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
Animal rights activists outraged as 'oaf' Jeremy Clarkson posted picture of a squashed dead mouse 'killed during Top Gear rehearsals'Star posted picture on Twitter from MoscowClaimed it was 'harmed during Top Gear rehearsals' PETA brands him 'an oaf and a lout' By Anna Edwards PUBLISHED: 10:59 GMT, 23 February 2013 | UPDATED: 17:38 GMT, 23 February 2013 Jeremy Clarkson pictured today during a visit to Red Square in Moscow He's never been one to shy away from controversy.
Muslims claim Jabba's Palace Lego toy is racist as it is 'based on iconic mosque in Istanbul' Turkish Community Forum issued statement criticising toy manufacturer Claims that Jabba's Palace set resembles Istanbul's Hagia Sophia mosqueDescribes Star Wars character Jabba the Hutt as resembling a 'terrorist'Lego denied any link and said the toy was based on the Star Wars movies By Mario Ledwith PUBLISHED: 17:03 GMT, 23 January 2013 | UPDATED: 10:05 GMT, 24 January 2013 Lego has been accused of racism by the Turkish community over a Star Wars toy allegedly depicting a mosque. The critics claim that the Jabba's Palace model, part of Lego's Star Wars range, offends Muslims as it resembles the Hagia Sophia mosque in Istanbul – one of the world's most renowned mosques
Daughter of late TV star Terry Nutkins saves four children after her car plunges into freezing Loch NessJennifer MacMillan, 34, rescued her children and teenage sisters from waterWitness said the family were lucky to be alive after car skidded off the roadFather Terry Nutkins died of cancer aged 66 just four months ago behind her and enjoying the new year. Mr Nutkins died of leukaemia in September aged 66, in the village of Glenelg where he lived with his family, including Ms MacMillan. He was well known for presenting BBC nature programmes aimed at children such as Animal Magic and The Really Wild Show
'Er, this bit isn't real': New David Attenborough series will tell viewers which shots are fakedBBC2 series Africa will see viewers told when scenes not filmed in the wild The BBC was accused of 'fakery' following last year's Frozen Planet seriesOne episode featuring a polar bear birth was filmed in a Dutch zoo Producers say they will make it clear when 'controlled filming' is involvedThe move will 'maintain trust and credibility' with viewers It was one of the most memorable moments of legendary wildlife presenter Sir David Attenborough's Frozen Planet series.
The year in Instagram: Photo-sharing website collects Top 10 images that capture the events of 2012 from freak weather to momentous politics | UPDATED: 09:45 GMT, 27 December 2012 From Great Britain to the United States, to Argentina to the Middle East, 2012 was undeniably a big year. And as one photo-sharing website will show, so was it for the people's ability to instantly share their experiences. Celebrating the year's highlights, website Instagram has released this photo compilation of some of the world's top 10 biggest events captured by none other than their now more than 100 million users.
'Inspirational' creator of Thunderbirds Gerry Anderson dies aged 83 after long Alzheimer's battle Father of four created classic sci-fi series but had been battling dementia One of Britain's leading creative brains over six-decade production career Family is 'touched by the outpouring of gratitude for what dad did for TV' | UPDATED: 00:48 GMT, 27 December 2012 Gerry Anderson, the creator of classic TV series Thunderbirds and Stingray, has died aged 83. The father of four, of Nuffield, Oxfordshire, who also created the Captain Scarlet and Joe 90 shows – had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease for almost three years and died peacefully in his sleep
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (Part 1) 'was the most popular pirate DVD this Christmas'First time in four years a Harry potter film has not been most counterfeitedList compiled by film industry's anti-piracy body FACTBody says court cases have led to decline in online piracy | UPDATED: 20:13 GMT, 25 December 2012 The first installment of American vampire series Twilight was the most counterfeited DVD over the festive period. The film industry's anti-piracy organisation FACT seized hundreds of thousands of illegal copies of the The Twilight Series: Breaking Dawn – Part 1.
Is this the new BlackBerry Newly leaked images show what may be the next generation of the device – with the same keyboard designPhotos that first showed up on Chinese website shows a device with same straight keyboard Operating system of new BlackBerry phones not yet knownResearch In Motion is expected to launch its next generation of mobile devices at the end of January | UPDATED: 20:57 GMT, 24 December 2012 Christmas has come early for those hoping to get a good look at the latest BlackBerry, as new images fresh off the rumor mill are believed to show the latest mobile device. If genuine, the photos give a close-up look at a previously unseen model complete with BlackBerry's classic keyboard design
BBC snaps up JK's new book: Casual Vacancy set to become multi-million pound series broadcast in 2014 BBC1 will adapt The Casual Vacancy into a TV seriesExpected to be broadcast in 2014The book was released only in SeptemberIt has already sold more than one million copies | UPDATED: 01:23 GMT, 4 December 2012 Her children’s novels were cinematic blockbusters but JK Rowling has decided her first book for adults will be made in to a TV series.