Curse of the catchy tune


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Curse of the catchy tune
The Divine Comedy’s Neil Hannon discusses his 11th studio album, Foreverland, as well as the David Bowie Prom and parenthood.

Taylor Swift dismissed from jury duty in the US
Is the real reason Taylor Swift wasn’t at the MTV Video Music Awards because she was called up for jury duty in Nashville?

Cold Feet return ‘like a school reunion’
Cold Feet is set to return to our screens, 13 years after fans thought it had ended forever. Colin Paterson went to meet the cast.

Lilly Allen ‘absolutely fine’ after Notting Hill Carnival collapse
Lily Allen reassures fans after she is seen collapsed at Notting Hill Carnival in west London.

A look back at actor Gene Wilder’s life
The BBC’s Nick Higham looks back at the career of actor Gene Wilder, who has died at the age of 83.

Gene Wilder death: Star of Willy Wonka dies aged 83
US actor Gene Wilder, remembered by many for his lead role in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, dies aged 83, his family confirms.

John Lennon’s killer Mark Chapman denied parole again
John Lennon’s killer Mark Chapman is denied parole for a ninth time because of the “premeditated and celebrity seeking nature of the crime”.

The revolt against ‘mainstream media’ news
More and more people are also rejecting what they feel is ‘mainstream media’ But they’re still watching a lot of video news – where are they getting it from?

Darrell Ward: TV’s Ice Road Truckers driver dies in plane crash
Darrell Ward, one of the long-haul drivers made famous on TV’s Ice Road Truckers, is killed in a plane crash at the age of 52.

Tralee controversy
How a long-running Irish beauty pageant became the unlikely battleground for the debate over the country’s abortion laws.

Kendal’s Lakes Alive festival features lunar artwork
A new moon rises over the Lake District in the shape a stunning artwork depicting a detailed view of the lunar surface.

Author: ‘First day of peace I have known’
One of Colombia’s most celebrated authors Juan Gabriel Vásquez tells Broadcasting House what the peace deal means to him.

Bono and Africa’s richest man visit Nigeria camp
Bono and Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote, have visited a camp of 2.3 million displaced people in north-east Nigeria.

MTV Video Music Awards 2016: Beyonce dominates
Beyonce was the big winner at Sunday’s MTV VMAs in New York, scooping seven awards including the prestigious Video of the Year prize.

Bourne’s 3D conversion sends Chinese heads spinning
Chinese audiences are complaining that a 3D version of the latest Bourne movie is causing headaches and nausea.

ITV’s Victoria reigns over BBC’s Are You Being Served? and Porridge revivals
Queen Victoria beats Mrs Slocombe to the TV ratings crown as ITV’s Victoria draws more viewers than BBC One’s new version of Are You Being Served?

Mary Berry defends deep-fat fryer criticisms
Great British Bake Off judge Mary Berry has defended her comments about deep-fat fryers, telling BBC Radio 4’s Today programme they are “dangerous” and “unhealthy”.

Beyonce dominates MTV awards
Beyonce was the big winner at last night’s MTV VMAs in New York.

Kazakhstan’s ‘Game of Thrones’ to launch
Kazakhstan is preparing to launch its own version of the popular TV series Game of Thrones.

Mexican singer Juan Gabriel dies at 66 of heart attack
The Mexican singer Juan Gabriel dies of a heart attack at his home in California, days after performing at a concert in Los Angeles.

Don’t Breathe: Horror film scares US box office rivals
Low-budget thriller Don’t Breathe replaces Suicide Squad at the top of the North American box office rankings.

The Archers: Helen Titchener’s trial date set
The trial of The Archers’ Helen Titchener will begin on the BBC Radio 4 soap this Sunday and will run across all of next week’s episodes, it is revealed.

In pictures
As Notting Hill Carnival marks its 50th anniversary, BBC News looks back at how the event became what organisers claim is the largest street party in Europe.

Hands off
Jane Austen’s ring, a £50m Picasso and other objects the UK has fought to keep in the country.

Fall Out Boy
Pete Wentz explains how it’s “pretty spectacular” that the band is topping the bill at Reading and Leeds.

Teenage boy dies ‘after taking drugs’ at Leeds Festival
A 17-year-old boy dies after taking drugs at Leeds Festival, police say.

