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Critics’ Choice TV Awards, Royal Ascot Fashion – What’s Hot and What’s Trending 19 June 2012

Critics’ Choice TV Awards – yesterday evening’s award show brought further glory for detective series Sherlock which took the award for Best Miniseries with Benedict Cumberbatch taking Best Miniseries Actor.

The awards were held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills and the winner of the night’s biggest prize was the psychological thriller Homeland which took the Best TV Drama Series award. The show’s star Claire Danes also picked up the award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Carrie Mathison the bipolar CIA agent looking for a terrorist in the heart of America.

It was thought that it would be another good night for Mad Men which won 3 awards last year but as it turned out the only award it picked up this year was for curvy Christina Hendricks in her role as the office manager Joan Holloway. It is the second consecutive year that she has walked away with the award.

We also had another quite unexpected British winner on the night with Cat Deeley picking up an award for Best Reality Show Host for her work in Fox Network’s So You Think You Can Dance. Cat shared the award with Tom Bergeron who hosts Dancing With The Stars.

One person we did think might take away an award on the night is Damian Lewis, who plays Marine Sgt Nicholas Brody in Homeland but in the end Lewis lost out to Bryan Cranston who stars in the crime drama Breaking Bad. Damian got the chance to meet President Obama in March this year when he was invited to a special state dinner. The President is a huge fan of Homeland and has said that it is his favourite tv show.

Another possible British winner was Lara Pulver who was up for the Best Actress in a Miniseries award for her role as Irene Adler in Sherlock but in the end she too lost out, this time to Julianne Moore who won for her role as the 2008 vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin in the HBO drama Game Change.

The Critics’ Choice Awards are seen as the precursor to next month’s Emmy Awards which are the US television industry’s most prestigious awards.

Royal Ascot Fashion - today saw the opening day of Royal Ascot and after some problems in previous years racegoers this year had to abide by some stringent new fashion guidelines.

Anyone lucky enough to secure an invite to the Royal Enclosure had some fairly tough rules to follow. Women are banned from wearing fascinators and their skirts and dresses have to be of modest length and no shorter than just above the knee. In previous years women have just been advised that miniskirts were unsuitable.

Other fashion no-no’s for the Royal Enclosure are strapless, halterneck and off-the-shoulder dresses as well as those with spaghetti straps or any strap thinner than one inch wide. Just in case people were in any doubt bare midriffs are also banned this year.

Men do not escape from the fashion police if they are heading for Ascot’s Royal Enclosure and must now be seen in black or grey morning dress together with a waistcoat. Ties are of course compulsory and you are not even allowed any leeway by wearing a cravat.To go with their morning dress the men must also wear a black or grey top hat and only black formal shoes are permitted.

In the grandstand area of the course things are less formal although men must still wear a suit and tie and all women must wear a hat or a fascinator.

To make sure that everyone abided by the rules today there were a number of what the course described as dress code assistants but we prefer to call fashion police. They were kitted out with wicker baskets full of lots of ties for the men if they had forgotten and pashminas for the ladies in case they should be showing too much flesh

Amongst today’s celebrity racegoers were TOWIE’s Lydia Bright in a tight-fitting scarlet dress from Hybrid that showed off her slim figure and Danielle Lineker in a stylish black and white dress with black shoes and bag. These two got almost universal praise today for their choice of outfit however another celeb seems to have split opinion on whether her outfit was a hit or a miss. Britains’ Got Talent judgeAmanda Holden wore a floral cream Azagury dress. The designer is a firm favourite with Kelly Brook, Katherine Jenkins, Mylene Klass and Helen Mirren as well as previously being a favourite of Princess Diana. She matched this with a cream Aspinal bag but the part of her outfit that has most divided people is her choice of headgear. She wore a DeDe Valentine hat which has been described by some as stylish although the Huffington Post thought it made her look like Little Bo Peep.

Another outfit that got people talking was the one worn by model and wildlife presenter Anneka Tanaka-Svenska with a huge hat designed by Louis Mariette that seemed to be made of 2 large birdcages, a number of pink roses and lots of white feathers. We are sure that she was glad today wasn’t too windy or she would have ended up somewhere down by the car park!

