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Summary

  1. New Spider-Man debuts in Captain America trailer
  2. Idris Elba heads to the palace
  3. Madonna's Tears of a Clown in Australia

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By Victoria Lindrea

All times stated are UK

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  1. Cheerio

    That's all, folks!

    It's almost the weekend and we're into the cake here - no blindfold required.

    Have a lovely weekend - and join us again on Monday!

  2. Jennifer Lawrence samples Spotted Dick

    Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway

    Want to see Jennifer Lawrence eat Spotted Dick? Or is that Spotted Muffin?

    On tomorrow night's Saturday Night Takeaway, Little Ant and Dec challenge The Hunger Games actress to a game of The Hungry Games, tasting some British specialities while blindfolded. 

    We dread to think what she would have made of the pork pie...

    Watch the clip.

  3. Ryan Reynolds plans to 'take' Alaska

    It seems Ryan Reynolds has his sights set on world domination... 

    The Canadian actor got to meet the Canadian PM at the White House last night and he appears to have a plan.  

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  4. Has the UK gone a little bit country?

    Carrie Underwood and Sam Hunt

    The Country To Country festival kicks off in London, Glasgow and Dublin tonight, bringing some of Nashville's finest over to the UK.

    In the four years since it started, the festival has gone from strength to strength, while country artists are increasingly appearing on BBC Radio 2's daytime playlist.

    I spoke to stars like Carrie Underwood and Sam Hunt (pictured above) about why the genre is finally gaining a foothold in the UK. 

    You can read the article here.

    And if you're feeling a little bit ornery, you can always tune in to Radio 2's dedicated country music pop-up station to lift your spirits.

  5. Hugh Jackman backs New Zealand flag change

    Hugh Jackman

    ActorHugh Jackman says it's time to get rid of the union flag which appears on both the New Zealand and Australian flag.

    His comments comes as New Zealand holds a vote to decide whether to change its flag.

    The Australian actor has told radio station ZM that he's a "big promoter" of both New Zealand and Australia having a different emblem.

    "I think the days of having the Union Jack on our flag... I think we've moved on from that point," he said.

    "No offence, it's all great, thank you very much, [but it's] time to move on."

    Read the full story.

  6. Tribute to DJ Derek

    Radio 1 DJ and Bestival creator Rob da Bank has paid tribute to DJ Derek. 

    Police say they believe they have found the body of 73-year-old Derek Serpell-Morris, who had been missing since July. 

    Rob da Bank has tweeted about how much he will be missed and told a very sweet story about his dealings with the DJ. 

  7. Happy birthday 6Music!

  8. BP cancels sponsorship of Tate

    British oil giant BP have announced they will not be renewing their sponsorship of the Tate Britain gallery after the company posted its worst-ever annual loss.

    BBC Arts correspondent Will Gompertz shares his thoughts on the end of a 27-year partnership: "The anti-BP lobby are delighted... but I doubt the Tate will be celebrating."

    Read Will's blog.

    BP protest at Tate
  9. Insert Name Here to return

    Insert Name Here panellists

    Comedy panel show Insert Name Here is getting a second series. 

    The BBC Two show featuring Sue Perkins, Richard Osman and Josh Widdicombe focuses each episode around one particular name and the numerous people, past and present, that have shared it. 

    The first series had an average audience of one million viewers. 

    Perkins is happy to be back. 

    Quote Message: I’m absolutely delighted to be back with Richard and Josh - it’s fast, funny and fiercely competitive, and all without the use of meldonium.
  10. Clinton picks Adele as her 'go-to' voice

    Turns out Adele is Hillary Clinton's "go-to voice".

    Speaking on the US radio station SiriusXFM, the presidential hopeful was asked what music she would choose if she had her own radio show. She said there would be "classic rock 'n' roll and a lot of women singers".

    "I'm currently into Adele. That is my go-to voice," Clinton said. "I have such a huge admiration for her skills, her abilities and her personality."  

    Hillary Clinton/Adele

    In other Adele news, the British singer received three nominations in Germany's Echo awards for album of the year, best international female artist and hit of the year - for Hello.

    Looks like her quest for world domination is complete.

  11. ENO 'risking bankruptcy'

    ENO choristers

    The English National Opera has said it risks bankruptcy, if its proposed changes to choir members' contracts are not implemented.

    Last month, 42 of the company's 44-strong choir voted to strike over a dispute with the company about pay and jobs.

    As a result, the choir will refuse to sing in the first act of a performance of Akhnaten in London on 18 March.

    But the ENO has said the plans it has put forward are "are essential to ensure the future" of the company.

    Read more.

  12. Missing DJ Derek - 'body found'

    DJ Derek

    Police say they "strongly believe" human remains found in undergrowth north of Bristol are those of missing Derek Serpell-Morris, known as DJ Derek.

    Although not yet formally identified, police believe it is him "due to personal items found at the scene".

    The 73-year-old went missing in July 2015 and there has been a high-profile campaign to find him.

    DJ Derek was known to thousands of music fans and played hundreds of sets at local clubs and pubs, as well as at the Glastonbury festival.  

