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Edinburgh Film Festival announces 2017 industry line-up

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Edinburgh Film Festival announces 2017 industry line-up
Exclusive: Discussions to cover Brexit, animation and the state of the industry in Scotland.

The Edinburgh International Film Festival (Eiff) has unveiled the line-up of industry events set to take place alongside this year’s festival.

Industry events

The nine-day industry events program held at the Press and Industry Centre in the Traverse theatre begins with the annual Eiff Screen Summit on 21 June, in partnership with the University of Edinburgh and Creative Scotland, and in association with the BFI.

This year it will focus on two issues; the UK screen sector in Europe as the UK moves towards Brexit; and the key developments in Scotland’s screen sector in the past 12 months. This session will begin with a keynote address from Fiona Hyslop, cabinet secretary for culture, tourism and external relations at the Scottish government.

Other industry events include a networking event in partnership with the BFI Network and Prs for Music connecting filmmakers with producers and with
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Edinburgh Film Festival announce 2017 industry line-up

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Edinburgh Film Festival announce 2017 industry line-up
Exclusive: Discussions to cover Brexit, animation and the state of the industry in Scotland.

The Edinburgh International Film Festival (Eiff) has unveiled the line-up of industry events set to take place alongside this year’s festival.

Industry events

The nine-day industry events program held at the Press and Industry Centre in the Traverse theatre begins with the annual Eiff Screen Summit on 21 June, in partnership with the University of Edinburgh and Creative Scotland, and in association with the BFI.

This year it will focus on two issues; the UK screen sector in Europe as the UK moves towards Brexit; and the key developments in Scotland’s screen sector in the past 12 months. This session will begin with a keynote address from Fiona Hyslop, cabinet secretary for culture, tourism and external relations at the Scottish government.

Other industry events include a networking event in partnership with the BFI Network and Prs for Music connecting filmmakers with producers and with
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Prince William Says He’d Like to Run a Marathon, Princess Kate Offers Perfect Response

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Prince William Says He’d Like to Run a Marathon, Princess Kate Offers Perfect Response
His sister-in-law, Pippa Middleton, triumphantly ran a marathon in Kenya — and now Prince William says he’d like to do the same.

“I chatted to Prince William, and he has promised that he will run a marathon in Kenya sometime,” Good Morning Britain‘s Sean Fletcher told reporters on Tuesday at an event featuring William, Princess Kate and Prince Harry to highlight their mental health charity Heads Together.

But Kate greeted her husband’s goal with a seriously raised eyebrow.

“Then I spoke to Kate and she said, ‘I’ll believe it when I see it,’ ” said Fletcher, who is
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The X Factor: Lauren Murray receives death threats

Sian Williams has quit the BBC to take over as the main host of Channel 5 News. The 50-year-old broadcaster is set to replace Emma Crosby - who is pregnant with her first child - as the face of its flagship evening news programme '5 News at 5' after 30 years at the BBC. Sian - who will begin in her new role in the New Year - said: ''I've always admired ITN's approach to news and 5 News' output, both domestic and international, is consistently high quality and accessible. With Channel 5 pledging to boost its coverage even further, it's a
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Princess Kate Shows Off Burgeoning Baby Bump in Wales

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Princess Kate's mommy radar was on full display Saturday during a visit to a refinery in west Wales. When a youngster cried during festivities to mark the 50th anniversary of the Pembrokeshire refinery, Kate - whose growing bump was visible beneath her baby blue coat by Matthew Williamson - and husband Prince William took notice. "Brooklyn started making noises, and both of them glanced over and smiled," the toddler's mother, Sian Williams, told People. "That was her motherly instinct."  Later, Kate, 32, asked Williams about Brooklyn, 2, who suffers from an interstitial lung disease and goes to a special playgroup sponsored by the refinery.
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Susanna Reid 'joins Strictly Come Dancing 2013'

Susanna Reid will take part in this year's Strictly Come Dancing, it has been reported.

The 42-year-old BBC Breakfast host is said to be "thrilled" at the chance to compete on the popular BBC dancing contest, according to The Mirror.

Reid has already had a taste of the dancefloor in 2011, when the newsreader raised money for Children in Need with a special one-off performance alongside Sophie Raworth, Emily Maitlis and Sian Williams.

Vanessa Feltz has already confirmed she will take part in this year's competition.

A total of 15 celebrities made up of eight women and seven men will take part in the 11th series of Strictly.

Teri Hatcher, Coronation Street star Natalie Gumede, Countdown's Rachel Riley, Ben Cohen and Sophie Ellis-Bextor are among the stars rumoured for this year's series.

Strictly Come Dancing returns on Saturday, September 7 on BBC One.

Strictly Come Dancing rumoured lineup:
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Why aren't consumer TV shows giving value for money?

