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SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Hallelujah! Cliff Richard turns the other cheek for the BBC

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Sir Cliff is picture leaving the Rolls Building in London during his High Court battle with the BBC

Sir Cliff is picture leaving the Rolls Building in London during his High Court battle with the BBC

Only two years ago he emerged triumphant from his High Court battle against the BBC which had, he said, left his reputation ‘forever tainted’.

But in the week he turned 80, Sir Cliff Richard has given startling proof that he lives up to the Christian precept of loving your enemy — by recording a special edition of the Beeb’s flagship religious programme Songs Of Praise.

I can reveal the programme was filmed in St Paul’s Cathedral last week with the working title ‘Britain’s Favourite Carol’.

It also features Forces’ sweetheart Katherine Jenkins, as well as blind Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli and Irish icon Daniel O’Donnell.

But an insider assures me that there is no question about who the star of the show is.

‘It’s Cliff,’ he tells me. ‘The BBC showed him the idea of the programme — it was wonderful. He sang Bethlehem and a less well-known carol and talked about his faith.

‘It’s set to go out before Christmas. The deal was that he would be ‘the star’.’ Nevertheless, anyone who had suffered Sir Cliff’s experiences might have demurred.

He described as ‘heartbreaking’ a BBC report in which a helicopter was deployed to record a police raid on his house in Berkshire in 2014.

Sir Cliff subsequently took action against both the BBC and South Yorkshire Police. The latter apologised and paid him damages.

Sir Cliff proudly holds aloft his new album, released to celebrate his 80th birthday this week

Sir Cliff proudly holds aloft his new album, released to celebrate his 80th birthday this week

The BBC issued an apology — but refused a pay-out, only for the case to be resoundingly settled in his favour with the Corporation ordered to pay him £210,000, as well as £850,000 of his legal costs.

‘Cliff explained that he doesn’t hold grudges and that the only way in life is to move on and move forward,’ I’m told. ‘His view is that all is good again.’

Sir Cliff has been a devout Christian since the mid-1960s. It was at a Billy Graham event, in front of 27,000 people at Earls Court in London, that the star revealed his new-found faith.

The BBC declined to make a comment.

Men running scared after MeToo, reveals Bond star

She has revealed she was once groped on set by a famous actor.

But Bond actress Naomie Harris now says the Me Too Movement has had a positive impact on boorish behaviour.

‘I recently did a film where the producer stood up before we had even started shooting, and he said, ‘This is an environment which is not tolerant of any abuse towards women.’

‘I’ve never had a producer say that before. I feel as though lots of men are running scared — and I don’t mean the good men as the vast majority of men have nothing to fear — but there were some really bad apples and they’re getting their day now in court.’

Suki Waterhouse out and about in London

Suki Waterhouse out and about in London

Because shirts are SO last season darling, says Suki

Suki Waterhouse’s romantic life has just become a lot more complicated. 

Her boyfriend Robert Pattinson is filming Batman in Liverpool, and subject to Tier 3 strictures.

Meanwhile Suki, 28, is in London. 

The model was not feeling the autumnal cold yesterday as she was spotted out wearing just a black bra under her pink jacket. 

Pattinson, 34, recently tested positive for coronavirus forcing filming to be halted. 

He returned to the set following his recovery.

Now there are fears that shooting may have to be halted again.

However Liverpool City Council is insisting safety measures are being adhered to and will not impact on filming in the city.

Globetrotter Palin’s itchy feet

Sir Michael Palin still has hopes to travel the world again.

The Monty Python actor and travel documentary maker would like to return to ‘the Himalayas without falling down the mountain this time’.

‘I would like to go Central Asia. I’d like to go to the Stans and go to that wild area, where Genghis Khan and the Mongolian invasion started, because they have a huge impact on our history.

‘I think there’s going to be slightly more of a world of mistrust in the years ahead. We’ll be very careful about who we should talk to and what foods we should eat and if we could hug a local — that probably won’t happen for a year or two years, who knows?’ Indeed . . .

