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Matt LeBlanc joined Top Gear in 2016

Matt LeBlanc has given viewers a taster of what they can expect from the next series of Top Gear.

The 25th season of the show – due to air in spring 2018 – will see LeBlanc return to host alongside Rory Reid and Chris Harris.

“I think we’ve tried to broaden the demographic of the show,” the presenter said.

“Try to make it not lose the petrolhead nature of it but maybe open it up to people who aren’t so petrolheady.

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LeBlanc co-presents with Rory Reid (left) and Chris Harris

“Expand the comedy, try to have bigger, broader films, but it will be more of the same in the sense it starts with the car.”

LeBlanc will return to the UK in the coming weeks to shoot footage for the show – so far he’s been filming in Norway, France, Italy and California.

“It will be closer to what it was last year versus the season before,” he added.

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The most recent series was more popular with critics than the one before it – which saw Chris Evans on hosting duties.

Evans hadn’t been popular with viewers and he left the show after fronting one series.

But LeBlanc declined to discuss viewing figures, which have generally been lower since the departure of previous hosts Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond.

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Matt LeBlanc was popular with viewers. Chris Evans… not so much

The trio moved to Amazon Prime to start the Grand Tour after Clarkson punched a producer. He later apologised after settling a £100,000 racial discrimination and injury claim.

BBC Two controller Patrick Holland has previously said Top Gear’s last season drew a “much healthier” audience and it should not be compared to the Clarkson era, which was a “completely different” show.

The BBC has also said that younger audiences rated the most recent series “far higher” than they did previous ones.

LeBlanc was speaking from Los Angeles as he promoted the last series of Episodes, the comedy he stars in alongside Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Greig.

The 50-year-old said it will be hard to leave behind the show, which has been a “inspiring, magic, special journey”.

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Host Jo Bunting has appeared on TV shows including Loose Women and This Morning

The BBC is to launch a topical radio panel show where the host and most of the guests are women.

BBC Radio 4 has commissioned a pilot of Where’s The F In News, created and presented by Have I Got News For You series producer Jo Bunting.

The station said it would be “an energetic and intelligent female-anchored show” with a “predominantly female panel”.

The gender balance on panel shows has been a contentious issue.

‘A shedload of intelligent and funny women’

In 2014, the BBC’s director of TV pledged to have at least one woman on every such show in response to criticisms that they were too male-heavy.

Bunting said: “Apparently if a woman speaks in a meeting for 50% of the time a man speaks, he genuinely thinks she’s spoken the exact same amount as he has.

“When I read that, I thought, how can I really annoy that man? So I’ve created a show featuring a shedload of intelligent and funny women.”

The Where’s The F In News panel will “use the events, trends and talking points that they think should be top of the news agenda as a starting point for a number of fresh and funny challenges”, the BBC said.

The show is one of a raft of new comedy shows announced by Radio 4.

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The Oscar-winning director of a new film about the 1967 Detroit riots says talking about race in the US is “more vital than ever”.

Kathryn Bigelow was speaking as Detroit is released in the wake of the violent clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia.

She said she wanted to meet racism “head-on”, adding: “To do nothing is not an option”.

John Boyega, who stars in the film, said: “We all have a voice and we all have a responsibility to speak out.”

‘Horrific tragedy’

The London-born actor has shared footage of the clashes on Twitter, in which one person died and 19 others were injured, when a car rammed a crowd of people opposing a far-right rally.

“It’s so weird, the timing of everything – but now it makes this movie very necessary, for perspective and also to see just how little has been done, and to hopefully spark a positive conversation.”

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John Boyega said it was hard to gather his thoughts on the current events in the US

Talking about Charlottesville, Bigelow said: “It’s just a horrific tragedy and I feel the urgency to have a conversation about race in America is even more vital than ever.”

She added: “Even though this story takes place 50 years ago, it feels, sadly, very much like today and therefore tomorrow. Until there’s a meaningful conversation about race in America, I’m worried these events will keep happening.”

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Kathryn Bigelow was the first woman to win an Oscar for best director

She said she did not see the film, starring John Boyega and Will Poulter, as being “entertainment”, but rather “a dramatisation of true events”.

To that end, the film mixes in news footage from the riots – and people who were there, including Melvin Dismukes, played by Boyega, and Julie Hysell, portrayed in the film by Skins’ Hannah Murray.

