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UK Election: Hugh Grant, Steve Coogan, John Cleese & Alan Sugar Among Celebrities To Wade In Ahead Of December 12 Vote

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UK Election: Hugh Grant, Steve Coogan, John Cleese & Alan Sugar Among Celebrities To Wade In Ahead Of December 12 Vote
As the UK heads back to the voting booths tomorrow to elect a government, film and TV stars have been declaring allegiances.

Polls have consistently pointed to a Conservative win at the general election, though a final major survey this morning predicted only a slim victory for the Tories over Labour. Brexit and the National Health Service have been the major campaigning points throughout.

Hugh Grant has been among the most vocal celebrity canvassers, urging the public to vote tactically to avoid a Conservative majority. The Four Weddings And A Funeral star took to the streets last week with Labour and Liberal Democrat politicians.

Grant was asked this week about Conservative leader Boris Johnson recreating a scene from Love Actually as part of his campaign. “I thought it was quite well done, very high production values, but clearly the Conservative Party have an awful lot of money. Maybe that’s where the rubles went.
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Ken Loach warns of Brexit’s damage to filmmaking

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Ken Loach warns of Brexit’s damage to filmmaking
Veteran director talks latest film ‘Sorry We Missed You’.

The UK release date for Ken Loach’s Sorry We Missed You falls portentously on November 1 - that’s to say the day after Brexit (if it happens).

The 83-year-old UK director, who is a guest of honour at Filmfest Hamburg this week, is phlegmatic about the film coming out on such a day.

“I hope it doesn’t make any difference, I don’t think it means we are all going to be on the streets on November the first,” says Loach. “I guess people will have time to go to the cinema as well.
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‘Unbelievable’: Alan Sugar irate over not owning a Bafta award

The Apprentice host says his wife is upset he has never been allowed to keep a statuette

Awards season is in full swing but one man feels particularly hard done by: Alan Sugar.

The host of The Apprentice has called for himself to be given his own special award in recognition of the reality show’s success, after revealing that his wife is upset that he has never been allowed to keep a Bafta statuette.

Related: And the Bafta for most witlessly outdated awards ceremony goes to … | Catherine Shoard
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Wednesday’s best TV: The Apprentice; Your Face or Mine

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Alan Sugar returns with the 14th series of well-worn ‘business’ challenges; Katherine Ryan and Jimmy Carr open a new series of the savage gameshow. Plus: tensions mount in Trust

9pm, BBC One

In June, Apprentice doyen Lord Sugar posted an unsavoury tweet comparing Senegal’s World Cup football team to street-sellers, making the franchise not only a tired, repetitive mess, but also one with a problematic figurehead. Despite calls for the Beeb to bin him, here’s a 14th series of well-worn “business” challenges, starting in Malta. Early irritants include inspirational-quote fan Kayode and one-time Shameless actor Sarah, who swiftly rubs her teammates up the wrong way. Hannah J Davies
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BBC’s Billionaire ‘Apprentice’ Host Called Out for ‘Racist’ Tweet About Senegal’s World Cup Team

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BBC’s Billionaire ‘Apprentice’ Host Called Out for ‘Racist’ Tweet About Senegal’s World Cup Team
Alan Sugar, the host of BBC One’s “The Apprentice,” came under fire Wednesday morning for a tweet he posted about the Senegal World Cup team, which compared the football players to people selling sunglasses and handbags on the beach.

“I recognise some of these guys from the beach in Marbella. Multi tasking resourceful chaps,” Sugar wrote in the since-deleted tweet, which was accompanied by a picture of Senegal’s World Cup soccer team along with snapshots of rows of sunglasses and handbags.

Many users were quick to call the tweet “racist,” prompting a quick apology from the billionaire TV star and his employer.

