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.

Live Reporting

Sarah Jane Griffiths and Ian Youngs

All times stated are UK

Get involved

  1. So long, farewell:

    Sarah Jane Griffiths

    Entertainment reporter, BBC News

    We made it through Fifty Shades of Friday! That's it from us for another week but we'll be back on Monday with all the news from the What's On Stage Awards and more. If you want to get in touch please do tweet us @BBCNewsEnts or email Enjoy your weekend!

  2. Music's hidden heroes

    After working with the likes of Sir Paul McCartney, U2 and Coldplay, Paul Epworth was named producer of the year at the Music Producers Guild Awards last night - automatically winning a Brit Award too.

    Paul Epworth and Glass Animals

    The awards celebrate the industry's unsung heroes, but Paul - who's also worked with Adele and Florence and the Machine and is pictured above with Glass Animals - told us "without great artists we'd all be out of work".

    He said he'd learned something from everyone he'd worked with.

    "What Paul [McCartney] has to offer musically in his experience was incredible and taught me a lot about the psychology of the creative process that I'm able to bring to younger artists when they're struggling.

    "It's been very humbling working with bands like Coldplay and U2 who sort of produce their own records, they're very astute and that means you have to be quite zen about not having control of the the process."

    Dave Stewart

    Other winners included ex-Eurythmic Dave Stewart, who was handed the evening's lifetime achievement award.

    "This was nice as you're among the people that actually make the records," he told us.

    "I've made records in the most crazy places, in factories, in chateaus, in tiny bedrooms, in big church studios. I'm just obsessed with recording sounds and then making it have a feeling when it comes out of a speaker. That's what our job is, so when people are in the car or have their headphones on they have the feeling too."

    Read our full story.

  3. The Voice playlist

    The Voice Playlister

    To get you in the mood for Saturday night's show, The Voice has put together a playlist of all the tracks the hopefuls will be singing this week, using BBC Playlister.

    It's an eclectic list, featuring Pavarotti's Nessun Dorma, Grease hit There Are Worse Things I Could Do by Stockard Channing and Hold On, We're Going Home by Drake.

    Highlights this week include Sheridan Smith's big brother Damian Dalton Smith - who tells coach Ricky Wilson, "my sister fancies you, by the way". Not embarrassing at all. It's on BBC one tomorrow at 19:15 GMT.

  4. John McCabe tributes

    BBC Radio 3's In Tune will be paying tribute to composer John McCabe later, following his death aged 75.

    Presenter Sean Rafferty will be joined by composer Anthony Payne between 17:30 and 18:00 GMT - you can listen online.

    John McCabe

    Many people have been paying tribute on Twitter too:

    • Julian Lloyd Webber tweets: "Devastated to learn of the death of my friend and duo partner John McCabe. A lovely man."
    • The Carducci Quartet tweets: "So sad to hear that John McCabe, pianist, composer and wonderful man has died. A great loss for British music."
    • The Sacconi Quartet tweets: "Rest in peace John McCabe. Composer and person of the highest order. It was a privilege to play with you and know you."
    • Total Brass tweets: "Rest in Peace John McCabe, a fantastic composer who was also a support to us during our time at the Academy. We loved performing 'Rounds'."
  5. Lead story:

    Ian Youngs

    Arts reporter, BBC News

    Bounce the dog

    Rolling news has gone to the dogs.

    The BBC News Channel had one of its more unusual guests when a Labrador named Bounce appeared for a discussion about a survey saying canines can tell the difference between happy and angry human facial expressions.

    Bounce sat on a chair, looked around and finally curled up as its owner Dr Roger Mugford pondered whether dogs are smarter than we give them credit for.

    Bounce offered no comment.

  6. Taylor's in Style

    Taylor Swift video

    We mentioned it earlier and now the new Taylor Swift video has arrived.

    After its Good Morning America premiere was teased on the internet over the last couple of days, the video for Style has been officially posted.

    It's more subtle than Shake it Off, featuring a male model looking very thoughtful and the singer in what appears to be a lightning storm.

