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William G Stewart, 15 to 1 host, dies aged 84

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Image caption Stewart originally wanted Jonathan Ross to present the Channel 4 quiz show

William G Stewart, the TV producer and director who became the long-time host of quiz show 15 to 1, has died aged 84.

“Sadly William G Stewart passed away peacefully this morning surrounded by his family after a brief illness,” his agents confirmed.

Stewart, a former Butlins redcoat who began his television career behind the camera, presented the Channel 4 show from 1988 to 2003.

His stern, no-nonsense demeanour made him a firm favourite with viewers.

‘Like a severe teacher’

Yet his background was in TV sitcoms, producing and directing such comedies as Father Dear Father, Bless This House and Love Thy Neighbour.

In the 1980s he turned to game shows, working on such ITV favourites as Family Fortunes and The Price is Right.

He originally wanted Jonathan Ross to present 15 to 1, only taking the job himself when nobody more suitable could be found.

The show saw 15 contestants try to avoid elimination by either answering questions correctly or having other contestants answer first.

“They always thought I was like a severe teacher,” Stewart told the BBC in 2009. “I was described as a geography master standing in front of pupils.”

Image caption The former producer made occasional TV appearances after his time on 15 to 1 ended

The idea for 15 to 1 came from a former British Telecom sales manager who gave Stewart a 12-month option to explore its potential.

The producer paid £200 for the privilege, later calling it “the best money I’ve ever spent in my life”.

The show returned to Channel 4 as Fifteen to One in 2014 after an 11-year break, hosted by Sandi Toksvig.

Stewart – whose middle initial stood for Gladstone – continued to make sporadic TV appearances after his stint on 15 to 1 ended.

In 2009, for example, he appeared on Daily Politics to express his support for the licence fee.

His support for the BBC, though, did not stop him criticising the corporation for allegedly vetoing him as a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing.


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‘Dark’ version of Sabrina the Teenage Witch planned by television network The CW

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A new version of Sabrina the Teenage Witch is being made by the CW Network.

At the moment, it’s a one-off TV special called The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and will air as a companion episode to the new series of Riverdale.

Directed by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, it’ll tell the story of Sabrina’s occult origins.

It’ll see her struggle to reconcile her dual nature of being half-witch and half-mortal while protecting her family and the world from the forces of evil.

According to various reports in America, the rebooted show will take inspiration from horror films like 1968’s Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist from 1974.

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

In January director Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa hinted to Entertainment Weekly that Sabrina would be returning.

“Some people don’t even know that Sabrina is in the Archie family,” he said.

“There is absolutely a universe where Sabrina pops up in Riverdale or one town over in Greendale.”

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is an Archie Comics spin-off series from Afterlife with Archie – which is about a zombie apocalypse that begins in the town of Riverdale.

KJ Apa, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart

Image caption KJ Apa, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse and Lili Reinhart play the lead roles in the TV show Riverdale

Casting and more news on the series will be revealed in the coming months.

The CW Network also broadcasts shows like Supergirl, Arrow, The Flash, Supernatural and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.

The original Sabrina the Teenage Witch sitcom ran on ABC from 1996 to 2003 and featured Melissa Joan Hart in the lead role.

Melissa Joan Hart and Salem

Image caption The original Sabrina the Teenage Witch was also given advice by her talking black cat, Salem

She played 16-year-old high school student Sabrina Spellman, who found out she was a witch and is offered advice by her two aunts Zelda and Hilda.

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Fifteen to One host William G Stewart dies

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A legendary figure in UK television, Stewart was also the producer and director of The Price is Right and Family Fortunes.

A representative said in a statement that he had died “peacefully” and “surrounded by his friends and family” on Tuesday morning.

Quiz show Fifteen to One with host William G Stewart in 1990. Pic: FremantleMedia Ltd/REX/Shutterstock
Image:Stewart hosting Fifteen to One in 1990. Pic: FremantleMedia Ltd/REX/Shutterstock

Stewart fronted the Channel 4 general knowledge show Fifteen to One, often called the toughest quiz show on television, from its inception in 1988 until 2003.

