Five things we learned at Later with Jools Holland’s 25th birthday

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Later… with Jools Holland turns 25 this year, after more than 350 shows and over a thousand musical guests.

To celebrate, the programme abandoned its home in Maidstone for a gala concert at the Royal Albert Hall.

Among the guests were Foo Fighters, Van Morrison, Dizzee Rascal and Malian band Songhoy Blues.

The results will be screened on BBC Two on Saturday night, but here are some of the things we learned behind the scenes.

1. Taylor Hawkins was playing hide and seek

Foo Fighters’ star Dave Grohl (pictured with Jools) sang the first verse of Best of You solo, accompanied by just his guitar, but the rest of the band needed to be ready to jump in for the second chorus.

It was easy enough for guitarist Pat Smear and bassist Nate Mendel, who just waited off stage in the wings. Drummer Taylor Hawkins had no such luck.

With his kit pressed up against the seats, he had no graceful way to enter the stage; so he lay on the floor, arms perched on his drum stool, for three uncomfortable minutes.

2. It’s the show stars want to appear on

The gala concert came with a commemorative booklet, filled with tributes from the acts who’ve appeared on Later… over the last 25 years.

“For me it was the path to success,” said Ed Sheeran. “Anyone that went on Jools Holland from my circuit went on to achieve great things.”

Metallica’s Lars Ulrich said the programme was “unlike any other show” he’d played.

“The format of the bands setting up basically in a big circle and facing each other, playing to each other, channels a vibe.”

It’s “a fine line between camaraderie and competition”, he added.

Kasabian, though, had an axe to grind.

“You never let us on our first album and we were devastated. You said we were too loud.”

3. A good stage manager is invaluable

The most indispensible person in Jools’s team is the stage manager, who runs circles around the arena, carefully keeping out of shot, and making sure the presenter can see the handwritten cue cards with details of the next performer.

By complete coincidence, we were sitting next to the show’s former camera supervisor, who told us this key crew member was none other than Roy Castle’s daughter, Antonia.

4. The show is completely seamless

Sitting at home, you might imagine there are a few crafty edits to make all the musicians look good – but no: The entire show was filmed in one continuous take, from start to finish, with only one retake (we won’t say who, it was a technical problem, not a vocal one!).

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What that means is that the bands have to sit and watch each other – so we got to see Foo Fighters playing along to Van Morrison’s Gloria, and KT Tunstall grooving with French singer Camille.

Of course, nothing will beat the time, years ago, when we saw Thom Yorke busting moves to a Mary J Blige performance – but the joy of seeing Later up close, is watching musicians when they’re not “on”.

Some of those moments could well make it into Saturday night’s show – so keep an eye out for Dave Grohl lending his guitar to KT Tunstall. The Scottish singer is a good foot shorter than the Foos’ frontman, so she ends up playing with the instrument slung around her knees.

5. Later… could only exist on the BBC

Just before the show, Jools and his producer Mark Cooper said that Later… couldn’t exist on any other broadcaster,

“This show really is part of the BBC ethos,” said Jools. “It educates, informs, entertains and speaks truth unto nation.

“There’s no show like it on earth. A lot of the guests say that when they come on [and] only the BBC could make it.”

Cooper said the BBC’s biggest gift had been to stay out of their way.

“I would like to thank the BBC for supporting this programme over 25 years and doing the most wonderful thing the BBC can do for anybody, which is give us the freedom to make a show that can be brave, and make its own choices. Hopefully that’s what it kept going.”

Later 25 will be shown on BBC Two at 21:00 BST on Saturday, 23 September.

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Strictly Come Dancing: This year’s stars in quotes

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The Reverend Richard Coles and Good Morning Britain’s Charlotte Hawkins are raring to go

After two weeks of rehearsals, this year’s Strictly Come Dancing stars are preparing to return to the dance floor this weekend for the first live show of the series.

Here’s what they had to say when we caught up with them earlier this month.

The Reverend Richard Coles

  • “There’s a dog collar being pimped apparently, we’re quite excited about that.”
  • “I was preaching quite a fierce sermon recently and a piece of glitter fell out of my hair.”
  • “I’m going to need a miracle. It’s ‘let us spray’ at the moment.”
  • “I’m going to have to launch myself across a dancefloor, which I haven’t done since Ibiza in 1990. And it wasn’t pretty then, believe me.”
  • “I’m very happy to volunteer to dance with Aljaz anywhere, any place, any time.”

