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In an exclusive interview with the BBC News website, Madonna revealed she is contemplating a more intimate live show that her usual stadium-filling spectacles.

“I’ve done so many shows – world tours, stadiums, sports arenas, you name it – that I feel like I have to reinvent that now too,” she told our music reporter Mark Savage.

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Big Little Lies and The Handmaid’s Tale were the big winners at the Emmy awards, winning five awards each at the Los Angeles ceremony.

British winners included The Night Of star Riz Ahmed and Charlie Brooker, who won a writing award for Black Mirror.

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The first photo of Michael Sheen and David Tennant as they will appear in the upcoming TV adaptation of cult novel Good Omens was released to mark the beginning of filming.

Tennant plays the demon Crowley, while Sheen is the angel Aziraphale in the latest incarnation of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s 1990 collaboration.

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A poster for the upcoming Tomb Raider film got the wrong sort of publicity, with more people interested in Alicia Vikander’s neck than the movie itself.

Directed by Norway’s Roar Uthaug, the latest screen outing for Lara Croft – previously played on screen by Angelina Jolie – reaches cinemas next March.

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Oscar-winning actress Emma Stone revealed she started therapy for anxiety when she was seven years old.

Stone, 28, showed US interviewer Stephen Colbert a drawing she made in therapy aged nine, and talked about how acting has helped her feel less anxious. “I still have anxiety to this day but not panic attacks,” she said.

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This was also the week we said goodbye to William G Stewart, the TV producer and director who spent 15 years as the host of quiz show 15 to 1.

Stewart was a former Butlins redcoat who began his television career behind the camera, died after a short illness, his agents confirmed.

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BBC One is bringing music back to primetime TV on a Friday night, with Sounds Like Friday Night – the first regular, mainstream music show since Top of the Pops was cancelled in 2006.

Greg James and A.Dot have been announced as the hosts. Broadcast live from Television Centre, it promises to feature “the hottest bands and artists in the world”, alongside interviews and sketches.

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Five things we learned at Later with Jools Holland’s 25th birthday

Later with Jools Holland stage

Later… with Jools Holland turns 25 this year, after more than 350 shows and over a thousand musical guests.

To celebrate, the programme abandoned its home in Maidstone for a gala concert at the Royal Albert Hall.

Among the guests were Foo Fighters, Van Morrison, Dizzee Rascal and Malian band Songhoy Blues.

The results will be screened on BBC Two on Saturday night, but here are some of the things we learned behind the scenes.

1. Taylor Hawkins was playing hide and seek

Foo Fighters’ star Dave Grohl (pictured with Jools) sang the first verse of Best of You solo, accompanied by just his guitar, but the rest of the band needed to be ready to jump in for the second chorus.

It was easy enough for guitarist Pat Smear and bassist Nate Mendel, who just waited off stage in the wings. Drummer Taylor Hawkins had no such luck.

With his kit pressed up against the seats, he had no graceful way to enter the stage; so he lay on the floor, arms perched on his drum stool, for three uncomfortable minutes.

2. It’s the show stars want to appear on

The gala concert came with a commemorative booklet, filled with tributes from the acts who’ve appeared on Later… over the last 25 years.

“For me it was the path to success,” said Ed Sheeran. “Anyone that went on Jools Holland from my circuit went on to achieve great things.”

Metallica’s Lars Ulrich said the programme was “unlike any other show” he’d played.

“The format of the bands setting up basically in a big circle and facing each other, playing to each other, channels a vibe.”

It’s “a fine line between camaraderie and competition”, he added.

Kasabian, though, had an axe to grind.

“You never let us on our first album and we were devastated. You said we were too loud.”

3. A good stage manager is invaluable

The most indispensible person in Jools’s team is the stage manager, who runs circles around the arena, carefully keeping out of shot, and making sure the presenter can see the handwritten cue cards with details of the next performer.

By complete coincidence, we were sitting next to the show’s former camera supervisor, who told us this key crew member was none other than Roy Castle’s daughter, Antonia.

4. The show is completely seamless

Sitting at home, you might imagine there are a few crafty edits to make all the musicians look good – but no: The entire show was filmed in one continuous take, from start to finish, with only one retake (we won’t say who, it was a technical problem, not a vocal one!).

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What that means is that the bands have to sit and watch each other – so we got to see Foo Fighters playing along to Van Morrison’s Gloria, and KT Tunstall grooving with French singer Camille.

