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It’s conquered Europe, crossed the Atlantic and spawned a big-screen movie spin-off. Now The Office is to have another new branch – in India.

Wernham Hogg will become Wilkins Chawla in the latest international version of Ricky Gervais’s mockumentary sitcom.

Gervais, who co-wrote and starred in the original BBC television version, said he was “hoping for big ratings” for the show’s first Asian incarnation.

“I’m always excited and flattered to see remakes of my work,” he commented.

India’s version of The Office will revolve around Jagdeep Chaddha, manager of a paper company in a suburb of New Delhi.

It will also mirror its UK inspiration by featuring a romantic subplot involving a junior sales officer and the office’s receptionist.

Here are the 10 different incarnations of “friend first, boss second” David Brent from around the world:


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Chilled-out entertainer: Ricky Gervais as David Brent

Gervais played David Brent in The Office, a hapless middle manager at a Slough-based paper company whose attempts to motivate his workforce invariably came to nought.

The show, which also starred Martin Freeman and Mackenzie Crook, ran for two series in 2001 and 2002 before culminating with two Christmas specials in 2003.

Gervais has resurrected his signature character on a number of occasions since, most notably in the 2016 film David Brent: Life on the Road.


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David Brent became David Gervais in the Quebecois version of The Office, which ran for one series in 2006 under the title La Job.

Set in the Montreal suburbs in the offices of Les Papiers Jennings, the French-language programme saw Antoine Vezina play the lead role.


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The Office became La Ofis in the first South American version of the show, which ran for one series in 2008.

Luis Gnecco, star of the Oscar-nominated A Fantastic Woman, played the David Brent character – here named Manuel Cerda – while Wernham Hogg was rechristened Papeles Lozano.

Czech Republic

Gervais joked about receiving “another fat cheque” when it was announced that Czech Television was producing its own version of The Office in 2013.

The result, called Kancl, ran for one season in 2014 and saw Vaclav Kopta play Marek Chvala, the local version of David Brent.

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Kancl was based in Brno, a city whose love for British comedy is demonstrated each year by a Monty Python-inspired Silly Walk Day.


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Before this week’s announcement, the most recent international version of The Office was Finland’s Konttori, which began airing last March.

Set in Riihimaki – home to Finland’s highest flagpole – the show stars local comic Sami Hedberg as Pentti Markkanen, office manager at Leskisen Paperi.


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The first official non-English version of The Office to reach the small screen was Le Bureau, which ran for one season in 2006.

Set in Villepinte, a business park north of Paris, the show had Francois Berleand play Gilles Triquet, office manager at paper merchant Cogirep.


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Stromberg, which began airing in 2004, wasn’t an official version of The Office. But the German show was thought similar enough for the BBC to threaten legal action.

A compromise was reached that saw Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant get an “inspired by” credit, allowing the show to continue until 2012.

“I must say I was very surprised,” joked Gervais in 2006. “It’s not like the Germans to just march in and take something that isn’t theirs.”

Christoph Maria Herbst played the show’s title character, the incompetent manager of an insurance company.


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“Who ever heard of Jewish entertainers?” joked Gervais when the Israeli version of The Office was announced in 2010.

HaMisrad ran for two seasons and starred Dvir Benedek as Avi Meshulam, regional manager at the Yehud branch of a company whose Hebrew name translates into English as Paper Office.


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Kontoret, the Swedish version of The Office, ran for two seasons between 2012 and 2013 and starred Henrik Dorsin as the show’s David Brent equivalent.

Dorsin’s character, Ove Sundberg, was ingeniously lifted from a previous show called Solsidan, in which he played a supporting role.

“It feels good to contribute with something of my own… when you’re working with a proven show like The Office,” said the Scandinavian actor.

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By far the most successful international version of The Office was its award-winning US adaptation, which ran for nine seasons between 2005 and 2013.

Steve Carell played Brent equivalent Michael Scott in the NBC production, which continued beyond his departure in 2011.

John Krasinski, Rainn Wilson and Jenna Fischer played Michael’s co-workers at Dunder Mifflin in Scranton, a Pennsylvania city that now regards its association with the show as a badge of honour.

Gervais made two appearances in the show as David Brent. Here he is meeting Steve Carell’s character in 2011 episode The Seminar.

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A Russian version of The Office was announced in 2008 but has yet to reach production stage.

It is also unclear whether the Chinese version Gervais said he was developing in 2010 will make it off the drawing board.

The latest Office development was one of several announcements made this week at BBC Worldwide’s 2018 Showcase, a four-day event in Liverpool for international TV buyers.

