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A ‘lost’ song from the Muppet Christmas Carol has been found

It’s a love ballad…

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A song that was originally cut from The Muppet Christmas Carol movie has been found and revealed by director Brian Henson.

The song is performed by Scrooge’s fiancée Belle when he goes back in time and is called ‘When Love is Gone’.

The song, a love ballad, was deemed too boring for children by the Disney’s studio chief at the time Jeffrey Katzenberg, so was cut. 

Once it was removed both the video master and negative of the song were both lost, until now…

Once the film was released on DVD, the song was completely lost after appearing on the VHS release of the film. 

Speaking to OJ Borg on a special programme about the Muppets, Henson said he received a call back in November asking him to view the new version of the film in crystal clear 4k. 

He was unaware the the lost track had been found and couldn’t believe what he saw. He said: “I was so excited. They actually hid it. So, I went down and they said, ‘But before we show it to you, we’ve got something else we want to show you.

“And they put up reel four of Christmas Carol with When Love Is Gone, I was like, ‘No, you did not!’ and they said, ‘Yes we did! We found it!’ I was so happy, I was so happy.”

The song reminds Scrooge of a time when he and his fiancée broke up as he decided to focus on his career over their relationship. 

Henson told the BBC that they thought the film didn’t justify a love ballad ‘because there is no loving relationship that we can celebrate in that movie… So the love ballad is when Belle is leaving Scrooge’.

You can listen to the song in an interview with Henson on BBC Radio 2 on Christmas Day during The Muppets at Christmas: it’s Time To Play The Music, at 7pm.

You can also watch the normal film (without the song, unfortunately) on Disney+. 

 

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ITV’s new drama about the ‘worst serial killer Wales has ever seen’ starts tonight

“Two unsolved double murders from the 1980s cast a shadow over the work of the Dyfed Powys police force”

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The Pembrokeshire Murders starring Luke Evans starts on ITV tonight and it promises to be your next favourite series. 

Airing over Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week, The Pembrokeshire Murders follows Welsh actor Luke Evans as Senior Investigating Officer, Steve Wilkins as he reopens two unsolved double murders in Wales. 

The synopsis reads: “Two unsolved double murders from the 1980s cast a shadow over the work of the Dyfed Powys police force. In 2006, newly promoted Detective Superintendent Steve Wilkins decided to reopen both cases,

“Employing pioneering forensic methods, Wilkins and his handpicked team found microscopic DNA and fibres that potentially linked the murders to a string of burglaries committed in the 80s and 90s.

“The perpetrator of those robberies was nearing the end of his prison sentence, but if Steve Wilkins was right, he was also a serial killer… Could Steve and his team find enough forensic evidence to charge their suspect before he was released to potentially kill again?”

Keith Allen plays John Cooper, the Welsh serial killer who was given life in 2011 for the 1985 double murder of siblings Richard and Helen Thomas and the 1989 double murder of Peter and Gwenda Dixon. 

The true story gained significant media attention at the time when it was discovered that John had appeared on Bullseye in 1989, a factor which later became a crucial element in his identification. 

Speaking about the show, Luke Evans admitted he was hooked from the start: “The story hooked me immediately. I mean, also, I’m a sucker for a true story and this isn’t just a true story, it’s a shocking, true story about the worst serial killer that Wales has ever seen.

“I got to use my own Welsh accent for the first time in many, many, many years and it was a great experience all around.”

He continued: “These stories do feel like they can’t be true, they can’t be real. But this one has so many twists and turns and it almost feels many, many times during the story that the whole thing is going to go cold once again, because the forensic evidence is so minimal and the budgets were running out and people were losing faith.”

The Pembrokeshire Murders airs tonight (Monday 11th January) at 9pm on ITV.

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Gogglebox star ‘unrecognisable’ after shaving his head completely

‘Oh wow, you look fab’

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One Gogglebox star has been branded ‘unrecognisable’ after completely shaving his head.

Stephen Webb, who features on Gogglebox with husband Daniel Lustig, recently shared his new dramatic look on Instagram.

The Brighton-based couple are both hairdressers and after viewers recently claimed Stephen ‘looked like Ken Barlow’ with his long hair, he’s decided to chop it all off. 

The 48-year-old grabbed a razor and shaved right down the middle of his head.

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Sharing the post to his Instagram followers, one has replied ‘OMG….why?’, while another said ‘love it bruv’.

A third said: “Looks good, makes you look younger and I don’t mean to offended you but you’ve got sexy straight vibes going”. A fourth commented ‘oh wow, you look fab’.

Stephen joined Gogglebox as part of the original lineup in the very first series in 2013, but his husband Daniel only joined in 2019.

The new series is set to begin in February on Channel 4. 

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BBC will broadcast primary and secondary school lessons on TV during lockdown

Great news for parents

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Lessons will be broadcasted by the BBC to help children keep up with their education in lockdown.

As part of the latest lockdown schools have been forced to close leaving many parents concerned about their education. The BBC has now confirmed they will show curriculum-based programmes on TV from Monday, January 11th. 

In the first lockdown last year, the BBC provided lessons via iPlayer, the red button and online but not on regular TV. 

This time around, there will be three hours of primary school programming every weekday on CBBC, plus two hours for secondary school pupils on BBC Two. 

The move comes after concerns were raised for those in low-income families, who may struggle to afford data packages so children can take part in online learning.

BBC Director-General Tim Davie explained education is ‘absolutely vital’, adding: “The BBC is here to play its part and I’m delighted that we have been able to bring this to audiences so swiftly.”

Boris Johnson praised the BBC’s ‘fantastic’ plans, which will feature primary programmes from 9am every day, including BBC Live Lessons and BBC Bitesize Daily, as well as Our School, Celebrity Supply Teacher, Horrible Histories and Operation Ouch.

For secondary students, BBC Two will be showing content that supports the GCSE curriculum such as adaptations of Shakespeare plays alongside science, history and factual titles.

Episodes of Bitesize Daily for both primary and secondary will air every day as well as being available on demand on iPlayer, as well as on the red button. 

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said the BBC ‘has helped the nation through some of the toughest moments of the last century’.

He added: “And for the next few weeks it will help our children learn whilst we stay home, protect the NHS and save lives,” he added. “This will be a lifeline to parents and I welcome the BBC playing its part.”

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