AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young dies at 64

AC/DC band members Angus Young, l(left) and Malcolm Young (15 September 2000)Image copyrightGetty Images
Image caption Malcolm Young (right) and his brother Angus (left) were driving forces behind the international success of AC/DC

Australian guitarist and AC/DC co-founder Malcolm Young has died aged 64 after a long battle with dementia.

He died peacefully on Saturday with his family nearby, a statement said.

Young will be remembered for his powerful rhythm guitar riffs that were instrumental in propelling the Sydney heavy rock group to stardom.

Three Young brothers have been part of AC/DC’s history, including lead guitarist Angus. Producer George Young died in October.

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“Renowned for his musical prowess, Malcolm was a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer and visionary who inspired many,” the statement read.

“From the outset, he knew what he wanted to achieve and, along with his younger brother, took to the world stage giving their all at every show. Nothing less would do for their fans.”

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Image caption AC/DC are one of the biggest heavy rock bands in the world

Fans and friends of Young have been posting their tributes to the popular musician on social media.

Tom Morello, of the US band Rage Against the Machine, tweeted his thanks to the “#1 greatest rhythm guitarist”.

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Rest in rock power AC/DC’s #MalcolmYoung, #1 greatest rhythm guitarist in the entire history of rock n roll. THANKYOU for everything. pic.twitter.com/boXBDkJJ6W

— Tom Morello (@tmorello) November 18, 2017

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English rock star David Coverdale, a member of the band Whitesnake and former lead singer of Deep Purple, also offered his “thoughts and prayers”.

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Our Thoughts & Prayers Are With His Family, Friends & Fans…Great Guy …A Pleasure To Know…Truly Missed, Malcolm…XX https://t.co/1ECM7urBN8

— David Coverdale (@davidcoverdale) November 18, 2017

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After forming AC/DC in 1973, Angus and Malcolm Young were credited as co-writers on every song the band recorded between their 1975 debut High Voltage through to 2014’s Rock or Bust.

Malcolm was born in 1953 in Glasgow before his family emigrated to Australia when he was 10.

His family confirmed he was suffering from dementia in 2014.

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Image caption Malcolm Young wrote some of AC/DC’s best-known songs

He wrote much of the material that enabled AC/DC to become one of the biggest heavy rock bands and singer Brian Johnson has described him as the band’s “spiritual leader, our spitfire”.

Their biggest hits include Back in Black, Highway to Hell, and You Shook Me All Night Long. The group is estimated to have sold more than 200 million records worldwide, including 71.5 million albums in the US.

A statement by Angus Young on the AC/DC website praises Malcolm’s “enormous dedication and commitment” which made him “the driving force behind the band” who “always stuck to his guns and did and said exactly what he wanted”.

“As his brother it is hard to express in words what he has meant to me during my life, the bond we had was unique and very special. He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever.

“Malcolm, job well done.”

The band’s backbone

Mark Savage, BBC Music reporter

Malcolm Young was never the star attraction of AC/DC’s live shows. That honour went to his younger brother, Angus, dressed like a schoolboy and duck-walking across the stage like Chuck Berry.

But Malcolm gave the band their backbone. He wrote brutally efficient riffs and played them with concentrated ferocity, proving you don’t need to rifle through 127 notes to be effective. And, while AC/DC rarely strayed from the template they set on Highway To Hell and Back in Black, those guitar lines inspired generations, from Metallica’s James Hetfield to Guns N’ Roses’ Izzy Stradlin.

One of the reasons for Malcolm’s songwriting economy was that he didn’t much enjoy the process of making records. “Being in the studio is like being in prison,” he said in 1988.

Yet he took great care over AC/DC’s sound, stripping out unnecessary flourishes and, unusually, playing with his amp turned down so the microphone could pick out the details.

Still, it was concerts that got his blood racing. “There’s nothing like playing on stage,” he said. “If it’s a good night, it’s just like the first night. Same buzz. Same excitement.”

That made his final tour with AC/DC all the more tragic. As his dementia progressed, the guitarist found himself unable to remember the riffs to songs like Hell’s Bells and You Shook Me All Night Long, having to relearn them for every show.

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Ex-Scottish Labour leader set to go into celeb jungle


Kezia Dugdale is set to appear in I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here, where stars face grim challenges to win a public vote and ultimately be crowned king or queen of the jungle.

Her decision to appear on the programme somewhat overshadowed the vote for her successor, which took place on Saturday, after she stood down in August.

