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Crackerjack! review – superbly silly revival brings magic back to kids TV 17 Jan 1:45pm Crackerjack! review – superbly silly revival brings magic back to kids TV
There’s no sign of Take a Letter Or Take a Chance yet, but this is a proper teatime treat that perfectly recreates the spirit of the original. And is there gunge? Of course there is! Oh, such a lovely word was Crackerjack! But can it be again? This is the question on all our lips – or at least the lips of those who came of age at any point during the show’s original 29-year run (1955-1984) – as the new series gets under way. Replacing the traditional single host – Eamonn Andrews/Leslie Crowther/Michael Aspel/Ed Stewart/Stu “Ooh, I could crush a grape!” Francis (delete according to era) – are Mark Rhodes and Sam Nixon. The pair have carved out successful presenting careers together after coming second and third in Pop Idol in 2003. By the end of the first episode – broadcast, as the rest will be, at teatime on Fridays – it is clear that appointing a duo is a smart move. They banter and riff off each other, and still have plenty of attention to spare for the contestants. Plus, they work beautifully together: warmhearted and lively, never playing things for adult laughs and pitching their jokes and teasing of the competing children perfectly. They appear, as claimed at the top of the show, to be having more fun than a toad in a toga doing loads of yoga. The eight-year-old next to me and the one who, against all odds, seems to have survived somewhere inside me, laughed like drains.
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New Matilda movie in works from director of West End musical 17 Jan 12:46pm New Matilda movie in works from director of West End musical
Casting call goes out for film version of the Roald Dahl classic, led by Matthew Warchus, who staged RSC’s smash hit The announcement of a
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Derek Fowlds: the Yes Minister star who was more than just a sidekick 17 Jan 12:05pm Derek Fowlds: the Yes Minister star who was more than just a sidekick
While never a top-billing name, the actor also known for his turn on Heartbeat could steal a scene off anyone – even Basil Brush
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Yes Minister actor Derek Fowlds dies aged 82 17 Jan 8:06am Updated Yes Minister actor Derek Fowlds dies aged 82
Star of 80s political satire and police drama Heartbeat has died after having pneumonia The actor Derek Fowlds, best known for starring in Yes Minister, has died at the age of 82. Fowlds played the private secretary Bernard Woolley in the BBC sitcom – a satire of British politics – between 1980 to 1984. He also starred in its sequel, Yes Prime Minister, opposite Sir Nigel Hawthorne and Paul Eddington from 1986 to 1988, and later played Oscar Blaketon in the long-running ITV police drama Heartbeat.
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Sex Education season two review – fast, funny and still not for the faint-hearted 17 Jan 7:00am Sex Education season two review – fast, funny and still not for the faint-hearted
The teenagers’ sexual escapades continue apace, bringing constant laughs in this rare, magnificent comedy that is good for both the heart and the soul The new season of
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Yes Minister actor Derek Fowlds dies at 82 17 Jan 6:29am Yes Minister actor Derek Fowlds dies at 82
He played Bernard Woolley in 80s sitcom and Oscar Blaketon in police drama Heartbeat The actor Derek Fowlds, best known for starring in Yes Minister, has died at the age of 82. He played the private secretary Bernard Woolley in the sitcom and its sequel, Yes, Prime Minister, and later played Oscar Blaketon in the long-running police drama Heartbeat.
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Awol Erizku’s Beyoncé Pregnant: a pop Madonna 17 Jan 5:00am Awol Erizku’s Beyoncé Pregnant: a pop Madonna
The singer resembles a Renaissance Virgin Mary but with a sexual edge in this Instagram photograph Artist Awol Erizku’s 2017 portrait of Beyoncé pregnant with twins scored 10m likes when it landed on Instagram in 2017, the most an image had ever had on the platform.
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Eminem compares himself to Manchester Arena bomber on new track 17 Jan 4:06am Eminem compares himself to Manchester Arena bomber on new track
Following freestyle that drew criticism from victims’ families, rapper makes second reference to attack that killed 22 people after Ariana Grande concert
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Mac Miller: Circles review 17 Jan 4:00am Mac Miller: Circles review
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Little America review – eight immigrant stories make for truly radical TV 17 Jan 2:00am Little America review – eight immigrant stories make for truly radical TV
Apple TV+’s best show yet tells timely and totally absorbing tales of immigrants living ‘the American dream’. It shouldn’t feel like a political act, but here we are It shouldn’t feel like a political, let alone radical, act to release an anthology of true immigrant stories that presents each of its subjects as an ordinary human being worthy of attention, respect and compassion. But we are where we – miserably, sickeningly – are, and the advent of
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Wattam review – wacky world where, from acorns, golden poos grow 17 Jan 2:00am Wattam review – wacky world where, from acorns, golden poos grow
PC, PS4 (version tested); Funomena/Epic Game
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Ickworth embraces enforced darkness to spotlight art collection 17 Jan 1:00am Ickworth embraces enforced darkness to spotlight art collection
Rotunda at National Trust property exploits gloom from scaffolding to stage exhibition A 200-year-old Italianate palace, hidden away in the Suffolk countryside and currently encased in more than 270 miles of scaffolding, is to hold an exhibition that is only taking place because it is undergoing £5m of conservation works.
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