The BBC's Your Money Their Tricks and Summer's Supermarket Secrets lack any substantial consumer advice and fail to reveal any real scandals beyond overpriced cinema popcorn

TV programmes mainly divide into two types: reflective shows, which try to make viewers pause and think and be surprised, and reflection projects, which transmit the audience's own lives back to them. When budgets and audiences are short, you will tend to get more of the latter. And consumer series are among the most pure examples of television as a mirror: the standard stuff you do – shopping, eating out, family trips – is played back, though with the distorting angle of a presenter warning that you are being tricked.

As a mainstream channel, BBC1 is always keen for people to see themselves on the screen and two new truth-about-shopping formats have launched on successive days. Thursday's Summer's Supermarket Secrets (9pm) follows 25 hours after Wednesday's Your Money Their Tricks.
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TV highlights 03/07/2013

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Tennis: Wimbledon 2013 | Me And My Guide Dog | Your Money, Their Tricks | The Apprentice | Diggers: Treasure Hunters | Horizon – What Makes Us Human? | Quick Cuts

Tennis: Wimbledon 2013

1pm, BBC2

Weather permitting, the ninth day of action from the All England Club, with the men's singles quarter-finals taking centre stage (and court). At the same point last year, the tousle-haired Swiss maestro sashayed past Russia's Mikhail Youzhny, losing just five games on his way to a straight-sets victory. Elsewhere, round two of the mixed doubles is set to conclude, while the ladies' doubles tournament reaches the semi-final stage. Mark Jones

Me And My Guide Dog

8pm, ITV

ITV seems to have made Paul O'Grady its unofficial canine correspondent – no bad thing. Tonight, he narrates this documentary on the work of the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. They've been matching canine helpers with the visually impaired for the past 80 years, and here we meet some of these pairs.
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Queen photobombs BBC newsroom as she opens Broadcasting House

BBC News viewers see monarch peering from behind glass in background of live bulletin as she is given tour of building

The Queen "photobombed"the news on Friday in one of the more surreal moments in live broadcasting history as she officially opened the BBC's revamped Broadcasting House in central London, without her husband by her side.

While the Duke of Edinburgh was in hospital where he underwent exploratory abdominal surgery and was said to be "progressing satisfactorily", his wife found herself doing something she was quite unused to – providing the backdrop.

As BBC News presenters Julian Worricker and Sophie Long addressed viewers from their glass-windowed studio, the Queen, who was being given a studio tour, loomed into view behind them, peering intently from the newsroom.

The two turned to see her, resplendent in turquoise coat and hat, lingering for several long seconds as BBC journalists crowded behind her raised a resounding cheer.
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Susanna Reid's morning glory | Media Monkey

BBC Breakfast star Susanna Reid is officially the person most of Britain would like to wake up to, according to a Radio Times poll. The strain of the morning London-to-Salford commute doesn't appear to be affecting Reid, with more than half of people naming her in the poll of BBC Breakfast hosts, reports the Daily Express. Sian Williams came second with 11.76% of the vote, and Bill Turnbill was third with a measly 8.45%. Those 3.30am starts are a doddle, eh Susanna?

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BBC1 Breakfast Time: 30 years of cereal TV

Britain's first breakfast television show began three decades ago, featuring Frank Bough, Selina Scott and the green goddess

It was exactly 30 years ago on 17 January that not a particularly expectant nation sat down to watch its first taste of breakfast television.

BBC1's Breakfast Time, launching two weeks ahead of its ill-fated ITV rival, TV-am, promised a new dawn in the history of the small screen.

What it delivered, along with Frank Bough, Selina Scott, Debbie Rix and Nick Ross on a sofa, was Francis Wilson forecasting the weather, Diana Moran – the Lycra-clad "green goddess" – getting the nation fit over their cornflakes, and Russell Grant, in a brightly coloured jumper, doing the horoscopes.

Richard Ingrams, writing in the Spectator, was not impressed. "There is no earthly reason why anyone of any intelligence would want to watch it," he wrote.

"If you look back you think, no wonder people were taken
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Rewind TV: Goodnight Britain; The Rolling Stones: Charlie Is My Darling; The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler: The Dark Ages: An Age of Light – review

The chance to treat insomnia seriously caught the BBC napping, while Waldemar Januszczak made enough noise to raise early Christianity from the dead

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The Rolling Stones: Charlie Is My Darling BBC2 | iPlayer

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The Dark Ages: An Age of Light BBC4 | iPlayer

There was something not right about Goodnight Britain. There were also plenty of things wrong with it, which is another matter. But what was not right had something to do with its various wrongs.