In case anyone was interested in the horses then we can report that the world’s top rated racehorse, Frankel, won the Queen Anne Stakes. This was no surprise to either the bookies or anyone in the crowd that had seen him race before. Today’s victory took his total number of consecutive wins to 11 and the level of dominance he has shown in earlier meetings and his form in training meant that it was not a big pay-day for you if you backed him as his odds were a staggeringly mean 10 to 1 on.

It appears that the economic woes have not yet reached this part of Berkshire as over the next few days racegoers are expected to consume 170k bottles of champagne, 10k lobsters, 5k oysters and 18k punnets of strawberries. Nice work if you can get it!

 
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Olympic Torch Relay, Steven Moffat – What’s Hot and What’s Trending 19 May 2012

Olympic Torch Relay – the Olympic torch has started its 70 day journey across the country towards the Olympic Stadium in London.

The UK relay was started today by 3-time Olympic Champion Ben Ainsley who described it as an honour almost as special as winning a gold medal. Ainsley is still at the top of his game as he won his 6th World sailing title in his Finn sailing boat in Falmouth this Friday.

Ainsley decided to walk his stage although being in supreme condition he could easily have run it. His reasoning was that he wanted everyone to get a chance to touch the torch. It was a big day for Ben who also has the honour of being the first athlete to be selected for the British Olympic team. He will be trying to win a 4th consecutive gold medal in the sailing events which are being held at Weymouth and Portland this year.

Ben started the Olympic torch on its journey this morning at 7.08 beneath the Lands End sign. He is the first of 8,000 torchbearers who carry the Olympic Flame 8,000 miles through 1019 cities, towns and villages over the next 70 days where it will be used to light the cauldron as the highlight of the Opening Ceremony.

The Olympic Flame arrived in Cornwall at RNAS Culdrose on Friday night accompanied by David Beckham, Princess Anne, Lord Coe and London Mayor Boris Johnson.

Whilst travelling on its 8000 mile journey through the UK the Olympic Torch will travel within 10 miles of 95% of the population. Today’s journey took the Olympic Flame from Lands End to Plymouth with 139 torchbearers carrying it over its 136 mile route to Plymouth Hoe.

Steven Moffat – the Doctor Who and Sherlock writer will be presented with a special award at this year’s BAFTAs.

The 50-year old Scottish writer and producer started working in television in 1989 although his first well-known tv series was not until 2000 when he wrote Coupling. This series was described by many critics at the time as the British “Friends”, It concerned the relationships between six friends, three male and three female, who often talked to the camera about the same events from completely different perspectives.

In 2004 Moffat was asked to write some episodes for the newly relaunched series of Doctor Who. he soon became known for writing the “cleverer, darker episodes” as The Guardian put it. In 2008 it was announced that Moffat was taking over as head writer and executive producer from Russell T Davies.

While he and Mark Gatiss were travelling by train from London to Cardiff to film Doctor Who they conceived the idea of Sherlock, to be a contemporary update on the Sherlock Holmes stories. This series has been a huge success, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock and Martin Freeman as his faithful sidekick Watson.

Both Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are up for awards at the BAFTAs this year with Cumberbatch up for the Best Actor award and Martin Freeman and Andrew Scott (Jim Moriarty) going for Best Supporting Actor.

Moffatt has previously won awards at the BAFTAs for Doctor Who in 2008 and Sherlock last year. He said of this year’s award: “it’s a bit like being shown your mausoleum! No, it’s great, it’s really exciting, of course. It fends off the insecurity for 10 or 15 minutes more a day, I suppose! It’s absolutely lovely, absolutely thrilling.”

The BAFTA tv awards will take place at the Royal Festival Hall on 27 May. They will be hosted by Dara O’Briain and will be shown on BBC1.

 
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Olympic Orbit Tower, Rachel McAdams – What’s Hot and What’s Trending 11 May 2012

Olympic Orbit Tower – today sees the official unveiling of the 114.5m (376ft) tower at the heart of the Olympic Park.

The tower is also known as the ArcelorMittal Orbit has been designed by the artist Anish Kapoor and structural designer Cecil Balmond. It is now officially the tallest sculpture in the UK. The cost of the tower has been funded by the steel company ArcelorMittal (£19.2m) and the London Development Agency (£3.1m).

London Mayor Boris Johnson helped raise the funds for the tower by convincing Lakshmi Mittal, Britain’s richest man, to get his company to provide the 1400 tons of metal required to build the structure. The two only spoke for less than a minute and it seems that Mittal thought his company were just supplying some metal whereas they actually had to get involved with the artists in construction of the tower.

