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Landmark moment for courts as ban on filming is lifted

A ban on filming in court is to be lifted tomorrow in a landmark moment for journalism and the justice system. For the first time, cameras will be able to broadcast from one of the highest courts in the land, the Court of Appeal.

Cameras will be allowed in court from tomorrow. Credit: ITV News

After years of campaigning by broadcasters ITN, Press Association, BBC, and Sky News, cameras have been placed in five courtrooms at the Royal Courts of Justice.

Courts minister: 'Justice must be seen to be done'

The Government said it will now consider filming of sentencing remarks in the Crown Court, with victims, witnesses, offenders and jurors still protected and not forming part of the broadcasts.

This is a landmark moment that will give the public the opportunity to see and hear the decisions of judges in their own words.

It is another significant step towards achieving our aim of having an open and transparent justice system.

We are clear that justice must be seen to be done and people will now have the opportunity to see that process with their own eyes. It will also help further the public's understanding of the often-complex process of criminal and civil proceedings.

– Courts minister Shailesh Vara

A pilot took place in the Court of Appeal in the Royal Courts of Justice in 2005, in which cameras were allowed to film in the court.


Paul Hollywood reveals he lost weight during Bake Off

Paul Hollywood has admitted that he shed pounds while filming The Great British Bake Off - despite the culinary delights on offer - due to stress.

Although the fourth series of Bake Off attracted record ratings, Hollywood did not enjoy the same success in the US, where The American Baking Competition was axed due to poor ratings.

The Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood spoke to the Radio Times. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The 47-year-old told the Radio Times, "I stress out. I've lost a stone and a bit in the past eight months just through work."

The baker, who left his wife of 15 years Alexandra earlier this year, said he does not deliberately watch his weight but he is careful about what he eats in the evenings.

"I tend to eat more in the day. In the evening I drink lots of water and try not to eat anything heavy after six o'clock," he added.

Song choices for X Factor's 'movie week' revealed

ITV's The X Factor has revealed the contestants' song choices for 'movie week'.

  • Abi Alton - Moon River
  • Hannah Barrett - Skyfall
  • Kingsland Road - Oh, Pretty Woman
  • Luke Friend - Kiss From A Rose
  • Miss Dynamix - Dreams
  • Nicholas McDonald - In The Arms Of An Angel
  • Rough Copy - Everything I Do
  • Sam Bailey - My Heart Will Go On
  • Sam Callahan - All I Want Is You
  • Tamera Foster - Listen

Watch the X Factor on ITV this Saturday and Sunday at 8pm and get the latest news at the show's site


Danny Dyer set to become Queen Vic's new landlord

Danny Dyer will become the new landlord of the Queen Vic as he joins the cast of EastEnders this Christmas.

Danny Dyer will be joining the soap with Kellie Bright. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive

The actor, who is known for his role in The Football Factory, will take over the running of the pub before the end of the year.

Dyer, who will take on the role of Mick Carter, will be joined in the Vic by Kellie Bright - who has appeared in Ali G In Da House and the Only Fools And Horses spin-off Rock And Chips - who is to play his wife Linda.

A BBC spokesperson said Dyer's character was a "bloke's bloke" who was also a big softie, they added: "He thinks nothing of throwing on Linda's pink dressing gown and cooking breakfast for the family in the morning before getting the beer barrels ready downstairs."

Dyer said: "I'm so excited about starting a new chapter in my career and I cannot wait to become part of the East End family."

Shameless star to play Tommy Cooper

Shameless actor David Threlfall has landed a role as the late comic Tommy Cooper in a new ITV drama.

The two-hour film called Tommy, will focus on the dilemma the much-loved comedian faced when he fell in love and embarked on an affair with assistant Mary Kay despite being married to wife Gwen.

David Threlfall is best known for his portrayal of Frank Gallagher in the Channel 4 series Shameless. Credit: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

Amanda Redman, who starred in BBC 1 series New Tricks, will play the comic's wife while the role of Mary Kay is yet to be filled.

Andy Harries, the executive producer, said: "Few comics have had such a lasting influence on UK culture as Tommy Cooper.

"The man was a comedy giant who spent his final years juggling his hugely successful public persona with a private passion for two women."

The drama, written by the creator of Men Behaving Badly Simon Nye, will begin filming next month.

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