The second semi-final for the Eurovision Song Contest will take place on 12 May 2022 at 8.00pm gmt.21.00 CET. Eighteen countries will participate in the second semi-final. Those countries plus Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom will vote in this semi-final. (Country/band,Singer/ Song title)
English actress, writer and comedienne Catherine Tate was born 12th May in 1968. Tate began her television acting career with roles in serial dramas such as The Bill, and London’s Burning, and started stand-up comedy in 1996, she also appeared in comedy series such as The Harry Hill Show, Barking and That Peter Kay Thing and a role in Men Behaving Badly. She played the part of Kate in the unaired pilot episode of sitcom Not Going Out alongside Lee Mack and Tim Vine. In 1998 she wrote and starred in Barking, a late night sketch show broadcast on Channel 4 and featuring a host of stars such as David Walliams, Peter Kay and Mackenzie Crook. She then became involved with Lee Mack’s Perrier Comedy Award-nominated New Bits show at the Edinburgh Film Festival in 2000. In 2001, she returned to the festival with her own sell-out one-woman show, which was followed by roles in Big Train, Attention Scum and TVGoHome. After being spotted at Edinburgh, she was given the role of Angela in the comedy, Wild West, with Dawn French, who commented “Catherine Tate is far too talented and she must be destroyed.” Tate has also performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and at the National Theatre.She played Smeraldina in a 2000 RSC production of A Servant to Two Masters, and had a role in The Way of the World at the National Theatre. Tate was approached at a post-show party at the Edinburgh Festival by the BBC controller of comedy , who encouraged Tate to develop her character ideas, especially to push the boundaries with teenager Lauren Cooper, after following this advice, Tate found the audience walking out of the show repeating the character’s catchphrase Am I bovvered?
Tate was given her own programme on BBC Two in 2004, which she co-wrote and starred in with Derren Litten, entitled The Catherine Tate Show, which ran for three series. Two of the show’s well-known characters are teenager Lauren Cooper and Joannie “Nan” Taylor, the cockney grandmother.Tate won a British Comedy Award for Best Comedy Newcomer for her work on the first series of The Catherine Tate Show, and with the first series becoming a success, in March 2005, Tate made a guest appearance during the BBC’s Comic Relief as the character of Lauren from The Catherine Tate Show. In November 2005, Tate appeared in another charity sketch as part of the BBC’s annual Children in Need telethon. The segment was a crossover between EastEnders and The Catherine Tate Show, featuring Eastenders characters Peggy Mitchell, Little Mo Mitchell and Stacey Slater, whilst Tate appeared as Lauren. , she was also a guest star at the 77th Royal Variety Performance and appeared again in the guise of Lauren Cooper. During the sketch, Tate looked up at the Royal Box and asked The Queen, “Is one bovvered? Is one’s face bovvered?”. Tate later won a British Comedy Award for Best British Comedy Actress for her work in the second series of The Catherine Tate Show. At the end of 2005, she appeared in the BBC television adaptation of Bleak House. The third series of The Catherine Tate Show aired in 2006, going on to win the National Television Award for most popular comedy as voted for by the public.
Following the success of The Catherine Tate Show, Tate played Donna Noble in the 2006 Christmas special of Doctor Who and later reprised her role, becoming the Doctor’s companion for the fourth series in 2008 after suddenly appearing in the TARDIS at the end of the episode “Doomsday”. The following episode, the Christmas special entitled “The Runaway Bride”, saw Tate’s character in a major role, and she became the Doctor’s companion until she met the Oood and decided she’d had enough.
