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he was aged 89. the star passed away peacefully at home this afternoon, surrounded by his family. his entertainment career began when he was aged just 1a, tributes have been paid from the world of showbusiness. nice to see you. to see you... nice. his famous catchphrase made him a household name to millions. former bbc one controller lord grade said he would be missed by the whole country. terribly sad day, the whole nation will be grieving because we have all grown up will be grieving because we have all grown up with bruce, i'm 7a and i grew up with bruce, i used to go and watch rehearsals at sunday night at the palladium when i was a school kid. in other news, spanish police say they believe a terror network behind atrocities in barcelona and cambrils may have been planning a much bigger attack. two people have died and several injured after a stabbing in the finnish city of turku, a man suspected of carrying out the attack was shot by police.
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in the us president trump's chief strategist steve bannon has left his position at the white house. more on the last story now. donald trump's chief strategist steven bannon has left his white house post. his exit follows a review of his position by white house chief of staffjohn kelly. position by white house chief of staff john kelly. he position by white house chief of staffjohn kelly. he was seen as having shaped mr trump's election campaign. lets go straight to our north america correspondent aleem maqbool. what do we know about why and how steve bannon has left? very little at the moment except we have had it confirmed in the last ten minutes or so confirmed in the last ten minutes or so that today is steve bannon‘s last day in thejob so that today is steve bannon‘s last day in the job as chief strategist at the white house. as you say, he
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was widely credited with formulating the strategy that got donald trump to the white house. he came in some time into the election campaign actually. but since then he is also seen to have been someone who shaped donald trump's policy moves on things like the muslim than. other foreign policy initiatives as well. over the last few days there have been rumours, certainly, but his position was under threat. there was a lot more focus on his position as somebody who was seen as having right—wing tendencies, as someone who gave a platform for those who we re who gave a platform for those who were from the right wing forming the breitbart news agency before coming in to the trump campaign. he is accused of much more than that, of even more extreme white extremist tendencies. over the last week or so
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we have had all of that violence in cha rlottesville we have had all of that violence in charlottesville where there was a violent rally in charlottesville. donald trump then didn't condemn the far right activists that were in charlottesville. far right activists that were in cha rlottesville. there far right activists that were in charlottesville. there has been a lot of focus, certainly in the media, thou steve bannon's role and the influence he was having on the white house. in the end, the thing that may have meant that he has left hisjob, or been that may have meant that he has left his job, or been sacked, that may have meant that he has left hisjob, or been sacked, we are not entirely sure exactly what has gone on here. but it is well—known that he didn't get on with some of the other big players in the white house, he was even accused by some officials off the record of leaking information on some of his rivals on the white house staff. there is a new white house chief of staff general kelly, who has been the
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white house forjust over a couple of weeks and he has been reviewing what has gone on there, editors peers that he has decided that steve bannon, a man that was joked about as the brains of —— and it appears. the brains of the white house, as the puppet master, some described him in comedy sketches as mr president, and he has now gone. aleem maqbool, thank you. our washington correspondent. more on that throughout the evening. back to oui’ that throughout the evening. back to our main story. let's stay with those tributes to bruce forsyth, the nation's favourite, the veteran entertainer who's died at the age of 89. lord gradejoins us now. immensely sad day for so many people. for those of us who did not meet him. but especially for people like you who worked with him. i've known him since i was a kid, i used to go to rehearsals at the london palladium
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when he was hosting sunday night at the palladium which made him a star. we have worked together and been loyal and dearfriends we have worked together and been loyal and dear friends ever since some 60 years. i last saw him two weeks ago today. i spent the morning with him at his house. we were reminiscing. his body was frail, his brain as sharp as ever, and he had a wonderful twinkle in his eye. i shall always remember that twinkle, as indeed will the public. indeed, he had that ability to connect with eve ryo ne he had that ability to connect with everyone and he could pull your leg without you feeling diminished by it, it seemed. ithink without you feeling diminished by it, it seemed. i think the public trusted him in a way that they might not trust others. he always left them with their dignity. he was never cruel. he never used dirty material of any kind. he was a family entertainer. he was loved and trusted. where did all of that
