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Gareth Gates - Stop My Stutter

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Gareth Gates Gareth Gates | 17:40 UK time, Friday, 24 February 2012

Stop My Stutter presenter Gareth Gates


Living with a stammer is difficult. It's a daily uphill struggle with emotional baggage weighing you down. You can't be the person you want to be. Why? Because you have no voice. No voice = no personality + no opinion. The stammer dictates who and what you are. You end up ordering a meal or a drink you can say rather than the ones you actually want. Stammerers end up in jobs they don't care much for (i.e. sat behind a computer) to avoid having to speak to anyone. It controls you and it makes decisions for you.

Stop my Stutter looks at how five young adults try to reverse this, as they make the first few steps to trying to control it.

I've stammered all my life, and it's fair to say that my stammer has shaped my life. It's made me make some decisions that I'm sure I wouldn't have if I didn't suffer with this affliction.

I particularly liked the idea of making this documentary with a group of people who are roughly the same age as me. Young adults living with a stutter is hard work. How do they handle job interviews? What do they do when the phone rings?  How do they 'chat someone up'? All these things the average person takes for granted prove to be a stammerers' biggest challenge.

This documentary shows how these 'everyday speaking situations' plague and torture these young adults, but then how a little hard work and courage can unlock a whole new life as they find a voice.

Get your tissues ready, it's emotional!

Stop My Stutter is on Monday at 9pm

Pramface - Meet the characters

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Jaine Sykes Jaine Sykes | 11:27 UK time, Wednesday, 22 February 2012

It's not long until our brand-new comedy Pramface hits the screen on Thursday at 9pm! If you're wondering what Pramface is all about check out the trailer below...

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We're looking forward to meeting Jamie, Laura, Mike, Beth and the rest of the characters on Thursday. But to whet your appetite, here's our rundown on who they are and what makes them tick...

Meet Jamie... well intentioned and terrified


Relationship status:
Young, free, single, open to offers

Girls, Xbox, girls who like playing Xbox

Political views:
I just got a D in Government and Politics, so apparently not


Exams are over and Jamie's determined to make the most of his summer. Read more about Jamie...


Meet Mike... Jamie's wingman


Relationship status:

Girls, Disco Bowling

Political Views:
I speak my mind. I never mind what I speak

Mike's desperate to lose his virginity. He's not really that picky about how it happens or who the 'lucky lady' is, just as long as it happens soon. Read more about Mike...

Follow Mike on Twitter.


Meet Beth... Jamie's mate and girlfriend-in-waiting


Relationship status:
Single, but I don't need a boyfriend to be a complete person

The Environment (For), The Arms Trade (Against), Alternative Energy (For)

Political views:
If you're not part of the solution, you're an idiot

Beth has always seen herself as the girlfriend-in-waiting for Jamie. So Laura's pregnancy is clearly a personal disaster for her. Read more about Beth...


Meet Laura... Young, free and single


Relationship status:
Single / ready to mingle

Men, Movies, Music

Political views:
Toy Story 3, windsurfing, dammit, how do I delete this? I don't know how to delete this


Laura thinks she's paying a disproportionately high price for a small experiment with recklessness. Read more about Laura...

Read what Scarlett Alice Johnson has to say about playing pregnant teen Laura.


Let us know what you think of the series below!

Pramface begins on Thursday at 9pm.

My Hometown Fanatics - Stacey Dooley Investigates

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Stacey Dooley Stacey Dooley | 12:52 UK time, Monday, 20 February 2012

Presenter - Stacey Dooley


Making a documentary about my hometown was always going to be the most difficult topic I had ever covered! No question. I have made documentaries about sex trafficking in Cambodia and child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but making a programme about Luton was different - it was personal.

I was born in Luton, I grew up in Luton and all my family and friends are still there. Luton is home for me.

It's been given a rough old time in the press. It is rumoured to have a fanatical few who are determined to use Islam as an excuse to justify some of their extreme beliefs and views.

This tiny minority used to be known locally to us as The Al-Muhajiroun, or the AMs. They were banned in 2010 under the UK Terrorism Act. My personal opinion is that these people do not represent what I understand Islam to be - at all.

I never really had an opinion about the Al Muhajiroun, I didn't really know enough about them. The only time I took real notice of them was when the troops were marching through the town and everyone had gathered to welcome them home.

The AMs showed up with banners, stating that the soldiers were 'baby rapists' and 'murderers'. They spat on some of the soldiers. Lots of Lutonians saw red, believing this was a step too far, and that day it all really kicked off. Police were everywhere. It wasn't a great day to be from Luton.

As a result, the EDL, (The English Defence League) formed.

I knew that extremism in Luton was a really important issue to try and cover, even though it could be very awkward for me at times! I've had people stopping me in the Arndale, telling me I've put Luton in the media again for negative reasons. I've had people from the EDL asking me where my head scarf is and people from the AMs asking me why I don't go find a boyfriend from the EDL - but I stand by the reasons why I decided to make the documentary, and I'm pleased I did.

I've learnt that whether we like to admit it or not, there are real issues that need addressing; there are people who aren't willing to see the other side, who believe their fanatical views are the only way forward. But it's also true that there are so, so, so many Lutonians - white, Asian, Muslim, Non-Muslim - who want to live peacefully. Together.

