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Hip hop tearing up the main stage

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 02:05:49 GMT

Breakin' Convention brings together the world's finest at Sadler's Wells Video Journalist: Alex Stanger. Producer: Claudia Redmond

Picasso was 'misogynistic', says friend

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 04:11:07 GMT

An exhibition of Picasso's art has opened in the Gagosian museum in London, curated by a close friend.

Johnny Depp and other stars in dying fan's zombie movie

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:38:36 GMT

The Make A Film Foundation made cancer patient Anthony Conti’s dying wish come true.

Richard Long sculpture at Houghton Hall in Norfolk

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:05:24 GMT

The artist's journeys on foot around the world served as inspiration for the abstract sculptures.

Mum has hit with Ed Sheeran song parenting parody

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 14:47:10 GMT

A parody of Shape of You, which includes the lyrics "I gag at the smell of poo", is a Facebook hit.

Gold Darth Vader mask goes on sale in Japan

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 02:16:54 GMT

The solid gold head has been valued at $1.4m (£1.1m).

Donald Trump impersonators compete in Los Angeles

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 07:55:14 GMT

Ten Donald Trump impersonators have competed in Los Angeles to win a comedy club contract.

La La Land Day is declared in Los Angeles

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 02:02:44 GMT

The Mayor of Los Angeles has declared a special day to celebrate the Oscar-winning film.

Caitlyn Jenner talks about life as a transwoman and why she prefers being single.

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:54:24 GMT

Caitlyn Jenner has released a memoir entitled The Secrets Of My Life. She talks to Woman's Hour about the journey she has been on since her transition two years ago.

Why Zoe Saldana almost turned down Guardians of the Galaxy

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:14:29 GMT

Hollywood actress Zoe Saldana reveals why she nearly turned down her latest film role.

Bruno Mars fans blast Birmingham show ticket 'farce'

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:31:26 GMT

"Hundreds" of fans were left outside the star's gig venue because of ticketing problems.

Prince William: 'I text Radio 1 for shoutouts'

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:23:53 GMT

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge surprise Radio 1's Adele Roberts ahead of her marathon run.

Nafisah Baba wins BBC Young Dancer 2017 Prize

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 04:27:04 GMT

Nafisah Baba, a 20-year-old dancer from London, has won the BBC Young Dancer 2017 Prize.

Nicki Minaj video filmed on Westminster Bridge

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:57:03 GMT

The rapper's new video has been released, parts of which were filmed a day before March's attack.

Trombones play the same tune for charity

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:20:12 GMT

Musicians around the world rally to raise money for trombonist who has cancer.

Will and Grace star: Revival will be 'topical'

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 16:28:43 GMT

Megan Mullally, who played Karen in hit show Will and Grace, hints that new series will discuss Donald Trump's presidency.

Prince William and Lady Gaga discuss mental health

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 08:11:01 GMT

Watch an excerpt of their video conversation from their homes in London and Los Angeles.

Daniel Mays: Line of Duty 'will run and run'

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 09:17:21 GMT

Daniel Mays, who is nominated for a TV Bafta for his role in Line of Duty, says Jed Mercurio's writing is the best he's ever worked with.

Looking a right Charlie Chaplin

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 00:09:35 GMT

Charlie Chaplin fans gather at Manoir de Ban in Vevey, Switzerland, to mark the star's 128th birthday.

Nafisah Baba performs for a place in the Grand Final

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 20:17:42 GMT

Nafisah Baba performs for a place in the Grand Final of BBC Young Dancer

The racing driver who became a ballet dancer

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 23:27:00 GMT

After nearly a decade in motorsport, Sophie's now one of the first transgender students to sit a prestigious Royal Academy of Dance exam.

Untethered: Teenagers then and now

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 23:14:51 GMT

Untethered is an exhibition comparing the teenage experience of the 1970s to today.

Slate quarry strike: Art bid to heal divisions

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 18:37:05 GMT

Can a community project help end more than a century of animosity sparked by a strike?

The music of Henry VIII's last wife brought to life

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 10:16:56 GMT

The music of Henry VIII's sixth wife Catherine Parr is performed for the first time in 470 years.