Bigelow – the first woman to win a best director Oscar, for The Hurt Locker – added: “If there’s the chance for the film to generate a dialogue that’s meaningful and positive and can generate some transformation, that would of course be my greatest aspiration.

“Any opportunity to meet head-on with the pervasiveness of racism is really important.”

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Will Poulter, right, plays a police officer in the film

Boyega said at the Detroit premiere that the racism portrayed in the film felt worryingly contemporary.

He said: “It’s crazy – I find it hard to even gather my thoughts on it, it’s so unexpected and unfortunate. It’s mad, the world is changing.”

Boyega, perhaps best known as Finn in Star Wars, plays a security guard tasked with protecting a grocery shop from looters, who then becomes embroiled in the Algiers Motel incident, which left three young men dead.

Asked whether it was a departure from the sci-fi franchise, he said: “The best sci-fi has social commentary. And I have the same commitment for Star Wars as I would for Detroit. I only appear in things I would want to watch.”

Will Poulter, who plays a Detroit police officer central to the violence inflicted on residents of the motel, said of the current situation in the US: “I think for a lot of people it’s hard to believe it’s even happening. It feels like a true regression as far as the human race is concerned.”

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Chris Brown said he and Rihanna had a volatile relationship

Chris Brown has spoken about his assault on ex-girlfriend Rihanna, describing how a violent relationship culminated with him punching her.

The Barbados-born singer was pictured bruised and with a split lip after Brown attacked her in his car in 2009.

In a new documentary, he said Rihanna had been kicking and hitting him during an argument about another woman before he “really hit her” and bit her arm.

He said he felt like a “monster” and the fight would “haunt me forever”.

Brown received five years probation and a community service order for the assault.

In the documentary, Chris Brown: Welcome to my Life, he said the relationship started going downhill after he admitted being unfaithful with a former employee, despite previously denying it.

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The couple got back together after the assault but split for good in 2013

After that revelation, Brown said Rihanna “hated” him and their relationship turned increasingly volatile.

“She didn’t care, she just didn’t trust me after that,” he said. “From there, it just went downhill because it would be fights, it would be verbal fights, physical fights as well…

“We were fighting each other. She would hit me, I would hit her. But it never was OK.”

‘I was in shock’

The infamous 2009 assault happened on the way back from a party where Rihanna spotted the other woman.

She then found a message from her on his phone, which led to them “arguing and arguing and arguing” in the car, he said.

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Chris Brown appeared in court in 2014 for a probation violation hearing

“I remember she was trying to kick me. It was just her just being upset. But then I really hit her. With a closed fist, like I punched her and it busted her lip. And when I saw it I was in shock. Why the hell did I hit her?

“From there, she just spit in my face, spit blood in my face, so it enraged me even more. It was a real fight in a car.”

He said he realised it was a “petty, stupid fight” and pulled over, and Rihanna drove home on her own.

Of the police picture of Rihanna that showed her injuries, he said: “I look back at that picture and I’m like, ‘That’s not me, bro’. I hate it to this day.

“That’s going to haunt me forever.”

The National Domestic Violence freephone helpline can be reached in the UK on 0808 2000 247.

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Liz Carr in Silent Witness

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Liz Carr joined Silent Witness in 2012

Silent Witness actress Liz Carr has said being attacked by a man with scissors was “very frightening” but that she was “relatively unscathed”.

Carr, who plays forensic examiner Clarissa Mullery, was with her personal assistant when the assault happened near London’s Euston station.

A man has been detained under the Mental Health Act, police said.

“Thanks to everyone who has sent their love and good wishes following last week’s stabbing,” Carr said.

“Just to reassure you that whilst it was very frightening at the time, I came out of it relatively unscathed and was even back home later that night.

“Looking forward to returning to filming on Silent Witness next week where thankfully all the violence is fake!”

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The actress thanked hospital and ambulance staff

The 45-year-old, who uses a wheelchair, suffered minor cuts. Both women were taken to hospital and later discharged.

She also tweeted: “I want to say an extra thank you to the amazing paramedics, ambulance crew AE staff #SaveTheNHS.”

The incident happened on 10 August. A Scotland Yard spokesperson said: “A man – aged in his 20s – was arrested at the scene on suspicion of GBH.

“He was taken into custody at a north London police station. He was subsequently detained under the Mental Health Act.”

Carr, also a comedian whose recent work includes Assisted Suicide: The Musical, has been using a wheelchair since she was seven.

