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BBC drama Three Girls told the stories of the victims of grooming and sexual abuse in Rochdale

More than 127,000 people contacted the BBC’s Action Line service for sexual abuse support in 2017, after dramas like Three Girls and Apple Tree Yard.

The number of people using the service, which offers information for audiences affected by issues in BBC programmes, has risen by more than 50% in the last year compared to 2016.

Plots in Eastenders and The Archers also prompted calls and online visits.

The BBC said it was pleased so many had received support.

Hospital drama Holby City raised issues around LGBT domestic abuse, bullying, bereavement, cancer and organ transplant, resulting in 6,455 viewers seeking support and information.

Meanwhile Radio 4 soap The Archers’ story line about character Kirsty Miller’s late miscarriage prompted 7,024 Action Line page views online.

And Eastender Ted Murray’s battle with PTSD generated 3,939 calls and website visits.

“It’s important that we tackle difficult subject matters,” Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, said.

“The BBC’s public service role means we’re uniquely placed to help audiences deal with these difficult issues.”

The Action Line had more than 431,000 visits or calls in total to the service in 2017 – 151,000 more than the year before.

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BBC One Drama Apple Tree Yard featured a scene where Emily Watson’s character is raped

In May, the BBC broadcast Three Girls, starring Maxine Peake, based on the true stories of victims of grooming and sexual abuse in Rochdale, Greater Manchester.

Another popular drama was the four-part TV adaptation of Louise Doughty’s novel Apple Tree Yard, about a woman’s affair with a stranger, which featured a rape storyline.

But news programmes and documentaries also used the line throughout the year, including the BBC Two series Hospital and A Time to Live, about palliative care.

More than 204 viewers contacted the action line after She Spoke the Unspeakable, a programme highlighting the subject of female genital mutilation .

“It’s important that we continue to cover such difficult issues and that we can provide free off-air information to help those affected to find organisations willing to offer support and help,” said Keith Jones, from the BBC’s audience services.

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Sue Grafton received numerous awards for her work

US crime writer Sue Grafton, best known for creating the private eye Kinsey Millhone in her ‘alphabet mystery’ novels, has died aged 77.

Her daughter Jamie Clark said she died in Santa Barbara, California, following a two-year battle with cancer.

“She was surrounded by family, including her devoted and adoring husband Steve,” she said.

Grafton worked as a television screenwriter before finding widespread success as a crime novelist.

Her series of murder mystery novels, each beginning with a different letter of the alphabet, have been translated into 26 languages and regularly topped best-seller lists in the US.

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The first, A is for Alibi, was published in 1982 and the last, Y is for Yesterday, was published in August.

“As far as we in the family are concerned, the alphabet now ends at Y,” her daughter said in a statement posted to Facebook.

“Although we knew this was coming, it was unexpected and fast. She had been fine up until just a few days ago, and then things moved quickly. Sue always said that she would continue writing as long as she had the juice,” she said.

Grafton received numerous awards for her work including from the British Crime Writers’ Association and the Mystery Writers of America.

Fellow authors posted tributes on social media. Crime writer Val McDermid said Grafton was “amazingly generous”.

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Detective fiction author Sara Paretsky said her writing had been “closely twined” to Grafton’s. Both writers featured female private investigators in their work.

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ITV has made a new version of Thunderbirds titled Thunderbirds Are Go

The government is giving broadcasters including Channel 4 and ITV an extra £60m to help them make more home-grown children’s programmes.

The money will be targeted at commercial channels to help them compete with BBC children’s shows.

Teletubbies creator Anne Wood welcomed the funding, saying programme-makers “desperately need more support”.

The £60m pot will be spent over three years and will come from the 2010 licence fee settlement.

Culture Secretary Karen Bradley said it would give the children’s TV sector “the boost it needs to create innovative content for a wider audience that would otherwise not be made”.

The money will be available for programmes shown by commercial public service broadcasters – including ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 – as well as other “free and widely available” channels and streaming services, and potentially other online platforms.

Anne Wood, who leads the Save Kids’ Content UK campaign, said she was “deeply grateful” for the move.

‘Never had such difficult times’

“It shows the government’s awareness of the issue and the importance of children’s television culture to children in this country,” she told BBC News.

“We in the children’s production sector have never had such difficult times raising finance. We desperately need more support.”

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said the fund could be used to pay for up to 50% of the production and distribution costs of original TV shows.