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Lorde has told fans who suffer from acne: “I feel your pain”.

The singer posted an Instagram story about the unhelpful things people say to people who, like her, have the skin condition.

“Acne sucks. You know what also sucks?” she asked in the video, before mocking the advice she’s been given over the years.

The 21-year-old said she wants people to stop suggesting that moisturising will get rid of the problem.

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“When you’ve had acne for years and years and years, done all the drugs, tried all the things, and people are still like, ‘You know what worked for me, is… moisturising!’,” said the Green Light singer.

“‘Make a mask out of honey, Greek yogurt and avocado. All you need to do is buy an apricot scrub! Coconut oil – the secret is coconut oil!”‘

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Lorde said some people simply assume her skin is unclean.

“‘Do you wash your face?’ It’s like, yes, I wash my face, I’m just genetically cursed,” she said.

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Lorde’s second album Melodrama was nominated for a Grammy Award

The singer added that she believes it can get better.

“For anyone out there who has got bad skin – and actual bad skin, not the kind of bad skin you can just use a fancy cream for, for a few days, and it will get better.

“I feel your pain. We’ll get there, we will. I promise.”

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Top Gear: Chris Harris, Matt LeBlanc and Rory Reid

The new series of Top Gear begins on Sunday with Matt LeBlanc, Rory Reid and Chris Harris returning to host.

It’s the second season of the BBC Two car show to be fronted by the trio, and the 25th since the programme was re-launched in 2002.

We went along to the press launch, watched a few preview clips and interviewed LeBlanc, Reid and Harris.

(The Stig was there too but didn’t have much to say.)

Here are 25 things you need to know about Top Gear 25:

1. Chris, Rory and Matt are gelling as a presenting team.

“The c-word was one that was thrown at us a lot in the first season,” says Chris.

Nobody panic – he’s talking about chemistry.

“But it was just fanciful to think that you can just create a chemistry overnight. You don’t, do you?

“You have to learn where people’s funnybone is before you can start to poke fun and work out where that joy lies.”

2. Producers have an interesting approach to health and safety.

“They look at a situation, and if there’s a greater-than-60% chance of surviving, they’ll put you in it,” laughs Rory.

“Which I think is fair, it’s good odds.”

3. Top Gear fundamentally remains a serious motoring show, thank you very much.

“[The programme] doesn’t have the right to be funny and silly… unless it retains its grounding in being a car show,” says Chris.

“I don’t think you’d trust Mary Berry if you found out she couldn’t bake a cake.

“So it has to review cars. It has to have an element of testing, me talking about suspension components, which many people find deeply boring, but that’s what it’s about.”

4. Matt is no longer in touch with Chris Evans.

“He’s supposed to be here, I don’t know, where he is?” the former Friends star jokes, looking around the room.

“You know, I haven’t spoken to Chris. I haven’t. Not because… I just, I’ve been busy, he’s been busy, I have no animosity towards him, you know.”

Right, moving on.

5. Rory has lost two-and-a-half stone since the last series.

For which he credits his intensive exercise regime.

6. Matt has zero time for accusations of political incorrectness on Friends.

The week we speak to Matt, a string of stories have appeared in the press about how younger generations are turning their backs on Friends because of its apparent fat shaming and homophobia.

“I’ve heard those rumours too about people taking pot shots at Friends, but I don’t want to get into that. I disagree with all that,” Matt says.

“On Top Gear we tend to steer clear of any sort of political content, nothing too topical.

“On Friends we steered clear of that kind of thing, too. Friends was about themes that stand the test of time – trust, love, relationships, betrayal, family and things like that.”

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7. And, now you bring it up, nor is he a fan of risque humour in general.

“I’m not in the business of making political jokes, politically incorrect jokes,” he says.

“I don’t want to make jokes that make people go ‘Ooh, that’s not my bag.’ I don’t like that, I run from that kind of stuff.

“Because that joke isn’t going to be relevant in six months. You talk about ‘Hey man, you lied to me,’ or ‘Wasn’t that fun?’ – that’ll always be relevant.”

8. Rory now gets recognised in Sainsbury’s.

Rory started out presenting the sister programme, Extra Gear, before making the leap to the main show.

“I travel a lot, and I seem to get recognised in most places. Everyone’s really nice, no-one’s really horrible,” he says of his higher profile.

“But you go shopping in Sainsbury’s and people stare at you, come up and have a look at what’s in your trolley, take pictures of it and stuff.

“So you’ve got to be careful about what you’re buying,” he points out, adding that he wants to avoid any headlines like ‘Rory Reid buys £600 of champagne.’

