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. Live updates for 18 May
  2. Big Brother's new logo revealed
  3. Kanye West gives shortest ever speech
  4. Alanis Morisette sues manager

Live Reporting

By Steven McIntosh and Frances Cronin

All times stated are UK

Get involved


Thanks for joining us today on the Entertainment Live page. You've been great company. 

As a reward, we'll leave you with a new Ghostbusters trailer.

The first trailer, released a couple of months back, caused quite a stir and was voted the most disliked trailer in YouTube history - so they've now released another trailer which gives away a lot more of the plot. 

It's looking pretty good to us and the response online so far has been pretty positive. Let us know what you think on Twitter.

View more on youtube

Minnie Driver's Speechless

There are lots of new shows starting or set to start over in the US at the moment - it's likely quite a few of them will make it to our shores at some point - so we'd just like to put in an early bid for one of the UK TV channels to snap up Minnie Driver's new show Speechless. 

Take a look at the trailer - we love it. 

View more on youtube

Andrea Arnold film free to view

Andrea Arnold's American Honey is one of the film's being tipped to win the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival - but if you haven't managed to blag a ticket to the festival one of her earlier films is free to watch online until Saturday. 

Click the link below to Le Cinema Club where you can see Mr EastEnders Danny Dyer and Natalie Press in her Oscar-winning short film Wasp. 

View more on twitter

British Soap Awards date revealed

A date for your diaries folks...

Confirmed: The British Soap Awards 2016 broadcasts Sunday 29 May at 8pm on ITV

Confirmed: The British Soap Awards 2016 broadcasts Sunday 29 May at 8pm on ITV

Absolute dominate commercial radio awards

Christian O'Connell

Unless you work in commercial radio, you're unlikely to have heard of the Arqiva awards. Don't worry, they're not quite as big as the Oscars.

They are, however, very important to people who work in the commercial radio sector, and trophies are handed out for all things radio-related, like best presenter or best breakfast show.

Admittedly you might not be particularly interested in who won the best radio station imaging award (Jack FM, if you are) but we thought we'd round up some of the bigger ones for you here.

If you don't have time to read through the full list of winners, we can sum it up by saying it's a good year for Absolute Radio.

There are a lot of awards handed out, including many for regional or smaller stations, but in the below list we've focused on the categories which were for presenters, shows and stations with more than two million listeners.

Here are the big winners:

Radio Presenter of the Year: Iain Dale, LBC  

Breakfast Show of the Year: Christian O’Connell (pictured), Absolute Radio 

Radio Programmer of the Year: Paul Sylvester, Absolute Radio  

Music Station of the Year: Absolute Radio

Most Played UK Artist on Commercial Radio: Ed Sheeran    

Commercial Radio Marketing Award: Radio X Launch

The 2016 Arqiva Gold Award: Steve Allen, LBC

View more on twitter

Lionel Richie honoured by Silver Clef

Lionel Richie
Getty Images

Lionel Richie will be honoured at this year's Silver Clef Awards - with the actual Silver Clef Award, in recognition of his long career.

The singer, who will be handed his trophy at the London ceremony on 1 July, said: "I am so proud to be one of the few Americans to receive the O2 Silver Clef Award which supports such a wonderful charity. 

"Nordoff Robbins dedicate themselves to changing lives through music, and to me that is something truly special."

Fellow winner Olly Murs said he is "thrilled" he'll also be honoured at this year's event - with best male artist - while the classical award is going to violinist and conductor André Rieu, who has sold 40 million records.

They join previously announced winners Jess Glynne and Florence Welch.

Why viewers loved EastEnders Peggy Mitchell

As we mentioned earlier, last night Peggy Mitchell, played by Dame Barbara Windsor, said her final farewell after more 20 years on EastEnders (on and off).

Peggy, who had cancer, was seen talking to the ghost/hallucination/figment of her imagination, of her friend, Pat Butcher, before talking some unidentified pills.

The actress, Anna Karen, who played Peggy's sister Aunt Sal in the programme, told John Humphrys that the British public loved Dame Barbara because she was "one of them".

Anna Karen on the death of Barbara Windsor's character, Peggy Mitchell, in EastEnders.

Dan Brown to release abridged version of The Da Vinci Code

Dan Brown
Getty Images

Dan Brown is to release an abridged version of his hugely successful novel The Da Vinci Code, aimed at the Young Adult market (readers aged 13+).

Penguin Random House UK will release the title in time for Christmas on 8 September in paperback and e-book.

The story will maintain Brown’s original plot, introducing a new generation of readers to symbologist Robert Langdon and cryptographer Sophie Neveu. The books will also have new cover designs.

