Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.


  1. News and updates for 6 May 2016
  2. Boaty McBoatface moves aside for David Attenborough
  3. Arsenio Hall sues Sinead O'Connor over Prince claims
  4. Three shortlisted for Desmond Elliott debut novel prize

Live Reporting

By Neil Smith and Victoria Lindrea

All times stated are UK

Get involved

Over to you, Bafta...

Neil Smith

Entertainment reporter

That's all we have time for today - but you won't have to wait long for our return, as we'll be back on Sunday from 16:30 BST with a special live page on this year's Bafta TV Awards.

Here are just a few of the stars who'll be in attendance at the Royal Festival Hall in London:

  • Adrian Lester
  • Aidan Turner
  • Alesha Dixon
  • Amanda Holden
  • Anna Kendrick
  • Ant & Dec
  • Chris Evans
  • Claudia Winkleman
  • Dermot O’Leary
  • Fearne Cotton
  • Gemma Chan
  • Hugh Bonneville
  • Idris Elba
  • James Nesbitt
  • Justin Timberlake
  • Maisie Williams
  • Mark Rylance
  • Martin Freeman
  • Miranda Hart
  • Peter Kay
  • Sir Ridley Scott
  • Sheridan Smith
  • Sir Trevor McDonald
  • Tom Hiddleston

That, we're sure you'll agree, is a stellar line-up in anyone's book. Small wonder that Bafta have been having a few headaches working out where everyone's going to sit...

Bafta TV Awards seating plan

Bye for now.

Welsh dragon to fly in Stockholm for Eurovision's Joe

Joe and Jake

Fear not, Joe: the Welsh dragon will be flying in Stockholm after all.

The European Broadcasting Union has relented and said the Welsh flag can fly at this year's Eurovision Song Contest in Sweden, days after saying it couldn't be waved in honour of one half of the UK's hopefuls, Joe and Jake (above).

Flags were initially banned "to ensure that the Eurovision Song Contest is free from political statements".

On Friday, though, the EBU said it would allow "national, regional and local flags of the participants".

After reflection and constructive talks with several participating delegations, Eurovision Song Contest organisers have agreed to relax the flag policy, and to allow national, regional and local flags of the participants e.g. the Welsh flag (as one of the UK singers is from Wales) and the Sami flag (as the Norwegian singer is originally of Sami heritage). This is in addition to the flags of all UN member states, the EU flag and the rainbow flag, as stipulated in the original guidelines.

In a statement on Facebook, the EBU also proposed "a more tolerant approach to other flags as long as the audience respects the non-political nature of the Eurovision Song Contest and do not deliberately attempt to obstruct the camera views". 

The Eurovision Song Contest Final takes place on 14 May.

Dame Sian Phillips admits to investiture nerves

Dame Sian Phillips with the Prince of Wales

Dame Sian Phillips has admitted that the thought of being made a dame by the Prince of Wales woke her up at 05:30 BST on Friday.

"You never stop feeling nervous, you never stop feeling excited," she told reporters, after being ennobled at Buckingham Palace earlier.

The 82-year-old, who was made a CBE in 2000, has been made a dame in recognition of a career that has spanned six decades and encompassed stage, television and film.

"I did think I would be working when I was really quite old, but I don't think I ever thought I would be here in Buckingham Palace," said the actress, who can currently be seen at the National Theatre in Lorraine Hansberry's Les Blancs.

Line of Duty moves to BBC One

Line of Duty: series three

After becoming BBC Two's most successful drama since the current ratings system was introduced in 2002, Line of Duty is set to move to BBC One.

Jed Mercurio's police drama "will find a new home on BBC One for two more series," said Charlotte Moore, the BBC's controller of TV channels.

"Line of Duty is original, bold, gripping drama that gets the nation talking," she continued. "The time is right to bring the series to an even broader audience."

Moore added that moving the show would "create room for new drama to flourish on BBC Two".

The series, which debuted on BBC Two in 2012, averaged more than five million viewers over the course of its third season.

The Great British Bake Off and Miranda are just two hit series that transferred from BBC Two to BBC One, in a move that is becoming all too common.

But not everyone agrees with the decision.

View more on twitter

What do you think? And what other BBC Two series might be in BBC One's sightline? Let us know your thoughts.

Frost to play Gypsy Rose Lee on stage

Sadie Frost
Rachell Smith

Sherlock star Lara Pulver won an Olivier last month for playing Gypsy Rose Lee in West End musical Gypsy.

Now it's Sadie Frost's turn to have a crack at the role - only she'll be doing it in the East End of London, not the West.

Frost will portray the legendary stripper in Britten in Brooklyn, a new play by Zoe Lewis that opens at Wilton's Music Hall in September.

Set in 1940, the play recreates the eclectic Brooklyn household that Britten and Rose shared with the writers WH Auden and Carson McCullers during the early days of World War II.

