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England’s libraries and museums get share of £250m boost

Libraries, museums and other cultural institutions in England are to benefit from a five-year £250m government fund. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport said it would set ...

Billy Connolly: ‘I’m not ready to go back on stage’

Comedian Billy Connolly says he would love to perform live again but he’s “not ready”. The 76-year-old, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s six years ago, told ...

Ringo Starr: Abbey Road wasn’t meant to be The Beatles’ last album

Last week, The Beatles’ Abbey Road returned to number one, almost 50 years after its original release. Until recently, it was believed the band had entered the studio knowing ...

TV licences: Call for government and BBC to save free over-75s licences

The BBC and the government should find a way to save free TV licences for all over-75s, a committee of MPs has said. The media select committee said the current position where only ...

Juliette Kaplan: Last of the Summer Wine actress dies

Juliette Kaplan, who played battleaxe Pearl Sibshaw in BBC sitcom Last of the Summer Wine for 25 years, has died at the age of 80, her agent has said. Kaplan appeared in 226 episodes ...

Olga Tokarczuk and Peter Handke win Nobel Prize for Literature for 2018 and 2019

Polish author Olga Tokarczuk and Austria’s Peter Handke have been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Two winners were named – one for 2019 and one for 2018 – ...

Glastonbury Festival 2020: Diana Ross to play legend slot

Soul icon Diana Ross is the first artist to be confirmed for the 2020 Glastonbury Festival. The Motown star, who first found fame in The Supremes, will play the coveted “legend ...

Nobel Prize for Literature to name two winners after scandal-hit year

The Nobel Prize for Literature is set to be awarded on Thursday. Twice. The Handmaid’s Tale author Margaret Atwood, fellow Canadian Anne Carson and Russian novelist Lyudmila ...

Dancing on Ice: Steps singer Ian ‘H’ Watkins to be in same-sex couple

Dancing On Ice is to beat rival Strictly Come Dancing to having UK TV’s first same-sex dancing couple. Steps singer Ian “H” Watkins will be teamed up with professional ...

Riba Stirling Prize: Norwich council estate wins architecture award

An eco-friendly council estate in Norwich has scooped this year’s prestigious Riba Stirling Prize for architecture. The Royal Institute of British Architects gives out the award ...