Nancy Sinatra Senior, Frank’s first wife, dies aged 101

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Nancy Sinatra Senior “passed away peacefully”, her daughter said

Nancy Sinatra senior, the first of Frank Sinatra’s four wives and mother of his three children, has died aged 101.

Her daughter Nancy Junior said that she had “passed away peacefully”.

“She was a blessing and the light of my life. Godspeed, Momma. Thank you for everything,” she wrote.

Nancy Sinatra Senior was born Nancy Barbato in 1917 and met Frank in 1934 at the New Jersey holiday resort of Long Branch.

The couple quickly got engaged but Frank admitted having an affair before they eventually married in 1939.

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In 1950 Nancy Senior was granted a legal separation because of Frank’s mental cruelty – she claimed the superstar went away for weekends by himself, and he had a string of extra marital affairs.

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However, the pair stayed close until Frank Sinatra’s death in 1998, the New York Times reported.

Nancy Sinatra never remarried and lived a quiet life in Beverly Hills, California, focusing on charity work, the newspaper said.

The couple had three children – Nancy Junior, who is famed for the song These Boots Were Made For Walkin’ and other hits, Frank Junior, who also had a career in music and died in 2016 aged 72, and Tina.

Frank Sinatra’s fourth wife Barbara died last year aged 90.

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Nancy Sinatra Senior (L) with her daughter Nancy Junior in 2004

Three Lions breaks chart record

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Baddiel (left) tweeted a photo of himself with Skinner earlier this week

After a heart-breaking week for English football fans, Three Lions is number one on this week’s official singles chart.

It’s the first time in chart history a song has scored four spells at number one with the same artist line-up.

The original 1996 version had two one-week stints whilst the 1998 re-work had a three-week spell.

With over 1.6 million copies sold since its release, the anthem is also one of the UK’s best-selling singles ever.

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Radio 1’s chart show host Scott Mills said: “England gave us everything at this World Cup. The whole country got swept away with it.

“Three Lions being the official number one shows how we really got behind our amazing team.”

Analysis by Mark Savage, BBC music reporter

“Three Lions killed off the football anthem quite conclusively,” David Baddiel told me two years ago.

“There were a few attempts after 1996 but no-one managed it. And that’s because it is the best football anthem of all time.”

But even the comedian was taken aback by the sheer success of Three Lions this week, 22 years after it first topped the charts.

And it’s hard to stress how difficult it was for the song to reach the summit again.

Recently-introduced chart rules penalise songs that are more than three years’ old; meaning they have to be streamed twice as many times to achieve the same “sales” as current hits.

But Three Lions smashed through those restrictions – a testament to how its message of hope-against-the-odds is reflected in every international England ever play.

Baddiel was right. We don’t need another football anthem… unless we win.

The song was written for the 1996 World Cup by Ian Broudie of The Lightning Seeds together with comedians David Baddiel and Frank Skinner.

At the time, the pair hosted a popular football show together called Fantasy Football.

As a result of the surge in popularity of Three Lions, George Ezra’s Shotgun slipped down to Number two after two weeks at the top.

Solo by Clean Bandit and Demi Lovato remained at number three, while Drake completed the top five with In My Feelings and Don’t Matter To Me.

Top five singles
1) The Lightning Seeds, David Baddiel and Frank Skinner Three Lions
2) George Ezra Shotgun
3) Clean Bandit feat. Demi Lovato Solo
4) Drake In My Feelings
5) Drake feat. Michael Jackson Don’t Matter To Me

Green Day’s American Idiot entered at number 25 after a campaign to get it back into the charts to coincide with President Trump’s UK visit.

Over on the album chart, Drake celebrated a second week at the top with Scorpion.

Streaming has played a massive part in the album’s success – making up 90% of its total sales over the last week.

But although the Canadian rapper’s album broke streaming records on both Spotify and Apple Music, a lot of Spotify users complained the company promoted Drake too much.

The Greatest Showman moved up one place to number two and Years & Years’ sophomore album Palo Santo entered the charts at three.

Top five albums
1) Drake Scorpion
2) Motion Picture Cast Recording The Greatest Showman
3) Years & Years Palo Santo
4) George Ezra Staying at Tamara’s
5) Tom Grennan Lighting Matches

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Emmys 2018: Game of Thrones leads with 22 nominations

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Kit Harrington plays Jon Snow in Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones leads the nominations at this year’s Emmy Awards, after being ineligible in 2017.

