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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."

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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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Children under three 'should be banned from watching TV'

Dr Aric Sigman - who is also a child health expert - has made a raft of suggestions for children's screen consumption including delaying the age children start using screens to at least three.

Children aged between three and seven should be limited to half-an-hour to an hour of screen time each day, he said.

Those aged seven to 12 should spend just one hour in front of screens.

Children aged 12 to 15 should have a maximum of 1.5 hours in front of screens and those aged 16 and over should spend just two hours, he recommends.

Study: More parents use 'screens' as an electronic babysitter

Writing in the Archives Of Disease In Childhood, Dr Sigman said such extensive use of televisions and tablets could also lead to attention problems and other psychological difficulties.

Parents are using 'tablets' as electronic babysitters, experts have warned Credit: Paul Faith/PA Wire

The amount of time spent in front of a screen could also adversely affect children's social relationships.

He said many parents use the devices as "electronic babysitters" as a means to occupy their children.

"Screen time appears to have created the three-parent family," he added.

Experts call for limit on children's screen time

Limiting the amount of time children spend in front of a screen could have significant advantages for their health and wellbeing, a leading psychologist has said.

The population's vast use of games consoles, tablet computers, televisions, smart phones and laptops has been linked to obesity problems and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes, he warned.

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