Bake Off’s Mary Berry criticised by MasterChef judge over fryers
MasterChef judge Gregg Wallace criticises Great British Bake Off star Mary Berry, calling her comments on deep-fat fryers an “attack on our British way of life”.

Export ban placed on Queen Victoria’s wedding coronet
A temporary export ban has been placed on a sapphire and diamond coronet that belonged to Queen Victoria, preventing it from being sold abroad.

A week in pictures
A look at some of the pictures from the world of entertainment and arts over the past week, including Britney’s Carpool Karaoke and the unveiling of a statue of Lemmy.

Mariachi’s holiday snaps with a message
Karim Hauser’s Instagram account, ‘Mariachi in transit’ sees him place himself as a mariachi in unexpected settings.

Star Wars Millennium Falcon shed to be repaired following vandalism
A shed styled like the Millennium Falcon cockpit from the blockbuster movie Star Wars is set to be repaired after it was smashed by vandals.

Scotland’s Richard Gadd wins Edinburgh Comedy Award
Scotland’s Richard Gadd is announced as the winner of this year’s Edinburgh Comedy Award.

Biffy Clyro: Reading and Leeds ‘really close to our hearts’
As the Scottish band headline the two festivals for the second time, they explain why it is so special to them.

Good Charlotte are mentoring 5sos and want to keep giving back
Benji and Joel Madden on how they’re ready to help artists follow in their footsteps.

John Cleese ‘in talks’ over BBC sitcom return
British actor John Cleese is reported to be in talks to return to the BBC for a sitcom which has been written specifically for him.

Just Like That: How to do the perfect Tommy Cooper impression
Tommy Cooper actor says “everyone at some point” has tried a Cooper impression.

X Factor: Nicole Scherzinger ‘hardest working’ judge
X Factor presenter Dermot O’Leary says the newly-returned Nicole Scherzinger is the judge most likely to shine on this year’s overhauled panel, because she “works the hardest”.

Paul McCartney demo given to Cilla Black goes up for auction
A long-lost demo disc recorded by Paul McCartney that was given to Cilla Black is estimated to fetch £15,000 at auction later.

Cassius: French dance duo on making their first album in 10 years
French dance duo Cassius on working with friends like Pharrell, being the antidote to EDM and listening to Frank Ocean.

The band Chvrches give their take on festival etiquette
BBC News goes backstage at the Reading Festival to meet the band Chvrches.

Strictly Come Dancing: What would you ask the stars?
The BBC News arts and entertainment team is speaking to the contestants of Strictly Come Dancing before the new series starts – what would you like to ask the stars?

Frank Ocean beats Dolly Parton and David Brent to UK number one
Frank Ocean’s long-awaited new album goes to the top of the UK album chart, beating Dolly Parton and Ricky Gervais’s comedy alter-ego David Brent.

Star Wars Millennium Falcon shed attacked by raiders
A shed replica of the Millennium Falcon cockpit from Star Wars is vandalised during a raid on a charity-run farm.

The TV theme tune factory
Some of the most well-known pieces of 20th century music were composed as stock music.

In pictures: Reading Festival welcomes first arrivals
Reading festival-goers escape bad weather on first day of event.

Dawn French and Harry Hill signed up for new ITV shows
Dawn French is to host a British version of hit US children’s talent show Little Big Shots on ITV, while Harry Hill will present a new panel show.

Tommy Cooper’s ‘gag file’ to be preserved by Victoria & Albert museum
Tommy Cooper’s “gag file”, in which the late comedian meticulously recorded his jokes, is to be preserved by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

Thousands expected at extended Electric Fields festival
Thousands of music fans are expected to attend the extended two-day Electric Fields festival at Drumlanrig Castle.

Jeremy Corbyn to pledge extra arts cash for schools
All primary schools in England would get extra resources to fund arts programmes under plans to be unveiled by Jeremy Corbyn at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Netflix jokes about N Korean imitator Manbang in Twitter bio
Netflix US takes a light-hearted swipe at North Korea’s recent venture into the video-streaming industry, in its Twitter biography.

Edinburgh TV Festival: Channel 4 named channel of the year
Channel 4 is named channel of the year at the Edinburgh International Television festival.