Tate has also appeared in may other programs including three film roles including, Starter for 10, Sixty Six, and Scenes of a Sexual Nature, as well as the films Mrs Ratcliffe’s Revolution, and Love and Other Disasters. she played the lead role and co-starred with Anne Reid In the 2007 television adaptation of the novel, The Bad Mother’s Handbook, and On 16 March 2007, Tate appeared for a second time on Comic Relief as some of her well-known characters from The Catherine Tate Show. She has also acted in sketches with David Tennant, Daniel Craig, Lenny Henry and the then Prime Minister Tony Blair, and also appeared as Joannie “Nan” Taylor in an episode of Deal or No Deal, hosted by Noel Edmonds. In 2011, she began a recurring role as Nellie Bertram on The Office. Tate has won numerous awards for her work on the sketch comedy series The Catherine Tate Show as well as being nominated for an International Emmy Award and seven BAFTA Awards. She is a Patron of the performing arts group Theatretrain.
Best known as the author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the English author Douglas Adams sadly died 11 May 2001. He was born 11th March 1952 in Cambridge, England, and attended Primrose Hill Primary School in Brentwood. At nine, he passed the entrance exam for Brentwood School, an independent school whose alumni include Robin Day, Jack Straw, Noel Edmonds, and David Irving. Griff Rhys Jones was also a year below him. He attended the prep school from 1959 to 1964, then the main school until December 1970. He became the only student ever to be awarded a ten out of ten by Halford for creative writing, Some of his earliest writing was published at the school, such as reports or spoof reviews in the school magazine Broadsheet He also designed the cover of one issue of the Broadsheet, and had a letter and short story published nationally in The Eagle. in 1965, he was awarded a place at St John’s College, Cambridge to read English, Which he attended from 1971, though the main reason he applied to Cambridge was to join the Footlights, an invitation-only student comedy club that has acted as a hothouse for some of the most notable comic talent in England. he graduated from St. John’s in 1974 with a B.A. in English literature.
After university Adams moved back to London, determined to break into TV and radio as a writer. The Footlights Revue appeared on BBC2 television in 1974 and also performed live in London’s West End which led to Adams being discovered by Monty Python’s Graham Chapman. The two formed a brief writing partnership, earning Adams a writing credit in episode 45 of Monty Python for a sketch called “Patient Abuse”, which plays on the idea of mind-boggling paper work in an emergency, a joke later incorporated into the Vogons’ obsession with paperwork. Adams also contributed to a sketch on the album for Monty Python and the Holy Grail. During this time Adams also continued to write and submit other sketches elesewhere, though few were accepted. In 1976 his career had a brief improvement when he wrote and performed, to good review, Unpleasantness at Brodie’s Close at the Edinburgh Fringe festival.Some of Adams’s early radio work included sketches for The Burkiss Way in 1977 and The News Huddlines. He also wrote the 20 February 1977 episode of the Doctor on the Go,television comedy series, with Graham Chapman, and later became the script editor for Doctor Who.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was a concept for a science-fiction comedy radio series pitched by Adams and radio producer Simon Brett to BBC Radio 4 in 1977. Adams came up with an outline for a pilot episode, as well as a few other stories (reprinted in Neil Gaiman’s book Don’t Panic: The Official Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Companion) that could potentially be used in the series. It started life in 1978 as a BBC radio comedy and a after the first radio series became successful, Adams was made a BBC radio producer, working on Week Ending and a pantomime called Black Cinderella Two Goes East. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was also developed into a series of five books that sold over 15 million copies in his lifetime, a television series, several stage plays, comics, a computer game, and in 2005 a feature film. Adams’s contribution to UK radio is commemorated in The Radio Academy’s Hall of Fame.
Adams also wrote Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (1987) and The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (1988), and co-wrote The Meaning of Liff (1983), Last Chance to See (1990), and three stories for the television series Doctor Who. A posthumous collection of his work, including an unfinished novel, was published as The Salmon of Doubt in 2002. Adams sent the script for the HHGG pilot radio programme to the Doctor Who production office in 1978, and was commissioned to write The Pirate Planet . He had also previously attempted to submit a potential movie script, which later became his novel Life, the Universe and Everything (which in turn became the third Hitchhiker’s Guide radio series). Adams then went on to serve as script editor on the show for its seventeenth season in 1979. Altogether, he wrote three Doctor Who serials starring Tom Baker as the Doctor: The Pirate Planet, City of Death and Shada Adams also allowed in-jokes from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to appear in the Doctor Who stories he wrote and other stories on which he served as Script Editor. Elements of Shada and City of Death were also reused in Adams’s later novel Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, Adams is also credited with introducing a fan and later friend of his, the evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, to Dawkins’s future wife, Lalla Ward, who had played the part of Romana in Doctor Who.