“Not that I’d ever do that. I’m more of a prosecco man.”

9. Matt doesn’t consider himself a TV presenter.

Despite this being his third season fronting the show.

“Presenting is not what I do. I’m an actor, playing the part of a presenter. That’s what I do. So is it really me you see on Top Gear? Probably not,” he says.

“It’s the me that suits the film we’re making. It’s the me that suits the studio portion in front of the crowd. That’s what an actor does, you try to mould yourself to fit the needs of the piece.”

10. “Granted, Spielberg’s not calling me,” he adds.

We don’t see why not.

“I could give you a hundred reasons why not,” he laughs.

11. Chris and Matt STILL haven’t agreed about Bigfoot.

One episode sees the two presenters go out in search of Bigfoot.

It’s fair to say they have differing opinions of the creature’s existence – as this particular exchange at the press launch proved.

Chris: “Some of the ideas on the show are obviously silly. To wake up one morning and go to northern California, to go and [shouts across the room] LOOK FOR AN ANIMAL THAT DOESN’T EXIST. [Matt turns around]. Sorry, did I say that loudly?”

Matt: [Shouting back] “It’s not an animal. Not an animal.”

Chris: “Sorry, it’s a gorilla. An eight-foot gorilla.”

Matt: “It’s a being. A being.”

No chance of getting this cleared up anytime soon we don’t think.

12. Rory is trying to get Chris sacked. Kind of.

When asked what ideas he’d like to see explored on future seasons of Top Gear, Rory says: “I want to see autonomous cars, self-driving cars.”

Wouldn’t that leave him out of a job though?

“I want to put Harris out of a job, he gets to drive all the good stuff,” he jokes.

13. Matt would like more money in the accommodation budget please.

Anyone concerned about how BBC money is being spent need not worry about wastage on Top Gear.

“We just got back from a week in Sri Lanka,” Matt explains, adding sarcastically: “[The hotel] was fantastic. I think we’re spending too much on the hotel budget.

“The idea is to get all your money on the screen, apparently.”

Top Gear doesn’t exactly have a great record when it comes to dealing with accommodation and catering issues in a calm and orderly manner, so we hope this gets resolved soon.

14. Chris describes Matt as an “inveterate practical joker”.

“You never have a straightforward day,” he says of his prank-playing co-star.

“Let’s just say when we’re on a photo call, he’ll allow his arm to tap me somewhere that leaves me bent over double.

“There are some extraordinary images of him standing there, and he does it with the Matt LeBlanc face, and I’m doubled over and it looks like I’ve lost the plot completely.”

15. Matt considers England a second home.

“I do like it here. The first thing I ever did here was Lost In Space, back in ’96 or ’97. And then I hadn’t worked here in a long time and came back to do Episodes.

“I do like England. It’s like being in Europe but you can understand the language.”

16. Chris is scared of flying.

So you can imagine how a stunt in the new series involving him trying out a flying car goes down.

17. Matt thinks comparisons with Clarkson, Hammond and May are “inevitable”.

“I was a big fan of the show before, I think it was great, those guys were great,” he says diplomatically.

“But, they’re not here anymore. They left. That had nothing to do with me. I was asked to come in, and I think, I can’t do what they did. But also they can’t do what I did. So it’s slightly different.”

18. Rory agrees.

“It’s natural for people to want to compare,” he says.

“What’s important is that we haven’t tried to fill their shoes in any way. None of us is trying to be Clarkson, May or Hammond.”

19. And look, Chris thinks there’s room for Top Gear and The Grand Tour to co-exist on television perfectly peacefully so everybody just calm down.

“Motoring has an enormous audience and it’s only really served by two global shows,” he says.

“I think the others do a great job. I think we do a great job. And long may the comparisons continue, because I’m really proud of the films that we’ve made in this season, I think they stack up against any opposition.”

20. Matt isn’t too worried about ratings.

“I don’t concern myself with that stuff, that’s a network issue,” he says. “If you want to talk ratings, talk to the BBC.”

“The level they need it to perform at, and what it does, they must be happy, we’re still here, you know what I mean? So they’re good enough.”

21. Top Gear remains a family show.

“It’d be very easy to try and make it a bit sweary and laddish, but it’s not,” says Chris.

“It’s a staple at 8pm on a Sunday evening and you should be able to watch it with your kids.

“My youngest is seven, and I can watch Top Gear happily with him, and not worry about something that’s going to embarrass me or him.”

Probably best he steers clear of Mrs Brown’s Boys.

