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Channel 4 documentary accuses Harvey Weinstein of physical assault

The producer of Golden Globe-winning film My Week With Marilyn has accused embattled movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of physically attacking him. David Parfitt said Weinstein was “in a fury” about a test screening of the film doing so well with the audience as he wasn’t happy with the final cut. “He pinned me up against a Coke machine and threatened all sorts of stuff,” Parfitt told a Channel 4 documentary. “It was very scary. He was just furious the film in our version worked.” Parfitt said Weinstein “had decided there…

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UK pledges extra £44m for Channel border security

An extra £44.5m is to be spent beefing up Channel border security, the UK government is to say later. It will be spent on fencing, CCTV and infrared detection technology in Calais and other border points. It comes as French President Emmanuel Macron visits the UK for a summit with Theresa May. Britain is also expected to commit to taking more migrants from Calais, especially unaccompanied children, the BBC’s James Robbins said. He added that while Britain and France were heading in different directions as a result of Brexit, both…

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Celebrity Big Brother: All female series to launch on Channel 5

Celebrity Big Brother launches later – but this year’s show is a bit different to normal. All the contestants will be women. To start with anyway. Channel 5 says it wanted to mark the 100th anniversary of women over 30 being given the vote. “We approach each series thinking of ways to make it as entertaining and engaging as possible,” Tamsin Dodgson, Celebrity Big Brother’s executive editor, told BBC News. “As the nation prepares to mark [the centenary], we’re launching the show with female-only contestants which is a gentle nod…

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Channel 4 Gogglebox star Leon Bernicoff dies aged 83

Gogglebox star Leon Bernicoff has died aged 83 after a short illness, Channel 4 have said. The retired teacher and his wife June were one of the first couples to join the show’s cast when it launched in 2013. Mr Bernicoff died in hospital on Saturday, Channel 4 and production company Studio Lambert said in a statement. They paid tribute to the TV favourite’s “unique personality and sharp wit”. Channel 4 and Studio Lambert said: “It is with a heavy heart that we announce the sad news that after a…

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Channel Nine, what were you thinking?

Last weekend, Channel Nine began promoting one of the contestants selected to participate in the televisual abcess known as Married At First Sight. Dean sits blindfolded in a chair, manspreading into infinity, to offset what he no doubt described to production as the ‘poofy’ sheen of the blindfold’s cheap satin material. As the camera pans out from Dean’s face to incorporate vision of a body that’s clearly spent the last twenty years being constantly on alert in case a man accidentally sits too close to it, we hear Dean saying,…

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N Ireland must channel anger after bewildering penalty decision – O'Neill

Northern Ireland must “channel the anger” of a controversial penalty decision to beat Switzerland when the sides meet again in Sunday’s World Cup play-off second leg, says manager Michael O’Neill. The Swiss lead 1-0 thanks to Ricardo Rodriguez’s spot-kick after Corry Evans was deemed to have handled. “I am staggered by the decision – it is bewildering,” said O’Neill. “The players are angry but we have to find a way to get a result on Sunday.” What exactly happened? This was billed as Northern Ireland’s biggest home match in more…

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Disney Channel makes history with first gay storyline

The Disney Channel is introducing a gay storyline for the first time in its show Andi Mack. The channel is to set to make history when its season two premiere airs on Friday in the US. It will see best friends Andi (Peyton Elizabeth Lee) and Cyrus (Joshua Rush) both admit they are attracted to the same boy. A Disney spokesperson says the show “sends a powerful message about inclusion and respect for humanity”. The statement added that the show’s creator, Terri Minsky – who also made the hit Disney…

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