The head of BBC Films is worshipped by everyone from Rachel Weisz to Steve McQueen. How did an ex-heroin addict become the biggest hitmaker in British cinema?
Once upon a time, movie moguls were cinema’s biggest mystery. Wreathed in cigar smoke and secrets, the puppet masters who ran the studios were even less knowable than the stars they made and broke.
That is no longer true. Since the fall of Harvey Weinstein, cinema’s big backstage players must be an open book. Press is now necessary – and, for most, highly desirable. Continue reading...
Ardeer, Ayrshire: This semi-open expanse is now valuable open mosaic habitat, beloved by beetles and solitary bees
A red light had been spinning as we crept along the fenceline, but I hadn’t understood it was a warning until the blast went off. I jumped and screamed. We were exploring the ruins of an old explosives factory, and for a moment I thought we were done for.
Once a vast complex of sand dunes and salt marsh, the Ardeer peninsula near Irvine became a cradle of industry in the 19th century, when Alfred Nobel’s dynamite works were constructed on this remote stretch of coastline. At its height, it supported 13,000 jobs, but those days are now long gone. Continue reading...
Racing driver Billy Monger has celebrated his first victory since a near-fatal crash cost him both of his legs.
The home secretary will warn UK nationals who are there without good reason they are "on notice".
Theresa May is preparing to put the final touches on her "bold offer" to MPs in a fourth and final attempt to get her Brexit deal through parliament.
A lack of support in schools and the community in England is contributing to the problem, says a report.
What do people living in the village of Meriden think about the EU elections?
Something odd is happening in the depths of Derbyshire. And it's all to do with European elections no one thought for a minute we would be taking part in.
Tory MPs to call for action amid reports No 10 has blocked move to limit scope for prosecutions.
Chloe Phippard says taking part in the trial will give her daughter Ava a chance of "a normal life".
The Royal College of Nursing wants tougher safe staffing rules as 40,000 posts are vacant.
Unregulated accommodation for children aged 16 and over has increased by 70% in a decade, Newsnight learns.
Many of Monday's papers feature the royals, while a row has broken out over cannabis prescriptions.
Transgender patients are still waiting for a clinic to launch two years after it was first announced.
Visual artist Ruth Sutoye explores the experiences of bald black women – sexual harassment was a clear theme.
Two friends set up a "girl group" to save other women from "toxic friendships" and loneliness in Middlesbrough.
The Welsh Government is accused of taking "no clear action" to tackle the issue.
MoD document rewritten in 2018 says there is ‘presumption’ that UK will not proceed if risk of torture use by third party
The Ministry of Defence has insisted that newly emerged departmental guidance on the sharing of intelligence derived from torture with allies, remains in line with practices agreed in the aftermath of a series of scandals following the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Continue reading...
An MoD document discretely rewritten in November 2018 and made public on Sunday night says that UK ministers can share information obtained from third parties where there is a “serious risk” of torture “if ministers agree that the potential benefits justify accepting the risk and the legal consequences that may follow”.
In a statement, the department said that the Investigatory Powers Commissioner’s Office, which regulates government conduct in the area, was “entirely satisfied” with the MoD’s “activities and standards in this area”.
It added that “all our policy and activities in this area comply with the Cabinet Office’s consolidated guidance” on torture which was last published in November 2011, by then prime minister David Cameron in response to a series of torture and rendition scandals the decade before.
The carefully written 2011 document says that while the UK does “not participate in, solicit, encourage or condone the use of torture,” a violent practice on which it notes that there is “an absolute prohibition of … international law”.
But it also says that when Britain works with other countries where “a serious risk of torture at the hands of a third party remains, our presumption would be that we will not proceed” – therefore not completely ruling out obtaining intelligence via the illegal practice.
A year ago a group of human rights organisations, including Repreive, Redress and Amnesty International complained that the UK was recasting its guidelines in torture in secret. Writing to the then foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, the human rights groups said: “We therefore have serious concerns that the government may be seeking to amend or even water down its guidance on torture behind closed doors.”
Cameron’s government rewrote the consolidated guidance and agreed to make it public after the Guardian highlighted a series of cases in which terrorism suspects were tortured by overseas intelligence agencies while being asked questions that had been drawn up by the UK’s intelligence agencies.
The child art prodigy makes his first trip abroad as he follows in the footsteps of his favourite painters.
Britain's Manchester Airport said on Sunday it is working on fixing a fuel supply problem at the airport that was caused by a power issue, leading to flight delays.
About 80 trains a day were significantly late and another 660 trains per day were cancelled.
MPs and peers say plans for register of foreign-owned property should not be delayed
Proposals for the first register of foreign-owned property aimed at preventing “McMafia-style” money laundering should be put in practice urgently and reinforced to plug potential loopholes, the government has been told.
Draft legislation contains insufficient verification checks to deter criminals from submitting false information and could allow those exploiting trusts to circumvent controls, MPs and peers have said. Continue reading...
Operators have stepped up efforts to avert fiasco similar to 2018, the worst year on record
Rail passengers in the UK endured the worst year on record for delays and cancellations in 2018, it has emerged, as commuters brace for a new timetable change.
Rescheduling on British railways last May was the catalyst for chaos and disruption, particularly in the north-west and south-east. An estimated 4m hours were lost to passengers over the year through major delays, with 80 trains every day on average held for half an hour or more, according to the consumer group Which?. Continue reading...
Family and friends of Emiliano Sala say they want someone to be held accountable for his death.
Knife crime and gang culture has left a quarter of young people feeling unsafe where they live, according to research given exclusively to Sky News.
Hundreds of children with autism or a learning disability are admitted to mental health hospitals where they can suffer "nightmare" failures of care, the children’s commissioner for England has found.
Ireland's deputy prime minister says "the personality might change" but the Brexit deal will not.
Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis enjoy playing at the Chelsea Flower Show.
Damning Human Rights Watch report accuses the government of breaching its duty
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has accused the UK government of breaching its international duty to keep people from hunger by pursuing “cruel and harmful polices” with no regard for the impact on children living in poverty.
Examining family poverty in Hull, Cambridgeshire and Oxford, it concluded that tens of thousands of families do not have enough to eat. And it revealed that schools in Oxford are the latest to have turned to food banks to feed their pupils. Continue reading...
British Prime Minister Theresa May's new Brexit offer to UK lawmakers retains the Northern Irish backstop and does not add anything new on customs arrangements, The Telegraph newspaper reported late on Sunday.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's children have made a rare public appearance to visit their mothers "Back to Nature" garden at the Chelsea Flower Show.
Model railway club members have been left "overwhelmed" after people donated more than £30,000 from around the world when their collections were trashed by vandals.
Thousands of passengers are stranded at Manchester Airport after dozens of flights were cancelled and delayed due to fuel supply problems.
Families forced to use food banks in the UK are being denied a fundamental human right, according to a new report.
British racing driver Billy Monger claims his first victory since having both legs amputated after a crash two years ago.
A man is in a critical condition after being shot in the stomach in a barber shop.
A "power issue" affects fuelling at Manchester Airport, causing delays and cancellations.
Home Office says 20 people found on boats on Saturday and a further 32 on Sunday
More than 50 migrants have been found in the Channel travelling towards the UK over the weekend.
Two more incidents were reported involving 32 migrants off the Kent coast on Sunday, the Home Office said, after 20 were found in boats on Saturday. Continue reading...
England complete a 4-0 series victory over Pakistan with a 54-run victory at Headingley.
The French film producer was murdered in Ireland in 1996 and a trial will soon begin in Paris.