22. Petrolheads can go online if they need a bigger motoring fix.

Harris landed his Top Gear presenting gig after building up a sizeable YouTube following.

“I want to know what the ramp angles are on the differential in the car. And I can find that on YouTube. I can’t find it on television, and that’s why it’s great [to have both],” he says.

“In fact, the two worlds need to stop warring, because they’re complementary.

“The Top Gear brand is big online, and I love [doing the online videos]… they satisfy the geek audience. But the TV show has to be more general.”

23. The presenters don’t do all their own stunts.

“We have a team of pro drivers. I’m not a pro driver, I’m probably above average, I would say, but when it gets really dodgy, you hand the car over and the pro drivers do some,” explains Matt.

“It’s not a race, we’re here to make a television show. We do a lot of the driving, and sometimes out of a scheduling thing we can’t be there because we’re shooting something else, but for the most part it’s us.”

24. There’s a great sequence in the new series involving eggs.

(Perhaps the BBC is trying to compensate for the loss of Paul Hollywood.)

Chris makes a bold claim that his Citroen 2CV is such a smooth ride that you could comfortably carry a basket of eggs with you without one smashing.

25. You can probably guess what happens next.

All hell breaks loose after the first couple of eggs inevitably smash, and Matt ends up covered in more yolk than you’d ever expect one of the most recognisable actors in the world to be.

“We got a jet washer in and had to blow all the egg out,” Chris says of the smell that the stunt left behind.

But, Rory adds: “Chris’s 2CV looks pretty broken and beaten up already, so I think the eggs were an improvement personally.”

Watch the trailer below:

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London Fashion Week comes hot on the heels of New York and just ahead of Milan – but the UK capital’s biannual showcase is holding its own with headline collections from the likes of Mulberry, JW Anderson and Halpern. Big name fans have been in attendance on the frows and there’s been some truly avant-garde looks courtesy of St Martins graduates as well as more established designers.

Here’s a look at some of the best bits so far:

1. Want to stand out in a crowd?

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Matty Bovan, Pam Hogg and Preen – for the more outgoing personality

We have just the thing for you – several things, actually.

And as ever, the Central Saint Martins MA line-up didn’t disappoint.

Specifically, we mean you, Edwin Mohney. The New Yorker closed the graduate show on Friday night with an inflatable paddling pool dress, Donald Trump rubber masks made into stilettos and what appeared to be a walking condom.

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York-based designer and St Martins graduate Matty Bovan debuted his first solo show, with models wearing tweed and tight balaclavas accompanied by square face stickers.

Several took to the catwalk with brightly coloured helium balloons attached to their heads.

But more experienced designers also got in on the action – Pam Hogg showcased large birds on hats, see-through bodysuits and 80s puffball dresses.

2. Bye Bye Bailey, Bailey Bye Bye

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Burberry helped launch Cara Delevingne’s career

Christopher Bailey’s farewell to Burberry brought a splash of colour to the catwalk with a rainbow theme – a symbol to represent the company’s financial support for LGBTQ charities.

The designer also harked back to the 80s with shell suits and zipped tracky-style tops plus a possibly ironic homage to the 90s, when the Burberry brand was, ahem, slightly less alluring.

Shearling jackets, oversized chunky knits and puffa jackets featured, too.

“I wanted it to be a reflection of Burberry’s past, our present but also my great excitement to see what the future holds for Burberry,” he said backstage.

Bailey bowed out with a rainbow faux fur cape worn by Cara Delevingne.

It’s not yet known who will take over the reins at the end of next month but Phoebe Philo is hotly tipped, having recently left Celine.

3. Best FROW spots

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The celebs were out in force for the big shows, with Nicola Roberts, Paloma Faith, Edie Campbell, Alexa Chung and Pixie Geldof on the bench for House of Holland.

Everyone wanted a seat for Bailey’s swansong – Naomi Watts, Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss were in attendance, as were Matt Smith, Lily James, Sienna Miller, Keira Knightley and Jourdan Dunn. Not to mention Chelsea Clinton, who is best mates with Bailey’s husband, Simon Woods. Natch.

Felicity Jones and Erin O’Connor turned up to see Erdem’s latest collection, as did US band Haim.

Vogue editor Dame Anna Wintour was pictured at JW Anderson.

4. Model pupil

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Adwoa Aboah kicked off London Fashion Week with a talk to industry insiders about abuse in the fashion industry.

While not a victim herself, the London-born model said: “Fear has run rampant amongst our community of models. Far too many young models, both women and men, are mistreated and put at risk.”

Aboah was the first cover star for Vogue under new editor Edward Enniful.

