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Maria Balshaw: Manchester gallery boss to be Tate's first female director

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:34:10 GMT

Maria Balshaw, the head of Manchester's acclaimed Whitworth gallery, is to run the Tate art empire.

Sir Simon Rattle's debut to include 10-day festival

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:42:03 GMT

Sir Simon Rattle's first season as London Symphony Orchestra director starts with a 10-day celebration.

Karen Gillan on Tupperware Party, Inverness and Avengers

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 01:45:48 GMT

Scots actress Karen Gillan talks to BBC Scotland about making a film in Scotland, her home city and Avengers: Infinity War.

George Michael's friend Andros Georgiou links death to drugs

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:56:24 GMT

George Michael's childhood friend says hard drugs had returned to the singer's life before his death last month.

Daz Black, Ben Phillips and Tish Simmonds pay tribute as Vine closes

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 05:20:44 GMT

The six-second clip-sharing service is shutting down but it's still not clear exactly why.

Harry Potter actress Evanna Lynch 'stuck' as Luna Lovegood

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 07:01:14 GMT

The 25-year-old says she's "taking a break" from Harry Potter conventions as she's been "living off" the franchise for 10 years.

Hamilton musical tickets touted for more than £2,000

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:35:16 GMT

Tickets for Hamilton, the most anticipated theatre show of the year, appear on resale sites for more than £2,000, hours after going on sale.

Notting Hill Carnival 'must be made safer', policing report says

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:22:20 GMT

Last year's Notting Hill Carnival saw four stabbings so serious the victims nearly died, a report says.

Sherlock finale ratings hit all-time low

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:46:04 GMT

The series finale of BBC One's Sherlock drew its lowest-ever overnight UK ratings on Sunday night, with 5.9m tuning in.

Rolf Harris 'pounced' on blind woman 'like prey'

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:57:32 GMT

A blind woman tells a court she was groped by Rolf Harris when the TV star met her at a hospital in 1977.

T in the Park organisers told to pay back £50,000 of government grant

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:55:06 GMT

The organisers of T in the Park will have to repay a third of a £150,000 Scottish government grant awarded to help the festival relocate.

Cilla Black statue unveiled as Cavern Club celebrates 60 years

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 13:14:24 GMT

Liverpool celebrates 60 years of the Cavern Club as a life-size statue of Cilla Black is unveiled outside the venue.

500 Words: BBC Radio 2's short story competition launches

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 08:28:15 GMT

BBC Radio 2's annual short story competition for children aged five to 13 has launched.

Don Warrington up for Manchester Theatre Award for playing King Lear

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:34:59 GMT

Don Warrington is nominated for best actor at the Manchester Theatre Awards for playing King Lear.

BBC to adapt John le Carre novel for new TV series

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 15:26:37 GMT

Following the success of The Night Manager, the BBC is to adapt The Spy Who Came In From The Cold.

The Brits are 'not so white' in 2017

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 11:45:02 GMT

Acts like Craig David tells us an increase in diversity at this year's Brit Awards is "a great thing".

Thandi Klaasen: Tributes for South African jazz star

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:05:20 GMT

Renowned singer who promoted a "cosmopolitan culture" in racially divided South Africa is mourned.

Ringling Bros circus to close 'Greatest Show on Earth' after 146 years

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 07:25:47 GMT

The US circus that coined a world-famous slogan and upset animal activists is to close after 146 years.

Martin Luther King's 1967 Tyneside visit marked with events

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:15:31 GMT

The 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's visit to the north-east of England is to be celebrated.

Sherlock series finale leaked online

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 06:14:32 GMT

The show's creators have urged fans not to share the episode ahead of it airing on TV on Sunday.

Lucasfilm: Carrie Fisher won't be digitally recreated

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 09:45:03 GMT

The Star Wars actress, who died last month, had already filmed her role in the next instalment.

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard finalise divorce

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 13:32:33 GMT

The Hollywood couple's marriage ended amid claims of domestic violence - which Depp denies.

Prince Charles co-authors Ladybird climate change book

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 18:22:26 GMT

Prince Charles co-authors a book for adults in the style of the well-known children's series.

Brit Awards: David Bowie, Skepta and Craig David scoop nominations

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 19:58:35 GMT

David Bowie, Skepta and Craig David all scoop nominations for the 2017 Brit Awards.

Ed Sheeran takes top two chart positions

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:53:03 GMT

Ed Sheeran makes chart history with his comeback singles, smashing streaming records in the process.

Exorcist writer William Peter Blatty dies aged 89

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:58:21 GMT

US author and filmmaker William Peter Blatty has died at the age of 89.

Sky pulls Michael Jackson programme after family complaints

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:41:46 GMT

Sky says it will not air a controversial TV programme about Michael Jackson.

Hamilton brings in paperless ticketing system to combat touts

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:58:06 GMT

Paper tickets will not be issued for the London production of Hamilton The Musical, its producers announce.

The Crystal Maze is coming back with Richard Ayoade as host

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 14:33:48 GMT

A new series of The Crystal Maze is coming back to Channel 4 and comedian Richard Ayoade will be the new Maze Master.

Tommy Allsup: Guitarist who avoided Buddy Holly plane crash dies

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:10:03 GMT

Guitarist Tommy Allsup, who narrowly avoided boarding the plane that killed Buddy Holly, dies aged 85.

Labour's Tristram Hunt quitting as MP to head V&A Museum

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:56:34 GMT

Labour faces another by-election as the former shadow education secretary announces he is to resign.

Timothy Spall on playing Holocaust denier David Irving

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 11:08:04 GMT

Denial is a film about the renegade British historian David Irving, accused of denying the Holocaust.

Viola Davis: Hollywood 'being forced to open up'

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 19:24:18 GMT

Hollywood star Viola Davis says black actors are demanding better parts, and are finally getting them.

A big stop for America's big top

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 13:42:35 GMT

The "Greatest Show on Earth", the Ringling Bros circus, will cease to be in May.

David Bowie song question answered by Rick Wakeman

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 08:49:20 GMT

Keyboard wizard Rick Wakeman has solved the mystery surrounding the piano playing on the David Bowie song Oh You Pretty Things.

Welsh choir's New York performance to remember Aberfan

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 09:19:27 GMT

A Gwynedd choir which reached the final of the Britain's Got Talent TV show is performing at New York's Carnegie Hall.

The poet pining for your Christmas tree

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 00:19:04 GMT

Poet Brian Bilston laments the millions of Christmas trees the UK buys and discards every year.

Australian presenter rants at all-white TV line-up

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 11:24:27 GMT

Australian news anchor Amber Sherlock is caught on camera kicking off about her colleague's all-white outfit.

Photos of The Jam unearthed for new album

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:26:05 GMT

Newly discovered photos of a show by The Jam in 1979 have been used on a new live album.

Who missed out?

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 14:12:08 GMT

After the Bafta film nominations, here are some things we've learned about this year's race.

One year on

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 00:40:35 GMT

The music world lost an icon on 10 January 2016. Here are some of the things we've discovered about David Bowie since he died.

'A love letter'

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 00:41:50 GMT

Nicole Kidman has said she was brought to tears by the "beautiful" depiction of an adoptive mother's love in her latest film, Lion.

Globes gaffes and gossip

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 12:21:45 GMT

Couldn't face the full Golden Globes coverage and wondering what you missed? We've got it covered.