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Russia Suspected of Leaking Sherlock Finale

Dubbed version appeared a day before BBC aired it

(Newser) - Russian authorities are suspected of doing something Sherlock's producers might consider as dastardly as meddling in the US election: leaking the hit BBC detective series' season finale online. A Russian-language version of the fourth season finale appeared on Saturday, a day before the BBC aired it, and evidence including... More »

Bowie Didn't Know He Was Dying Until the Very End

Yet he was still fighting, 'Lazarus' director says in new doc

(Newser) - The music video for "Lazarus" shows David Bowie in a hospital bed, his eyes masked by bandages, as he sings, "Look up here, I'm in heaven, I've got scars that can't be seen." It was while filming that video three months before his death... More »

New Real Housewives Spoof Gets Controversial Fast

BBC sketch comedy show satirizes an all-too-real terror group

(Newser) - The new BBC sketch comedy show Revolting didn't wait long before jumping into controversy: Its very first episode featured a Real Housewives of ISIS skit, Rolling Stone reports. It's exactly what you'd expect—a spoof of Bravo's Real Housewives franchise in which the wives of ISIS... More »

Jennifer Lawrence Chided for Telling 'Whitest Story Ever'

She seems to think it's funny, not so much everyone who watched her tell it

(Newser) - Jennifer Lawrence is often applauded for her funny, down-to-earth stories, but the one she told on the BBC 's Graham Norton Show over the weekend fell flat, the Guardian reports. Norton asked Lawrence about an incident that occurred while she was filming The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in Hawaii... More »

Journo Fired for Ignoring Prince George's Birth Gets $65K

Former BBC producer in Sri Lanka opted to cover Sri Lankan news instead

(Newser) - Not everyone was swept up by Royal Baby fever back in 2013, but not everyone lost their job for ignoring the birth of Prince George , either. A little bit of satisfaction and about $65,000 now belongs to Chandana Keerthi Bandara, a former producer for the BBC's Sri Lankan... More »

'Traumatizing' Rabbit Classic Getting a Remake

Ben Kingsley, John Boyega to star in 'Watership Down'

(Newser) - Ben Kingsley has played Gandhi, Sweeney Todd, and now … a rabbit? The esteemed English actor will team up with John Boyega (Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens) to star in an animated remake of what Indiewire calls "everyone's favorite traumatizing book for children": Richard Adams' 1972... More »

Matt LeBlanc's New Gig Is Kinda Historic

He'll be the first non-Brit to host 'Top Gear'

(Newser) - Former Friends star Matt LeBlanc will be joining the BBC's popular Top Gear program, presenting the revamped car show with Chris Evans, the British broadcaster said Thursday. LeBlanc, who starred as Joey Tribbiani on the NBC sitcom Friends, is the first non-British actor to host the BBC show in... More »

Trouble With Key Witness in 'VIP Pedophile Ring'?

Report casts doubts on claims of top-level sex abuse

(Newser) - A British investigation into an alleged pedophile ring at the highest levels of government may be based on fantasy, according to a BBC report. The report found that a key witness, who says he was abused by a ring that included top politicians, generals, and intelligence chiefs in the 1970s... More »

BBC's 'British Netflix' Is Coming to America

New service will be launched next year

(Newser) - Good news for American Anglophiles: The BBC is starting a new US service in the hope that American viewers can offset a potential fall in revenue at home. The Netflix-style online subscription service will be launched next year, and while big hits like Sherlock are tied up in deals with... More »

Reporter Next to Burning Heroin Can't Stop Giggling

BBC's Quentin Sommerville posts video of failed news report from Middle East

(Newser) - Christmas came early for BBC reporter Quentin Sommerville's nearly 25,000 Twitter followers after he posted a rather hazy link yesterday: footage of him reporting next to a pile of flaming drugs. Or trying to report, as he bursts into uncontrollable laughter just a few seconds into the taping.... More »

'Impossible Orchestra' Performs Beach Boys Classic

Supergroup includes Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, Lorde, and many more

(Newser) - The BBC managed to put together one of the greatest "supergroups" of all time: 27 famous artists who came together to perform the Beach Boys classic "God Only Knows." Brian Wilson is there, of course, but other singers include Stevie Wonder, Pharrell Williams, Lorde, Kylie Minogue, Dave... More »

Coming to iTunes: 59 Beatles Rarities

Studio outtakes, live performances in 'new' batch

(Newser) - It took years for the Beatles to arrive on iTunes—but a treat for Fab Four fans could help make up for the wait. Fifty-nine rare tracks will arrive today, a mix of live BBC performances, demos, and studio outtakes. Previously, the recordings were only available as bootlegs, the Guardian... More »

Too Much Copper in Diet May Boost Alzheimer's Risk

Trick is finding the right balance, new study suggests

(Newser) - New research suggests that too much copper in our diets is harmful when it comes to Alzheimer's, reports the BBC . That's especially worrying because copper is so tough to avoid: It's found in fruits, vegetables, red meats, shellfish, vitamin supplements—and of course, water, thanks to copper... More »

BBC Guy on Wimbledon Champ: She's No 'Looker'

John Inverdale is predictably sorry

(Newser) - Apparently, the fact that Wimbledon is a test of athletic prowess with no evening gown competition has been lost on at least one BBC announcer, who is backpedaling as mightily as he is gracelessly after inferring that yesterday's women's champ, Marion Bartoli , had to work hard because she'... More »

Country We View Most Positively Is...

...Germany, according to a BBC poll

(Newser) - When it comes to the country we view most positively, Germany gets the most thumbs up, at least according to the BBC's annual Country Ratings Poll . Some 26,000 people were asked whether they view a country's world influence as "mainly positive" or mainly negative" (they were... More »

Rare Dialect Dying in US: Texas-German?

Last speakers in their 60s, as professor tries to preserve it

(Newser) - Another unique American dialect is fading into obscurity, and it's a safe bet that most never knew it existed in the first place: "Texas German." It's so unusual that University of Texas linguist professor Hans Boas tells the BBC he has "found no two speakers... More »

Yet Another BBC Host Cops to Sex Abuse

Stuart Hall, 83, admits to assaulting 13 victims

(Newser) - BBC idols continue to tumble in a continuing sex abuse investigation that's forcing the broadcaster to report on itself . The latest disgraced icon: Radio personality Stuart Hall, 83, who has admitted to 14 charges of indecent assault against girls. The youngest of his 13 victims was just nine years... More »

British Sex Abuse Probe Snares Another TV Legend

Rolf Harris, 83, suspected of 'sexual offenses'

(Newser) - A sex-scandal probe has led to the arrest of another legend of British television. British police last year launched Operation Yewtree following allegations against the late Jimmy Savile, who has since been called one of Britain's biggest-ever sex predators. Now, it's Australian-born Rolf Harris, 83, who's suspected... More »

BBC Blasted for Covert Reporting Trip to N. Korea

London School of Economics irate journos traveled with students

(Newser) - On the heels of a child abuse scandal , the BBC finds itself embroiled in another controversy—this time over covert reporting in North Korea. The London School of Economics says the media organization "deliberately misled" and endangered 10 of its students during a trip to the country that included... More »

Cops: Savile Among Biggest Sex Predators in UK History

Police say a staggering 450 victims have come forward

(Newser) - When allegations of sex abuse surfaced against the once-beloved British entertainer Jimmy Savile, police initially thought there were 25 to 50 victims, reports AP . A three-month police investigation out today shows that Savile, who died in 2011 at age 84, was a much bigger monster than that, reports the Guardian... More »

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