She was a hit during New York Fashion Week and was equally in demand back in London.

She walked for several designers including Matty Bovan, Ashley Williams and Burberry.

And she even took time to post a selfie with the Mayor of London.

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Director Martin McDonagh with two of Three Billboards’ five Bafta film awards

Sunday’s Bafta Film Awards saw Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri beat The Shape of Water to the best film prize.

The two go head to head again at the Academy Awards on 4 March. Will Three Billboards triumph once more, or will it be the turn of Guillermo del Toro’s film to shine?

Here’s our take on how things are looking as we near the business end of the current film awards season.

Does Three Billboards’ Bafta win mean the Oscar’s in the bag?

Absolutely not. The Baftas and the Oscars haven’t agreed on best picture since 12 Years a Slave in 2014.

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Steve McQueen, director of 12 Years a Slave, at the Bafta Film Awards and Oscars in 2014

One possible reason for this is the different way the organisations vote. Bafta operates a first-past-the-post system where the film with the most votes wins. But the Oscars use a more complicated preferential ballot where second, third and so on preferences can be taken into account.

The Academy’s system is more likely to reward consensus rather than passion. What’s more, Three Billboards has experienced something of a backlash in the US which, in a very open race, could harm its chances against Dunkirk, Get Out, The Shape of Water and others.

What can the Baftas tell us about the best picture Oscar race?

The four films that lost on Sunday – Call Me By Your Name, Darkest Hour, Dunkirk and The Shape of Water – have clearly had their chances dented.

In the cases of Darkest Hour and Dunkirk, those dents are pretty big. If British-themed films can’t win on their home territory, how likely are they to triumph in LA?

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Get Out is up for four Oscars, including best picture and best actor

Yet all of this could help a film like Get Out. It didn’t get a Bafta nomination, so hasn’t been damaged by not winning. What it does have is a huge amount of momentum in the US.

The make-up of the American Academy is slowly changing, with more women and people from ethnic minorities joining its membership. Around a fifth of that membership only joined in the last two years, and these new voters could make the difference.

What about the acting categories?

Back in 2014, two performances from Dallas Buyers Club won almost every prize going. Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto both went on to win the Oscars for best actor and supporting actor.

One of the only dissenting groups was Bafta, where the pair didn’t win. In fact, they weren’t even nominated.

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In 2018 things are very different. The Critics’ Choice Awards, Screen Actors Guild awards, Golden Globes and Bafta Film awards have all honoured the same four performers, a level of consensus that hasn’t been seen in recent years.

It would therefore be a major shock if Gary Oldman, Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney and Sam Rockwell didn’t all win at the Oscars. And any hopes for Sally Hawkins and Lesley Manville again must have been diminished by the fact they couldn’t pull off a win on home soil.

What about the other categories?

It’s hard to say, apart from the fact that Britain’s Christopher Nolan looks likely to be waiting a while longer for a best director Oscar after losing to Guillermo del Toro in London.

Still, Dunkirk’s win in the best sound category could point to it picking up at least one of the two sound prizes at the Academy Awards.

Sometimes, Bafta can also flag up an unexpected win at the Oscars. Hacksaw Ridge won best editing at the Baftas in 2017 and went on to win the equivalent Oscar.

That might bode well for Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver after its win in that category on Sunday.

Is there any significance to Daniel Kaluuya’s Rising Star win?

There’s no comparable category at the Oscars. He is up for best actor (as he was at the Baftas), but because of the Oldman juggernaut he’s not expected to win.

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Daniel Kaluuya with his Rising Star award

Still, because of the momentum behind Get Out (not to mention a great performance in Black Panther), Kaluuya is being seen on both sides of the Atlantic as the most exciting on-screen talent to come out of awards season.

This is despite the fact he’s been producing great, if less high-profile, work for years in everything from TV’s Black Mirror to the London stage.

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Media captionAhead of presenting the Brit Awards, Jack Whitehall reveals how his preparation is going.

He’s had his own Netflix stand-up special, chat show and a host of notable acting roles.

Now Jack Whitehall is taking on a new challenge – hosting this year’s Brit Awards.

The comedian and actor, who is currently starring in Sky’s Bounty Hunters, says he’s expecting the unexpected.

We spoke to him ahead of Wednesday’s ceremony to discuss grime, the nature of live TV and…. the Chuckle Brothers.

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It’s a long-held tradition that comedians host the Brits – James Corden, Russell Brand and Peter Kay having all taken the helm in recent years.

For Jack, it’s not about competing for laughs though – it’s more about simply getting through the show.