Charlotte Hawkins

  • “I jumped at the chance [to do Strictly]. It was a no-brainer for me. It’s afterwards when people go ‘it’s really full on, it’s going to be scary.’”
  • “You’ve just got to throw yourself into it and love every minute.”
  • On Good Morning Britain co-host Piers Morgan: “He’s very excited. Piers said we’re going to have fun with this – but that sounded more of a threat.”
  • “I’m looking forward to the ones [where] you’ve got a bit of performance and attitude – it’s amazing to have that opportunity where you give it some.”
  • On being one of this year’s favourites to win: “I don’t know how they work out the odds because they haven’t seen us dance!”

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Burke will dance with Gorka Marquez on the show

Alexandra Burke

  • “I am very nervous – it makes me want to throw up because my anxiety shoots through the roof when I think about live shows. I know this is a really funny thing to say coming from someone who won a TV show nine years ago but I hate cameras.”
  • “The moment that I found out that I was going to take part in Strictly, I cancelled everything. I cancelled my album, my single, recording, everything. My mum always said to me, ‘be great at one thing, and the rest will follow.’”
  • “Because I was a nun for a year [for Sister Act: The Musical] wearing flat shoes, I’ve been trying to wear heels a lot more just to try and give my ankles a bit more strength.”
  • On how far she’ll go in the contest: “I want to get as far as my body and my partner can take!”

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Ruth Langsford

  • “Everything has this Strictly excitement about it, which is very glamorous – things you don’t get to do every day.”
  • Asked if she would wear skimpy outfits: “I’ll only be getting my kit off privately in the spray tan booth.”
  • On the show’s costumes: “It’s amazing, they gave me a waist – I hadn’t seen that waist for a long time.”
  • On keeping her appearance in the show a secret: “I quite enjoyed the whole rumour mill. Contrary to popular belief, I’ve not been asked to do Strictly before – because not in a million years would I have turned it down.”
  • What her husband Eamonn Holmes said (with tongue in cheek) when asked about the “Strictly curse”: “One man’s curse could be another man’s blessing.”

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EastEnders star Ghadami is paired with new professional dancer Nadiya Bychkova

Davood Ghadami

  • “There’s always something to look forward to [on Strictly]. It seems like a non-stop rollercoaster where you’re looking to the next thing.”
  • On the outfits: “We’ve tried the skimpy, rhinestone-laden clothes and frankly they’re very comfortable and fun to wear.”
  • Asked if he would be showing off his chest: “If the dance calls for it, maybe later on in the competition… if it’s standard in week three, four or five we’ll do it.”
  • On how his on-screen mum reacted to him being on the show: “Bonnie Langford couldn’t help herself. As soon as she found out, she threw herself at me and we had a little dance.”
  • “We’re all going to look back in years to come and say ‘we were part of that’.”

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Professional dancer AJ Pritchard looked chuffed to be paired up with Mollie King

Mollie King

  • On whether being pop stars gives her and Aston Merrygold an advantage: “I think we’re used to being disciplined to a certain degree. But there’s an expectation that people have and I think, Aston and I, we feel we’re both terrified, it’s a whole new world for both of us.”
  • “We don’t want to look like complete wallies. There’s so much for us to learn.”
  • “Obviously we’re lucky that we have performance experience but it’s a whole new world of dance, which is just madness.”
  • On the sparkly outfits: “You go into a fitting and it’s the most sequinned glittery dress you’ve ever seen, and they go to you: ‘Obviously it’s not glittery enough so we’ll be adding more’. And you’re like, ‘what?’”
  • On the chances of winning: “Everybody who’s taking part, obviously it’s their dream to lift the glitterball trophy – but I just want to learn as many dances as possible, that’s my aim. And get a few spray tans.”

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Aston was hoping for a short partner so was relieved when he was teamed with Janette Manrara

Aston Merrygold

  • “I’m actually just excited to try a whole new form of performance. You forget it’s a competition.”
  • “You want to see everyone pull through.”
  • On preparing to be a new dad: “I’m trying to get the daddy stuff done in the morning and the rehearsals in the afternoons.”
  • On training to get in shape for the skimpy outfits: “I’m not as nimble as I used to be. There’s a lot of glitter – I’ve been Strictly-fied.”
  • “I personally would just love to get to the final, to do all the weeks and learn everything on the way and learn all the different styles. But it doesn’t feel like a competition.”