Dan Brown said he hopes the book will inspire a new generation:

It is my sincere hope that this adaptation of The Da Vinci Code sparks in young adults the same thrill of discovery that I feel while exploring hidden history and the mysteries of the world we live in. My parents were educators, and so it’s no surprise that I have a fascination with history and research. In fact, if I weren’t an author, I’m sure I would be a teacher myself.

Here's the new cover:

The Da Vinci Code
Penguin Random House

Look at those colours! The style! The font! WE SUDDENLY WANT TO READ IT AGAIN.

Read more.

OneRepublic release Wherever I Go video

After debuting new single Wherever I Go on Grimmy's Radio 1 breakfast show on Friday, OneRepublic have just released the video, featuring actor Kenneth Choi showing off some pretty fancy footwork. 

It's the first track from their upcoming fourth album, and frontman Ryan Tedder told Wonderland Magazine the video is "a bit of a mad kind of unicorn."

"It’s so bizarre," he admitted, "For a lot of the videos we’ve done, I’ve come up with the treatments, and I wondered if people would think this one was a bit crazy, but they went for it! 

"You’re going to think 'How the hell did this song create that visual in his head?’"

Judge for yourself below.

Warning: third party content, may contain adds.

View more on youtube

And it seems getting a famous actor in is a bit of a trend for this week's new videos... as Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have just released Dance Off, featuring Idris Elba. We'd love to share it but it's way too sweary - so you'll have to watch it on YouTube.

ITV plan Vanity Fair adaption

Daily Mirror

BBC production of Vanity Fair

A new production of Vanity Fair is reportedly being developed by ITV.

William Thackeray’s social climber Becky Sharp has been immortalised for TV four times in the past – but so far always by the BBC (like the one in 1996, starring Natasha Little and Frances Grey, above).

But a new adaptation of the 19th Century novel is being planned by Poldark's makers Mammoth Screen. The six-part series would be broadcast on ITV next year.

The Mirror reports it will be written by acclaimed writer Gwyneth Hughes, whose recent work includes Five Days and Remember Me.

She has described Vanity Fair as her "dream project" because it is her favourite book.

Ellie Goulding admits using therapy for crippling panic attacks

Ellie Goulding
Getty Images

Brit award-winner and Grammy-nominee Ellie Goulding has opened up about her struggle with panic attacks earlier in her career.

She has spoken to Flare magazine about using cognitive behavioural therapy to help her conquer her attacks.

"I was sceptical at first because I’d never had therapy, but not being able to leave the house was so debilitating," she explained.

"My surroundings would trigger a panic attack, so I couldn’t go to the studio unless I was lying down in the car with a pillow over my face."

Ellie adds that since her treatment, "my body has become quite good at controlling anxiety".

Here is Newsbeat's guide to understanding anxiety and panic attacks.

Iron Man villain changed over toy sales

Shane Black
Getty Images

The director of Iron Man 3 has admitted that he was forced to change the villain to a man because he was told that they couldn't sell enough toys if they were a woman. 

Shane Black told Uproxx there was an early draft of the film in which the character that was eventually played by Guy Pearce had been a woman. 

We had finished the script and we were given a no-holds-barred memo saying that cannot stand and we’ve changed our minds because, after consulting, we’ve decided that toy won’t sell as well if it’s a female. So, we had to change the entire script because of toy making.

But he said that would not happen today. 

Lily Allen's label debuts first release by Young Spray

Lily Allen

Lily Allen's announced the first release from her new record label Bank Holiday Records will be Young Spray's track Sho, featuring Chipmunk, Steff London, Frisco, Devlin and Ghetts. 

It was debuted by 1xtra's Mistajam on air last night. Singer-turned-label boss Lily - who criticised the lack of Grime artists acknowledged by the Brit Awards back in February - shared her excitement in an Instagram post: 

View more on instagram

Listen to the full track on Mistajam's show

Jeremy Vine welcomes 27 live studio guests

If you're listening to Jeremy Vine on BBC Radio 2 right now, you're in for a real treat.

The show is about to welcome 27 guests into the Jeremy's studio, one from each of the other member countries of the EU, to tell him what they think about the UK's upcoming referendum.

Show producer Tim Johns tweeted the picture below, which shows each speaker wearing a badge featuring their country's flag.

Is it even possible to fit that many people into a live Radio 2 studio? We're about to find out...

View more on twitter
View more on twitter
View more on twitter

Tetris movie to be a trilogy

BBC Newsbeat


There's no script or name, but a movie studio says it now has the cash to make a sci-fi trilogy based on Tetris.

In the game, players have to move shaped blocks into the correct slots, which becomes harder and faster as people move through the levels.

The company behind the films, Threshold Global Studios, said it would be making more "cross-cultural movies for the global market" in the future.