Adams also played the guitar left-handed and had a collection of twenty-four guitars when he died in 2001 and also studied piano in the 1960s with the same teacher as Paul Wickens, the pianist who plays in Paul McCartney’s band (and composed the music for the 2004–2005 editions of the Hitchhiker’s Guide radio series). The Beatles, Pink Floyd and Procol Harum all had important influence on Adams’s work. Adams included a direct reference to Pink Floyd in the original radio version of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, in which he describes the main characters surveying the landscape of an alien planet while Marvin, their android companion, hums Pink Floyd’s “Shine on You Crazy Diamond”. This was cut out of the CD version. Adams also compared the various noises that the kakapo makes to “Pink Floyd studio out-takes” in his nonfiction book on endangered species, Last Chance to See.
Adams’s official biography shares its name with the song “Wish You Were Here” by Pink Floyd. Adams was friends with Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour and, on the occasion of Adams’s 42nd birthday (the number 42 having special significance, being the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe and Everything and also Adams’s age when his daughter Polly was born), he was invited to make a guest appearance at Pink Floyd’s 28 October 1994 concert at Earls Court in London, playing guitar on the songs “Brain Damage” and “Eclipse”. Adams chose the name for Pink Floyd’s 1994 album, The Division Bell, by picking the words from the lyrics to one of its tracks, namely “High Hopes”.
Gilmour also performed at Adams’s memorial service following his death in 2001, and what would have been Adams’ 60th birthday party in 2012. Douglas Adams was also a friend of Gary Brooker, the lead singer, pianist and songwriter of the progressive rock band Procol Harum. Adams also appeared on stage with Brooker to perform “In Held Twas in I” at Redhill when the band’s lyricist Keith Reid was not available. Adams was also an advocate for environmental and conservation causes, and a lover of fast cars, cameras, and the Apple Macintosh, and was a staunch atheist. Biologist Richard Dawkins also dedicated his book, The God Delusion, to Adams, writing on his death that, “Science has lost a friend, literature has lost a luminary, the mountain gorilla and the black rhino have lost a gallant defender.
The first semi-final for the Eurovision song contest takes place on 10 May 2022 at 21:00 Seventeen countries will participate in the first semi-final. Those countries plus France and Italy will vote in this semi-final. Russia was originally allocated to participate in the second half of the first semi-final, but was excluded from the contest due to the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine. here is the list of competitors (Country -Name of singer/band -Song title)
🇦🇱 Albania-Ronela Hajati -Sekret
🇱🇻 Latvia – Citi Zēni-Eat your Salad
🇱🇹 Lithuania – Monika Liu – Sentimental
🇨🇭Switzerland- Marius Bear – Boys do cry
🇸🇮 Slovenia – LPS – Disko
🇺🇦 Ukraine – Kalush OrchestrA – Stephania
🇧🇬 Bulgaria -Intelligent music project – Intention
🇳🇱 Netherland – S10 – De diepte
🇲🇩 Moldova – Zdob și Zdub and Advahov Brothers – Trenulețul”
The Virgin Media BAFTA TV Awards took place on Sunday 8 May on BBC One and was hosted by Richard Ayoade
An Audience With Adele (ITV) Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway (ITV) WINNER Life & Rhymes (Sky Arts) Strictly Come Dancing (BBC One)