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talent come from? how did he learn to do all of those things so well. his dream was to be fred astaire, that's what started him. he went to the cinema and saw fred astaire in a top hat and persuaded his mum and dad in edmonton in north london to ta ke dad in edmonton in north london to take tap dancing lessons. eventually he found he could get laughs. he was doing his routines and he would have sort of pianists who couldn't keep temper and he would keep taking the mickey out of the pianists and getting laughs and it took off from there. so many generations will remember him for so many different things. you talk about sunday night at the palladium, for me it was watching him on the generation game. he transcended the decades, didn't he? no entertainer in entertainment history in america or the uk, i don't think, has managed to be a
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star for three, maybe four different generations and never go out of fashion. show business is about fashion. show business is about fashion. you go in and out of fashion, some go in and out of fashion, some go in and out of fashion quickly, others take a bit longer but they all go out of fashion. bruce never went out of fashion. bruce never went out of fashion. why? how did he manage to be so current no matter which era we are talking about? i think because the public adored him and he never let them down. he neverfailed. he a lwa ys let them down. he neverfailed. he always delivered, he always made you smile, he always made you laugh, and he was a brilliant picture of what shows to do and what shows not to, for every show he said yes to there must have been 1000 that he said no to. he was a consummate judge of his own career. the thing is about people like that who are so accomplished about whatever they do is they make it look so easy. but,
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of course, there is so much effort and rehearsal and practice that goes into it, isn't there? well, he was a warrior before he went on the stage —— warrior. he would worry that everything was right, he had huge input into how these shows were. the generation game, he worked really ha rd generation game, he worked really hard on the format, strictly, the same. “— hard on the format, strictly, the same. —— worrier. he knew what was right and what was wrong. it was never about showing him off, it was about how we could make the show better. he was the most generous performer, he didn't mind anyone else getting laughs. when you think back to the generation game, particularly those sketches they would do towards the end and you'd end up with three different versions of it, with bruce forsyth in each one of them, how well choreographed and blocked were those things? it seemed immensely spontaneous. there was a framework. but you could
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a lwa ys was a framework. but you could always rely on bruce in any situation if things went wrong, or the public messed it up, that he would make capital out of it. he was quick—witted, never at a loss for a line, evenjust to quick—witted, never at a loss for a line, even just to look to camera, you could always rely on him. he loved it when things went wrong, he loved it when things went wrong, he loved it. we get used to that here a little bit as well but i'm not sure we get out of it in such a polished way. who can possibly fill those shoes? is there anybody around who you think is sort of in his image? no, bruce was an original, the same way tommy cooper was and morecambe and wise, frankie howerd. they are unique, indelible personalities and other talent will come a long. i think peter kay is a genius but he's very different from bruce but you are always pleased to see him in that same way. the great thing about
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bruce was that he loved the audience, the audience loved him, and my heart goes out to winnie and the girls and jj, his sun, today, and like the rest of the nation i think we are all grieving with them. we have lost a dear, dearfriend. for me, i suppose, the thing that i will remember is more recently strictly. that was such an extraordinary vehicle for him to bring him to the attention of young viewers who wouldn't have had that sort of back story of his. it was an inspired choice. i think it was the producer who was hatching the show who had the idea for the show and i think it was seeing bruce doing have i got news for you, which was quite a brave thing for bruce to do, she saw him on that and the idea clicked
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in her mind that bruce can dance, can handle compere, handled this show and bruce was smart enough as a lwa ys show and bruce was smart enough as always to spot a great idea for him and he was amazed to have that much success that late in his career. he was always surprised at his success. he was the most modest and humble man in every possible way with his feet firmly grounded all the time. he was a great realist. a very sad day but how wonderful to be left with such great memories, thank you, lord grade, for your insight into his life. annabella sue goran, co ntesta nt his life. annabella sue goran, contestant on the generation game, is joining contestant on the generation game, isjoining us now, she is also a bbc make—up artist and she did this make up make—up artist and she did this make upfor me make—up artist and she did this make up for me tonight. you were telling me in make up how bruce forsyth and the generation game lead you to come
