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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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?
Loyalist paramilitary organizations in Northern Ireland were on Thursday reported to have told London they are temporarily withdrawing support for the 1998 peace agreement, often called the Good Friday Agreement. The decision was taken amid concerns over the UK's Brexit deal with the European Union, Northern Irish newspaper the Belfast Telegraph reported . A letter from an umbrella body representing loyalist groups said its opposition was because of the Northern Irish Protocol — part of the Brexit divorce deal. They oppose the additional checks and paperwork for goods moving between Great Britain and Northern Ireland — implemented to prevent the need for a hard border on the island of Ireland. What did the letter say? The communication — sent to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson — said the opposition should remain "peaceful and democratic." However, it will raise fears about the future of the loyalist ceasefire. The letter, from the Loyalist Communities Council, claimed … [Read more...] about Northern Ireland loyalists pull support for Good Friday peace deal
Pakistani Premier Imran Khan will seek a vote of confidence in the National Assembly (lower house of parliament) following a major setback in the upper house elections on Wednesday. The move is aimed at restoring confidence in Khan's leadership after his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party failed to win a majority in the 100-member Senate, despite having a numerical advantage in the lower house. Members of the National Assembly in the capital Islamabad and four provincial assemblies vote for the Senate members. Upper house lawmakers are elected for six years, however, all of them are not elected at the same time. On Wednesday, elections were held for 37 Senate seats. After the vote, opposition parties – mainly former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League (N) and former president Asif Ali Zardari's Pakistan People's Party (PPP) – now enjoy the support of 53 members, and the ruling alliance of 47 members. Ruling parties generally secure a majority in the Senate. … [Read more...] about Pakistan: Senate election deals a blow to Imran Khan
MARK Ronson was already the best-connected man in music but now he’s dating a daughter of Hollywood royalty. I’ve learned the super-producer has for several months been quietly seeing American actress Grace Gummer, whose mum is Oscar winner Meryl Streep. He has even been introduced to Mamma Mia! icon Meryl . Londoner Mark was photographed having a meal with Grace in New York last September but I’m told they have grown closer and been spending more time together when he has been in the States. A source close to Mark said: “He is definitely dating Grace. Things have become romantic. “Lockdown restrictions have made things more difficult, especially when he has been back in the UK, but they are seeing how it goes and are getting along. “Mark is pretty private, so he has kept the whole relationship low-key but it really seems to be heating up.” He has been taken back to Grace’s family home to meet her parents — Meryl and her long-time husband, US sculptor Don … [Read more...] about Mark Ronson is secretly dating Meryl Streep’s daughter Grace