He famously said that his idea for the show came from a BT salesman, John M Lewis, who sold a 12-month option to the show for £200.

“It was a good idea, and knowing that it had already been rejected by nine other producers and sensing that John would probably be very keen to make any sort of positive progress, I made him an offer,” Stewart wrote in the Daily Mail.

William G Stewart on The Price Is Right. Pic: ITV/REX/Shutterstock
Image:Stewart on The Price Is Right. Pic: ITV/REX/Shutterstock

“That £200 was the best money I’ve ever spent in my life.”

Fifteen to One went on to air for 2,265 episodes, including 34,000 contestants and 350,000 questions.

Stewart also produced drama for television, including Tickets for the Titanic and sitcom Bless This House.

He married his third wife Laura Calland, a voice-over artist on Fifteen to One, in 1997.

sad news about William Gladstone Stewart. A lovely man, a consummate tv professional and of course, host of 15 to 1 long before I stepped up

— Sandi Toksvig (@sanditoksvig) 21 September 2017

News of Stewart’s death prompted condolences and praise from television critics and personalities in the UK.

Sandi Toksvig called him a “lovely man” and a “consummate TV professional”.

Channel 4 said it was “saddened” by news of the death of a “broadcasting legend”, adding that Stewart’s “inimitable style set Fifteen to One apart from other quiz shows”.

After 11 years off air Fifteen to One was revived in the spring of 2014, with Toksvig replacing Stewart as presenter.

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Picasso nudes to be reunited after 85 years

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The trio of nudesImage copyrightSuccession Picasso/DACS London
Image caption The works were last seen together at Picasso’s first full-scale retrospective

Three nudes depicting Pablo Picasso’s lover are going on display together for the first time in 85 years.

A new show at Tate Modern will see the works reunited, having last been shown alongside each other in 1932, the year they were painted.

Picasso created the nudes, featuring Marie-Therese Walter, in five days.

He had begun the affair with the woman, who was 28 years his junior, five years previously but it was kept a secret as he was married.

Rare international loans

The Mirror, Nude in a Black Armchair and Nude, Green Leaves and Bust were displayed when Picasso held his first full-scale retrospective in Paris and Zurich.

It was the first the world knew of the blonde woman in his life. She had been 17 when they met, while the artist was 45 and living with wife Olga Khokhlova. Picasso and Walter went on to have a daughter together in September 1935.

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Image caption 1932 was a pivotal year for the artist

Picasso’s relationships are central to understanding his art, said Tate Modern exhibitions director Achim Borchardt-Hume.

“Picasso is a little bit like the Church of England,” said the co-curator of the show. “You can’t talk about the latter without talking about Anne Boleyn.

“You can’t talk about Picasso without talking about his wife and his lover.”

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Image caption A close-up look at The Mirror

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Image caption The Dream has never been exhibited in the UK before

But he admits the age gap between the pair is “tricky” for today’s audience.

The trio of nudes will arrive at Tate Modern’s Picasso exhibition, along with other rare international loans, after “two years of diplomacy”, curators said.

Other highlights of the 2018 show include Le Reve (The Dream), which has never been exhibited in the UK before and sold for more than £100m.

Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy will focus on an “extraordinary” and “pivotal” 12 months for the artist. It runs from 8 March to 9 September next year at Tate Modern.


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Banksy Liverpool murals sold for £3.2m to Qatari buyer

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Image caption The Liverpool Rat mural failed to sell at auction in 2014

Five murals by street artist Banksy have been sold to a buyer from the Middle East for £3.2m.

The works, which include his famous 40ft (12m) by 20ft (6m) Liverpool Rat, were sold to a Qatari buyer.

Consultancy Samuel Beilin and Partners sold the Liverpool murals on behalf of a client who wished to remain anonymous.

Some of the works had been due to be part of a new defunct street art gallery in the city’s Chinatown.