Of course, nothing will beat the time, years ago, when we saw Thom Yorke busting moves to a Mary J Blige performance – but the joy of seeing Later up close, is watching musicians when they’re not “on”.

Some of those moments could well make it into Saturday night’s show – so keep an eye out for Dave Grohl lending his guitar to KT Tunstall. The Scottish singer is a good foot shorter than the Foos’ frontman, so she ends up playing with the instrument slung around her knees.

5. Later… could only exist on the BBC

Just before the show, Jools and his producer Mark Cooper said that Later… couldn’t exist on any other broadcaster,

“This show really is part of the BBC ethos,” said Jools. “It educates, informs, entertains and speaks truth unto nation.

“There’s no show like it on earth. A lot of the guests say that when they come on [and] only the BBC could make it.”

Cooper said the BBC’s biggest gift had been to stay out of their way.

“I would like to thank the BBC for supporting this programme over 25 years and doing the most wonderful thing the BBC can do for anybody, which is give us the freedom to make a show that can be brave, and make its own choices. Hopefully that’s what it kept going.”

Later 25 will be shown on BBC Two at 21:00 BST on Saturday, 23 September.

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Strictly Come Dancing: This year’s stars in quotes

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Image caption The Reverend Richard Coles and Good Morning Britain’s Charlotte Hawkins are raring to go

After two weeks of rehearsals, this year’s Strictly Come Dancing stars are preparing to return to the dance floor this weekend for the first live show of the series.

Here’s what they had to say when we caught up with them earlier this month.

The Reverend Richard Coles

  • “There’s a dog collar being pimped apparently, we’re quite excited about that.”
  • “I was preaching quite a fierce sermon recently and a piece of glitter fell out of my hair.”
  • “I’m going to need a miracle. It’s ‘let us spray’ at the moment.”
  • “I’m going to have to launch myself across a dancefloor, which I haven’t done since Ibiza in 1990. And it wasn’t pretty then, believe me.”
  • “I’m very happy to volunteer to dance with Aljaz anywhere, any place, any time.”

Charlotte Hawkins

  • “I jumped at the chance [to do Strictly]. It was a no-brainer for me. It’s afterwards when people go ‘it’s really full on, it’s going to be scary.'”
  • “You’ve just got to throw yourself into it and love every minute.”
  • On Good Morning Britain co-host Piers Morgan: “He’s very excited. Piers said we’re going to have fun with this – but that sounded more of a threat.”
  • “I’m looking forward to the ones [where] you’ve got a bit of performance and attitude – it’s amazing to have that opportunity where you give it some.”
  • On being one of this year’s favourites to win: “I don’t know how they work out the odds because they haven’t seen us dance!”

Image caption Burke will dance with Gorka Marquez on the show

Alexandra Burke

  • “I am very nervous – it makes me want to throw up because my anxiety shoots through the roof when I think about live shows. I know this is a really funny thing to say coming from someone who won a TV show nine years ago but I hate cameras.”
  • “The moment that I found out that I was going to take part in Strictly, I cancelled everything. I cancelled my album, my single, recording, everything. My mum always said to me, ‘be great at one thing, and the rest will follow.'”
  • “Because I was a nun for a year [for Sister Act: The Musical] wearing flat shoes, I’ve been trying to wear heels a lot more just to try and give my ankles a bit more strength.”
  • On how far she’ll go in the contest: “I want to get as far as my body and my partner can take!”

Image caption Langsford has been partnered with Anton Du Beke

Ruth Langsford

  • “Everything has this Strictly excitement about it, which is very glamorous – things you don’t get to do every day.”
  • Asked if she would wear skimpy outfits: “I’ll only be getting my kit off privately in the spray tan booth.”
  • On the show’s costumes: “It’s amazing, they gave me a waist – I hadn’t seen that waist for a long time.”
  • On keeping her appearance in the show a secret: “I quite enjoyed the whole rumour mill. Contrary to popular belief, I’ve not been asked to do Strictly before – because not in a million years would I have turned it down.”
  • What her husband Eamonn Holmes said (with tongue in cheek) when asked about the “Strictly curse”: “One man’s curse could be another man’s blessing.”