It also said Tetris was "a perfect first project for this strategy".

The game was first launched 32 years ago in 1984 and has been downloaded as a smartphone app more than 500 million times.

Read more.

Sir Elton John teases cameo appearance in Kingsman sequel

Sir Elton John

Sir Elton John has confirmed he'll be making a cameo appearance in Kingsman sequel The Golden Circle.

"Pop stars make cameos in films all the time, what's the big deal?" you may well be about to tweet us in outrage at this story.

Well, the big deal is that this will be Sir Elton's first appearance on the big screen since 1975's Tommy, where he appeared in a non-cameo role (playing the Pinball Wizard).

Sir Elton posted a poster featuring Union Jack glasses on his Instagram (below) and the phrase "Wednesday night's alright for fighting", a reference to his song Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting).

He added the caption: "It's been a long time since Tommy."

View more on instagram

(He seems to have forgotten his very brief appearance in Spiceworld: The Movie but we don't blame him for wanting to erase that from memory.)

Kingsman: The Golden Circle is currently filming in London.

Other stars involved with the project include Channing Tatum and Taron Egerton, who will reprise the lead role of Eggsy.  

Tom Hanks apologises to Chris Evans

Tom Hanks was a guest on Chris Evans breakfast show today and the actor ended up apologising to him after they competed over who knew the story of how Hollywood was founded. 

It all started when Tom told a story about filming in a sandstorm. 

Have a listen:


Thumbs up date for Trafalgar Square

The date for unveiling of the latest statue to stand on Trafalgar Square's Fourth Plinth has been revealed. 

David Shrigley's Really Good, which is a ten metre high bronze hand giving a thumbs up, will be unveiled on 29 September. 

Shrigley hopes that the statue's gesture will become a self-fulfilling prophecy; "that things considered 'bad' such as the economy, the weather and society, will benefit from a change of consensus towards positivity."

Really Good by David Shrigley
David Shrigley

Healy written out of new Benidorm series after illness

Tim Healy

Benidorm actor Tim Healy has been written out of the ninth series of the show while he recovers from an undisclosed illness. 

The 64-year-old fell ill almost a month ago during filming in Spain. 

He was flown home to a hospital in Manchester on Saturday after his condition had stabilised enough for him to travel. 

 A spokesman for the ITV show said: "Tim won't be appearing in episodes whilst he rests and gets better."

Alanis Morissette

Mark Savage

BBC Music reporter

Pop star Alanis Morissette sues her former business manager for fraud, saying she was robbed of almost $5m.

Read more

Robin Wright demanded equal pay to Kevin Spacey in House of Cards

The Hollywood Reporter

Robin Wright
Getty Images

Robin Wright says she recently had to fight for the same pay as her House of Cards co-star Kevin Spacey.

Addressing the Rockefeller Foundation on Tuesday, Wright said that she threatened to go public if she didn't receive equal pay to Spacey.

It was the perfect paradigm. There are very few films or TV shows where the male, the patriarch, and the matriarch are equal. And they are in House of Cards. I was looking at the statistics and Claire Underwood's character was more popular than [Frank's] for a period of time. So I capitalised on it. I was like, 'You better pay me or I’m going to go public'. And they did.

Read more.

Kanye West's five-word Webbys acceptance speech

Rapper, raconteur and serial tweeter Kanye West has a reputation for being a man of many words, not least at awards ceremonies (just ask Beck or Taylor Swift)... so accepting his latest award - artist of the year at the 20th annual Webby Awards - must have been something of a challenge. 

The awards, which honour the best of the internet, limit each of their winners to an acceptance speech of just five words. Here are Kanye's  - and he does not disappoint.

Warning: third party content, may contain adds.

View more on youtube

Other winners included Jessica Jones actress Krysten Ritter, Black Lives Matter, Vice and Lena Dunham - plus Kanye's wife Kim Kardashian who picked up her trophy in person. She was handed the Webbys' first ever 'Break The Internet' award - watch her five word speech below.

View more on youtube

TV ratings for EastEnders and Marcella

The overnight TV ratings are in and 6.9 million viewers watched Peggy's last EastEnders episode - peaking at 8 million - with a 37% audience share. 

The last episode of Marcella on ITV got 4.3 million with a 21.2% share of the overall television audience.

Very sweetly the whole cast of Marcella got together to watch the final episode, which left it open for a second series. 

View more on twitter
Our #Marcella take on the Oscar selfie! @ITV @annafriel @nlarder1 @nicholaspinnock @therobwhitelock @VictoriaVixy

Our #Marcella take on the Oscar selfie! @ITV @annafriel @nlarder1 @nicholaspinnock @therobwhitelock @VictoriaVixy

Big Brother countdown begins

The countdown to Big Brother has officially begun.