Fifty years on: A turning point in history

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 11:22:02 GMT

Alan Cumming & Ian McKellen read from the parliamentary speeches that helped alter law on homosexuality.

Brian Eno's app Reflection uses science to create music

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 13:41:48 GMT

Music pioneer Brian Eno discusses his generative music app Reflection.

Ella Fitzgerald: A 'puritan in bohemia'

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 23:10:54 GMT

The Today programme explores the enduring legacy of first lady of jazz, Ella Fitzgerald

Reinventing the Japanese home after the war

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 00:22:46 GMT

An exhibition in London traces the reinvention of the traditional Japanese home after World War Two.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: Nurse Ratched 40 years on

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 06:30:18 GMT

Louise Fletcher, who plays Nurse Ratched, reflects on One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

Syrian-American poet's view of the conflict

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 23:08:11 GMT

Amal Kassir lost 11 family members in Syria last Tuesday - but not in the suspected chemical attack.

Neil Bartlett and Paris Lees on homosexuality bill

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 14:13:45 GMT

Neil Bartlett and Paris Lees discuss the decriminalisation of homosexuality 50 years on from the 1967 legislation.

DJ Paul Oakenfold hosts Everest party

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 09:30:47 GMT

The DJ performed at Mount Everest base camp to raise money for victims of the Nepal earthquake.

Katie Price calls for online trolls register

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 15:01:36 GMT

The former glamour model and her son talk to BBC 5 live about online trolls and cyber-bullies.

The artist who draws cancer patients

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 02:47:34 GMT

Simon Tolhurst has drawn around 250 cancer patients and their families as UCLH Artist in Residence.

Meet Sesame Street's first autistic character, Julia

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 02:56:26 GMT

Big Bird tries to interact with Julia in her TV debut.

What's it like to be the University Challenge announcer?

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 19:07:07 GMT

Roger Tilling has been the announcer on the show for the last 20 years

Aberdeen body snatcher tale told in new film

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 10:17:49 GMT

The dubious dealings of a grave-robbing anatomist are the inspiration behind a new film being shot in the North East.

Author who turned Black Lives Matter into best-selling novel

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 10:40:10 GMT

Angie Thomas on how the Black Lives Matter movement inspired her best-selling novel The Hate U Give.

Drawing a modern tribal-inspired mural

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 11:11:08 GMT

Lady Skollie has drawn on her Khoisan roots for her first solo exhibition in London.

Gene Simmons pays tribute to Chuck Berry

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 07:28:36 GMT

Kiss rocker Gene Simmons pays tribute to Chuck Berry, who died in March, at a memorial service.

Should theatre actors use an autocue?

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 08:03:53 GMT

Production company Complicite has been criticised for allowing actors to use an autocue

John Ridley's Guerilla tells story of UK Black Panthers

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 14:30:48 GMT

The '12 Years A Slave' writer discovers police's covert 'black power desk' to monitor UK's Black activists during the 1970s.

Barrie Chase recalls 'Fred Astaire's indefinable magic'

Sat, 08 Apr 2017 10:29:25 GMT

Dancer Barrie Chase speaks to BBC Breakfast about dancing with the legendary Fred Astaire.

'Inhaling knowledge in the library'

Sat, 08 Apr 2017 13:13:35 GMT

Scientists at University College London are working on a project to capture aromas for their historic value.

John Yuyi: The artist behind Gucci's viral campaign

Sat, 08 Apr 2017 23:02:22 GMT

A Taiwanese artist used by Gucci for her social media art talks about her struggles with anxiety.

Ivette Ivens captures the bond between generations

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 23:59:44 GMT

Photographer explores the relationship between grandparents and grandchildren.

Damien Hirst on his new shipwreck exhibition

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 22:22:33 GMT

Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable took a decade to make, and cost the artist "a lot of money".

Theatr Colwyn signs up to dementia friendly screenings

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 19:41:48 GMT

They offer people living with dementia the chance to enjoy arts and cultural events with their family and friends.

Kendall Jenner Pepsi advert: Why did it wind people up?

