BBC Somali radio and text via new app

BBC Somali news headlines and radio programmes are now available globally via the free BBC Somali App. Launched by BBC World Service and the in-language mobile distribution platform AudioNow, the app can be accessed on mobile phones, tablets or other connected devices. It is available through the iOS and Android app stores (via the AudioNow Digital account). The light-touch BBC Somali App provides free radio programmes globally through an audio player, or via a standard-rate telephone call in selected territories. Headlines and news summaries in text are also available globally…

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Mariella Frostrup and The Reverend Richard Coles to host BBC One’s Big Painting Challenge

Presented by Mariella Frostrup and The Reverend Richard Coles, BBC One challenges ten creative and inspired contestants to pick up their paintbrushes and dust off their palettes to join The Big Painting Challenge. Ten passionate amateur artists undertake an intensive, six-week, artistic boot-camp, in a bid to perfect their skills and be crowned the overall champion. Inspiring mentors Diana Ali and Pascal Anson will guide the ten new contenders – all with diverse artistic backgrounds – through different painting challenges in five separate disciplines. Each episode will ask them to…

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BBC Radio 1’s Future Festival to showcase hottest new talent of 2017

BBC Radio 1’s Future Festival returns on Tuesday 17 January to reveal the hottest new acts of 2017. In an intimate gig co-hosted by Radio 1’s MistaJam and Huw Stephens and broadcast live on BBC Radio 1 from the legendary BBC Maida Vale Studios, the three-hour show (7pm-10pm) will look ahead at the year to come, with performances from rising stars: Alma The Amazons The Big Moon Dave Declan McKenna Jorja Smith Nadia Rose THEY MistaJam says: “This year’s Future Festival line-up features some of the most exciting and diverse…

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NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY TO STAGE FIRST MAJOR EXHIBITION DEVOTED ENTIRELY TO CÉZANNE’S PORTRAITS

Cézanne Portraits 26 October 2017 – 11 February 2018 at the National Portrait Gallery, London www.npg.org.uk Tickets with donation: Full price £20/Concessions £18.50 Tickets without donation: Full price £18/Concessions £16.50 Free for Members and Patrons npg.org.uk/Cezanne #CézannePortraits The National Portrait Gallery is to stage the first exhibition devoted entirely to portraits by Paul Cézanne, it was announced today, Thursday 8 December 2016. This major new exhibition, Cézanne Portraits, will bring together for the first time over 50 of Cézanne’s portraits from collections across the world, including works never before on…

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Sherlock – most watched programme across all channels over festive season for second year running

Sherlock: The Six Thatchers was the most watched programme over the festive season across all channels, with 11.3 million viewers tuning in according to consolidated viewing data issued today. The 90-minute episode, which aired on New Year’s Day 2017, achieved a consolidated audience share of 37.8 percent. Sue Vertue, producer of Sherlock, says: “We are absolutely thrilled that over 11 million people tuned in to The Six Thatchers on New Year’s Day and over the past week. It’s a show we love to make so it’s fantastic that it’s also…

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Jim Sturgess and Agyness Deyn lead cast for Hard Sun – BBC One’s new pre-apocalyptic crime drama

Jim Sturgess (One Day, The Way Back) and Agyness Deyn (Sunset Song) play detectives Robert Hicks and Elaine Renko, partners and enemies in contemporary London, who seek to enforce the law and protect their loved ones in a world that every day slips closer to certain destruction. Robert Hicks (Sturgess) is a family man and a great, committed copper. He’s also profoundly corrupt. Elaine Renko (Deyn) is difficult and damaged… and utterly incorruptible. Hicks and Renko stand on different ends of the social and moral spectrum. They also seriously distrust…

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Holiday Inn Express, Milton Keynes

Well this is my last breakfast in this hotel after a three night stay.  On the whole I’ve been very impressed.  The whole place is spotless, from the rooms to the reception. My room was somehow repaired from me from my tossing and turning each night when I got back in the evening (not the beds fault which is wonderfully comfortable, but from the heat!  I could not turn it down past 19 which is far past my comfort zone). We are ready for Christmas with surprisingly tasteful decorations dotted…

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