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The BBC is again under attack, Bartlett paints the royals in an unflatteringly disputatious light – and even has Princess Diana’s ghost make an appearance

The BBC is again under attack, Bartlett paints the royals in an unflatteringly disputatious light – and even has Princess Diana’s ghost make an appearance

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The BBC is again under attack, this time for having the temerity to broadcast Mike Bartlett’s 2014 play, King Charles III. Bartlett imagined what might happen if Prince Charles ever succeeds his mother, depicting a conflict between a stubborn monarch and a government wanting to regulate the press. When Charles makes his opposition public he discovers that the people back the prime minister and is forced to abdicate. Along the way, Bartlett paints the royals in an unflatteringly disputatious light – and even has Princess Diana’s ghost make an appearance. Given revelations about Charles’ secret attempts to meddle in government business, the play only exaggerates for dramatic effect what we know about him and the political influence the British constitution still grants leading royals. Des
BBC drama that depicts Princess Diana’s ghost will be ‘agonising’ for Prince William and Harry

BBC drama that depicts Princess Diana’s ghost will be ‘agonising’ for Prince William and Harry

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A new BBC drama that features the death of the Queen and a ghostly apparition of Princess Diana will be ‘agonising’ for Prince William and Harry to watch, one of the show’s stars has claimed. Speaking shortly before his death last month, Tim Pigott-Smith claimed that King Charles III would prove to be a difficult watch for the royal siblings – and singled out a scene in which their dead mother Diana, Princess of Wales appears. The celebrated actor, who died at the age of 70, plays Princes Charles in the 90-minute adaptation of Mike Bartlett’s 2014 play that imagines the first days of his ascension to the throne after the death of the Queen. The plot follows a constitutional crisis that arises after the king refuses to sign a controversial press freedom bill – putting him at odds w
John later blamed his comments on hayfever as the BBC apologised, saying: “We accept this was insensitive and for that we apologise.”

John later blamed his comments on hayfever as the BBC apologised, saying: “We accept this was insensitive and for that we apologise.”

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John Inverdale blasted for 's*xist' comments about Kate Middleton during rugby match BBC presenter John Inverdale was criticised by angry viewers during yesterday's Wales v France match after he implied that Kate Middleton did not understand the rules of rugby. As the camera panned to the Duchess of Cambridge as she watched the exciting game with husband Prince William, John made the "shameful" comments. The 59-year-old was heard telling his co-host: "I don't know exactly how au fait with the rules Kate is, but I assume she must have been struggling a bit in the last 20 minutes." John added: "And she wasn't alone." Angry viewers took to Twitter to criticise the commentator, branding his remarks sexist and suggesting he retire. One posted: "So once again John Inverdale puts himself ...
BREAKING: Donald Trump ‘INJURED IN GUNFIRE’, BBC says

BREAKING: Donald Trump ‘INJURED IN GUNFIRE’, BBC says

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BBC radio reported new US President Donald Trump had been injured after being shot at. Earlier this morning BBC Northampton tweeted: "Breaking News: President Trump is injured in arm by gunfire. #Inauguration." Fears the controversial US leader would be shot became a reality for the local radio station's listeners, with social media users quickly picking up the apparent world exclusive, with many saying they were shocked by the news. However others showed their disbelief having watched the historic swearing-in ceremony of the new US President in Washington DC on Friday afternoon. At 11.51am today, the East Midlands broadcaster had to quickly release a statement saying their Twitter account had been hacked as they apologised for any alarm caused. Confused Twitter users questioned the...
Princess Diana: What life would be like for her now

Princess Diana: What life would be like for her now

Princess Diana
Veteran television presenter Nicholas Owen has opened up about his time as a royal correspondent, revealing his fears that Diana "wouldn't have coped" with the intrusion of privacy in the internet age had she lived. Father-of-four Owen, 69, spent six years covering the Royal Family for ITV, and was heavily involved in reporting Diana's death for the broadcaster in August 1997. Speaking to Country Life magazine, Owen also revealed that the Queen was his favourite royal because of her "plain-speaking" while there was "a bit of falling out" with Prince Charles. The presenter, who lives in Surrey in the UK, said he had been thinking about Diana ahead of the 20th anniversary of her death next year. Owen told the magazine: "Imagine how she'd have coped in the world today. Imagine how many ...
One Is Not Amused Bbc Apologises for Sec Jokes About Her Majesty

One Is Not Amused Bbc Apologises for Sec Jokes About Her Majesty

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David Baddiel has slammed the BBC for cancelling his Radio 4 show Don’t Make Me Laugh. The programme, created by Baddiel, sees panelists try to talk about various topics without making the audience laugh. It came under fire back in June when a pre-recorded episode featuring the subject ‘The Queen must have had sex at least four times’ was aired on Her Majesty’s 90th birthday. We imagine one was not amused. Of course there were naughty jokes aplenty, with comedians including Russell Kane making sex gags about the Queen and the Duke Of Edinburgh. Radio 4 won’t be making any more episodes after the BBC Trust deemed the panelists’ comments ‘personal, intrusive and demeaning’. The episode itself received 120 complaints. Baddiel has since apologised for the section about the Queen, adding th
Revealed For The First Time What Soap Princess Diana Was Apparently Hooked

Revealed For The First Time What Soap Princess Diana Was Apparently Hooked

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Princess Diana was so hooked on her favourite soap that she asked the BBC to send missed episodes and ‘rearranged events’ so as not to miss the best ones, apparently. The show in question? Why, Neighbours, of course – and Diana wasn’t the only member of the family who was obsessed, according to the actor who claimed he played Di’s fave character. She and the Queen Mum were glued to the set when that famous theme tune started, and especially loved it when Paul Robinson – a scheming, womanising businessman – was on. Actor Stefan Dennis, aka Paul, revealed to The Sun: ‘I was told by a very reliable source that I was Princess Diana’s favourite character. ‘The Queen Mum was equally big a fan of Neighbours – my understanding is that whenever they were away doing engagements and they missed
Touching Picture of Princess Diana takes pride of place in William and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge’s front room

Touching Picture of Princess Diana takes pride of place in William and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge’s front room

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I had to sell my home...the police defiled it: Concluding our blisteringly candid interview, Cliff reveals detectives even took away precious letters from his mum and Princess Diana Accused of s*x offences and police raided his Berkshire home in 2014 Still haven't given back everything they took - except vocal warm-up CD Had to sell home due to bad memories and ordeal cost him £1 million Said accuser does not deserve anonymity and argued for legal reform Just last month, shortly before Sir Cliff Richard was finally released from his 22-month living hell, he was approached in Marks & Spencer by a fan and her young children. He was trying to hold on to normality, he recalls, buying shirts to wear at Wimbledon. The woman, making no reference to the scandal engulfing Cliff, sai