Also Read: Trevor Noah Is 'a Little Turned on, but Mostly Scared' by Russia's World Cup Image Makeover (Video)

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“I misjudged me earlier tweet,” Sugar tweeted a few hours later. “It was in no way intended to cause offence, and clearly my attempt at humour has backfired.
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BBC Outlines Plan to Promote Greater Staff Diversity

  • Variety
Having once been described as “hideously white” by its then-director general Greg Dyke, the BBC has outlined a range of measures to boost the number of black, Asian, and ethnic minority staff in its ranks.

A BBC team including BBC Studios boss Tim Davie and diversity chief Tunde Ogungbesan (pictured) produced the report. It details a nine-point plan that includes having two Bame members of staff on the BBC executive committee, and on the leadership teams of its various divisions. Shortlists for jobs above a specific grade must have at least one Bame candidate, and interview panels will be more diverse.

The broadcaster also set out plans to ensure better career development for Bame staff and to develop specific action plans for divisions where less than 10% of staff come from ethnic minority backgrounds. Managers will also receive cultural awareness training.

The recommendations are part of a wider diversity push at the BBC.
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‘The Apprentice’ Host Alan Sugar Apologizes After Backlash to ‘Racist’ Tweet

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‘The Apprentice’ Host Alan Sugar Apologizes After Backlash to ‘Racist’ Tweet
As the host of BBC One’s “The Apprentice,” Alan Sugar is used to giving candidates on the reality show a dressing-down. On Wednesday, he faced similar treatment from his bosses at the BBC and from outraged social media users who labeled a tweet by Sugar as racist, which caused the businessman-turned-tv star to issue a rare apology.

Sugar’s original tweet showed Senegal’s World Cup soccer team with another picture of rows of sunglasses and handbags positioned in front of them. An accompanying message read: “I recognise some of these guys from the beach in Marbella. Multi tasking resourceful chaps.”

Twitter users were quick to decry the post an example of casual racism. The BBC, which airs “The Apprentice” in Britain, stopped short of calling the tweet racist, preferring to describe it as “misjudged.” Sugar “has acknowledged this was a seriously misjudged tweet, and he’s in no
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Alan Sugar under fire over 'racist' Senegal World Cup team tweet

Peer apologises after comparing players to people selling bags and sunglasses on beaches in tweet BBC calls ‘seriously misjudged’

Alan Sugar has been criticised for posting a tweet about the Senegal World Cup squad that compared the players to people selling sunglasses and handbags on beaches.

The tweet featured a photoshopped picture of the team looking as though they were selling counterfeit goods. “I recognise some of these guys from the beach in Marbella. Multitasking, resourceful chaps,” Lord Sugar said.

I misjudged me earlier tweet. It was in no way intended to cause offence, and clearly my attempt at humour has backfired. I have deleted the tweet and am very sorry.

Related: Lord Sugar deletes Corbyn-Hitler tweet after McDonnell appeal

Very troubled after seeing @Lord_Sugar racist tweet. I will be writing to the House of Lords Commissioner for Standards and the @BBC calling for an immediate investigation. Racism has
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Alan Sugar, Star Of BBC’s ‘The Apprentice’, Under Fire For ‘Racist’ Tweet About Senegal’s World Cup Team

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Alan Sugar, Star Of BBC’s ‘The Apprentice’, Under Fire For ‘Racist’ Tweet About Senegal’s World Cup Team
Update, 07:38Am: Sugar has subsequently apologized and deleted multiple tweets on the subject, “I misjudged [my] earlier tweet. It was in no way intended to cause offence, and clearly my attempt at humour has backfired. I have deleted the tweet and am very sorry.”

The BBC said in a statement, “Lord Sugar has acknowledged this was a seriously misjudged tweet, and he’s in no doubt about our view on this. It’s right he’s apologised unreservedly.”

Piara Powar, executive director of anti-racism group Fare (Football Against Racism in Europe), told the BBC that Lord Sugar’s “stereotyping of a whole race” was “disgraceful and damaging”.