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 11:19:10 GMT

The firm pulled the advert starring Kendall Jenner after a social media backlash.

Teen invites La La Land's Emma Stone to prom

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 19:06:47 GMT

Jacob Staudenmaier from Arizona needed to go the extra mile - his intended date is actress Emma Stone.

Lord Sugar on how to deal with failure

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 10:46:46 GMT

Taekwondo athlete Lutalo Muhammad speaks to Lord Sugar about bouncing back from failure.

Elton John: 'I have 7,000 vinyl records'

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 07:01:34 GMT

Elton John on his love of record stores

BBC presenter Charlie Stayt tries out Jamiroquai's headgear

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 08:30:37 GMT

BBC Breakfast presenter Charlie Stayt tries out Jay Kay from Jamiroquai's new hat

Vika Bull asks whether Etta James influenced singers like Adele

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 23:03:44 GMT

Etta James's tragic life story has been brought to the stage in a show called At Last. Australian singer Vika Bull explains how Etta influenced the next generation of soul singers.

Fay Weldon on what her generation of feminists got wrong

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 03:01:41 GMT

Author Fay Weldon talks to Newsnight about her new book ‘Death of a She Devil’ and why feminism hasn’t turned out as well as she hoped

Fast & Furious 8: Scott Eastwood on forgetting to pay parking fines

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 23:43:44 GMT

The Fast & Furious 8 star Scott Eastwood talks to the BBC about his role in the franchise, forgetting to pay his parking fines and his Top Gear dream.

Hijabi rapper Mona Haydar: 'There's been a lot of backlash'

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 19:11:06 GMT

Syrian-American Muslim poet Mona Haydar tells BBC World Service about reaction to her song celebrating Muslim women who wear the headscarf.

The man who lived inside a giant wooden egg

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 16:23:15 GMT

Artist Stephen Turner lived on the egg from July 2013 until July 2014.

Learn Jane Austen, 'thug' style

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 00:12:49 GMT

Meet the man who does Jane Austen 'thug' style

Harry Potter: Sir Ian McKellen reveals why he turned down Dumbledore role

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 09:58:00 GMT

The Lord of the Rings star explains why he couldn't take on the role after Richard Harris's death.

Selfies in silk: African textile art

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 12:40:34 GMT

Billie Zangewa was among almost 100 African artists whose work was displayed at the Paris Art Fair.

Riz Ahmed on his choice of roles

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 17:24:57 GMT

British actor Riz Ahmed says he is “just trying to represent and reflect his own experience” through his choice of film roles.

A look at the famous faces of Newsround

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 13:34:50 GMT

We look back at the presenters who got their first break on Newsround, on the show's 45th birthday.

Downton Abbey writer criticises mumbled TV dialogue

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 16:40:46 GMT

Downton Abbey creator Lord Fellowes and Labour's Lord Blunkett drawn into House of Lords question on TV dramas.

Has Brexit been good for satire?

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 12:06:28 GMT

While Brexit and Trump may have been good for the press, they have caused problems in the world of comedy.

Kenya's rising ballet star Joel Kioko

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 00:54:10 GMT

Joel Kioko has gone from growing up in a slum in Kenya's capital to being trained in a US ballet school.

Disney animators explain why cartoon characters only have three fingers

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 10:45:51 GMT

Disney animators explain the missing digit and give the BBC a drawing masterclass.

Actor with OCD 'fears injury when sitting down'

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 05:52:09 GMT

Former Coronation Street actor Ian Puleston-Davies discusses the symptoms of his Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Robin Bunce: 'Darcus was simply a remarkable man'

Sun, 02 Apr 2017 16:25:53 GMT

Writer Robin Bunce has paid tribute to Darcus Howe who has died aged 74.

Baby photographer Anne Geddes on her career

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 23:08:32 GMT

New book, Small World, celebrates 30 years of snapping little people.

Film star John Cusack 'glad to be invited to Belfast'

Sun, 02 Apr 2017 09:19:57 GMT

Hollywood actor John Cusack is in Belfast for a number of events as part of the Belfast Film Festival, including a talk to more than 150 politics students at St Mary's College.