Richard Leonard was voted the new leader of the Scottish branch of the party and he quickly had to answer questions about whether Ms Dugdale would face suspension.

He said he was “a bit disappointed” in her decision but admitted suspension hadn’t been his first thought.

Richard Leonard is Scottish Labour's fourth leader in three years
Image:Richard Leonard said the party would consider her appearance

He said: “I awoke as many other people did this morning to the news that Kezia is going into that programme, and I think that is something the group is going to have to consider over the next few days and I think we will consider.”

In 2012, Conservative MP Nadine Dorries was suspended from her party for choosing to enter the contest. She was reinstated the following year.

Mr Leonard said: “I don’t know the circumstances of Nadine Dorries and I don’t at this stage know all the circumstances of Kezia’s decision, so we will need to give that due consideration at the group over the next few days.”

Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale
Image:Former Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale, who stood down in August

But Labour leader Mr Corbyn said: “It’s her choice to go on I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!, I don’t think it’s appropriate to suspend someone from the party for doing that, that’s her choice.”

Former Labour first minister Henry McLeish “urged” her to rethink her decision before she flies to Australia on Sunday.

Jenny Marra, a fellow MSP, tweeted: “Election to parliament is a privilege to serve and represent people. It’s not a shortcut to celebrity.”

Nadine Dorries controversially entered the TV jungle in 2012. Pic: ITV/REX/Shutterstock
Image:Nadine Dorries controversially entered the TV jungle in 2012. Pic: ITV/REX/Shutterstock

Mr Leonard’s leadership rival, Anas Sarwar, also criticised the decision, saying: “She’s made the decision she had. I would prefer that she was in the Parliament working for her constituents, working for the Labour Party.

“I want us focusing on education, the NHS, and employability, rather than kangaroo testicles.”

He added that he would be calling in to ensure she “eats every bug possible so she fully enjoys that experience”.

Sky Bet have the MSP at 10-1 to win.

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‘Visionary’ AC/DC star Malcolm Young dies


The guitarist – described as a “visionary, a perfectionist and a unique man” – had been suffering from dementia for several years.

In a statement, AC/DC said: “With enormous dedication and commitment he was the driving force behind the band.

“As a guitarist, songwriter and visionary he was a perfectionist and a unique man. He always stuck to his guns and did and said exactly what he wanted.

“He took great pride in all that he endeavoured. His loyalty to the fans was unsurpassed.”

Malcolm Young was honoured on the Rock Walk in 2000
Image:Malcolm Young was honoured on the Rock Walk in 2000

Angus Young, Malcolm’s brother and fellow AC/DC co-founder, added: “It is hard to express in words what he has meant to me during my life, the bond we had was unique and very special.

“He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever.

“Malcolm, job well done.”

Young with the band in 2003. He retired 11 years later.
Image:Young with the band in 2003. He retired 11 years later.

He is survived by his wife O’Linda, children Cara and Ross, son-in-law Josh, three grandchildren, sister and brother.

Young died peacefully with his family by his side.

The family will open a memorial page next week for messages of condolence and asked people to donate to The Salvation Army instead of sending flowers.

The band on the Rock Walk in 2000
Image:The band on the Rock Walk in 2000

Born in Scotland, one of eight children, Young and his family relocated to Australia when he was 10 and he grew up in Sydney.

Young founded the band with his brother in 1973 until retired in 2014 for health reasons.

They relocated to the UK in 1976, touring and recording heavily.

He was absent briefly during 1988 while he overcame alcoholism, though this was covered at the time with other reasons from the band.

#ACDC guitarist and co-founder #MalcolmYoung (64) died today. pic.twitter.com/yKhq961YQ3

— From Blue Into Black (@blueintoblack) November 18, 2017

The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.

AC/DC recorded 17 studio albums and are perhaps best known for Highway To Hell, Back In Black and For Those About To Rock (We Salute You), released in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Despite Young’s retirement in 2014, the band continued to tour and make new music. He was replaced by his nephew Stevie Young on the 2014 Rock Or Bust tour.

Young’s older brother George, a founding member of The Easybeats, died three weeks ago at the age of 70.

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Serena Williams weds Reddit co-founder


The couple met at a hotel in Rome – and while he had booked a room to attend a conference, she was staying there to play in the Italian Open.

As he was not a tennis fan, it took Mr Ohanian a little while to realise exactly who he was having breakfast next to, but the pair hit it off quickly.