Earlier Story, 04:23 Am: ‘You’re fired…’ Alan Sugar, the UK business magnate and face of the BBC’s The Apprentice, has come under fire for what many are calling a ‘racist tweet’.

In the tweet, under a picture of the Senegal soccer team,
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BBC's 'The Apprentice' Star Under Fire for "Racist" World Cup Tweet

Alan Sugar, the star of the BBC’s British version of The Apprentice, has been widely criticized for a tweet that compared Senegal’s World Cup soccer team to sellers “from the beach in Marbella.”

He posted a picture of the team from their opening match against Poland on Tuesday together with pictures of sunglasses and handbags.

This is what Alan Sugar just tweeted and deleted pic.twitter.com/wgHP98VmZE

— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) June 20, 2018

The tweet prompted hundreds of responses on Twitter, with the U.K. billionaire businessman accused of racism.

“This lazy, stereotypical and bigoted kind of ...
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Secret Agent Selection: WW2 review – are you hard enough to kill for your country?

Wannabe spies tackle gunmen and barbed wire to sort the Bonds from the softies, while in ancient Rome, the Plebs are opening a gastropub

Have we grown soft, sedentary and snowflakey? Could any of us be turned into “spies, silent killers and resistance organisers”? Those are questions the makers of Secret Agent Selection: WW2 (BBC2, 9pm) have set out to answer with period-era uniform, Meccano challenges and dubious psychological testing. It’s a bit like The Apprentice, only instead of the prize being some cash from Alan Sugar, winners get the chance to carry out a bit of state-sponsored murder and sabotage. At least, I think they do, but I haven’t watched the final episode.

In this first show, 14 recruits go through the selection process for the Special Operations Executive, a secret, second-world-war army of agents – drawn from ordinary people, we’re regularly reminded – created in the second world
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Answer me this: we quiz the gameshow hosts

  • The Guardian - TV News
Presenters from some of TV’s best-loved shows tell us what they love about games and quizzes, and which ones they’ll be squabbling over on Christmas Day

Sunday’s Observer New Review is a special with six pages of puzzles in the print edition

Nick Hewer has been the main presenter (along with Rachel Riley and Susie Dent) on word and numbers gameshow Countdown for six years. For the first two years on the show he was still Alan Sugar’s right-hand man on The Apprentice.

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The Apprentice final: an almighty, unforgivable anticlimax

The infants-school everybody-wins cop-out of last night’s final might qualify as the worst thing the programme has ever given us – surely, its time is up

This is the way The Apprentice ends, not with a bang, but a shrug. An almost literal one, too; at the climax of last night’s finale, tasked between funding a recruitment business or some sweets, Alan Sugar threw his hands up in the air, muttered something about being a gambler, and let everyone win.

Related: The Apprentice delivers unprecedented twist in final showdown

Alan Sugar is supposed to be the executioner. He creates a bull pit and forces a crowd of idiots to turn on each other

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The Apprentice delivers unprecedented twist in final showdown

‘You’re both hired’, Alan Sugar tells rivals Sarah Lynn and James White as TV show finishes in tie for first time in its history

Two people have been crowned joint winners of The Apprentice for the first time in the reality TV show’s history.

In an unprecedented twist, Alan Sugar was unable to choose between the two and decided it was a dead heat.

Related: Why it’s time to switch off The Apprentice, and ditch pitch culture | André Spicer

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Wednesday’s best TV: Man Down, The Apprentice, Gino’s Italian Coastal Escape

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Dan is about to become a father, and the competitors honour Lord Sugar’s 70 years. Plus: the celebrity chef travels to the Amalfi coast

Debut of a new eight-part Italian travelogue by chef Gino D’Acampo. As the title suggests, this time he is sticking to the shoreline of his homeland, and he saves the best till first – the Amalfi coast, a jewel of such brilliance that it is just about worth the terrifying, vertiginous cliffside drive to get there. D’Acampo visits his three favourite Amalfi towns – Minori, Cetera, Positano – and samples the cuisine of each. Andrew Mueller