Recycler Edie’s can-do attitude…

Edie Campbell proves that she’s the real thing when it comes to promoting recycling.

The model wore an outfit made out of Coke cans for a fashion shoot for More Or Less magazine.

When the Vogue covergirl was dating Bryan Ferry’s son Otis, she admitted she rather enjoyed the contents of pop cans.

Edie Campbell wears an outfit made out of Coke cans for a fashion shoot for More Or Less magazine

Edie Campbell wears an outfit made out of Coke cans for a fashion shoot for More Or Less magazine

‘I don’t worry about chemicals,’ she said. ‘There are enough chemicals entering my body through all the fizzy drinks I consume to worry if my lip balm is 100 per cent organic.’

Just don’t get her all shook up!

How baroness bounced back

Confidence is all in the jeans according to Michelle Mone.

The former bra tycoon, who revealed in spring that she had lost 8st after years of dieting, admits that when she was younger she had body confidence issues.

But she felt able to face the world after trying on a pair of designer jeans that fitted her shape.

‘I remember the moment when I started getting my confidence back,’ says Lady Mone. ‘I was out shopping with my mum and spotted some lovely jeans in the window of Karen Millen.

‘My mum started trying to convince me to go in and try them but I wouldn’t. I never felt comfortable enough with my body to shop there. Eventually, I relented and slipped into the changing room. ‘ ‘Oh my god!’ I shouted. ‘They fit!’ ‘

Fergie’s in Wonderland as she hits 61

Sarah, Duchess of York was not short of love on her birthday yesterday.

Princess Eugenie marked her mother turning 61 with a throwback picture of Fergie sitting on an imitation toadstool.

Princess Eugenie marked her mother Sarah Ferguson's 61st birthday with this throwback snap

Princess Eugenie marked her mother Sarah Ferguson’s 61st birthday with this throwback snap 

‘You are one of a kind. There were too many pictures to choose from that show how completely unique you are,’ gushed Eugenie.

The Duchess made light of her low-key celebrations in a video message, saying: ‘Sixty-one, still red-headed and not out.’

Do not mess with Christopher Eccleston. He has a fiery temper according to Homeland star David Harewood, who witnessed him having an on-set tantrum. ‘I’m not going to have a stand-up row in the middle of a set with somebody because I want to do it one way and you want to do it another way,’ says Harewood . ‘Some actors would. I’ve seen one stand-up row, Chris Eccleston one time really took a strip off a director, which I thought was a bit out of order.’

Kylie Minogue’s bid to become the first female artist to score No. 1 albums in five different decades could be thwarted by Little Mix, who are releasing their new collection Confetti on the same day as the Aussie star’s Disco. ‘Look, you’ve always got to be up against someone,’ muses Kylie of the impending chart battle. So why should music fans opt for Disco? ‘If you want to feel a little nostalgic, but find some new dance moves as well, then my album’s for you.’ Better the devil you know, one might say.

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Latest James Bond film could be headed to Apple TV or Netflix

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The highly anticipated, yet severely delayed James Bond film may find its home on Netflix or Apple TV, as the two streaming giants look to shell out big bucks to get 007 on their platforms.

The news that the film – No Time to Die – was potentially going to a streaming service was first dropped by film critic and screenwriter Drew McWeeny on his Twitter.  

‘I can’t get my head around the idea that we may well see James Bond debut on Apple TV+ or Netflix,’ he shared in a Thursday tweet. ‘The numbers I’ve been hearing the last few days are INSANE.’

The latest James Bond movie - No Time To Die - could be headed to Netflix or Apple TV, according to a movie critic

The latest James Bond movie – No Time To Die – could be headed to Netflix or Apple TV, according to a movie critic

'The numbers I've been hearing the last few days are INSANE,' he tweeted on Thursday

‘The numbers I’ve been hearing the last few days are INSANE,’ he tweeted on Thursday

McWeeny did not give a figure as to how much the film could go for, but did tweet that there was ‘serious pressure’ for MGM to sell the film, given the impact the coronavirus pandemic continues to have on theatrical releases.

