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Naughty Boy: Music’s helping us cope with dementia



Producer Naughty Boy is best known for working with some of the world’s biggest music artists.

Last week his mum received a diagnosis for dementia after having a stroke in 2017.

As part of BBC Music Day, he spoke to the Victoria Derbyshire programme for the first time about its impact and how music is helping the family cope.

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I’m A Celebrity: Inside the world of Jane McDonald fandom




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When Radio 1’s Adele Roberts revealed that the one “luxury item” she’d brought into the I’m A Celebrity camp was a picture of Jane McDonald, it wasn’t just her other campmates who were staring blank-faced.

As Adele proudly held up a framed picture of the former Loose Woman star on Monday night – me, my mates and it seemed every other I’m A Celeb fan on my social media, picked up our phones and searched “Who is Jane McDonald?”

I quickly realised that the singer and TV personality has a dedicated, some might say cult-like following, is hailed as a bit of an icon by the LGBT community and has hundreds of thousands of followers on social media.

So, in a bid to find out more about the TV star hailed by Adele as a “national treasure”, I’ve been speaking to those inside her devoted fan base.

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In her own words, Jane says she’s “been on telly quite a bit”.

She got her break back in 1998 on the BBC’s documentary series The Cruise – which attracted over 10 million viewers – and turned Jane from a cruise ship entertainer into a celebrity. Since then, she’s appeared on ITV makeover show, Star Treatment, and was a Loose Woman from 2004 until 2014.

She has also had a number one self-titled album, and won a BAFTA for her Channel 5 series Cruising with Jane McDonald which sees her travel the world in a series of seriously bouji cruise ships.

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So far I’ve found out that Jane has been famous for basically my whole life. I’m impressed.

She tells Radio 1 Newsbeat that her popularity among younger fans has risen recently.

“I’ve been in the background for quite a while, which is fine, but all of a sudden I don’t know what’s happened”, she said.

“I’m so thrilled… I’m a little bit speechless.”

It seems Jane was almost as baffled as me when she saw Adele hanging up a printed picture of her like a shrine.

“When I saw it, I nearly died,” she says.

Still curious what it is about this particular TV personality that inspires such hero worship in fans of all ages, I asked some super fans to explain the magic of Jane.

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‘A gay icon’

“I don’t know if you’ve been at house party when someone puts on Jane McDonald’s Disco Medley,” says fan Mark Harrop, 30.

I haven’t.

“Madness ensues. It’s horrendously camp… people putting on a pair of heels and a bit of sparkles and even pretending they’re her.”

He says Jane has become a gay icon, and brings fun to what can sometimes be a “gloomy world”.

“She’s someone you want to go and have a bottle of wine with… you can imagine her being one of your mum’s friends.”

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Katie and Jolie have met Jane multiple times

Team Jane

Katie and Jolie, who now run the twitter account Team Jane McDonald, met through their love of Jane.

Jolie says at the age of 13 she was being home-schooled and would watch Jane speak openly about bullying on Loose Women, when her mum had it on.

As a teenager who had few friends, this resonated with her. She says it made her feel less alone.

Jolie’s fascination with Jane increased after she watched her videos on YouTube, and now at the age of 22 she’s met her and seen her perform countless times.

She even has a tattoo of the lyrics to Jane’s song, The Rose, written in the singer’s handwriting on her left rib cage.

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“She didn’t want to do it at first, it took a lot of persuading,” Jolie tells Newsbeat.

A recurring theme when I spoke to both Jolie and Mark was the notion that Jane is hard-working and came from humble beginnings. They say it’s a quality that makes her more relatable and endearing.

“She’s a proper northern lass who has worked so hard,” Mark says.

Jolie agrees: “She’s so ambitious, us young people love seeing that.”

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Line of Duty: Kelly Macdonald to star in sixth series of BBC police drama




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Line of Duty’s sixth series will be filmed next year

Kelly Macdonald is to star in the next series of police drama Line of Duty, as an “enigmatic” DCI whose unconventional conduct raises suspicions.

The Trainspotting star will play Detective Chief Inspector Joanne Davidson, senior investigating officer of an unsolved murder.

Macdonald will join lead actors Martin Compston, Vicky McClure and Adrian Dunbar in the show’s sixth series.

Creator Jed Mercurio said the show was “honoured” to have her on board.

“DCI Joanne Davidson will prove the most enigmatic adversary AC-12 have ever faced,” he continued.

AC-12 is the drama’s anti-corruption branch.

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She can currently be seen alongside Takehiro Hira in Giri/Haji

The Scottish actress recently played a bereaved mother in The Victim and can currently be seen as police officer Sarah Weitzmann in BBC Two’s Giri/Haji.

The 43-year-old made her screen debut in 1996 as Trainspotting’s Diane, the Edinburgh schoolgirl with whom Ewan McGregor’s Renton has a relationship.

Piers Wenger, controller of BBC Drama, described Macdonald as “one of the UK’s most versatile actors”.

“We’re excited for viewers to see what Jed’s scripts have in store for her when she joins the Line of Duty team.”

Thandie Newton, Stephen Graham and Keeley Hawes are among other “guest leads” on BBC One’s hit drama.

Last week, Martin Compston posted a photo of himself with McClure and Dunbar, writing: “Cannae beat a catch up with these two.”

Line of Duty, which first aired in 2012, follows the staff of AC-12 as they investigate their fellow police officers.

