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Freeview Problems









Digital TV platform Freeview has said that people around the UK are experiencing reception problems because of high-pressure weather conditions.

Freeview's free-to-air channels include those from the BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5 and ITV. 

The website Downdetector has nearly 5,000 comments from viewers reporting that they can't access channels at all, or that the picture is distorting. 

Freeview says those affected should not re-tune their TV sets or boxes. 

"At the moment, it looks as though these conditions may continue throughout the week," Freeview said in a statement. 

A spokeswoman told the BBC it was unclear how many people were likely to be affected, but the high pressure was over Wales, south-west England, south-east England, East Anglia, parts of the Midlands and Yorkshire. 

She suggested using internet-based services like the BBC iPlayer, internet-connected TVs or the Freeview app as an alternative. 

30 December 2019

Monty Python Collaborator Dies

 Neil InnesNeil Innes








Monty Python collaborator and Rutles singer Neil Innes has died at the age of 75, his agent has confirmed. 

The comedian and musician died unexpectedly last night, Nigel Morton said. He had not been ill. 

A statement released on behalf of his family said: “It is with deep sorrow and great sadness that we have to announce the death of Neil James Innes on December 29 2019. 

“We have lost a beautiful, kind, gentle soul whose music and songs touched the heart of everyone and whose intellect and search for truth inspired us all. 

“He died of natural causes quickly without warning and, I think, without pain. 

“His wife Yvonne and their three sons, Miles, Luke and Barney and three grandchildren Max, Issy and Zac give thanks for his life, for his music and for the joy he gave us all.” 

Innes wrote music for Monty Python’s albums including Monty Python’s Previous Record and The Monty Python Matching Tie and Handkerchief, and performed and penned songs and sketches for the Pythons’ final TV series in 1974 after John Cleese temporarily left. 

After Python’s original run on TV came to an end, he joined Eric Idle on the sketch show Rutland Weekend Television, about a fictional low-budget regional TV station. 

This show spawned the band The Rutles, a spoof of The Beatles, in which Innes played the character of Ron Nasty, who was based on John Lennon. 

Innes became a fixture in children’s entertainment in the 1980s when he voiced The Raggy Dolls and he also composed music for the show, as well as Puddle Lane, The Riddles and Tumbledown Farm. 

30 December 2019

Ready Steady Cook

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BBC One’s Ready Steady Cook with Rylan Clark-Neal returns in the New Year with a promise to be one of the most sustainable food shows on TV.

This will be done in a number of ways both on and off screen - most notably to viewers those famous red tomato and green peppers plastic bags will be a thing of the past. They will be replaced with re-usable jute totes.

Rylan Clark-Neal said: “One of the biggest sustainability issues we face is from food and packaging waste, so Ready Steady Cook is being brought bang up to date to play its part in tackling this. It’s going to be goodbye plastic bags and hello jute totes when we hit screens in the New Year. I can’t wait to get stuck in!”

30 December 2019 

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