Anish Kapoor has said that one of the inspirations behind the design was the Tower of Babel and there was also the sense that something with the style of the Eiffel Tower was needed to match the sense of occasion. The Eiffel Tower (320m tall) was originally built to provide the entrance archway for the 1889 World’s Fair.

Although the Tower is being unveiled today it will not be open to the public until 28 July. From that date visitors will be able to travel by lift to the top of the Tower and then either travel down again by lift or they also have the option of walking back down via a 455 step spiral staircase.

The Tower incorporates the 5 Olympic rings in its design and it is hoped that it will bring in as many as 1m visitors a year. Others have been less positive about its future and comparisons have been made with Skylon, a 90m steel structure which was built as part of the 1951 Festival of Britain before being dismantled and sold for scrap in 1952.

Ticket prices are £15 for adults and £7 for children whilst the Olympics are on. If you are interested in going up the Olympic Orbit Tower tickets should be available later this month via the official London 2012 tickets site. Although timings are not yet confirmed it is expected that the attraction will be able to handle between 500 and 770 people per hour. On a clear day visitors can expect to see views of London covering a 20 mile radius.

Rachel McAdams – the 33-year old actress is reportedly in talks to take the lead role in director Richard Curtis’ new rom-com About Time.

Curtis has written and/or directed many of the British rom-com classics including Notting Hill, Four Wedding and a Funeral, Love Actually and Bridget Jones.

The new movie will have a bit of a sci-fi feel about it as the storyline concerns a man who can travel back in time and meets the girl of his dreams, no prizes for guessing who the girl is. The time traveller will be played by Domnhall Gleeson, a well-respected Irish actor who has a number of stage, television and movie roles behind him but is probably best-known for his role as Bill Weasley in the Harry Potter movies. Domnhall’s father Brendan also played Alastor Moody in the Harry Potter series.

Rachel McAdams will be replacing Zooey Deschanel who was originally in talks for the main female role.

Other actors expected to appear in the movie include Tom Hollander, Bill Nighy and Vanessa Kirby. Filming is scheduled to start in London next month.

Rachel has been getting a lot of good press over the last year or so with her appearances in Midnight In Paris and The Vow. She also starred as Irene Adler opposite Robert Downey Jr in the 2009 Sherlock Holmes movie.

She is next going to be seen in cinemas in the new, as yet unnamed, Terence Malik movie with Ben Affleck, Rachel Weisz, Javier Bardem and her Welsh boyfriend actor Michael Sheen. She can also be seen in Passion the new Brian De Palma film where she is to be seen sharing a kiss with Girl With The Dragon Tattoo star Noomi Rapace.

 
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BAFTA Awards, Mischa Barton – What’s Hot and What’s Trending 24 April 2012

BAFTA TV Awards 2012 – the nominations have been announced for this year’s BAFTA television awards.

Leading the list of nominated programmes is ITV’s Appropriate Adult, the mini-series about serial killer Fred West. The series received 4 nominations including best mini-series as well as a Best Actor nomination for Dominic West and a Best Actress nomination for Emily Watson, who starred as Janet Leach, Fred West’s social worker.

The other series which has done well in today’s nomination’s is BBC’s critically acclaimed Sherlock. This received 3 nominations including one for Benedict Cumberbatch for Best Actor. Both Martin Freeman (Dr Watson) and Andrew Scott (Jim Moriarty) received Best Supporting Actor nominations for their parts in the series. Although it won the Best Drama Series award last year Sherlock did not qualify this year as a change in the rules meant that any series had to have between 6 and 19 episodes to qualify for the award and the second series of Sherlock only had 3 episodes.

Other nominations include Maggie Smith from Downton Abbey and Miranda Hart from Call The Midwife who are both up for Best Supporting Actress. In the Best Soap or Continuing Drama category Coronation Street and Eastenders are up against Holby City and Channel 4′s Shameless.

Simon Cowell’s run of bad news continued today as both X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent failed to make the short list for Best Entertainment Programme. This year that category will be decided between Celebrity Juice, Derren Brown:The Experiments, Harry Hill’s TV Burp and Michael McIntyre’s Christmas Comedy Roadshow.

The 2012 BAFTA Awards are due to be presented at the Royal Festival Hall on 27 May with Dara O’Brian hosting the show. Dara has also been nominated in this year’s Entertainment Performance category.