‘And there are some MONSTER offers on the tables,’ the critic added. 

Cinematic releases in theaters have all but come to a screeching halt due to COVID-19 and some massive projects have already had to settle for the streaming release. 

McWeeny did not give a figure as to how much the film could go for, but did tweet that there was 'serious pressure' for MGM to sell the film

McWeeny did not give a figure as to how much the film could go for, but did tweet that there was ‘serious pressure’ for MGM to sell the film

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Netflix, Apple TV and other streaming platforms have been scooping up films that would otherwise have theatrical releases

Mulan went straight to Disney Plus for an additional $30 cost to consumers on top of the already $7 subscription plan. 

Coming 2 America will be released by Amazon Studios in December and has been reported as being sold for more than $120million.  

McWeeny did speculate that the film could be sold for several hundred million dollars, responding to a person who commented on the acquisition of Coming 2 America.

No Time to Die will be Daniel Craig’s last time as James Bond and will mark the franchise’s 25th film.  

No Time to Die will be Daniel Craig's last time as James Bond and will mark the franchise's 25th film

No Time to Die will be Daniel Craig’s last time as James Bond and will mark the franchise’s 25th film

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Donald Trump mocks Joe Biden’s drive-in events as ‘tiny’ compared to his rallies

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President Donald Trump criticized Joe Biden as a ‘worn out politician’ as he kicked off a series of campaign rallies in critical battleground states on Saturday.

He mocked his Democratic rival for holding drive-in rallies instead of traditional ones during the coronavirus pandemic.  

‘People in cars – I don’t get it. I’ve never seen so few cars,’ Trump said. ‘And the cars weren’t in a circle. They were too close together. They weren’t socially distanced.’ 

‘It was a tiny little crowd. You head a couple of horns – honk, honk,’ he added. 

The Biden campaign has been intentionally holding smaller rallies during the coronavirus pandemic and many of them have people stay in their cars. Biden held a drive-in event in Bristol, Pennsylvania, on Saturday. 

: ‘I wish I could go car to car to meet you all. I don’t like the idea of all this distance, but it’s necessary,’ Biden told his supporters. ‘What we don’t want to do is become super-spreaders.’ 

President Trump repeated his attacks on Hunter Biden, the son of Joe Biden, during his event. He claimed Hunter Biden made millions from contacts in Russia, the Ukraine and China because his father was vice president.

‘The son had no job, no nothing. Unfortunately was forced out of the military, and all of a sudden he’s making millions of dollars,’ Trump said.

‘His father is in charge of three,’ Trump said referring to Russia, China and Ukraine.

The crowd roared in response ‘lock him up.’  

President Donald Trump criticized Joe Biden as a 'worn out politician' as he kicked off a series of campaign rallies in critical battleground states

President Donald Trump criticized Joe Biden as a ‘worn out politician’ as he kicked off a series of campaign rallies in critical battleground states

President Donald Trump talked to the Lumbee Indian tribe in North Carolina

President Donald Trump talked to the Lumbee Indian tribe in North Carolina

Trump supporters on the Robeson County Fairgrounds

Trump supporters on the Robeson County Fairgrounds

President Trump held an event with a few thousand people in North Carolina

President Trump held an event with a few thousand people in North Carolina

 The president also attacked Biden for saying he wouldn’t end fracking. One of Trump’s campaign arguments against Biden is his claim the Democrat would end the practice that involves injecting liquid at high pressure into subterranean rocks, boreholes, etc. so as to force open existing fissures and extract oil or gas. 

‘He’s either crazy or the worst liar,’ Trump said of Biden’s claims he said he wouldn’t end the practice, which is  used in the battleground state of Pennsylvania.

