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Allegra Madgwick agrees with Owen Jones that Queer as Folk was groundbreaking, but says there is more out there

While agreeing with Owen Jones about the groundbreaking nature of the show, albeit with the caveat that it wasn’t so compelling for lesbians, it concerns me that he seems to have missed some great queer British TV over the past 20 years.

Honourable mention needs to go to Sugar Rush, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, Tipping the Velvet, Portrait of a Marriage, The Bisexual and Tales of the City. There were also sympathetic and credible gay characters in This Life, Brideshead Revisited and Torchwood. Popular soap operas have also had fantastic gay/lesbian storylines that brought gay lives into the mainstream. As well as dramatic output, Channel 4’s eclectic documentary Out on Tuesday covered a wide range of Lgbt issues in Britain and was staffed largely by lesbian and gay media folk.
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Every Book Emma Watson Has Ever Recommended

A version of this article originally appeared on ew.com.

Emma Watson loves to read.

The actress has that in common with her brainy Harry Potter character Hermione as well as bookish Belle, who she plays in the much-anticipated film Beauty and the Beast, out March 17. In addition to being a bookworm, Watson is also an outspoken feminist and as well as a Un Women Goodwill Ambassador and promoter of the organization’s HeForShe movement, which is dedicated to recruiting men into the movement for gender equality. As a response to her work with the Un, she launched the feminist
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Geraldine McEwan Dies At 82: ITV’s Miss Marple, UK Stage Luminary

The actress, a staple of UK modern and classic repertory who became synonymous with the Agatha Christie heroine, died January 30 in the aftermath of a stroke suffered in October, her family said in a release to the press. In addition to Miss Marple, whom she played from 2004 through 2009, she won a 1991 BAFTA TV award for best actress for her role in Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit. She was Emmeline “Lucia” Lucas in Mapp And Lucia, a TV series adapted from E.F. Benson’s…
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Miss Marple Actress Geraldine McEwan Dies at 82

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Miss Marple Actress Geraldine McEwan Dies at 82
British actress Geraldine McEwan died on Friday at age 82. In a statement, her children, Greg and Claudia, said she "passed away peacefully" on Jan. 30 after suffering a severe stroke at the end of October, for which had been hospitalized in recent months. "Her family would like to thank the staff at Charing Cross Hospital who cared for her incredibly well," McEwan’s children said in the statement. McEwan appeared in plays, television shows and films, and is best known for playing Miss Marple, Agatha Christie's spinster consultant detective, in 12 episodes that aired on ITV from 2004 to 2009. She also shared
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Geraldine McEwan, Miss Marple star, dies aged 82

Geraldine McEwan has died at the age of 82.

The BAFTA-award winning actress - famed for her starring role as Agatha Christie's detective Miss Marple in the ITV drama Marple - passed away at Charing Cross Hospital in London.

"Following a stroke at the end of October and a period in hospital, Geraldine McEwan passed away peacefully on January 30," read a statement from the late actress's family.

"Her family would like to thank the staff at Charing Cross Hospital who cared for her incredibly well."

McEwan was born in 1932, attending school in her home town of Windsor. She was appointed as an assistant stage manager at the Theatre Royal in the town at the age of just 14, making her stage debut there in October 1946.

Her West End debut followed in 1951, and she spent several seasons with the Royal Shakespeare Company in the 1950s and 1960s.

McEwan played Miss Marple between 2004 and 2008 on ITV,
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Miss Marple actor Geraldine McEwan dies aged 82

Actor known for playing Agatha Christie character in ITV series died in London’s Charing Cross hospital, her family have said

Geraldine McEwan, the actress known for playing Agatha Christie’s elderly sleuth, Miss Marple, has died at the age of 82.

She played the spinster detective Jane Marple in 12 TV shows on ITV from 2004 to 2009. But her career spanned decades on the small screen and in theatre and films, including box office hits such as Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves starring as the witch Mortiana. She won a Bafta for best actress in 1991 for her role in the TV serial of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit.