He proposed 18 months later in the same hotel, at the same table where they had met.

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They now have a daughter called Alexis Jr, whose own Instagram has more than 105,000 followers.

The Ohanians had around 200 people at their ceremony in New Orleans, including Beyonce, Eva Longoria, Caroline Wozniacki, and Vogue editor Anna Wintour.

They married on 16 November, the birthday of Mr Ohanian’s late mother, as a tribute to her.

Serena had three dresses for the occasion – the first being a £2.6m Alexander McQueen princess dress, with a beaded and feathered Versace dress for the reception.

When she stepped onto the dancefloor it was in a short, fitted Versace dress – perfect for dancing to Tale As Old As Time, one of her favourite Disney songs from Beauty And The Beast.

They wrote their own vows, and Mr Ohanian posted them on Instagram alongside a photo of their day. He said: “You are the greatest of all time, not just in sport–I’m talking about as a mother and as a wife.

“I am so excited to write so many more chapters of our fairy tale together.”

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Guests sat down to dinner, where menus ranged from Italian to Armenian fare, to Be Our Guest, before they tucked into dessert.

They took home trophies with their names written on the front as tokens of the day, as well Gatorade to help them “recover like a champ”.

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Children in Need raises record on-the-night total of £50.1m


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Media captionA Blue Peter Strictly special was among the Children in Need highlights

Children in Need raised a record-breaking £50.1m during Friday’s show, which featured a Blue Peter Strictly Come Dancing special.

The five-hour programme also included a Weakest Link celebrity special, a singing EastEnders cast, and a teaser of the Doctor Who Christmas edition.

Tess Daly, Graham Norton, Mel Giedroyc, and Ade Adepitan presented the show, which was broadcast on BBC One and Two.

The total raised surpassed 2016’s previous on-the-night record of £46.6m.

Image caption Left-right: Mel Giedroyc, Rochelle and Marvin Humes, Graham Norton, Ade Adepitan and Tess Daly are the faces of Children in Need 2017

The show began on BBC One at 19:30 GMT with Daly and Adepitan hosting, and included some of the children and young people whose lives have been changed through support from Children in Need.

During the evening, Car Share co-stars Peter Kay and Sian Gibson announced that the comedy series would return in 2018 with two new episodes.

“It’s been a very tough secret to keep,” said Kay.

Hosts Norton and Giedroyc took over presenting duties later on, followed by Marvin and Rochelle Humes.

Viewers were given a first look at this year’s Doctor Who special, which included Peter Capaldi, in his last appearance as the 12th doctor, alongside a return from first doctor David Bradley and Mark Gatiss as a First World War officer.

Anne Robinson presided over the Weakest Link special. with celebrities John Thomson, Love Island winner Kem Cetinay and actress Chizzy Akudolu – the eventual winner – facing her questions.

Image caption Six current and former Blue Peter presenters are competing for the Strictly glitterball

Image caption EastEnders stars sang their way around Albert Square

Former Blue Peter presenter Mark Curry lifted the Pudsey glitter ball trophy in the Children In Need Strictly Come Dancing special after impressing judges with his high kicks.

Five other current and former Blue Peter presenters also donned Strictly’s sequins – Diane-Louise Jordan, Anthea Turner, Tim Vincent, Konnie Huq and Radzi Chinyanganya.

EastEnders fans saw their favourite characters sing popular numbers from classic West End musicals early in the show.

The cast of Countryfile also had a go at their own medley, opting for hit country tunes from John Denver, Dolly Parton and Nancy Sinatra.

There was also music from Rita Ora, The Vamps and Jason Derulo, while Joanna Lumley presented the Sir Terry Wogan Fundraiser of the Year award to people who “go above and beyond to raise money”.

Children in Need is the BBC’s UK corporate charity and raises money for disadvantaged children and young people around the country.

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Review: Bryan Cranston stars in Network at The National Theatre ★★★☆☆

Will Gompertz Network

To say Ivo van Hove’s stage adaptation of Paddy Chayefsky’s 1976 movie Network is a bit gimmicky, would be like describing a mass murderer as a bit naughty.

There are more production bells and whistles in his 119-minute (no interval) show than on one of Lady Gaga’s more outré outfits.

The Belgian director and his designer Jan Versweyveld have turned the National Theatre’s expansive Lyttlelton stage into a shiny contemporary landscape with a massive screen acting as a backdrop for a set, divided into three principal components.

