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Star Wars and Flash Gordon among films given stricter ratings due rise in complaints

The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has changed the age ratings of several classic movies from PG to 12A. The board says the tighter classifications have been put in place “to ensure policies remain in step with parental expectations and societal standards”.

A PG rating says a film should not unsettle a child aged around eight or older, while 12A recommends children under 12 should not watch without being accompanied by an adult.

Of 93 complaints made to BBFC in 2020, 27 were about Flash Gordon’s 40th anniversary re-release.

The re-release was reclassified up to 12A due to the inclusion of “discriminatory stereotypes”.

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The Elephant Man had its rating tightened due to “moderate threat, upsetting scenes and injury detail” and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back was classified from a U to PG for “moderate violence and mild threat”.

BBFC chief executive David Austin said: “We talk to over 10,000 people every four-five years to revise our Classification Guidelines.

“As a result of changing standards in society, it is not infrequent that a distributor will submit something to us that we have classified in the past, but which we need to take a fresh look at under our current guidelines.

“The issue of discrimination is one of the core issues set out in our guidelines, and in 2020, the tragic death of George Floyd and the subsequent Black Lives Matter protests showed how important it is that discrimination be tackled and flagged up wherever it occurs.”

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'I think Prince Harry's lost the plot' Richard Madeley blasts Duke's royal life complaints

The star also revealed that he is saddened to see the change in the Duke’s behaviour since he left the UK to start a new life in America with wife Meghan Markle and their two young children, Archie and their newborn daughter Lilibet.

The ITV host said in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk: “I think Harry’s lost the plot I’m sad to say because I think, fundamentally, Harry is a decent man. 

“I think he’s a decent guy, who, like many people, has had bad, difficult experiences in his life. 

“I mean, very few of us lead a charmed existence, so I don’t think that makes him particularly special.


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Our Yorkshire Farm's Amanda Owen calls daughter staff amid 'breeding workforce’ complaints

Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda Owen, 46, didn’t hold back from lightheartedly branding her youngest child, four-year-old Nancy, “staff” in her latest Instagram post. It comes after some Our Yorkshire Farm viewers aired their complaints about Amanda and her husband Clive Owen, 66, and claimed they were “breeding their own workforce”, as their nine children are happy to help out with tasks on Ravenseat farm.
Amanda shared a series of sweet photos of Nancy herding the family’s flock of sheep ahead of the latest episode of their hit Channel 5 show airing this evening.

Amanda was also pictured sharing a conversation with Nancy, who smiled for the camera.

The mum-of-nine captioned the post in view of her 315,000 followers: “Marking lambs to turn away to the moor & a pep talk for the staff.”

She also added the hashtags: “#shepherdess #yorkshire #terrier #sheep #dog #markingup #turnaway #flock.”

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However, Amanda was quick to insist that their children are willing to get involved in helping out on the farm and that it teaches them the important lesson of responsibility as they grow up.

Amanda and Clive have a busy life running Ravenseat farm with the help of their nine children, Annas, Violet, Edith, Raven, Clemmy, Nancy, Reuben, Miles, and Sidney.

The family have 1,000 sheep, 40 cows, six dogs and four ponies to take care of on their 2,000 acre piece of land in Upper Swaledale.

Speaking out on the backlash on the first episode of the Channel 5 show, Amanda declared: “We all have to work together as a family. I really don’t feel that’s a bad lesson. 

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Tesco issues face mask announcement after complaints – masks still mandatory

Tesco has responded to complaints after a large number of shoppers stopped wearing face masks in the store. Lockdown restrictions might start to ease but Britain’s biggest retailer wants to keep their aisles safe.
The supermarket insists that face masks are mandatory at all times. 

Tesco wants to make clear that rules are still in place and wearing a face mask is required unless you are exempt.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, ensuring a safe environment in the stores for people to buy their groceries has been the UK retailer’s number one goal.

They are committed to protecting their customers but also their employees.


The retailer also introduced other rules to ensure their customer’s safety, including the introduction of one-way systems or social distancing markings.

Tesco keeps encouraging people to shop alone to avoid the spread of the virus.

Since July 2020, the government has required everyone in England to wear a face mask in supermarkets.

However, it wasn’t until the beginning of 2021 when some supermarkets like Morrisons or Sainsbury’s started to ban shoppers without a mask.