Trump was courting the Lumbee Indian Tribe during his event. There were several ‘Lumbees for Trump’ signs in the crowd.   Trump said he would sign the Lumbee Recognition Act once he was re-elected.

‘This isn’t a traditional rally. These are short, concentrated remarks that will generally focus on his vision for Native American communities and the forgotten men and women of North Carolina,’ a senior administration official said.

The Lumbee Tribe, which is the largest tribe in North Carolina, the largest tribe east of the Mississippi River and the ninth largest in the nation. 

 ‘On November 3 we will make sure the forgotten men and women are never forgotten again,’ President Trump said. 

‘I’m fighting for every American of every background race, color, and tribe,’ he said to cheers. 

He claimed the Obama administration abandoned Native Americans.

‘Under this administration, you will never be abandoned I will always stand proudly with our incredible Native American community,’ he said. 

He also said Native Americans were hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.

‘Indian country has been hit very hard by the China plague,’ he said. 

Trump’s first of three campaign rallies on Saturday was billed as ‘Fighting for the Forgotten Men and Women.’

it took place on the Robeson County Fairgrounds on a hot and sunny day. A drum beat played in the background as the president spoke.

‘I love the sound of the drum,’ Trump said. 

The president threatened to cut his rally time down because of the heat and joked the sun might make his hair ‘even more blonde.’

‘You mind if I keep this one about one-third because I’m going to be one hell of a burned person,’ the president said. ‘Anyone got some sun protection for your  president?’ 

President Trump and Biden are essentially tied in this critical battleground state. Biden leads by 1.5 points in the RealClearPolitics polling average of North Carolina. 

‘I’ve been back here so many times it might as well be my new home state,’ he told the crowd on Saturday.  

Trump won the state by 3 points in 2016 and is focused on keeping it in his corner. In addition to his multiple campaign visits, Ivanka Trump campaigned in North Carolina earlier this week. 

President Trump mocked the size of the drive-in rallies Joe Biden is holding

President Trump mocked the size of the drive-in rallies Joe Biden is holding

Biden supporters at a drive-in rally in Bristol, Pennsylvania, on Saturday

Biden supporters at a drive-in rally in Bristol, Pennsylvania, on Saturday

A Biden Harris sign at Biden's Saturday car rally

A Biden Harris sign at Biden’s Saturday car rally

The president was in Gastonia, North Carolina, on Wednesday for a campaign rally where there was little social distancing and mask wearing. At least 23,000 people packed the Gastonia Municipal Airport and state health officials told local media they were concerned the campaign trips could led to a spike in COVID cases. 

Coronavirus cases are on the rise in the state. 

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported on Friday a record high of 2,716 new COVID-19 cases, up from 2,400 the day before. 

Trump claimed there wasn’t a vaccine ready because of ‘politics’ and said Biden would delay any vaccine effort.

‘Now we’re bringing her back if Joe Biden and his Democratic socialists gain power. They will delay the vaccine which is happening and we got it coming really soon. In fact, if it weren’t for politics i wouldn’t be surprised it would have been here before,’ he said.

President Trump is on a Saturday campaign spree after casting his ballot in person in Florida Saturday morning. Early voting has started in his home state, which the president needs to win if he wants a second term in the White House. 

‘I voted for a guy named Trump,’ he told reporters afterward. 

With less than two weeks to go both Trump and Biden are on the campaign trail with their running mates and surrogates spread out across the country to rally voters ahead of November 3.  

Trump has sounded confident he will win a second term.

‘Take a look at all how returns coming in. We’re supposed to be behind until the wave, right,’ he told reporters on Air Force One on Friday evening. ‘We’re not way behind. We’re way ahead. We’re way ahead of where we were four years ago. And the wave is going to be much bigger than it was and there’s more enthusiasm now than we ever had four years ago. Four years ago it was amazing.’ 

The president voted for himself at the Palm Beach County Main Library Saturday morning telling reporters it was a ‘very secure vote’ and warning that when you send in your ballot by mail ‘you cannot have security like this’. 

