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  1. TTFN

    Emma Saunders

    Arts and entertainment reporter

    That's it for today folks. Thanks for joining us, we'll be back tomorrow with more stories to whet your appetite from the world of arts and entertainment. See you then.

  2. Northern mates

    Christopher Eccleston

    Christopher Eccleston has said a return to Our Friends in the North is one of his great hopes.

    The former Doctor Who told BBC Radio 5 live that screenwriter Peter Flannery has plans to return to the 1990s popular drama.

    "I'm very hopeful, I know that Peter Flannery has some plans for to revisit Our Friends in the North either by going earlier to the story of Peter Bourne's character or Felix or a little later and it's one of my great hopes... that we can do something about that because Peter's vision was extraordinary."

    The interview can be heard on 5 live's Afternoon Edition today.

    We're sure that many people of a certain age would love to see this drama back on the small screen but what are the chances of seeing James Bond star Daniel Craig reprising his breakthrough role as Geordie? Not high, we'd wager.

  3. Gypsy extended

    Imelda Staunton

    West End musical, Gypsy, which stars Imelda Staunton, has announced a four-month extension.

    The show, at the Savoy Theatre, had been booking until 18 July but will now run until 28 November.

    It originally opened at Chichester Festival Theatre in October 2014. Peter Davison, Lara Pulver and Gemma Sutton also star but only Staunton has been confirmed for the entire run so far.

    So if you want to catch Imelda as Mama Rose, the ultimate pushy mother, now's your chance.

    Read more.

  4. Quiz time

    BBC Radio 4

    Here's a question for you, courtesy of Radio 4 on Twitter - what do Sean Bean, @JeromeFlynn, Robbie Coltrane, @petshopboys & The Smiths @Johnny_Marr have in common?

    We won't give the game away but click here if you want to find out the answer.

  5. Doctor dominos

    Radio Times

    Think you've got a steady hand? Take a look at this Doctor Who fan who has created this domino spectacular using 34,000 dominos.

    Youtube user jojodrummer96, specialises in elaborate domino set-pieces. In the video, you can see the blocks tumble to reveal images such as David Tennant as the Doctor and the show's famous logo.

    The large structures like the Doctor's 3D glasses and the Tardis were built using 3D dominos.

    Check out the video.

  6. Golden Era

    Ann Hui

    It was a record-breaking night at the Hong Kong Film Awards, with the director of The Golden Era, Ann Hui, landing her fifth best director prize.

    The film, a biography of Chinese novelist Xiao Hong, also won for cinematography, costume, make-up and art direction.

    Hui's previous wins were for A Simple Life, The Way We Are, Summer Snow and Boat People.

    The 67-year-old director thanked her leading lady Tang Wei.

    "I'm very thankful to Tang Wei because she's got a tough job. I wasn't really sure how to tell this story. It was hard. I think all the actors were struggling."

    So what about the Oscars taking a leaf out of Hong Kong's book? There's only been one female best director winner ever - Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker in 2009. Come on Hollywood, wake up!

  7. No whiplash for ITV

    Philip Schofield

    Broadcasting watchdog Ofcom has cleared This Morning over an item about bondage equipment and sex toys.

    The segment, broadcast on 3 February, saw hosts Philip Schofield and Christine Bleakley discuss the products with a sex expert and demonstrations provided by scantily clad models.

    Ofcom received more than 120 complaints over the item.

    But the media watchdog decided ITV didn't need a rap over the knuckles (or anywhere else for that matter).

    Read the full story.

  8. Mighty McShane

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Ian McShane

    Golden Globe winner Ian McShane - star of Deadwood, Hercules, Snow White and the Huntsman, and most important of all, Lovejoy - has been cast as the baddie again, this time in an animated feature film.

    He'll be voicing the role of a greedy and power-hungry merchant in Bilal, produced by Dubai-based animation and visual effects studio Barajoun Entertainment.

    The movie is inspired by the story of the real life African hero Bilal Ibn Rabah, one of the Prophet Muhammad's most trusted companions, who was born into slavery in the 6th century.