Tesco, Asda and Waitrose followed soon after and started to deny entry to shoppers that didn’t want to follow the rules.

Retailers have been criticised in the past for not doing enough to stop people from breaking Covid rules as infections spread.

With this reminder, Tesco is making sure that customers won’t relax as lockdown restrictions ease.

In this latest statement, they are making clear that their priority is to keep protecting their shoppers and workers.

A Tesco spokesperson said: “Since the start of the pandemic, we have focused on ensuring everyone can get the food they need in a safe environment.”

“To protect our customers and colleagues, we won’t let anyone into our stores who is not wearing a face covering, unless they are exempt in line with Government guidance.”

“We are also asking our customers to shop alone, unless they’re a carer or with children,” the spokesperson added.

“To support our colleagues, we will have additional security in stores to help manage this.”

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Lorraine hit with Ofcom complaints over 'misleading' pictures

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Lorraine Kelly’s TV show Lorraine has received 53 Ofcom complaints after viewers spotted a major flaw in a photograph used during a segment about the Himalayas.

During the programme, the television presenter showed photographs of climate change, discussing the issue about Himalayan pollution levels.

On April 22, the host spoke to Mike Gunton, the producer of the documentary The Year Earth Changed, the Daily Star reports.

Narrated by David Attenborough and filmed entirely during lockdown, Lorraine praised Mike and the show, but viewers were not as impressed.

They quickly took to social media to call the show out for using what they claim looks like photoshopped images.

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Lorraine viewers took to social media to try and debunk the photo

Following this apparent transformation of scenery from murky to clear, a few people took to social media to try and debunk the photo – saying there was something amiss with the image.

It has been confirmed that 53 complaints have been registered to the regulator.

A spokesperson for ITV‘s Lorraine said: “The images that were used are taken directly from the David Attenborough documentary ‘The Year the Earth Changed’.

“The before and after was screen grabbed to show the difference, as it is shown via animation in the documentary.”

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Last week, the star told the producer: “One of the most remarkable sequences was seeing the Himalayas before and after. Before people in Pakistan couldn’t see them – you can see the split-screen there.

“Before it was like smog and then look at that – crystal clear views, remarkable isn’t it.”

But the viewers took issue with an apparent transformation of scenery.

One tweet read: “How the earth changed in lockdown #lorraine this photo has the same exact washing on the line a year apart? Photoshopped I think?”

Another hit out, saying: “This is quite a extraordinary. Lorraine Kelly caught peddling certified climate lies. Hard to believe what I’m seeing here.”

Another added: “I think we are owed an explanation by @reallorraine and her employers at ITV as to why they think it’s acceptable to lie to the general public.”

Videos of the clip hit social media – and many were so unhappy that the filed complaints to Ofcom over the ‘misleading’ global warming shots.

One twitter user said: “So they have returned to the Himalayas wearing the same clothes?

“They think we are stupid, these people!”

Alexander Zverev will finally get Roger Federer wish after weeks of complaints

Ahead of the Miami Open, the 23-year-old added: “I know what I would change, but it doesn’t really matter because I’m not the one deciding.

“The ATP or whoever is in charge, I don’t think they really completely care about my opinion, to be honest.

“No offense to anyone, but I think there’s other players that they might listen to more, they might listen to their opinions more because they are just greater champions and they deserve to be listened to more.”

Zverev then asked the Miami Open press conference room if he should be ranked above Federer.

Piers Morgan teases ITV return with Life Stories update despite concerns over complaints

“Thanks Andrew – don’t worry, I’m filming some more soon,” he wrote on Twitter.

Taking to the comments section, the good news left fans excited for what’s to come.

“Great show. This programme shows you have a heart, you still ask the questions we all want the answers to, without it sounding offensive,” one noted.

Another said: “This show is what you are brilliant at, also visiting the Jails in America. You don’t need to argue with everyone as you’re brilliant at this.”

“Nice to see you back on tv @piersmorgan you have been missed,” a third cheered.

Gogglebox stars hit with Ofcom complaints after mocking Royal Family over Oprah interview

Ofcom also received complaints about the interview itself after 4,398 voiced concerns following it airing on ITV.

Piers Morgan’s comments on Good Morning Britain about how he didn’t believe Meghan then received the highest amount of complaints ever on UK television.

