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3h Ellie Goulding addresses the music industry in an op-ed: ‘What constitutes the worthiness of an award?’
The Independent
'I sit and wonder when factors such as industry relationships, internal politics, and magazine covers started being rewarded before the music itself,’ the singer writes in a Medium post
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4h Updated Mo Farah in I’m a Celebrity profile: Everything you need to know about the Olympic athlete
The Independent
Athlete was one of the most recognisable names to appear in this year’s line-up
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4h Updated AJ Pritchard on I’m a Celebrity: Everything you need to know about the Strictly Come Dancing star
The Independent
The Strictly Come Dancing star has appeared on everything from Britain’s Got Talent to MasterChef
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4h Updated I’m a Celebrity: Who has been evicted so far?
The Independent
Celebrities are dropping like flies ahead of Friday’s final
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4h Surviving Covid review: tales of dedication – and desperation
The Guardian
This poignant documentary follows four coronavirus patients in the intensive care unit at a London hospital, as they navigate a traumatic medical and emotional journey We first meet 61-year-old Joaquín – hotel worker, widower, stepfather – on his 110th day in intensive care with Covid-19. He has had what his doctor calls “significant complications”. His lungs, heart, blood vessels and kidneys have been affected. He is unconscious and on a ventilator. “There is a much greater chance of him dying than surviving,” says Dr Tom Best, the clinical director of critical care at King’s College hospital. When the virus first appeared, they thought patients would need a few days on a ventilator and then recover. It has not turned out that way. Joaquín is one of four patients in the intensive care unit at King’s whose trajectories are traced in
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4h Updated Who left I’m a Celebrity tonight?
The Independent
AJ Pritchard and Mo Farah are the latest stars to exit the hit ITV reality series
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5h Updated Gloria Estefan reveals she had Covid-19
The Independent
Artist got tested after losing sense of taste and smell
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5h AJ Pritchard on I’m a Celebrity: Everything you need to know about the Strictly Come Dancing star OLD
The Independent
The Strictly Come Dancing star has appeared on everything from Britain’s Got Talent to MasterChef
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6h Updated Hugh Keays-Byrne death: Mad Max actor dies aged 73
The Independent
Keays-Byrne played Toecutter in Mad Max and Immortan Joe in the Fury Road sequel
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6h Updated Spotify Wrapped: How to see your top songs and artists of the year
The Independent
Annual round-up reveals your most-played artists, songs and genres for this year and the past decade
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6h Updated Jordan North on I’m a Celebrity: Who is BBC Radio 1 DJ and where is he from?
The Independent
Here’s everything you need to know about one of the favourites to win this year’s contest
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6h Updated John Mulaney investigated by Secret Service following SNL monologue
The Independent
"Am I stoked there’s a file open on me? Absolutely. Did I enjoy it in the moment? Not so much"
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6h Updated James Purefoy: ‘Bond has plagued my life – the job I didn’t get!’
The Independent
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6h Updated Why is I’m a Celebrity finishing early?
The Independent
Competition is two days shorter than usual
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6h Updated Who left I’m a Celebrity last night?
The Independent
Tuesday’s episode saw a double eviction for the second night running
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6h Updated How much are this year’s I’m a Celebrity contestants being paid?
The Independent
There's a £250,000 difference between the highest and lowest paid star
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6h Updated Who left I’m a Celebrity in last night’s double eviction?
The Independent
Double eviction took place in the latest episode of the reality contest
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6h Updated What time does I’m A Celebrity start and finish tonight?
The Independent
Everything you need to know – from contestants to location
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7h Updated Who left I’m a Celebrity tonight? OLD
The Independent
Tuesday’s episode saw a double eviction for the second night running
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8h Updated Geri Halliwell is being weird on YouTube – we should be grateful
The Independent
Spice Girl Geri Halliwell used to be a reliable source of outrageous cringe, before the world went mad. Now she’s back with a YouTube show that’s as loopy and heartfelt as the woman millions fell in love with in the Nineties, says Adam White
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9h Jessica Simpson reveals she has dyslexia in post celebrating her memoir ‘Open Book’
The Independent
Audiobook recording was ‘the first time I have ever read out loud without hesitation,’ says Simpson
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10h Updated Loose Women: Andrea McLean returns to host after tearfully quitting series during Monday’s episode
The Independent
‘It was a really big decision to jump to see if I fall or if I fly,’ said the presenter
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10h Updated Royal family member criticises The Crown for ‘completely wrong’ depiction
The Independent
‘I’m probably the only member of the family who could publicly say anything about this,' he said
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11h Fortnite: How to find beskar in the belly of the shark
The Independent
New update adds Star Wars-themed challenges to the hit battle royale game
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11h Taylor Swift shares first clip of re-recorded Love Story
BBC
The star has allowed her actor friend Ryan Reynolds to use a new version of the track in an advert.