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Hammer acquires film rights to The Daylight Gate

Horror specialist Hammer has announced that it has acquired the feature film rights to The Daylight Gate, Jeanette Winterson's 2012 novella from Randon House's Arrow Books Hammer imprint, which is based upon the 17th century Pendle Witch Trial, the most notorious of English witch-trials, and is a tale of magic, superstition, conscience and ruthless murder.

"The Hammer imprint has really delivered some fantastic new writing and shows the vibrancy and variety of the modern day horror genre," said Simon Oakes, Vice-Chairman of Exclusive Media and President & CEO of Hammer Films. "The books under our Arrow Books deal are in themselves a fantastic extension of the Hammer brand, and Jeanette's novella The Daylight Gate is a fresh, exciting and compelling fictional work.”

"I was interested to take the Hammer novella commission to write a good story around the notorious Pendle witch trials of 1612," stated Winterson, an award-winning writer who's books include
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Watch: 'To Wong Foo' Director Explores Our Digital Life in Exclusive Clip for Tiff Doc 'InRealLife'

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Watch: 'To Wong Foo' Director Explores Our Digital Life in Exclusive Clip for Tiff Doc 'InRealLife'
Beeban Kidron, who has had an eclectic directing career from "To Wong Foo Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar," "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason," and the Jeanette Winterson adaptation "Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit," is back with her new documentary "InRealLife," which will screen as part of the Toronto International Film Festival's Mavericks section. "InRealLife," a reference to the popular phrase, sometimes shortened to "Irl," that signifies offline life, explores the impact of online communication on the world's teenagers, so-called digital natives. According to Tiff,  here's the description of the film: After observing the immersive behaviour of her own teenagers, director Beeban Kidron set out to answer the question: What exactly is the internet, and how is it changing us? She talks directly to teens about how technology shapes their expectations of friendship, their cognition, and their sexuality. She interviews experts including Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales, writer Clay...
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TV review: Imagine: Jeanette Winterson – My Monster and Me; Why Poverty? The Great Land Rush

Winterson's passion and eloquence was exhilarating. By the end, I felt as refreshed as if I had been bathing in a rough sea

There are so many mindboggling vignettes in Jeanette Winterson's story, each one precision-engineered by the extraordinary mental tools at her disposal, that the temptation is simply to list them for readers who have not yet had the pleasure or good fortune to read her roman à clef, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, her memoir Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal or watch Imagine: Jeanette Winterson – My Monster and Me (BBC1), and then just leave them to boggle too at Winterson's awful and awe-inspiring story. But they are told too perfectly by Winterson in her books and to Alan Yentob in last night's documentary for me to want or dare to summarise them here. Read and watch at your leisure and be astounded by them all.
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TV listings and previews: plan your week's viewing - 3-7 December

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Your chance to be a fly-on-the-wall at some exclusive London locations – plus another tango in Halifax and a nationwide Shakespeare-off

Monday | Tuesday | Wednesday | Thursday | Friday

MondayInside Claridge's

9pm, BBC2

You don't have to have a mixture of a sunny disposition, infinite patience and obsessive attention to detail to work at Claridge's, but it helps. Why? Because, as this fly-on-the-wall series reveals, everything at the hotel has to be perfect. It takes days of work, for example, to transform an entire floor to a temporary palace for foreign royals who haven't even confirmed their stay. Sharp questions from behind the camera and humour prick the how-to-spend-it bubble. General manager Thomas Kochs on the perils of jotting a note to U2's guitarist: "You can't write, 'Dear Mr The Edge…'" Jw

The Real Man's Road Trip: Sean And Jon Go West

9pm, Channel 4

More amusing culture-clash frolics as liberal city-slicker-type
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Celia Imrie: 'This Film Would Never Have Been Made In America'

Celia Imrie: 'This Film Would Never Have Been Made In America'
"This film would never have been made in America, because we’ve all got wrinkles."

Celia Imrie is laughing, in semi-horror, about the reaction she and her co-stars had when they saw the first images of themselves having fun at The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

"You have this romantic image of yourself, but there we all were in the heat of the sun, no filters or anything. The director thought it was hilarious, but we were all in shock."