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to the bbc for a career. tell us about it, you are 17 when you appeared on the show. about it, you are 17 when you appeared on the showlj about it, you are 17 when you appeared on the show. i was 17 doing mya appeared on the show. i was 17 doing my a levels at school and i applied to go on to the generation game, originally with my uncle but i ended up originally with my uncle but i ended up going on with my father and we had the most brilliant time and as usual bruce would always prepare a few jokes beforehand, and usual bruce would always prepare a fewjokes beforehand, and as my background is from portugal and i speak portuguese and french, he said to me, what was i going to do after i left school? what was my ambition? isaid to i left school? what was my ambition? i said to work for the bbc. he said, no ambition, which got a great big laugh from the audience, so that was really funny. unbeknown to me during the week, a producerfrom the really funny. unbeknown to me during the week, a producer from the world service, latin american service, phoned me up and said when you finish your a levels come and join us. finish your a levels come and join us. so i then got sent a job
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application, i applied and got onto the secretarial training scheme, and within a year i was working at the latin american service. so it is such a great memory i have of bruce andi such a great memory i have of bruce and i thank him for everything. i didn't stay doing the job at the latin american service, i moved into make—up, which is obviously my passion. but, what a wonderful beginning, and it really was who you know! an extraordinary story, i've obviously known you for a few years and never heard that story before and never heard that story before andi and never heard that story before and i walked in today and you said you were sad because you'd been watching the output and heard he had died, because he was very, very kind to people. he was very kind and a lot of the time when you finished recording the show as a contestant you have a drink in the green room and then you go home but he didn't do that. he stayed, took lots of pictures with people, as many as you wanted, and at the time his
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assistant was his wife andrea redfern, who stayed as well. just really, really kind. and the memories you have when you walk away from something like that is just fantastic, so it is a big loss. everyone comments on his stagecraft and how meticulous he was in his preparation. was not evident to you? it was, because before the show a research came out and took as much information about my father and i as possible, and then we met with him before the show and he obviously thought about how to wind these people up. but it was really good fun and! people up. but it was really good fun and i am very, very sad today. i'm sure you are. what sort of antics did he get you to get up to on the generation show? he could get people to do all sorts of things. he could. you never knew what you would do. iam could. you never knew what you would do. i am at school and i play the recorder, and he got my father to play the recorder because i was
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having lessons. just very funny things. with the ambition to work at the bbc he said small cheques, meaning i had no mission because the bbc gave small cheques. it was one joke after the other with him. we are grateful for joke after the other with him. we are gratefulfor him joke after the other with him. we are grateful for him too for bringing him to us. that will teach you for saying too much in make up. i promised i would never come onto this set. we convinced her. she will be back with the powderpuff in a minute. now on bbc news it's time for sportsday. hello — leah here with today's sportsday — coming up for you tonight. we'll have the latest from edgbaston as england make early inroads into the west indies top order. barcelona have come knocking again. and for a third time liverpool say philippe coutinho is not for sale. it was a strong start for the
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americans but team europe's women golfers are fighting back on the first day of this solheim cup. hello — welcome along tonight. let's head first to edgbaston to catch up on the cricket and the country's first day—night test match. our correspondentjoe wilson is there for us. great early start for england. absolutely, and another great day for alastair cook, england's leading test match player, and he looked relaxed and positive when i saw him, maybe he knew what was coming. double century for him today. let's show you how he got to 200. this
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piece of action is rather symbolic, not just of cook's piece of action is rather symbolic, notjust of cook's batting but also west indies' fielding, it went down to the boundary and it went over the boundary rope. nothing alastair cook can do about that, his job is just to smile and score runs and he does it still in test matches better than a body. we were wondering with the bowling being so invitational whether other english batsmen could ta ke whether other english batsmen could take advantage. dawid malan made 65 and was out just take advantage. dawid malan made 65 and was outjust at take advantage. dawid malan made 65 and was out just at the take advantage. dawid malan made 65 and was outjust at the end of the first session, he might be frustrated with that but he made some kind of impression. we saw other batsmen for england coming and going trying to accelerate the scoring, ben stokes managed to get it somehow into the hands of first slip but the issue was how long england wanted to bat and the man at the crease as england went to 500 was alastair cook, those familiar cut shots down to the boundary. there he was still leading the way as the day progressed, and cook, i suppose, was running out of partners. eventually when he had