President Trump arrived in North Carolina on Saturday as part of three-state campaign swing

President Trump arrived in North Carolina on Saturday as part of three-state campaign swing

President Donald Trump, who has railed against mail-in voting, cast his ballot in person on Saturday near his Florida home

President Donald Trump, who has railed against mail-in voting, cast his ballot in person on Saturday near his Florida home

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said there was no one else in the ballot station room voting at the same time as the president and confirmed he cast a paper ballot. 

Several supporters had gathered on the stretch of road just outside Trump’s Palm Beach estate and right around the library cheering ‘four more years’ and waving Trump 2020 signs ahead of his appearance.     

After his North Carolina stop, the president has two more rallies – in Ohio and Wisconsin – as continues to court voters with 10 days until Election Day. 

Biden spent Saturday at a campaign rally in Pennsylvania – another critical battleground state. Running mate Kamala Harris was in Ohio and former President Barack Obama campaigned for him in Florida.  

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Operation GGO: Campaign to free Ghislaine Maxwell from jail is launched

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The family of Ghislaine Maxwell has launched a campaign to get her out of jail, claiming she’s lost considerable weight and her human rights were violated. 

Operation GGO, a campaign to ‘get Ghislaine out’ from her Brooklyn prison cell, comes after she previously sought release this summer on a $5million bail related to sex trafficking charges. 

She maintained her innocence, but the Manhattan judge deemed her a flight risk considering she had evaded capture for nearly a year.  

Brian Basham, a family friend and a PR professional, has set out to free Maxwell from the ‘cruel’ and ‘vindictive’ treatment she’s allegedly received at the hands of U.S. authorities.

Basham alleged that the heiress has lost 25lbs since she was placed in custody because guards won’t accommodate her vegan diet, The Telegraph reports.

The former socialite is on remand for child sex trafficking charges linked to Jeffrey Epstein and may be in jail a year before her trial next summer. Pictured, the pair together in 2005

The former socialite is on remand for child sex trafficking charges linked to Jeffrey Epstein and may be in jail a year before her trial next summer. Pictured, the pair together in 2005

When Maxwell complained, Basham told The Telegraph, prison officials simply removed her scales to stop her from recording her weight.

‘She has lost 25lbs in jail but when she complained they took away her weighing machine so she could not weigh herself,’ he told the newspaper.

Basham also alleged that prison officials forced Maxwell to wear clothes made from paper and banned her from wearing bras over fears she’s a suicide risk. 

The concerns echoed those of Jeffrey Epstein, who died by suicide in a Manhattan jail cell last year while awaiting trial. 

Epstein, a New York financier whose reputation was marred with allegations of child molestation, was indicted on sex trafficking and conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking charges.

He was repeatedly accused of the vile act throughout his adult life and pleaded guilty to soliciting a minor for prostitution in Florida in 2008.

He was awaiting trial at the Metropolitan Correctional Center jail in New York City when he committed suicide by hanging inside his jail cell in August 2019.

Epstein’s death rocked the country and was shocking blow for a number of his victims who had come forward.

Maxwell, who was accused of being his ‘madam,’ soon fled and managed to avoid authorities for months before she was detained in New Hampshire. She was charged with six federal crimes, including enticement of minors and sex trafficking.

Basham told The Telegraph that prison guards have stopped talking to Maxwell, who spends her days isolated in a 9ft by 7ft cell.  

Her loneliness, according to Basham, is exacerbated by the fact that letter from family have not reached her.

‘She is unable to talk to her sisters and their letters are being vindictively not given to her,’ he told the publication.

Basham has offered to help the Maxwell’s pro bono to secure her bail ahead of her trial in July 2021. 

He told The Telegraph that he volunteered to spearhead the campaign because ‘because I thought that the dog and pony show put on by the Department of Justice and the FBI had attempted to whip what I think of as a lynch mob into further frenzy.’

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