It’s the news all you Crystal Maze purists out there have been dreaming of.
The show’s original presenter Richard O’Brien WILL be making an appearance when the show returns this month after all!
Fans of the show were a teeny bit disappointed when the 74-year-old star was overlooked in favour of comedian Stephen Merchant for the upcoming celebrity reboot – and Channel 4 bosses were clearly listening to their moans.
Richard, who presented the show for four series before Ed Tudor-Pole took over, will pop up at the beginning of the show via a video link.
Rumour has it he can’t resist a jibe at his replacement, either – telling Merchant that “that bloke off Doctor Who” would’ve been a far better choice.
In case you hadn’t heard, David Tennant was widely tipped to present the show before The Office writer finally got the nod.
Still not enough Richard? Well, if the promo shots are anything to go by, Crystal Maze bosses have insisted in trussing up Stephen Merchant in a lurid waistcoat, long shiny coat, cravat and pair of oversized glasses in a bid to give him the quintessential O’Brien look.
Oh, and they’ve also shaved his hair off. Squint hard enough and it could be 1990.
Veteran actress Maureen Lipman will also crop up on the show as fortune teller Mumsey, presenting comedian Josh Widdecombe with a series of clues while flirting outrageously. The character was played by Carry On actress Sandra Caron in the ’90s original.
Celebrity contestants on the show, which has been commissioned to raise money for the Stand Up To Cancer charity, are Michelle Keegan, Jonnie Peacock, Sara Cox and team captain Rio Ferdinand. You can see it at 9pm on October 16 on Channel 4.
We can’t wait!
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Tom Hardy reads New Year CBeebies Bedtime Story
Tom Hardy is to read a CBeebies Bedtime Story to little ones across the country this New Year’s Eve.
He tells the tale of a boy going to a party as he reads You Must Bring a Hat, by Simon Philip and Kate Hindley.
Little ones, and the grown-ups, can see more of Tom later in the new
year when he reads more CBeebies Bedtime Stories. Tom was joined by his
dog Woodstock for the filming.
Tom joins the list of celebrities who have presented a CBeebies
Bedtime Story, including Emilia Fox, Damian Lewis, David Tennant, Tim
Peake, Nadiya Hussain, Warwick Davis, Derek Jacobi, Maxine Peake, James
McAvoy and David Hasselhoff.
Other CBeebies Bedtime Stories over Christmas and the New Year will
be read by Isla Fisher, Maureen Lipman, Justin Fletcher, Sam Nixon and
CBeebies Bedtime Stories is on CBeebies every day at 6.50pm.
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Ich war wahrscheinlich der Letzte, der den Film noch nicht gesehen hatte. Meister Polanski, sonst Gruselexperte, erzählt die wahre aber sehr unwahrscheinliche Geschichte wie der Warschauer Pianisten Wladyslaw Szpielman das Ghetto und den Krieg überlebte, sehr sachlich und unbeteiligt, und zeigt vielleicht gerade genau damit das wahre Grauen.
If Thou Must Love Me
by Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861)
Read by Maureen Lipman
If thou must love me, let it be for nought
Except for love’s sake only. Do not say,
“I love her for her smile — her look — her way
Of speaking gently, — for a trick of thought
That falls in well with mine, and certes brought
A sense of pleasant ease on such a day” —
For these things in themselves, Belovèd, may
Be changed, or change for thee — and love, so wrought,
May be unwrought so. Neither love me for
Thine own dear pity’s wiping my cheeks dry, —
A creature might forget to weep, who bore
Thy comfort long, and lose thy love thereby!
But love me for love’s sake, that evermore
Thou may'st love on, through love’s eternity.