The HBO series has 22 nominations in total, followed by sci-fi series Westworld and comedy show Saturday Night Live, both with 21.

It is the first time in 18 years that HBO did not have the highest number of Emmy nominations.

Netflix leads with a total of 112 nominations, beating HBO, which received 108.

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Elisabeth Moss as Offred in The Handmaid’s Tale

In 2017, The Handmaid’s Tale became the first show from a streaming platform to receive the award for best drama.

This year several actresses from the dystopian drama have received nominations, including Elizabeth Moss and Alexis Bledel.

Several British actors have received nominations for the awards also.

Millie Bobby Brown is up for the best supporting actress award for her performance in Netflix’s Stranger Things.

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Black Panther star Letitia Wright is up for an award for the Black Museum episode of Black Mirror.

Claire Foy, from HBO’s royal drama The Crown, is nominated for the best actress award alongside her cast mates Matt Smith and Vanessa Kirby, who were nominated for the best supporting actor and best supporting actress awards.

Benedict Cumberbatch is nominated for Patrick Melrose.

The Late Late Show with James Corden is up for the outstanding variety talk show award.

Key categories:

Best lead actress in a drama series

  • Sandra Oh – Killing Eve
  • Keri Russell – The Americans
  • Tatiana Maslany – Orphan Black
  • Claire Foy – The Crown
  • Evan Rachel Wood – Westworld
  • Elisabeth Moss – The Handmaid’s Tale

Best lead actor in a drama series

  • Jason Bateman – Ozark
  • Matthew Rhys – The Americans
  • Milo Ventimiglia – This Is Us
  • Sterling . Brown – This Is Us
  • Ed Harris – Westworld
  • Jeffrey Wright – Westworld

Best lead actress in a limited series or movie

  • Sarah Paulson – American Horror Story: Cult
  • Michelle Dockery – Godless
  • Edie Falco – Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders
  • Regina King – Seven Seconds
  • Jessica Biel – The Sinner
  • Laura Dern – The Tale

Best lead actor in a limited series or movie

  • Antonio Banderas – Genius: Picasso
  • Darren Criss – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
  • Benedict Cumberbatch – Patrick Melrose
  • Jeff Daniels – Looming Tower
  • John Legend – Jesus Christ Superstar: Live in Concert
  • Jesse Plemons – U.S.S. Callister (Black Mirror)

Best lead actor in a comedy series

  • Anthony Anderson – black-ish
  • Ted Danson – The Good Place
  • Larry David – Curb Your Enthusiasm
  • Donald Glover – Atlanta
  • Bill Hader – Barry
  • William H Macy – Shameless

Best lead actress in a comedy series

  • Pamela Adlon – Better Things
  • Rachel Brosnahan – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Allison Janney – Mom
  • Issa Rae – Insecure
  • Tracee Ellis Ross – black-ish
  • Lily Tomlin – Grace and Frankie

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The Crown received 13 nominations

Best drama series

  • The Americans
  • The Crown
  • Game of Thrones
  • The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Stranger Things
  • This Is Us
  • Westworld

Best comedy series

  • Atlanta
  • Barry
  • black-ish
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm
  • GLOW
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Silicon Valley
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Best limited series

  • The Alienist
  • The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
  • Genius: Picasso
  • Godless
  • Patrick Melrose

Best TV movie

  • Fahrenheit 451
  • Flint
  • Paterno
  • The Tale
  • USS Callister (Black Mirror)

Comedy show Saturday Night Live’s Michael Che and Colin Jost are set to host this years awards, on 17 September.

The full nominations are on the Emmys website.


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BBC pay: Men still dominate star salaries list

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Gary Lineker is now top of the list, followed by Chris Evans and Graham Norton

The top 12 earners on the BBC’s latest list of star salaries are all men.

Match of the Day host Gary Lineker has overtaken Chris Evans as the best-paid person on the list, earning between £1.75m-£1.76m in 2017-18.

Evans, Graham Norton, Jeremy Vine and John Humphrys are among those to have seen their pay drop since last year.

Claudia Winkleman is still the top woman, on £370,000-£379,999. Mary Berry and Newsnight’s Emily Maitlis are among eight women to have joined the list.

Winkleman was eighth last year but has now dropped to 13th as a result of a shake-up of the corporation’s structure.

Shows like Strictly Come Dancing, which are made by BBC Studios, are no longer included on the list because BBC Studios is now considered a commercial entity.