    The British star has come a long way since his days as dodgy antiques dealer Lovejoy, not to mention his turn in Dallas as ladies' man Dan Lockwood.

    Ian, we salute you.

    Read more.

  9. Mitchell and Paxman host C4 election night


    David Mitchell and Jeremy Paxman

    Jeremy Paxman and David Mitchell are to host Channel 4's election night coverage, which will also include special episodes of Gogglebox and The Last Leg.

    The Alternative Election Night will also feature Pointless co-host Richard Osman offering his interpretation of events while Channel 4 News journalists Cathy Newman and Gary Gibbon will provide commentary.

    Updates from key constituent battlegrounds around the country will also be provided by the Channel 4 News reporting team.

    Paxman said he "hopes there'll be room for both insight and laughter".

    More 4 will also cover election night in the form of a live play titled The Vote, written by James Graham and set it a polling station. It will be broadcast live from London's Donmar Theatre using fixed-rig cameras.

    Read more here.

  10. Spall and Wood in Bogeyman TV drama

    Fungus the Bogeyman

    Fungus fans, your time has come.

    Timothy Spall and Victoria Wood are to star in a four-part Christmas drama Fungus the Bogeyman on Sky 1.

    Spall will play Fungus while Wood is Eve, an earthy, eccentric "Drycleaner" who lives above ground, as opposed to the somewhat more slimy Fungus and his family.

    Inspired by the children's classic book by Raymond Briggs, it will also star Joanna Scanlan as Bogeywife Mildrew and Paul Kaye as the Bogeyhunter.

    Andy Serkis will play the Narrator and Keeley Hawes and Marc Warren also star.

    Spall said: "Fungus has brought joy to generations of children and I am so thrilled to be playing such a beloved character."

    The drama will feature both live action and animated elements.

    It is co-produced by Imaginarium Studios, a motion capture studio and production company founded by Jonathan Cavendish and Serkis, famed for playing motion capture characters including Lord of the Rings' Gollum.

  11. Bobbi Kristina

    Bobby Brown

    Bobby Brown told concert-goers on Saturday night that his daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown is awake nearly three months after she was found unresponsive in a bath at her Georgia home.

    In a video, Brown told the crowd during at the Verizon Theatre in Dallas, Texas, that "Bobbi is awake". He added "she is watching me".

    Following the incident at the end of January, Brown's relatives said she was "fighting for her life".

    Bobbi Christina was moved from hospital to a rehabilitation centre in Atlanta last month.

  12. Money talks

    Will Smale

    Business reporter

    Gene Simmons

    Kiss star Gene Simmons has no qualms in revealing one of his great motivators - it's the moolah.

    The 65-year-old rocker is worth more than $300m (£200m) but says he will never stop wanting to make more.

    "I'll never stop hunting more money, I'll never have enough...I live to make more money. People who say that money is the root of all evil are morons, a lack of money is the root of all evil."

    Couldn't lend us a tenner, could you Gene?

    Read the full story.

  13. The Falling

    BBC Arts

    Writer and director Carol Morley has followed up her critically-acclaimed film Dreams of a Life with The Falling, about a mysterious outbreak of mass fainting at an all-girls' school in 1969.

    It stars Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams and newcomer Florence Pugh.

    On the night of its Scottish premiere at the Glasgow Film Festival, Rachel Allison took Morley back to school to find out more about the fascinating true-life cases that inspired the movie.

    Read more.

    The Falling
  14. Glasto sell-out

    So you already knew that Glastonbury was a sell-out, right?

    Well now the resale tickets have also sold out - in a record 11 minutes.

    Organiser Emily Eavis revealed the news on Twitter.

    Twitter Emily Eavis

    Did you try to get tickets? Did you get lucky? Let us know. Tweet @BBCNewsEnts or email

  15. Big Weekend

    Foo Fighters

    More news on Radio 1's Big Weekend - Foo Fighters and Muse will top the bill in Norwich in May.

    Scott Mills announced the news on BBC Radio 1's Breakfast Show, where he was filling in for Nick Grimshaw who has lost his voice.

