Benedict Cumberbatch is a thriller for gorilla
Sherlock star attracts the attentions of a western lowland gorilla called Koko who has apparently fallen for his voice after watching DVDs of the actor’s work

“Apparently she has a big crush on him,” she said. “She loves English men.”


BAFTAS 2016 A celebration of television’s brightest stars

Colin Morgan  ‘I’m a massive Fargo fan’

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For four years and 65 episodes of the BBC’s Merlin, Colin Morgan was playing mainly to children. Now he is making TV squarely aimed at grown-ups. To his ongoing turn opposite Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan in serial killer drama The Fall, last year he added a starring role in Humans, Channel 4’s acclaimed artificial intelligence thriller.

“When I did my research I discovered that what I’d read in the script wasn’t too far from reality. It’s pretty crazy,” he says. “The AI theme seems to be really in at the minute.”

Morgan’s other project for the coming year is The Living and the Dead, a new six-part drama for the BBC written by the team behind Life on Mars. Morgan plays the lead. “It’s set in 1894, during the industrial revolution. It’s about a man who inherits a family home, but when he returns to it he’s haunted by a horrific past. I’m looking forward to it. It really explores the line between what is psychological and what is paranormal and is not like anything I’ve done.”

Favourite recent shows: Fargo – I’m a massive Coen brothers fan and I loved the film, so it was exciting to see it work so well as a TV series.

Childhood TV: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Knightmare, the live-action immersive game show for kids.

Game show you’d appear on: I fear game shows – I don’t really like being put on the spot. I’ll say something obstacle-coursey, like Gladiators. Actually that’s getting absolutely pummelled by someone…

Photographer: Jonathan Birch. Colin wears Hudson suit by Kenneth Cole and rollneck by Linea


A celebration of television’s brightest starsThe House of Fraser Bafta TV awards on Sunday 8 May will round off another fantastic year for British talent. In this remarkable portfolio of some of the biggest names on the small screen, everyone from Sharon Horgan to Colin Morgan, and Katherine Parkinson to Stephen Mangan, plus a host of others, reveal their highlights from the TV year.

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#ColinMorgan in in today’s Observer magazine for the BAFTA TV award. jonathanbirch

This one’s of Colin Morgan. A lovely guy who made my job very easy.—

Photographer Jonny Birch on working with Colin Morgan for “@BAFTA 2016: A Celebration of Television’s Brightest Stars” published in @guardian @ObsMagazine

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So in the week (yeah, it’s just been a week) since the Brexit vote, it turns out that the number of racist hate crimes being reported to the police have increased five-fold, with various news organisations reporting on this - CNN, the Metro, the Guardian, the Independent and even the Daily Mail picking up on it.

Five-fold. Five times up. From 63 to about 330, with police saying that these are only the crimes being reported and could be the tip of the iceberg.

But what’s this?

Why, it’s the Daily Express, with their hot take on this hot mess:


Okay then.

The atrocities in Brussels happen almost daily on the streets of Baghdad, Aleppo and Damascus. Western missiles and Isis bombs kill more innocents in a week than die in Europe in a year. The difference is the media response. A dead Muslim is an unlucky mutt in the wrong place at the wrong time. A dead European is front-page news.
—  Simon Jenkins, ‘The scariest thing about Brussels is our reaction to it’, The Guardian
400-year-old Greenland shark is the oldest vertebrate animal

She was born during the reign of James I, was a youngster when René Descartes set out his rules of thought and the great fire of London raged, saw out her adolescent years as George II ascended the throne, reached adulthood around the time that the American revolution kicked off, and lived through two world wars. Living to an estimated age of nearly 400 years, a female Greenland shark has set a new record for longevity, scientists have revealed.

And you’ll never guess how old she has to be before reaching sexual maturity…

Read more about this discovery >>>

Photograph: Paul Nicklen/National Geographic Creative/Getty Images

India’s first trans band

“ It’s not an unusual story: bands are manufactured on talent shows all the time. What is unusual about the story of Jagtap and her five bandmates – Bhavika Patil, Fida Khan, Chandrika Suvarnakar, Asha Jagtap and Ravina Jagtap – is that they are all transgender. What they are doing is revolutionary in a way One Direction or Little Mix could never be.
‘From the outside, I was male,’ says Jagtap, remembering when she was Bhavesh, the son of traditional parents. ‘Inside, I felt like a girl. The way I talked and walked, everyone could see I was different. I used to feel this isn’t my family. I don’t belong here.’”

Via The Guardian


People are decorating Bourse square with chalk messages of peace

A square outside the Bourse in Brussels is being transformed into a giant canvas for messages of peace, solidarity and defiance following today’s attacks.

At least 34 people are dead and 186 injured after blasts at Zaventem airport and Maelbeek metro station. On the afternoon of the explosions, passers-by began to pick up chalk and write messages on the floor. “Fuck terror,” reads one. “Why it’s still happening?” reads another. Others state: “Terror has no religion” and urge people to have chocolates and beer in the face of the attacks.

Pictures credit: Nathan Parker and AP