Mischa Barton – the actress has been spotted on the streets of LA filming a new music video for Noel Gallagher.

There is no word yet on which Gallagher track will be featured.

Mischa was seen wearing a set of leopard print underwear and some red Converse trainers. She was acting with an unnamed man who was also wearing leopard print underwear.

Although she started off in the theatre Mischa is best-known for her work in movies. She has appeared in Notting Hill, The Sixth Sense and St Trinians. She is probably most recognised though from her role as Marissa Cooper in the Fox television series The O.C.

She has also been heavily involved with modelling and fashion. She has been used by Calvin Klein, Chanel Jewellery and has also designed a range of handbags for ASOS.

Around 2009 and 2010 Barton found herself in various kinds of trouble with charges against her for driving whilst under the influence of marijuana and having no valid driving licence. She was also sued for non-payment of rent by her landlord. In addition she was sectioned for 2 weeks in a psychiatric hospital after she got into an argument with nurses who were trying to give her some drugs via injection.

Mischa will be hoping that the exposure she gains in the new video will bring her to the attention of some film producers. She was involved with 4 different movies last year but none of them troubled the box-office much.

 
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Jenna-Louise Coleman, Kym Marsh – What’s Hot and What’s Trending 21 March 2012

Jenna-Louise Coleman – it has been revealed that the 25-year old actress is to be Doctor Who’s new companion.

The actress will take over the role from the Christmas special episode with Karen Gillan, who plays current Doctor Who sidekick Amy Pond, leaving after  her 2 series stint in the role.

Jenna is probably best known at present for playing the part of lesbian Jasmine Thomas in Emmerdale. She has also played the part of schoolgirl Lindsay James in Waterloo Road and will soon be seen as Annie Desmond in the 4 part mini-series of Titanic.

There should be some good on-screen chemistry between Jenna and Matt Smith as Doctor Who writer Steven Moffat said that  their partnership “came to life” during Jenna’s auditions. He said: “There was a moment I remember from the second time she came in, and they were auditioning together and they both looked frightened doing a Doctor Who scene, and it just was an instant poster.” Moffat is one of our top tv screenwriters, as well as writing Dr Who he also co-wrote the recent brilliant series of Sherlock on the BBC.

Little is known about the new character that Jenna will be playing, not even the character’s name. Writer Steven Moffat said:  “Who she’s playing, how the Doctor meets her, and even where he finds her are all part of one of the biggest mysteries the Time Lord ever encounters. Even by the Doctor’s standards, this isn’t your usual boy meets girl.”

Jenna will start filming the new Doctor Who series next weekend but we will have to wait until Christmas Day to first see her in the new role. There are 6 episodes of Doctor Who to be seen this year with Karen Gillan’s character being written out in the 5th episode. There are already another 8 more episodes planned for 2013.

Kym Marsh – the Coronation Street star is set to take on the role of Elsie Tanner, one of the icons of the show, in the new musical version “Street of Dreams.”

35-year old Kym is best known these days for her role as underwear factory manager Michele Connor in Corrie and the Pat Phoenix role should give her plenty to get her teeth into as she had the most colourful life during her time in the soap.

Talking of her new role in the musical Kym said: “The strong, determined and indomitable women have always defined Coronation Street right from the very first episode to the present day and Elsie Tanner will go down in history as one of the most gossiped about women in Weatherfield. She’s left some rather big stiletto shoes to fill but to have the opportunity to represent such an iconic character of yesteryear on a stage of this scale is an absolute honour.”

It is no surprise that she has been picked for a role in the musical as before she started in her acting career Kym was a singer, with her first appearance on tv coming in 2001 on ITV talent show Popstars where she made the final line-up for HearSay. She left the band in 2002 and her solo single Cry got to Number 2 in the UK Singles Chart.

Kym will share the part of Elsie Tanner with Jodie Prenger with Kym playing the 1960′s role and Jodie the 1980′s role. She is really looking forward to her new role and said: “The entire production is just gorgeous with infectious songs which stick in your head! The music is fabulous, the orchestration is phenomenal and the cast are truly amazing. To be asked to play such an amazing part in something that people will be telling their grandchildren about in years to come is just a dream.”