Matt Damon climbs up Forbes’ Hollywood rich list
Matt Damon becomes the third highest paid actor in Hollywood, behind Dwayne Johnson and Jackie Chan, according to Forbes’ annual rich list.

Amber Heard and Johnny Depp row over divorce donations
Amber Heard demands that her ex-husband Johnny Depp double the amount that is paid to charity following their divorce settlement.

Louis Walsh ‘delighted last X Factor had poor ratings’
The Irish judge is back after missing last year, when he was replaced by Nick Grimshaw, and says he’s delighted to be back.

US authorities investigate cyber-attack against Ghostbusters actress Leslie Jones
The Department of Homeland Security says it’s looking into a cyber-attack on Leslie Jones’ website and iCloud account.

Tiny tribute
A tiny marsupial lion, extinct for at least 18 million years, is named after Sir David Attenborough after fossilised remains are found in remote Australia.

Epic telly
It is 20 years since Our Friends in the North first aired, but the programme’s journey to the TV screen was as tangled as the lives of the four friends it tracked across the decades.

Skwod star Nadia Rose talks Spice Girls and coping with fame
Skwod star Nadia Rose is taking the music world by storm. She has opened shows for Busta Rhymes and is gathering large crowds at major music festivals.

Sonia Rykiel: Tributes after fashion designer dies at 86
Sonia Rykiel, nicknamed the Queen of Knitwear, has died at 86.

Man Booker winner The Luminaries adapted for TV
Eleanor Catton’s Man Booker Prize-winning novel The Luminaries, a Victorian mystery tale set during the New Zealand gold rush, is to be made into BBC Two drama series.

Should Mills and Boon be taken seriously as feminist texts?
Val Derbyshire argues that some Mills and Boon books are feminist texts and Radio 4 newsreader Kathy Clugston reads some extracts.

Adrian Tchaikovsky wins Arthur C Clarke Award for science fiction
Author Adrian Tchaikovsky wins the Arthur C Clarke Award for science fiction for his epic space opera Children of Time.

Man sneaks Lego proposal into film adverts
A man has asked his girlfriend to marry him in a film using Lego that was screened to cinema goers before the main attraction.

Vice head: Prepare for media bloodbath
This year will be a “bloodbath” in the world of media, according to the head of one of the fastest growing digital media businesses, Vice.

Nigel Farage to be played by comic Kevin Bishop in one-off comedy
Comedian Kevin Bishop is to play Nigel Farage in a one-off comedy and describes the outgoing UKIP leader as a “gift to parody”.

Judge Dredd publisher buys Roy of the Rovers and classic comics archive
The publisher of cult comic 2000 AD announces it has bought Roy of the Rovers and dozens of other out-of-print 1970s and 1980s titles.

Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams appeal against Blurred Lines copyright ruling
Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams are appealing against a court ruling which found that Blurred Lines was a copy of a Marvin Gaye track.

The Grand Tour: First clips show Jeremy Clarkson’s comeback
The old Top Gear team’s new car programme will show James May driving with a broken arm and Jeremy Clarkson on the Game of Thrones set.

Jo Cox MP death: Actress Tracy Brabin may stand in Batley & Spen by-election
Former soap star Tracy Brabin could apply to stand for Labour in the by-election triggered by the death of Jo Cox.

Swansea’s delay-hit Glynn Vivian gallery to open in October
Swansea’s Glynn Vivian art gallery will finally reopen in October after a multi-million pound refurbishment.

Opera theatre plan at Carphone Warehouse founder’s estate
Plans are submitted to build the first new permanent opera theatre in England in just over decade by Carphone Warehouse founder David Ross.

Britney Spears set for Apple Music Festival
Britney Spears is among 10 acts set to headline this year’s Apple Music Festival, along with Sir Elton John, Alicia Keys and Robbie Williams.

Prince’s Paisley Park home to open to the public
The private estate and studio complex that belonged to Prince is to open to the public, six months after his death.

Sonia Rykiel: French fashion designer dies at 86
French fashion designer Sonia Rykiel dies at the age of 86 after suffering from Parkinson’s disease, her family says.