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Wednesday’s best TV: Who Do You Think You Are?; The Apprentice

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Ruby Wax explores the effect of the Holocaust on her family, and guilty pleasures abound as Alan Sugar returns with a grotesque new gang of wannabes

Ruby Wax has not probed much into her past; eventually, this episode becomes as much a wider education about the Holocaust as a journey into family. Mental health issues have informed much of Wax’s recent life and her investigations focus less on her parents’ flight from their home in Vienna than on the fate of her great-grandmother and great aunt who were, it turns out, both institutionalised in the same facility. John Robinson

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Loving review

Jeff Nichols moves from Midnight Special to Loving - and Ruth Negga bags an Oscar nomination in the process. Here's our review...

No one can accuse filmmaker Jeff Nichols of not being versatile. His last film, Midnight Special, was a sci-fi thriller, and his new film Loving tells the story of a interracial American couple who reluctantly changed history. Although wildly different, both films have family and compassion at the heart of them.

See related Batman & Robin: 25 things we learned from its making-of book Chris O’Donnell: the Batman & Robin spin-off that never was

Just watching the trailer for Loving made me tear up, so I prepared myself for Terms Of Endearment level sobbing - but I was surprised that I didn't need my ten pack of Kleenex. Nichols could have gone for overwrought performances and heaped on the sentimentality but the subtle and understated nature of the film reflects
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The Apprentice 2016 final – as it happened

It’s on! Courtney and Alana made it through the interviews and duked it out to become Lord Sugar’s business partner. So who made the cut?

10.11pm GMT

Talking of happy endings, that’s it for my brief toe-dip into this year’s Apprentice – thank you as ever for joining in and being marvellous – you can find me on Twitter @heidistephens if you want to say hello. My liveblog duties for 2016 are now over, which must mean it’s nearly Christmas. Have a wonderful festive season, and I’ll see you in 2017! Hx

10.08pm GMT

Am happy for Alana, she seemed really lovely. And am pretty sure someone will want to make Courtney’s Cuppy Cup, which would be a happy ending for everyone.

10.08pm GMT

Lord Sugar picks Alana to be his new business partner! He’s going into cake by Alana, even though she didn’t put
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The Apprentice 2016, week 11 – as it happened

The final five faced their interview tasks – but how did they handle a grilling from Lord Sugar’s crack team of advisers?

10.00pm GMT

The flash forward to Sunday (the final) does not fill me with optimism as Courtney demonstrates his trophy baby beaker. He needs to stop with the weird infant drinking receptacles. He’s freaking me out.

Anyway! There are your finalists. And although I sadly won’t be able to join you on Sunday, you’ll be in the capable charge of Heidi Stephens. So join her at 9pm for all the fun of the fair. Well, of the Apprentice final.

9.58pm GMT

Alanna is in tears, Courtney actually cracks his first full smile of the series.

In the cab of doom, Frances tries to put a cheerful face on her bitter disappointment. And the other two share a jovial people carrier back to the house. Courtney
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The Apprentice 2016, week 10 – live

This week, our entrepreneurs had to distil their own gin. Who failed dismally – and who made the final five?

10.00pm GMT

Next week, those five rare creatures will butt antlers like never before as they compete to reach the final of this silly programme. We should probably watch right?

Join me here next week for that and see you in the comments!

9.59pm GMT

Grainne and Frances are sent back to the house while Trish and her pastel accessories board the cab of ennui out of town.

Back at the house, Jess, Courtney, Alanna, Grainne and Frances clink glasses and delight in the idea that they’re winners, much in the way Donald Trump is doing right now, still struggling to believe that he gets to rule the world in a minute.

9.56pm GMT

“Ok, ladies...” says Alan sounding like David Cameron that time.

He begins his tension build-up by
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