    Watch it on YouTube.

  7. Unlucky lunchtime news

    ITV's lunchtime news bulletin suffered a technical glitch which left viewers looking at an ITV logo for around seven minutes.

    The broadcaster tweeted: "We're sorry for those who are experiencing disruption. We're working to fix this asap."

    Nina Hossain apologised for the "loss of transmission" when the bulletin was back on air.

    Was the curse of Friday 13th at work?

  8. Comedy night

    Tiny Fey and Amy Poehler

    A documentary charting the history of TV sketch show Saturday Night Live will open the Tribeca Film Festival in New York in April.

    Live From New York looks at the early development of the show, which was created by Lorne Michaels.

    SNL has launched the careers of Eddie Murphy, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Jimmy Fallon, Will Ferrell and Tina Fey, among others.

    Robert De Niro, who founded the Tribeca festival, has hosted SNL three times.

    "I can speak from first-hand experience about SNL's rightful place in our culture," he said.

  9. Lifting the curtain

    Helen Mirren

    A new exhibition celebrating theatre in the West End and Broadway will open in London and New York next year.

    Curtain Up! will open at London's Victoria and Albert Museum next February - and go to the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts the following Autumn.

    The London leg of the exhibition will coincide with the 40th anniversary of the Olivier Awards.

    Dame Helen Mirren said it would honour the "shared artistic heritage" which binds the two cities.

    Read the full story here.

  10. Sketch show returns

    The Coopers sketch on Goodness Gracious Me

    Comedy Goodness Gracious Me is returning for another TV special, after last year's one-off to mark BBC Two's 50th anniversary.

    The British Asian sketch show - which was on our screens from 1998-2001 after starting on BBC Radio 4 - will feature "some new characters and old favourites".

    Sanjeev Bhaskar, Kulvinder Ghir, Meera Syal, Nina Wadia and Dave Lamb will all be filming at Elstree Studios on 7 March - you can be in the audience.

  11. Date movie

    Alfred Molina

    If bondage-obsessed billionaires aren't your thing, new film Love is Strange is being billed as "the alternative to Fifty Shades of Grey".

    Also in cinemas this weekend, it stars Dexter's John Lithgow and Alfred Molina (pictured) as elderly lovers who can finally get married after 40 years together.

    It's about "the little things in life", according to Molina.

    Read our interview.

  12. Barbican weekender

    Bryce Dessner

    Fans of American rock band The National should enjoy The Barbican's next marathon weekend in May, their third curated by the group's guitarist Bryce Dessner.

    Mountains and Waves: Bryce Dessner and New American Music will feature the world premiere of Wave Movements, a new orchestral work composed by Dessner and Arcade Fire's Richard Reed Parry and a collaboration with Sufjan Stevens.

    Find out more.

  13. Franco's new role:


    James Franco

    James Franco has been cast in a new series based on Stephen King's bestseller 11/12/63, for US streaming service Hulu.

    He'll play lead character Epping in the time-travel Kennedy assassination thriller as well as being a producer.

    The nine-hour miniseries is billed as "part thriller, part love story" and has Star Trek and Star Wars director JJ Abrams and King as exec producers. Read more.

  14. Love Island returns

    Love Island

    ITV is bringing Love Island back - but this time without the celebrities.

    The show served up some classic reality TV moments between 2005 and 2006 thanks to stars like Jayne Middlemiss, Atomic Kitten's Liz McClarnon and Calum Best, before being axed.

    It will return to ITV2 this summer with "a brand new look" as non-famous singletons jet off to the sun for a summer of passion and almost certain humiliation. You can apply to be one of them.

  15. The meaning of pie

    Ever listened to Don McLean singing about driving his Chevy to the levee on American Pie and thought, "but what does it all mean?"

    Apparently that question will finally be answered when the original 1971 manuscript goes under the hammer in New York in April.

    McLean's promised that "the writing and the lyrics will divulge everything there is to divulge".

    Read our full story.

