaves Westeros and arrives in Braavos. In George RR Martin's books, the character takes on a new identity and studies to become an assassin - although there's no guarantee the TV show will follow suit.

    The actress has given precious little away - telling The Guardian last year: "There's a big ending for Arya. They're basically breaking her down, and you get to see behind the cracks."

    Released on the show's Facebook page, the images also give the first glimpse of Alexander Siddig as Dorne ruler Doran Martell as well as series regulars Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister and Kit Harington as Jon Snow.

    Peter Dinklage in Game of Thrones

    Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) with Conleth Hill (Varys).

    Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell and Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister

    Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell) and Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister)

    Kit Harington as Jon Snow, Stephen Dillane as Stannis Baratheon and Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth

    Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Stephen Dillane (Stannis Baratheon) and Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth)

    Alexander Siddig as Doran Martell

    Alexander Siddig (Doran Martell).

  17. Eurovision update!

    Conchita Wurst

    Ping! A BBC press release has just landed in our inbox, with the first details of the Eurovision anniversary concert we mentioned earlier.

    "Reigning champion Conchita Wurst will perform Austria's winning song Rise Like a Phoenix," it exclaims.

    "Also joining Conchita on the night will be Swedish pop Group Herreys, who won the 1984 competition with the song Diggi-Loo Diggi-Ley and completing the first three confirmed acts is Natasha St-Pier, who represented France in the 2001 contest and will once again sing Je n'ai que mon ame."

    Graham Norton will host the whole shebang.

    Eurovision poster
  18. Celebrities read mean tweets

    Britney Spears reads mean tweets

    Jimmy Kimmel's US chat show has a running strand where celebrities are forced to read what the public has been saying about them on twitter.

    This week, in order to counter-act the ego boost of the Grammys, the stars of pop and rock were presented with their harshest critics.

    Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Iggy Azalea, Wiz Khalifa and Sam Smith have all been taken down a peg or two. The video contains explicit language. To watch, click here.

    Iggy Azalea reads mean tweets
    Sam Smith reads mean tweets
  19. Eurovision anniversary extravaganza

    Bucks Fizz

    As part of the celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the Eurovision Song Contest, the BBC is to host a special concert showcasing "some of the very best songs from the competition" (it says here).

    Taking place at the Apollo in Hammersmith, London, on 31 March, the show will "feature an array of classic and contemporary acts, as well as some surprise guests from throughout the contest's colourful 60 year history."

    There's no line-up information yet, but things we'd like to see include:

    • Lordi doing Hard Rock Hallelujah with guest vocals from Lulu
    • A gender-swap Bucks Fizz, where the boys have their trousers ripped off
    • An on-stage apology for Sweden's 1973 entry, and it's lyric "O, your breasts are like swallows a-nestling"

    It'll probably just be Johnny Logan, though, won't it?

  20. UK film boost

    Star Wars Episode VII

    Last year saw a massive surge in film production in the UK, with £1.471bn spent on films like Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (above), Avengers: Age of Ultron, Paddington and the new James Bond film, Spectre.

    The record-breaking figure, revealed by the British Film Institute, represents an increase of 35% from 2013.

    Conversely, box office takings were down 2% on the previous year - and the number of tickets sold dropped 5% to 157.5 million.

    The full statistics can be downloaded from the BFI website.

  21. Prince back in London


    After a break of almost eight months, diminutive pop star Prince turned up in London last night for another of his surprise "hit and run" shows.

    The two-hour show, at Camden's Koko venue, was a fundraiser for the Autism Rocks charity.

    Among the hits he played were Controversy, Let's Go Crazy, U Got The Look, When Doves Cry, Sign of the Times and Darling Nikki (sadly, just the intro). Prince also covered Paloma Faith's Only Love Can Hurt Like This with his protege Liv Warfield.

    The audience included Noel Gallagher and Radio 1 DJ Mistajam who tweeted: "Wow. Prince just gave an absolute masterclass in the funk at tonight for @autismrocks - such a great concert for a great cause."

    Could there be more shows to come? Watch this space.