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11h Anything for Jackson review – grieving grandparents do a deal with the devil
The Guardian
In a riotously gory inversion of the Christmas story, an older couple plan to channel the ghost of their dead grandson into an unborn child There’s something deliciously subversive about the backstory to this offbeat horror film, which was made in Canada. Director Justin G Dyck and screenwriter Keith Cooper have collaborated on a long list of treacly, holiday-themed, made-for-TV movies with titles such as A Very Country Christmas, Christmas With a View and A Christmas Village. Anything for Jackson, however, is a riotously gory, impish inversion of all things yuletide, in that it stars sweet-featured elderly character actors Sheila McCarthy and Julian Richings as grieving grandparents Audrey and Henry Walsh, who kidnap pregnant Shannon (Konstantina Mantelos) in order to perform a satanic ritual on her. It’s as if Ruth Gordon and Sidney Blackmer, the little old couple who lived next door in Rosemary’s Baby, got to be the stars of their own movie. Audrey and Henry’s goal is to channel the ghost of their dead grandson, Jackson, into Shannon’s unborn child; but, wouldn’t you know it, deals with the devil have a way of going wrong – or having nasty consequences in the fine print, such as bringing forth demons and ghosts with murderous instincts of their own. Plus, their main adviser on matters demonological is a bitter “incel”-type (Josh Cruddas) who lives with his mother and is prone to bitching about the leadership at their satanic church, an outfit quietly run out of the local community centre where members bring home-baked goods for breaktime.
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11h Updated Strictly: Musical group claim they were dropped from It Takes Two after asking to be paid
The Independent
Professional music group say they were offered ‘screen time’ and a ‘free lunch’ for appearing on show
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11h Updated Taylor Swift previews ‘Love Story’ rerecording on Ryan Reynolds Match.com advert
The Independent
Singer is in the process of rerecording her first six albums following the sale of her masters
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11h 5 reasons The Undoing got people talking
BBC
Starry leads, fab coats and killer eyebrows were just some of the things that had viewers tuning in.
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12h Nate: A One Man Show review – outrageous and electrifying comedy
The Guardian
Natalie Palamides’s drag king show remains both raucous and subtle, as it explores grey areas around consent There can be sacrifices when live comedy transfers to TV – and I expected them with
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12h A Girl from Mogadishu review – tragedy and joy in a daring escape
The Guardian
This based-on-fact story of a teenager who flees war in Somalia to become a crusading activist against FGM is earnest but effective drama Inspired by real events, this earnest but effective drama depicts how Ifrah Ahmed (played as a teenager by Malaika Herrador, and as an adult by Aja Naomi King) escaped Somalia during a war in 2006, made it to Ireland where she was eventually granted asylum, and then went on to become a crusading activist against female genital mutilation. It’s certainly a remarkable story, one full of tragedy, adventure, suspense and even moments of joy, especially in the latter half when Ahmed finds a community of friends and allies willing to help her quest.