Following his rant on GMB last Monday morning, the show was hit with 57,121 complaints.

Piers has since stepped down as the morning anchor on the show, standing by his comments.

Gogglebox airs on Channel 4 on Fridays.

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Piers later stood by his comments about Meghan in a tweet on Wednesday morning accompanied by an image of Winston Churchill.

He wrote: “On Monday, I said I didn’t believe Meghan Markle in her Oprah interview.

“I’ve had time to reflect on this opinion, and I still don’t.

“If you did, OK. Freedom of speech is a hill I’m happy to die on.

“Thanks for all the love, and hate. I’m off to spend more time with my opinions.”

Meghan and Harry’s interview with Oprah is available on the ITV Hub now.

Lewis Hamilton expected to have Max Verstappen complaints as Mercedes warned over Red Bull

Lewis Hamilton will be “grumbling a lot” about Max Verstappen throughout the 2021 Formula One season reckons Dutch racing driver Tom Coronel. The Red Bull driver is expected to be the main outside threat to Mercedes’ dominance this year.
Hamilton won a record-equalling seventh world title last year courtesy of finishing 124 points clear of team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

The Briton has won six of the last seven available titles in the hybrid engine era with Nico Rosberg triumphant in 2016 before retiring, with Bottas replacing him.

The Finn has however failed to truly threaten Hamilton since then while Verstappen’s 2020 Drivers’ Championship charge was hampered by five DNFs.

The 23-year-old finished on the podium in 11 of the 12 races he completed but finished third behind Bottas in the final standings.

Yet Red Bull hope that they can continue to claw back the gap to the Silver Arrows after winning the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix last year in style, although Mercedes were met with accusations that they deliberately held back on power with both championships already won.

And Verstappen’s countryman Coronel, who continues to drive in the World Touring Car Championship having also competed at the 24 Hours of Le Mans 10 times, reckons he can frustrate Hamilton this year.

The 23-race season begins in Bahrain on March 28 with Red bull eager to get off to a strong start unlike in previous years.

Coronel expects the battle between the Milton Keynes-based team and world champions Mercedes to be much closer this year and thinks having Verstappen constantly in his wing mirrors will eke out some complaints from Hamilton.

“Hamilton became world champion in recent years, of course, way too early, well before the end of the season,” Ziggo Sport F1 analyst Coronel told Formula1.nl.

“But that was then: I am seriously expecting something special this year.

“Honda will do everything in its power with a new engine before they leave Formula One again. Because it has to happen now.

“I’m not saying Max will be champion, but we’re going to hear Hamilton grumbling a lot about the on-board radio.

“He always does that when someone is panting in his neck. Hamilton has had it way too easy in recent years.

“Red Bull is only getting closer to Mercedes, the difference simply cannot be greater than last year. Honda goes all-in.

“If they don’t succeed this year, it will never work again.”

Red Bull boss Christian Horner previewed the upcoming season with Sky Sports F1 this week after the launch of his team’s RB16B 2021 car.

“It’s certainly our target [to catch Mercedes],” he said. “We’ve also had a regulation change – a subtle regulation change but it’s still quite impactful.

“So the whole team has worked incredibly hard in difficult conditions obviously over the winter with the lockdown and so on.

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“Hopefully we can come out of the box competitively, that’s been our Achilles heel in previous years, we haven’t turned up and been competitive from the get-go.

“Hopefully this year we can be competitive from the first race in Bahrain.”

He added of Verstappen’s new team-mate Sergio Perez, who joins from Racing Point now rebranded as Aston Martin: “He’s got so much experience, over 10 years in Formula One.

“I’ve known Sergio a long time, he’s always had this trait of being gentle on the tyres and very, very strong in race conditions.

“I think that brings another dynamic for us. Strategically, hopefully it’ll create more options for us as well.

“He’s been familiarising himself with one of the older cars to get himself back up to speed and learn some of our procedures and the way that we operate.

“He’s impressed the whole team with his attitude and his approach so far. It’s down to what they do on the track at the end of the day.

“Max is a tough customer to have as a team-mate, but we want both drivers up there and need both of them up there.

“To have any chance at all of closing that gap and putting Mercedes under pressure, we need both drivers firing on all cylinders.”