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McGee, pictured with Tess Daly and Giovanni Pernice, is the widow of magician Paul Daniels

Debbie McGee

  • On doing ballet dancing in the past: “Strictly has changed over the years. At the beginning it really was that you didn’t have any training. Lots of people have done it now who have. I did train as a ballet dancer over 30 years ago. But it’s like if you were at school and really good at high jump, and 35 years later you’re asked to enter a competition and you’ve got to do long jump.”
  • On late husband Paul Daniels, who previously took part in the show: “He would love it. He always wanted me to do it. He’d be smiling down on me, that’s for sure.”

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Susan Calman has a poster of her dance partner Kevin Clifton in her kitchen

Susan Calman

  • On having a moment with professional Gorka: “When I walked into the dressing rooms, one of the male dancers, I’m not going to say who – Gorka – had his top off. And I’ve actively avoided any contact with the male species for my entire life. And I went…. ‘he’s beautiful!’”
  • “I went home and my wife was like, ‘how’s it going?’ And there aren’t words to process what’s happening.”
  • On her fellow contestants: “We’re all in the same boat – we’re all going to learn how to dance.”

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Karen Clifton said she was pleased to be partnered with chef Simon Rimmer – because he’ll bring good food to rehearsals

Simon Rimmer

  • “I feel I’ve made 14 new friends, whatever else happens. I know more about Joe and Davood than I do about people I’ve known 10 years.”
  • “It’s like a holiday romance. The minute you meet each other, you have to bond quickly because you’re all in the same terrifying situation.”
  • “There’s two WhatsApp groups. There’s the official one which everyone involved in Strictly gets to see. Then there’s the private one we have with the dancers which they don’t get to see, which is the proper fun one.”
  • On his family’s reaction to him taking part: “My wife rolled her eyes and shook her head.”

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McFadden looked both excited and nervous when he was paired with Katya Jones

Joe McFadden

  • On the whole Strictly experience: “We’re all thrown together and going through this crazy thing together.”
  • On appearing in Holby at the same time as Strictly: “They’ve assured me they’re going to give me some light storylines. It’s filmed across the road – I always wanted to see what goes on over here and now I can.”
  • “We’re all getting rhinestone envy a bit. Jonnie had one the other day that was all different colours – it was really nice – and we had plain ones.”

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Atkinson and Aljaz Skorjanec are possibly the tallest couple in the contest

Gemma Atkinson

  • “It sounds really cheesy but we’re in a nice bubble and we’re all in it together. It’s all good.”
  • “My worst fear is – you know when you run up the stairs after you dance? Falling off the stairs – that for me is more nerve-wracking. You’re going to be wobbly and out of breath.”
  • “My family have all been saying ‘You’ve done so well, it’s amazing… but it would be good if you could do Strictly.’ So they’re all going to come down. Everything’s happened at the right time.”

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Akudolu and Pasha Kovalev are wasting no time

Chizzy Akudolu

  • “Forgetting the dance is the biggest fear. And falling down the stairs – but if we fall, we just pose and get up again.”
  • On advice from previous contestants: “I know Tameka [Empson] who did it last year – she said ‘enjoy it, enjoy it, enjoy it.’ She would have loved to go further and said ‘I’m going to live it through you.’”
  • “I’m dreading the waltz – it just hurts your legs! I’ve never done anything like that, and holding your arms up like that for a while, your back muscles…”
  • “I think our personalities change the minute we’ve got our make-up on, and the hair and the dresses. I become Aretha – that’s my nickname.”

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Peacock and Oti Mabuse were all smiles after being paired up

Jonnie Peacock

  • “It’s a whirlwind at the moment – I’m just trying to enjoy it as much as possible. And then you sit at home and you get really nervous that you’re actually doing it.”
  • On seeing Davood at a costume fitting: “I got to stare at this lovely man’s derriere in a pair of tight Latin trousers – there’s not many better sights.”
  • On whether being an athlete will be an advantage: “Athletics is quite a high-impact sport. It’s going to be very different but that’s what I’m really looking forward to. I’m not sure it’s an advantage because it’s so far removed.”
  • On advice on training from former contestant Greg Rutherford: “I had a text from Greg saying – ‘they’ll say it’s 12 hours, it’s more like 40.’”