The BBC said the published salaries do not yet fully reflect some pay rises and pay cuts, which will not filter through until next year’s list.

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Last year, Sarah Montague and Emily Maitlis were revealed to earn less than male co-hosts

This is the second year that the BBC has published the salaries of its best-paid presenters, although actors, comedians and some hosts have been removed this time as a result of the BBC Studios change.

Last year, the top seven were all men and the list sparked an outcry about gender inequality, with some men shown to have been paid more than female co-hosts.

There were also complaints about a lack of ethnic diversity. This year, the figures at the top of the list are all white again, although the BBC said the overall number of BAME stars on the list is rising.

This year’s list includes on-air presenters who earned more than £150,000 in the financial year 2017/18 from news, sport and radio as well as some TV entertainment shows.

Director general Tony Hall said the BBC was “making progress” and that he wants a 50/50 split on the list as a whole, but that “these things take time”. The BBC has pledged to close the gap by 2020.

But Woman’s Hour presenter Jane Garvey, who is one of the eight women to join the list, told Radio 4’s PM programme the pace of change was “absolutely glacial”.

She said: “There needs to be a proper conversation about why in 2018 we are still fighting the same old battle on equal pay and why the work of women just isn’t valued in the same way as the work of men.”

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Radio 2 said Steve Wright’s pay cut will be reflected next year

The other new entries include Europe editor Katya Adler and Radio 4 presenter Sarah Montague, with Maitlis earning between £220,000-£229,999 to make her the highest new name.

Four men have also joined, including BBC media editor Amol Rajan on £200,000-£209,999, which also covers other radio presenting work.

Of the 12 people who have moved down the salary bands because their pay has dropped since the previous list, eight are men. But four of the five to have moved up the pay bands are also men.

Those moving into a higher salary bracket include Radio 2’s Steve Wright and Ken Bruce; Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw; and Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen. The only woman to move up a pay band is Sophie Raworth.

BBC Radio 2 said: “Steve has just signed a fresh two year contract with Radio 2 which will show a considerable pay reduction – the BBC annual report is a year behind for him as his old contract had yet to expire.”

Some names have dropped down or been removed from the list since last year because they work for BBC Studios, which has been classed as a commercial entity since April 2017.

As part of its latest disclosures, the corporation also published figures for 2018-19 to show it is on the way to rectifying the gender imbalance.

Excluding BBC Studios, 59% of on-air figures earning more than £150,000 in the current financial year are men, it said. That compares with 76% in 2016-17.

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Claudia Winkleman is still the best-paid woman on the list

Lord Hall said: “I’ve made it absolutely clear that’s not good enough and I want to get to 50/50, and that will mean changes in the range of what people are paid right across [the organisation].”

He added: “We are making progress and you must understand that. We’re trying to get a balanced range of men and women and their pay right across the organisation.

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“I am concentrating on what is a huge change, which is going from 25% of women to 40% of women being in the top, over £150,000 pay… These things take time.”

The salary details were published in the BBC’s latest annual report, and come a week after the corporation said its overall median gender pay gap had reduced from 9.3% to 7.6%.

And it comes two weeks after former China editor Carrie Gracie received an apology and back pay from the BBC after discovering on last year’s list that she had been paid less than her male counterparts.

What happened to Claudia?

In last year’s report, Claudia Winkleman was the best-paid woman, earning between £450,000-£499,999. This year, she is still the top earning female star, but has slid down the rankings with earnings between £370,000-£379,999.

That means the top of this year’s list appears more male-dominated than last time.

Winkleman’s Strictly co-host Tess Daly has dropped off the list all together, as have The One Show’s Matt Baker and Casualty’s Derek Thompson, among others.

That’s because most entertainment, factual and drama programmes are made by BBC Studios which, as a commercial entity, no longer has to declare the salaries it pays its staff because it is competing with other production companies.

BBC Studios chief creative officer Mark Linsey said: “We are at a significant disadvantage if we don’t have a level playing field. It’s a bunfight out there for talent.”

So Claudia’s actual earnings will exceed the amount given in this year’s annual report. The same can be said for the likes of Graham Norton, Mary Berry and Fiona Bruce, who also make shows for BBC Studios.

Top men continue to take cuts

This year’s list doesn’t fully reflect the pay cuts for some male presenters – and pay rises for some women. In a number of cases, these will be enacted over several years.