Programmes from new and diverse backgrounds, and those made in the nations and regions, will be “a particular focus”, it said.

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The government said the fund would “stimulate greater variety in a market where the BBC is often the dominant buyer and broadcaster” of children’s shows.

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The Teletubbies are among Britain’s most successful children’s TV exports, underlining the BBC’s dominance in the sector

Spending on first-run home-grown children’s programming by public service broadcasters fell by 26% to £84m between 2006-16.

In 2016, CBBC and CBeebies accounted for 87% of all such children’s programming.

Although ITV no longer has the daily offering of children’s TV shows that many children of the 1970s and 1980s will remember, it does screen a range of children’s programmes on its channels, often to be seen on ITV early on weekend mornings.

It recently announced a new show, Spy School – described as an entertainment game show challenging child contestants to solve puzzles and crack codes – that will be on air from 7 January.

Its other popular shows include the animated adventures of Mr Bean, a new version of Thunderbirds titled Thunderbirds Are Go, the Saturday morning show Scrambled! and the comedy Bottom Knocker Street.

The announcement of the extra funding comes after media watchdog Ofcom was given new powers to set quotas for children’s shows on public service broadcasters.

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How far would you go to be a Wedding Day Winner?

We’re used to seeing TV legend Lorraine Kelly welcoming celebrity guests with her friendly banter on her self-titled ITV daytime show but now the Scottish star is shaking things up with a new challenge.

The feat ahead marks a significant shift for the chat show host, who will front the new BBC primetime Saturday night show, Wedding Day Winners, alongside comedian Rob Beckett.

Think Generation Game, It’s a Knockout and Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway – with a bit of reality TV and romance thrown in.

Thousands of couples applied to take part and two engaged lovebirds will compete every week to win challenges with the help of their families, including stunts and games involving catapults, abseiling and conveyor belts.

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Lorraine and Rob attend both the contestants’ weddings and the receptions

So what have Lorraine and Rob revealed about the show?

1) The prizes are VERY generous

The winning couple are the pair who pick up the most prizes throughout the contest. On top of those treats – which might include a weekend away or a year’s supply of champagne – they also have their wedding, reception and honeymoon paid for. The nation will also see the lucky pair take their wedding vows during the show.

“It’s outrageous!” jokes Rob. “I think it’s too much! But that’s why they’re so happy and up for it.”

And unlike traditional game shows, there are no real losers.

“The runners-up still get a mini-moon and their wedding and reception is also paid for,” Lorraine explains. “The only difference is that the losers’ wedding is only shown during the show’s end credits.”

The weddings and receptions take place at the famous Pinewood Studios, where the show is filmed.

“Pinewood has got this amazing country manor,” says Lorraine.

Rob adds: “The two weddings got a wing [of the manor] each. They [the wedding parties] just start intermingling because they all really bonded.”

2) It’s a primetime first for Lorraine (and Rob) – and ITV doesn’t mind Lorraine being on the BBC

Lorraine says: “This is the biggie… it’s very grown-up. It’s kind of a new start.

“I never thought in a million years I’d be doing a BBC shiny, gorgeous Saturday night show, it’s a real thrill. ITV are fine, I do other stuff for STV, I did a documentary for Channel 5 and I’ve done stuff for Sky. As long as I don’t do it at the time I’m on in the morning so I’m not up against myself!”

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Lorraine has just moved to London after years of commuting from Dundee

3) It’s going up against The Voice

Several episodes will air in January, when it will go up against ITV1 show The Voice, with the remainder airing during the spring, with wedding season in full swing.

The Voice used to air on the BBC in the same primetime slot.

Lorraine says: “I think we’re ready for it (a family show).”

Rob chips in: “It’s fun escapism, there’s a lot going on in the world – Trump, Brexit – it’s stressful whether you’re happy about it or not!”

4) In Lorraine we trust

Rob credits Lorraine with putting the contestants at ease, saying: “We were a bit worried in case there were any bridezillas but when we spoke to them, they just all said ‘We knew it would be OK because Lorraine’s presenting it’, which I think is a lovely testament – because they trust in Lorraine.”

5) They have a few favourites

“All the couples were so different and so very, very special but the boys [a gay couple] stood out for me,” says Lorraine.

“They were very emotional, it was very, very special for them. Everybody was treated the same. There’s also a smashing couple with a Bollywood theme. It was amazing.”

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Could Meghan and Harry do a charity special?