“I’m worried about the Brits because it’s such a high-profile show,” he says.

“It’s live, anything can happen – and historically, anything has happened – so it’s a nerve-wracking thing to be doing, but it’s the biggest night in music and it’s a good level of scared and excitement.”

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He says his favourite awkward moment was from 1996, when Jarvis Cocker crashed Michael Jackson’s performance of Earth Song.

“You can prepare a bit but that’s the nature of it – there will be something you didn’t see coming or something that goes wrong and you just don’t know what that moment will be.

“I’m not sure I’ll get laughs. I’ll do jokes but I won’t do full stand up – I’m just there to introduce the acts and keep everyone’s spirits high.”

He says he hasn’t worked out “what the worst case scenario is” but hopes that “people will get more drunk as the night goes on and it will get easier”.

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As host of a big show, you’d think an entourage or even a say in the guest presenters would be on the cards, but Jack says none of his suggestions were “quite appropriate for the night”.

“I asked for the Chuckle Brothers – it’s always nice to see them but they don’t really fit the Brits brand,” he says.

Jack, whose acting credits include playing a teacher in Bad Education and a uni student in Fresh Meat, has also become part of an unlikely double act in recent years.

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Along with his 77-year-old dad Michael, he presents BBC Two chat show Backchat and they appear together on Netflix show Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father.

“I don’t think my dad is going to come with me just because I couldn’t even get him to come to the O2 to watch my show,” he says.

“I think if it was over in Putney somewhere then he would probably come, or Wimbledon.

“It will be nearly as hard getting him there as it will be to keep my mother away.

“She will definitely be there trying to talk to everyone and getting pictures with everyone.”

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Jack and his father Michael have their own travel show on Netflix

Jack is more than happy to be called posh and it’s something he often plays on during his stand up routines.

Asked how he feels about the prominence of grime at this year’s ceremony, he says: “It’s slightly ludicrous in the year that grime has been the dominant force in British music that I’m the host.

“I don’t think I will attempt to assimilate in anyway with anyone from the grime scene because I think that might not play well.

Jack has met Stormzy, who’s up for two Brits, and says he’s “very nice”.

“He put me on his Snapchat and that’s an achievement,” he says. “Unfortunately as I was talking to Stormzy, Richard Hammond came over and I started talking to him, that does slightly ruin your street cred.

“If I’m talking to Stormzy at the Brits I just need to make sure Richard isn’t around.”

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Whitehall has presented awards at the Brits in the past but has never hosted the show

Jack has presented awards at the show in the past, so knows how unpredictable – but also completely mad – it can be.

“I like the fact they put really random people together (to present the awards),” he says.

“I guest presented with Jessie J and Louis Smith and none of us kept in touch. We talked over each other, then my mic went dead, so it was great.

“I have experienced slight technical malfunctions at the Brits but this year is going to be fine, everything is going to run really smoothly and nothing’s going to go wrong.”

We’ll keep our fingers crossed.

The Brit Awards will be broadcast on Wednesday 21 February on ITV.

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Guests at the Bafta Film Awards showed their support for the Time’s Up and Me Too campaigns by wearing black and sending messages from the stage.

Virtually all the stars at the London ceremony were in black and some were accompanied by rights campaigners.

One of the few in a colourful dress was best actress winner Frances McDormand – but she told the ceremony: “I stand in full solidarity with my sisters.”

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a dark green dress with a black ribbon belt.

Bethan Holt, fashion news and features director at The Telegraph, told BBC News: “The Royal Family very rarely get involved in political messaging, so perhaps it’s not such a surprise that she didn’t join in with the rest of the women and wear black tonight.”

But the vast majority of other attendees did wear black as well as Time’s Up badges – all in reference to a push for greater respect and equality since the Hollywood sexual harassment scandal.

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Frances McDormand admitted she had “a little trouble with compliance”

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was the night’s big winner, with five awards.

Accepting the best film prize, writer and director Martin McDonagh told the ceremony: “Our film is a hopeful one in lots of ways but it’s also an angry one, and as we’ve seen this year, sometimes anger is the only way to get people to listen and to change, so we’re thrilled that Bafta has recognised this.”

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McDormand was wearing a patterned red and black outfit. Gesturing to her dress while accepting the best actress award, she said: “As Martin [McDonagh] said, I have a little trouble with compliance.

“But I want you to know I stand in full solidarity with my sisters tonight in black. I also want to say that I appreciate a well-organised act of civil disobedience.”

Others to reference the issue from the stage included Mexican actress Salma Hayek, who wrote a personal account of her experiences at the hands of Harvey Weinstein, and who presented the best actor award to Gary Oldman on Sunday.