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12h A third of UK children do not see themselves reflected in books, finds survey
The Guardian
Responses from 60,000 young readers show 33% feel unrepresented, with an even worse picture among poorer and minority ethnic readers
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12h Updated Every Netflix Original Christmas romcom ranked: From least to most ridiculous
The Independent
When it comes to Christmas films, the more ludicrous the plot, the better, says Isobel Lewis
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12h Updated ‘Rare, valuable and beautiful’: The art of replicating diamonds
The Independent
For John Hatleberg, the coronavirus lockdown has been an opportunity to sit and work at what he does best — creating replica diamonds, writes  Like Reply
12h Afros in Azeroth: the quest for diversity in World of Warcraft
The Guardian
Sixteen years after its launch, World of Warcraft is finally introducing diverse skin tones, facial features and hairstyles. Game director Ion Hazzikostas explains why now Recently, I’ve spent quite a lot of time pondering what an orc would look like with an afro. This, naturally, led to contemplation of an axe-afro-comb combo, and whether such a contraption would fall under blacksmithing or engineering. That’s because I’ve been playing Shadowlands, the eighth expansion to
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13h Updated Elliot Page: star of Juno and X-Men announces he is transgender
The Guardian
Actor takes aim at transphobic politicians and ‘those with a massive platform who continue to spew hostility’, saying they ‘have blood on [their] hands’
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14h Fortnite Galactus event draws record-breaking 15.3 million concurrent players
The Independent
Live event pre-empted a new season of the hit battle royale game
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14h Updated Tiger King viewers brand 2020 a ‘social experiment’ as lawyers push for Trump to pardon Joe Exotic
The Independent
‘I didn’t think Joe Exotic would be making a reappearance in the 2020 finale,’ one Twitter user joked
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15h Liberté review – gruesome night in the woods as French aristos go dogging
The Guardian
The debauchery of a bunch of bewigged 18th-century libertines is presented with cerebral seriousness, but it’s an ordeal to watch Albert Serra’s Liberté, or Liberty, is a gruesome midsummer night’s dream of Sadeian horror in which a bunch of verbose bewigged libertines in the 18th century gather in a dark forest in their carriages for some prototypical dogging. (The men are allowed to be old and ugly, the women not.) It is some years before the French Revolution, centuries before Viagra. This film is an ordeal that I never want to go through again, but it’s undoubtedly executed with a cerebral conviction and uncompromising seriousness that no Anglo Saxon film-maker could approach. A group of (fictional) aristocrats, expelled from the court of Louis XVI, approach a sympathetic German nobleman, the Duc de Walchen (played by Visconti veteran Helmut Berger) for help; with his guidance they assemble one moonlit night in a forest for some uninhibited debauchery – and only that quaint word will do. Like joyless vampires, they murmur to each other their jaded, detached appreciation for the spectacles of flogging and bondage that take place in front of them, and periodically participate.
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15h Tiger King viewers brand 2020 a ‘social experiment’ as reports suggest Trump may pardon Joe Exotic
The Independent
‘I didn’t think Joe Exotic would be making a reappearance in the 2020 finale,’ one Twitter user joked
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16h Darth Vader figure appears in Bristol on former Edward Colston plinth
The Independent
David Prowse, the Bristolian actor who played the iconic Star Wars villain, died last week
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16h Next-gen gear: what you need to get the most out of your PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X
The Guardian
You’ve got your PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X – but what else do you need to experience the future of gaming? Here are the TVs and headsets we recommend This month we welcomed a new video game generation with the thrilling (
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16h Strictly dropped us after we asked to be paid, say musicians
The Guardian
Band say they were offered a free lunch and ‘screen time’ for appearing on BBC’s spinoff It Takes Two A group of professional musicians have said they were dropped by Strictly Come Dancing after they asked to be paid for performing on the programme’s spinoff show. Amaraterra, a band who perform traditional southern Italian music, said they were excited when they were approached by producers who were enthusiastic about them appearing on the BBC companion programme It Takes Two.
