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

Blue plaques go to the wall: Government cuts spell the end to tributes on former homes of the great and the good after 140 years

Blue plaques go to the wall: Government cuts spell the end to tributes on former homes of the great and the good after 140 years Taxpayer-funded quango says it faces 'uncertain future'Will honour existing commitments but can't accept new nominationsEnglish Heritage may seek private sponsorship to maintain scheme By Chris Hastings PUBLISHED: 22:10 GMT, 5 January 2013 | UPDATED: 07:59 GMT, 6 January 2013 Tribute: Stephen Fry unveiling one of the blue plaques for writer P.G. Wodehouse in 2004 English Heritage plans to stop erecting the blue plaques that commemorate the lives of the great and the good because it can no longer afford to pay for them

Woman dies after paddling in the sea on Christmas Day at Hastings beach

Woman dies after paddling in the sea on Christmas Day A woman has died in hospital after she was dragged out to sea at HastingsThe woman was paddling in the sea when she was hit by a waveThree people attempted to rescue the woman who suffered head injuries | UPDATED: 17:10 GMT, 26 December 2012 A woman has died after she got hit by a wave and swept out to sea while paddling on Christmas Day, police have said. The woman, who is believed to have suffered head injuries after colliding with a groyne, was recovered from the sea and taken to hospital, where she has today died