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Love is in the air, and on the air!

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Mars Elkins Mars Elkins | 18:29 UK time, Thursday, 28 July 2011

They say men think about it every second, while women think about it... well, not so often! We're talking about sex of course. And there's going to be plenty of chat about it this Sunday on BBC Radio 1's Sex Night from 7pm.

BBC Three's going to be filming at Radio 1's 5-hour fest packed with a live audience, special guests, quizzes, discussion and plenty of debate about love, sex and relationships.

Ex-Hollyoaks star, Nathalie Emmanuel will also be one of the celebs joining Aled and Gemma on Sunday.

Ex-Hollyoaks star Nathalie Emmanuel

She'll be talking about the documentary she's making for BBC Three about websex. Her film looks at the different ways people are using the internet to interact sexually.

Nathalie's been investigating how social networks are being used to 'hit' on people who aren't friends but might be friends of friends or strangers. She's been talking to people about sending intimate pictures, using chat rooms and webcams.

She started with the simple questions like who's doing what, why and how often? Nathalie soon found out that although there's been research done into children's safety online and how many were victims of sexting, there wasn't much academic work on people older than 16. She's been talking to Professor Andy Phippen, who's been researching what 16 to 24 year olds are up to online. You can check out his survey here.

To find out more about how to be safe online:
- EU Kids Online
- University of Central Lancashire Cyberspace Research Unit

Mars Elkins is producer for the BBC Three website.

Geordie Finishing School for Girls is back!

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Mars Elkins Mars Elkins | 14:59 UK time, Monday, 25 July 2011

The popular series is back tomorrow at 9pm and this time around we see four wealthy southern girls head up north to Newcastle as they swap their cosseted lives and designer wear for life on the breadline.

For 10 days, Steph, Fi, Lucy and Fiona surrender their credit cards to survive on the equivalent of job seeker's allowance.

They'll be living in one of the most deprived wards of the city under the watchful eye of their mentor - local legend and youth worker Huffty.

The girls will be getting a first class Geordie education from their northern sisters Shauna, Makylea, Lyndsey and Kimberley. With the two sides mixing, will they end up learning more about each other's existing prejudices?

Here's a sneak peek of how the posh girls got on during a shift in the local chippy.

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So, will the privileged young ladies flunk their Geordie lessons in life or will they pass with flying colours? Remember, you can get involved in the conversation through @bbc3tv on Twitter using #geordiefinishingschool, via the BBC Three Facebook Fan Page or through here on the blog.

Geordie Finishing School for Girls starts on Tuesday, 26 July at 9pm.

Mars Elkins is producer for the BBC Three website.

Funny in 15: Top 5 Videos

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Zai Bennett Zai Bennett | 14:30 UK time, Wednesday, 20 July 2011

What can you do in 15 seconds? Run a hundred metres? Get to the first line of a song? Choose a meal from a menu? Could you make someone laugh? It's not as easy as you think.

When the idea was first discussed, we were looking for an idea that felt simple, uncomplicated and something that could deliver quick laughs. Being "funny in fifteen" [seconds] - with all that attractive alliteration - looks great on paper and sounds good when you say it, but we always knew it would be a challenge. We also wanted people to watch the clips and think,"I could do that". We hoped we could encourage and inspire people to unleash their creative comic spirit.

We were not looking for someone simply to tell a quick joke: we wanted something more interesting. We wanted something more than a throw away line. We were looking for a quick sketch.

The short sketches that were used to launch Funny in 15 were brilliant examples of simple funny clips. From animated shorts by the Macleod Brothers to live action clips from Eyeworks and BBC teams the clips did a wonderful job. You should have another look at them...

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When you look to encourage and inspire viewers to take part in something like Funny in 15 you're never sure how successful the message and idea will be. The response to this was brilliant and we were overwhelmed by the quality of entries. Below we have some excellent examples that really tickled us: hope you enjoy them.

Will Garrat's Funny in 15: Baboons

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Avent and Monie's Funny in 15: The Drop

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Mark Tidswell's Funny in 15: The Great Roundini!

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Thank you to everyone who entered the competition. We've got all of the entries below. I hope you enjoy them...

Eyan Hinson's Funny in 15: Car Thieves

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James Du Gard's Funny in 15: There She Blows

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Click here to find out more about Funny in 15.

Zai Bennett is Controller of BBC Three.

Noel Clarke answers your questions

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Mars Elkins Mars Elkins | 13:58 UK time, Monday, 18 July 2011

Now you've seen Kidulthood and Adulthood is on tonight at 10pm, find out more about the films' award-winning actor, writer and director Noel Clarke. We put some of your questions to the West London-born star and here are his answers.

From Tom Newton on Facebook: How did you become an actor? Noel: It was something I always wanted to do since I was about 5 years old. Years later I just got lucky and met the right person at the right time. After that, knowing how lucky I was to be doing the job I'd dreamed about, I just knuckled down and focused.