For example, John Humphrys has seen his published salary drop from £600,000-£649,999 to £400,000-£409,999. But in 2018-19 – which will be shown on next year’s list – his pay for the Today programme will be in the £250,000-£299,999 bracket.

Similarly, Nicky Campbell and Huw Edwards have also taken pay cuts, which have started to filter through to the list – but are being staggered over a number of years.

Meanwhile, the BBC annual report also revealed that the corporation received 48 complaints of sexual harassment and assault in 2017/18.

Nine resulted in formal cases or disciplinary action, the BBC said. The remaining 39 did not for a variety of reasons – including the complaint being withdrawn or the individual being complained about no longer working for the BBC.

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Lethal White: JK Rowling reveals Strike release date

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Rowling’s book is written under her pseudonym Robert Galbraith

JK Rowling’s Lethal White – the fourth instalment in the Cormoran Strike novels, written under her pseudonym Robert Galbraith – will be released on 18 September.

In a tweet announcing the news, the author also revealed the cover design.

The book will once again follow the private investigator Strike and his assistant Robin Ellacott.

Publisher Little, Brown confirmed the pair will investigate a crime witnessed by a “troubled young man”, named Billy.

The “twisting trail” will lead them “through the backstreets of London, into a secretive inner sanctum within parliament, and to a beautiful but sinister manor house deep in the countryside,” it says.

The blurb also teases developments in Strike and Ellacott’s relationship – deemed “more fraught than it has ever been”.

“Robin is now invaluable to Strike in the business, but their personal relationship is much, much more tricky than that,” it continues.

The author previously revealed to the BBC’s Lizo Mzimba that Lethal White will pick up immediately after the events at the climax of the third novel, Career of Evil.

The three previous Galbraith books, The Cuckoo’s Calling, The Silkworm and Career of Evil have so far sold 1.2 million print copies for £7.5m according to Nielsen BookScan.

Cuckoo’s Calling sold about 1,500 copies before Rowling’s identity as the author was revealed by the Sunday Times newspaper.

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Tom Burke plays Cormoran Strike and Holliday Grainger plays Robin Ellacott

The BBC has adapted the best-selling series for television, with British actor Tom Burke cast as Strike and Holliday Grainger playing Ellacott.

Lethal White is available to pre-order now.


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John Leslie ‘in bits’ after being cleared of sexual assault

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Leslie said his focus was now on “survival and living a quiet life”

Former television presenter John Leslie has admitted to being “in bits” after being cleared of sexual assault.

“It’s a case of putting the bits back together again,” the 53-year-old said on his return to ITV’s This Morning, the show he co-hosted for three years.

“Hopefully I can come through this in one piece.”

Leslie was accused of putting his hand down the back of a woman’s trousers while the pair were dancing in an Edinburgh nightclub in June 2017.

He denied the allegation and after a two-day trial in Edinburgh last month the case against him was found not proven.

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“It should never have gone to court,” the former Blue Peter presenter told This Morning’s Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby.

He said his behaviour on the night in question had been “entirely appropriate” and that his reputation had made him “a target”.

The Scottish TV star was previously charged with sexual assault in 2003. Those charges were subsequently dropped.

Leslie said his life had been “ruined” as a result of allegations that had been shown to be false.

“False allegations are becoming too prevalent now,” he said. “The pendulum’s swung far too much in the way of the accuser.”

He said it was “outrageous” that the police had charged him without viewing CCTV footage of the alleged incident.

Speaking to The Mail on Sunday, he said he would be making a formal complaint and was considering a civil action.

Police Scotland told paper that “all complaints will be assessed and investigated as appropriate”.

Leslie said it had been “quite emotional” being back on the This Morning sofa but that he now intended to live “a quiet life”.

“I think my time on TV is done,” he told Schofield, who joined the ITV programme following his dismissal in 2002.

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Justin Bieber ‘engaged to Hailey Baldwin’

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Bieber and Baldwin only recently reunited, having dated in the past

Canadian pop star Justin Bieber is engaged to US model Hailey Baldwin, US media report.

The 24-year-old popped the question at a Bahamas resort, according to TMZ. His security staff reportedly asked restaurant patrons to put away their phones before the star proposed.

CNN and E! News confirmed reports of the engagement, which Bieber’s parents also appeared to celebrate online.

Bieber and Baldwin only recently reunited, having dated in the past.

Bieber’s father, Jeremy, posted a photo of his son on Instagram, saying he was “Excited for the next chapter”, while his mother Pattie Mallette expressed her excitement on Twitter.