Here's what Sadie (pictured) had to say about her upcoming project.

I am thrilled that the premiere of Zoe's brilliant play is to be staged in Wilton's Music Hall. It was always our first choice of venue and the stunningly restored theatre with its beautiful, faded bohemian elegance, will form an integral part of the production.

Britten in Brooklyn runs from 31 August to 17 September.

Power Rangers: rebooted and resuited

Entertainment Weekly

What a difference 20 years makes!

Check out the new Power Rangers outfits, unveiled this week ahead of next year's film reboot.

From this...

View more on twitter

To this...

View more on twitter

Jamie Lee Curtis pens blog about addiction

The Huffington Post

Jamie Lee Curtis

Amid swirling rumours about Prince's sudden death last month, actress Jamie Lee Curtis has written an emotional blog about her past struggles with painkiller addiction.

Following suggestions that prescription painkillers may have played a part in the late singer's death, Curtis - the daughter of Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis - revealed she has been "in recovery from opiate addiction for over 17 years".

I too, waited anxiously for a prescription to be filled for the opiate I was secretly addicted to. I too, took too many at once. I too, sought to kill emotional and physical pain with painkillers. Kill it. Make it stop.

Curtis goes to refer to "the rampant epidemic of opiate addiction" and urges the US authorities to continue looking at "the over-prescription of opiates".

Most people who become addicted, like me, do so after a prescription for a painkiller following a medical procedure. Once the phenomenon of craving sets in, it is often too late.

Let's work harder, look closer and do everything we can not to enable and in doing so, disable, our loved ones who are ill.

Zubin Varla as Oberon and Meow Meow as Titania

Tim Masters

Entertainment correspondent

Emma Rice, the new artistic director of Shakespeare's Globe, impresses the critics with her "modern mash-up" of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Read more

Moffat's Jekyll to be developed for big screen

James Nesbitt

Steven Moffat's TV series Jekyll - not to be confused with ITV's axed Jekyll and Hyde show - is to be turned into a film.

The 2007 BBC One series, described as a sequel to Robert Louis Stevenson's famous novella, starred James Nesbitt (pictured) as a modern-day descendant of Dr Jekyll.

A script for the film version has been picked up by Ellen DeGeneres, who will be among the movie's producers.

Earlier this year Sherlock scribe Moffat announced he is stepping down from Doctor Who, with his final series set to air in 2017.  

Who to see at the Proms if you're not a hardcore classical fan

David Bowie

Tickets for the BBC Proms go on sale tomorrow morning, but if you're a Proms newbie and feel like classical music is not really 'your thing', there are a few events that could help ease you in.

BBC Music has rounded up seven of the best - from the First Night to the David Bowie Prom, the Quincy Jones Prom to one of our favourites - the Bold Tendancies Prom in a Peckham multi-story carpark. 

You'll need to hit the phones at 7:00 BST Saturday morning (7 May) or head to the website now to construct your online Proms planner. 

Sundance director on 'ambassadorial' role

Neil Smith

Entertainment reporter

Greta Gerwig in Wiener-Dog, Owen Suskind in Life, Animated and Ellen Page (with baby) in Tallulah
Sundance Film Festival

Tickets for the Sundance London film festival we told you about last month go on general sale on Monday.

Greta Gerwig (left) and Ellen Page (right, with baby) are among the stars who have films in the programme, which also includes Life, Animated - a documentary about a young man with autism (middle) whose life was transformed by his love of Disney cartoons.

Here's what Sundance director John Cooper told us when we asked him why he wanted to bring these films, and more like them, across the Atlantic.

From the beginning, the general mission was to take American films outside of our borders. American independent film sometimes has a fresher approach and tells newer stories, stories that are told in ways that are very original. It's a part of America you don't always see, and that's what keeps Sundance fresh and vital.

I think we are ambassadors for storytellers who are willing to look at America and how we really live in truthful ways. We're always looking for the new and the different and the fresh.

Sundance Film Festival: London runs at Picturehouse Central from 2 to 5 June.

Transparent stars clown for the camera

Kathryn Hahn and Jeffrey Tambor

Here's a picture of Jeffrey Tambor clowning around with his Transparent co-star Kathryn Hahn at a screening event in Los Angeles on Thursday.

Tambor and his fellow cast members - who include Gaby Hoffmann and Judith Light, pictured with him below - have just finished shooting the third season of their acclaimed drama, which revolves around a family whose world is rocked by the discovery that their patriarch is transgender.

Gaby Hoffmann, Jeffrey Tambor and Judith Light

New wasp named after Brad Pitt

A previously unknown species of wasp has been named after Hollywood star Brad Pitt. 

The Conobregma bradpitti was given its name by Dr Buntika Butcher from Chulalongkorn University in Thailand, who named the new discovery after her favourite film star.

