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27 April 2016

Press cuttingsHOW 'SCANDI CRIME' MADE A KILLING
BBC
The critical cliche is that in crime fiction much of the heat in recent years has been from the cold north. Nordic Noir has influenced British crime-writing, on television and bookshelves. So what lessons have British writers learned from their northern neighbours? And has the phase passed?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-36106213 
 
MASHROU' LEILA: JORDAN BANS LEBANESE ROCK BAND WITH GAY SINGER
BBC
A Lebanese rock band says it has been banned in Jordan because its music supports religious and sexual freedom.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-36148343 

TRADE UNION BILL: E-VOTING REVIEW AMONG EXPECTED CHANGES
BBC
A review of whether to allow electronic voting in strike ballots is expected to be part of further changes to the government's Trade Union Bill.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-36146561 
 
NO 10 MAKES NEW U-TURN OVER TRADE UNION BILL
GUARDIAN
Government backtracks by agreeing to a longer transitional period and e-voting pilot scheme
http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/apr/26/no-10-makes-new-u-turn-over-trade-union-bill 
BBC IN FIGHT TO KEEP GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF AS RIVALS CIRCLE
GUARDIAN
Talks with producer of most popular show on TV understood to have stalled as it seeks a bigger fee
http://www.theguardian.com/media/2016/apr/27/bbc-great-british-bake-off-as-rivals-circle 
 
BBC AND NETFLIX TEAM UP FOR NEW WATERSHIP DOWN PRODUCTION
GUARDIAN
All-star cast includes John Boyega, James McAvoy, Ben Kingsley, Gemma Arterton, Olivia Colman, Anne-Marie Duff and Nicholas Hoult
http://www.theguardian.com/media/2016/apr/28/bbc-and-netflix-team-up-for-new-watership-down-production 
 
NUJ ACCUSES VICE UK OF 'OLD-FASHIONED UNION-BUSTING RUSE'
GUARDIAN
Media company had offered to set up an internal committee rather than recognise a union for its staff members
http://www.theguardian.com/media/2016/apr/27/nuj-vice-uk-old-fashioned-union-busting-ruse 
 
BBC TO ANONYMISE JOB APPLICATIONS IN SOCIAL DIVERSITY BID
GUARDIAN
Names and universities to be hidden, to help candidates from under-represented groups make it through to interviews
http://www.theguardian.com/media/2016/apr/27/bbc-anonymise-job-applications-social-diversity-interviews 
 
BBC RADIO 4 HIRES GRANTCHESTER AUTHOR AS COMMISSIONING EDITOR FOR ARTS
GUARDIAN
James Runcie, whose novels have been adapted for ITV, to replace Tony Phillips next month
http://www.theguardian.com/media/2016/apr/26/bbc-radio-4-grantchester-author-commissioning-editor-for-arts-james-runcie 
 
JAMES BOND DIRECTOR SAM MENDES TO LEAD VENICE FILM FESTIVAL JURY
GUARDIAN
Spectre director ‘very honoured’ to preside over international panel choosing best film
http://www.theguardian.com/culture/2016/apr/28/james-bond-sam-mendes-venice-film-festival-jury 
 
DAVID CROSS: 'AT LEAST 25% OF AMERICA HAS ALWAYS BEEN RACIST, XENOPHOBIC AND BACKWARDS'
GUARDIAN
Comic and actor David Cross talks the unsurprising rise of Donald Trump, the stupidity of George W Bush – and playing some of the dumbest characters ever written for TV
http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2016/apr/27/david-cross-america-has-always-been-racist-xenophobic-and-backwards 
 
LIVERPOOL EVERYMAN'S RESIDENT ACTORS COULD BECOME LOCAL HEROES
GUARDIAN
Gemma Bodinetz’s plans for a multi-skilled, community-based company with a 50:50 gender split is a bold new vision of the theatre’s 70s rep model
http://www.theguardian.com/stage/theatreblog/2016/apr/27/liverpool-everyman-resident-actors-local-heroes-gemma-bodinetz 
 
SHOW BOAT: THE CLASSIC MUSICAL STILL SHIPSHAPE AFTER ALL THESE YEARS
GUARDIAN
Through intelligent handling of its racial themes, Daniel Evans’s revival has steered this much-loved 1927 show smoothly into the modern age
http://www.theguardian.com/stage/theatreblog/2016/apr/26/show-boat-musical-daniel-evans-new-london-theatre 
 
THE NATIONAL THEATRE'S TEMPORARY SPACE MUST SPARK PERMANENT CHANGE
GUARDIAN
For three years, a bright red box on the South Bank has hosted exciting shows. The National must retain its spirit if it is to truly live up to its name
http://www.theguardian.com/stage/theatreblog/2016/apr/28/national-theatre-temporary-space-must-spark-permanent-change 
 
SEXISM IN ADVERTS TO BE INVESTIGATED BY ADVERTISING STANDARDS AUTHORITY
INDEPENDENT
Members of the public and interested organisations are invited to submit evidence as part of a wider probe into sexism in advertising
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/advertising/sexism-in-adverts-to-be-investigated-by-advertising-standards-authority-a7003966.html 
 
LENNY HENRY TO BE AWARDED SPECIAL PRIZE AT BAFTAS
STAGE
Lenny Henry will be honoured with the special prize at this year's BAFTA Television Awards.
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2016/lenny-henry-to-be-awarded-special-prize-at-baftas/ 
 
ENGLISH NATIONAL BALLET ANNOUNCES PATRICK HARRISON AS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
STAGE
English National Ballet has appointed Patrick Harrison as its new executive director.
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2016/patrick-harrison-appointed-exec-director-of-english-national-ballet/ 
 
SHERMAN CYMRU LAUNCHES BRIG WRITING PROGRAMME FOR WELSH-LANGUAGE PLAYWRIGHTS
STAGE
Sherman Cymru has launched a new writing programme aimed at discovering contemporary Welsh-language playwrights.
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2016/sherman-cymru-launches-brig-writing-programme-for-welsh-language-playwrights/ 
 
BBC2 TO SHOWCASE LIVE PERFORMANCE IN TWO-YEAR ARTS STRAND
STAGE
Live performance is to make a major return to BBC television with a two-year strand that aims to support new work and introduce new audiences to the arts.
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2016/bbc-tv-to-showcase-live-performance-in-two-year-arts-strand/ 
 
 

 
 

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