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16h The Crown has slipped: how the Netflix epic captures our relationship with the royals
The Guardian
While the fourth series has come under fire for factual inaccuracy, it is just one of many series to reflect the royals long history of mythmaking ‘Let’s get it over with,” sighs Prince Philip as he reluctantly prepares to venture towards a crowd of adoring subjects. On the one hand, this moment in The Crown has the ring of truth: realistically, why would members of the royal family be enthusiastic about meeting yet another mob of curtsying, awestruck plebs? It must be tremendously boring. And yet, on the other hand, how dare they? Who pays their wages? A few things have become clear during the fourth season of Peter Morgan’s Netflix epic. Firstly, it’s just as well The Crown isn’t on the BBC. Because if it was, the nation’s enraged
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16h James Corden torn apart for ‘truly disgusting’ performance in The Prom
The Independent
Actor has been accused of leaning into ‘horrifying’ gay stereotypes 
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16h The Mandalorian star Rosario Dawson addresses dropped transphobia lawsuit allegations from 2019
The Independent
‘I’ve always used my voice to fight for, lift up, and empower the LGBTQA community’
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16h Spotify Wrapped: Users ‘embarrassed’ as Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton soundtrack dominates end-of-year lists
The Independent
‘Spotify Wrapped exposed my depressed phase where I listened to nothing but the Hamilton soundtrack for a month straight,’ one fan commented
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17h Hillbilly Elegy: Director Ron Howard defends ‘sickeningly irresponsible’ film
The Independent
Netflix movie about white, working-class Americans has been met with many bad reviews
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17h Hillbilly Elegy: Director Ron Howard defends ‘sickenly irresponsible’ film
The Independent
Netflix movie about white, working-class Americans has been met with many bad reviews
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18h Should We Fall Behind by Sharon Duggal review – home and homelessness
The Guardian
This intensely humane second novel, focused on a city’s ‘invisibles’, amplifies the questions Covid-19 has brought into sharp focus In October, homelessness charities reported a
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18h The Undoing: Fans surprised to learn Noah Jupe is son of Coronation Street’s Julie Carp
The Independent
Many viewers did not realise the young star is British, let alone who he is related to
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19h Updated Spotify Wrapped 2020: How to see your top songs and artists of the year
The Independent
Annual round-up reveals your most-played artists, songs and genres for this year and the past decade
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19h Baby God: how DNA testing uncovered a shocking web of fertility fraud
The Guardian
Quincy Fortier was once Nevada’s physician of the year. As unspooled in a new documentary, he had a dark secret: dozens of children fraudulently fathered through his fertility clinic At 22, Cathy Holm was newly married, settling into a new home in Las Vegas, Nevada, and struggling to start a family. It was the early 1960s, and infertility was a largely taboo topic; devoid of options, she looked up a doctor listed as a “fertility specialist” in the phonebook. Dr Quincy Fortier, a respected obstetrician who opened Sin City’s first women’s hospital, had a record of helping couples achieve a viable pregnancy, and promised to inseminate Holm with a sample of her husband’s sperm.
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19h Dirt by Bill Buford review – how to cook like a French chef
The Guardian
The American writer suffers mockery and swallows chef ‘philosophy’ as he sets out to master high-craft cooking in Lyon When he was merely middle-aged, Bill Buford quit as the fiction editor of the New Yorker to learn to become an Italian chef. That was a decade and a half ago. His progress and misadventures in New York kitchens and Tuscany were recorded in
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19h Gavin and Stacey Christmas Day show to air on BBC Radio Wales
BBC
Although we won't be treated to another TV special, it promises to go some way to filling that void.
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20h The Undoing was the perfect pandemic TV | Arwa Mahdawi
The Guardian
The star-studded HBO show may have had an underwhelming ending, plot holes and shockingly bad accents, but watching New York in all its pre-pandemic glory more than made up for it
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20h Hotels fit for a KGB officer: Soviet cities in the twilight - in pictures
The Guardian
Many modernist buildings from the Soviet period are being destroyed, but Russian photographer Arseniy Kotov hopes to preserve their memory with these shots of sloping cinemas and rooms under surveillance
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20h Spotify Wrapped 2018: How to find your most played songs and artists of the year
The Independent
Get ready – your worst, most embarrassing secrets are about to be unveiled 
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20h Spotify Wrapped 2019: How to see your top songs and artists of the year
The Independent
Annual round-up reveals how many minutes of music you listened to this year and for the decade, along with your most-played artists, songs and genres
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20h Updated Hottest front-room seats: the best theatre and dance to watch online
The Guardian
From live-streams of new plays to classics from the archive, here are some of the top shows online now or coming soon – this page is updated regularly
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21h The 50 best albums of 2020: 50-31
The Guardian
The sounds in our countdown turn to horny pop, neo-soul fantasy, a trap masterclass and some robotic dance moves
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21h Gotta sing! Gotta dance! Stage-storming musicals – in pictures
The Guardian
Guardian photographer Tristram Kenton raids his archive for shots of sensational musicals, from Chicago to Bombay Dreams
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26h Steps debate the merits of entering Eurovision
BBC
The band seem like a perfect fit for the song contest but, they tell the BBC, "we have a split camp".
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27h Sarah Silverman says ‘liberal douchiness’ lets her get away with offensive humour
The Independent
‘I always said the opposite of what I thought, and that was the joke, kind of, but hopefully the truth transcends that I don’t really feel this way,’ the comedian said in a new podcast interview
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27h 2021 Oscars organisers planning to hold in-person telecast
The Independent
As of now, it's not immediately clear what the Academy plans to do in terms of Covid-19 safety protocols
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