The tiny wasp measures less than 2mm, but is remarkable for its brightly shaded wings.

It joins a host of other species named after celebrities, including the Beyonce horse fly and the John Cleese lemur.

Brad Pitt
Getty Images

X Files Duchovny in a kilt

Glasgow has been treated to the sight of Hollywood's David Duchovny wandering the streets of Glasgow, having a smoothie, and - it appears - performing in a kilt.

The X Files star, who released his debut album Hell or Highwater last year, performed at the O2 ABC in a gig on Thursday. He plays at London's Union Chapel on Friday.

View more on twitter

'Hello Night Manager!': Hiddleston meets the Duchess

The Duchess of Cornwall (centre) with Sophie Turner, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans and Helen George

The Duchess of Cornwall visited Radio 2's studios this morning in her role as honorary judge of the station's 500 Words creative writing competition.

The visit saw the Duchess rub shoulders with a smorgasbord of screen stars, including Game of Thrones' Sophie Turner, The Night Manager's Tom Hiddleston and Call the Midwife's Helen George.

(Radio 2 breakfast host Chris Evans was there as well, just to keep the peace.)

"Hello Night Manager, how are you?" the Duchess hailed Hiddleston, telling him his recent BBC One drama was "brilliant".

When the Duchess complained about the series having finished, Hiddleston apologised "unreservedly," but said she would have to ask John le Carre - on whose book the drama was based - about any future series.

The Duchess of Cornwall joins authors Malorie Blackman, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Francesca Simon and Charlie Higson on the 500 Words judging panel. 

The winners will be announced during a live broadcast of Evans' show at the Shakespeare’s Globe later this month.

The best worst singer in the world. But why?

BBC Culture

BBC Culture

Florence Foster Jenkins

Meryl Streep hits the big screen today in the new Stephen Frears film Florence Foster Jenkins, about the woman regarded and even admired as the worst singer in the world.

She was a socialite and self-style opera star who garnered legions of fans including celebrities such as Noel Coward.

Clemency Burton Hill has been finding out what made her so popular for BBC Culture.

Damian Lewis: 'No one's called about Bond'

Damian Lewis and Naomie Harris were on the red carpet in London last night, offering a tantalising glimpse of how James Bond and Moneypenny might look together if the former were to be cast as secret agent 007.

Lewis is one of the names in the frame who's been tipped to be Daniel Craig's replacement, should the makers of the Bond films be interested in finding one.

Lewis and Harris - Miss Moneypenny in the last two Bond films - are among the cast of Our Kind of Traitor, a spy thriller based on the novel by John le Carre that arrives in UK cinemas next week.

Though keen to stay on message at a screening of the film on Thursday, Homeland star Damian couldn't dodge a question from BBC London's Brenda Emmanus about the mounting speculation.

Finding Neverland: the show that keeps giving

Finding Neverland
Getty Images

Hot on the heels of Joe Wright's underwhelming Pan film comes Finding Neverland - The Film Musical. 

As Harvey Weinstein announced the Gary Barlow-penned musical will close on Broadway in August, he also revealed there will be a film based on the stage production.

The musical was originally based on the 2004 film starring Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet - so now we have the film of the musical based on the film.

It seems the boy who never grew up, also never goes away.

Read more on this story.

Yodelling with Tom Hiddleston

Tom Hiddleston gave Chris Evans a lesson in country and western yodelling earlier, during an appearance on the latter's Radio 2 breakfast show.

The British actor will be on Graham Norton's BBC One chat show later, talking about his Hank Williams biopic I Saw the Light.

David Attenborough topples Boaty McBoatface

The UK's new polar research ship is to be named RRS Sir David Attenborough, despite Boaty McBoatface previously topping a public vote.

The £200m vessel will be named after the world-renowned naturalist and broadcaster, Science Minister Jo Johnson confirmed.  

The move, coming days before Sir David turns 90, would recognise his "legacy in British broadcasting", Johnson said.

Sir David said he was "truly honoured" by the decision. 

The Natural Environment Research Council - which hosted the original poll - confirmed that the name Boaty McBoatface would be given instead to a remotely operated undersea vehicle.

View more on twitter

James Hand, the BBC Radio Jersey presenter who suggested the Boaty McBoatface name, called RRS David Attenborough "a fitting and excellent choice", but said he was pleased that Boaty "would live on".   

View more on twitter

Read more on this story, then find out nine other ways David Attenborough has shaped our world.

Arsenio Hall and Sinead O'Connor

Comedian Arsenio Hall is suing Sinead O'Connor after she suggested he supplied drugs to Prince.

Read more

Pigeons make art above New York

Here's some news that's worth getting in a flap about: a performance art piece involving 2,000 pigeons, all tagged with LED lights.

