Sir Paul McCartney to write a ‘wonderful’ musical

Lee Hall, who wrote Billy Elliot and the recent Elton John biopic Rocketman, is penning the script and collaborating with Sir Paul on the lyrics. “It’s A Wonderful Life is my favourite film,” said the Tony Award-winner. “It has absolutely everything – comedy, pathos and a rare humanity which has touched generation after generation. “To give it a life on the stage is an immense privilege in itself, but to do with Paul McCartney is off the scale. “Paul’s wit, emotional honesty and melodic brilliance brings a whole new depth and breadth to the classic tale. I feel as if an angel must be looking after me.” Follow us on Facebook, on Twitter @BBCNewsEnts, or on Instagram at bbcnewsents. If …

Children ‘are getting sunburnt in school’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption‘Always wear sun cream and protect your eyes’ There are calls for a country-wide policy on sun-safety in schools after claims children are getting sunburnt. There is no blanket guidance to keep children protected and councils in Wales say it is up to individual schools. Unions advise teachers not to apply sun cream to children, and some schools do not allow pupils to bring their own in because of allergy concerns. But parents said one application of sun cream before school is not enough. The charity Tenovus Cancer Care says one blistering sun burn as a child can double the risk of skin cancer in later life, and called for the Welsh …

Hoodie ‘had teen victim and murder accused’s DNA’

Mrs Adby said a sample from the hoodie was highly likely to match the DNA of Lucy and Mr Nicholson. She told jurors DNA taken from a pair of blue surgical gloves found at Tanner’s Brook was extremely likely to match that of Mr Nicholson. Image copyright Hampshire Constabulary Image caption Stephen Nicholson denies Lucy’s murder Mr Nicholson also denies three charges of raping Lucy when she was 12 and two counts of sexual activity with a child once she had turned 13. The care worker, formerly of Mansel Road East, Southampton, also denies sexual activity with a 14-year-old girl in 2012. The trial continues.

Gauke ‘to resign’ if new PM backs no-deal Brexit

No-deal Brexit: What you need to know How would Johnson and Hunt deliver Brexit? Brexit: What happens next? Mr Gauke said he believed Parliament “will find a mechanism” between now and 31 October to prevent the UK leaving without a deal. When asked whether he thought he would be sacked from the cabinet if Mr Johnson became prime minister, he said: “I suspect that I will possibly have gone before then.” He added: “Assuming that he wins, if Boris’s position is that he is going to require every member of the cabinet to sign up to being prepared to leave without a deal on 31 October, to be fair to him I can’t support that policy – so I would …

Turner masterpiece ‘saved for the nation’

The work is believed to be the first oil painting by Turner to be painted in the open air – a practice that became key to his artistic approach. ‘Very proud’ Ms Pow said: “Turner’s magnificent work, painted at the beginning of the industrial revolution, will now continue to be exhibited and admired and will inspire future generations of British artists thanks to Norfolk Museums Service.” Anne Jenkins of the National Lottery Heritage Fund said: “Saving the wonderful Walton Bridges for the nation and providing the East of England with their first Turner to enter a public collection is an initiative we’re very proud to have funded.” Turner, one of the country’s most celebrated landscape artists, is credited with influencing …

Judges ‘dealing directly with rowing couples’

Who gets legal aid? Legal aid network ‘decimated’ by cuts Voices of children ‘lost in family courts’ Adviser sent to improve children’s social services Asked on BBC Radio 4’s the World At One programme how cuts to legal aid have affected the system, Sir Andrew said: “What it means for the court is that the judges and magistrates are often having to interact with these individuals directly, and that’s a different skill-set from interacting with a professional lawyer. “But what’s needed is a major public education programme about parenting and how to be a parent once you and your partner have fallen out. “The sort of thing I have in mind is the approach that was taken to smoking or …

Citizens’ Assembly to ‘reinvigorate democracy’

Six UK parliamentary committees have also proposals for a citizens’ assembly to discuss how the UK should tackle climate change. Ireland’s has been seen as instrumental in the liberalisation of the country’s abortion and same-sex marriage laws. Ms Jones said having contact with the institution will empower people in Wales and hopefully bring new thinking into the democratic process to help “reinvigorate our democracy once again for the next 20 years”. Image caption Neil Hamilton said Wales doesn’t “need another body meeting statically made up of a handful of people” However, UKIP AM Neil Hamilton said setting one up in Wales was an admission of failure by the assembly. “A national assembly should be a true citizens’ assembly, it should …

Vicar who groped man on plane guilty

Jurors previously heard he had moved to sit in an empty seat next to the student, because a child behind him kept kicking his own. McConnell then explained to him that he had been visiting the United States with his godson. ‘Distressed and dismayed’ Towards the end of the flight the student became tired and McConnell covered him with a blanket, the court heard. It was then the vicar sexually assaulted him under the blanket after he fell asleep. The student later complained to the Church of England after taking Mr McConnell’s contact details and the police became involved. The complainant said he reported it because the vicar had told him he worked with children and he was worried about …