They are: A glass box TV production gallery, a newsroom studio (centre-stage), and a Manhattan-style restaurant and bar (at which audience members can book a table if they’re willing to take out a small mortgage).

It looks great and very glitzy. A stage set for some genuine A-list stars to come and entertain us. Which they do.

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First, Bryan ‘Heisenberg’ Cranston appears as Howard Beale, an old-time news anchor getting rubbish ratings who – not unlike Walter White in Breaking Bad – undergoes a dramatic character transformation (he even strips down to his underpants again – although not tighty whiteys on this occasion).

While White became a very good baddie, Beale turns into a deranged TV prophet, telling his viewers he is as “mad as hell” about media cover-ups and political corruption.

The crazier he becomes, the higher his ratings soar. Enter Michelle ‘Lady Mary’ Dockery as a ruthless TV exec out to milk his madness for every percentage point of audience share she can.

It is a play about a ratings-obsessed media, corporate cynicism, corrupting commercialism, and the dangers of fanaticism. It is, in other words, a play for today.

At least, it should be. But despite the largesse that has been lavished on this production, it is rather two-dimensional and a tad disappointing.

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From the moment you enter the theatre and see the stage you sense you are in for something very special – a night to remember; a glamorous theatrical blind date.

But, by 15 minutes in, ardour turns to apathy as it becomes apparent the cast and crew were having way more fun than you.

The problem is the directorial conceit. On-stage TV cameras relay much of the action we see onto the giant screen at the back. It’s a device that works at a rock concert in an arena where the performers are barely-visible far off figures.

But in the more intimate environment of a theatre, where you can see and hear the actors, it has the opposite effect and actually makes the players feel more distant.

The delay in the on-screen lip-sync doesn’t help. Not only is it annoying but also ruinously distracting. I started to worry about whether or not my car was due for its MOT.

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There are other smaller niggles. Like, why is there a fancy restaurant on the stage? To create another location for the actors and the story, I assume.

But why? If Shakespeare can ask us to imagine whole battles taking place “within this wooden O”, then surely we can be trusted to imagine a restaurant scene without a fully functioning bar and brassiere.

And why, in a narrative so specifically set in America, is the action momentarily taken outside the building and onto London’s Southbank with the National Theatre’s illuminated logo in full view?

We get the idea that the audience’s perception of what is real and what is fantasy is being toyed with, but it diminishes rather than enhances the action. There’s no point to it.

Perhaps the director wasn’t confident enough in the script and felt the need to dress it up like a stag party at a Dolly Parton convention. And, if so, I have some sympathy for him.

Lee Hall is magnificent writer, who has consistently produced outstanding scripts. But, on this occasion, he has missed an opportunity to explore and update the central themes inherent in the original film.

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Image caption Bryan Cranston is best known for playing Walter White in Breaking Bad

Maybe it is due to an understandable reverence for the movie, or because it was technically impossible to do so. Or he didn’t want to.

Any which way, the light he shines on the nature of television news, undue corporate influence, and a culture of populism is too warm and a little weak. Any blows landed are glancing rather than knock out.

The point that newscasts are a form of entertainment is as old as the movie, what’s new is how a certain type of media operator has been able to exploit that weakness for world changing political gain.

The airtime devoted to big personalities, sometimes in stark contrast to their relatively low political status, has given rise to quick-fix merchants proffering simplistic solutions to a dispirited public who have then voted in their favour.

Howard Beale is not a good guy. He’s demented and arrogant and egotistical. And all the more so when he discovers the elixir of popular appeal. He’s no better than other hyperbolic narcissists plying the opinions on news programmes around the world.

But in this play he’s let off the hook. He is allowed to become a preachy, saintly figure. And thereby the profound prescience of Paddy Chayefsky’s Network is lost.

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Strictly Come Dancing: Behind the scenes in Blackpool

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Image caption The dancers rehearse their circus-themed group routine

There’s a fibreglass donkey in the corridor, and someone’s moving a glittery model tram across Blackpool’s Tower Ballroom.

Paralympian Jonnie Peacock is eating chips in the canteen with Mollie King from The Saturdays, and Holby City’s Joe McFadden is looking for the physio in the rabbit warren that is the ballroom’s backstage area (he’ll eventually find him in a repurposed toilet cubicle).

Meanwhile – past host Claudia Winkleman’s dressing room and the row of clothes for the four judges – there is the thrum of sewing machines coming from the wardrobe department.