Entitled Fly By Night, the 30-minute piece - the brainchild of New York artist Duke Riley - saw the birds released at sunset from coops aboard a former aircraft carrier docked at the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Lights bands attached to the birds' legs and remote-controlled from the ground made for a coo-l spectacle, which will be repeated every weekend through to 12 June.

Why? Beak-cause, that's why!

Fly By Night
Fly By Night
Fly By Night

Red Hot Chili Peppers announce new album

The Red Hot Chili Peppers have announced their eleventh studio album The Getaway will be released on 17 June.

For the first time since Blood Sugar Sex Magik, the band has not enlisted the services of super producer Rick Rubin but have have instead brought Gnarls Barkley's Danger Mouse and Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich on board.

The Peppers have marked the announcement by releasing the album's first single Dark Necessities. 

View more on youtube

Three writers shortlisted for debut novel prize

Novels shortlisted for 2016 Desmond Elliott Prize
Desmond Elliott Prize

Two writers from Ireland and a third from England have been shortlisted for this year's Desmond Elliott debut novel prize.

Mrs Engels by Gavin McCrea, The House at the Edge of the World by Julia Rochester and The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney were chosen from a longlist of 10 to compete for the £10,000 award.

The annual prize was first presented in 2008, in memory of the celebrated literary agent.

The winner will be announced in London on 22 June.

Read more on this story.

Oscar Pistorius film in production

Oscar Pistorius

Plans are afoot for a feature-length documentary about disgraced Paralympian Oscar Pistorius.

The South African athlete was arrested after fatally shooting his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in their home on Valentine's Day in 2013.

He was originally convicted of culpable homicide, but that conviction was overturned last year when appeal judges found him guilty of murder. He is due to be sentenced next month.

The forthcoming film, to be directed by Vaughan Sivell, is described as "Making a Murderer meets Senna - a riveting true-crime story about a beloved sports icon".

Here's more about the project, which will be hoping to find backers at this month's Cannes Film Festival. 

Oscar Pistorius captured and then broke our hearts. Vaughan has struck a controversial nerve with his timely investigation of the man, the trial and country behind one of the most complex and compelling stories of our times.

Friday film releases

Neil Smith

Entertainment reporter

There are some interesting movies heading into UK cinemas this weekend, particularly for those who enjoy music-based biopics.

View more on youtube

One such example is Florence Foster Jenkins, a portrait of a noted New York opera enthusiast who became notorious for not being able to sing a note herself.

Meryl Streep brings her customary gusto to the title role, though it's Hugh Grant who surprises, and impresses, as the loyal husband whose devotion to his wife doesn't quite extend to staying faithful.

Find out more.

View more on youtube

Not content with tearing up the dancefloor at the Met Gala, Tom Hiddleston shows off his singing skills in I Saw the Light, a biopic of Hank Williams that takes its title from one of the country and western singer's most famous compositions.

Hiddleston makes a decent fist of a performer he wouldn't seem ideally cast as, while Elizabeth Olsen - another member of the Marvel superhero cycle's revolving cast - brings a brittle intensity to the role of his demanding first wife Audrey.

View more on youtube

Christian Bale - another actor who's been known of late for playing a comic book superhero - adopts a different guise in Knight of Cups, a woozily ethereal curio from director Terrence Malick that fascinates and infuriates in equal measure.

The erstwhile Batman plays a Los Angeles screenwriter in a spiritual funk who finds solace in a string of fleeting romances - as good a reason as any for the likes of Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman and Freida Pinto to waft in and out of the film's elusive narrative.

Find out more.

A scene from Bad Neighbours 2

All the above arrive in cinemas today, where they'll be fighting for audiences alongside raucous comedy sequel Bad Neighbours 2, starring Zac Efron and Seth Rogen (pictured, shirtless, above).

The trailer for that one's a little too raunchy for us to host ourselves, but you're welcome to check it out yourself on YouTube.

Warning: third-party content may contain ads.

Get involved

Victoria Lindrea

BBC Entertainment and Arts reporter

Want to add your two pennies' worth to today's Entertainment live page? 

You can join the conversation by tweeting us on @BBCNewsEnts. Or, send an email to

Axl Rose

Matt Everitt

BBC 6 Music News

Axl Rose says he means "no disrespect" to AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson, whom he is replacing on the band's Rock or Bust World Tour.

Read more

Good morning

Neil Smith

Entertainment reporter

It's the end of the week in which the main entertainment talking points have been Star Wars Day, Janet Jackson's pregnancy and what Madonna wore to the Met Gala in New York.

Here's hoping we'll have some news every bit as scintillating for you as we bring the curtain down on this week's Entertainment Live pages.

Today we'll be telling you about a legal tussle involving Arsenio Hall, Sinead O'Connor and Prince, taking a look at some of the movies you can catch at the cinema this weekend and looking ahead to Sunday night's Bafta Television Awards.

As Graham Norton might say, let's start the show!