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Channel 4 show about Muslims accused of 'brownface'

Channel 4 is facing criticism for dressing a white woman as a Pakistani Muslim for a new documentary. My Week as a Muslim sees her integrated into a Manchester family after May’s terrorist attack in the city. Katie Freeman, an NHS healthcare assistant with professed anti-Muslim views, is made-over with prosthetics, brown skin and a hijab. Fozia Khan, the show’s producer, said it was designed to show what it’s like to be a Muslim in Britain. “The programme allowed Katie to meaningfully walk in the shoes of someone from a…

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Lisa Wilkinson's exit from Channel Nine is far from a victory for women

I want to be happy for Lisa Wilkinson. Really I do.   It’s not every day that a woman on television — and Australian commercial television no less — switches networks and lands a contract that could make her close to, if not the, highest earner in the business.   Play VideoDon’t Play Up Next Kathy Griffin: ‘You’re full of crap’ Play VideoDon’t Play Video duration 00:31 More Entertainment News Videos Previous slideNext slide Lisa Wilkinson dumps Nine for Ten The Today host has made a shock departure from the popular breakfast show to…

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When is Anthony Joshua v Kubrat Pulev: Date? Venue? TV channel? Ring walk time? Tickets? LIVE?

Back in April, Anthony Joshua established himself as the number one heavyweight in the world by scoring an eleventh round technical knockout over former long-reigning champion Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium. AJ unified the WBA and IBF belts in a fight for the ages in front of 90,000 people, but now has to get back to business as the time has come for him to make a mandatory defence called by the IBF. His challenger, Kubrat Pulev fought his way back to the top of the IBF rankings following his sole…

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Boxing will channel my anger – Ferdinand on his new challenge

Media playback is not supported on this device Former Manchester United and England footballer Rio Ferdinand says taking up boxing gives him welcome focus after a period in which he has “been through quite a few things in my life”. His wife Rebecca was 34 when she died from breast cancer in May 2015. Ferdinand – who has three children – retired from football the same year. “This is another way to channel that aggression, anger sometimes, and emotions into something I can be really focused on,” said the 38-year-old….

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Zimmermann set to channel kitschy summer vibes at New York Fashion Week

On Nicky Zimmermann’s mood board for Zimmermann’s spring 18 collection, showing in New York on Tuesday, are snapshots of sun-bleached, simpler times. There’s postcards of the Gold Coast’s famous (or infamous) meter maids and pictures of bronzed dudes in budgie smugglers, sandy teens drinking milkshakes and kidney-shaped swimming pools taking pride of place in a motor inn. Nicky Zimmermann with a model in Zimmermann’s design studio in New York. Photo: Andrew Schwartz Just add a Chiko Roll and some awkward sunburn and there’s just about every Australian’s summer holiday. It’s a…

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Great British Bake Off debut one of Channel 4's most-watched shows

The first episode of this year’s Great British Bake Off provided one of the biggest audiences in Channel 4’s 35-year history, new figures show. Full ratings, which includes those who watched the show up to seven days later, ended up at 9.5 million viewers. No programme has achieved ratings as high since Big Fat Gypsy Weddings had 9.7 million viewers in February 2011. Channel 4’s creative officer Jay Hunt said: “Bake Off has well and truly landed.” She added: “I’m thrilled viewers have warmed to Paul, Prue, Noel and Sandi…

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Bake Off: Why Channel 4 is happy with a smaller slice of the ratings pie

The second episode of The Great British Bake Off was watched by an average of 5.4 million viewers on Channel 4 – rising to six million including +1. That’s much lower than the show’s ratings on the BBC – but BBC media editor Amol Rajan says Channel 4 won’t be worried. In his Poetics, Aristotle says that tragedy contains six elements, and the first two are the most important: plot and character. His rules apply beyond tragedy of course, to drama more broadly. And the basic ingredients of story-telling haven’t…

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