From Christinee Kane McIntosh on Facebook: What made you even think of Kidulthood and Adulthood?
Noel: Well, the first film is based partially on me and my friends hanging out back in the day so it wasn't tough to think of it. Putting a story together and connecting things I'd experienced and seen was the tricky part.

From Andy on Facebook: Having re-watched Kidulthood, did you realise back in 2006 and before Adulthood that it would remain relevant nearly 6 years later? Will there be a third story to tell?
Noel: The constants will always be relevant. There will always be bullies, there will always be teenagers, there will always be strong weak, good, bad, drugs, sex. What we have to do is educate those we are responsible for to try and do things the right way. Is there a third story? Maybe. Will I tell it? I don't know. Maybe BBC3 seeing how popular these are should make a TV show!

From @nicwwfc on Twitter: What is your worst memory from school?
Noel: I actually don't have have one. Maybe that's it. The fact that school wasn't actually that memorable at all. I couldn't tell you a best memory, let alone a worst.

From Gabby Pepper on Facebook: What is it like having to play someone [Sam] so bitter, when you're a generally nice guy? What do you do to prep for it? Noel: Sam's character clearly has a few issues and it's hinted at in the film. To play him, I just bring that side out of me. Nice of you to say I'm a nice guy, but I think there's a little bit of all the characters I play somewhere inside.


From Adam Parkin on the blog: What inspired you to get into making films? And, how could anyone make it into films?
Noel: It's just something I always wanted to be a part of. Mostly as an actor but as you get older and bolder you want to try more and people gave me opportunities to write and direct. I just took them. As for how you get in, there is no right or wrong answer to that and it happens differently for everyone.

Noel Clarke at an awards ceremony

From @britclam on Twitter: You've accomplished a lot, what's next for you? Noel: I don't know. I'm trying/have written a few different things but just want to keep improving and make bigger films.


From @Cuuuuurlyyyyy on Twitter: What's the next Noel Clarke film?
Noel: I've written a sci-fi and co-written a rom-com. But the film I'm looking to direct next is an MMA [mixed martial arts] one. Hopefully this year.

From @MK7LFC on Twitter: What advice would you give to aspiring scriptwriters/filmmakers in this YouTube generation we live in now? Noel: Don't wait for things to happen. Go out and make them happen. There is so much opportunity right now to surprise the dinosaurs in this biz. Just do it.


From Kristian Maloney on Facebook: Are you appearing as Mickey in Doctor Who soon...?
Noel: Not that I know of. I love Doctor Who and Matt and Karen are great but I don't make those choices.

From @Mr_Costin on Twitter: What was the message being put across in both the movies - Kidulthood and Adulthood?

Noel: In Kidulthood, it was basically if you behave like this or immerse yourself in this world, then you could die. In Adulthood, it was more that you can walk away from bad things you don't have to fight, in some situations it's better to just walk away. People may call you names but you'll be alive.

Thanks for all the great questions you have posted on @bbc3tv on Twitter, BBC Three Facebook Fan Page and the blog. And don't forget, if you've missed it, you can still watch Adulthood on the iPlayer.

Mars Elkins is producer for the BBC Three website.

Ask Noel Clarke a Question

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Mars Elkins Mars Elkins | 16:21 UK time, Friday, 15 July 2011

Is Noel Clarke really like his Doctor Who character Mickey Smith in real life or is he more like Wyman Norris in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet? What inspired him to write Kidulthood? If you've got a burning question for Noel, writer, director and star of Kidulthood and Adulthood, then now's your chance.

All you have to do is post your question here on the blog, the BBC Three Facebook page or via Twitter @bbc3tv using #noelclarkeqa and we'll put a selection of the best ones to Noel. We'll then have his answers here on the blog after next week's showing of Adulthood.

Just make sure you get them to us by midday on Monday 18 July. And don't miss tonight's episode of Kidulthood at 9.45pm, which you can also watch on the iPlayer.

UPDATE: Thank you for all your Noel Clarke questions. Check out Noel's answers here. And don't forget, you can still watch Adulthood on the iPlayer.

Mars Elkins is producer for the BBC Three website.

A Decade of 60seconds

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Sam Naz Sam Naz | 10:35 UK time, Friday, 15 July 2011

News crews were kept pretty busy in 2001. The year saw some major stories both at home and abroad. The world was shocked by the 9/11 attacks on the United States and a devastating foot-and-mouth crisis swept through the UK. In sport, tennis fans packed out Henman Hill at Wimbledon screaming "Come on Tim!" and thinking could this finally be our year? Well, no. He lost to Goran Ivanisevic in the semi-finals. Over in Hollywood, it was the end of an era as Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman divorced after 10 years of marriage.