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Conley gave the thumbs up to his partner Amy Dowden

Brian Conley

  • “It’s so special. It’s the biggest show on national television and the level of professionalism from everyone is second to none. And we get very posh cars picking us up – my car had a massage chair. I’ve never been in a car so posh!”
  • “I’m very excited – genuinely excited. I love the show, my family have, so you do feel you know it. But you work so hard all week for one-and-a-half minutes live to the nation and worry that something silly might go wrong. You just want to do your best.”
  • On working with judge Craig Revel Horwood in the past: “I was really worried about working with Craig – it was on a show about Neil Diamond. But he was a pussycat. I’m sure he won’t be on this! He’s so knowledgeable – that man knows his stuff. He’s known as the ‘evil one’ but what he says is very constructive and it’s good to take that on board.”
  • On only getting two tickets for friends and family per show: “I’m selling mine on eBay – 10 grand each. I want to stay in the show so I could make 20 grand a week.”

Strictly Come Dancing is on BBC One on Saturday at 18:25 BST.

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Emma Stone ‘started anxiety therapy aged seven’

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Emma Stone has revealed she started therapy for anxiety when she was seven years old.

In an interview on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, she talked about having panic attacks and being an “anxious child”.

Stone, 28, brought along a drawing she made in therapy aged nine, and talked about how acting has helped her feel less anxious.

“I still have anxiety to this day but not panic attacks,” she said.

The actress, who stars in her upcoming film Battle of the Sexes – about the 1973 tennis match between champions Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs – has spoken about having anxiety in the past.

As a child she believed she would never be able to leave her native Arizona, but by age 15 she was able to move to Hollywood.

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Emma brought the picture she drew at nine to the interview

She explained her drawing, saying: “So I was nine and in therapy at that time, this is me with anxiety who is a little green monster.

“I was a very, very anxious child and I had a lot of panic attacks. I benefited in a big way from therapy – I started it at seven.

“Acting and improvisation helped me so much.”

This is not the first time Stone has spoken about her problems with anxiety; she was part of a campaign with charity Child Mind Institute in May.

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Emma Stone won her award for best actress at the Oscars earlier this year

In a video made for a charity campaign, she said: “Life goes in stages, and it has always been something that I’ve lived with and that flares up in big ways at different times in my life.

“But sometimes when it’s happening, when I’m in a phase of real turmoil or the anxiety is very strong, it feels like the anxiety is never going to end, and it does.”

Stone says she now lives a more balanced life because she has managed her anxiety with “great therapists and great cognitive behavioural tools”.

Celebrities who have spoken out about their anxiety

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These stars say they have all suffered from anxiety

  • Adele’s fear of performing is well documented, and she She told Q Magazine back in 2011: “I have anxiety attacks, constant panicking on stage, my heart feels like it’s going to explode because I never feel like I’m going to deliver, ever.”
  • Zayn Malik famously cancelled his headline slot at Capital’s Summertime Ball in June 2016 and tweeted a statement that surprised everyone, saying “I have suffered the worst anxiety of my career”. In an interview with Time Magazine he says about the performance “Mentally, the anxiety had won. Physically, I knew I couldn’t function. I would have to pull out”.
  • Taylor Swift also said her song Out of the Woods from her album 1989 is about a relationship giving her anxiety. Before an acoustic performance of the song at the Grammy Museum she said: “the number one feeling I felt in the whole relationship was anxiety, because it felt very fragile, it felt very tentative.”

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Jennifer Lawrence and Zoella have spoken openely about anxiety

  • Jennifer Lawrence said she had problems as a teenager and told French Magazine Madame Figaro: “When I started school, the lights went out. It was never known what it was, a kind of a social anxiety. When I was on stage my mother saw the changes taking place, she saw my anxieties disappear.”
  • Zoella, the YouTuber with nearly 12 million subscribers, regularly makes videos about having anxiety. She first revealed in a video in 2012 that it’s been a part of her life for a long time. “I have had anxiety since before I started doing this, I have a therapist who I speak to every week without fail and that’s been the biggest help because I’m now doing things that I never thought I’d be able to do”.