Celia Imrie applauds anyone who'll jump off and "give it a go"

Despite this shocking reality, or perhaps because Oscar winner John Madden was prepared to put his A-list line-up - Imrie joined by Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Penelope Wilton, Ronald Pickup and Dames Judi and Maggie - on the screen, bumps and all, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has proved a winner ($100million box office haul) with audiences warmed by
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What Happened to the Coming-Out Memoir?

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What Happened to the Coming-Out Memoir?
What has the publishing industry put in the water? This spring heralds the arrival of not one but two memoirs by prominent lesbian writers: Jeanette Winterson’s Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? and Alison Bechdel’s Are You My Mother? In this week’s issue of the magazine, I write about those memoirs and about my own formative first encounter with Winterson’s coming-out novel, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit. That was back when I was coming out myself, and queer literature was a revelation: taboo yet affirming, illicit yet requisite, totally comforting, totally hot. At the time, I couldn’t get enough of it. Almost twenty years later, as I settled down with the Winterson and Bechdel memoirs, I realized something startling: I couldn’t remember the last time I’d read a coming-out story, or even anything specifically queer. What happened? For one thing,
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Women writers turn to the horror story

Jeanette Winterson and Helen Dunmore among famous names venturing into the horror genre this year

As an icy wind blows in from the east, the grip of a good horror story is tightening its hold on many of Britain's leading literary talents. Terrifying new novels from outspoken author Jeanette Winterson and from the acclaimed novelist and children's writer Helen Dunmore are at the head of a blast of chilling fiction heading for British bookshops.

Where once an accomplished "lady novelist" in search of a change might have attempted a neat whodunnit or perhaps a cosy "Aga saga", suddenly the unholy desire to create a horror or ghost story has seized a range of established talents. Even the television book club presenter Judy Finnigan has been drawn to the genre for her debut novel, a ghost story that will be out this autumn.

Winterson, who had her first success with the
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Eve Arnold apprentice: she taught me how to pack a suitcase

Beeban Kidron became the great photographer's apprentice at 16 and learned the tricks, trials and triumphs of the business

At 99 and after a long stay in a nursing home, the death of legendary photographer Eve Arnold was hardly a surprise – though she may have been just a little annoyed to quit a few months short of 100.

I was very young when I was summoned to Eve's flat in Mayfair. Under my arm was a pile of photographs taken during the previous year. Unfortunately I had spilt a jar of pickled beetroot over them just before leaving home. Fortunately I had managed to rinse most of the pink stains off but they were still a little damp, and a slight whiff of beetroot emanated from the envelope.

On the intercom her voice was as deep as a man's and as American as the movies – in no way suggesting the elegant and diminutive
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A brief history of lesbian TV

Having previously been almost exclusively depicted as sad, mad or bad, lesbians on TV have become more designer than dysfunctional. Julie Bindel shows how we got there

Prisoner Cell Block H, the weekly Australian series screened in Britain between 1987 and 1995, had one of the nastiest lezzers imaginable in corrupt and sadistic prison officer Joan Ferguson (Aka "The Freak"). The Freak took her lead from the 1970s "dykesploitation" prison movies in which sexy shower scenes and impromptu body searches were a regular occurrence. Cell Block H will always have a special place in my heart. During the opening theme tune, On The Inside, one late night in 1987, I shared my first kiss with the woman who made my heart her very own prisoner.

Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit, from 1990, was the semi-autobiographical tale of Jeanette Winterson, who grew up in a Pentecostal evangelical household in Lancashire in the 1970s. The
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Tonight's TV highlights

Attenborough and the Giant Egg | Jamie's Dream School | The Model Agency | My Lion Family | Omg! With Peaches Geldof | Storyville: Sex, Death and the Gods

Attenborough and the Giant Egg

8pm, BBC2

David Attenborough's Indian summer of TV and radio documentaries has lately been one of British broadcasting's understated treats. Here, he returns to Madagascar, which he first visited in 1960 for Zoo Quest. Thanks to the island's isolation, it once supported strange creatures unlike any seen elsewhere, but its habitats are under threat from human expansion. Symbolic of this process is an enormous egg that Attenborough acquired on his last visit to Madagascar, an egg laid by an elephant bird – an ostrich-like species that's now extinct.

