No tans or tattoos please, this is vintage drama: Producers of BBC show The Village unable to cast Derbyshire villagers because they didn"t look…

No tans or tattoos please, this is vintage drama: Producers of BBC show The Village unable to cast Derbyshire villagers because they didn't look like ordinary BritonsMakers of the series hoped to cast as many locals as possible as extras But only one in 10 who turned up to the casting were considered suitableHopefuls looked too modern and removed from 20th Century counterpartsToo many of them had fake tans, tattoos, piercings and plucked eyebrows The Corporation had to instead rely on 'professional supporting artists' By Ross Slater and Chris Hastings PUBLISHED: 21:57 GMT, 30 March 2013 | UPDATED: 09:50 GMT, 31 March 2013 The Derbyshire village of Hayfield, with its cobbled streets and picturesque church, seemed the perfect location for a major new BBC costume drama. But the producers of The Village, which charts the lives and loves of 'ordinary' Britons over the past 100 years, were unable to cast local residents as extras because of their fake tans, tattoos, piercings and plucked eyebrows

Ex-BBC producer cleared in Savile sex abuse probe criticises "over-zealous" police but admits he knew DJ spent night with girl as young as…

'I wouldn't have grassed him up': Ex-BBC producer cleared in Savile sex abuse probe criticises 'over-zealous' police but admits he knew DJ spent night with girl as young as TEN Wilfred De'ath was arrested for sexual assault of actress on November 11The Crown Prosecution Service dropped case against him yesterday Complainant withdrew statement as she was the only one giving evidence De'ath had confronted Savile over night DJ spent with child in hotel 'I said “I think you are living dangerously”.

Richard III: Scientists reveal DNA results confirm king"s body has been found under a car park in Leicester

It IS Richard III: Scientists reveal DNA results confirm 15th century king's body has been found under a car park in Leicester University of Leicester academics unveil their findings at press conferenceDNA sample matches that of a descendant of the king's maternal lineSkeleton's spinal curvature also matched accounts of the humpback king Remains were uncovered by archaeologists at former church in LeicesterHistorical records say he was taken to the city after he was killed in 1485 By Damien Gayle PUBLISHED: 10:42 GMT, 4 February 2013 | UPDATED: 14:51 GMT, 4 February 2013 Human remains found buried beneath a social services car park in Leicester are those of Richard III who was killed in battle in 1485, archaeologists confirmed today. In an extraordinary discovery which rewrites the history books, the skeleton of the last of the Plantagenet kings was identified by DNA analysis after researchers traced his living descendants

Lego Maniacs! Thought Lego was for kids? Meet the men (and women) who spend 20 hours a week playing with millions of little bricks

LEGOmaniacs! Thought Lego was for kids Meet the men (and women) who spend 20 hours a week playing with their little bricks | UPDATED: 23:46 GMT, 27 December 2012 Every year for the past 20 years, secondary school teacher Michael Addis and his wife, Catherine, have built a giant Lego model in their living room.

Indian villagers who claim to be a "Lost tribe of Israel" to return to Jewish homeland after five year legal fight

Indian villagers who claim to be a 'Lost tribe of Israel' to return to Jewish homeland after five year legal fightVillagers from northeastern India will be allowed to settle in IsraelThey claim to be the Bnei Menashe, who were banished from Israel in eight century BCThey were recognised by a Rabbi in 2005 but many Israelis dispute it PUBLISHED: 21:37 GMT, 26 December 2012 | UPDATED: 21:37 GMT, 26 December 2012 Dozens of Indian Jews who claim to be the descendants of a lost biblical Jewish tribe emigrated to Israel from their village in India on Monday, celebrating their arrival after a five-year struggle to get in. The Bnei Menashe, from the northeastern part of India, say they are descended from Jews banished from ancient Israel to India in the eighth century B.C. An Israeli chief rabbi recognised them as one of the 10 'lost tribes' in 2005, and about 1,700 moved to Israel over the next two years before the government stopped giving them visas

The changing face of Old St Nick through the last 700 years (but he"s always had a big white beard)

The changing face of Old St Nick revealed through the last 700 years (but he's always had a big white beard) | UPDATED: 01:51 GMT, 26 December 2012 After more than 700 years, quite a lot has changed in both the meaning and appearance of Christmas. But when it comes to Old St Nick, ironically with his age, the one thing that may not have changed could very well be his big white beard as this unique collection of historical pictures show.

Merry Essex-mas! How Father Christmas lived in TOWIE county and died 500 years ago

Merry Essex-mas! How 'Father Christmas' lived in TOWIE county and died 500 years agoArchive entry shows Father Christmas was buried in the county in 1564Essex Record Office archives show a host of Christmas family members | UPDATED: 14:42 GMT, 23 December 2012 Historians have uncovered evidence that Father Christmas lived in Essex and died nearly 500 years ago. Archivists at the county's records' office have discovered a brief archive entry that states Father Christmas was laid to rest at a churchyard in the village of Dedham on May 30, 1564.

Luxury perfume brands warn 20bn industry faces ruin as EU proposes ban on natural ingredients which might cause allergies

Luxury perfume brands warn 20bn industry faces ruin as EU proposes ban on natural ingredients which might cause allergiesLegacy brands like Dior, Chanel and Guerlain will be most affectedMany perfume brands have been tweaking their formulas for yearsBan will be 'like an atomic explosion' according to Parisian company owner | UPDATED: 16:20 GMT, 16 December 2012 Luxury perfume brands fear the European Union's new laws against allergens could severely curb or ban natural ingredients used in vintage best-sellers and put some perfume makers out of business. But Brussels' proposed legislation — a draft will be unveiled early next year — is also causing a stir for another reason. It sheds light on the best-kept secret in the 20billion trade: many big brands have been tweaking their formulas for years.

Students build replica of their home town out of GINGERBREAD

Home sweet home: Students build replica of their home town out of GINGERBREADVillage of Burton, Somerset re-created from gingerbreadStudents at local school used 100lbs of cake mix and 66lbs of icing | UPDATED: 22:56 GMT, 13 December 2012 A group of students spent 120 hours re-creating their home town in gingerbread, receiving praise from baking guru Mary Berry herself.