    5 Seconds of Summer, Sam Smith, Snoop Dogg, Fall Out Boy, Hozier and Rita Ora are also on the line-up, along with David Guetta, Charli XCX and Olly Murs.

    Jess Glynne has been confirmed for the In New Music We Trust stage on Saturday 23 May.

    Taylor Swift, Florence and the Machine and Years & Years have already been confirmed for the line-up.

    Read the full story.

    What do you think of the line-up? Get in touch and let us know. Tweet @BBCNewsEnts or email

  16. Tennant hosts Shakespeare show

    David Tennant

    David Tennant is hosting a live show broadcast from Stratford-upon-Avon's Royal Shakespeare Theatre next year, to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.

    Unsurprisingly, it will be a star-studded affair, celebrating the Bard's influence on all the performing art forms from opera to jazz, from ballet to musicals.

    So far the big names other than Tennant - who has played Hamlet and Richard II to great acclaim - have yet to be revealed, but rest assured you'll read it here when the news is out.

    The event will be screened live on BBC Two on Saturday, 23 April 2016.

  17. Doctor Who meets Sgt Pepper

    Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular

    You won't spot any Beatles in this reworking of the Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover - but if you want Daleks then you're in luck.

    The Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular is going on tour around the UK and this image features stars and monsters from the iconic BBC One series. It includes former Doctor Peter Davidson, who is hosting the tour, as well as the musicians taking part.

    It is visiting six cities from 23 May during school half-term week.

    Read more here.

  18. Hockney goes 3D

    David Hockney

    Artist David Hockney is having a purple patch, with a new exhibition coming up featuring 3D-style photographs.

    "Everything in the photographs is taken very close," the artist, 77, explains.

    "Each photograph has a vanishing point, so instead of just one I get many vanishing points. It is this that I think gives them an almost 3D effect without the glasses. I think this opens up photography into something new."

    You can catch the exhibition at the Annely Juda Fine Art Gallery in London from 15 May to 27 June.

  19. Piaf still pulls a crowd

    Edith Piaf exhibition

    The life and career of French singer Edith Piaf, famed for crooning Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien, has been celebrated in an exhibition in Paris marking 100 years since her birth.

    It features 400 items including posters, letters, manuscripts, photographs, film clips and even her signature black dress. Piaf sang about love, men and, of course, Paris.

    "I really wanted to see this exhibition, which is very well done," said Michele Lillo, who used to live on the same street as Piaf. "It portrays her life exactly as it was."

    The items are on display at the National Library of France.

  20. Israel hails Fiddler's Topol


    From Fiddler on the Roof to Flash Gordon - it could only be Topol.

    Hailed for roles including Tevye the milkman and Dr Alexis Zarkov as well as extensive theatre work, the actor is being given Israel's most prestigious honour, the Israel Prize for lifetime achievement.

    Chaim Topol, who also played James Bond's wingman in For Your Eyes Only, is now 79 and is still involved in stage work.

    He still lives in the Tel Aviv childhood home of his wife of 60 years, and said: "I wasn't brought up in Hollywood. I was brought up in a kibbutz here and I started to work at the age of 14 in a printing house."

    He reckons he has played Tevye, who sang If I Were a Rich Man, more than 3,500 times on stage, most recently in 2009. The actor still gets requests to play it.

    Luckily he doesn't mind. "How many people are known for one part? How many people in my profession are known worldwide? So I am not complaining."

  21. Taylor time

    Taylor and Andrea Swift

    Miranda Lambert may have been one of the big winners at the Academy of Country Music awards this weekend, but once again, the focus was on global superstar Taylor Swift, who was presented with her award by her mum.

    Andrea Swift, who Taylor recently revealed had cancer, gave an emotional tribute to her daughter as she honoured her with the Milestone award.

    "I've watched this milestone artist from the time she was a tangled-hair little girl, growing up on our farm, full of imagination and creativity, until right now when she prepares for her next world tour," she said.

    It's nice to know that arguably the world's biggest pop star is still happy to go back to her country roots.

  22. Cumberbatch gets arty

    Bendict Cumberbatch

    Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch has commissioned an artist friend to reproduce an anti-war sculpture that appeared in the hit film Kick Ass 2.

