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Daisy and Charlie Cooper play the role of cousins in This Country

'We're still angry and have a lot of people to throw under the bus' 

If you've not watched This Country, you're missing out. Bafta-winning and notching up millions of BBC iPlayer requests to date, it's already gained a serious cult following after two series. Now, it's returning to BBC One with a brand new one-off special, which once again documents the lives of young cousins Kerry and Lee "Kurtan" Mucklowe as they interact with the other residents of their claustrophobic Cotswolds village. Oh, and that's not all: in 2019, there will be another six episodes hitting our screens.

Gemma Garrett

Gemma Garrett on the bullying nightmare that made her stronger, being single and why she’s sceptical about the world of bloggers 

As she walks her two pet British bulldogs in her local park every morning, Gemma Garrett mentally makes a list of everything she is grateful for in her life. One of our best-known beauty queens, models, actresses and one-time would-be politician now turned businesswoman, she has a lot to be thankful for, but her life is richer than ever since she started to practice the 'law of attraction' over a year ago.

Big step: Zendaya stars in Smallfoot

Zendaya: I can see insincere people a mile away' 

You know you've made it very big when even memes about you go viral. Since last weekend, a clip created by YouTube user Gabriel Gundacker, featuring a song he wrote called Zendaya is Meechee, has racked up five million hits, prompting stars like Seth Rogen to tweet his approval, The New York Times called it 'the first post-vine vine'. The clip, which references Zendaya's role in the forthcoming animated film Smallfoot, was priceless marketing for Warner Brothers and also won the approval of its young protagonist. "Sang my name right and everything," the actress shared on Twitter.

Plush: Edo's interior is warm and welcoming

Restaurant review: Edo - Jamon down to a little bit of Spain in the heart of Belfast 

The popularity of Spanish food can be measured by the vast numbers of food pictures posted by holidaymakers on social media. How many more paellas, tortillas, bowls of patatas bravas and gazpacho, tiny tapas of glistening anchovies, shards of burgundy-coloured Iberico ham, creme Catalan and churros beside pots of thick hot chocolate can we take? Loads more! It seems our appetite for these is never going to be sated.

Happy memories: Lucinda with Joe Strummer's stepdaughter Eliza Mellor

Lucinda Mellor: The daughter of an aristocrat who married punk royalty, Joe Strummer and her continuing struggle to come to terms with his sudden death in 2002 

Things were on the up and up for Joe Strummer in late 2002. He had started work on a new album. On November 15, he and his band The Mescaleros played a benefit show for the Fire Brigades Union's striking firefighters at Acton Town Hall in West London. Strummer's former bandmate in The Clash, Mick Jones, was in the audience and went onstage to play with Joe on Clash classics like Bankrobber, White Riot and London's Burning.

Christine Lampard cuddles Patricia as proud husband Frank looks on in hospital

Kerry McLean: Even celebrities like Christine should be allowed to live in their own baby bubble for those first few weeks 

This week we saw the most gorgeous photo appear in the newspaper, of Christine Lampard and her beautiful little bundle, a baby girl named Patricia. Christine is always stunning but I've never seen her look so well. Not a scrap of make-up on, her hair scraped back but with a face so full of joy and happiness that you can almost feel the excitement bubbling out of her and husband Frank.

Kay Burley

Twitter fights at 6.30am, a 45-minute run and a new show watched by 80 million viewers... a day in the life of Kay Burley 

It's midday, the top of the hour in the bustling Sky newsroom in London, and Kay Burley is planning her last run-out as a Sky News presenter. Since the start of this week, she's been hosting her flagship slot, The Kay Burley Show, from 2-5pm. "Expect more of the same, with bells on", says Burley - music to the ears of the 80 million viewers she's amassed globally, Monday to Thursday. She's been at Sky since its launch in 1989, clocked more live hours of TV than anyone else ("I like to say more than a million minutes"), skewered every serving Prime Minister since Thatcher, except May ("I don't know if she's scared") and been the subject of hundreds of complaints to Ofcom (she once made Peter Andre cry on air).

Kelly Macdonald at the New York premiere of Puzzle

Kelly Macdonald: I love the quiet bravery of this character ... she has an inner world nobody has ever seen 

It's over 20 years now since Kelly Macdonald appeared in Trainspotting and became a star overnight. The Scottish actress had famously been working in a bar when she heard about the open auditions for a role in Danny Boyle's film. It changed her life. Now, with a CV that includes roles in Gosford Park, Finding Neverland and No Country for Old Men, as well as classic TV series such as State of Play and Boardwalk Empire, Macdonald has built a fine career.

Carl Dinnen with wife Samana

ITV's Carl Dinnen: I'm a slightly older dad now and I'm getting on a bit for this dad thing, but it makes me appreciate more and I will enjoy it even more. I'm really looking forward to watching him growing up 

He holds political leaders to account and has escaped machine gun fire in Iraq - ITV political correspondent Carl Dinnen's career on the front line is never dull. He talks to Stephanie Bell about growing up in Belfast and Hillsborough, the admiration he has for his rector father, and family life with his wife and baby son.

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