TMZ reported Bieber and Baldwin appeared to have become involved again after Justin broke up with long-time girlfriend Selena Gomez.

Baldwin has appeared in American Vogue, Marie Claire and Spanish Harper’s Bazaar.

She has also appeared in a number of modelling campaigns, music videos and television shows.

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Baldwin, pictured in May, and the singer reportedly attend the same church

She is the daughter of Stephen Baldwin, the actor and producer who has starred in films like Born on the Fourth of July, The Usual Suspects and The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas.

She is also the niece of actor Alec Baldwin, who has starred in films like The Hunt for Red October and is known more recently for the television series 30 Rock and his portrayals of US President Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live.

But while this is obviously happy news for the future Mr and Mrs Bieber, many social media users appear to be less thrilled:

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EastEnders: Knife crime episode of soap praised by viewers

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Bonnie Langford, right, plays Shakil’s mother Carmel, with Davood Ghadami as his brother Kush

EastEnders has been praised after parents of young knife crime victims told their stories on a special episode of the BBC One soap.

They addressed the camera during Friday night’s episode, which centred on the funeral of fictional character Shakil Kazemi.

Shakil was stabbed to death by a gang in an episode shown in May.

Viewers said they were in tears watching the episode, which has also been praised by critics.

It concluded with the families of the real-life victims standing outside the church, holding up pictures of their loved ones, as the coffin was carried past to the sound of Abide With Me.

‘Relevant and powerful’

The relatives taking part in the episode included George Kinsella, father of stabbing victim Ben Kinsella, whose sister Brooke is a former EastEnders actress.

Ben, 16, was stabbed 11 times after a night out with friends in 2008.

Brooke, who played Kelly Taylor in the soap, has become an anti-knife crime campaigner and has advised on the long-running storyline.

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Shakil had been a character on the soap since 2016

It saw Shakil, played by Shaheen Jafargholi, stabbed in a knife attack after his friend Keegan Baker stole a bike.

Following the episode, Brooke thanked people for their support and “for the love of our lost loved ones”.

Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Michael Hogan said it was “popular television at its most relevant and powerful”.

“The drama was stripped back and restrained, rightfully allowing reality to take the focus,” he said.

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Carmel was shown being comforted as she left the church

He praised both Strictly’s Davood Ghadami, who played Shakil’s brother Kush, and Bonnie Langford, who played his mother Carmel – saying the former was “unshowily excellent” and the latter “downright devastating”.

It was, he wrote, “a triumphant tribute to lives lost senselessly and a plea for sanity to be restored”.


The families devastated by knife crime

Among those taking part in the special episode were:

  • Trish Bergan, mother of Jerome Eugene Bergan, 21, who said: “The doctor came and she sat in front of me and she held my hands. I said, ‘don’t say anything, I know. Eugene is no more.'”
  • Paul Dove and Tanya Whitney, parents of Billy Dove, 21. Mr Dove said: “The thing’s a nightmare. And you believe it’s a nightmare.”
  • George Kinsella, father of Ben Kinsella, 16, who said: “All of a sudden, it happens to one of your own and it just turns your whole world, your whole life upside down in a second.”
  • Yvonne Lawson, mother of Godwin Lawson, 17, who said: “I started to ring Godwin’s number, just so desperately wishing that Godwin could pick up the phone and say, ‘Mum, I’m here.'”
  • Jessica Plummer, mother of Shaquan Sammy-Plummer, 17, who said: “My pain is too much and I do not wish another mother to go through my pain again.”
  • Pastor Lorraine Jones, mother of Dwayne Simpson, 20, said: “Even now I feel like I’m dreaming. I saw Dwayne on the life-support machine and he was so swollen… the only places I could kiss Dwayne was his forehead and his feet.”
  • Angela Spencer and John Greensmith, mother and stepfather of Jason Spencer, 17. Ms Spencer said: “Everything is beaten out of you. Everything. You question, is life worth living?”
  • Caroline Shearer, mother of Jay Whiston, 17, who said: “Jay didn’t die of an illness, Jay didn’t die of an accident. There wasn’t a reason – the same as many, many others.”

In Digital Spy, Sophie Dainty said the scenes may have been an EastEnders first – but that they were also “some of the most emotional in the soap’s history”.

She wrote that it was “an undeniably difficult watch”, especially where the actors and victims’ families shared the screen.