England’s Big Picture: Sharing images of the nation

Each day we feature an interesting photograph shared with us from across England. The picture below is from Sophie Bond of Tewkesbury whose dog Alfie timed his photobomb paw-fectly. This man photobombed his wife 11 years before he met her Pink rainbows spotted over England Squirrel joins couple for romantic moment Seagull’s pasty swoop caught on camera Scroll down to see more readers’ pictures from around England this week. Image copyright Arthur Weaver Image caption This photograph was taken by Arthur Weaver in Christchurch, Dorset Image copyright Frank Samet Image caption This photograph was taken by Frank Samet at Wrest Park in Bedfordshire. Frank says: “What caught my attention was the open rear door seen through the open front door …

Doctors neglected NHS founder’s relative

An inquest at Boston Coroner’s Court, which concluded in May, heard a tumour was identified during a scan at Boston Pilgrim Hospital in October 2016. Medical professionals at Pilgrim Hospital and University Hospitals of Leicester Trust, which later took over his care, did not tell Mr Bevan he had lung cancer until January 2018. Read more Lincolnshire stories The narrative verdict recorded at his inquest concluded, on the balance of probabilities, the treatment proposed for Mr Bevan “would have been successful” if doctors had ensured he underwent stereotactic ablative radiotherapy. Mr Bevan’s daughter, Paula, said: “I feel that my dad was totally let down by the NHS, whose founder was Aneurin Bevan, who, as the name suggests, my dad was …

Online pornography age checks ‘face further delay’

All you need to know about the under-18 porn block How do your porn habits compare? Does pornography still drive the internet? The plans for compulsory age-checks for UK porn viewers – which the government has described as a world-first – were aimed at protecting children from inappropriate content. Pornographic sites will have to verify the age of UK visitors by law. If they fail to comply they will face being blocked by internet service providers. There has been confusion over how it will be enforced, with suggestions that websites could ask users to upload scans of their passports or driving licences, or use age-verification cards sold by newsagents nicknamed “porn passes”. Campaigners have also repeatedly raised concerns about the …

Couple’s baby joy after 13 miscarriages

It was in 2008 the couple suffered the heartbreak of their first miscarriage. They said when it happened a third time, they knew something was wrong. Doctors advised them to keep trying but, after their fourth pregnancy ended, they were referred to Prof Quenby at University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire’s Biomedical Research Unit. Image copyright Laura Worsley Image caption Laura and Dave kept the pregnancy a secret for fear of experiencing another loss Prof Quenby said they used steroids to suppress Laura’s immune system to allow the pregnancy to progress beyond 24 weeks, when babies have a chance of surviving. Drugs helped stop her blood clotting. “The steroids do have side effects,” said Prof Quenby. “But we both decided …

Tory leadership candidates grilled by media

On Monday, he got a fresh boost after he was endorsed by Health Secretary Matt Hancock – who pulled out after coming sixth in last week’s vote. But Mr Johnson’s low visibility in the campaign so far continues to attract criticism from his rivals and their supporters. Why are MPs lining up behind Boris Johnson? Brexit: Where do Conservative leadership candidates stand? ‘What’s your biggest weakness?’ How to answer that question Justice Secretary David Gauke, who is supporting Mr Stewart, said the public was “entitled” to expect every candidate to subject themselves to rigorous scrutiny. “At the moment Boris Johnson is not doing that,” he told BBC News. He also accused Mr Johnson of making a series of pledges to …

Is your festival trip killing the planet?

Image copyright Getty Images With thousands of people making their way across the country, transport can have a huge impact on CO2 emissions. Besma suggests getting a coach, often organised by the festival company itself. Image copyright Getty Images If you’re going to a British festival, you’ll be lucky to avoid a smattering of rain. Besma says she always brings a rain mac with her rather than single use plastic ponchos. “If you do take a plastic poncho, afterwards pack it up and keep it in your bag so if it rains throughout the rest of the festival you can shove it back on. You can also sit on them, which is useful, if it gets muddy,” Besma says. Washing …

Dad wants to face Barrymore over death

Image copyright PA Image caption Michael Barrymore said he still “hopes for answers” over the death of Stuart Lubbock Essex Police launched a fresh appeal for information about the death to coincide with Strike It Lucky host Barrymore’s interview last week. Image copyright Other Image caption Mr Lubbock was found dead in the entertainer’s swimming pool in 2001 Stuart Lubbock’s body was found in the pool of the house in Roydon, Essex, after a party in which drugs and alcohol were taken. A post-mortem examination revealed he had suffered sexual assault injuries. In 2007 Barrymore was arrested in connection with the death, but was later released without charge, and withdrew from public life. His arrest was found to be unlawful …