Thirteen people are busy working away inside. Among them are costumiers hand-sewing tiny emerald green crystals onto a dancer’s outfit.

It can only mean one thing – Strictly Come Dancing has hit Blackpool for its annual special.

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Image caption Aljaz and Gemma have their eyes on the prize

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Image caption Davood and Debbie do Blackpool

There is a buzz in the whole town, which started when the crew came up on Monday to start the laborious task of rigging up the ballroom, fitting all the cables and lights needed for the dance spectacular.

EastEnders star Davood Ghadami is even wearing an “I heart Blackpool” hoodie as he takes part in a rehearsal for Saturday night’s circus-themed group routine.

The day before the show, the celebrities and their dance partners are wearing trainers, not heels. The group routine is practised several times over, before they all gather round the choreographer’s iPad to watch the dance back, seeing how it’s going to appear on screen.

After that, couples snatch spare moments to practice their own routines as they wait to rehearse on the sprung dancefloor.

Image caption Sewing on the sequins

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Image caption Costumes arrive at the Tower Ballroom

Image caption The Strictly costume rail

There’s a sense of camaraderie as they whoop and applaud each other’s routines, bigger and bolder this week to mark the occasion, with extra dancers and props (hence the donkey) to fill the larger-than-usual space.

There are media interviews, including with Blue Peter. Receiving a Blue Peter badge, comic Susan Calman exclaims – with genuine feeling – that it’s the happiest day of her life, while Ghadami reveals he won one as a child for suggesting a way to make recycling easier.

There will be spray tans and the chance to catch their breath before the live show on Saturday – when the day starts with hair and make up from 07.30 (followed by top-ups during the day) before a full run-through of the show.

The only people not present for that are the judges, so there are stand-ins, who give their own comments to the celebrities and pro dancers.

Image caption Susan Calman: “I have a love of old Victorian splendour”

After that, there are last-minute adjustments to costumes (from that busy department, up several flights of stairs, where all the dancers’ dresses hang ready for action) – and a moment of calm before going live to the nation.

“It’s really beautiful,” says Calman, who’s dancing a paso doble with Kevin Clifton. He made it all the way to the final last year with Louise Redknapp, but is yet to lift the coveted glitterball trophy.

“I’ve never been to Blackpool before, let alone the Tower Ballroom,” she says. “I have a love of old Victorian splendour so it’s incredible to be here. They spent so much money here to make people happy, so they could dance. I think it’s beautiful.”

Dancing has indeed made Strictly superfan Calman very happy, and seeing her joy at performing has been one of the highlights of the series.

Image caption Mollie King: “I never thought I’d get here – it’s such an honour”

You can sense her awe at the surroundings as she says: “You can only imagine what it’s going to be like when this place is full. This is the home of ballroom – it’s better than the final, in a lot of ways.”

She admits she thought she’d be voted out “week two or three” and says how pleased she is that people are enjoying her performances.

“I’m doing things I never thought I’d do in my life before,” she adds.

Ghadami, EastEnders’ Kush, grabs a moment to eat a jacket potato with tuna after running through his 007-themed paso doble to Wings’ Live and Let Die.

“It’s a bit of a dream for any guy to pretend to be James Bond,” he says. “And this is four, five times bigger than [regular studio] Elstree. It’s such an iconic place and there’s such a build-up. It feels so warm – you feel held tightly in this big space.”

Image caption Another rehearsal on the Blackpool dancefloor

He says Blackpool is special for his professional partner Nadiya – she performed there in a competition when she was 11. “So many people have stepped foot in here and danced the dance of their lives,” he muses.

Mollie King has had the chance to get her family involved too – visiting her nan in Hull before the Blackpool show to perform for her, as she can’t be there in person.

“I feel like the luckiest girl ever,” she says of still being in the show. “I never thought I’d get here – it’s such an honour. The pros are your heroes, and to them, this place means so much.”

King says there are moments in the dance, a Charleston to Wings by Little Mix, when she feels like she’s “back in the Saturdays” because she gets to dance with other female dancers.

Debbie McGee says it feels like “being in one of the biggest shows in Broadway or the West End” in Blackpool, and that it brings back “wonderful memories” of times spent there with her late husband Paul Daniels, with whom she performed here years ago.

Image caption Jonnie Peacock says Blackpool “perks everyone up and adds some extra glitter”

Their act had a circus theme – much like one of the weekend’s group numbers.