Also appearing in “Street of Dreams” are a number of other Coronation Street actors including Julie Goodyear (Bet Lynch), Bill Roache (Ken Barlow) and Kevin Kennedy (Curly Watts). The show will also star Paul O’Grady and is to depict various momentous moments from the show’s history.

Street of Dreams is due to open in May and is currently set to show in Manchester, Dublin, Belfast and Newcastle.

 
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Stacy Keibler In Gold Dress, Lucy Liu In Elementary – What’s Hot and What’s Trending 28 February 2012

Stacy Keibler – the model and former wrestler seemed to be most people’s top fashion choice on the red carpet at this year’s Oscars.

Stacy was of course at the Academy Awards as George Clooney’s date as the couple have been an item for some months now. George looked to be more than pleased with Stacy’s strapless gold Marchessa outfit as were most of the style commentators on the night. Although he didn’t end up walking away with the best Actor Oscar he did walk away with the Best Dressed Woman on the night.

Stacy was quite nervous before the event as it was her first time at the Oscars. The couple were interviewed on the red carpet by Access Hollywood and she said to Billy Bush “”I was in the car [and] my heart was beating so fast. I think I think I’m just overwhelmed because it’s so exciting. This is my first time coming to the Oscars, which is something that I never thought that I would ever — I never thought I’d be at the Oscars.”

George was clearly pleased with how Stacey looked as he said “”She looks good, huh?” before quipping “By the way, she’s not wearing a dress –she’s just been sprayed gold,”

Marchesa is clearly one of Stacey’s favourite designers as she was seen wearing one of their stunning red lace dresses at the recent Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York.

Although George was not lucky enough to win an award on the night the couple did have the compensation of jetting off to Villa Oleandra his luxury Italian home in Laglio on Lake Como. With George’s successful performance in The Descendants getting him a number of award nominations the last few weeks have been quite hectic for the couple Stacey said when asked to confirm if the couple were off to Italy: “Yes. To just get off of our e-mail and just kind of relax for a little bit.”

Lucy Liu to appear in US Sherlock series Elementary – the Ally McBeal and Charlie’s Angels actress has signed up to appear in the new US Sherlock Holmes series Elementary.

In a spin on the original stories the 43-year old will be playing Sherlock’s sidekick Watson but instead of it being John Watson this time it is to be Joan Watson. As already noted Jonny Lee Miller has already been signed up to play the part of Sherlock.

It seems that we may well be drip fed information on the new series as so far apart from the casting of Miller and Liu all we know is that the stories are to be set in a modern-day New York.

The reason that Sherlock finds himself in New York City in the new adaptation is that his addiction problems have forced him into rehab in NYC and we are told that Liu’s character of Joan Watson is a former surgeon who has lost her license.

Amongst her many claims to fame Lucy has the proud boast that she was once voted Number 41 in a list of the Top 50 Sexiest Vampires for her role as the reporter/vampire Sadie Blake in the movie Rise. She was also once voted MTV’s Best Villain for her part as O-Ren Ishii in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill.

As well as playing vampires, reporters, villains, detectives psychologists and lawyers Lucy is also a singer and an artist in real life so she will have a lot to bring to the part of Joan Watson.

Although there is no date given yet for the pilot show of Elementary we do know that it is being written by Robert Doherty who has previously written for Star Trek Voyager.

 
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Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock, Jamie Oliver – What’s Hot and What’s Trending 15 February 2012

Jonny Lee Miller as Sherlock – the star of Trainspotting will be playing our most famous detective in a new US tv adaptation on CBS.

The show is to be called Elementary and will be set in a modern-day New York City. At the moment only a pilot episode has been announced although there are strong rumours that they are already expecting this to be a success and have started planning a series of the shows.

No doubt the tremendous viewing figures and critical acclaim for the recent BBC Sherlock series starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman has influenced the US television network. The BBC series does actually get shown in the US on the PBS Masterpiece channel and there has been talk about whether the new CBS series may be getting so close to the BBC series that lawyers may have to get involved. Although you cannot take action for using a character like Sherlock Holmes in a new production if you take too many of the unique elements of another production you may get into trouble.

Margaret Tofalides, a copyright specialist from leading law firm Manches, said last month: “The concept of a new Sherlock Holmes is unprotectable. But if the unusual elements of the BBC series – the modern settings, characters, clothes, plots and distinctive visual style – were closely reproduced in the CBS version, that could form the basis of a potential copyright claim.”

