One minute she’s navigating her desires in teen telly drama Sex Education and the next she’s bodice-ripping in Bridgerton. Yes, it’s been a hectic couple of years for Simone Ashley, 25. And it’s only going to get busier if the plaudits coming her way are anything to go by. Simone plays Kate Sharma, a woman out to steal Duke Anthony from the arms of his intended in season two of Bridgerton – the Netflix hit watched by 83million worldwide. She is the first South Asian actress in the drama and Simone admits her career has shocked her traditional Indian family – and that her parents find it “scary and unsettling.” Simone has come a long way since persuading her parents to let her go to a performing arts school. Before Sex Education she had small roles in TV’s Broadchurch and Doctors. But her teachers at Redroofs School for the Performing Arts, in Berkshire, were never in any doubt that Simone would become a huge star. They recognised her “burning passion” and … [Read more...] about Sex Education star set to shake up Bridgerton in steamy new series
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THERE'S no programme more suitable for lockdown watching than Gogglebox. The new series is finally upon us, and here's what you can expect from the upcoming episodes... The brilliant Siddiquis family are just some of the familiar faces on Gogglebox What time is Gogglebox 2021 on TV tonight? Season 17 will kick off at 9PM TONIGHT! Fans have been eagerly awaiting the new series. In the meantime you can while away those last few hours by catching up with old episodes on All 4 . Which families are returning to Gogglebox 2021? We can expect to see many of the same familiar faces on Gogglebox 2021 However Tom Malone – who took part in the show alongside alongside his dad Tom Snr, mum Julie, brother Shaun – announced that he has quit the show after six years. He said: “So after six and a half years it’s finally time to put down the remote, and to say goodbye to Gogglebox. “I’ve loved every minute and I’m eternally grateful to @channel4 and @studiolambert for … [Read more...] about What time is Gogglebox 2021 on TV tonight?
A new lockdown has been imposed across the West Bank as Palestinians face a fresh surge of coronavirus cases and a continued wait for a proper vaccine rollout. The Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh announced the 12-day shutdown late on Saturday and blamed it on the struggle to get vaccines delivered to the territory. In the last 24 hours there have been 910 new cases and five deaths in the West Bank. To date Palestinians in the West Bank have received 10,000 doses of Russia's Sputnik vaccine. A separate delivery of 20,000 Russian vaccines has been delivered to the other Palestinian territory, Gaza. Advertisement The Covax scheme, the global initiative to get vaccines to poorer nations, has yet to provide any for Palestinians but a delivery is expected this week. Israel has now vaccinated half of its population but has only provided 2,000 jabs to the West Bank. More from Covid Captain Sir Tom Moore - life, legacy … [Read more...] about COVID-19: New West Bank lockdown as Palestinians faces surge of coronavirus cases
"I lost touch with my family five years ago; I only learned of my father's death one year later," a teary-eyed Abdüsükür tells DW. The 32-year-old is based in Istanbul's Zeytinburnu neighborhood, where most of the city's Uighur immigrants live and work. He earns a living working in a secondhand shop for mobile phones. Abdüsükür is one of approximately 50,000 Uighurs who have recently fled China seeking safety in Turkey . The Chinese government has been persecuting the ethnic minority, with witnesses reporting that Uighurs have been detained in inhumane conditions in reeducation camps. Many of them, including minors, are picked up and deported without warning. Abdüsükür fled China's northwestern Xinjiang province five years ago. "We were constantly persecuted in East Turkestan [Xinjiang province]," he tells DW. "Many people were jailed, or taken to reeducation camps, just for praying." Watch video 04:10 China's treatment of Uyghurs exposed The Uighurs … [Read more...] about Uighur exiles living in fear in Turkey
Ever been ridiculed for looking and sounding like MP Michael Gove? If so, turn that frown upside down as we’ve found just the job for you! It would see you join a big-budget Sky TV show – even if you haven’t got any acting experience. Casting bosses are desperately searching for a Michael Gove lookalike to play the cabinet minister in upcoming series This Sceptred Isle. The five-part drama will chart the events surrounding the Prime Minister, the Government and the country during the first wave of the global pandemic. Sky bosses have already announced that Kenneth Branagh, 60, will play Prime Minister Boris Johnson , but they just can’t seem to find themselves a Gove. So they are now reaching out to ANYONE who looks like the Tory Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. You just need to be upper-middle-class and well-spoken. The only other stipulation being that all applicants must be based in the UK. A TV source says: “This is the perfect role for anyone who’s ever … [Read more...] about Pandemic drama This Sceptered Isle looking for Michael Gove lookalike to join cast