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BBC faces official investigation after giving 200 managers £100,000 pay-offs

BBC faces official investigation after giving 200 managers £100,000 pay-offs
Almost 200 senior BBC managers have received payoffs of more than £100,000 each in the past three years, The Daily Telegraph can disclose. The National Audit Office is to examine the scale of severance packages at the corporation after MPs raised concerns that leaving the BBC was like "winning the lottery". The corporation was criticised by MPs ... Full story

Les Misérables, review

Les Misérables, review
Tom Hooper’s screen adaptation of Les Misérables is a heart-soaring, crowd-delighting hit-in-waiting, writes Robbie Collin. Dir: Tom Hooper; Starring: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron Cohen, Helena Bonham Carter. 12A cert, 158 min. Do you hear the people sing? Stand outside any cinema in just over one month’s time and you ... Full story

BBC hid the naked truth in pursuit of profit, claim naturists

BBC hid the naked truth in pursuit of profit, claim naturists
Naturists have accused the BBC of "falsifying history" by putting clothes on the actors appearing in Andrew Marr's History of The World. British Naturism said that the people of Africa, Ancient Egypt, Australia and other areas of the world would have been naked during many of the periods of history depicted in the reconstructions. But in what ... Full story

Christmas Day TV: Call The Midwife vs Downton Abbey

Christmas Day TV: Call The Midwife vs Downton Abbey
BBC unveils Call The Midwife Christmas Day episode as a "grittier" alternative to ITV's Downton Abbey. The BBC has made Call The Midwife the centrepiece of its Christmas Day schedule in a bid to beat Downton Abbey in the festive ratings war. Days after ITV confirmed details of their two-hour Downton special, BBC One bosses announced a ... Full story

Olympics Opening Ceremony honoured at Evening Standard Theatre Awards

Olympics Opening Ceremony honoured at Evening Standard Theatre Awards
It was the spectacle of the year that projected the very best of British theatrics into the living rooms of one billion people around the world. It was credited with defining, in a feat that has eluded legions of artists, the essence of contemporary Britain and was met with a chorus of voices demanding director Danny ... Full story

Rolling Stones, 50th anniversary tour, O2 Arena, London, review

Rolling Stones, 50th anniversary tour, O2 Arena, London, review
Neil McCormick reviews the Rolling Stones's gig at London's O2 Arena, part of the British rock band's 50th anniversary tour. Keith Richards has said that the beauty of rock n roll is that every night a different band might be the world's greatest. Well, last night at the O2 Arena, it was the turn of the ... Full story

Downton Abbey to return for fourth series

Downton Abbey to return for fourth series
Downton Abbey will return for a fourth series, ITV has confirmed. Eight new episodes and a Christmas special of the enormously popular period drama have been commissioned to be aired in autumn 2013. Filming begins at Highclere Castle, Hampshire, and Ealing Studios in February. In keeping with the last series, the run will be bookended by feature-length episodes ... Full story

New BBC boss Lord Hall to earn £532,000 by drawing pension on top of salary

New BBC boss Lord Hall to earn £532,000 by drawing pension on top of salary
New BBC director-general has already been drawing his BBC pension for a year. Lord Hall, the new director-general of the BBC, will earn £532,000 a year from the corporation because he already draws an £82,000 pension which will be added to his £450,000 salary, The Daily Telegraph can disclose. The current chief executive of the Royal Opera ... Full story

Darcey Bussell on correcting her Strictly “Yah”

Darcey Bussell on correcting her Strictly
Darcey Bussell, the Strictly Come Dancing judge, forced herself to stop peppering her comments to the contestants with Sloaney words after the habit was pointed out by BBC bosses, she has admitted. The former Royal Ballet star was ridiculed by viewers after her first appearance on the show, in which she repeatedly used the word “Yah”. Bussell ... Full story

Gold rush for ‘Old Masters of the future’

Gold rush for 'Old Masters of the future'
Contemporary art sales break records at Christie's and Sotheby's as the super-rich spend £500 million on "prudent investments". When the super-rich go shopping, it seems a Warhol or a Rothko now top the list of must-haves. Christie’s and Sotheby’s auction houses are celebrating an extraordinary week for contemporary art sales in which buyers spent close to £500 ... Full story

Peer to sue tweeters who linked him to sex abuse as BBC pays £185,000 damages

Peer to sue tweeters who linked him to sex abuse as BBC pays £185,000 damages
Lord McAlpine has promised to end “trial by Twitter” by announcing an unprecedented series of libel actions against people who used the website to link him wrongly to child abuse allegations. The former Conservative Party treasurer said yesterday that he had been “terrified” when he became “a figure of public hatred” because of people naming him ... Full story

Daniel Day-Lewis faces criticism for giving a voice to Abraham Lincoln

Daniel Day-Lewis faces criticism for giving a voice to Abraham Lincoln
Daniel Day-Lewis defends his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln after American audiences question his weedy voice. Asking a British actor to play one of America’s great orators was always likely to prove controversial to US audiences. But Daniel Day-Lewis may not have expected the level of criticism for the voice he has given to Abraham Lincoln in a ... Full story

Downton creator considers multicultural Abbey

Downton creator considers multicultural Abbey
It has already tackled weighty issues including the Great War, miscarriages of justice and homosexuality, but Downton Abbey could now turn its focus to race relations and multiculturalism. Julian Fellowes, the TV show’s creator, said that he would like to introduce black or Indian characters into the programme. When asked about criticism in some quarters that ... Full story

Celebrate by Pippa Middleton: review

Celebrate by Pippa Middleton: review
Christopher Howse admits he would rather not party with Pippa Middleton after reviewing Celebrate: A Year of Festivities for Families and Friends. Pippa Middleton has “always loved to write”, indeed it is a “passion”, so it is sad that she has had to wait until the age of 29, four years older than Keats at his ... Full story

Felicity Kendal: Botox looks silly when you’re 66, but tattoos are just fine

Felicity Kendal: Botox looks silly when you're 66, but tattoos are just fine
Felicity Kendal says tattoos are great for pensioners as long as they avoid "the wrinkly bits". Felicity Kendal, the eternally youthful actress, has given up Botox injections after deciding the results look “silly” on women of pensionable age. The 66-year-old admitted that she succumbed to Botox injections in an effort to look younger but the paralysing effects ... Full story

BBC ‘complicit’ in tax avoidance for thousands of employees including household names, say MPs

BBC 'complicit' in tax avoidance for thousands of employees including household names, say MPs
The BBC is today accused by MPs of helping thousands of employees - including some of its biggest household names - avoid paying tax. In a scathing report, the Public Accounts Committee claims the national broadcaster could be “complicit” in tax avoidance because it allows workers to be paid as if they were companies rather than ... Full story
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