The series five finale of Line of Duty is the most watched programme of 2019 so far, with a consolidated viewing figure of 13.7 million.

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James Joyce: Exhuming bones and resurrecting house of The Dead




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This Georgian townhouse on Dublin’s Usher’s Island was the real-life setting of the “world’s greatest short story”

Ireland’s difficult relationship with one of its most famous sons, James Joyce, has been re-exposed by two recent controversies.

The first is a campaign to exhume the author’s remains from his grave in Switzerland and repatriate them to his native Dublin.

The second is a plan to transform the house that provided the setting for one of his most acclaimed works, The Dead, into a 56-bedroom hostel.

Both were met with some incredulity, but also reignited debate about protecting the legacy of one of the world’s most influential authors.

‘Dirty books’

Joyce was born in 1882 but left Ireland in his early 20s and rarely returned to the country so outraged by his literature.

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James Joyce spent most of his adult life living outside Ireland

Until the latter part of the 20th Century, he remained “an anathema to the Irish establishment”, according to Ireland’s best known Joycean scholar.

“They saw Joyce as someone who was anti-Irish; who was profligate; who ran away with a chambermaid; who wrote dirty books,” Senator David Norris explained.

“It’s only in recent years Joyce has become so popular… partly through the revenue that’s generated for tourism.

“Nothing so disinfects a reputation as the clink of money in the till.”

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Senator David Norris has won awards for his contribution to Joyce’s legacy

Senator Norris has been involved in promoting Joyce’s work for decades and helped set up Dublin’s James Joyce Centre in 1996.

In the 1960s, he identified a crumbling Georgian townhouse as the real-life setting of the author’s best-known short story, The Dead.

Shock discovery

Number 15 Usher’s Island was once home to Joyce’s great aunts, who rented the top floors.

The Dead was heavily inspired by dinner parties Joyce attended as a guest of the two women in the 1890s.

The fictional plot focuses on a man who makes a shock discovery about his wife’s past, after attending a party at his aunts’ house on Usher’s Island.

The actual plot is subject to a planning application to transform the building into a hostel and cafe.

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A haunting ballad heard on the staircase of 15 Usher’s Island leads to tragic revelations in Joyce’s The Dead

Critics have condemned the proposal as “cultural vandalism”.

When it became public, 99 writers and artists signed a letter calling on the culture minister to save the house “for the nation and the world”.

Signatories included Salman Rushdie, Ian McEwan, Colm Tóibín and Anne Enright.

Describing The Dead as “the world’s greatest short story”, they said too many places associated with Joyce had already been lost.

The Department of Culture said the planning application was a matter for Dublin City Council.

But it added the building was on Dublin’s “protected structures” list, which placed a duty on planners to “seek to safeguard their future”.

The difficulty in preserving Dublin’s Joycean property portfolio is that the author lived in about 20 homes around the city.

As Joyce’s spendthrift father slid down the social ladder from landlordship to bankruptcy, the family moved house to house to avoid outstanding rent bills.

Many of the houses were unremarkable, except for their famous resident, and some have already been demolished.

The house of The Dead has been a protected structure since 1987, but that did not save it from near ruin.

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Despite its protected structure status, the house fell into a very poor state of repair

By the time barrister Brendan Kilty bought the building in 2000, it had no roof and the rear wall was collapsing.

Ravaged by fire and water damage, it had become a squat for drug addicts.

“There were 20 people living rough here, and on the floor that I’m standing on now, we collected two bucketfuls of heroin syringes,” Mr Kilty said in a 2012 interview.

He secured the structure and spent years transforming it into a visitors’ centre.

But he later went bankrupt and the house was sold in 2017.

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The previous owner of 15 Usher’s Island tried to operate it as a Joyce-themed visitors’ centre

Current co-owner Fergus McCabe has argued a hostel is the “only financially viable” proposal.

He said it would comply with conservation regulations as it involves “little remodelling” of existing floors.

Mr McCabe claimed it would be “foolhardy to repeat” failed efforts to run the entire house as a visitors’ centre, but added they plan to turn part of it into a “cultural facility” dedicated to Joyce.

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Joyce (top left) with his wife and family in Paris in 1934

For Senator Norris, that would not be enough at all.

“To put in nearly 60 bedrooms would certainly change the internal structure of the house and I think that would be a shame,” he said.

However, he worries the house could lapse into dereliction if there was a protracted legal dispute.

The senator also acknowledges the government funds several other Joyce-themed tributes and “can’t take over everything”.

Dublin City Council is still considering the application and said a decision is due “no later than” 19 December 2019.

‘Divided opinion’

Joyce died in Zurich in 1941, having not set foot in Ireland during the latter half of his life.

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James Joyce is buried in a family plot in Fluntern cemetery, Zurich

According to Senator Norris, his widow wanted his body repatriated after World War Two but a reluctant Irish government “scuppered” efforts.

Last month, two Dublin councillors proposed asking the current government to repatriate Joyce’s remains before 2022 – the centenary of the publication of his novel Ulysses.

Councillor Dermot Lacey has since decided not to proceed.

He told BBC News NI the campaign “divided opinion” and it was unclear if it was supported by the Joyce’s surviving relatives.

But Councillor Paddy McCartan said he was “not going to drop the idea” until it was debated as it had “considerable support” among Dubliners.

However, he too said he would ultimately respect the family’s wishes.

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