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…


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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

Pot-bellied vigilante dressed as Batman drags wanted man to police station

Holy smoke, Batman… this is Bradford, not Gotham City! Mystery superhero marches villain to police stationMan in full Batman costume brought suspect in by the scruff of his neck Vigilante declared 'I've caught this one for you' before disappearing Caped crusader revealed as Chinese takeaway delivery driver Stan WorbySuspect was a friend of Mr Worby's who was wanted for fraud By Chris Brooke PUBLISHED: 12:41 GMT, 4 March 2013 | UPDATED: 06:27 GMT, 5 March 2013 On the mean streets of Gotham City, he uses his physical prowess, intellect and state-of-the-art weapons to snare villains

Comic book fan Tanis Baker arrested by armed police after dressing up as "ninja superhero" with wooden sword to "help fight crime"


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Downfall of a Ninja: Vigilante in black on mission to fight crime with wooden sword and smoke bombs – till armed police and helicopter swoop on him Tanis Baker, 21, dressed as a ninja to 'strike fear in the hearts of criminalsHe was arrested after officers who spotted him became concernedHe was soon surrounded by armed police, dogs and a helicopter Two hidden rucksacks containing smokebombs and costumes found after arrest | UPDATED: 23:43 GMT, 13 December 2012 Lurking in the shadows in his body armour and balaclava, neighbourhood vigilante and self-styled ninja Tanis Baker considered himself the eyes and ears of the police. Until, that is, he was spotted loitering in a park by an officer who mistook the black-clad crimebuster’s trusty wooden sword for something more lethal. Within minutes the officer had called for back-up and – as Baker retreated towards a children’s playground – a police helicopter, armed officers and dog handlers were all scrambled.

Look out! Here comes the spider dog… Boston Terrier called Echo parades itself in bizarre fancy dress outfits


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Look out! Here comes Spider-dog: Terrier with the best fancy dress wardrobe in the world Owner Kristin Kittle spends months designing each fancy dress costume | UPDATED: 16:54 GMT, 11 December 2012 At first glance, you'd be forgiven for thinking you'd stumbled across a giant spider in the wilderness. But it is, ahem, in fact a dog – posing in fancy dress.

Caught on camera: Moment good Samaritan dressed as a CAVEMAN saves victim from vicious beating


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Caught on camera: Moment good Samaritan dressed as a CAVEMAN saves victim from vicious beating | UPDATED: 16:42 GMT, 7 December 2012 Help can come in the most unlikeliest forms – and in this instance, it was in the shape of a caveman. A Good Samaritan dressed as a caveman came to the aid of a helpless victim who was attacked during a vicious street assault.