Jonathan Wright

Jamie's Dream School

9pm, Channel 4

You've seen the trailers – yes, this is the one where Jamie Oliver tries to get a bunch of Gcse dropouts to pay attention in class by hiring David Starkey,
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Tonight's TV highlights: Horizon: Science Under Attack | One Born Every Minute | Episodes | Laura Hall: My Battle With The Booze | Glee | Storyville: Sex, Death & The Gods

Horizon: Science Under Attack | One Born Every Minute | Episodes | Laura Hall: My Battle With The Booze | Glee | Storyville: Sex, Death & The Gods

Horizon: Science Under Attack

9pm, BBC2

An invigorating polemic by Sir Paul Nurse, Nobel medicine laureate and recently anointed president of the Royal Society. This is Nurse's attempt to understand why, in a world built by science, so many beneficiaries of those advances promote denialist agendas about climate change, HIV, Gm foods and vaccines. Nurse's amiable inquisitions of sceptics are models of enlightening disagreement, whether with qualified physicist (Fred Singer) or Happy Shopper Littlejohn (James Delingpole). Terrific stuff, from someone who should be on TV every night were he not doing something a bit more important. Am

One Born Every Minute

9pm, Channel 4

A heavily dilated woman is wheeled in from the car park, clinging to a trolley and about to deliver. It's an incredible start,
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Hammer Films seals publishing deal with Random House

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Arrow Books, an imprint of The Random House Group, is embarking on a major new publishing partnership with Hammer Films.

The partnership will create a new Hammer imprint to initially publish around six titles a year, launching in Spring 2011. Titles will include novelizations of new film releases, novelizations of backlist classics – to bring them to a whole new market with a modern and sophisticated twist – and new novellas by established authors whose oeuvre does not necessarily encompass the horror genre.

Award-winning author Jeanette Winterson (The Stone Gods, Oranges are not the Only Fruit) is writing the first of these original novellas, which will be published in Summer 2011.

Not in production since the 1980’s, Hammer’s brand is now being aggressively reinvigorated by Exclusive Media Group through new investment in the development and production of films, television and digital-platform content. Hammer’s triumphant return will be marked this month by its
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Jeanette Winterson turns to horror in Hammer revival

Award-winning author Jeanette Winterson to turn to horror writing as film company Hammer moves into literary world

Jeanette Winterson will pen a horror novel for the film company Hammer as it moves into the world of publishing.

The Whitbread prize-winning author of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit is the first writer commissioned to produce a novella under the publishing deal.

Hammer is partnering with Arrow Books, part of Random House, to produce a series of horror titles.

The film company, founded in 1934 and famed for its British-made shockers, has recently been revived.

It is adapting The Woman in Black with Daniel Radcliffe, and will release its first film in 30 years next month: Let Me In, starring Chloe Moretz.

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One in five unhappy with portrayal of homosexuality on TV, report claims

BBC survey finds 18% 'uncomfortable' with the depiction of gay, lesbian and bisexual characters on TV and radio

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Nearly one in five people are unhappy about the depiction of gay, lesbian and bisexual people on TV and radio, according to a report commissioned by the BBC.

A survey found that 18% feel "uncomfortable" or "very uncomfortable" with it, even after the 9pm watershed. Just under half of respondents said they were either comfortable or ambivalent.

Around a fifth of straight people said there was too much content relating to gay people on TV generally, although 46% said the volume was about right. Many lesbians felt there were not enough gay women on TV and most were portrayed either as "butch" or "lipstick lesbians".

Gay men said they would welcome a more realistic portrayal of gay life and criticised a tendency to feature camp men, though they said this was improving.
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