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Finding Love on TV

Jo Boyd | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK Entertainment
Jo Boyd

It is a couple of weeks since my Take Me Out episode aired and I am still asking myself why I did it... We all know that first dates are usually quite nerve-wracking - now imagine being filmed by a camera crew with a microphone recording every embarrassing word that comes out of your mouth. Did it feel natural? No. While the date wasn't scripted, there was plenty of off-camera prompting from producers hoping to spark some romance - which tends to make you think the date is going better than it is.

Why I Use Art to Give Mental Health Stigma the Middle Finger

Brigitte Aphrodite | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK Entertainment
Brigitte Aphrodite

For a lot of people involvement in theatre, music and art can educate. It can battle isolation, loneliness and, as dramatic as it sounds, I believe that the love of art can be a reason to get up in the morning and live! Through the dark periods of my life, art in many different guises has been a glittering light in the darkness.

Reframing The Myth - Illustrating So Much More Than Impairment

Mik Scarlet | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK Entertainment
Mik Scarlet

Anyone who reads my column here in the Huff knows I regularly sing the praises of the Disability Arts Scene. I feel it is a place where art surpasses any constraints of impairment and explodes any stereotypes of disability with creativity and output that challenges the mainstream art world to achieve anywhere near it's standard.

The Fashion Industry Is Walking the Green Mile to Its Demise If It Doesn't Listen to the Cries of the People

Jameela Jamil | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK Style
Jameela Jamil

A wheelchair, a lack of symmetry, a few lumps and bumps, freckles, dark skin, short legs, full arms and frizzy hair, are not bad things. They are part of human beings. They belong to real lives that are being lived everyday, who are being subliminally rejected every single day. It begins with the designers. You have a job to do. You have a platform and a responsibility. You have a power to make anyone in the world feel beautiful at your fingertips, which is one of the greatest gifts you can give to a person. Prove that you have the imagination, will, and basic talent to be able to make something that isn't solely a walking rail, look spectacular.

Kanye West Tweets As Inspirational Quotes Will Give You A Much Needed Lift

The Huffington Post | Elliot Wagland | Posted 03.02.2016 | UK Comedy

Kanye West once declared himself the 'greatest living rock star on the planet' and if that doesn't inspire a generation of budding musicians nothing w...

The Day the Music Died

Lord Clement-Jones | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Politics
Lord Clement-Jones

We cannot have local authorities and police services cracking down on our culture, ripping out the heart of our town centres, and destroying the vibrancy in our local communities. We must seek changes to the law or we risk losing the soul of our public spaces.

'Yen' at the Royal Court - Why Are We So Squeamish About Britain's Underclass on Stage?

Jessie Thompson | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Entertainment
Jessie Thompson

If Yen is trying to tell us one thing, it is that people become brutalized by a system that neglects them, but we can all have a chance if someone or something can remind us that we're not invisible, that we do have something to offer the world.

Spotlight on the Year Ahead in Cinema

Tom Linay | Posted 31.01.2016 | UK Entertainment
Tom Linay

How does cinema follow a year like 2015? A year when three of the top 10 biggest films of all time in the UK were released, including two of the top three. It was a year that also saw the release of the third biggest animated film in history (Minions), and the summer's best blockbuster, Mad Max: Fury Road, just snagged 10 Oscar nominations.

Sir Terry Wogan: A Radio Legend and Why

David Spencer | Posted 31.01.2016 | UK Entertainment
David Spencer

His famous answer to being asked about the millions of listeners he had, was to say he had one listener. There in a single answer, a short sentence, is why Sir Terry Wogan was so good at radio. He made each listener feel like it was they that he was talking to.

The Royal Court Is Making Women Nouns, Not Adjectives - Get Used to It

Jessie Thompson | Posted 30.01.2016 | UK Entertainment
Jessie Thompson

Caryl Churchill's latest play, Escaped Alone, is magnificent. It has all the qualities that mark her out as the greatest living playwright - it's funny, it's complicated, and it's sinister. But what's also important is that this is a play about four women in their 70s, sitting in a garden. It's revolutionary.

Why the Arts Should Embrace Dementia-Friendly Initiatives

Vicky McClure | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK Entertainment
Vicky McClure

Sadly, I know from that personal experience that dementia is one of those illnesses that can be very scary for anybody, especially at the first stage of dementia when there's a state of confusion for everybody. So, I'm really glad the entertainment world is making such a fuss out of dementia because raising awareness is so important to people who have the condition, their carers and loved ones because there is still a stigma attached to it. Unfortunately, there doesn't appear to be a cure for dementia in sight so that means we've got to make sure that people living with dementia can live well in their communities.

