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