“It’s just wonderful,” she says of the coincidence. While she’s been in the ballroom before, it feels like “another planet” now it has been given the Strictly treatment.

“This week has hit home what an achievement is to get this far,” she says – noting that she’s made it to Blackpool as the oldest contestant this year. “I feel really proud that I’ve been able to stand up for the older woman.”

Jonnie Peacock had a sneak peek at the ballroom on Thursday. “It adds a bit of adrenalin and excitement,” he says. “Blackpool gives the show a different taste – it perks everyone up and adds some extra glitter.”

He says reaching the Blackpool show – to do a tango to Eurythmics’ Sweet Dreams – has given him “the biggest buzz you can get”.

“It’s so much fun – and you don’t want the fun to end,” he says – speaking for all the celebrities and their dance partners.

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Peter Kay’s Car Share to make surprise return

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Image caption Will John (Peter Kay) and Kayleigh (Sian Gibson) finally have a happy ending?

Fans of Peter Kay’s sitcom Car Share thought it had ended for good – but the comedian has announced there will be two more episodes.

Kay said he wanted to “quit while you’re ahead” after series two ended earlier this year.

But he’s announced a “special finale” to show what happened between John, his character, and Sian Gibson’s Kayleigh.

It will follow Car Show Unscripted, an improvised episode. Both will be screened on BBC One next year.

Image caption Gibson and Kay revealed the plans on Children In Need

The second series ended in May with Kayleigh declaring her love for John but walking out of his car and his life when he refused to say how he felt.

The lack of a twist bringing the two characters together at last surprised and disappointed many viewers who had convinced themselves the show was building up to the perfect romantic finish.

“People have been very angry that the series ended in that way,” Kay said.

“But [now] there is a series finale explaining what happened the next day, after the big argument.

“We’ve also done another episode called Car Share Unscripted, which is half an hour of us basically making the script up and improvising. It’s nothing to do with the story – just us having a laugh.”

After the series ended, he said there would be no third series or Christmas specials because he was worried about running out of ideas.

“There’s only so much you can do in a car and the last thing you want to do is ruin it, because I think it’s a lovely thing,” he said.

Kay announced the new episodes on Children In Need on BBC One on Friday.

He has long been a supporter of the charity, fronting a fund-raising single that went to number one in 2009. This year, he has raised more than £633,000 by auctioning 100 tickets to an intimate live show in Blackpool.

Car Share won two Bafta TV Awards in 2016 – best scripted comedy and best male performance in a comedy programme for Kay.

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Taylor Swift cements her chart reputation with third UK number one album


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I’m sorry, Taylor Swift can’t come to the phone right now. Why? Because she’s busy selling thousands of albums.

Reputation has shifted 84,000 copies this week, giving the star the third UK number one album of her career.

It has also become 2017’s fastest-selling record by a female artist, despite being unavailable on streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music.

Swift’s previous number ones are 1989, which sold 90,000 copies in week one, and Red, which managed 61,779 copies.

In her home country, Swift is set to top the Billboard charts after racking up more than a million sales of Reputation – the only record to achieve that milestone this year.

But in the UK, where the star has yet to give any interviews or make any TV appearances, her album has failed to match the commercial performance of Take That and Ed Sheeran (who happens to appear on Swift’s album track End Game).

Overall, Reputation has notched up the sixth-highest opening week sales of the year to date, according to the Official Chart Company.

Biggest first-week UK sales of 2017 so far
Artist Album Week one sales
1) Ed Sheeran ÷ 671,452
2) Rag ‘N’ Bone Man Human 117,101
3) Take That Wonderland 113,211
4) Liam Gallagher As You Were 102,660
5) Sam Smith The Thrill of it All 97,328
6) Taylor Swift Reputation 84,000

Elsewhere in the album chart, Sam Smith’s The Thrill Of It All drops to number two, while Michael Ball & Alfie Boe’s former chart-topper Together Again holds steady at three.

There are new entries for Elton John’s new greatest hits collection Diamonds at five, and Shed Seven’s long-awaited fifth album Instant Pleasures at eight.

In the singles chart, Camilla Cabello tops the rankings for a third week in a row, with Havana staving off a threat from Rita Ora’s latest single Anywhere.

Eminem scores his 28th top 10 single with Walk On Water, which features vocals from Beyonce, while Elbow make their first chart appearance since 2012 with their Beatles cover Golden Slumbers, which soundtracks this year’s John Lewis Christmas advert.

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