The new eye logo for this year's series has been revealed by presenters Emma Willis and Rylan - along with a teaser trailer which we believe is meant to symbolise the theme of the series... but shattered glass kind of reminds us of every series of the reality show.

View more on twitter
View more on twitter

Meghan Trainor's quarter-life crisis

Mark Savage

Music reporter

Meghan Trainor
Epic / Sony

A couple of weeks ago, I sat down for a chat with the pop force of nature that is Meghan Trainor.

Sipping sparkling water in a plush London hotel, she talked frankly about body image, duetting with her mum and making her hairdresser cry.

But she also confessed to having a major crisis after a vocal cord haemorrhage last year, which forced her to cancel a string of concerts to have surgery.

"For the first four weeks after the operation you can’t speak," she told me. "I had a quarter-life crisis. I was so depressed. And I have never suffered with depression before. 

"I went to my mum and I typed out – because I couldn’t talk – 'I’m sad and I know I don’t have an excuse. There’s a hole right here and I don’t know how to fill it.’

"So I bought a puppy."

I'm not sure they prescribe puppies on the NHS - but maybe they should as, one year on, Trainor is an ebullient, self-possessed 22-year-old, who seems fully in charge of her destiny.

You can read the full interview here.

Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst open new exhibition

Damien Hirst and Jeff Koons

If there's one thing there isn't usually enough of on the Entertainment Live page, it's stories about play-doh.

Luckily, artists Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst are here to help us out on that front.

Koons's sculpture - Play-Doh: 1994-2014 - has gone on display in a new exhibition of his work at Newport Street Gallery in London.

It opens today, and Damien Hirst has been down there with Koons to help launch it:

Damien Hirst and Jeff Koons

Other Koons sculptures included in the retrospective are Acrobat 2003-2009, featuring a large upside-down lobster on top of a dustbin and a chair:  

Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst

Jeff Koons: Now is the first UK exhibition to be dedicated to the artist since 2009, and brings together work from his 35-year career.

"Since the late 1970s, his diverse work has explored themes pertaining to taste, consumerism, mass culture, beauty, acceptance, and the role of the artist," The Newport Gallery website says.

And what better way to illustrate this than with some floating basketballs in a fish tank:

Jeff Koons sculpture
Newport Street Gallery

Technically, they're not actually floating, because that's sodium chloride reagent that they're suspended in, thank you for asking, which is a white crystalline solid (cheers Google). 

Jeff Koons: Now opens today, and is at the Newport Street Gallery until 18 October.

Kesha dropped from Billboard awards


US singer Kesha has been dropped from the line-up of Sunday's Billboard Music Awards following reports she had planned to use her performance to criticise producer Dr Luke, whom she has accused of sexually assaulting her

Dick Clark productions, the production company behind the awards, said the singer had originally accepted the invitation to perform and that it "received written approval" from Kemosabe Records.  

However, it said the label later "rescinded its approval" after the media reports earlier this month.

Kesha has since said in an Instagram post that she had been "excited to perform a tribute to Bob Dylan by singing a cover of It ain't me, babe".

She added it had never "had anything at all to do with Dr Luke. I was never going to use a picture of him, speak of him or allude to my legal situation in any way."

View more on instagram

Read more on this story

Get involved

Did you watch Barbara Windsor's last episode of EastEnders last night? 

We'd love to hear what you thought about that or any of today's stories. 

You can get in touch by emailing or tweeting @BBCNewsEnts.  

Peggy Mitchell bows out of EastEnders

But first. The story everyone (who watches EastEnders) is talking about this morning...

Barbara Windsor

Dame Barbara Windsor has said her final farewell to EastEnders with her character Peggy Mitchell seen apparently taking an overdose of pills.

The 78-year-old recently returned for the former landlady's final episodes.

Her character, who had been suffering from cancer, was seen talking to the ghost of her friend, Pat Butcher, before talking some unidentified pills.

"I will go as I have lived," she said. "Straight back, head high, like a queen."

In a poignant final scene, Peggy hallucinated the return of her former love rival-turned-friend Pat, played by Pam St Clement, who passed away in the soap from cancer in 2012.

Read more.

Good morning

Steven McIntosh

Entertainment Reporter

A towering figure had appeared outside the BBC's Broadcasting House overnight.

Top Gear's Stig

The (giant) Stig is of course here to let us know that the new series of Top Gear is now only 11 days away, premiering on 29 May on BBC Two.

If that seems like ages away, don't worry - fortunately there are eight Entertainment Live pages to keep you going between now and then.

Stay tuned and we'll get started with today's shortly.