My Hometown Fanatics: Stacey Dooley Investigates is on Monday 20th February at 9pm

The Secrets Of Everything

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Greg Foot Greg Foot | 10:43 UK time, Friday, 17 February 2012


Last time I was on the Three Blog I'd just been off surfing a tidal wave, playing the guitar at 60mph, and microwaving some ants (which I've been told to remind you guys, don't try at home!) But it was all to explain how the universe began and where we came from in the BBC Three science documentary Secrets of the Universe.

Thanks to your feedback on the show, a full series has been commissioned (I owe you lovely people a drink). So over the past six months I've been buried alive, shot, burnt, punched, zapped, frozen, and generally suffered in the name of science filming the new series, The Secrets of Everything. You said you liked the stunt approach to explaining science, so the Producers didn't hold back! And I was only seriously damaged once...

The Secrets of Everything is all about getting to the bottom of those brain-tickling questions you've always wondered about but never found a definitive answer to. Stuff like "What do humans taste like?" and "Does water really drain through a plughole the other way down under" or "Why do chillies burn even though they're cold?"

The producers decided that the best way to get to the bottom of the last question would be to have a chilli-off!

Now, I've got to admit, I am RUBBISH with spice, but I'm always game for a challenge. I manned-up and gave my mate Jonny a call – he makes mind-blowingly hot food so I knew he'd be the right guy for the job.

Down the pub, we faced off with some crazy hot chillies as we worked our way up the 'Scoville Scale' – a measure of how hot a chilli is. Chillies don't actually burn, it's just that the capsaicin in the chilli makes the receptors in your mouth think there's something really hot in there. Oh, and capsaicin affects receptors everywhere... so you normally feel the heat again the next day too. These were some of the hottest chillies you can get your hands on. Yowch! Anyway, enjoy!


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Keep your eyes peeled on the blog for more info about when the series kicks off. There's six stunt-filled episodes, each one jam-packed with intriguing questions and messy, dangerous, explosive answers.

In the next blog post we'll also be opening the doors to you guys, asking if you've got any frequently asked questions, urban legends, or mind-twisters that have you puzzled. We'll pick out a bunch and uncover the truth!

The Secrets of Everything is on Sunday 4th March at 8pm

Adam Deacon wins BAFTA Rising Star award

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Sarah Maycock Sarah Maycock | 09:00 UK time, Friday, 10 February 2012

On Sunday, all the stars got their glad-rags on for this year’s BAFTAs – that’s the British Academy of Film and Television Arts to you and me!

Edith Bowman hosted the Red Carpet Show for BBC Three, getting you all the insider gossip before the main event. She braved the cold to chat to the nominees and celebrity guests as they arrived for the most prestigious film awards in the UK. And didn't they all scrub up well?

The only BAFTA of the night voted for by the public went to Adam Deacon as he collected his Rising Star award. He's been a busy man  - as well as starring in Kidulthood and writing, directing and featuring in Anuvahood, he played Andrew Ibrahimin in BBC Three's The Boarding School Bomber last year.

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Adam beat off some stiff competition for the Rising Star award, with other nominated actors including Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Chris O'Dowd of Bridesmaids fame, Eddie Redmayne ( BBC One's Birdsong) and Tom Hiddleston (Warhorse).


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Jean Dujardin helped silent film The Artist become one of the most successful films ever at the awards.  Winning Best Leading Actor, he took the film to an impressive seven BAFTAs, equalling Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire and Tom Hooper's The King's Speech. The only other films to have received more BAFTAs are The Killing Fields and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid with eight and nine awards respectively. Here Jean Dujardin accepts his award, with a little nod to British greats like Benny Hill! 


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Meryl Streep won her second BAFTA in the Best Leading Actress category for her role as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. She is the most nominated person in the history of the BAFTA's, with a grand total of 13! Does that make her the luckiest, or unluckiest record holder, I'm not sure?!  Here Colin Firth comes to her aid as she loses a shoe on the way to the stage:


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More of the night's nominees and winners include:

The Artist
The Descendants
The Help
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
My Week With Marilyn
We Need To Talk About Kevin

Michel Hazanavicius - The Artist
Nicolas Winding Refn - Drive
Martin Scorsese - Hugo
Tomas Alfredson - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Lynne Ramsay - We Need To Talk About Kevin

Jean Dujardin - The Artist
Brad Pitt - Moneyball
Gary Oldman - Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
George Clooney - The Descendants
Michael Fassbender - Shame

Meryl Streep - The Iron Lady
Berenice Bejo - The Artist
Michelle Williams - My Week with Marilyn
Tilda Swinton - We Need to Talk About Kevin
Viola Davis - The Help

Christopher Plummer - Beginners
Jim Broadbent - The Iron Lady
Jonah Hill - Moneyball
Kenneth Branagh - My Week with Marilyn
Philip Seymour Hoffman - The Ides of March


Octavia Spencer - The Help
Carey Mulligan - Drive
Jessica Chastain - The Help
Judi Dench - My Week with Marilyn
Melissa McCarthy - Bridesmaids

Adam Deacon
Chris Hemsworth
Chris O'Dowd
Eddie Redmayne
Tom Hiddleston



For the full list of nominees and winners, go to the BAFTA page.

British Academy Film Awards: Red Carpet was on Sunday at 7.30pm on BBC Three.

The British Academy Film Awards 2012 was on Sunday at 9pm on BBC One.

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