Timber from Banksy’s Dismaland is being sent to the migrant camp at Calais to build shelters.
Banksy’s pop-up art installation, Dismaland, is being dismantled but he’s made a very special request and one which will help thousands of people living in extremely difficult conditions. The Bristol based artist is sending timber from his ‘bemusement park’ installation to Calais where it will be used to build shelters for the refugees currently living in shanty town like conditions close to the French port.
An example of Banksy's work at the Stealing Banksy? exhibition in London, April 2014.
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The Jimmy Savile play is having a hard-hitting effect on audiences.
A victim of the notorious paedophile Jimmy Savile has spoken of feeling "quite unwell" after watching the new London play An Audience with Jimmy Savile in which Alistair McGowan plays the predatory presenter.
Alistair McGowan plays the predatory presenter Jimmy Savile
The controversial play provoked a mixed response though McGowan's performance was described as "uncanny" and former victim of Savile Karin Ward described the play as "absolutely fantastic."
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Alistair McGowan will play Jimmy Savile in Jonathan Maitland's play.
Journalist Jonathan Maitland has announced that his new play will be An Audience with Jimmy Savile, with the impressionist and actor Alistair McGowan in the lead role. The play will draw on transcripts of interviews with the former TV star - considered one of the biggest predatory sex offenders in history.
Alistair McGowan will play the lead in Jonathan Maitland's Jimmy Savile play
"It is one of the biggest stories of the last five years," he said. "It has changed everything; it has changed the way we look at abuse, it has changed the way we prosecute it, it has changed attitudes towards it, the way we treat the survivors of it.
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Year six pupils at the school were sent home with copies of the script
Parents of children at Scargill Junior School in Rainham, Essex have expressed their dismay following the cancellation of 'Lights Camera Action!', a school play featuring a caretaker charachter called Will Fixit - based on Savile's BBC show Jim'll Fix It.
"He's a real life superhero, bet he'd look real good in tights,” read lyrics from the musical. "With your box of tricks you're never short of jobs to do. So many things need mending, everyone's depending on you."
Picture: Jimmy Savile's funeral in 2011
Jim Davidson has had all sexual offences allegations dropped.
Jim Davidson says he is "delighted" after the attorney general of the Falkland Islands confirmed that the comedian will not be prosecuted for an alleged sex offence from the 1980s.
Jim Davidson Is Free To Go!
In a statement, Mark Lewis said a file of evidence had been reviewed and "no further action" would be taken. The allegation against Mr Davidson, 60, related to a trip the comedian made to the islands in 1980s, to entertain troops.
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Stuart Hall, at the age of 83, will spend over a year in prison for sexually abusing young girls.
Stuart Hall's prison sentence was passed down at Preston Crown Court on Monday (June 17, 2013), with the veteran BBC broadcaster told he will serve 15 months for sexually abusing under-age girls. Hall, 83, of Wilmslow, Cheshire, had admitted to 14 offences that occurred between 1967 and 1985. One of the girls was just nine-years-old when Hall assaulted her.
The broadcaster's barrister Crispin Aylett told the court that Hall has "all of 13" victims, compared to Jimmy Savile's 1,300. Prosecuting barrister Peter Wright QC said Hall's first victim was 16 at the time of the assault, with the TV personality meeting her at a prize giving ceremony at the BBC studios in Piccadilly, Manchester.
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Jimmy Tarbuck has been questioned by police over his alleged involvement in a child sex-abuse cae from the 70's.
Jimmy Tarbuck is the latest celebrity to be tarnished by claims that he sexually assaulted children throughout his decade-spanning career on television. The allegations, stemming from the inquest started by the revelations into Jimmy Savile's depraved life, claim that Tarbuck sexually assaulted a boy during the seventies in the North Yorkshire town of Harrogate.
Tarbuck was quizzed by North Yorkshire police at his home in Kingston, Surrey, for some hours before being freed on bail on April 26. The news was kept under-wraps by police until now, although it had been known for some weeks that police were questioning a 73-year-old household name in connection to the ongoing Operation Yewtree, the inquest started by the Savile scandal. When asked about his accusation this weekend, he replied: "I'm not commenting on this. You need to speak to my solicitor."
Jimmy Tarbuck, with his wife (left) and daughter Liza (right) at a recent charity event.
The Exposure documentary aired by ITV last year has won two awards at the Royal Television Society TV Journalism Awards.
The ITV documentary that sparked the Jimmy Savile sex scandal has won two prizes at the Royal Television Society TV journalism awards. The Guardian reports that Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile won ‘scoop of the year’ and ‘best current affairs programme’ and ITN also won an award for its news coverage of the Savile scandal, as it unfolded. Channel 4 also walked away with a record number of six awards.
Exposure beat a Panorama investigation to both of its awards. The BBC Panorama programme investigated people with severe brain injuries and their ability to communicate. The Exposure documentary, about the allegations made against Jimmy Savile and his alleged sexual abuse of a number of children, is understood to be the reason that many of Savile’s former victims eventually spoke out and approached the police with their stories of his past crimes. Police have since received a staggering number of calls in relation to Savile’s crimes and he is understood to have abused hundreds of victims during his time working as a BBC presenter.
After an investigation, the Pollard report was published last year, criticising senior BBC executives for shelving a Newsnight investigation into the allegations and instead choosing to air a tribute to the disgraced presenter. On Friday, the transcripts of the internal inquiry into the Newsnight investigation will be published, according to the Guardian report.
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A repeated episode of children’s BBC show The Tweenies, that was initially show in 2001, has come under fire after it portrayed a spoof of the disgraced late disc jockey and television presenter Jimmy Savile.
The repeat of the episode was shown on the channel CBeebies on Sunday (January 20, 2013), and showed the character Max appearing in a blonde wig, wearing Savile’s trademark tracksuit and copying his accent and catchphrases. The character was hosting a spoof of a Top Of The Pops show. Given the current furore over Savile’s sexual practices, with the victims of his actions during his life running into the hundreds, the timing of the repeat hasn’t gone down well, with the BBC receiving 216 complaints about the show since yesterday morning.
With media watchdog Ofcom assessing whether any broadcasting rules had been broken, the BBC issued the following the statement: "This morning CBeebies broadcast a repeat of an episode of the Tweenies, originally made in 2001, featuring a character dressed as a DJ impersonating Jimmy Savile. This programme will not be repeated and we are very sorry for any offence caused." The Tweenies was cancelled in 2003 but has been repeated regularly on the CBeebies channel ever since.
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The BBC have had to apologise after its much loved children's show The Tweenies saw one of its characters dress up as Jimmy Savile.
Few things are taboo to joke about anymore. Judging by movies and television, casual racism, rape and pedophilia are sadly up for grabs when it comes for looking for laughs, but one name that continues to haunt and shock the nation is 'Jimmy Savile'.
Since the revelation of his predatory and pedophilic behaviour the topic,= in general has been treated with much seriousness (forget Ali-G at the Comedy Awards), so for a children's television programme to have one of its characters dress up as Savile is fairly shocking. In the episode 'Max' wore the wig and shiny jumpsuit that the television star was famed for. In their defence, however, this episode was filmed back in 2001 and was simply a repeat. However, due thought should certainly have been given to its content.
Jimmy Savile Thursday 18th December 2008 Sir Jimmy Savile poses at Gold's Factory Outlet where he wore a suit to help promote the store's deal of a suit for £1 when buying one at full price in Golders Green London, England