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Any Questions? 

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BBC Political Correspondent Chris Mason has been appointed the next host of Radio 4’s Any Questions? 

From this autumn Mason will host Radio 4’s weekly debate programme. Each Friday evening a panel of people from the world of politics, media and elsewhere answer questions on the biggest topics of the week from an audience in a different part of the UK. 

Jonathan Dimbleby, who hosted the programme for thirty two years, stepped down in June. 

Chris Mason said: “I’m beyond excited to be the next host of Any Questions? To be taking over from someone called Dimbleby of the broadcasting dynasty is pinch yourself stuff. There isn’t a better point in my lifetime to take on this role. I believe passionately it’s the job of the BBC to scrutinise, allow audiences to ask questions of politicians and to have serious but informal conversations so that those in power can be seen in three dimensions. On a discussion programme like Any Questions? audiences and listeners can understand not just what someone thinks but why they think that way. That isn’t always possible in other places but it’s vital in today’s battle of ideas. It aids political conversation and informs what we all understand about what’s happening in the UK and around the world.” 

9 October 2019

Ice Show Features Same Sex Partnership










Dancing On Ice is set to feature a same-sex couple on the show, it has been revealed. 

Steps singer Ian "H" Watkins will be teamed up with professional dancer Matt Evers on the forthcoming series of Dancing On Ice. 

It comes after years of speculation that same-sex couples would feature on a TV dance competition. 

The BBC had previously said it was "completely open" to having them on Strictly Come Dancing. 

Watkins, 43, will be joined on the 2020 version of Dancing On Ice by celebrities including businesswoman Caprice Bourret, TV presenter Trisha Goddard, magician Ben Hanlin, former professional footballer Kevin Kilbane and newsreader Lucrezia Millarini. 

9 October 2019

Casualty Star Leaves

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Cathy Shipton, who plays Casualty’s Lisa ‘Duffy’ Duffin, has announced she will be leaving the BBC One drama, 33 years after first appearing on screen in Casualty’s pilot episode in 1986. 

Appearing in over 350 episodes, Cathy is one of show’s longest-serving cast members. Whilst audiences have seen Duffy come and go in the Emergency Department throughout the years, today it is announced that she will make her final departure on screen next year.

Throughout the show's history, Duffy’s storylines have allowed the programme to explore important and significant topics such as sexual assault, HIV, suicide, grief, single parenthood, humanitarianism, mental health and most recently, dementia.

Cathy Shipton says: "Walking in Duffy's shoes through the years has taught me so much for which I'll be forever grateful. I’m honoured and humbled to have played this inspiring woman. With sadness, but a sense of completion, l say goodbye."

Simon Harper, Executive Producer of Casualty and Holby City, says: "Cathy’s enormous contribution has not just been to Casualty but also to the national consciousness and the British television drama landscape. She has made Duffy into a comforting Saturday night icon, the caring, ideal NHS nurse millions grew up with - and whom you’d want to be looked after by in times of need.

"She’s given us some of our most unforgettable stories and moments, not least of late in her heart-rending dementia storyline, and I simply cannot thank her enough.”

9 October 2019



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