  16. BreakingBreaking News

    Ex-TV weatherman Fred Talbot found guilty of indecently assaulting two teenage boys by a court in Manchester.

    Read more.

  17. The people's Oscars

    Reese Witherspoon and Bradley Cooper

    Bradley Cooper and Reese Witherspoon are the stars Americans most want to see win the top acting Oscars, according to a poll by news agency Reuters and Ipsos.

    Cooper - who is nominated for his depiction of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle in American Sniper - took 28% of the online votes for best actor, with Birdman's Michael Keaton in second with 12%.

    Witherspoon was picked by 13% of respondents for best actress - but the British star of Gone Girl, Rosamund Pike, was just behind with 12%. We'll see how right they are on 22 February.

    Read more.

  18. Swift style

    Good Morning America will have the premiere of Taylor Swift's new video Style when the US wakes up in a few hours.

    Taylor Swift image on Twitter

    It's not been a bad start to 2015 for Taylor - yesterday she tweeted: "Just found out that in 3.5 months, 1989 has now outsold Red (which has been out for over 2 years) AND I THINK THAT'S PRETTY COOL GUYS"

  19. Drake's surprise

    Drake album image

    Grammy-wining rapper Drake has followed in Beyonce's footsteps by releasing a surprise album on iTunes.

    The 17-track If You're Reading This It's Too Late appeared via a single tweet early on Friday, before the hashtag #IfYoureReadingThisItsTooLate started trending on Twitter.

    Reactions so far include many tweets along the lines of this from @Worldstarfunny: "Can iTunes put Drake's album on everyone's phone for free like they did that trash U2 album?"

  20. Chic in demand


    Organisers have added a second London date to Chic featuring Nile Rodgers' forthcoming UK tour after "phenomenal demand".

    They'll now play London's Roundhouse on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 March, before heading to Leeds, Glasgow, Manchester and Birmingham.

    The tour's in honour of their first new single in more than 20 years, I'll Be There. The band have been filming the video at Pacha in New York.

    Karlie Kloss and Nile Rodgers from her Instagram account

    It stars model Karlie Kloss, who posted this picture on Instagram with the words: "An unforgettably #CHIC evening on stage with the legendary @nilerodgers and @inezvinoodh shooting for their new music video...stay tuned!"

  21. Teasing True Detective:


    Vince Vaughn

    Vince Vaughn has been spilling some beans about the second series of hit drama True Detective, which he's starring in alongside Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams and Kelly Reilly.

    He says he's not feeling any pressure despite the "exceptional job" Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson did in season one, and is promises it will be "very different", not least in the setting.

    "That was Louisiana. This is a California-based story, and it was kind of birthed from here. A lot of it is set in Los Angeles," Vaughn reveals.

    He's playing Frank Semyon, a man in danger of losing his criminal empire when his business partner is murdered. Read more.

  22. Fatboy honoured

    DJ and producer Fatboy Slim

    Fatboy Slim has been back to university - to get a special award.

    The DJ and producer, whose real name is Norman Cook, was given the University of Brighton's Alumnus Award for his contribution to the music industry and his support for the institution where he studied back in the 1980s.

    He told students at yesterday's ceremony his studies got him where he is today. Read the full story.

  23. Kanye collaborates:


    Kanye West

    We've already heard what happened when Kanye West teamed up with Sir Paul McCartney and Rihanna on their track Fourfiveseconds. Now the rapper's debuted another collaboration from his forthcoming album.

    Wolves features the vocals of Sia and Chicago rapper Vic Mensa and was premiered at a New York fashion show, where Kanye debuted his latest line.

    He's also planning some studio time with Taylor Swift since patching things up after their infamous fall-out at the MTV VMAs in 2009. Read more and listen to the track.

  24. Oscar face:

    Tim Masters

    Entertainment correspondent, BBC News

    Lady Gaga

    Lady Gaga is to make her Oscars debut with a "special tribute performance" at this year's ceremony.

    "Lady Gaga is a once in a lifetime artist whose musical evolution keeps growing," producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said. "We are proud to have her perform on the Oscars for the very first time."