Great British Bake Off: More than 10 million tune in to first episode
The Great British Bake Off attracts an average 10.4 million viewers as it returned for a seventh series – a record opener for the BBC One show and beating the most-watched moments of the Rio Olympics.

Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones is targeted in racist cyber-attack on her website
Intimate images of Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones and racist photos appear on her website after it was targeted in a cyber-attack.

No laughing matter
Pedro Almodovar on why his 20th film is his most serious yet.

Edinburgh Comedy Awards shortlist announced
The nominees for this year’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards are revealed.

Malorie Blackman’s Noughts and Crosses set for TV adaptation
Malorie Blackman’s young adult novel Noughts and Crosses is to be made into a BBC One drama series.

Thandie Newton cast in Line of Duty
Actress Thandie Newton is to star as the guest lead character in the next series of hit BBC drama Line of Duty.

Roger Dean: Yes artist creates Isle of Man stamps artwork
The “other-worldly scenes” of artist Roger Dean, best known for his work with the rock band Yes, are used for stamps on the Isle of Man.

BBC One mines Agatha Christie novels for seven more TV dramas
Agatha Christie is set to loom even larger in the TV schedules after BBC One agrees to seven new adaptations of her classic mysteries.

Lorde puts impatient fans in place on second album
The New Zealand singer confirms she has written her new album and has been “working like a dog”.

Truman Capote’s ashes go up for auction
Fans of writer Truman Capote get the chance to get their hands on an unusual and particularly macabre piece of memorabilia – his ashes.

The Departed ‘being adapted for TV series’
Martin Scorsese’s Oscar-winning crime thriller The Departed is being adapted for the small screen, according to reports.

Channel 4 reprimanded for ‘distressing’ Fear The Walking Dead ad
Channel 4 is censured for showing a “distressing” advert for zombie TV drama Fear The Walking Dead during animated children’s film Rango.

Ariana Grande is ‘sued for music copyright’ over her track One Last Time
The singer is being sued for music copyright over her track One Last Time, according to reports in America.

Steve McQueen honoured with BFI Fellowship
12 Years A Slave director Steve McQueen is to get the British Film Institute’s highest accolade, the BFI Fellowship.

Law & Order actor Steven Hill dies at 94
US actor Steven Hill, who was best known for roles on the original Law & Order and Mission: Impossible TV series, dies at the age of 94.

Artist Peter Doig wins case over painting he said was not his work
A Chicago court accepts that artist Peter Doig did not paint a landscape, valued at $10m (£7.6m) when it was believed to be by him.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child writer Jack Thorne joins sci-fi TV drama
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child writer Jack Thorne is joining new TV drama, Electric Dreams: The World of Philip K Dick.

Finding Dory beats David Brent at UK box office
Finding Dory has returned to the top spot at the UK box office, holding off competition from Suicide Squad and David Brent: Life on the Road.

Vic Reeves to recreate Dada performance on BBC Four
Comedian Vic Reeves is to recreate a Dada performance as part of a new BBC Four art series.

Melissa McCarthy overtakes Scarlett Johansson on Forbes rich list
Melissa McCarthy overtakes Scarlett Johansson in Forbes’ annual rich list, while Jennifer Lawrence remains the world’s highest-paid actress.

Yes Minister writer Sir Antony Jay dies at 86
Sir Antony Jay, the co-writer of TV political comedies Yes Minister and Yes, Prime Minister, has died aged 86 after a long illness.

David Dimbleby to host Labour Question Time special
Veteran broadcaster David Dimbleby is returning to present Question Time with a Labour leadership special.

Welsh tragedy wins James Tait Black drama award
A Greek tragedy reimagined in modern-day Cardiff wins one of the UK’s most distinguished literary awards.

Ofcom rejects complaints over C4 Muslim reporter
Ofcom rejects complaints that it was inappropriate for a Muslim TV reporter wearing a hijab to cover the Nice terrorist attack in July.

BBC Three drama Thirteen tops iPlayer requests
BBC Three’s five-part drama Thirteen is the most requested show on BBC iPlayer so far this year, figures released by the corporation show.

Mulholland Drive tops BBC Culture greatest film poll
Critics vote neo-noir mystery Mulholland Drive the best film of the 21st Century in a poll conducted by BBC Culture.

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