    Read more.

  13. Matt LeBlanc gives Top Gear updates

    After all those denied rumours about problems filming the new series of Top Gear, it seems Matt LeBlanc, for one, is having a lovely time. 

    He has posted some updates from Morocco and he seems to be living the dream. 

  14. Bryan Adams' guitar 'graffiti'

    Bryan Adams is not happy after he revealed the trouble he had getting his guitar into Cairo where he played a gig at the Giza Pyramids on 8 March. 

    He has posted an instagram picture showing his 1957 Martin D-18 with green writing on it after it finally made it through customs. 

    "We almost didn't get the equipment into the country, and when we did it was all marked like this," he told AFP. "There were absolutely no apologies." 

    But he said he had "no grudges". 

    "Rest assured, apart from this incident, I love Egypt and look forward to returning again one day. But without the green paint markers please."

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    Quote Message: Airport customs graffiti on my 1957 Martin D-18 from Egypt. Back to the luthier... #bryanadamsgetup
  15. Ariana Grande is a Dangerous Woman

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    Music reporter

    Ariana Grande

    When she's not single-handedly propping up the false eyelash industry, Ariana Grande makes a reasonable living as a pop star.

    To that end, she's just released the title track from her upcoming album, Dangerous Woman and it's a sultry, waltz-time melodrama, from Grande's skyscraping vocals to the screechy guitar solo.

    She'll perform it live when she hosts Saturday Night Live this weekend, while her album is due in May.

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  16. Idris Elba and his mum visit Buckingham Palace

    Idris Elba took his mum to Buckingham Palace to pick up his OBE today. 

    How happy are they!

  17. James Norton on being the actor everyone's talking about

    You can't seem to turn on the TV at the moment without seeing James Norton. 

    He is currently in Happy Valley and Grantchester and we've only just seen him in War and Peace, which also starred Rebecca Front.

    Norton and Front were guests on the Chris Evans breakfast show on Radio 2 this morning and Norton talked about what it's like being the actor everyone's talking about and how he chooses his roles....while Front just gushed about him. 

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    Video caption: James Norton tells Chris about what it's like being the actor everyone's talking about.
  18. Mark Rylance triumphs again

    Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell, in Wolf Hall

    Oscar winner Mark Rylance has triumphed again - this time for his role as Henry VIII's right-hand man in BBC Two's Wolf Hall.

    Rylance, who last month beat favourite Sylvester Stallone to the best supporting actor Oscar, beat Poldark's Aidan Turner, Timothy Spall (Enfield Haunting) and London Spy's Ben Whishaw, to be named best actor for his role in Wolf Hall at the 42nd Broadcasting Press Guild awards.

    The historical drama, which merged Hilary Mantel's Booker Prize-winning novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies, also won the award for best drama series, over fellow contenders Doctor Foster, Fortitude and Humans.

    However, Doctor Foster lead Suranne Jones did win best actress for her performance as a woman pushed over the edge by her husband's affair. She beat Humans star Gemma Chan, Julia Davis (Hunderby), Claire Foy (Wolf Hall) and Nicola Walker (River) to take the prize. 

    Suranne Jones as Doctor Foster

    Channel 4 comedy Catastrophe won two awards, for best comedy and best writers (Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan), while The Great British Bake Off won best entertainment or factual entertainment show.

    The annual awards are voted for by journalists who specialise in TV, radio and the media.

    See full list of winners.

  19. Gillian Anderson, Jarvis Cocker kick off Letters Live

    Gillian Anderson

    It was the first night of this year's Letters Live series on Thursday, as the five-day event marked its second year celebrating "the enduring power of literary correspondence" at the Freemasons' Hall in London.

    Actors including Sir Ian McKellen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliet Stevenson, Jude Law, Olivia Colman and Toby Jones are taking part in this year's series, which runs until 15 March.

    Last night saw stars including Jarvis Cocker, Gillian Anderson and The IT Crowd's Matt Berry read letters from historical figures such as Elvis and David Bowie.

    Berry opened the show with Elvis's boastful letter to President Nixon urging him to let him join the American secret service. 

    The actor was among those who travelled to the Calais migrant camp known as The Jungle last month on behalf of Letters Live, to draw attention to the refugees' plight.

  20. Kiefer Sutherland to release folk album

    Rolling Stone magazine

    Kiefer Sutherland

    It may not be the type of music you'd expect from the star of 24, but Kiefer Sutherland is bringing out an album of "folk-tinged" songs. 

    Sutherland has had his own record label since 2002, but Down in a Hole will be his debut album. 

    Read more.

    Quote Message: It's the closest thing I've ever had to a journal or diary. There is something very satisfying about being able to look back on my own life, good times and bad, and express those sentiments in music. As much as I have enjoyed the writing and recording process, I am experiencing great joy now being able to play these songs to a live audience, which was something I hadn't counted on.

    The release date and track listing have yet to be released. Sutherland is touring the US in April and May, but there's no news on any UK dates yet.