Image caption EastEnders star Ghadami is paired with new professional dancer Nadiya Bychkova

Davood Ghadami

  • “There’s always something to look forward to [on Strictly]. It seems like a non-stop rollercoaster where you’re looking to the next thing.”
  • On the outfits: “We’ve tried the skimpy, rhinestone-laden clothes and frankly they’re very comfortable and fun to wear.”
  • Asked if he would be showing off his chest: “If the dance calls for it, maybe later on in the competition… if it’s standard in week three, four or five we’ll do it.”
  • On how his on-screen mum reacted to him being on the show: “Bonnie Langford couldn’t help herself. As soon as she found out, she threw herself at me and we had a little dance.”
  • “We’re all going to look back in years to come and say ‘we were part of that’.”

Image caption Professional dancer AJ Pritchard looked chuffed to be paired up with Mollie King

Mollie King

  • On whether being pop stars gives her and Aston Merrygold an advantage: “I think we’re used to being disciplined to a certain degree. But there’s an expectation that people have and I think, Aston and I, we feel we’re both terrified, it’s a whole new world for both of us.”
  • “We don’t want to look like complete wallies. There’s so much for us to learn.”
  • “Obviously we’re lucky that we have performance experience but it’s a whole new world of dance, which is just madness.”
  • On the sparkly outfits: “You go into a fitting and it’s the most sequinned glittery dress you’ve ever seen, and they go to you: ‘Obviously it’s not glittery enough so we’ll be adding more’. And you’re like, ‘what?'”
  • On the chances of winning: “Everybody who’s taking part, obviously it’s their dream to lift the glitterball trophy – but I just want to learn as many dances as possible, that’s my aim. And get a few spray tans.”

Image caption Aston was hoping for a short partner so was relieved when he was teamed with Janette Manrara

Aston Merrygold

  • “I’m actually just excited to try a whole new form of performance. You forget it’s a competition.”
  • “You want to see everyone pull through.”
  • On preparing to be a new dad: “I’m trying to get the daddy stuff done in the morning and the rehearsals in the afternoons.”
  • On training to get in shape for the skimpy outfits: “I’m not as nimble as I used to be. There’s a lot of glitter – I’ve been Strictly-fied.”
  • “I personally would just love to get to the final, to do all the weeks and learn everything on the way and learn all the different styles. But it doesn’t feel like a competition.”

Image caption McGee, pictured with Tess Daly and Giovanni Pernice, is the widow of magician Paul Daniels

Debbie McGee

  • On doing ballet dancing in the past: “Strictly has changed over the years. At the beginning it really was that you didn’t have any training. Lots of people have done it now who have. I did train as a ballet dancer over 30 years ago. But it’s like if you were at school and really good at high jump, and 35 years later you’re asked to enter a competition and you’ve got to do long jump.”
  • On late husband Paul Daniels, who previously took part in the show: “He would love it. He always wanted me to do it. He’d be smiling down on me, that’s for sure.”

Image caption Susan Calman has a poster of her dance partner Kevin Clifton in her kitchen

Susan Calman

  • On having a moment with professional Gorka: “When I walked into the dressing rooms, one of the male dancers, I’m not going to say who – Gorka – had his top off. And I’ve actively avoided any contact with the male species for my entire life. And I went…. ‘he’s beautiful!'”
  • “I went home and my wife was like, ‘how’s it going?’ And there aren’t words to process what’s happening.”
  • On her fellow contestants: “We’re all in the same boat – we’re all going to learn how to dance.”

Image caption Karen Clifton said she was pleased to be partnered with chef Simon Rimmer – because he’ll bring good food to rehearsals

Simon Rimmer

  • “I feel I’ve made 14 new friends, whatever else happens. I know more about Joe and Davood than I do about people I’ve known 10 years.”
  • “It’s like a holiday romance. The minute you meet each other, you have to bond quickly because you’re all in the same terrifying situation.”
  • “There’s two WhatsApp groups. There’s the official one which everyone involved in Strictly gets to see. Then there’s the private one we have with the dancers which they don’t get to see, which is the proper fun one.”
  • On his family’s reaction to him taking part: “My wife rolled her eyes and shook her head.”

Image caption McFadden looked both excited and nervous when he was paired with Katya Jones

Joe McFadden

  • On the whole Strictly experience: “We’re all thrown together and going through this crazy thing together.”
  • On appearing in Holby at the same time as Strictly: “They’ve assured me they’re going to give me some light storylines. It’s filmed across the road – I always wanted to see what goes on over here and now I can.”
  • “We’re all getting rhinestone envy a bit. Jonnie had one the other day that was all different colours – it was really nice – and we had plain ones.”