Cathy Tyson – Help (Channel 4) WINNER Céline Buckens – Showtrial (BBC One) Emily Mortimer – The Pursuit of Love (BBC One) Jessica Plummer – The Girl Before (BBC One) Leah Harvey – Foundation (Apple TV+) Tahirah Sharif – The Tower (ITV)
Big Zuu’s Big Eats (Dave) WINNER Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Fishing (BBC Two) Sort Your Life Out (BBC One) The Great British Sewing Bee (BBC One)
Alma’s Not Normal (BBC Two) Motherland (BBC Two) WINNER Stath Lets Flats (Channel 4) We Are Lady Parts (Channel 4)
Callum Scott Howells – It’s a Sin (Channel 4) David Carlyle – It’s a Sin (Channel 4) Matthew Macfadyen – Succession (HBO/Sky Atlantic) WINNER Nonso Anozie – Sweet Tooth (Netflix) Omari Douglas – It’s a Sin (Channel 4) Stephen Graham – Time (BBC One)
Reality and constructed factual
Gogglebox (Channel 4) WINNER Married at First Sight UK (E4) RuPaul’s Drag Race UK (BBC Three) The Dog House (Channel 4)
Best Female performance in a comedy program
Aimee Lou Wood – Sex Education (Netflix) Aisling Bea – This Way Up (Channel 4) Anjana Vasan – We Are Lady Parts (Channel 4) Natasia Demetriou – Stath Lets Flats (Channel 4) Rose Matafeo – Starstruck (BBC Three) Sophie Willan – Alma’s Not Normal (BBC Two) WINNER
It’s a Sin (Channel 4) Landscapers (Sky Atlantic/HBO) Stephen (ITV) Time (BBC One) WINNER
Best factual series
The Detectives: Fighting Organised Crime (BBC Two) 9/11: One Day in America (National Geographic) Undercover Police: Hunting Paedophiles (Channel 4) Uprising (BBC One) WINNER
Male performance in a comedy programme
Jamie Demetriou – Stath Lets Flats (Channel 4) WINNER Joseph Gilgun – Brassic (Sky Max) Ncuti Gatwa – Sex Education (Netflix) Samson Kayo – Bloods (Sky One) Steve Coogan – This Time With Alan Partridge (BBC One) Tim Renkow – Jerk (BBC Three)
Alison Hammond – I Can See Your Voice (BBC One) Big Zuu – Big Zuu’s Big Eats (Dave) WINNER Graham Norton – The Graham Norton Show (BBC One) Joe Lycett – Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back (Channel 4) Michael McIntyre – Michael McIntyre’s the Wheel (BBC One) Sean Lock – 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (Channel 4)
An Audience With Adele – Adele is surprised by the teacher who changed her life (ITV) I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! – Ant and Dec dig at Downing Street’s lockdown parties (ITV) It’s a Sin – Colin’s devastating Aids diagnosis (Channel 4) RuPaul’s Drag Race UK – Bimini’s verse ‘UK Hun?’ (BBC Three) Squid Game – red light, green light game (Netflix) Strictly Come Dancing – Rose and Giovanni’s silent dance to Symphony (BBC One) WINNER
Comedy entertainment programme
The Graham Norton Show (BBC One) The Lateish Show With Mo Gilligan (Channel 4) WINNER Race Around Britain (Munz Made It/YouTube) The Ranganation (BBC Two)
Best Drama series
In My Skin (BBC Three) WINNER Manhunt: The Night Stalker (ITV) Unforgotten (ITV) Vigil (BBC One)
David Thewlis – Landscapers (Sky Atlantic/HBO) Hugh Quarshie – Stephen (ITV) Olly Alexander – It’s a Sin (Channel 4) Samuel Adewunmi – You Don’t Know Me (BBC One) Sean Bean – Time (BBC One) WINNER Stephen Graham – Help (Channel 4)
Best Leading Actress
Denise Gough – Too Close (ITV) Emily Watson – Too Close (ITV) Jodie Comer – Help (Channel 4) WINNER Kate Winslet – Mare of Easttown (Sky Atlantic/HBO) Lydia West – It’s a Sin (Channel 4) Niamh Algar – Deceit (Channel 4)
Black Power: A British Story of Resistance (BBC Two) Freddie Mercury: The Final Act (BBC Two) The Missing Children (ITV) WINNER Silenced: The Hidden Story of Disabled Britain (BBC Two)