    The Imitation Game star has paid £7,000 - small change for the A-lister, we assume - for a gold rendering of Boy Soldier by celebrity artist Schoony.

    The original artwork appeared in the villain's lair in Kick Ass 2, starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Moretz and Jim Carrey, and was located in the villain's lair.

    Cumberbatch became good friends with Schoony after they worked together on 2013 film Little Favour, which also featured the Boy Soldier.

    Cumberbatch's version will hang in his production offices, so look out for it next time you're pitching a script to him (well, it doesn't hurt to dream, does it?)

    At least it should last longer than the chocolate sculpture of himself which shoppers recently devoured in a shopping centre over Easter. Yum.

  23. Talent's still top TV

    Britain's Got Talent

    TV viewers are still flocking to ITV's Britain's Got Talent, with an average of 10.1 million people tuning in for the second episode of the series (not including plus-one figures).

    For the second week in a row it has beaten the 10 million mark, while BBC One's news averaged 3.4 million and fantasy drama Atlantis got 2.6 million.

    So far the talent show has featured yet more performing animals - including an errant chicken - boy bands, would-be singers and ventriloquists.

    Simon Cowell must be grinning from ear to ear as it's ITV's highest-rating show of this year so far.

    He signed a deal with ITV in 2013 which guarantees that the show - and his other creation The X Factor - will stay on the channel until the end of 2016.

    The other channels were also trailing in Talent's wake. Dad's Army got 1.1 million on BBC Two followed by the film Jane Eyre with 1.1 million, while Channel 4's The World's Most Extreme and X-Men: First Class got one million and 1.3 million. Channel 5's NCIS got 0.5 million viewers.

  24. Green Gables star dies

    CBC News

    CBC News

    Fans of the TV movie Anne of Green Gables will be saddened by the news that Jonathan Crombie, who played Gilbert Blythe, has died aged 48.

    His sister, Carrie Crombie, told CBC News that he died in New York City after a brain haemorrhage on 15 April.

    "He was funny, he was sweet, he loved acting, he loved comedy and singing and dancing," she said of her brother, whose "proudest part" was as the lead in Drowsy Chaperone on Broadway.

    The TV film was first broadcast in 1985 and starred Megan Follows. There were also two sequels in 1987 and 2000.

    Read more here.

  25. Spacey bows out

    Kevin Spacey

    Kevin Spacey was once again the darling of the theatre world as he bowed out of the Old Vic after 11 years at the helm.

    Guests at Sunday's event included Downton stars Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern, Jeremy Irons, Eddie Izzard and singer Beverley Knight.

    There were also musical tributes from Sting and Annie Lennox.

    That's one big pair of shoes that Matthew Warchus - who is taking over the reins at the prestigious theatre - has to fill. Good luck!

    Read the full story.

  26. Ang Lee casting


    Ang Lee

    Oscar winning director Ang Lee has picked a newcomer to play the title role in his upcoming military drama, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk.

    Based on the Ben Fountain novel, the film will also star Kristen Stewart, Steve Martin, Vin Diesel, Chris Tucker and Garrett Hedlund.

    The film will go on general release on Veterans Day, 11 November, 2016.

    It's four years since Lee's award-winning Life of Pi was released and expectations will be running high. Don't let us down Ang!

    Read more.

  27. Starr man

    Ringo Starr

    And we start with some long overdue news. It's hard to believe it's taken this long to get round to it but Ringo Starr has finally been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

    The 74-year-old was the last of the Fab Four to be inducted as a solo artist, where he was hailed as "one of the greatest and most creative drummers".

    "Finally, I'm invited and I love it," he said at the ceremony.

    He was introduced by fellow Beatle Sir Paul McCartney and together they performed their 1967 hit, With A Little Help From My Friends. Awww, bless.

    Read the full story.

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    Helen Bushby

    Entertainment and arts reporter

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  29. Morning all

    Emma Saunders

    Arts and entertainment reporter

    Welcome back to the arts and entertainment live page. The weekend may be over but never fear, we're here to ease you into the week with the very best from the world of arts, showbiz, media and more.