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William G Stewart, 15 to 1 host, dies aged 84

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Stewart originally wanted Jonathan Ross to present the Channel 4 quiz show

William G Stewart, the TV producer and director who became the long-time host of quiz show 15 to 1, has died aged 84.

“Sadly William G Stewart passed away peacefully this morning surrounded by his family after a brief illness,” his agents confirmed.

Stewart, a former Butlins redcoat who began his television career behind the camera, presented the Channel 4 show from 1988 to 2003.

His stern, no-nonsense demeanour made him a firm favourite with viewers.

‘Like a severe teacher’

Yet his background was in TV sitcoms, producing and directing such comedies as Father Dear Father, Bless This House and Love Thy Neighbour.

In the 1980s he turned to game shows, working on such ITV favourites as Family Fortunes and The Price is Right.

He originally wanted Jonathan Ross to present 15 to 1, only taking the job himself when nobody more suitable could be found.

The show saw 15 contestants try to avoid elimination by either answering questions correctly or having other contestants answer first.

“They always thought I was like a severe teacher,” Stewart told the BBC in 2009. “I was described as a geography master standing in front of pupils.”

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The former producer made occasional TV appearances after his time on 15 to 1 ended

The idea for 15 to 1 came from a former British Telecom sales manager who gave Stewart a 12-month option to explore its potential.

The producer paid £200 for the privilege, later calling it “the best money I’ve ever spent in my life”.

The show returned to Channel 4 as Fifteen to One in 2014 after an 11-year break, hosted by Sandi Toksvig.

Stewart – whose middle initial stood for Gladstone – continued to make sporadic TV appearances after his stint on 15 to 1 ended.

In 2009, for example, he appeared on Daily Politics to express his support for the licence fee.

His support for the BBC, though, did not stop him criticising the corporation for allegedly vetoing him as a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing.

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Wolf Alice: ‘Our album is like hummus’

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Wolf Alice (L-R): Theo Ellis, Joff Odie, Ellie Rowsell, Joel Amey

“It’s crazy, Los Angeles,” says Wolf Alice’s bassist, Theo Ellis. “It’s like a fictitious city.”

“You can go skiing and then come back down to the ocean,” adds singer Ellie Rowsell, “or go to the desert and then into town.”

The band spent the start of 2017 in the city, recording Visions of a Life – their follow-up to the Mercury-nominated debut My Love Is Cool.

Like that record, it tears up the indie-rock rule book, merrily flitting between wild-eyed punk (Yuk Foo), dreamy pop (Beautifully Unconventional) and chiming indie melodies (Planet Hunter).

“We’re easily influenced,” laughs Rowsell. “But I think the thing we’ve learned the most is that you have to trust your gut.”

The band landed in LA on the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration, noting that “everyone seemed really angry”. But the political situation didn’t really feed into the record, most of which was written in advance.

Instead, the lyrics are deeply personal, talking about departed friends, blossoming love affairs and, on Sky Musings, a panic attack Rowsell suffered at 40,000 feet while flying between stops on tour.

The band tell the BBC why they “couldn’t hold back” their feelings; why Craig David should be prime minister; and how hummus is the “good analogy” for their ambitious and impressive second album.

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The first single, Yuk Foo, is such a loud and angry song, but you wrote it in a dressing room. How did you demo the vocals?

Ellie: I’ve mastered this by having, unfortunately, lived with my parents my whole life. When you’re supposed to be being quiet, but you want to write a song where you’re shouting, I have my technique. It sounds a little bit like this. [Makes a sound uncannily like a chipmunk].

I promise it actually sounds like shouting if you layer it up and put enough effects on it!

Theo: That might be the reason for our unique sound, is you trying to record angry songs very quietly.

Was Yuk Foo targeted at anything in particular? Had someone left the MMs off your rider?

Ellie: Yes, someone decided to put sun-dried tomatoes in my hummus.

Theo: Scum!

It’s funny you bring up hummus… The first time I interviewed you, in 2014, you told me it was the only item on your rider.

Ellie: Haha! We’re very low maintenance.

