Miranda Richardson blasts 'vitriolic' attacks on Hilary Mantel… weeks after the author declared Kate Middleton 'a plastic princess' Miranda Richardson is chairman of judges for Women’s Prize for FictionSaid Mantel deserved to be on shortlist regardless of previous successMantel has won Booker and Costa Book award for Bring Up The Bodies Man Booker Prize for her novel 'Bring Up the Bodies' at the Guildhall, London American author A M Homes, who said she was ‘thrilled’ to be nominated, said American literary awards did not suffer from the same anti-success sentiment
Frankie Howerd was the master of innuendo. Now secret tapes reveal protests over his smuttiness drove him to drugsHe brooded on the criticisms of self-appointed censor Mary WhitehouseA doctor prescribed the hallucinogenic drug LSD to help the actor Comedian suffered from bouts of self-disgust at his homosexualityHe told Cilla Black: 'If I could take a tablet to make me normal, I would' | UPDATED: 23:02 GMT, 28 December 2012 The bizarre home of comedian Frankie Howerd has been frozen in time since his death two decades ago. The life-size painting of Howerd over the fireplace, the 3D portrait of Elvis Presley, the gold velour sofa where the comic died . . . it is as though the house is waiting for Frankie to return
Golden Girls call it a day: Betty and Beryl, the radio presenters with a combined age of 176, wave goodbye to their fans after final Christmas Day showBeryl Renwick, 86, and Betty Smith, 91, scooped a prestigious Sony Radio Award for their show on BBC HumbersideBut after six years the firm friends have decided to hang up their mikes | UPDATED: 11:11 GMT, 25 December 2012 They don't think much of David Beckham, Lady Gaga and don't get them started on the Rolling Stones. But for the past six years two pensioners from Hull have become household names thanks to their popular, no nonsense and heartwarming radio show. Now Beryl Renwick, 86, and Betty Smith, 91, who with a combined age of 176 were a surprise hit at this year's prestigious Sony Radio Awards, are getting ready to hang up their mikes at BBC Radio Humberside.
EPHRAIM HARDCASTLE: Andrew Marr is in purrrfect working order… | UPDATED: 22:38 GMT, 28 November 2012 Sir Cliff Richard, 72, hopes to record with the late Elvis Presley from beyond the grave, saying: ‘Outside America, it was always Elvis and Cliff. I came second to him many times and there were times when I was able to compete with his success