Alongside all that, 2001 saw the birth of 60seconds. The news bulletins made their debut on new digital channel BBC Choice (now known to us as BBC Three) on July 16th. With a fully decked-out studio and a track called Machines R Us by Faithless as the music bed - 60seconds was a go! We've managed to dig out a bulletin from that very first week:

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Ok, so I may not have sweeping camera shots and a swanky studio now, but watching that made me realise how 60seconds has stood the test of time over the past decade. The look of the bulletins has only been updated twice since the channel was renamed BBC Three in 2003. There are still 5 stories, each about 9 seconds long. We try to cram in as much of the key info as possible in that time, and that's why the bulletins are pretty fast-paced.

Picking the stories that go into the bulletins can be difficult. Sometimes there really is just too much choice, leading to a long debate about what should go in. The stories that make the final cut are always the ones we feel you'll find the most interesting and be able to relate to. It's why you'll often catch a story on 60seconds which isn't getting much coverage on other News programmes, like youth unemployment or ticket scams.

With so many TV shows coming and going over the past decade, it's incredible how not only BBC Three's hourly bulletins have survived - they've actually been the inspiration behind news bulletins for other channels too. In fact, you may have noticed a news summary on BBC One at 8pm - it's brought to you by exactly the same team as 60seconds and based on the same principles.

I hope you'll raise your glasses and help us celebrate this little milestone... Happy birthday 60seconds - here's to another 10 years!

If you're thinking about becoming a journalist, you'll find lots of help and advice on the following links:



Journalist Sam Naz presents the 60seconds news bulletins on BBC Three.

60seconds Sam on Extraordinary Me

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Sam Naz Sam Naz | 10:34 UK time, Wednesday, 13 July 2011

This week on BBC Three, a new season of programmes started to look at the lives of extraordinary people across Britain. Extraordinary Me tells the inspirational stories of how these young people are coping with adult life in their challenging situations.

Here are a couple that I wanted to tell you a bit more about:

ROGER: GENOCIDE BABY
With a starring role in the feature film Africa United already under his belt; Roger Nsengiyumva is a rising star. But he's lucky to be alive. He was born in Rwanda in 1994 during one of the deadliest episodes in modern times - the genocide. It was his mother's sheer bravery which saved his life. In Roger: Genocide Baby, he returns to Rwanda to see for himself how the country is moving on from that harrowing episode - and he discovers whether he's ready to forgive his father's killers.

Roger's dad was one of around 800,000 people who were brutally murdered in 100 terrifying days in 1994. Their crime? They came from the wrong ethnic group - most of them were Tutsis. It was all sparked by the death of the Rwandan President at the time, Juvenal Habyarimana, who belonged to the Hutu tribe. His plane was shot down over the country's capital city, Kigali, and the finger of blame was pointed at Tutsi rebels - something they've strongly denied. The incident brought ethnic tension to a head, and the Hutu militias began their slaughter of Tutsis and moderate Hutus.

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You can see a collection of reports from the time in this BBC News slide-show 100 days of genocide. The BBC's Fergal Keane reported from the country and saw the aftermath of the atrocities first hand. He returned to the scene of the massacre to mark the first anniversary of the genocide in 1995, and I urge you to read his moving report here.

Attempts to bring those who carried out the brutal attacks to justice are still ongoing. Just last month, a woman was convicted of genocide by an international court for the first time - her trial took 10 years to complete.

JOSIE: MY CANCER CURSE
At 18, Josie Bellerby is facing the toughest decision of her life. Her mum carries a gene which drastically increases the risk of getting breast cancer to 80%. It's already been passed through the generations, killing Josie's grandmother and great grandmother. Her mum took the drastic decision to have both her breasts removed after discovering she had the gene too. So, should Josie have the test to find out if she's inherited it or is she too young? That's the tough question she tries to get her head around in Josie: My Cancer Curse.

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Cancer Research UK says around 48,000 people are diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK each year and most of them are women. The main breast cancer genes are BRCA1 and BRCA2 - both can be tested for if you have a very strong family history. However, researchers have stressed that inheriting a breast cancer gene is rare - they estimate that only around 3% of all breast cancer cases are caused by inherited genes.
If you're worried about your hereditary risk, please contact your doctor. You can also get lots more information, as well as help and advice, from the organisations listed on this BBC Health page.

Journalist Sam Naz presents the 60seconds news bulletins on BBC Three.

Join BBC Three at T in the Park

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Mars Elkins Mars Elkins | 18:13 UK time, Friday, 8 July 2011

This weekend, Reggie and Edith are in Balado bringing to BBC Three some of the top names in the music world. T in the Park, Scotland’s much loved and award-winning music festival, kicks off today and you can check out the impressive line up here. And if you’re watching online or on the telly, make sure you don’t miss out – here’s the schedule. You’ll also get the chance to ask bands like Friendly Fires, The Vaccines and more questions, so watch this space!

T in the Park atmosphere

 


So, don’t get left out, you can join in the conversation by adding your questions or comments here on the blog, Tweet us @bbc3tv using #bbctitp or drop us a line on the BBC Three Facebook page.

 

 

 

 

Mars Elkins is producer for the BBC Three website.

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