  22. Ewan MacColl honoured:

    BBC Radio 2

    Late singer-songwriter Ewan MacColl is to be inducted into the Hall of Fame at this year's BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

    The musician is famous for writing The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, which has been covered by Roberta Flack, Celine Dion and Elvis Presley among others.

    He also wrote Dirty Old Town about his home city of Salford.

    MacColl, whose centenary was celebrated in January, "inspired generations of musicians and poets to stand up for what they believe and to use art to challenge authority," said Radio 2 DJ Mark Radcliffe.

    This year's folk awards take place in the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, on 22 April.

    Cat Stevens, Loudon Wainwright III and Kate Rusby will all perform.

  23. "Brits, I'm Madonna"

    via Twitter

    The Queen Mother of Pop confirms the long-standing rumour she'll appear at this year's Brit Awards.

    Madonna tweet
  24. Bobbi Brown update

    Whitney Houston's daughter is still fighting for her life after she was found her unresponsive in the bathtub on Saturday.

    Sam Rubin, an entertainment reporter for KTLA TV in Los Angeles, tells the BBC the situation is "grim".

    "She remains in a medically-induced coma," he says. "I don't think people are optimistic.

    "They say there is very little brain activity - although there was more yesterday than the day before, so maybe there is a glimmer of optimism."

  25. Williams family dispute

    New York Times

    Robin Williams

    The family of late movie star Robin Williams is locked in a disagreement over his estate.

    Court documents filed in December and January expose a feud over money and property between Williams' third wife, Susan Schneider Williams, and his children Zak, Zelda and Cody Williams.

    Read the full story.

  26. Missy Elliot chart boost

    Missy Elliot

    Missy "Misdemeanour" Elliot seems to have received the biggest boost from Sunday's Super Bowl show.

    Katy Perry's special guest now has three songs in the top 10 of the US iTunes chart. Coincidentally, they're the three songs she performed at the show - Get Ur Freak On, Lose Control and Work It.

    The hip-hop star has been revelling in the attention on Twitter - especially after several commentators assumed she was a newcomer.

    "I think it's cool new kids think I'm a new artist," Elliot said. "That goes to show u that I'm still on fire and will rip down stages 20 yrs later."

    Hopefully, this means she can abandon her disastrous second career as a light fitter.

    Missy Elliot
  27. Your views

    Oscar whitewash?

    via Twitter

    Lots of you have been commenting on the Oscar nominees photo on our Twitter feed. You might notice a certain theme.

    The president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts has previously said she would "love to see" greater diversity in the nominations.

    Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who is the first African-American president of the Academy, said the organisation was "becoming a more diverse and inclusive organisation" that was "committed to seeking out diversity of voice and opinion''.

  28. Mike Leigh is Bafta'd

    Mike Leigh

    Director Mike Leigh is to be honoured with the Bafta Fellowship at Sunday's awards ceremony.

    The film-maker, who famously directs without the aid of a script, already has an outstanding contribution award from Bafta, not to mention trophies for films like Secrets & Lies and Vera Drake.

    However, his hotly-tipped biopic of artist JMW Turner was snubbed in the main categories at this year's ceremony.

    He doesn't seem to be holding a grudge, though, saying: "What a privilege to be honoured with the Bafta Fellowship. I'm moved, delighted and surprised."

  29. Get set, bake!

    Bake-off contestants

    The line-up for Comic Relief's charity edition of the Great British Bake Off has been announced and it's far from half-baked.

    Among the stars having their soggy bottoms inspected are (clockwise from top left) Joanna Lumley, Jennifer Saunders, Jonathan Ross, Abbey Clancy, Gok Wan, Zoe "Zoella" Sugg, Dame Edna Everage and Lulu.

    But wait, there's more...

    Bake-off contestants

    That's Jameela Jamil, Michael Sheen, Chris Moyles (yes, that's really him), Victoria Wood, Kayvan Novak, Alexa Chung, Sarah Brown - wife of former PM Gordon - and David Mitchell.

    After the line-up was revealed, Red Nose Day co-ordinator Emma Freud tweeted: "Do you remember last year when I kept asking for celeb contacts and couldn't say why?

