The Last Jedi praised as ‘best ever’ Star Wars film

The Last Jedi has been hailed as the best Star Wars film ever, while critics and fans have praised Adam Driver’s star-making performance as Kylo Ren.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Blue Peter (Dan Vernon/BBC/PA)

Duke of Cambridge jokes about comparing his Blue Peter badge with the Queen’s

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have followed in the footsteps of the Queen by being awarded a Gold Blue Peter badge.

Harry and William have cameo roles as stormtroopers (Neil Hall/PA)

William and Harry set to join showbiz royalty for Star Wars premiere

The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry are set to join a host of famous faces for the premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi on Tuesday.

Investitures at Buckingham Palace

JK Rowling ‘deeply honoured’ to be made Companion of Honour

Harry Potter author JK Rowling has told of her pride at being made a Companion of Honour at Buckingham Palace.

Robert Smith of The Cure (Yui Mok/PA)

The Cure to celebrate 40th anniversary with Hyde Park show

The Cure will celebrate their 40th anniversary with a headline performance in London’s Hyde Park next summer.

O2 Silver Clef Awards ? London

Status Quo cancel two more concerts in Germany following Rossi illness

Status Quo have announced the cancellation of two more performances in Germany after lead singer Francis Rossi was taken ill.

Danny Boyle (Ian West/PA)

Danny Boyle and Banksy stage ‘alternative nativity’

Film-maker Danny Boyle and graffiti artist Banksy have made an “alternative nativity” for BBC Two.

Theresa May

Gag about Theresa May voted best modern Christmas cracker joke

A gag about Prime Minister Theresa May has won a national competition to write the best modern Christmas cracker joke.

Len Goodman (Guy Levy/BBC)

Ex-Strictly judge Len Goodman praises Shirley Ballas for use of technical terms

Len Goodman says he was told viewers would not understand what he was talking about when he employed technical terms – now also used by Shirley Ballas – as a judge on Strictly Come Dancing.

Chris Gascoyne said he 'struggled with it a bit but in a good way' (Ian West/PA)

Chris Gascoyne: Corrie plot is darkest I’ve ever had

Coronation Street’s Chris Gascoyne has said he struggled with the dark scenes after his character Peter Barlow finds out Billy Mayhew was involved in his sister’s death.

David Walliams

I still have imaginary friends, says writer David Walliams

Writer and comedian David Walliams confessed he still has imaginary friends as he told how he finds inspiration for his children’s books.

Dawn French

We should arm women against sexual harassment, says Dawn French

Actress and comedian Dawn French has called on the acting industry to teach women how to respond to sexual advances.

Jenna Coleman as Queen Victoria in ITV?s drama series Victoria (ITV)

Victoria to return for third series

Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes will return for a third series of royal drama Victoria, ITV has confirmed.

Katie Price

Katie leaves Loose Women in tears after talking about her mum and Keith Chegwin

Katie Price broke down in tears and walked off Loose Women on Tuesday, after speaking about her mum, who has the same incurable disease as the late Keith Chegwin.

Catherine Tyldesley's character gets dressed up to help out in the grotto (Matt Crossick/PA)

Catherine Tyldesley dresses as ‘bondagey reindeer’ for Corrie

Catherine Tyldesley has told how she had to keep her body hidden from view when she FaceTimed her son while dressed as a “bondagey reindeer” for scenes in Coronation Street.

James Blunt (Isabel Infantes/PA)

James Blunt: I pretended I’d played church organ at royal wedding

James Blunt has confessed he tricked people into thinking he had played the church organ at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

John Boyega as Finn (Lucasfilm/Disney/PA)

John Boyega: I tell all Star Wars spoilers to one close friend

Star Wars actor John Boyega has said he lets slip all of the secrets and spoilers of the film to one close friend.

Keith Chegwin has died aged 60 (Ian West/PA)

BBC accidentally airs man making insensitive comment about Keith Chegwin’s death

Television viewers were outraged after the BBC accidentally broadcast a man making an insensitive comment about the death of Keith Chegwin.

Morrissey performs at Glastonbury (Ben Birchall/PA)

Morrissey denies defending Kevin Spacey in Der Spiegel interview

Morrissey has hit out at a write-up of an interview he gave about the Hollywood sex scandal.

Gary Oldman walked the red carpet in London at the premiere of Darkest Hour (Ian West/PA)

Gary Oldman’s Churchill gets seal of approval from ex-prime minister’s family

Gary Oldman has told of his pride after Winston Churchill’s great-grandson addressed him as “great-grandpapa” following his portrayal of the former prime minister.

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