Calling Out Sexism and Sexual Harassment in the Music Industry

Lara Baker | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK Entertainment
Lara Baker

While festival bills in the UK and overseas have been criticised in recent years for lacking female musicians, this year Glastonbury's Emily Eavis has made it clear that they intend to lead by example and will be "strong on women". Where Glastonbury leads others follow, so perhaps the industry traditions are slowly beginning to crumble.

It's Not That We Can't Speak - It's That They Don't Want to Listen to Us

Deeyah Khan | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK
Deeyah Khan

The inclusion of Muslim women will take political will, funding to the NGOs that provide vital support, a commitment to listening to Muslim women, and addressing the real problems that confront us: problems of violence, whether in the family, or in the streets. We have been telling the government this for years. But whatever language we speak in, they don't listen to us.

Celebrating Sally - 30 Years on The Street

Martyn Hett | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK Entertainment
Martyn Hett

Everybody knows a Sally Metcalfe. She's the neighbour whose curtains are constantly twitching, desperate to stay one step ahead of the others whilst secretly yearning to fit in. That's probably one of the reasons Sally has become such a national treasure, and today marks 30 years since she first appeared on our screens.

Why Multicultural Communities Are What Makes London (and Britain) Great - and Why We Must Protect Them

Jermain Jackman | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK Entertainment
Jermain Jackman

It's a veritable melting pot of trends, music and culture. The area has produced a diverse array of talent who are widely celebrated today; from esteemed writer (Edgar Allen Poe), to top businessmen (Alan Sugar) and even man-of-the-moment Idris Elba. Local institutions like the 115 year old Hackney Empire has helped provide platforms for this multicultural talent over the years, and the Industrial and Jungle electronic music genres even originated from the area.

Is This The Film To Heal The Oscars' Diversity Wounds?

Caroline Frost | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK Entertainment
Caroline Frost

If you tipped your head in the right direction on Monday evening you probably heard a whoosh of applause coming all the way from the Eccles Theatre at this year's Sundance Festival, where the first of three standing ovations greeted the premiere screening of The Birth of a Nation.

Stepping From Behind the Camera

Alan Edwards | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK Entertainment
Alan Edwards

On a particularly busy day, one of the crew explained to me that making a TV programme was a little bit like giving birth. Nine months of hard work with a wonderful sense of achievement and happiness at the end. They weren't wrong.

How to Interview a Celebrity

Olivia Jones | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK Comedy
Olivia Jones

1. Google them hard Go all the way to page 62 if you have to. Any further is weird. Don't be weird. 2. Note down the good stuff If I was intervie...

Our Creative Industries Help Define Us a Nation - We Must Help Them Stay at the Top of the International League

John Whittingdale | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK Politics
John Whittingdale

While the contribution the Creative Industries make to the UK economy is tremendous, to paraphrase Jessie J, it's not (just) about the money. They play an equally, if not more, important role in helping define us and shaping our national identity. "Britishness" is an intangible thing, something that cannot be explained in figures, or measured in fiscal terms.

Gerard Butler's New Film Just Broke Box Office Records For Worst Tagline Ever

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK Entertainment

Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman have a new film out that promises action, explosions and... godawful punnery. oh my god this tagline no pic.twitte...

How I Turned My Broken Heart Into a Short Film Starring David Tennant

Daisy Aitkens | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK Entertainment
Daisy Aitkens

I want this film to be a love letter to all those people who are worried about saying I Love You. Say it. Trust me. You will learn a lot more about yourself if you stride out and embrace the emotional surf that knocks you off your feet.

Pensioners Urged To Save BBC - By Paying The Licence Fee

The Huffington Post | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 25.01.2016 | UK

A host of 'silver celebrities' will front a campaign to encourage over 75-year-olds to forgo their free TV licence or make a voluntary contribution to...

This Is Quite Possibly The Best Cover Of Adele's 'Hello' Yet

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 24.01.2016 | UK Entertainment

This might well be the best cover of Adele's 'Hello' we've heard. While dozens of covers have made the rounds since the release of the now quintess...

My 'Casualty' Adventure

Hannah Spearritt | Posted 23.01.2016 | UK Entertainment
Hannah Spearritt

I don't want to give away any more storylines but it's all go for Mercedes; she certainly comes with a huge amount of drama in tow! I'm still filming now and will be sad to leave her when the time comes, as it has been such a great job and lovely team to be involved with.

Late 80s to Early 90s - A Golden Era for 'Coronation Street'?

Martyn Hett | Posted 22.01.2016 | UK Entertainment
Martyn Hett

I've spent the past year or so watching episodes from 1988 onwards on YouTube, having currently reached mid-1990. It's been such a delight to watch, with some incredible storylines such as the death of Brian Tilsley, Rita's domestic abuse at the hands of Alan Bradley and Ken's affair with Wendy Crozier.