The Brit Awards 2021 (ITV) The Earthshot Prize 2021 (BBC One) WINNER The Royal Legion Festival of Remembrance (BBC One)
Short form programme
Hollyoaks Saved My Life (YouTube) Our Land (Together TV) WINNER People You May Know (Financial Times) Please Help (Tiger Aspect Pro)
Fearless: The Women Fighting Putin (ITV) WINNER Four Hours at the Capitol (BBC Two) The Men Who Sell Football (Al Jazeera English) Trump Takes on the World (BBC Two)
9/11: Inside the President’s War Room (BBC One) Grenfell: The Untold Story (Channel 4) My Childhood, My Country – 20 Years in Afghanistan (ITV) WINNER Nail Bomber: Manhunt (Netflix)
Best Single Drama
Death of England: Face to Face (Sky Arts) Help (Channel 4) I Am Victoria (Channel 4) Together (BBC Two) WINNER
Soap and continuing drama
Casualty (BBC One) Coronation Street (ITV) WINNER Emmerdale (ITV) Holby City (BBC One)
Channel 4 News: Black to Front (Channel 4) Good Morning Britain: Shamima Begum (ITV) ITV News at Ten: Storming of the Capitol (ITV) WINNER Sky News: Afghanistan: Endgame (Sky News)
The Chase WINNER Moneybags Richard Osman’s House of Games Steph’s Packed Lunch
The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix (Sky Sports F1) WINNER ITV Racing: The Grand National (ITV) Tokyo 2020 Olympics (BBC One) Uefa Euro 2020 Semi-final: England v Denmark (ITV)
Best International program
Call My Agent! (Netflix) Lupin (Netflix) Mare of Easttown (Sky Atlantic/HBO) Squid Game (Netflix) Succession (Sky Atlantic/HBO) The Underground Railroad (Amazon Prime) WINNER
Best known as the creator and illustrator of The Mr Men & Little Miss books, The English children’s author and illustrator, Roger Hargreaves, was born 9th May 1935 in a private hospital at 201 Bath Road, Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire to Alfred Reginald and Ethel Mary Hargreaves. He grew up at 703 Halifax Road, Hartshead Moor, Cleckheaton, outside of which there now is a commemorative plaque. He attended Sowerby Bridge Grammar School (now Sowerby Bridge High School). He then spent a year working in his father’s laundry and dry-cleaning business before gaining employment in advertising.
Hargreaves always wanted to be a cartoonist, and in 1971, while working as the creative director at a London firm, he wrote the first Mr. Men book, Mr. Tickle. Initially he had difficulty finding a publisher, but once he did the books became an instant success, selling over one million copies within three years. In 1974 the books spawned a BBC animated television series, narrated by Arthur Lowe. A second series the following year saw newer titles transmitted in double bill format with those from the first series. By 1976, Hargreaves had quit his day job. In 1981 the Little Miss series of books was launched, and in 1983 it also was made into a television series, narrated by Pauline Collins, and her husband John Alderton. Although Hargreaves wrote many other children’s stories—including the Timbuctoo series of 25 books, John Mouse and the Roundy and Squarey books—he is best known for his 46 Mr. Men and 33 Little Miss books. The books were intended for very young readers, and featured simple and humorous stories, always with a moral at the end. and featured brightly-coloured, boldly drawn characters and illustrations,
Unfortunately Roger Hargreaves sadly passed away in 1988, however his Mr Men and Little Miss series of books which have been part of popular culture since 1971, remain popular and have sold in excess of 85 million copies worldwide and have also been translated into at least 20 languages and have won numerous awards including The Best Books of the Year in 1983.
