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Actress Lynda Bellingham dies at 66

Actress and presenter Lynda Bellingham, who had colon cancer, has died aged 66, her agent confirms.

DJ Mike Read defends UKIP Calypso

Former BBC Radio 1 host Mike Read defends a song he has written in support of UKIP after he is accused of racism on social media.

BBC Radio 1 broke swearing rules

BBC Radio 1 broke broadcasting guidelines when Lily Allen and Ed Sheeran swore on air during the Big Weekend festival, watchdog Ofcom says.

Reggae singer John Holt dies at 67

Reggae singer John Holt, who was famed for writing and singing the original version of Blondie's hit The Tide is High, dies aged 67.

Cheryl's husband wins privacy payout

The husband of singer and X Factor judge Cheryl Fernandez-Versini accepts substantial privacy damages over a "very upsetting" magazine article.

Lorraine disrupted by fire alarm

A fire alarm forces TV presenter Lorraine Kelly to evacuate the studio during her live ITV show.

Google changes 'to fight piracy'

Google announces changes to its search engine in an attempt to curb online piracy.

Brad Pitt's Fury closes festival

Brad Pitt says he hopes his new film Fury recognised the trauma suffered by soldiers in World War Two as it closes this year's BFI London Film Festival.

Sinden honoured at theatre awards

Actor Sir Donald Sinden is honoured posthumously at the UK Theatre Awards with an accolade named after fellow actor knight Sir John Gielgud.

Easy Rider motorcycle sold for $1.35m

A customised motorcycle said to have featured in 1969 film Easy Rider is auctioned for $1.35m (£838,821), despite claims it is not authentic.

S Korea concert planner found dead

A South Korean man involved in planning a concert in which at least 16 people were killed has been found dead in an apparent suicide, police say.

Ella Henderson tops UK album chart

Former X Factor finalist Ella Henderson has called topping the UK album chart with her debut release Chapter One "a moment in time I will never forget".

BBC move in WW2 staged in play

The transfer of the BBC's Light Entertainment Department to Bangor during World War Two is being celebrated in a new stage play.

Miley Cyrus fan sneaks backstage

A fan has told Newsbeat how he snuck into the singer's gig in Sydney after finding a cleaner's storeroom had been left open.

Paris 'sex toy' sculpture sabotaged

A huge inflatable sculpture, apparently inspired by the shape of a sex toy and a Christmas tree, is sabotaged days after it was erected in Paris.

Design Museum to offer free entry

London's Design Museum will establish a free permanent collection from 2016, following its relocation to new premises in the Kensington area.

Liverpool theatre wins Stirling Prize

Liverpool's newly rebuilt Everyman Theatre wins this year's Riba Stirling Prize for architecture.

Stephen Frears handed BFI fellowship

British director Stephen Frears is honoured with a British Film Institute (BFI) fellowship at this year's London Film Festival.

Brand film to tackle financial crash

British director Michael Winterbottom tells the BBC he is working with comic Russell Brand on a documentary about the recent economic crash.

Actress Misty Upham found dead

A family spokeswoman confirms that a body found in a ravine near Seattle is 32-year-old Frozen River actress Misty Upham.

Ulster Orchestra 'may face closure'

The Ulster Orchestra will be forced to close by the end of the year unless it receives £500,000 in emergency funding, its chairman warns.

Bono sorry for iTunes album release

Bono says the decision to add U2's new album to all iTunes users' music libraries arose from a mixture of megalomania, generosity, self-promotion and fear.

Jack White band member dies on tour

Jack White cancels his remaining tour dates in Mexico after the keyboard player in his backing band, Isaiah "Ikey" Owens, dies aged 38.

Jeremy Clarkson caught speeding

BBC Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson says he will have points on his licence for the first time in 30 years after he was caught speeding.

Joan Rivers died of brain damage

Comedian Joan Rivers died of brain damage from low blood oxygen, the New York medical examiner's office rules.

Walliams settles hacking claim

Comedian David Walliams accepts undisclosed damages from News Group Newspapers over phone-hacking claims.

VIDEO: Star Wars for the senses

A Star Wars sci-fi convention has been set up for people with disabilities. Feel the Force Day was set up so that as many people as possible could access and experience Star Wars

VIDEO: Fans in Pitt frenzy at Fury Premiere

The London Film Festival closed on Sunday evening with a screening of Brad Pitt's new film Fury. Thousands of fans flocked to Leicester square to catch a glimpse of the Hollywood hero

VIDEO: 'I'd be lost without poetry'

Writer and broadcaster Clive James talks about his new volume of essays and how poetry helps him deal with his terminal cancer.

VIDEO: 'Thomas was an international poet'

It is 100 years since the birth of the great poet Dylan Thomas and a London tribute to him is being led, in part, by comedian and writer Griff Rhys Jones.


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