The Liverpool Rat mural, which was painted on the outside of the derelict former Whitehouse pub in 2004, failed to sell at a London auction in 2014.

The four other Banksy works that were sold are: Love Rat, Never Liked The Beatles, Secured and Love Plane.

A spokesman for Samuel Beilin said their client had bought the works from several Liverpool properties but was selling them to a Middle East buyer who may put them on public display.

The murals, most of which are on plaster, will be stripped intact off the walls and sealed with a varnish to allow them to be transported.

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Entammede Jimikki Kamal: The song that’s got EVERYBODY dancing

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There’s a new summer hit in town, which has got the internet up on its feet.

A song called Entammede Jimikki Kamal has become famous around the world after people decided it’s the next big song for a dance challenge.

One routine in particular from the Indian School of Commerce has shot to stardom, with over 16 million views already.

Now, the original video for the song has over 20 million views too.

Watch the video to see what the hype is all about!

Video courtesy of ISC – Indian School of Commerce, Satyam Audios and Storyful Viral

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Arnold Yorkshire-negger: Star works out at gym

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The actor and former politician trained at the 1-RM training studio in the Yorkshire city as he was visiting for a performance on stage.

The 70-year-old seven-time Mr Olympia champion spent an hour at the gym from 10am after his session was arranged by a “friend of a friend”.

The studio was closed while the Hollywood icon worked out, but several members of staff had the chance to meet their hero.

Arnold Schwarzenegger with Leeds gym owner Ricky Moore
Image:Schwarzenegger poses for a selfie with Leeds gym owner Ricky Moore.

Owner, Ricky Moore, said: “It was only the staff here. I told them he was coming.

“He was here for an hour. He did some chest, a bit of back. He was very approachable – a lovely, nice guy.

“He said to me before he left, ‘thank you, Ricky, I’ll be back’.”

He was in Leeds for a performance of his one-man interview show An Experience with Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The action star is due to reprise his previous roles as robot killer The Terminator and Conan the Barbarian over the next two years.

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Weather presenter breaks wrist in welly race

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“Fell on set”, she tweeted, posting a picture of herself in hospital with her left arm bandaged and a sling around her neck.

The presenter, 59, who used to work for ITV but is now employed by US broadcasters, said she could not thank the NHS enough after being treated first in Tewkesbury and then Cheltenham.

“About to go in to surgery,” she said. “Staff here are beyond superb.

“I’m overwhelmed by how lovely and efficient everyone’s been. Even got a piece of home-baked cake from a paramedic! Long live the NHS!”

Responding to a series of questions on Twitter, the presenter admitted her fall may eventually be seen on TV, saying: “Fell whilst racing against a colleague on a show. It’s all been filmed!”

Despite sounding cheerful, Sian said she was sad to be off work while she recovers.

Working for US TV means she is travelling the world, she said, but “this broken wrist will mean cancelling quite a lot of filming in the near future. Sob”.

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Netflix pulls Maya the Bee episode after obscenity complaint

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Maya the Bee screen grabImage copyrightStudio 100 Animation
Image caption The current Maya the Bee series has been running since 2012

Streaming service Netflix has removed an episode of animated series Maya the Bee after a viewer complained it contained an explicit drawing.

A screen grab of the offending scene appears to show an outline of a penis etched on a log in the background.

The 35th episode of the show’s first season was pulled after US mother Chey Robinson posted a clip on Facebook,

Netflix – which does not make the show – said it did not have a comment on the subject.

Studio 100 Animation, the Paris-based Belgian company that made the 2012 instalment, has yet to comment.

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Image caption Episode 35 of Maya’s first season can no longer be accessed on Netflix

The latest Maya the Bee series has been running since 2012, though the character first appeared in a book a century earlier.

The TV show – which is not available to UK Netflix subscribers – inspired a film version that was released in the UK in 2015.

Cheeky animators have a history of sneaking in suggestive imagery into cartoons, apparently in the expectation their private jokes would remain so.

In 1991’s An American Tail: Fievel Goes West, for example, a doodle of a penis can fleetingly be seen.


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