Best known for his tough-guy leading roles in television series including The Sweeney, Minder and New Tricks, English actor and singer Dennis Waterman tragically died 8 May 2022. He was born in Clapham, London. 24 February 1948 and educated at the Granard Primary School, a state primary school on the Ashburton Estate in Putney, South-West London, followed by Corona Stage School, an independent school at Ravenscourt Park in Hammersmith in West London. Boxing was a big part of Waterman’s childhood. His father had been an amateur boxer and made all of his sons box. His older brother Ken first took Dennis boxing when he was three years old, and when he was ten Dennis joined Caius Boxing Club. Another older brother, Peter, was a welterweight boxing champion.
Waterman’s 60 year acting career began in childhood. His first role was in Night Train for Inverness. He appeared in two small stage roles for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s 1960 season. In 1961, at the age of 13, he played the part of Winthrop Paroo in the Adelphi Theatre production of The Music Man. A year later, he starred as William Brown in the BBC TV series William based on the Just William books of Richmal Crompton. Waterman played the role of Oliver Twist in the production of the Lionel Bartmusical Oliver! staged at the Mermaid Theatre, London, in the early 1960s, and appears on the cast recording released in 1961. Waterman was a series regular in the 1962 CBS comedy FairExchange, playing teenager Neville Finch. In 1963, he took a “starring” role in the Children’s Film Foundation film Go Kart Go.
Waterman was in the original cast of Saved, the play written by Edward Bond, and first produced at the Royal Court Theatre in November 1965. He had a major role in the feature film version of Up The Junction (1968) in which he played Peter, boyfriend to Polly (Suzy Kendall).
During the early 1970s, Waterman appeared in the BBC television series Colditz as a young Gestapoofficer. He played the brother of a victim of Count Dracula (Christopher Lee) in the Hammer film Scars of Dracula and the boyfriend of Susan George in Fright. He appeared alongside Richard Harris and John Huston in a Hollywood western, Man in the Wilderness. He was a member of the company of actors who featured in The Sextet (1972), a BBC 2 series which included the Dennis Potter drama Follow the Yellow Brick Road, and Waterman later appeared in the same dramatist’s Joe’s Ark (Play for Today, 1974). Both plays were directed by Alan Bridges. Also in 1974, Waterman appeared in episode 4 of the second series of the comedy programme Man About the House entitled “Did You Ever Meet Rommel”, in which he played a friend of Robin, a German student by the name of Franz Wasserman (an evident play on his own surname).
He became a household name as DS George Carter in The Sweeney during the 1970s. As well as starring as Terry McCann in Minder, Waterman sang the theme song, “I Could Be So Good for You”, which was a top three UK hit in 1980 and a top ten hit in Australia.. It was written by his then-wife Patricia along with Gerard Kenny. Waterman also recorded a song with George Cole: “What Are We Gonna Get For ‘Er Indoors?” In 1976, Waterman released his first album, Downwind of Angels, Featuring the single, “I Will Glide” and In 1978, Waterman returned to the RSC to play Sackett in Bronson Howard’s comedy Saratoga.
During the 1980’s Waterman starred as club captain. Bob Jones, in a television film entitled The World Cup: A Captain’s Tale (1982). The true story of West Auckland F.C., a part-time side who won the Sir Thomas Lipton Trophy, sometimes described as the ‘First World Cup’. In 1982, Waterman starred in the musical Windy City alongside Anton Rodgers, Diane Langton, Victor Spinetti and Amanda Redman, with whom Waterman had an eighteen-month affair during the run of the musical and with whom he later went on to star in the TV series New Tricks. For his next role
Waterman took the lead male role in the BAFTA Award-winning BBC adaptation of Fay Weldon’s The Life and Loves of a She-Devil (1986) andIn 1983, Waterman narrated an eight-part BBC documentary series about Asian martial arts titled The Way of the Warrior. In 1988, Waterman voiced Vernon’s dim-witted, stupid and food loving sidekick Toaster in the children’s animated series Tube Mice which also starred George Cole. Waterman next appeared as Thomas Gynn in the comedy drama Stay Lucky(1989–93), with Jan Francis and Emma Wray; self made millionaire Tony Carpenter in the sitcom On the Up (1990-2) and John Neil in the mini series Circles of Deceit (1995–96). Between 1997 to 1999, he appeared as John Danson (the head of the largest UK smuggling network) in series 3 and 4 of the crime drama The Knock. Between 2003 and 2014.He was a regular cast member in every season of New Tricks, until He left the series during its final season in 2015.