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Two days after the attack, her Silent Witness co-star Emilia Fox described Carr on Twitter as “one of the most phenomenal women alive, thank goodness!”.

Carr replied by thanking Fox for “all the love today and always”.

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The film studio behind the Mission: Impossible series has confirmed that production of its latest instalment has been halted after actor Tom Cruise broke his ankle during a stunt.

But Paramount Pictures insisted that Mission: Impossible 6 remained on schedule to open in July next year.

Cruise was hurt while filming a jump between two high-rise buildings in London at the weekend.

A video shows him crashing into a wall. He was later seen limping off the set.

Cruise, 55, is well known for doing his own stunts.

In a statement, Paramount said: “During production on the latest Mission: Impossible film, Tom Cruise broke his ankle while performing a stunt.

“Production will go on hiatus while Tom makes a full recovery, and the film remains on schedule to open July 27, 2018.

“Tom wants to thank you all for your concern and support and can’t wait to share the film with everyone next summer.”

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Daniel Craig will be reprising his role as James Bond one more time.

“I just want to go out on a high note. I can’t wait,” he said on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert on Tuesday.

Although some people on social media weren’t too thrilled about the news, a lot of fans are excited about the actor’s return.

One Twitter user is so happy about the announcement that it’s probably going to be all they’ll be talking about for a while:

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James Evans wrote: “Daniel Craig is doing another James Bond and your [sic] gonna have to deal with me flailing about this for the next two weeks, at least.”

From one Craig to another, the actor has won singer Craig David’s approval too:

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The pop star tweeted: “Love this! Top boy.”

Ajay Chowdhury, editor of the James Bond International Fan Club magazine, told BBC 5 live: “He’s been the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful actor to play Bond.

“He’s made Bond such an iconic character, no-one thought Bond would still be this important and get this much attraction.”

While many fans are pleased to see Daniel Craig back as Bond, some people think it’s time to give another actor a go.

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Prem Mohanty wrote on Twitter: “Seriously Daniel Craig is too old to play James Bond, 4 movies was quite enough.”

Idris Elba had been widely tipped in the past to take over, but that’s not going to happen – yet, at least.

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A Twitter user named Hood Economist wrote: “Daniel Craig returning as Bond? Thoroughly enjoyed his Bond films but I was ready for @idriselba tbh!”

What we know about the next film so far

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  • It will be released in US cinemas on 8 November 2019 with a traditional earlier release in the UK
  • There’s no title yet – for now, it’s just known as Bond 25
  • It will be scripted by long-standing Bond writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who have been writing the films since 1999′s The World is Not Enough
  • Daniel Craig has said this will be his last time playing 007, fulfilling his five-film contract

Craig as Bond – in numbers

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We feel sorry for whoever handles Bond’s car insurance…

  • 13 – Daniel Craig will have been James Bond for 13 years
  • 51 – his age when his final film will be released
  • $3.1bn – the total global box office takings for Craig’s Bond films so far
  • $37m – the value of the cars Bond trashed for Spectre in 2015, according to Gary Powell, the film’s chief stunt co-ordinator, who spoke to the Daily Mail

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HBO’s Spanish and Nordic offshoots streamed the episode early

Game of Thrones’s next episode has been pirated and shared online in the latest leak to hit the fantasy TV series.

However, this time, the source of the leak was not hackers or thieves, but rather the show being mistakenly released on to its broadcaster’s streaming platform too early.

The episode, titled Death is the Enemy, has since been withdrawn, but not before it was copied.

Twin Peaks suffered a similar error recently.

A spokesman for HBO Europe blamed an unnamed contractor for the most recent blunder.

“We have learned that the upcoming episode of Game of Thrones was accidentally posted for a brief time on the HBO Nordic and HBO Espana platforms,” Tom Krogsgaard Nielsen told the BBC.

“The error appears to have originated with a third-party vendor, and the episode was removed as soon as it was recognised.

“This is not connected to the recent cyber-incident at HBO in the US.”

Reports indicate that high-definition footage from the episode was initially posted to YouTube, the Daily Motion, Instagram and other social media sites.

Although it has since been removed, different copies of the complete 66-minute show are still being shared on several file-sharing platforms, according to the news site Torrentfreak.

Stolen shows

HBO has suffered a series of security setbacks over recent weeks.