6) You would never find Lorraine and Rob taking part as contestants

“My husband has never been on anything, he runs a mile!” says Lorraine.

And Rob says his wife “wouldn’t go anywhere near it”.

But it’s definitely resulted in some close bonding for the hosts.

“We’ve seen 12 weddings together!” says Lorraine, while Rob jokes: “I feel like we have got married!”

7) And it’s brought back memories…

“(My wedding) was such a small one,” says Lorraine.

“All I wanted was men in kilts and pipers. Very traditional. My dress – [this was] 1992 – was a Princess Diana bouffant thing with big sleeves. We could all get in it. Still got it.”

Rob chimes in: “It’s in storage, it’s got a full garage to itself!”

8) The duo have some wise advice for a happy marriage

Lorraine: “Don’t take each other for granted and make each other laugh. Thirty years together and 20 years married. That poor saint has been putting up with me for all that time.”

Rob: “Get a massive bed. I’ve got a superking, I can barely hear her breathe! The best thing for our relationship that I’ve ever bought – I can’t even see her hardly!”

9) Just a tinsy bit of booze to get the party started

Lorraine: “There’s some Prosecco during the day (of filming), not shedloads but just enough to keep everybody happy!”

Or in Rob’s words: “Just to keep the kids quiet – joking!”

10) And finally, the dream contestants?

Lorraine has no hesitation, saying: “It would be nice to get Harry and Meghan involved. A celebrity royal special!”

And you never know, folks – those of you old enough to remember may recall members of the Royal Family taking part in their own televised version of It’s A Knockout back in 1987. So watch this space…

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Put your slippers on and stock up on TV dinners.

While there’s been no shortage of TV treats over Christmas, the good news is there will be plenty more to feast your eyes on in 2018.

Doctor Who – BBC One

Ten new time travel adventures featuring the show’s first female Doctor will air in the autumn of 2018. Right now little is known about Jodie Whittaker’s first series, except that she’ll be joined on the show by Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole, Mandip Gill and Sharon D Clarke.

Westworld – Sky Atlantic/HBO

The first series of the mind bending, futuristic thriller Westworld was a ratings and critical success. Expect the second season, likely to air late in the year, to delve more deeply into both the sinister goings-on and the dark history of the robot inhabited Westworld theme park.

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The Handmaid’s Tale – Channel 4/Hulu

The dystopian drama, adapted from Margaret Atwood’s best seller, simultaneously thrilled and terrified audiences. The first series closely shadowed the events of Atwood’s book, but as the author didn’t write a second, Offred (played by Elisabeth Moss) will almost certainly see her story enter into completely new territory.

13 Reasons Why – Netflix

The story of the lead up to and aftermath of a young girl taking her own life was the one of the most talked about series of 2017, exploring an uncomfortable but very real issue affecting huge numbers of young people. The next 13 episodes promise to further explore the effect of Hannah’s death on her friends and her community.

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Good Omens – Amazon Prime/BBC

Michael Sheen plays angel Aziraphale and David Tennant plays the demon Crowley in this adaptation of the late Terry Prachett’s comedy best seller which follows the pair’s often hilarious attempts to prevent the apocalypse, following the birth of the son of Satan.

Roseanne – ABC

The comedy following the misadventures of the Connor family was one of the biggest hits of the 1990s. This reboot, which airs from March, sees the original cast of Roseanne Barr and John Goodman returning to see if the show aimed at reflecting and entertaining middle class families can work for a new generation of viewers.

Strike: Career of Evil – BBC One

This two-part series is the third story adapted from the books by J K Rowling (writing as Robert Galbraith). This time around a dangerous and mysterious figure from private detective Cormoran Strike’s (Tom Burke) past threatens him and his assistant Robin Ellacott (Holliday Grainger).

Sharp Objects – HBO/Sky Atlantic

A series based on the debut novel from Gillian Flynn, the best selling author of Gone Girl. It stars Oscar nominee Amy Adams as a journalist, haunted by demons from her past, returning to her home town which has been hit by a series of brutal murders. It’ll air from June in the US.

Kiss Me First – E4/Netflix

The man behind Skins, Bryan Elsley, has written this series about two girls who first meet on an online gaming website and then encounter each other in real life. The six-part series will air early in the year and feature live action along with computer-generated virtual world sequences.

Heathers – Paramount Network

The film of Heathers was a dark 1980s high school comedy/drama. This reimagining for the 21st Century is a 10-part series where three girls all called Heather suffer at the hands of the popular high school elite. Shannen Doherty who starred in the original film has a cameo role this time around. Look out for this in the first few months of 2018.