    "This was why. Twitter did good."

    Emma Freud tweet
  30. Frozen follow-up revealed

    Frozen film still

    You might have heard of the low-budget independent animation Frozen. It's the story of a troubled teenager who runs away from home.

    Well, after it became a modest success at the cinema, the makers have put together a short film telling the further adventures of Elsa and Anna.

    Frozen Fever will be shown in cinemas before Disney's live-action Cinderella.

    USA Today has more photos from the film and an interview with directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee.

  31. Oscars who's who

    Oscar nominees zoomed in

    If you've been straining to work out who is who in the group shot of the 2015 Oscar nominees, Deadline has a handy guide to all 154 actors, producers, composers and directors.

    We've also zoomed in on some of our favourite faces. It's like a really well turned-out Crimewatch mug-shot.

    Oscar composite

    Top row L-R: Reese Witherspoon and The Theory of Everything writer Anthony McCarten (asleep?); host Neil Patrick Harris; Oprah Winfrey; Julianne Moore; Steve Carell.

    Bottom row L-R: Edward Norton; JK Simmons towering over Patricia Arquette; Michael Keaton; Aneta Kopacz and Emma Stone (not paying attention); Jason Blum; Laura Dern.

  32. While you were asleep

    A few updates from overnight.

    • Rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight has been charged with murder and attempted murder following a fatal hit-and-run incident last week. His lawyer says the incident was an accident. [Read more]
    • Whitney Houston's daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, is "fighting for her life" after being found unconscious, her family says. Police say they were called to her home on Saturday in response to a "drowning". [Read more]
    • David Oyelowo has criticised the lack of black actors on UK TV. "We make period dramas in Britain, but there are almost never black people in them, even though we've been on these shores for hundreds of years." [Read more]
    • Actress Kate Robbins says her brother Ted is "doing great", after suffering cardiac arrest on stage at the weekend. [Listen to the interview]
  33. Perry's ratings smash

    Kayt Perry Super Bowl show

    Katy Perry's Super Bowl performance was seen by 118.5 million people, the biggest audience ever for the half-time concert since modern ratings began in 1991.

    An estimated 114.4 million people watched the New England Patriots narrowly beat the Seattle Seahawks 28-24, rising to 120 million during the nailbiting finale.

    Ratings company Nielsen said that made it the most-watched event in US TV history.

  34. More Oscar nominees

    As well as the group picture, this year's Oscar contenders all posed on the red carpet before the nominees' luncheon.

    Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper

    American Sniper director Clint Eastwood joked around with his star, Bradley Cooper.

    Emma Stone and Reese Witherspoon

    Emma Stone, a best supporting actress nominee for Birdman, was also there, alongside Reese Witherspoon, whose turn in Wild scored a best actress nomination.

    Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne

    Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne are the British co-stars of The Theory of Everything.

    Oprah Winfrey and JK Simmons

    Oprah Winfrey is nominated as a producer of Selma, while JK Simmons is favourite to win the best supporting actor category for his performance in drumming drama Whiplash.

  35. Oscar nominees gather

    Oscar nominees luncheon

    The 2015 Oscar nominees gathered yesterday for a bit of Hollywood backslapping.

    Those of you with eagle vision will be able to spot the likes of Michael Keaton, Eddie Redmayne, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, Reese Witherspoon, Steve Carell, Patricia Arquette, Bradley Cooper and Clint Eastwood.

    Sadly, Benedict Cumberbatch wasn't there to stage the best photobomb of all time.

  36. Get involved

    By the way - if you have any tips for stories, or anything you'd like to say about today's coverage, please get in touch.

    Drop us a line on or tweet @BBCNewsEnts.

  37. Good morning!

    Mark Savage

    Entertainment reporter

    Welcome to our rolling coverage of the day's entertainment news. We'll have the latest on the murder charges against rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight and the health of Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi.

    On the lighter side of things, we have pictures from the Oscar nominees luncheon and a look at the line-up for Comic Relief at the Great British Bake-Off.