Matthew Smith, 11, to conduct symphony orchestra

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 09:13:20 GMT

Matthew Smith will take charge of 75 adult musicians when they perform Die Fledermaus.

Shakespearean pad stuns Antiques Roadshow on Caversham Park episode

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 11:33:35 GMT

The 17th Century notebook is described as "extraordinary" by manuscripts specialist Matthew Haley.

Norwich Castle Museum: At home in a dolls' house exhibition

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 08:05:25 GMT

A collection of homes that most can only aspire to, whether you are a doll or its owner, has gone on display.

Senior stars step out on the New York catwalk

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 04:04:20 GMT

A senior fashion show in New York City drew applause for an array of designs - many of them hand-sewn.

Doctor Who: 'Bill’s gay and it shouldn’t be a big deal'

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 15:05:15 GMT

Peal Mackie talks about playing Doctor Who's the first openly-gay companion.

Imagining Bob Dylan's trip to accept his Nobel Prize

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 16:51:59 GMT

Musician Mitch Benn imagines what is going on in Bob Dylan's head as he accepts his prize.

John Lydon turns writer for release of new songbook

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 14:46:25 GMT

Sex Pistol and elder statesman of punk John Lydon talks about the release on his new songbook.

Arterton plays propaganda screenwriter in Their Finest

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 11:08:40 GMT

Actress Gemma Arterton plays a World War Two screenwriter in new film Their Finest.

The GP who secretly became an Archers star

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 08:09:56 GMT

A family GP has secretly acted in The Archers for over 30 years

Meet the artist who sketches refugees

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 07:31:50 GMT

Gideon Summerfield builds relationships with refugees through his drawings.

Street art events promote Yemen peace

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 03:44:07 GMT

Murad Subay from Yemen and British artist Lisa-Marie Gibbs held simultaneous street art events in Yemen and the UK.

Watch Clem Curtis on Top of the Pops

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:26:24 GMT

The Foundations' lead singer, who has died aged 76, is remembered as a "pioneer of soul music" in Britain.

Clem Curtis tried to keep illness 'under wraps'

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:18:58 GMT

Two days before this death, Clem Curtis said he enjoyed "every moment" of being with The Foundations.

Police 696 forms are 'targeting grime acts'

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:06:17 GMT

The government is to respond to fears a police risk assessment form has been used in a "racist" way to target grime artists, the BBC understands.

Canadian composer turns Pink Floyd's The Wall into an opera

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:19:09 GMT

The Opera de Montreal is taking the rock out of “rock opera” with its ambitious interpretation of Pink Floyd’s classic double album, The Wall.

Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds: Fans farewell at memorial service

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 04:12:09 GMT

Fans gather to honour Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher at a public memorial service in Los Angeles.

Is there too much violence against women on TV?

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:08:15 GMT

Television stars on claims that there is too much violence against women in dramas.

Red Nose Day 2017: Carpool Karaoke with Take That

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 12:03:41 GMT

James Corden’s Red Nose Day Carpool karaoke, Ed Sheeran and the Love Actually cast help Comic Relief raise more than £71m so far.

Hendrix, Prince, Bowie: Making faces from music

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 00:12:19 GMT

Collage artist Hayato Takano creates portraits of famous musicians using only sheet music.

Comic Relief: Love Actually revisited - watch the trailer

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:45:11 GMT

Red Nose Day Actually, which airs at 19:00 GMT, shows what happened to the characters since 2003.

'The paintings were behind a wall'

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:31:39 GMT

Two Van Gogh paintings stolen by the mafia will go on show in Amsterdam this week.

'Dexter dressed scruffily, like a schoolteacher’

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:11:52 GMT

Lawrence Fox remembers Colin Dexter who has died aged 86.

Peppa Pig star Harley Bird on 10 years oinking

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:13:03 GMT

The face behind the world's most successful four-year-old porker.

Sir Elton's surprise call to video teen

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 10:07:48 GMT

Disabled teenager Lewis Hine re-lives the moment Sir Elton John phoned him.

Kronos Quartet: Making free music for the future

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:34:23 GMT

Kronos Quartet's 50 for the Future creates works to serve as free resources for young musicians.