    The list of presenters also keeps growing. It now includes Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Chris Evans, Kevin Hart, Dakota Johnson, Jennifer Lopez, Shirley MacLaine, Sienna Miller, Eddie Murphy, David Oyelowo and John Travolta.

    Read more about the build-up in our Oscars diary.

  25. Lego break-up song:

    The Hollywood Reporter

    It turns out the Oscar-nominated song from The Lego Movie, Everything is Awesome, was inspired by some not-so-awesome times for its writer.

    "I was going through a very ugly divorce when I wrote that song," reveals Shawn Patterson.

    "I wrote pages and pages and pages of lyrics, trying different concepts. There were definitely elements of darkness seeping into my lyrics... sarcasm. And I'm like, 'Hold on. Don't get too sarcastic in this part.'"

    "It was very therapeutic, in many ways," says Patterson. Read the stories behind 2015's other Oscar-nominated tracks.

  26. Florence joins Big Weekend

    Florence Welch

    Florence and the Machine will make their first UK festival appearance of the year at Radio 1's Big Weekend in Norwich in May.

    Florence Welch was on this morning's Radio 1 breakfast show with Nick Grimshaw to make the announcement after Zane Lowe made her new single his Hottest Record in the World last night.

    Her third album How Big How Blue How Beautiful will be released on 1 June and you can watch the video for the first single What Kind of Man on YouTube. Be warned, some scenes are explicit.

    Florence and the Machine video

    She says she took a bit of time off to reconnect with real life after years of touring, so expect songs dealing "much more with reality" than on previous albums Lungs or Ceremonials.

    "Ceremonials was so fixated on death and water, and the idea of escape or transcendence through death, but the new album became about trying to learn how live, and how to love in the world rather than trying to escape from it," Florence said.

    "Which is frightening because I'm not hiding behind anything but it felt like something I had to do."

  27. Get involved

    We'd love to hear what you think of today's stories, or any tributes you might have to Steve Strange. Get in touch by email at or tweet us @BBCNewsEnts.

  28. Post update

    BBC Radio 4 Today

    Steve Strange in 1982

    Midge Ure has paid tribute to his friend and Visage co-star Steve Strange on BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

    He said the Blitz Club, which Strange opened with Rusty Egan, was the "springboard for a huge variety of talent" during the New Romantic era; and marvelled at the club's strict criteria for its clientele.

    "Steve's door policy was fantastic because he wouldn't let in anyone he didn't like the look of. So he famously turned away Mick Jagger because he thought he was too rock and roll.

    "But when David Bowie turned up, all these cool kids suddenly went into turmoil and meltdown because the king had appeared."

  29. Fifty Shades protests

    Sam Taylor-Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Dakota Fanning and EL James

    Whether you're planning a Valentine's trip to see Fifty Shades of Grey or trying to avoid the "bonkbuster" at all costs, there is no getting away from it today.

    The UK premiere took place in London last night, where stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Fanning and director Sam Taylor-Johnson (pictured above with author EL James) defended the film against accusations it "glorifies abuse".

    Protestors targeted the premiere, saying some of the sexual behaviour carried out by Dornan's character crosses into abuse. Read more on this story.

    Fifty Shades of Grey protestors

    Meanwhile, London Fire Brigade are at the ready for a "spike" in the city's more experimental residents getting stuck or trapped in handcuffs thanks to "The Fifty Shades effect". They've told the BBC they have attended 393 incidents of that type since April 2013. Read the full story.

    If you're not a fan of the EL James book and wondering what all the fuss is about, get up to speed with Newsbeat's Fifty Facts of Grey.

  30. Good morning!

    Sarah Jane Griffiths

    Entertainment reporter, BBC News

    It's Friday, so why not celebrate the arrival of the weekend with a look at our final Entertainment Live page of the week? We'll have all the latest stories for you, including Fifty Shades fever, tributes to New Romantic icon Steve Strange and the winner of another 2015 Brit Award.