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Simon Rattle: The Making of a Maestro
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For the BBC Music documentary Simon Rattle: the Making of a Maestro (BBC Two, 9.05pm, Saturday 14 February 2015) my colleague John-Martin White and I spent several weeks observing the celebrated conductor at close quarters. We filmed him on tour and at home in Berlin, on his own in his study and in the concert […]

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'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Gets PG-12 Rating In France Despite Raunchy Sex Scenes
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Teenagers will be able to watch raunchy fetish-flick ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ In French cinemas thanks to a very liberal film classification. The country’s powers-that-be dubbed the adaptation of E.L. James’ novel a PG-12, despite it being restricted to over-18s in the UK. The movie will see a few not-so-safe-for-work S&M scenes featuring Jamie Dornan […]

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BBC Radio 1 – Online Bullying Is an Issue for Young People, so It's an Issue for Us
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If you’re famous, it’s officially cool to be self-depreciating on social media. US comedian and YouTube-native Jimmy Kimmel’s Mean Tweets feature is cult-status, funny, and – well – mean. Famous person reads out-loud, to camera, the acerbic comments which unsuspecting online “haters” have aired on Twitter. The result is funny, not least because seeing pop […]

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‘EastEnders': From Nasty Nick And Phil Mitchell To Janine Butcher And Dirty Den, The Villains We've Loved To Hate (VIDEOS)
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Over the past 30 years, ‘EastEnders’ has played host to some wonderful characters, many of whom have been in possession of moral compasses that are… well, slightly off. Walford’s many villains have powered the soap’s storylines, causing havoc with murders, kidnapping plots, and general bad behaviour. MORE ‘EASTENDERS’: This Live Week Trailer Is, Quite Frankly, […]

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Rush Limbaugh Savages Departing Daily Show Host Jon Stewart For 'Poisoning Republican Brand'
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NEW YORK — Amid the blanket plaudits and recognition that greeted Tuesday’s news that Jon Stewart was is to leave The Daily Show, there was of course a lone voice of decent from America’s Tea Party fringe. Rush Limbaugh, a corpulent radio show host whose shtick meanders between bigotry, intolerance and prejudice, reflected on Stewart’s […]

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'Better Call Saul': Why Isn't Everything This Good?
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When I first heard of the proposed spin-off of Breaking Bad I thought it was a bad idea. I’m not opposed to the idea of spin-offs it’s just I know for every Frasier there is a Joey. When a spin off goes wrong…it can go really wrong. The very idea of soiling the memory of […]

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Move over Fifty Shades – Retro Erotica Hits the Spot!
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I haven’t read Fifty Shades of Grey but that’s not because I am snooty about my fiction. It’s just that when EL James’s book exploded onto the scene with tales of – shock horror – how ordinary women were suddenly sneaking off to their bedrooms for a bit of self pleasure with a book, I […]

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'The Hobbit' Star Martin Freeman Joins The Unthanks To Launch Album In Fresh Appreciation Of Vinyl
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Yes, you’re not seeing things… that is indeed ‘The Hobbit’ star Martin Freeman in a bar in East London, on DJ duties for the album launch of a band he admires, the Mercury-nominated The Unthanks. The alt-folk troupe held a special listening party on Thursday evening, attended by a number of special guests, including fans […]

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Obese century-old crocodile died from overeating after worshippers threw it chickens and goats
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The 100-year-old died of the obesity-related illness (Picture: CEN) An obese 100-year-old crocodile has died of overeating after worshippers repeatedly threw it sacrificial goats and chickens. While visitors to the Hazrat Khan Jahan Ali Shrine in south-western Bangladesh believed feeding the crocodile would bring them good fortune, it brought the crocodile bad fortune, because it died from […]

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Sheep to be turned into WiFi hotspots in rural areas
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Excuse me, what’s your WiFi password? (Picture: Getty) The countryside might have beautiful views and fresh air, but the lack of good WiFi makes it nearly impossible to check Facebook and post pictures of #thegreatoutdoors to Instagram. However this one flaw in the rural Britain could soon be a thing of the past as a university […]

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Taiwan father straps one-month-old son to car steering wheel in appalling viral video
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Appalling footage has emerged of a one-month-old baby boy strapped to a steering wheel. The Taiwan motorist lashed his newborn to the wheel frame and only freed the baby when it started to cry. A woman can be heard giggling throughout the video. The short clip was uploaded by the baby’s parents and quickly went […]

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Christian tries to wipe out dinosaurs from classrooms in bizarre Mumsnet post after child ‘bites three kids on face’
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Do you think dinosaurs should be banned from the school curriculum? (Picture: Metro) There’s little in the world that repulses this woman more than the idea of dinosaurs. The over-protective parent went on Mumsnet and posted a bizarre rant arguing that dinosaurs should not be taught in schools after a kid ‘became bestially-minded and bit […]

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'Fifty Shades Of Grey': Rita Ora 'Has Just Three Lines' As Christian Grey's Sister, Mia… And One Of Them Is In French
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Rita Ora fans hoping that her role in ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ would help catapult her to movie-star status will no doubt be disappointed to learn that she’s not in the film half as much as we’ve previously been led to believe. SEE MORE: The First ‘Fifty Shades’ Reviews Are In… Dakota Reveals Her Favourite […]

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