He has also recited excerpts from the journal of Walter H. Thompson for the UK history series Churchill’s Bodyguard, appeared on stage in Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell by Keith Waterhouse and starred as Alfred P. Doolittle in the 2001 London revival of My Fair Lady. He narrated the reality-format television programme Bad Lads’ Army and appeared in the 2009 BBC2 miniseries Moses Jones. In 2020, Waterman starred in the Australian drama-comedy film Never Too Late which had been filmed in Adelaide, South Australia the previous year. In total he appeared in 29 films, the last of which was released in 2020 and will be sadly missed.
Often cited as “the architect of rock and roll”, American singer, songwriter, musician, recording artist, and actor Little Richard (Richard Wayne Penniman) sadly died 8 May 2020. He was born December 5 in 1932 and began performing on stage and on the road in 1945, when he was in his early teens, and began his recording career on October 16, 1951 by imitating the gospel- influenced style of late-1940s jump blues artist Billy Wright, who was a friend who gave him the opportunity to record his first song.However His early fifties recordings, did not achieve remarkable commercial success, and it was not until 1955, under the guidance of Robert “Bumps” Blackwell, that he began recording in a style he had been performing onstage for years, which featured a varied rhythm (derived from everything from drum beats he would hear in his voice to the sounds of trains he would hear thundering by him as a child), a heavy backbeat, funky saxophone grooves, over-the-top gospel-style singing, moans, screams, and other emotive inflections, accompanied by a combination of boogie-woogie and rhythm and blues music.
This new music, which also included an original injection of funk into the rock and roll beat, also inspired many of the greatest recording artists of the twentieth century, including James Brown, Elvis Presley, Otis Redding, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jackson, and many other rhythm & blues, rock, and soul music artists. . He is considered key in music’s transition from rhythm and blues to rock and roll in the 1950s, and was also the first artist to put the funk in the rock and roll beat which contributed significantly to the development of soul music.Like the late great Elvis Presley, Little Richard blew the lid off Fifties music, laying the foundation for rock and roll with his explosive music and charismatic persona. On record, he made spine-tingling rock and roll. His frantically charged piano playing and raspy, shouted vocals on such classics as “Tutti Frutti“, “Long Tall Sally” and “Good Golly, Miss Molly” defined the dynamic sound of rock and roll. During the height of his stardom He charted seventeen original hits in less than three years.
He has been an influential figure in popular music and culture for over six decades. Penniman’s most celebrated work dates from the mid 1950s where his dynamic music and charismatic showmanship laid the foundation for rock and roll. His music also had a pivotal impact on the formation of other popular music genres, including soul and funk. Penniman influenced numerous singers and musicians across musical genres from rock to rap.Penniman has been honored by many institutions, including inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He is the recipient of Lifetime Achievement Awards from The Recording Academy and the Rhythm and Blues Foundation. Penniman’s “Tutti Frutti” (1955) was included in the Library of Congress’National Recording Registry in 2010, claiming the “unique vocalizing over the irresistible beat announced a new era in music.”
In 1986 He became one of the first group of inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and one of only four (along with Ray Charles, James Brown, and Fats Domino) to also receive the Rhythm and Blues Foundation’s Pioneer Lifetime Achievement Award. He was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame In 2007, and in 2010 The United States of America’s Library of Congress National Recording Registry added the groundbreaking recording of his original 1955 hit “Tutti Frutti”to its registry, claiming that the hit, with its original “A-wop-bop-a-loo-bop-a-lop-bam-boom!” a cappella introduction, heralded a new era in music. It has also been voted Number 1 by an eclectic panel of renowned recording artists on Mojo’s The Top 100 Records That Changed The World, hailing the recording as “the sound of the birth of rock and roll.”