Unidentified hackers have released Game of Thrones scripts, company documents and unbroadcast video episodes of some of HBO’s other shows, including Curb Your Enthusiasm and Insecure.

They claim to have stolen 1.5TB of data in total.

In a separate incident, pirated copies of the 6 August episode of Game of Thrones were spotted online several days earlier in the week, featuring an Indian broadcaster’s logo.

Four people have since been arrested, three of whom work for a Mumbai-based company that stored and processed the show for an online streaming service.

Not what it seemed

HBO is not the only broadcaster to have been caught out by its own technology.

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Director David Lynch has declined to provide previews of Twin Peaks episodes (pictured) to the press, to help avoid details leaking

Sky Deutschland accidentally uploaded episode 14 of Twin Peaks: The Return to its streaming platform on 7 August, instead of episode 13.

It blamed “wrong labelling of the broadcasting file” for the error, which is somewhat ironic as one of the themes of the series is mistaken identities.

Although some viewers shared spoilers and screengrabs to Reddit, reports at the time suggested the episode had not been pirated as a consequence.

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The BBC is moving its new cooking show to avoid a clash with The Great British Bake Off when it launches on Channel 4.

Channel 4 has poached Bake Off from the BBC and has scheduled the new series to open at 20:00 BST on Tuesday 29 August.

The Big Family Cooking Showdown is on BBC Two at the same time on Tuesdays – but it will now move to Thursdays.

The BBC said Channel 4′s choice to move Bake Off from its previous Wednesday slot would be a “surprise” for viewers who “may see this as a cynical move”.

However, Channel 4 said: “We made the decision about where to schedule The Great British Bake Off a few months after acquiring it and we haven’t moved it since then.

“It is in the original Tuesday evening slot where the majority of past series have played.”

Bake Off has been shown on Wednesdays for the past three years, but was on Tuesdays from 2010-2013.

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The Big Family Cooking Showdown started on BBC Two on Tuesday

‘Room for both’

A BBC spokeswoman said: “Channel 4′s decision to move Bake Off from its long-term traditional Wednesday slot will be a surprise to many viewers who may see this as a cynical move.

“We never intended for our new cookery show to clash with theirs.

“There is room for both and we don’t, in this instance, see any public value in two public service broadcasters going head to head in this way.”

She said moving The Big Family Cooking Showdown was “in the best interest of viewers”.

The new series of Bake Off will start with cake week – one of the traditional challenges when the show was on the BBC.

Judge Paul Hollywood has moved with the show from the BBC and will be joined in the tent by Prue Leith. They have set 30 challenges for the 12 amateur bakers, which will be shown over 10 weeks.

‘Trickiest showstopper’

The Channel 4 listings give a taste of what is to come in the first offering: “The Bake Off begins with cake week, and sees the bakers take on a fruity signature challenge.

“Next, Prue sets her first technical – a children’s tea party favourite – and everyone is out to impress the new judge.

“And for their final challenge comes the trickiest showstopper ever set in the first week of Bake Off: an illusion cake. Creating these mind-blowing illusion cakes will test their baking and design skills to the limit. Paul and Prue want to see what the bakers – and their cakes – are made of.”

Comedian Noel Fielding and QI host Sandi Toksvig are the new hosts.

The BBC lost the contract to broadcast The Great British Bake Off last year after Love Productions, the makers of the show, signed a three-year deal with Channel 4.

Mary Berry, Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins subsequently decided not to move with the programme.

The Big Family Cooking Showdown debuted on BBC Two on 15 August, hosted and judged by former Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain, presenter Zoe Ball, TV cook Rosemary Shrager and chef Giorgio Locatelli.

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Will Daniel Craig make way for a seventh Bond?

Daniel Craig has refused to confirm if he will continue playing the role of British secret agent James Bond.

Craig has been 007 in the past four Bond films and reports suggested he had agreed to carry on for the 25th film in the series in November 2019.

But he told Boston radio station Magic 106.7: “No decision has been made.

“I’m not holding out for more money or doing anything like that. It’s just all very personal decisions to be made at the moment.”

James Bond 25 announced – but where’s Daniel Craig?

He added: “I know they’re desperate to get going and I would in theory love to do it, but there is no decision just yet.”

Craig succeeded Pierce Brosnan as Bond and made his debut in Casino Royale in 2006.

He has since played the spy in Quantum of Solace (2008), Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015).

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