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The band’s tour rider is hand-delivered by artisanal chefs by midday, or the gig is cancelled (NB: Not true)

What’s your favourite variety: Red Pepper, Moroccan, traditional?

Ellie: I like anything with garlic in it. But yeah, probably just traditional.

Theo: To be fair though, maybe we should get different varieties…

Marks and Spencer does a selection pack.

Theo: Too posh! Too bougie!

Ellie: I think hummus is quite a good analogy for our album. You get all these different varieties but at the end of the day they’re all hummus. Yuk Foo is a spicy hummus, Don’t Delete The Kisses is beetroot.

That’s one of the things that impresses me about the album – You have a different sound, and even vocal style, from one track to the next. Is that something you considered in the writing process?

Ellie: Not really the songwriting, but maybe the recording. We’re all quite easily influenced. I’ll watch one band and be like, “I want to be in that band” and then I’ll watch another completely different band and be like, “actually, no, I want to be in that band”. But why do I have to be in one or the other? I can go and write like a stoner rock dude, and then write a sugary folk song – and adopt the role of each singer without doing anything that feels unnatural to me.

What band do you want to be in today?

Theo: I want to be in Outkast, but played by the members of Drenge. OutDrenge.

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It feels like the lyrics on this album are more revealing than the first record…

Ellie: I held back less on this record. It’s something you grow into with confidence. If you were to write a diary and you held things back, when you went back to look at it when you were older, you’d be annoyed because you want to know how you truly felt. So I didn’t want to do that.

Musically, as well, we didn’t do that. People often say guitar solos are embarrassing, but if they’re working it’s not embarrassing. Just do it.

Speaking of which – did I hear a saxophone solo on Heavenward?

Ellie: No! That’s Joff’s guitar.

Theo: I really like it. It’s a very specific guitar pedal that he bought.

Ellie: It’s called a Miku.

Theo: The nature of the pedal is quite bizarre. It’s supposed to emulate the singing voice of multiple Asian women. It’s really, really weird. He just bought it on a whim, because he’s always exploring how to make his guitar sound different. My mum thought it was bagpipes when I played it to her.

St Purple and Green is a really personal lyric. It’s about your grandmother, right?

Ellie: Yes. My grandma, she was always a big talker but her mind slowly began to deteriorate. I remember I went to her house one day and she was saying: “I want to go there, purple and green.” I was like, “What is she going on about?” but I also liked the way she was talking.

One of the most inspiring things about her was she was always quite excited by the prospect of death. She always said, “Why would you be scared of it? It’s the next big adventure.” I guess Purple and Green is about that – don’t be scared, you get to go to this new place.

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The group formed as a folk duo in 2012, but spent several years touring to refine their sound

And the song Sky Musings sounds like a panic attack in three minutes. What inspired those lyrics?

Ellie: I’ve had quite a few moments on long haul flights where I’ve had a couple of drinks and watched some rom-com and felt like I had a thousand million thoughts swimming around my head.

Apparently it’s a thing that happens on flights: Because its one of the only opportunities you get to do nothing, you start to have lots of thoughts which you’d normally push aside. And also, your life is in the hands of someone else, so people get very emotional. So Sky Musings is kind of the journey of that panic attack, which I had on lots of different flights, but rolled into one for the sake of a song.

You’ve recently done some work with the Labour party. What’s your view on Corbyn-mania?

Theo: He’s been adopted by a generation even younger than us, I reckon. He’s the meme lord! The older media were a little reluctant to endorse him.

Ellie: And it didn’t stop him… or it did for a bit…

Theo: Yeah, it stifled him but social media and a lot of youth-leaning outlets championed him. It’s really interesting to see that – especially with Brexit being voted for, largely, by the older generation.

But then, he’s pro-Brexit.

Theo: Yeah, I don’t necessarily agree with him on Brexit.

Ellie: But I think lots of people were for Brexit, when it wasn’t really laid out to us what Brexit would mean.

Theo: Politics is for everyone, and I don’t feel everyone was given the right information on what was going on. People were ringing up the next day and saying, “Can I change my vote?”

Will Brexit affect you as a band?

Theo: It does directly affect touring in Europe. We have to get all the right pieces of information and documentation.

Ellie: So many bands can’t get to America because of Visa issues. If we’re going to have to start needing Visas around Europe, it’s the end of low-level touring.

