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BBC embarrassed as it broadcasts X-rated language on Daily Politics show

The BBC has been left red faced after it broadcast the F-word on its daytime politics show. Members of the audience spotted the Beeb’s gaffe when it accidentally showed foul-mouthed comments posted on Jeremy Corbyn’s Instagram account. Tuesday’s Daily Politics on BBC2 was discussing how the political parties are using social media to win over […]

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The BBC has been left red faced after it broadcast the F-word on its daytime politics show.

Members of the audience spotted the Beeb’s gaffe when it accidentally showed foul-mouthed comments posted on Jeremy Corbyn’s Instagram account.

The F-word’s were clearly visible in the segment

Tuesday’s Daily Politics on BBC2 was discussing how the political parties are using social media to win over the public. It used the pages of different politicians as a backdrop to the conversation.

But a clip of Labour leader Corbyn’s account, showing a cuddly toy version of him, was accompanied by the swearing after people posted comments alongside it.

Viewer Phill Nutt wrote: “BBC did you have to put up all the tweets with swearing in the background on Daily Politics?”

Mark Doswell added: “Daily Politics you really should vet the tweets used in the piece about social media. Some very fruity language there.”

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What is The Apprentice theme music, where is it filmed and five other surprising things you didn’t know about the BBC One show

THE APPRENTICE has become a mainstay on the BBC Autumn schedule for years – and it doesn’t see any sign of slowing down any time soon. Here are a few things you might not know about the show, including its iconic theme track and where the show is filmed… Excited? Here are seven behind-the-scenes secrets […]

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THE APPRENTICE has become a mainstay on the BBC Autumn schedule for years – and it doesn’t see any sign of slowing down any time soon.

Here are a few things you might not know about the show, including its iconic theme track and where the show is filmed…

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Excited? Here are seven behind-the-scenes secrets that even the biggest Apprentice addicts probably wouldn’t know about…

Who composed the iconic theme tune?

The theme tune for The Apprentice is an excerpt from one of Prokofiev’s classical pieces.

Montagues and Capulets, Dance of The Knights, was composed for Act I, Scene II in the ballet of Romeo and Juliet.

As well as being used in the BBC series, the tune’s dark and atmospheric vibe has been picked up multiple times in recent years.

It provided the background music in popular 1990s advert for Chanel’s Egoiste fragrance.

Prokofiev’s composition is also often used as Sunderland FC’s theme song to get fans and players geared up before a match.

The boardroom isn’t real

Although it may appear that candidates nervously shuffle into a towering office block to await their fate, the building is actually all a complete ruse.

All of the tense scenes are shot in a west London TV studio, even with a fake receptionist.

Lord Sugar’s real offices are located in Brentwood, Essex, which is a lot further away from the towering skyline of London.

All candidates have cover stories

After the candidates are selected for the televised competition, they are required to sign a confidentiality agreement.

A clause of being on the show is that contestants can’t tell anyone they have been selected.

This often means they have to make up a cover story to get time off work from their employer.

In 2011, the late Stuart Baggs told Radio Times: "I lied… I said I'd gone to an oil rig to install communications gear, and didn't know how long I'd be away.

“Everyone has to come up with some sort of cover story."

Only one of Lord Sugar’s advisers hasn't worked for him

Nick and Margaret have both worked for Lord Sugar in real life
Nick and Margaret have both worked for Lord Sugar in real life

Lord Sugar doesn’t take the competition lightly, enlisting the help of his most trusted aids to follow the candidates through the tasks.

Feisty Claude Littner works as the chairman for IT company Viglen, which is owned by Amstrad.

Similarly, Nick Hewer used to work for a PR company that worked for Amstrad in 1983.

Finally, Margaret Mountford worked as a non-executive director for Amstrad.

Karren Brady is the only ever adviser to not have worked with Lord Sugar in real life.

Where is the iconic losers cafe?

All Apprentice viewers will remember the iconic café that glum candidates sit in once they’ve failed a task.

Surprisingly, these gloomy scenes are actually filmed in two London cafes.

One is The Bridge in Acton and the other is La Cabana 2 in Willesden.

Amusingly, The Apprentice fans often flock to The Bridge, and the dreary location actually has some dazzling reviews on TripAdvisor.

Fired candidates don't actually do the walk of shame

Contestants do the awkward taxi walk on their first day of filming
Contestants do the awkward taxi walk on their first day of filming

One thing more embarrassing than being fired by Lord Sugar is having to mope as you clamber into a taxi home.

Thankfully for the candidates, they don't have to experience both cringe-worthy moments on the same day.

