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A Christmas Carol

Former Neighbours favourite Guy Pearce will star in a new production of the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol for BBC One at Christmas.

Pearce, who played Mike Young in Neighbours, will take on the iconic role of Ebenezer Scrooge.

Also appearing in the three-part drama with Line of Duty’s Stephen Graham as Jacob Marley, ex Call the Midwife actress Charlotte Ritchie as Lottie and Lord of the Rings legend Andy Serkis as the Ghost of Christmas Past.

Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight has adapted the legendary story, with the BBC promising it will be a “unique and original take on Charles Dickens’ iconic ghost story”.

Knight said: “This production of A Christmas Carol will respectfully present what we believe to be a timely interpretation of a timeless story.”

Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama added: “We’re incredibly excited that filming has begun on Steve Knight’s brilliant interpretation of A Christmas Carol, with Nick Murphy directing a phenomenal cast in what promises to be an iconic version of the classic tale.”

New Keith Lemon Show

Keith Lemon will step outside the studio and onto the high street in his new ITV Two chat show, Shopping With Keith Lemon.

Lemon, real name Leigh Francis, will join Spice Girl Mel B as she makes her weekly food shop and boy band Busted as they hunt for new guitars.

The Celebrity Juice star, 46, will also join Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden as she travels over the English Channel to France to take advantage of the nation’s reasonably priced alcohol.

The series will consist of eight 30-minute episodes and will see Lemon interview guests in his unique style.

Each episode will see Lemon embark on two shopping trips with two different stars.

Other celebrities to feature include Fearne Cotton who will reunite with Lemon for the first time since leaving Celebrity Juice and Love Island host Caroline Flack.

Comedian Rob Beckett, I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! star Emily Atack and David Dickinson will also appear.

Danny Baker Sacked

Broadcaster Danny Baker has been fired by BBC Radio 5 Live after tweeting a joke about the Duke and Duchess Of Sussex’s son, Archie.

Baker apologised for using a picture of an ape in a tweet about the birth and was sacked on Thursday morning.

A BBC spokesperson said: “This was a serious error of judgment and goes against the values we as a station aim to embody. Danny’s a brilliant broadcaster but will no longer be presenting a weekly show with us.”

Harry and Meghan, whose mother is African American, revealed on Wednesday that their new arrival was named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

Baker tweeted a black and white photo of a well-dressed man and woman holding hands with a suited chimpanzee, and captioned it: “Royal baby leaves hospital.”

After a backlash and allegations of racism, he deleted the post and apologised. “Sorry my gag pic of the little fella in the posh outfit has whipped some up. Never occurred to me because, well, mind not diseased,” he said. “Soon as those good enough to point out it’s possible connotations got in touch, down it came. And that’s it.”

The 61-year-old apologised again on Wednesday evening, saying the joke had been intended to poke fun at the royal family.

He wrote: “Once again. Sincere apologies for the stupid unthinking gag pic earlier. Was supposed to be joke about royals vs circus animals in posh clothes but interpreted as about monkeys & race, so rightly deleted. Royal watching not my forte. Also, guessing it was my turn in the barrel.”

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