“In this very important and historical year for women, I am here on this legendary stage to celebrate men,” she said, before joking that McDormand had won best actor.

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Actress Andrea Riseborough chose to bring UK Black Pride co-founder Phyll Opoku-Gyimah as her guest, while Gemma Arterton, who starred in the stage version of 2010 film Made In Dagenham, brought two of the original 1968 Dagenham Ford factory pay campaigners, Gwen Davis and Eileen Pullen.

Elsewhere, activists wearing T-shirts saying “Time’s Up Theresa” gatecrashed the red carpet.

A group called Sisters Uncut said they were protesting against Prime Minister Theresa May and the government’s Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill.

More images of the stars in black (and the royal who wasn’t):

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Jennifer Lawrence

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Angelina Jolie and was joined by Cambodian-American human rights activist Loung Ung

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Octavia Spencer

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Kristin Scott Thomas

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Margot Robbie

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Naomie Harris

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Lupita Nyong’o

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Daniel Kaluuya

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Lily James

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Ruth Wilson

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Saoirse Ronan

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The Duchess of Cambridge

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Three Billboards was the big winner at the Baftas on Sunday evening.

It picked up some of the night’s top prizes – including best film, best British film and best actress (for Frances McDormand).

Meanwhile, stars showed their support for the Time’s Up campaign by wearing black on the carpet and pin badges highlighting the cause.

Sam Rockwell, McDormand and Lee Unkrich used their winner’s speeches to highlight issues of diversity and equality in the industry.

Here are six memorable moments from the Bafta Film Awards 2018.

1. It was Daniel Kaluuya’s night

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There’s only one thing we all really want to know about the Baftas: What would that trophy look like if you dipped it in some bright blue hair dye?

Fortunately, the EE Rising Star prize means we no longer have to imagine.

Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya was the winner of the prize this year – the only Bafta to be voted for by the public – and he looked genuinely surprised.

“My mum is the reason why I started, the reason why I’m here and the reason why I keep going,” he said as he accepted the award.

He went blank at one point during his speech, but speaking backstage also remembered to thank Top Boy’s Ashley Walters.

“I want to say to Ashley thanks for leading and inspiring me, he has made it all possible,” he said.

Kaluuya was inspired by seeing Walters on screen as he had come from a similar background.

He also said “levels” about 20 times during his speech, giving the Baftas a much-needed dose of London slang.

2. Frances McDormand refusing to comply

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In a fairly non-eventful ceremony, we’re going to go ahead and say that Frances McDormand’s speech certainly stood out.

“Thank you British film people,” the actress said as she took to the stage to accept the prize for leading actress.

The star of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was one of the very few stars who didn’t wear black on the red carpet, unlike many others who did so in support of the #MeToo movement.

“As Martin [McDonagh] said, I have a little trouble with compliance,” she said, pointing to her dress.

“But I want you to know I stand in full solidarity with my sisters tonight in black. I also want to say that I appreciate a well-organised act of civil disobedience.”

She then referred to the way political campaigners had taken the concept of the film and used it to help their causes – such as this week’s stunt where three billboards demanding justice following the Grenfell Tower fire were driven through London.

“I’m thrilled that activists all over the world have been inspired by the set decoration of Three Billboards in Martin’s film and have taken to the streets and let it be a part of the positive public discourse that’s happening,” McDormand said.

3. The general brilliance of Salma Hayek

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You’re always in for a fun night when Salma Hayek is around – as anyone who’s ever seen one of her memorable appearances on Graham Norton will know.

“In this very important and historical year for women, I am here on this legendary stage to celebrate men,” the actress said to laughs and cheers from the audience as she introduced the best actor category.

But she wasn’t done being playful.

She introduced the nominees – Daniel Day-Lewis, Daniel Kaluuya, Jamie Bell, Timothee Chalamet and the eventual winner Gary Oldman.

But, as she opened the envelope, she said: “And the winner is… Frances McDormand,” in an utterly brilliant reference to last year’s best picture mishap at the Oscars.

After the initial gasp from the audience, she said “Nahh, just kidding! The Bafta goes to Gary Oldman.”

4. Once, twice, three times a Lumley

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In awards shows, the host’s opening monologue can often be more interesting and juicy than the awards themselves.

Think of the cutting speeches of Seth Meyers, Ricky Gervais and Tina Fey and Amy Poelher at the Golden Globes, or Ellen and Jimmy Kimmel’s recent hosting of the Oscars.

