Sir David Attenborough has said the BBC of today would never have commissioned his first nature show - depriving him of a career spanning eight decades. The legendary broadcaster, 94, said the risk-averse and red tape-loving corporation wouldn't have taken a chance on his groundbreaking 1954 programme Zoo Quest, which followed him on an expedition to Africa. Sir David said: “Out of the blue I thought it would be wonderful to go to Africa. "To my amazement the bosses at the BBC said, ‘That’s not a bad idea’... and they let me do it. I’m sure I could have done it much better if I’d been more experienced or talented, but we got away with it." He added to the Call Of The Wild with Cel Spellman and WWF podcast: "The BBC said, ‘How long will it take?’ ‘Ooh, three or four months’. ‘Oh well, good luck, my dear chap. Hope to see you at Christmas’. "It was that kind of organisation at the time, it isn’t like that anymore." Sir David's latest nature series Life in Colour … [Read more...] about Sir David Attenborough says BBC of today wouldn’t have taken a chance on his first nature show
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David Beckham has reportedly set to make a new TV series about underprivileged young footballers for Disney+. The legendary British footballer, 45, is said to have signed a seven-figure deal with the streaming service to make the new series. A source told The Sun: "David was approached by Disney+ about making the show and he was very taken with the idea because it really reflects his own experiences growing up. Plus he’s still so committed to young talent in the game. "He will be acting as a mentor figure to a group of young people growing up in the inner cities whose lives are being changed by football." The paper adds that the streaming service was especially keen to cast David as the mentor due to his own life experiences and success. They added: "It was a huge coup for Disney to get David on board." David, who grew up in Leytonstone in East London, is also reported to be keen to share his passions with these young people, who will also have grown up in a … [Read more...] about David Beckham ‘signs seven-figure Disney+ deal for TV show on young footballers’
ALTON Towers have released a new video showing inside the soon-to-open Gangsta Granny ride. The new attraction, which was meant to open last year but was delayed due to the pandemic, is based on the popular David Walliams novels. It will be part of a new land called the World of David Walliams , where many of the characters featured in his books will be brought to life. The book Gangsta Granny, which was published in 2013 by Harper Collins, is about a boy call Ben who discovered that his Granny is actually an international jewel thief. The story will be brought to life as a new 4D experience where guests will join the main characters in the book as they attempt to steal the crown jewels in what's supposed to be the greatest heist in the history of the world. The experience begins with a crown jewels tour on board the "Royal Carriage". But guests are soon caught up in Ben and his Granny's adventure, where they will following the pair down sewers, be chased … [Read more...] about Inside Alton Towers’ new Gangsta Granny ride opening this year
As the coronavirus vaccine rollout continues, with 16 million already jabbed, the country can finally begin to see a way out of the pandemic which put normal life on hold for a year. Rightly, the Government has focused all its efforts on tackling the crisis and saving lives. But when the country emerges from lockdown and the crisis begins to ebb, thoughts will turn to how Tory election promises made in December 2019 – just weeks before Britain's first confirmed Covid-19 case was discovered – can be delivered. Here, Deputy Political Editor Ben Glaze examines the scale of the challenge. Boris Johnson is today urged to deliver on “levelling-up” promises to Northern voters as the country begins to look beyond the coronavirus pandemic. The Prime Minister was warned he owes a debt to Red Wall voters in former Labour heartlands who were seduced by his election pledges on tackling Britain's inequality. The 64-page Conservative Party manifesto contained 11 references to … [Read more...] about Neglected North where ‘even McDonald’s has left’ demands PM delivers on promises
FEW of us can afford to hire the likes of Meghan Markle to show up at an event, but luckily these lookalikes are ready to step in. However, your guests might need some serious convincing when it comes to these doppel-clangers. 1. The cast of lookalikes.co.uk will charge hundreds for a single appearance, but can you tell who they’re meant to be? From British royalty to celebrity chefs, there’s no famous face they can’t duplicate, but in some cases you might feel like you’ve been duped out of your dollar. Scroll down to see if you can name these copycat stars, answers are at the bottom of the page so no cheating! 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 12. Answers... Rihanna Brad Pitt Meghan Markle Prince William Kate Winslet Angelina Jolie Paul Hollywood Melania Trump Princess Beatrice David Beckham Tom Hiddleston Jamie Oliver Most read in Celebrity Live Blog SUSSEX SLAM Meghan plunges royal … [Read more...] about The celebrity doppel-clangers you can hire including Meghan Markle – so can YOU guess who they’re supposed to look like?