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
Feud over Frankie the cat leaves family with 20,000 legal bill after 'foster owner' refuses to hand him back Rosalind Mahoney handed Frankie over to June Allan on what she thought was a temporary basis while her house was being renovatedBut Mrs Allan, 83, has refused to hand the cat back and a judge has ruled in her favour – leaving the Mahoneys distraught | UPDATED: 15:01 GMT, 22 December 2012 The black dot on his nose and his white-socked paws do not single out Frankie as a particularly remarkable cat. So it must be his charm that has led this moggy into the centre of a bitter tug-of-love which ended in a courtroom drama and left one family 20,000 worse off. The extraordinary row, which has set two lifetime animal lovers against each other, began last year when Rosalind Mahoney handed over Frankie to June Allan on what she thought was a temporary basis.
Snowman sequel 'on too late for children': Parents' fury over Channel 4's decision to air Raymond Briggs's show at 8pm… and it clashes with last-ever Merlin | UPDATED: 22:27 GMT, 22 December 2012 It is the long-awaited sequel to a children’s Christmas classic… but many youngsters will miss the premiere of The Snowman And The Snowdog tomorrow – as it will be shown after their bedtime.
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.