Although he is well-known these days for his appearances in tv series Dexter, the Trainspotting movie and his 1996 marriage to Angelina Jolie he also has some other interesting items on his cv. As a child in 1982 he appeared in Doctor Who in the Kinda episode and he also appeared for 3 weeks in Eastenders in the role of Jonathan Hewitt. Add into all this the fact that he was on the shortlist to be James Bond and you can see that Miller has a lot of appeal to a lot of different people.

One and one other interesting thing to note is that Miller appeared in March 2011 in Danny Boyle’s stage adaptation of Frankenstein, playing the role on alternate nights. The man playing opposite Miller was none other than our very own Sherlock, Benedict Cumberbatch.

Jamie Oliver – the celebrity chef is in the news not for his food but for a haul of treasure found under his new Manchester restaurant.

While builders were working on the new restaurant they apparently uncovered a number of interesting finds including rare master tapes from Manchester bands Joy Division and New Order. They were also said to have found a gun and loads of jewellery.

Jamie’s new restaurant has been built on the site of an old Midland bank branch and it is thought that the finds represent the contents of a number of the bank’s safe deposit boxes.A spokesperson for HSBC, which took over Midland Bank, said: “National Heritage said we were unable to take the actual boxes with us, because they were part of the structure. The owners would have been contacted and the contents transferred to secure storage at the new site.’

The new restaurant is in Manchester City Centre and is next to Rosso, the restaurant owned by Manchester Utd footballer Rio Ferdinand. Jamie said of the new Manchester restaurant: “I’ve wanted to open a Jamie’s Italian in Manchester for years but we’ve never found the right location, until now. It’s going to be a wonderful place to eat and one of the jewels in the Jamie’s Italian collection.”

Jamie Oliver will no doubt be hoping to impress some of the Football League and celebrity clients, such as David Beckham and Wayne Rooney, who eat at Rio’s restaurant.

 
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Alesha Dixon, Sherlock – What’s Hot and What’s Trending 02 January 2012

Alesha Dixon – a statement on the 33-year old singer’s website today confirmed that she is to leave the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing and go to rival ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent.

The statement said: “Alesha has decided not to return to Strictly Come Dancing after a successful three-series run and will instead be joining the Britain’s Got Talent panel, alongside Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and David Walliams.”

The singer added: “After three incredible years on the Strictly Come Dancing judging panel I have decided that it is time to move on. Strictly Come Dancing will always hold a special place in my heart as it has been such an amazing experience, both as a winning competitor and as a judge. I would like to say a big thank you to everyone involved in the show, the production team, my fellow judges, and a very special thank you to the fans for their support.”

The BBC have said that they wish her well for the future and that they are looking forward to announcing a new judging panel in due course. This seems a little like it may have been said through gritted teeth we think and they will surely be a little cheesed off at losing one of their ratings winning panel from the hit dance show.

It looks like being a very busy and successful 2012 for the singer as she has also recently been revealed as the face of Weightwatchers in a new series of ads in which she showcases the slimming achievements of 180 different Weightwatchers members. During the ads Alesha also sings a new song, Do It Our Way (Play). which has been specially composed for the campaign. The ad campaign started yesterday on New Year’s Day no doubt timed to coincide with all those New Year’s resolutions around losing weight and going on a diet after overindulging at Christmas.

Sherlock – the 2nd series of the BBC’s homage to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary detective began last night.

As with the first series we are going to have 3 movie length episodes in the new series. Last night’s opener was called “A Scandal in Belgravia” and as all Sherlock Holmes fans will know was a play on the title of Conan Doyle’s original story “A Scandal in Bohemia”.

We were introduced in last night’s episode to Irene Adler, known to the original Sherlock Holmes, and also Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock, as “The Woman”, and played by a rather saucy looking, and often naked, Lara Pulver. Lara was probably best known prior to last night as Erin Watts, the section chief in the final episode of Spooks. After last night we are sure that many more people will recognise her as having played the dominatrix who bewitched the famously cool Sherlock. In the words of Conan Doyle: “In his eyes she eclipses and predominates the whole of her sex.”

As in the first series of Sherlock it is Benedict Cumberbatch playing the famous detective with Martin Freeman acting as his trusty sidekick Dr Watson. Both actors seemed even more comfortable in their roles last night than in the first series and their relationship grows ever more complex and multi-layered.