All contestants do the taxi walk of shame on the first day of filming, not knowing whether the footage will ever be used or not.

Two endings are filmed

Ever wondered how news of The Apprentice winner never leaks before the final?

Lord Sugar has a way of keeping the competition so secret that not even the WINNER knows they have been chosen.

To keep the identity of the successful candidate hushed up, two alternate endings are filmed.

Often, Lord Sugar only decides on a winner the day before the final episode hits our TV screens.

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BBC’s new Gunpowder Plot drama set to shock viewers with gruesome execution scenes and full-frontal nudity

RISQUE BBC drama Gunpowder Plot is set to leave viewers stunned after promising Saturday nights packed with full-frontal nudity. The new show, which explores the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, stars Game of Thrones hunk Kit Harington and will balance the racy action with gruesome scenes of execution. The gripping historical-based series follows Robert Catesby, the man […]

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RISQUE BBC drama Gunpowder Plot is set to leave viewers stunned after promising Saturday nights packed with full-frontal nudity.

The new show, which explores the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, stars Game of Thrones hunk Kit Harington and will balance the racy action with gruesome scenes of execution.

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New BBC drama Gunpowder Plot promises full-frontal nudity and execution scenes[/caption]

The gripping historical-based series follows Robert Catesby, the man who masterminded the 1605 plot to blow up Parliament and kill reigning British monarch King James I, who is played by Derek Rissell.

Catesby is played by Kit, while Liv Tyler takes on the role of Catesby's cousin Ann Vaux, who gets tangled up in the plot.

The drama will illustrate just why and how the plot was formed - and in particular, the motivation of Catholic Catesby, who had just lost his wife and father and felt like society was punishing him.

It sets the tone right from the opening episode, which sees a lad hung, drawn and quartered for being a Catholic priest.

Liv Tyler will join the star-studded cast
Liv and Kit will take centre stage in the gruesome story based on the 1605 Gunpowder Plot
Kit takes on the role of Robert Catesby

Those of a squeamish disposition may have to turn away as he is chopped from the noose while alive - before the no-frills executioner cuts out his insides while his heart is still beating.

In the same episode another Catholic is stripped naked before she lies on a jagged rock.

Yet her horror for Lady Dorothy Dibdale is not over.

She is then brutally crushed by a weighted concrete slab as the crowds watch on.

The story has real-life significance for Game of Thrones star Kit
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Meanwhile Kit, as Robert, will be brooding over his plan to blow up Parliament

Off-screen, he has revealed he is a descendant of his character Robert Catesby, the man who was ultimately responsible for the Gunpowder Plot, and he plays him in the show.

What's even more interesting is that while Kit is descended from Catesby on his mother's side, a 17th century relative on his father's side actually made a comment about Catesby's head after the plot was foiled.

Kit has explained: "When [Catesby's] head was marched past the houses of Parliament on a pike, John Harington on my father's side, who was in the houses of Parliament at the time, looked at him and is quoted as saying, 'He's an ugly fellow, isn't he?'. Isn't that brilliant?"

Fans will recognise actor Kit from Game of Thrones
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Talking of her co-star Liv gushed in the Mail on Sunday's You Magazine: "Kit was amazing, super smart!"

Talking of adopting a British accent, she added: "I had to practise with my dialect coach - the muscle memory was there from the Lord of the Rings, but I had to tweak it."

Gunpowder starts on Saturday October 21 on BBC One.

It will be shown in three parts in the run up to November 5th when we commemorate the Gunpowder Plot with Bonfire Night.


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BBC’s hissy fit over Brexit bias research PROVES it has something to hide

SO now we know. The BBC hates Brexit so much it has four times more pro-EU guests on its flagship politics shows than those who voted Leave. Unsurprisingly, this important piece of research — published yesterday in The Sun — triggered a hissy fit by our ­publicly funded national broadcaster. One newspaper reporter who asked […]

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SO now we know. The BBC hates Brexit so much it has four times more pro-EU guests on its flagship politics shows than those who voted Leave.

Unsurprisingly, this important piece of research — published yesterday in The Sun — triggered a hissy fit by our ­publicly funded national broadcaster.

Yesterday’s Sun Investigation revealed the sheer scale of the BBC’s anti-Brexit bias

One newspaper reporter who asked its press office for a statement was even threatened with “Twitter bombs” — a form of online attack — if she dared to quote The Sun’s statistics.

Its aggression suggests it has something to hide. Yet the facts are there for all to see, and they only confirm what most fair-minded people have long suspected — the BBC is run by a pro-EU metropolitan elite which is out of tune with the majority who, let’s not forget, voted for Brexit.