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Visions of a Life is set to be one of the year’s biggest rock records

You built your career on touring. Why don’t more bands do that?

Ellie: It’s expensive to tour. You have to remember that. We did it on a shoestring but we were lucky that we had a mate that would drive us, and we had jobs that would let us go.

You’re a big, formidable presence on stage now, was that true at the beginning?

Theo: No. We had no idea who we were at all!

Ellie: I was probably more confident, in a way, because I thought no-one was paying attention.

One thing I’ve noticed is that your influences are much broader than most guitar bands. Wasn’t Craig David’s Born To Do It the first record Theo bought?

Theo: How the heck did you know that?! But, yeah, he’s such a good performer. He’s the Judi Dench of garage now. He’s like a British icon. A hero. He went away for 10 years, moved to Miami, got massive, came back and started shelling it down at every festival on earth.

He is also exceptionally polite in real life.

Theo: I know! Craig David for next Labour leader.

Ellie [singing]: Oh, Cra-i-ig David.

What was your first record, Ellie?

Ellie: I think mine was Missundaztood by Pink.

That was Dua Lipa’s first record, too.

Ellie: Really? That’s funny. I think Pink’s like a rock star making pop music.

Theo: Everyone likes Pink. And Dua Lipa leans her chair back very far on flights.

It feels like there’s a story there…

Theo [in a strained voice]: “I need some wine, Dua Lipa is crushing me.”

Listen, Dua Lipa has no idea who I am. But shout out to her, I really like her. She’s totally wicked. She’s just really bad at flying.

Wolf Alice’s second album, Visions of a Life, is out on 29 September.

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Game of Thrones Arya among 200 most popular names

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Arya, played by Maisie Williams, has inspired many new parents

Baby names are becoming increasingly adventurous – often inspired by characters and figures from the world of entertainment.

More than 300 girls born in England and Wales last year were named Arya, sharing their name with the well-known Game of Thrones character.

That’s more than the number of children who received traditional names like Mary (204) and Catherine (163).

Another name from the HBO series growing in popularity is Khaleesi.

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There were 69 girls born last year with the same name as the would-be Queen of Westeros, according to figures for England and Wales from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

More Game of Thrones names on the list include Tyrion (11), Sansa (5), Daenerys (4) and Brienne (3). No children were given the name of the evil character Joffrey.

Other names from the world of myth and legend are also becoming more commonplace, with 90 boys being called Loki, presumably because of the popularity of the Marvel villain played by Tom Hiddleston.

But his brother Thor only shares his name with 18 boys born in 2016.

The parents of some of the 16 boys named Kal-El could well be fans of Superman – Kal-El is the real name of the superhero from Krypton.

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Hermione Granger was played by Emma Watson in the Harry Potter films

The return of Star Wars in 2015 may have influenced some name choices. Last year, 54 boys were called Kylo, and 17 girls were named Rey.

In addition 12 boys were given the name Anakin, the real first name of Darth Vader.

The name Hermione, now most associated with Harry Potter, also makes the list, with 95 girls sharing their name with Harry’s intelligent, loyal friend.

The name peaked in 2004 when the popularity of the Harry Potter books and films was at its height.

It’s possible that this year’s spike is related to the 2016 launch of the hugely successful West End stage show, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

And following the death of one of entertainment’s best known figures at the start of last year, there’s been an increase in the number of children (seven girls and 35 boys) being named Bowie.

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Alicia Vikander, Tomb Raider and other Photoshop fails

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Spot the difference: Vikander on the Tomb Raider poster and in the flesh

A poster and action-packed trailer for the new Tomb Raider film have been released – but all everyone’s talking about is Alicia Vikander’s neck.

The Oscar-winning actress appears to be the victim of some distinctly dodgy Photoshop in the poster for the film.

“Is it just me or is there something off about the proportions on that Tomb Raider poster?” tweeted Lex Croucher.

“The more I look at the Tomb Raider movie poster the less sense that neck makes to me,” wrote Twitter user Nibel.

Other mocking tweets have likened the Ex Machina star with a Jurassic Park velociraptor and other film characters with extended necks.

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Directed by Norway’s Roar Uthaug, the latest screen outing for Lara Croft reaches cinemas in March 2018.

