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Friday night's episode of TV panel show Have I Got News For You was pulled by the BBC as it risked falling foul of its pre-European election rules.

The episode featured Change UK's acting leader, MP Heidi Allen.

But the BBC said it was "inappropriate to feature political party leaders" during an election period as it did not allow for "equal representation" of political views.

An episode of Would I Lie to You was shown on BBC One instead.

European Parliament elections are due to take place in the UK on May 23.

A statement from the BBC read: "The BBC has specific editorial guidelines that apply during election periods.

"Because of this it would be inappropriate to feature political party leaders on entertainment programmes during this short election period, which does not allow for equal representation to be achieved."

The broadcaster said it would look to air the episode at a later date.

Ade Edmonson Joins EastEnders

Adrian Edmonson is joining the cast of the BBC’s EastEnders later this year.

BBC’s adaptation of War and Peace, and he also played Peter Elliot in the drama One of Us.

Speaking about his new role on the soap, Edmonson said: ‘There were only fifteen boys on my drama course at Manchester Uni, and I’ll be the third to appear in EastEnders – so I feel it’s a kind of tradition!”

He will be playing the role of Daniel Cook in the soap, and he will be introduced as a love interest of Jean Slater.

Jon Sen, executive Producer for EastEnders described Adrian as a phenomenal talent and said: ‘We’re all over the moon he’s coming to Walford and can’t wait for this love story to hit screens later this year.’ An exact air date for his first episode on EastEnders hasn’t been given yet, but we do know that he has already started filming and is expected to appear later this summer.

Freddie Starr

It has been reported that comedian Freddie Starr has died at his home in Spain.

Known for his eccentric and often unpredictable behaviour, Starr starred in several TV shows during the 1990s including Freddie Starr (1993-94), The Freddie Starr Show (1996-98) and An Audience With Freddie Starr in 1996.

He also took part in the 2011 series of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! but dropped out due to ill health.

It came after Starr suffered an allergic reaction in the Australian jungle and had to be taken to hospital after eating a meal of fermented egg and a camel toe.

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