Image caption Atkinson and Aljaz Skorjanec are possibly the tallest couple in the contest

Gemma Atkinson

  • “It sounds really cheesy but we’re in a nice bubble and we’re all in it together. It’s all good.”
  • “My worst fear is – you know when you run up the stairs after you dance? Falling off the stairs – that for me is more nerve-wracking. You’re going to be wobbly and out of breath.”
  • “My family have all been saying ‘You’ve done so well, it’s amazing… but it would be good if you could do Strictly.’ So they’re all going to come down. Everything’s happened at the right time.”

Image caption Akudolu and Pasha Kovalev are wasting no time

Chizzy Akudolu

  • “Forgetting the dance is the biggest fear. And falling down the stairs – but if we fall, we just pose and get up again.”
  • On advice from previous contestants: “I know Tameka [Empson] who did it last year – she said ‘enjoy it, enjoy it, enjoy it.’ She would have loved to go further and said ‘I’m going to live it through you.'”
  • “I’m dreading the waltz – it just hurts your legs! I’ve never done anything like that, and holding your arms up like that for a while, your back muscles…”
  • “I think our personalities change the minute we’ve got our make-up on, and the hair and the dresses. I become Aretha – that’s my nickname.”

Image caption Peacock and Oti Mabuse were all smiles after being paired up

Jonnie Peacock

  • “It’s a whirlwind at the moment – I’m just trying to enjoy it as much as possible. And then you sit at home and you get really nervous that you’re actually doing it.”
  • On seeing Davood at a costume fitting: “I got to stare at this lovely man’s derriere in a pair of tight Latin trousers – there’s not many better sights.”
  • On whether being an athlete will be an advantage: “Athletics is quite a high-impact sport. It’s going to be very different but that’s what I’m really looking forward to. I’m not sure it’s an advantage because it’s so far removed.”
  • On advice on training from former contestant Greg Rutherford: “I had a text from Greg saying – ‘they’ll say it’s 12 hours, it’s more like 40.'”

Image caption Conley gave the thumbs up to his partner Amy Dowden

Brian Conley

  • “It’s so special. It’s the biggest show on national television and the level of professionalism from everyone is second to none. And we get very posh cars picking us up – my car had a massage chair. I’ve never been in a car so posh!”
  • “I’m very excited – genuinely excited. I love the show, my family have, so you do feel you know it. But you work so hard all week for one-and-a-half minutes live to the nation and worry that something silly might go wrong. You just want to do your best.”
  • On working with judge Craig Revel Horwood in the past: “I was really worried about working with Craig – it was on a show about Neil Diamond. But he was a pussycat. I’m sure he won’t be on this! He’s so knowledgeable – that man knows his stuff. He’s known as the ‘evil one’ but what he says is very constructive and it’s good to take that on board.”
  • On only getting two tickets for friends and family per show: “I’m selling mine on eBay – 10 grand each. I want to stay in the show so I could make 20 grand a week.”

Strictly Come Dancing is on BBC One on Saturday at 18:25 BST.

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Reality star Kylie Jenner reportedly pregnant


The 20-year-old, half-sister of Kim Kardashian, is expecting a baby with her rapper boyfriend Travis Scott, according to TMZ.

Jenner, who first appeared on the reality TV show Keeping Up With The Kardashians at the age of nine, now boasts a lucrative cosmetics line and a huge social media following.

After reports about her pregnancy, she later posted a Snapchat photo in which she appeared to have a baby bump underneath a black T-shirt.

Representatives for the star have not confirmed if she is pregnant.

People magazine, citing unidentified sources, claimed that the baby was due in February.

It said: “The family has known for quite some time. She is really excited and so is Travis!”

A second source told the magazine: “It is an unexpected, but completely amazing turn of events that she could not be more excited or thrilled about.”

Jenner and Scott, 25, have been dating since April.

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Sir Patrick Stewart’s guide to RSC costume sale


The Royal Shakespeare Company is selling off more than 10,000 items of clothing worn by actors over the decades.

Hollywood star and RSC veteran Sir Patrick Stewart gave BBC News a tour of the costume sale and shared some of his memories.

The sale is taking place on Saturday 23rd September.

Video journalist: Sophie van Brugen.

Additional production: Tom Beal, Verity Wilde.