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Zack Morris, who plays Keegan Baker, with Shakil’s friends

“This was a tear-jerking, traumatic reminder that knife crime is happening everywhere, in different ways, to different people – and that this is far, far more than a soap story,” she said.

Davood said on Twitter that he was “so grateful” for the “bravery and strength” of the contributors.

Hollyoaks actor Gregory Finnegan was among those praising EastEnders for “tackling an extremely difficult and emotive issue” in such an innovative way.

People who had lost loved ones to knife crime also commented, with one saying it had been handled “absolutely perfectly”.

Viewer Brian Welsh said it was “truly one of the most moving, poignant episodes of a drama ever on British TV”.

Many others said it had left them in tears, applauding EastEnders for highlighting the issue.

The special episode came at a time of growing concern over knife crime.

There were 70 murders in the capital between January and June, according to Metropolitan Police data.

More information on knife crime and bereavement is available here.

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Three YouTube vloggers die in waterfall plunge at Canada’s Shannon Falls

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Photos of the trio were posted on a GoFundMe page

Three members of a YouTube travel blogging collective have died after falling over a waterfall in Canada.

Ryker Gamble, Alexey Lyakh and Megan Scraper were part of High On Life, who post videos of their travel adventures.

The group said: “They were three of the warmest, kindest and most driven and outgoing people you could ever meet.”

Police said the trio were swimming at the top of Shannon Falls in British Columbia on Tuesday when they “slipped and fell into a pool 30m (98ft) below”.

Other members of the group, who have 1.1 million followers on Instagram and more than 500,000 YouTube subscribers, named the three on their memorial fund page and in a tribute video.

They said: “There are truly no words that can be said to ease the pain and the devastation we are all going through right now.”

According to the Vancouver Sun, the accident happened when Scraper slipped and fell, with Gamble and Lyakh also getting swept away as they tried to save her.

High On Life are based in Vancouver and were formed by Gamble, Lyakh and another high school friend, Parker Heuser, after they travelled the world in 2012.

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Shannon Falls is a popular destination for visitors

They decided to turn travel and video production into a full-time job and often promoted brands and destinations in the pictures and videos they posted from exotic locations.

Their Facebook page says: “High On Life is the attitude to embrace all of life’s opportunities with a positive outlook and energy.”

In one of his last Instagram posts, Gamble, spoke about the things we can all learn from “our younger selves”.

He wrote: “Life isn’t about responsibilities, tough decisions and hard work, it’s about feeling bliss and living in the moment.”

Last year, Gamble, Lyakh and another group member, Justis Price Brown, were banned from US federal land for five years after pleading guilty to walking on a sensitive hot spring in Yellowstone National Park and other crimes at parks across the western US.

In a statement released on Wednesday, Royal Canadian Mounted Police said they had received a call about three people swimming in one of the pools at the top of Shannon Falls, about 36 miles (58km) north of Vancouver.

“The individuals were with a group of friends when they slipped and fell into a pool 30 metres below,” they said.

They added that teams had “worked throughout the day to complete the complex recovery of all three people from Shannon Falls” and that the file had been given to the coroner’s office.

The British Columbia Coroners Service said on Friday they were in the early stages of the investigation.

An official confirmed the three were in their 20s, though Gamble’s age has been reported as 30.

The Shannon Falls region and its old growth forests are an increasingly popular destination to visit in the province.

The waterfalls themselves are among of the tallest in British Columbia, reaching 1,009ft (335m) at their highest point.

In the wake of the tragedy, officials are warning people to be cautious in the area.

“Areas like Shannon Falls have very polished granite, it’s very slippery with the mist and the lichen and etcetera that builds up around there-going in or near those pools has great risk,” John Wilcox with Squamish Search and Rescue told radio station News 1130 on Wednesday.

“It’s a very unfortunate circumstance hopefully we can all learn from.”

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Museum of the Year: Tate St Ives wins £100,000 prize

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A “breathtakingly beautiful” £20m extension to Cornwall’s Tate St Ives gallery has earned it the prestigious award for Museum of the Year.

The venue reopened in October after an expansion that doubled its gallery space by digging into the cliff face.

That impressed the judges of the Art Fund’s annual Museum of the Year award, which comes with a £100,000 prize.

Art Fund director Stephen Deuchar said the extension was “deeply intelligent and breathtakingly beautiful”.

Mr Deuchar, who chaired the judging panel, also said the redevelopment provided “the perfect stage for a curatorial programme that is at once adventurous, inclusive and provocative”.