A Very English Scandal – BBC One/Amazon Prime

It was one of the biggest scandals of the 1970s, when Jeremy Thorpe became the first British politician to stand trial for conspiracy and incitement to murder. Hugh Grant stars as the disgraced MP in a three-part story from Doctor Who and Queer As Folk writer Russell T Davies.

Game of Thrones – Sky Atlantic/HBO

The bad news is that there are only six episodes left of the epic fantasy drama. The worse news is that it shouldn’t even be on this list, because the final episodes probably won’t air in 2018. Instead it looks like fans will have to wait until 2019 to find out who will win the Iron Throne.

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Louise and Jamie Redknapp have been granted a divorce decree after 19 years of marriage.

Former pop star and Strictly finalist Louise filed for divorce citing the “unreasonable behaviour” of ex-footballer Jamie, according to court papers.

A family court judge concluded their relationship was “irretrievably” broken and granted a decree nisi.

The marriage will formally end when a decree absolute is granted.

The divorce petitioner – in this case, Louise Redknapp – has to wait six weeks and a day to apply for the decree absolute after the decree nisi has been granted by the court.

Neither party was at the brief court hearing in central London on Friday.

‘Stepford wife’

The Redknapps married in 1998 on a luxury 130ft yacht called Lady Tamara in Bermuda.

When she announced the couple had separated earlier this year, Louise said she felt like “a sort of Stepford wife”.

The 43-year-old has two sons with the former England midfielder – Charley, 13, and Beau, nine.

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The couple’s marriage had “broken down irretrievably”, a judge ruled

During the 25-second hearing at the Central Family Court, Judge Ian Mulkis said Jamie Redknapp had behaved in such a way that Louise could not “reasonably be expected” to live with him.

He concluded that the marriage had “broken down irretrievably”.

Strictly ‘curse’

Former Eternal singer Louise had spent the majority of her marriage to footballer-turned-pundit Jamie focusing on being a mother and a wife.

In 2016 she signed up to Strictly Come Dancing, saying in an interview that she had no worries about the impact of the show on her marriage.

Referring to the so-called Strictly curse, she told Hello! magazine: “After so many years, it’ll take more than Strictly and a sparkly leotard to cause problems.”

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But after being named runner-up in the show’s final, the star admitted she had missed having a career of her own.

In October, she told the Daily Telegraph it was only when she agreed to take part in Strictly that she “couldn’t just go back” to being a stay-at-home mum.

She told the paper’s Stella magazine she loved her “amazing” husband, but credited the BBC show with being instrumental in her “coming back to who I really am”.

She said she felt “physically sick” at the thought of never again feeling the buzz she got from taking part in Strictly, adding that she wanted to “go back on stage in front of an audience”.

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Louise Redknapp has been touring in the latest production of Cabaret

Louise, who is currently starring as Sally Bowles in Cabaret, announced she was living apart from her husband earlier this year while she re-evaluated her life.

Speaking at the time, she told This Morning that her priority – and that of her former husband – was their children.

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Vin Diesel is the top-grossing man, with Gal Gadot the top woman

Film fans spent more money on tickets to see Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot than any other actors in 2017, box office data shows.

Forbes has put Diesel and The Rock top of its list of the year’s top-grossing actors, largely thanks to the success of The Fate of the Furious.

Gadot is in third place after appearing in Wonder Woman and Justice League.

And Emma Watson is fourth – her version of Beauty and the Beast was the year’s biggest earner at global box offices.

Johnny Depp is in the top five, one place ahead of his Murder on the Orient Express co-star Daisy Ridley, who has Star Wars: The Last Jedi counting towards her total.

The top five top-grossing actors:

  1. Vin Diesel ($1.6bn global box office takings from The Fate of the Furious xXx: Return of Xander Cage)
  2. Dwayne Johnson ($1.5bn – The Fate of the Furious, Baywatch Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle)
  3. Gal Gadot ($1.4bn – Wonder Woman Justice League)
  4. Emma Watson ($1.3bn – Beauty and the Beast)
  5. Johnny Depp ($1.1bn – Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Murder on the Orient Express)

Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Chris Hemsworth and John Boyega also made it into the top 10.

Forbes calculated the figures using data from up to 26 December.