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Sampha leaps up chart after Mercury Music Prize win

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Image caption Sampha followed in the footsteps of Skepta and Benjamin Clementine to win the Mercury

Sampha’s debut album Process has jumped back into the top 10 after winning the Mercury Music Prize.

It leapt to number seven in this week’s chart – a climb of 145 places – after beating Ed Sheeran and Stormzy to win the £25,000 prize.

The new Foo Fighters album, Concrete and Gold, topped this week’s chart.

It’s the band’s ninth studio album and the fourth to reach the top of the UK album chart.

Process had also been at number seven back in February.

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Image caption Concrete and Gold is Foo Fighters’ fourth number one album in the UK

Gary Numan also entered the top 10 for the first time in 35 years with his latest album Savage (Songs from a Broken World), according to the Official Charts Company.

Prophets of Rage, the rap and rock supergroup made up of members from Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill landed at six.

There was little movement over on the singles chart, with Sam Smith retaining the top spot and Dua Lipa hanging on to second place.

Post Malone featuring 21 Savage were the highest new entry, with Rockstar debuting at number five.

Top five singles
Artist Title
1) Sam Smith Too Good At Goodbyes
2) Dua Lipa New Rules
3) Pink What About Us?
4) Taylor Swift Look What You Made Me Do
5) Post Malone feat. 21 Savage Rockstar
Top five albums
Artist Title
1) Foo Fighters Concrete and Gold
2) Gary Numan Savage
3) Ed Sheeran Divide
4) The Script Freedom Child
5) Rag’n’Bone Man Human

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Foo Fighters ticket mix-up: The O2 criticised for links to ticketing site

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Image caption Approximately 200 fans were turned away from the Foo Fighters’ show

The O2 Arena’s partnership with ticket resale company StubHub has been criticised after fans were turned away from a Foo Fighters concert this week.

Ahead of the concert, The O2 disabled links between its ticketing system and StubHub’s, at the request of the band.

However, tickets continued to be offered on StubHub. Some fans were then denied entry, as they could not supply ID matching the name on their tickets.

MP Sharon Hodgson said the relationship between the two companies was worrying.

“As one of our country’s major entertainment venues, and officially the world’s busiest venue, it is deeply concerning to see them [The O2] partner with a resale platform that gives preferential treatment to touts,” said the Labour MP, who co-chairs the All Party Parliamentary Group on ticketing.

“In fact, they should be setting an example to others by creating their own ethical resale mechanisms so fans are not ripped off any longer.”

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Image caption Fans complained of long queues, due to security and ID checks

Chris York, director of SJM concerts and tour promoter for the Foo Fighters, echoed the comments.

“It’s a moral decision [for the O2],” he said. “They need to have a look at their business.”

“In this instance, I think the relationship with their official reselling partner broke down.

“It’s an uncomfortable relationship, in my opinion. The venue is aware of that view, and they are certainly aware of that view from the Foo Fighters.”

Responding to Ms Hodgson’s comments, StubHub said: “Ticketing, like any industry can certainly improve, but this should not only be directed at safe resale platforms that provide customer guarantees.

“The entire ticketing market needs to focus on being transparent with fans and we call on the government to require event organisers to publish how many tickets are made available for public sale.

“The restrictions imposed this week [requiring ID] make it harder not just for people who want to resell spare tickets but also for people who want to give them away or buy them as a gift for friends and family.”

The company has refunded fans who did not gain access to the show.


While reselling tickets is legal, it often goes against the terms and conditions of events. Fans can list tickets on websites such as StubHub and its main rivals Viagogo, GetMeIn and Seatwave at any price they see fit.

The prices are often much higher than face value – although government research shows about 30% of tickets sell for below the original asking price.

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Image caption Tickets for Adele’s 2016 tour were advertised on secondary tickets sites for up to £25,000 each

The O2 signed a partnership with Stubhub in 2012, giving the company billboards inside the venue, and integrating the O2’s ticketing website AXS.com with Stubhub’s reselling platform.

As a result, tickets for O2 events purchased through StubHub are validated and cancelled – after which a new ticket and barcode in the buyer’s name is issued. The measures help to combat fraud in the ticketing market.

However, the O2 can disable this integration for certain events and this happened in advance of the Foo Fighters’ concert, after the band requested stringent terms of sale, including the requirement for ID.

SJM Concerts said the conditions were put in place “to prevent tickets being sold at extortionate prices”.