Angelina Jolie previously played the computer game heroine in two films released in 2001 and 2003 respectively.

The latest Lara Croft film is an origins story that shares plot elements with a Tomb Raider game released in 2013.

A scene in the trailer in which Lara leaps off a storm-tossed ship mirrors a similar scene from a trailer for the game released in 2011.

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Angelina Jolie has played Lara Croft in two Tomb Raider films

Other scenes show Vikander with a bow and arrow, leaping over rapids and using a knife to fend off an assailant.

British actors Dominic West, Nick Frost and Kristin Scott Thomas are also glimpsed in the two-minute promo.

The Tomb Raider poster is reminiscent of other notorious poster “fails” such as the one for the 1983 James Bond film Octopussy, in which the late Roger Moore – and his leading lady Maud Adams – were given unfeasibly long legs.

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Julia Roberts’ head was infamously superimposed on the frame of a body double on the poster for 1990′s Pretty Woman.

The makers of The Heat, meanwhile, caught some themselves for giving Melissa McCarthy a slimmer-looking face on the 2013 comedy’s UK poster.

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Vikander won an Oscar for her role in 2015′s The Danish Girl and was seen last year opposite Matt Damon in his fourth Jason Bourne film.

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Elisabeth Moss had a secret message ‘to the patriarchy’ in her Emmys outfit

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There were words on Moss’s outfit that no-one saw on the red carpet

Elisabeth Moss’s stylist has revealed there was a hidden message “to the patriarchy” in the actress’s Emmy Awards outfit.

Moss won best actress in a drama series for The Handmaid’s Tale on Sunday.

But what no-one noticed was the message written on the bottom of her shoes.

Stylist Karla Welch posted a photo of one shoe with “Off” written on the sole. “You’ll have to guess what the other shoe says.” she wrote. “Our note to the patriarchy #teamresistance.”

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That’s partly a reference to the dystopian drama for which Moss won her award, in which handmaids are slaves forced to bear children for powerful families.

They are given names combining “Of” with the first name of their male custodian – so the name of Moss’s character is Offred.

But most people have assumed the other shoe may have borne a word to send a message to a real-world patriarchy in Hollywood and beyond.

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Speaking after her win, she said it was important for stories to be led by and made by women.

“It’s my bread and butter, it’s what I’m most interested in as a woman, shows that are about women,” she said.

Moss also said there’s “still a lot of work to be done”, adding: “There are still meetings you walk into and you wonder if they say ‘no’ because it’s a show or film led by a woman.”

Moss paired the customised Olgana Paris heels with a pale pink Prabal Gurung gown.

She also used the awards ceremony to send a more overt message to two women – firstly her mother, whom she credited in her acceptance speech with being “brave and strong and smart”.

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Moss called author Margaret Atwood (right) “a champion, a heroine, a rebel, and a fighter”

Then the actress posted a message to author Margaret Atwood, whose 1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale was adapted for TV.

Moss wrote: “She has provided a voice to so many who could not use their own, she has given us her heart and soul as readers, she has asked us to wake up and not only look around but to act and resist.

“She is a champion, a heroine, a rebel, and a fighter for freedom and equality.”

Meanwhile, hot on those heels, it was reported that Moss has signed to star in a film about an underground suburban network of women who provided safe abortions in the 1960s.

The actress will play a married Chicago woman who becomes pregnant in Call Jane, based on the true story of a 1960s movement called the Jane Collective, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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French and Saunders reunite for Christmas special

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The French and Saunders sketch show lasted for six series from 1987 to 2007

Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders are to reunite for a Christmas special to mark the 30th anniversary of the first series of their sketch shows.

The pair worked together for six series with the last airing in 2007.

French told the Mirror: “There’s some Handmaid’s Tale in there. We had fun with some of the costumes.”

Since the end of their regular series, the pair have teamed up for Christmas specials and have also worked on Radio 2 and Comic Relief.

French also revealed that they are likely to parody some of the drunken reality shows filmed in holiday resorts during the show, which could air on Christmas Day on BBC One.

“I am shocked by how they behave,” she said.

During their shows, the comedians created spoofs of films and also different characters who appeared in various sketches.

Among the most popular were public school girls Junior and Emma, farm workers Dot and May and shopping obsessives Jackie and Leanne.

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