Let’s look at the evidence. I recently asked the Corporation for a list of every guest it invited to the Proms this summer. The answer was very revealing.

Bosses spent £19,020 entertaining dozens of luvvies and politicians.

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Remain backer Jeremy Corbyn was given a free ticket and private box for the Proms[/caption]

And guess what? The vast majority of those treated to free drinks and a night at the Royal Albert Hall — courtesy of TV licence payers — were vocal defenders of the EU and prominent critics of Brexit.

They included Bank of England Governor Mark Carney, London Mayor Sadiq Khan, David Attenborough, Judi Dench, Tory politician Lord Patten, Financial Times editor Lionel Barber, Guardian ­editor Katharine Viner and ex-Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

Theresa May, Chancellor Philip ­Hammond and Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn — who all backed Remain — also accepted a free ticket and were hosted on separate nights in a private box by £450,000-a-year BBC director-general Lord Hall.

By contrast, I counted just two ­prominent pro-Brexiteers among the invitees, one of whom was Transport Secretary Chris Grayling.

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Sadiq Khan is another Remain voter who was given tickets by the BBC[/caption]

The BBC may argue it did not deliberately exclude Brexiteers from the guest list, but that is beside the point.

Here is the proof that its executives ­routinely rub shoulders in private with those who share their views. They just can’t help it.

Another example relates to Nigel ­Farage. Last month he made a formal complaint to the BBC after it broadcast a story linking him to the violent death of a Polish man shortly after the Brexit vote.

The corporation aired the very serious charge — made by a member of the public with the apparent encouragement of a BBC journalist — that Farage had “blood on his hands” for the fatal attack on Arkadiusz Jozwik because of his role in the EU referendum campaign.

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The BBC broadcast a story linking Nigel Farage to the death of a Polish man following the Brexit vote[/caption]

A court case a few weeks ago proved this was nonsense. Farage then revealed this allegation had caused him and his family “more misery than any other in my 25 years in politics”, with people ­regularly abusing him in the street.

Yet despite the BBC’s highly questionable coverage, it has refused to publicly ­apologise. It cannot bear to admit it was wrong — or to say sorry to a man whose views it despises.

Compare its treatment of Farage with its adulation of Nick Clegg. He has been given free rein this week to plug his new book, unsubtly titled How to Stop Brexit, on BBC TV and radio.

Clegg’s pro-EU views helped cost him his Sheffield seat at the last election after the city voted for Brexit in the referendum. But in the cosy bubble inhabited by the BBC, such ­considerations are apparently irrelevant.

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Nick Clegg has been given opportunities by the BBC to plug his new anti-Brexit book[/caption]

This delusional politician has been ­welcomed with open arms to use the BBC’s platforms to spout his anti-democratic ­ideology. It is as though the 17.4million votes cast in favour of leaving the EU do not count.

In July, a cross-party group of 70 MPs wrote to the BBC complaining it is heavily “in favour of those who wish to water down or even reverse the referendum decision”.

Their letter followed research painstakingly compiled over months by the pressure group News-Watch, which claimed that Radio 4’s coverage of Brexit was biased, with listeners two-and-a-half times more likely to hear a pro-EU speaker than an anti-EU one.

But BBC head of news James Harding rejected their calls for new anti-bias guidelines to be drawn up.

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BBC’s head of news James Harding said the broadcaster was impartial on the EU[/caption]

He told them the BBC’s job was not to be “pushed or pulled by one political interest or another”. And, laughably, he said it was “impartial” on the EU.

Yet amazingly, its pro-EU tentacles have even got a grip on a programme like Countryfile on BBC1.
Earlier this year an edition of the ­agriculture show interviewed strawberry farmer Anthony Snell, who said that his business would fail “catastrophically” without migrant workers.

Many viewers were outraged at this one-sided, pro-EU view, but the BBC saw nothing wrong with it.

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Hardin rejected calls for anti-bias guidelines to be drawn up[/caption]

But then again, should we be ­surprised?

A few years ago I discovered that the BBC receives regular payments from the EU via a little-known scheme called the EU Framework Programme for Research and Development.

Between 2014 and 2016 it accepted £2.7million. The most recent grant, during the last financial year, was for £1.35million.

This money is not used for editorial purposes, but you have to ask why the BBC, which receives a guaranteed £3.5billion a year from the public, is tapping the EU for yet more cash.

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BBC Director-General Lord Tony Hall invited Remainers such as Theresa May to sit in a private box at the Proms[/caption]

You also have to wonder — how impartial and objective can the BBC be when it comes to the EU, given it is on its payroll?

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