How reality TV produced a new generation of presenters

But in an industry which is so difficult to succeed in, what qualities might they need to connect with viewers? Image copyright Shutterstock Image caption Ovie Soko presented a cooking segment with Ruth Langsford on This Morning last week Rylan Clark-Neal, for example, has become one of TV’s most familiar faces since he first appeared as an X Factor contestant in 2012. As that year’s novelty contestant, his career could easily have gone the same way as Wagner and Honey …

Thousands of fans rock out at Bloodstock 2019

Image copyright Katja Ogrin Image caption More than 100 bands are playing across the weekend Image copyright Down The Barrel Photography Image caption Campers have faced mixed weather fortunes but Friday’s downpours didn’t dampen spirits Image copyright Katja Ogrin Image caption Diehard metal fans were head-banging to the likes of Sabaton, Powerwolf, and Metal Church Image copyright Katja Ogrin Image caption It was a wild knight Image copyright Tim Finch Image caption Fans were happy to battle the wind and …

Marina Wheeler urges women to take smear tests

“I would urge other women to make the time and do the tests.” Describing her own reaction in May, after a doctor told her of her cancer diagnosis, she said she thought: “That’s absurd. I have no time for this. “Quite apart from everything else, I have a book to write.” She said her experience made her appreciate “the incalculable value of holding close those who you love and trust”. Ms Wheeler is the second wife of Prime Minister Johnson …

Frank Turner excavates history’s forgotten women

When he first started making music with hardcore punk band Million Dead, Frank Turner refused to join the nightly ritual of tour bus debauchery. “I have a vivid memory of being in Belgium,” he recalls. “People were drinking anything that wasn’t nailed to the floor and I was sat on my bunk, reading my notes.” It’s not that the singer had a puritanical streak – far from it – but the tour clashed with a deadline for Turner’s history degree, …

‘I was denied screening because of my disability’

When Kerry Thompson, 40, from Milton Keynes, who has muscular dystrophy, was told she could no longer have cancer screening at home when she moved house. This was despite the test showing up abnormalities that needed regular appointments. Gay women ‘at risk of cervical cancer too’ What happens during a smear test ‘This is for anyone with a vagina’ ‘Nothing they could do’ “I had a new GP and I explained the situation – that the rooms were too small …

No-deal poses ‘big unanswered questions’ for music

Classical musicians agree no-deal could mean uncertainty over work permits, delays at European borders and complications with moving instruments across the continent. “The nice and simple crossing at Calais, with 100 musicians and no obstacles,” could instantly become a thing of the past by Halloween, says Mark Pemberton, director of the Association of British Orchestras. Orchestral manoeuvres in the dark “We’ve got orchestras that are going on tour in November who do not know what the work permit restrictions and …

Boardmasters cancellation ‘bitter blow’ for shops

“People do spend a lot of money with a lot of businesses in Newquay and beyond Newquay in a full five day festival like Boardmasters,” she said. “It’s a bitter blow. What a great impact and profile Boardmasters brings to Cornwall for young people and for our summer season and this is a bitter blow.” Tim Rowe – Rip Curl Image caption Damian Rowe had ordered 500 ponchos He said the cancellation could cost the shop up to about £6,000. …

The real price of buying cheap clothes

But how is that even possible? And what of the environmental cost of our shopping habits? The relationship between shopper and fashion industry may have become dysfunctional. Katharine Hamnett: Fashion tax is ‘stupid’ Boohoo’s recycled clothes ‘will not solve fast fashion waste’ MPs call for end to ‘throwaway clothes’ era A BBC Radio 4 investigation for the Today programme took us from Spain to Ethiopia as we examined whether the planet, and some of its poorest inhabitants, are footing the …

Bang Bang Romeo: Loud, proud and smashing stereotypes

“It feels weird not to be on a tour bus,” she laughs. “I’m walking around the house, wobbling and holding the walls because I’m so used to the motion of the road!” Beer mat beginnings It’s not difficult to see why Pink chose Bang Bang Romeo as her opening act. Their defiant spirit and messages of tolerance chime perfectly with the star’s own nonconformist brand – while Anastasia is one of those rare performers whose powerhouse vocals are a perfect …