The first wrong was the note of manufactured alarm: "We're a nation in the grip of a sleep crisis," announced Sian Williams, looking as though she'd had a solid eight hours herself. Then came a torrent of exclamatory statistics – 10m prescriptions for sleeping pills issued last year! £1.6bn lost to the economy! Half a million British adults suffer from parasomnia! Snoring is
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TV review: Poor Us – An Animated History of Poverty; Goodnight Britain

From hunter-gatherers to the modern-day underclass, this animated look at poverty through the ages was a miracle of clarity and compassion

How do you animate a concept like poverty for viewers? Well, it turns out you literally … animate it. The latest event in the Why Poverty? BBC project – which comprises eight documentaries, screened across 180 countries, attempting to answer the question of why there are, in 2012, a billion people around the world still living in desperate penury – was Poor Us – An Animated History of Poverty (BBC4). It took us, via a cartoon figure framed as a dream by affluent westerners falling asleep in front of their plasma screen televisions or in their comfortable beds, across time and space to outline a history of poverty from Neolithic to modern times. It was wonderful.

The animated figure swooped and flew and mutated from hunter-gatherer to early farmer to Inca ruler to African native
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TV listings and previews: plan your week's viewing - 26-30 November

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Heston Blumenthal indulges himself making metre-wide Hobnobs, David Attenborough looks back over a 60-year career – and Fresh Meat concludes

Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday

MondayBritain's Best Bakery

4pm, ITV1

Expect professional flair and nary a soggy bottom in sight as Mich Turner and Peter Sidwell launch the search for the best independent bakery in the land. Their journey kicks off in Dorset, where they're intrigued by an eco-friendly bakery with foraging on the menu, won over by an elaborate twist on a black forest gateau, and are left full to the brim after a lardy cake-off. Three bakeries compete in this round, but only one can go through to the next. You can almost taste the tension when the judges give their verdict on the Dorset apple cake. Hannah Verdier

The Dark Charisma Of Adolf Hitler

9pm, BBC2

"I consider myself entitled to ask every German soldier to lay down his life,
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Kimberley Walsh joins Strictly

Kimberley Walsh has joined the 'Strictly Come Dancing' line-up. The Girls Aloud beauty - who has been an actress and TV presenter since the band went on hiatus three years ago - jumped at the opportunity to star in the BBC Saturday night show, and bosses are said to be delighted. A programme source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: ''When we heard she was interested we were thrilled. Now everyone's dying to see her moves. She's a great name to have got.'' Kimberley will joining the likes of Fern Britton, Sian Williams and Sid Owen on the show. She would also
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Olympics TV and radio review: need more options? Seek counselling

If even McEnroe is overwhelmed by the amount of BBC output, there's probably not much hope for those of us who care little

On Saturday morning, John McEnroe turned on his TV and was instantly baffled. "There's so much to turn to I don't know what to do with myself," the tennis legend told Gabby Logan's perma-rictus on BBC1's Olympics Tonight. "I've got about 50 options."

He's probably got more than that. Olympics coverage overwhelms not just BBC1, BBC3 and that counsel of despair for the couch potato with commitment issues, the red button, but reaches unprecedentedly far into cyberspace. There are up to 24 Olympics live streams available on your laptop, and if should you miss any of them, catch them on the iPlayer or the BBC Olympics app. During the weekend, Jake Humphrey popped up regularly to reassure us that we need never miss a moment of these historic games.
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Paddy Doherty lined up for Strictly?

Paddy Doherty is being lined up to star in 'Strictly Come Dancing'. The 53-year-old traveller - best known for appearing in 'My Big Fat Gypsy Weddings' - recently took a salsa lesson in Spain while filming a new show for Channel 5 and despite having no rhythm, BBC bosses are desperate for him to join the programme this autumn. A source said: ''He is Mr Two Left Feet. He can't dance to save his life.'' A number of stars are already being lined up to take part in the series including news presenter Sian Williams, former England cricket captain Michael Vaughn
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Eric Sykes dies

Paddy Doherty is being lined up to star in 'Strictly Come Dancing'. The 53-year-old traveller - best known for appearing in 'My Big Fat Gypsy Weddings' - recently took a salsa lesson in Spain while filming a new show for Channel 5 and despite having no rhythm, BBC bosses are desperate for him to join the programme this autumn. A source said: ''He is Mr Two Left Feet. He can't dance to save his life.'' A number of stars are already being lined up to take part in the series including news presenter Sian Williams, former England cricket captain Michael Vaughn
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Sian Wiliiams set for Strictly

Sian Williams is to take part in 'Strictly Come Dancing'. The former 'BBC Breakfast' host - who quit the morning show following its move from London to Salford, Greater Manchester, earlier this year - has been targeted by show bosses because she is such a hit with viewers of the network and has already shown off her dancing talents after taking part in a 'Strictly' special for Children In Need, in which she was partnered with Vincent Simone. A source said: ''She is hugely popular with BBC viewers and is fit as a fiddle so we want her on the dance floor.'' Gold
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Sian Williams to join 'Strictly Come Dancing' lineup?

Sian Williams is reportedly being lined up to star in the next series of Strictly Come Dancing. Show bosses are said to have approached the presenter after she left BBC Breakfast in March, following its move from London to Manchester. A source told The Sun: "She is hugely popular with BBC viewers and is fit as a fiddle so we want her on the dancefloor." Williams had previously danced for a Children in Need special of the programme (more)
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