Despite this, tickets continued to appear on Stubhub (as well as other secondary sites who are not officially linked to the O2). The secondary sites were within their rights to do this, but at the risk of the O2 cancelling those tickets.

Furthermore, the BBC has seen an email StubHub sent to one customer, reassuring them “it’s fine to see someone else’s name on the tickets” – a direct contradiction of the terms of sale.

“I personally think that is abhorrent,” said Mr York. “They need to have a long, hard look at themselves and listen to the people who’ve been let down.”

Image caption The band and The O2 said they were “extremely disappointed” that some fans missed the show

Approximately 200 people were turned away from the Foo Fighters’ show – which was seen by 18,500 fans.

Ms Hodgson urged fans to educate themselves on the secondary ticketing market to avoid similar disappointments.

“Over the years, we have seen the ticketing market cleaned up and made fairer for fans, yet the example of the Foo Fighter concert this week shows how far we still have to go,” she said.

“That is why it is important we maintain pressure to fix this broken market and put fans first but I would also encourage concert-goers to check out FanFair Alliance’s guides to help them buy tickets and not face disappointment on the night.”

The O2 Arena was contacted for a comment on this story, but said they had nothing to add to an earlier statement, which said the venue was “frustrated and saddened” by the appearance of tickets on the secondary market.

“We are extremely disappointed if you didn’t get to see the show and urge anyone who encountered issues to contact their point of purchase for a full refund,” the statement concluded.

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Gary Numan on pushing limits of tech in music


The musician, who has a form of autism, is famous for bringing electronic music into the mainstream – using synthesizers on chart-topping hits including Are “Friends” Electric? and Cars in the late 1970s.

He explained: “It’s not because I don’t like people – I do.

“I don’t socially interact very well. I’m quite clumsy and awkward, and really, really uncomfortable.

“I’m just waiting for me to put my foot in it and say the wrong thing and it’s a pressure and it’s a worry.”

But rather than being a hindrance, his condition actually benefits him professionally.

Gary Numan

Video:Gary Numan on the positives of his autism

Gary has just released his 22nd album, Savage, and says the characteristics of his autism – including obsessive tendencies – are “a brilliant thing to have” in his industry.

“If you’re doing music for a career you need to be incredibly focused and know exactly where you’re going and let absolutely nothing swerve you,” he said.

Numan spoke to Sky News at this year’s T3 Awards, where he was awarded the Tech Legend prize for always pushing the limits of technology in his music.

Across his 40-year career, his unique sound has inspired artists including Prince and Depeche Mode, while David Bowie reportedly credited him with “writing two of the finest songs” in British music.

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Image:Gary has just released his 22nd album, Savage

When I asked him how he keeps his sound fresh now that electronic music is everywhere, he said he retains an enthusiasm for finding new sounds.

“I was on the Underground and I noticed as the train slowed down that it made this amazing howling sound,” he said.

“So I went back and I got my little recorder from the hotel, went back on the train and spent some time on it, just trying to get a clean recording of this sound.”

Many of us, he added – including himself – often take today’s advances in digital technology for granted.

“There’s something new coming along which actually is pretty mind-blowing, pretty much every day, and we are so used to that.”

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James Bond auction fetches £112,000

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Image caption A Sir Roger Moore chair fetched £2,300 after having an estimate of £500 to £700

A harpoon gun, clapper board and Sir Roger Moore’s director’s chair are among hundreds of James Bond items to have sold for £112,000 in total.

The on-screen props and chair were among the 500-piece collection from an anonymous seller from Somerset.

The man was “downsizing” and could not keep it, Aston’s Auctioneers said.

A Walther handgun prop used in the 2006 Casino Royale film with a clapper board fetched £4,300, more than three times the estimate of up to £1,200.

The Sir Roger chair – thought to have been used in the star’s office at Pinewood Studios – featured signatures from various colleagues including Goldfinger’s Honor Blackman, The Man With The Golden Gun’s Britt Ekland and Maud Adams, who also appeared in that film and played Octopussy nine years later.

It sold for £2,300 at the auction in Dudley, after having an estimate of up to £700.

A harpoon gun from Timothy Dalton’s Licence to Kill in 1989 had an estimate of up to £800, but went for double that at £1,800.

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Image caption A Walther handgun prop used in Casino Royale, a clapper board from the Daniel Craig film and a certificate of authenticity fetched £4,300

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Image caption An Aston Martin DB5 toy went for £240

The auctioneers said it was “the biggest, best result” it had had from a single seller’s collection in the company’s 12 years of operating.