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The list comes two weeks after the magazine published its annual list of the “most overpaid” actors – those whose box office takings provide the least value for their salaries.

The top five “most overpaid” actors:

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  1. Mark Wahlberg (Estimated box office return of $4.40 for every $1 salary paid)
  2. Christian Bale ($6.70/$1)
  3. Channing Tatum ($7.60/$1)
  4. Denzel Washington ($10.40/$1)
  5. Brad Pitt ($11.50/$1)

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Clockwise from top left: Marc Almond, Darcey Bussell, Barry Gibb, Wiley, Ringo Starr, Alexandra Shulman

A host of familiar names from the world of entertainment, publishing and literature have been singled out for recognition in the New Year Honours List.

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Among them is singer Barry Gibb, who has said he is “deeply honoured, humbled and very proud” to receive a knighthood for services to music and charity.

Best known as one third of the Bee Gees, the 71-year-old is also an accomplished solo performer – as anyone who saw his “legend slot” at Glastonbury this year can testify.

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War Horse creator Michael Morpurgo is also to be knighted, for services to literature and charity.

The 74-year-old, seen here with one of the puppets used in the stage adaptation of his best-known work, is the author of some 130 books – “not that numbers count”, he says.

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It’s been more than 50 years since Ringo Starr received an MBE. Now the ex-Beatle has a knighthood to match the one Sir Paul McCartney received in 1997.

Born Richard Starkey in 1940, the Liverpool native – honoured for his services to music – played drums for the Fab Four before going solo.

Royal Ballet principal turned Strictly Come Dancing judge Darcey Bussell is to become a dame for her services to dance.

The 48-year-old said she was “truly humbled” by the honour, which she would accept “on behalf of all the dance organisations that I am so fortunate to be part of”.

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Having achieved fame on these shores with his comic partnership with Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie went on to become one of the UK’s most successful thespian exports.

The House star’s reward is a CBE for services to drama to go with the OBE he received from the Queen in 2007.

No sleuthing is required to deduce why Miss Marple actress Julia McKenzie receives a CBE for services to drama.

A two-time Olivier winner, the 76-year-old doubled for The Queen alongside James Bond actor Daniel Craig in a short film shown during the opening ceremony for the London 2012 Olympics.

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A few months on from leaving her post as editor-in-chief of UK Vogue, Alexandra Shulman receives a CBE for services to fashion journalism.

The 60-year-old journalist, who was made an OBE in 2004, announced she was quitting in January after more than 25 years in charge in order “to experience a different life”.

Singer Marc Almond receives an OBE for services to art and culture. Now 60, he started out as one half of new wave duo Soft Cell before striking out as a solo performer.

A native of Southport, Lancashire, the man born Peter Mark Almond in 1957 is best known for his startling cover versions of Tainted Love and Something’s Gotten Hold of My Heart (the latter a duet with Gene Pitney, who sang a solo version in the 1960s).

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There’s also well-earned recognition for Wiley, the London-born DJ and producer widely known as the “Godfather of Grime”.

Born Richard Cowie in 1979, the 38-year-old receives an MBE for services to music that include the UK chart-topper Heatwave and his most recent album Godfather.

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Eamonn Holmes, one of the best-loved fixtures of UK daytime television, will wake up this weekend with an OBE for services to broadcasting.

Born in Belfast in 1959, the 58-year-old is known both for his on-screen partnership with his wife Ruth Langsford and for his devoted support of Manchester United.

Best-selling novelist Jilly Cooper is made a CBE for services to literature and charity, 13 years after she received an OBE.

The 80-year-old started her career as a journalist but became a household name when her racy romance novels sold millions in the 1980s. Mount!, the 10th book in her Rutshire Chronicles series, came out in 2016.

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Theatre director John Tiffany, pictured with author JK Rowling, receives an OBE for services to drama to go with the Olivier he received this year for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

The two-part production, which opens on Broadway for this year, is the latest success for a man whose previous hits include the stage musical Once and the military drama Black Watch.

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Finally, veteran Scottish actor James Cosmo earned himself a new generation of fans this year by appearing on Celebrity Big Brother.

Now the 70-year-old has an MBE to add to the impressive string of credits he has notched up in such films as Trainspotting, Wonder Woman and Braveheart.

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Jessica Falkholt’s sister Annabelle has died from her injuries in the crash

The sister of Australian actress Jessica Falkholt has died after a car crash which also killed their parents and another man.