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The gallery’s expansion took almost 15 years to come to fruition

The gallery opened in 1993 to celebrate the artists who were attracted by the light in the coastal town from the 1930s onwards, including Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson, Alfred Wallis and Patrick Heron.

Tate St Ives proved more popular than expected, and plans for an extension were drawn up 15 years ago.

Many locals objected to the original proposals, however, with more than 2,000 signing a petition, saying the scheme would block views of the sea and take up car parking space.

So architects decided to dig into the cliff face instead, and the venue was shut for 18 months while the work was carried out.

The other shortlisted institutions were:

  • Brooklands Museum, Weybridge, Surrey
  • Ferens Art Gallery, Hull
  • Glasgow Women’s Library
  • The Postal Museum, London

Last year’s prize was won by another place with links to Barbara Hepworth – the Hepworth Wakefield gallery in the West Yorkshire town where the sculptor was born.

The Hepworth Wakefield has just announced that it will use its £100,000 prize money to buy a sculpture by Turner Prize and Hepworth Prize winner Helen Martens, and to help transform neighbouring land into a new public garden.

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Three people charged with kidnapping of Halloween actress

Daisy McCrackin, pictured in 2006

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McCrackin, pictured in 2006, is an actress and songwriter

Three people have been charged with kidnapping a star of the Halloween film series, along with another actor – holding the latter for ransom.

Two men and one woman have been charged with 17 felony counts, including kidnapping and assault with a firearm.

They are accused of kidnapping actor Joseph Capone and Daisy McCrackin – a star of 2002’s Halloween: Resurrection – from the actress’s Los Angeles home.

Mr Capone is alleged to have been held captive for 30 hours without food.

According to information released by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, the drama began on 3 May 2017.

The defendants – identified as Keith Andre Stewart, Johntae Jones and Amber Neal – are accused of going to McCrackin’s home in south Los Angeles.

There, Mr Stewart allegedly struck Capone repeatedly with a firearm. The pair were then alleged to have been taken to Mr Jones’s home with black hoods over their heads.

Official documents say Capone was stripped naked and tied up in a bathtub, while McCrackin was driven to several banks, in her own car, and told to provide at least $10,000 (£7,500) for the release of her fellow actor.

According to the official news release, McCrackin was able to escape and alert police after being driven back to her home.

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Daisy McCrackin in Halloween: Resurrection

Footage of one of the defendants being arrested on Monday was captured on video and posted on Twitter.

The defendants are expected to appear in court on 23 July for a pre-trial hearing. All three face life in prison if convicted.

McCrackin played a character called Donna in Halloween: Resurrection. Her character died after being impaled on a spike by the murderous Michael Myers.

The 36-year-old also appeared in 2016 horror film She Rises and played the daughter of a murder victim in a 2003 episode of Cold Case.

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Prince Charles to appear on BBC Two’s Gardeners’ World

Prince Charles at Highgrove House on June 2013

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The Prince of Wales is to appear on BBC Two’s Gardeners’ World later this month.

Prince Charles invited presenter Adam Frost to Highgrove House to explain how gardeners can help prevent threats against plants and trees.

The programme will explore the Prince’s love for gardens and British landscapes.

His Royal Highness is an avid gardener and is passionate about organic farming.

Prince Charles will also reveal his first-hand experience of tree disease gained when managing the Duchy of Cornwall Estate.

The estate covers 53,000 hectares of land across 23 British counties, including Highgrove, which the Prince has spent nearly 40 years personally transforming from neglected land into some of the most celebrated gardens in the UK.

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Prince Charles’s passion for organic farming grew when he transformed the land at Highgrove House

His Royal Highness will also discuss new plant diseases and the steps he is taking within the Duchy of Cornwall to avoid the spread of plant pests.

In an interview with Gardeners’ Question Time in April 2016, Prince Charles said that his love of gardening was sparked from his childhood, playing with Princess Anne outdoors and spending a lot of time with his grandmother at the Royal Lodge in Windsor.

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The prince said he hoped his grandson would enjoy the garden he helped to plant

Prince Charles also revealed that he now shares those similar moments with his grandson, Prince George.

He said: “You never know, do you, what people are going to be interested in. The most important thing is I got him planting a tree or two here, so we planted it together and shovelled in the earth.”

Gardeners’ World will be shown on BBC Two on Wednesday 18 July at 2000 BST.


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