Following months of speculation, 29 year old Rwandan-Scottish actor Ncuti Gatwa has officially been announced as the next star of Doctor Who after Current Time Lord Jodie Whittaker bows out following a regeneration episode this autumn
Gatwa rose to fame as Eric Effiong in the Netflix teen comedy series Sex Education, Which has earned him much critical acclaim including, three BAFTA award nominations and a BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Actor in Television. In addition to Sex Education and Doctor Who, Gatwa is due to appear in director Greta Gerwig’s Barbie film opposite Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling and his Sex Ed co-stars Emma Mackey and Connor Swindells. Meanwhile Queer As Folk and It’s A Sin writer Russell T. Davies is also returning as Doctor Who showrunner/Writer after leaving in 2009, for the 60th anniversary celebrations in 2022 and a BBC’s Centenary Special in 2023. Ncuti’s new role will mark the show’s second portrayal of a black doctor, following Jo Martin’s starring role in January 2020 episode, Future of the Judoon, as Ruth Clayton.
English Telvision presenter, broadcaster and comedian Michael Palin CBE FRGS was born 5th May 1943. He is Best known for starring in the British Comedy television series MontyPythons Fying circus alongside Graham Chapman , John Cleese, Terry Jones and Eric Idle.The members of Monty Python were all highly educated. Terry Jones and Michael Palin are Oxford University graduates; Eric Idle, John Cleese, and Graham Chapman attended Cambridge University; and American-born member Terry Gilliam is an Occidental College graduate Before Joining Monty Python. Palin wrote comedic material with Terry Jones on other shows such as the Ken Dodd Show, The Frost Report and Do Not Adjust Your Set. Palin appeared in some of the most famous Python sketches, including “Argument Clinic”, “Dead Parrot”, “The Lumberjack Song”, “The Spanish Inquisition”, and “The Fish-Slapping Dance”.
The first episode of Monty Python’s Flying Circus aired on BBC One on the 5th October 1969 and there were 45 Episodes spread over four seasons until December 1974 on BBC Television. The comedy was often pointedly intellectual, with numerous erudite references to philosophers and literary figures. The series followed and elaborated upon the style used by Spike Milligan in his groundbreaking series Q5. The team intended their humour to be impossible to categorise, and succeeded so completely that the adjective “Pythonesque” was invented to define it.The shows were composed of surreality, risqué or innuendo-laden humour, sight gags and observational sketches without punchlines. They also featured Terry Gilliam’s wonderful and imaginatively bizarre animations, often sequenced or merged with live action.
Broadcast by the BBC. with 45 episodes airing over four series from 1969 to 1974, The show often targets the idiosyncrasies of British life, especially that of professionals, and is at times politically charged. Over the years many of the sketches have attained classic status including The Lumberjack Song, Ministry of Silly Walks, Upper class twit of the Year, Spam song, The Dead Parrot Sketch and Bicycle Repair Man. Graham Chapman also played the lead roles in two of the Python’s Films – Monty Python and The Holy Grail, Life of Brian. Eric Idle also appeared in the the children’s series Do Not Adjust Your Set, alongside Terry Jones, Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam’s surreal animations which linked the show’s sketches together, and defined Monty Python’s visual language in other media (such as LP and book covers, and the title sequences of their films).
Since Monty Python split Michael Palin continued to work with Jones co-writing Ripping Yarns. He has also appeared in several films directed by fellow Python Terry Gilliam and made notable appearances in other films such as A Fish Called Wanda, for which he won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. In a 2005 poll to find The Comedians’ Comedian, he was voted the 30th favourite by fellow comedians and comedy insiders. After Python, he began a new career as a travel writer and travel documentarian. His journeys have taken him across the world, including the North and South Poles, the Sahara Desert, the Himalayas, Eastern Europe and Brazil. In 2000 Palin was honoured as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his services to television. From 2009 to 2012 Palin was also the president of the Royal Geographical Society