Annabelle, 21, died in a Sydney hospital on Friday. Jessica, 28, who appeared on TV soap Home and Away in 2016, remains in a critical condition.

The family were caught up in a two-car highway collision on Boxing Day near Ulladulla, New South Wales.

Their parents and the driver of the other car died at the scene.

The horror crash has made headlines across Australia, with police calling it “an absolute tragedy”.

Annabelle’s boyfriend had shared a Snapchat picture of them both shortly after the crash, asking for prayers and support.

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Both sisters were pulled out alive from the wreckage and airlifted to separate hospitals.

Jessica is in a coma. Officials have not said whether she is aware of her family’s deaths.

There has been an outpouring of grief from Home and Away fans on social media for the young actress who played the character of Hope Morrison for 16 episodes on the show.

The show’s cast members and other Australian actors have also rallied behind her.

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Can I ask that you join me in sending all your loving and healing thoughts to Jess her sister and the whole Falkholt family. ♥️

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Can we please send all our support, love and prayers to Jess and her sister Annabelle, fighting for their lives after their crash on boxing day. Much love darlin. Im with ya. May u both make a full recovery. I cannot stress enough to please drive safe these holidays guys. Love ya.

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The Falkholt family were returning from Christmas celebrations when their vehicle was hit by an oncoming car, local media reported.

The driver of the other car, Craig Anthony Whitall, 50, died at the scene along with Lars Falkholt, 69 and Vivian Falkholt, 60.

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Falkholt played the feisty character of Hope Morrison on Home and Away

Jessica Falkholt’s stint as Hope on the long-running Home and Away series came to an end in November 2016.

The character had first appeared when she and Raffy Morrison arrived in Summer Bay.

Hope briefly worked at the garage, but ran away after stealing money from there and from Salt restaurant.

It emerged that her young sister Raffy – actually her cousin – was a sibling of the Morgans, so Raffy stayed in the Bay with them when Hope was jailed for her crimes.

Falkholt stars in the US film Harmony, set for release next year.

The film’s production team previously said they were “in complete shock over this tragedy”.

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Her career was often referred to as the “longest active career in entertainment history”

Rose Marie, the comedy actress and singer, who was a regular cast member on the Dick Van Dyke Show in the 1960s, has died at the age of 94.

Known for her quick wit, raspy voice and ever-present bow in her hair, her career began as a child performer when she was just three.

She remained a star for nine decades and also worked in music and theatre.

In 1946, she was booked by mobster Bugsy Siegel to open the first Las Vegas casino hotel, The Flamingo.

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Rose Marie Mazetta was born on 15 August 1923 in New York City, the same day that the Broadway musical Rose-Marie opened.

She got her first taste of showbiz at the age of three following an amateur contest that took her to Atlantic City, where she was billed as Baby Rose Marie.

She went on to sing for US Presidents Coolidge, Hoover and Roosevelt, and starred in some of the earliest talking films, including the 1929 short Baby Rose Marie The Child Wonder.

In 1946, she married musician Bobby Guy, a trumpeter for the The Tonight Show, and the couple remained together until his death in 1964.

Between 1961 and 1966, she starred in all five seasons of The Dick Van Dyke Show and quickly became a household name as quick-witted comedy writer Sally Rogers.

Her famous black hair bow, which she wore constantly, was inducted into the Smithsonian Museum in 2008, along with other items from her career.

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Rose Marie starred with Dick Van Dyke in all five series of his TV show

Rose Marie received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in October 2001.

At the age of 80, when asked if she planned to retire, she is reputed to have replied: “I’ve been in show business my whole life. Why start something new now?”

Paying tribute on Twitter, Star Wars actor Mark Hamill said: “Thanks for the all the laughs… Your timing always was… perfection”

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Ocean’s 11 actor Carl Reiner – who starred alongside Rose Marie – added: “There’s never been a more engaging multi-talented performer.”

Nell Scovell, creator of TV show Sabrina the Teenage Witch, said her character Sally Rogers was “the patron saint of female TV comedy writers”.

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Throughout her life, Rose Marie was active in many charities, notably animal welfare. Her memoir, Hold the Roses, was published in 2002, and a new documentary about her, Wait for Your Laugh, premiered in November.

She also remained active on social media and was quick to offer support to the victims of movie producer Harvey Weinstein, writing on Twitter in October: “I’ve worked since I was 3, I’m 94…. finally women are speaking up to power. I have suffered my whole life for that. Don’t stop.”

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