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

Horse meat in lasagne: Online jokers make fun of Findus scandal with hilarious images

Fancy some spaghetti bolog-neighs Online jokers make fun of Findus horse scandal with hilarious images By Hugo Gye PUBLISHED: 12:43 GMT, 8 February 2013 | UPDATED: 13:42 GMT, 8 February 2013 The revelation that Findus beef lasagne contained up to 100 per cent horsemeat has sparked safety fears among thousands of consumers who have been inadvertently eating contaminated products. But for some web users, the scandal has been the perfect opportunity to flex their comedic muscles in a serious of hilarious visual gags. The pictures show how Findus products should look if the packaging was totally honest, and speculate on other uses for a horse lasagne

The plant skyscrapers: Giant greenhouses in city centres to herald a new age of farming

The plant skyscrapers: Giant greenhouses in city centres to herald a new age of farming The 'plantscrapers' could accommodate hundreds of storeys worth of cropsThey would use an innovate feeding system cancelling out need for soilFarms will increase crop yields because growing can occur all year round By Sean Poulter PUBLISHED: 22:30 GMT, 31 December 2012 | UPDATED: 03:00 GMT, 1 January 2013 Crops could soon be grown in greenhouses the size of skyscrapers in city centres across the country, it has been claimed. Birds Eye and other food producers are investigating building ‘plantscrapers’, which could accommodate hundreds of storeys worth of crops, in a bid to make farming more economical, sustainable and meet increasing demand

Petrol prices: Revealed: Real cost of petrol now is as high as in the wake of the Suez Crisis when supplies were rationed

Revealed: Real cost of petrol is now as high as in wake of Suez Crisis when supplies were rationedHouse of Commons says prices now are equivalent to the fall-out of the 1957 fuel shortages triggered by stand-off with Egypt Tory MP Robert Halfon calls for crackdown on 'oil cartels'Ministers to publish a study in January into demise of petrol stations after 285 close in two years | UPDATED: 12:30 GMT, 24 December 2012 Petrol prices in 2012 are 'broadly equivalent' to those during the Suez crisis, House of Commons researchers said Petrol prices are now as high as in the wake of the Suez crisis when petrol was rationed, shocking new research suggests. In the last 100 years, the cost of filling up a car has only been higher in the wake of the First World War when the petrol pump was still a novelty on the high street

The turkey turnaround: Lower the cooking temperature, cut browning time and let it rest longer for a juicy dinner

The turkey turnaround: Lower the cooking temperature, cut browning time and let it rest longer for a juicy dinner, say producersThe British Quality Turkey organisation's guide to the perfect Christmas bird | UPDATED: 22:00 GMT, 14 December 2012 If your Christmas turkey turns out so dry that only drowning in gravy can rescue it, maybe it’s time to change your cooking method.