Owner Chris Aston said: “[The seller] can’t keep the collection any more.

“He’s stopped adding to the collection for a few years and the appeal is the actual act of the collecting in the first place, rather than just outright ownership [of it].”

Mr Aston also said the items were “a fair spread” of different Bond film eras.

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BBC One to broadcast new primetime music show

Greg James and A.Dot
Image caption Greg James and A.Dot will be joined by a different guest host every week

Greg James and A.Dot have been announced as the hosts of a new, primetime music show on BBC One.

Sounds Like Friday Night will be the first regular, mainstream music programme on the BBC since Top of the Pops was cancelled in 2006.

Broadcast live from Television Centre, it promises to feature “the hottest bands and artists in the world”, alongside interviews and sketches.

Brit Award-winners Royal Blood have written the show’s theme tune.

“We always imagined doing something like this one day,” said the band.

“It’s great that a new show celebrating live music is back at the BBC and creating a home for new bands to build a bigger audience. We’re excited to be a part of it.”

The show will launch in October.

Image caption Stormzy is among the stars who could perform on the show

James, who got his break in student radio, has hosted Radio 1’s drivetime show since 2012, and reveals the Official Charts every Friday.

A.Dot is the stage name of Ashley Charles, a rapper who has performed with Busta Rhymes and Missy Elliot.

Also known as Amplify Dot or Dotty, she currently presents the 1Xtra Breakfast show, where she has become known for her Prank Calls feature.

‘Home for new acts’

The two hosts will be joined by a different guest star every week, who will take part in sketches, as well as performing live.

The format seems similar to Adele at the BBC – which featured a viral sketch in which Adele auditioned to play her own lookalike.

“We have been missing a primetime music show from our TV screens for far too long so it’s fair to say being part of Sounds Like Friday Night is something I’m really, really excited about,” said James in a statement.

“One thing that’s fantastic about the show is being able to provide new and emerging acts a home alongside the megastars, introducing them to a new audience.”

Image caption Top of the Pops ran for 42 years before being cancelled due to poor ratings

The new show is being produced by Fulwell 73, the company behind James Corden’s US chat show and Carpool Karaoke sketches.

It has been in development since 2014, as the corporation searched for a music show format that worked.

“Pop music has no divine right to be on BBC One,” BBC Music boss Bob Shennan told Music Week earlier this year.

“The reality is that, if you stick a succession of performances on one after the other, and there’s nothing special about it, it’s not necessarily going to attract the audience.”

“We want to open [artists] up so you see them for who they are and have fun with them,” said Gabe Turner of Fulwell 73. “With the sketches, it’s not just presenting a song, but experiencing their world.”

“I’m thrilled to be part of Sounds Like Friday Night,” added A.Dot. “Each week I’ll be meeting fellow music fans from around the UK, getting the lowdown from the viewers on social media and bringing the best music to you at home. I can’t wait!”

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Image caption A record 20.9 million people watched the BBC’s coverage of Glastonbury this year

Sounds Like Friday Night has been given an initial run of six episodes – neatly echoing Top of the Pops, which was commissioned for half a dozen episodes in 1964.

That programme ended up running for 42 years, registering its highest audience in 1979, when more than 19 million people tuned in to see Dr Hook’s When You’re in Love with a Beautiful Woman topping the chart.

But by 2002, it had lost millions of viewers to 24-hour music channels like MTV. The show was eventually shunted to BBC Two before being cancelled.

Music has continued to play a key role on BBC Four, with archive espiodes of TOTP appearing alongside music documentaries and the new Live Lounge show, which compiles the best live acts on BBC Radio 1.

On BBC Two, Later… With Jools Holland is celebrating its 25th anniversary, while coverage of Glastonbury, T in the Park and the Reading and Leeds festivals are televised throughout the summer.

The music industry has received the new show enthusiastically.

“The BBC is a fantastic supporter of British music across its radio output, and we have been encouraging senior BBC executives over the last few years to step up and do more to showcase Britain’s amazing music culture to the nation on television too,” said Geoff Taylor, head of the BPI, which represents the UK’s recorded music industry.

“We are thrilled at this new opportunity for some of this country’s unique talent to reach a mainstream TV audience. We wish the series every success in the hope that it will become a long-term fixture on our screens. With Greg James at the helm it should have every chance of doing well.”

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