Last night has set a very high standard not just for Sherlock but for all British crime drama of 2012 to follow. Although there are only 2 more episodes for us to enjoy in this series they should both be crackers as they are based on 2 of the most famous Holmes stories. Next time we see the duo take on “The Hound of the Baskervilles” and the final episode of the series sees the famous confrontation with Moriarty at the Reichenbach Falls.

If the series leaves you wanting more then we recommend you go back to the original Conan Doyle tales for a fix of Sherlock. If you don’t want to read the books yourself but would rather have them read to you then we suggest you try the excellent set of audiobooks read by David Timson. If you just want more Benedict Cumberbatch  and Martin Freeman then you will have to wait for the new Hobbit film starring Freeman as Bilbo Baggins and Cumberbatch as Smaug the dragon.

 
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Tess Daly, Benedict Cumberbatch, Katie Price, Gina Rinehart – What’s Hot and What’s Trending 10 September 2011

Tess DalyTess is back in action tonight as a new series of Strictly Come Dancing hits our screens on BBC1 at 6.10 pm. Saturday tv fans note that the programming for Strictly this year does not clash with X Factor.

Tess has been talking about how happy she is at the moment with life at home with husband Vernon Kay and their 2 children, Phoebe who is 6 and Amber who is just 2-years old.

Tonight will be the 9th series for Tess and her co-host the newly knighted Sir Bruce Forsyth who is now 83-years old. Tess apparently has 30 dresses planned for the new series so far. She is pleased that it has become a part of many families Saturday evening viewing and provides old-fashioned family entertainment. “It’s a reason to stay in. People tell me they love making a Saturday night out of it – you’d be amazed what people tell me in the supermarket. They get dressed up, they make score cards. They really get into it.”

As well as appearing on Strictly Tess has a spa range that she has developed for Marks & Spencer and also has her debut novel “The Camera Never Lies” being published on 13 October.

Benedict Cumberbatch – Sherlock star Benedict has been talking on the new Jonathan Ross talk show about possible links with Doctor Who. Benedict says that he has no interest in becoming the next Doctor Who and that he would not be comfortable with all the touring and merchandising appearances that the role would entail.

He revealed that his friend, and old Doctor, David Tennant said to him to go for the role but Benedict is not convinced that it is for him.

As well as his critically acclaimed role in Sherlock for the BBC Benedict has been working on the new Peter Jackson directed film of Tolkien’s The Hobbit. He will be providing the voices of both Smaug the dragon and the Necromancer. The Hobbit is to be released in 2 parts and the first part, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, is to be released on 14 December 2012.

Katie Price – this time Katie is in the news for her new pet, a bald cat called Nigel. We at WHWTN are far too classy to fall for following this with all the obvious remarks about a bald cat. The cat is a Sphinx breed and is said by Katie to “smell a bit”.

As well as getting her new bald cat Katie has also released a new magazine this week, cleverly entitled “Katie”.

On top of all this Katie has also had her daughter, Princess Tiaamii, start school this week. Princess is Katie’s youngest child and her father is Katie’s ex-husband Peter Andre. Katie also has a son with Peter Andre, 6-year old Junior as well as 9-year old Harvey, her son with ex-footballer Dwight Yorke.

We tried to get a photo of Katie wearing more clothes to accompany this article but there don’t seem to be any. By the way those are Katie’s own hands in the photo!

Gina Rinehart – 57-year old Gina Rinehart is thought to be Australia’s richest person being worth an estimated AUS$ 10 billion (approx £6.7 billion). She inherited the Hancock Prospecting, a huge iron-ore business, from her late father Lang Hancock.

She finds herself in the news this week after being taken to court by one of her daughters. Hope Rinehart Welker is taking her mother to the NSW Supreme Court but details of the case are a little sketchy at the moment. It appears that Hope would like to keep things this way as her lawyers have  asked that third-party access (including the media) to the court files is restricted until September.

It is not the first time that Gina Rinehart has had a public falling out with her family. Back in 2003 her son John had a falling out with his mother and changed his name to Hancock by deed poll. At that time he described his mother as a “powerful and controlling person” who refused to discuss succession plans for the company and he believed he had been shut out.

Although a lot of people in the UK may not have heard of Gina Rinehart that may change in the future as Citigroup believe that due to the fact that she owns Hancock Prospecting, and some other companies, outright she is on course to overtake the wealth of Bill Gates.

 
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