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 Clive James Dies

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Critic and broadcaster Clive James has died at the age of 80. 

The Australian-born star of The Clive James Show was diagnosed with leukaemia, kidney failure and lung disease almost ten years ago. 

He died at home in Cambridge on 24 November and a private funeral attended by family and close friends took place in the chapel at Pembroke College, Cambridge on Wednesday. 

A statement on behalf of his family, released by his agents, said: “Clive died almost ten years after his first terminal diagnosis, and one month after he laid down his pen for the last time. 

“He endured his ever-multiplying illnesses with patience and good humour, knowing until the last moment that he had experienced more than his fair share of this ‘great, good world’. 

“He was grateful to the staff at Addenbrooke’s Hospital for their care and kindness, which unexpectedly allowed him so much extra time. His family would like to thank the nurses of the Arthur Rank Hospice at Home team for their help in his last days, which allowed him to die peacefully and at home, surrounded by his family and his books.” 

James first revealed the news of his illness in May 2011, when he had already been ill for 15 months – when he wrote to The Australian Literary Review to explain why he could not write for them. 

27 November 2019

The Tech Transformers









BBC Two has commissioned a four-part documentary series which will give viewers an insight into how the last, transformative, decade has unfolded in Silicon Valley. 

Facebook and Google have implanted themselves into our daily lives, and become an integral part of them. 

The Tech Transformers (w/t) will focus on key, pivotal moments for these companies and the tech sector more widely. 

Across four episodes, the documentary series will tell the story of Silicon Valley through individuals immersed in this sector, as they try to make sense of rapid changes in the digital world while blazing trails into unexplored territory. 

At a time when Silicon Valley is under the microscope, there is no better time to be filming a documentary which aims to show both the emergent risks and huge opportunities of technology. 

Patrick Holland, BBC Two Controller, said: "Dan Reed is one of the greatest documentary makers working today and I am delighted that his exceptional talents are taking on one of the biggest stories of the modern age for BBC Two." 

The Tech Transformers (w/t), a 4x60’ for BBC Two, will be airing in summer 2021.

 27 November 2019

Gary Rhodes Dies

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Gary Rhodes, the celebrity chef known for his spiky hair and passion for British cuisine, has died aged 59.

According to a family statement, he died on Tuesday "with his beloved wife Jennie by his side".

"The Rhodes family are deeply saddened to announce the passing of beloved husband, father and brother, Gary Rhodes OBE," the statement read.

"The family would like to thank everyone for their support and ask for privacy during this time."

Born in south London in 1960, Rhodes grew up in Kent and trained at Thanet Technical College.

His first professional job was at the Amsterdam Hilton, where he began to experiment with nouvelle cuisine.

He opened his first restaurant in 1997 and was made an OBE in 2006.

His television work included appearances on Masterchef, Hell's Kitchen and his own series Rhodes Around Britain. He was a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing in 2008.

Rhodes died in Dubai, where he ran two restaurants.

27 November 2019


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