This was Lumley’s first year as host of the Baftas – she took over from Stephen Fry, who has fronted the ceremony 12 times in total.

Some of her high points:

  • “Quite how Hugh Grant managed to portray a vain and egotistical actor in Paddington 2 is beyond me, it was remarkable stuff.”
  • “In some of Get Out’s most memorable moments, Daniel Kaluuya is controlled by other people and trapped in a chair powerless to move. A skill that will come in handy tonight because I’m afraid to say no-one gets a comfort break until we’re done here.”
  • “Oh dear, they’ve left the envelope. We don’t want any mix-ups later. Could somebody come and take this please?”
  • “In one sense, you’re all winners tonight. But in another sense, if you believe that, you’ll believe anything.”

5. Allison Janney is going to need a bigger trophy cabinet

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Allison Janney won best supporting actress for her role as LaVona Golden in I, Tonya – having already picked up the same prize at the Golden Globes next month.

She played Tonya Harding’s mother in the film – a role she felt well-suited to as she did figure skating growing up.

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Janney is much loved for playing CJ in The West Wing, but equally has enjoyed her time on the silver screen too.

Speaking in the press room, she commented on her versatility as an actress and said she approaches whatever role, whether film or TV, in the same way:

“I think of every role as neither comedy or drama, I look for the truth in the imaginary circumstances and the messier the role the better!”

6. What the winners might mean for the Oscars

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So with the Golden Globes and the Baftas out the way for another year, awards season is now firmly rattling awards the Oscars next month – the biggest night in the Hollywood calendar.

There were no big surprises at this year’s Baftas and the bookies were pretty much spot on with the odds that saw Three Billboards take five awards and The Shape of Water three.

Whilst its now even more likely that Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney will walk away with the supporting gongs and Frances McDormand and Gary Oldman for lead, it could be a different story for the big one – best film.

Three Billboards’ British background may have helped influence the decision for it to receive the big prize at the Baftas, so could it be pipped to the post at the Oscars?

Its lack of a nomination in the best director category at the Oscars dented some of the momentum the film had been picking up – and it also faces tough competition from Get Out and The Shape of Water, which have been huge hits at the US box office.

This year’s Oscars take place on 4 March, so we don’t have long until we find out.

We’ll see you then.

Read more:

  • Three Billboards wins big at the Baftas
  • Stars (almost) unite in black at Baftas
  • Bafta Film Awards 2018: All the winners

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Left-right: Three Billboards writer-director Martin McDonagh, producer Peter Czernin, actor Sam Rockwell, actress Frances McDormand and producer Graham Broadbent

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, about a woman seeking justice for her daughter’s murder, scooped the top prizes at the Bafta Film Awards.

The drama won five trophies including best film, best British film and best actress for Frances McDormand.

Gary Oldman won best actor for playing Winston Churchill – one of two awards for World War Two epic Darkest Hour.

Fantasy romance The Shape of Water took three trophies, including best director for Guillermo Del Toro.

But there were few surprises among the main awards on a night when the main talking point came from the fact most guests wore black in support of the Time’s Up and Me Too campaigns.

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Like many stars, Gary Oldman wore a Time’s Up badge

Three Billboards, set in the wake of a gruesome killing in Missouri, was written and directed by British-born Martin McDonagh and had British financial backing – it was a 50/50 joint production between the UK’s Film4 and US company Fox Searchlight.

The Bafta (British Academy Film Awards) results will strengthen its chances at the Oscars in two weeks – although Bafta’s last three best films have not gone on to win best picture at the Oscars.

As well as best film, best British film and best actress, its haul included best supporting actor for Sam Rockwell and best original screenplay for McDonagh.

The Shape of Water led the Bafta nominations with 12, but came away with three – best director, production design and original music.

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Allison Janney won best supporting actress for I, Tonya

Other notable winners:

  • This was Gary Oldman‘s first Bafta for acting – although he won for writing and directing Nil By Mouth 20 years ago
  • Allison Janney, best known for The West Wing, won best supporting actress for I, Tonya – it was her first Bafta nomination
  • Get Out’s Daniel Kaluuya was a popular winner of the Rising Star award, and paid a heartfelt thanks to his mum in his speech
  • At the age of 89, James Ivory – of Merchant Ivory fame – won best adapted screenplay for Call Me By Your Name
  • Sir Ridley Scott has never won a competitive Bafta but got his third honorary award with the Bafta Fellowship (he got a “special award” in 1992 and an “outstanding contribution” in 1995)
  • The full list of winners

Joanna Lumley hosted for the first time after taking over from Stephen Fry.

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