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faced 407 balls and made 243, there was an lbw shout which was turned down by the on field umpire but the replay on the review eventually did for alastair cook. that is how it ended finally. is interesting that it was the off—spinner chase who was the west indies' most significant bowler, 4—113, but alastair cook walked off with 243 to the applause of the crowd, handshakes of west indies, and when james of the crowd, handshakes of west indies, and whenjames anderson came in to bowl it was certainly a different game. 0—1 when kraigg brathwaite was dismissed, 13—1 at the tea interval, as we should call it, and two hours to face, very tricky conditions for the west indies batsmen. it is such a one—sided day/night test match so far. joe wilson, thank you for the update. time for a quick look at all the football lines you might have missed today. let's start with liverpool. they've turned down a third offer from barcelona for phillipe coutinho. it's understood the latest offer for the brazilian midfielder is in the
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region of £114 million. the club have already rejected two bids from the spanish giants — the last was 100 million euros, and a week ago they issued a strong statement insisting no offers would be considered, prompting coutinho to hand in a transfer request. everton have shown off their record signing gylfi sigurdsson at the finch farm training ground today. the iceland international moved from swansea city for a club record £45 million this week and will make his debut against manchester city on monday night. and in the last couple of hours, spurs have announced that they've signed the colombian international defender davinson sanchez on a six—year deal. he's 21 years old and has played twice for the national side. over at old trafford jose mourinho is in high spirits — even though manchester united aren't likely to sign any more players in this transfer window. they got off to a flyer in the premier league last sunday, beating west ham 4—0 — but having already got three big transfer deals over the line,
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mourinho says he's happy with the squad. highs said that obviously my plans we re highs said that obviously my plans were for we will be together again for another transfer window in january and another one in the next summer, january and another one in the next summer, so january and another one in the next summer, so there is no pressure from me at all. i'm happy with the squad we have and i'm ready to go without the fourth. meanwhile, at stamford bridgejust don't mention striker diego costa. you'll see why in a minute. antonio conte told the striker he had no future at the club at the end of last season, and since then the pair have had a bitter relationship.
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the blues boss has managed to see the funny side though when asked about the striker saying he'd been treated like a criminal. look at this. laughter it's great... it's great... no, i'm not interested to continue this issue. and i repeat, for me it's the past, stop. in the women's game lucy bronze has completed her transfer from manchester city to the european champions lyon. bronze won the women's super league, the continental cup and also this year's fa cup at city. it's understood bronze turned down the offer of a contract at city which would have made her their highest paid player. and a crofter and georgina hall have
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just won their match, the europeans leading by a point with the other foursomes still to finish. team europe hasn't won the trophy since 2013. all of the world's top six players are out of the china championship and now includes the world war i mark selby. he was beaten 5—4 by the chinese teenager. joe yu—long. selby — the world number one, was competing in a first ranking event since winning his third world championship back in may and his rustiness showed as he failed to pot a couple of simple browns during the match. that left yu—long the opportunity to clinch the 5—4 win. but safely through to the last 16 is five—time
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world champion ronnie o'sullivan. he comfortably beat david gilbert 5—2 and will play another former world champion graham dot in the next round. world record breaking race walker tom bosworth has told the bbc that he's met with fa chairman greg clarke to discuss why there's no openly gay pro footballers in the english game. bosworth told the bbc that clarke was the most important person to have on—side in football's fight against homophobia in football — but added that although coming out has really helped his career, it's important for every athlete to be allowed to approach the issue on their own terms. i felt like it was very much that they almost wanted to create a gay day and have a few footballers come out altogether. what i said was this is such an individual situation for every single one of them, the situation is going to be different, their relationship, they might not be in their relationship, they might not beina their relationship, they might not be in a relationship, there might be no need for them to come out. they might be playing in the premier league but the country they come from, it might still even be illegal
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to be gay so there is no chance of them coming out. every single case is individual. lizzy yarnold is preparing to start the world cup season and hopes it will end in her becoming the first british athlete to retain a winter olympic gold in the women's skeleton. we spent the whole summer training at the university of bath, so that isa at the university of bath, so that is a lot of gym work, olympic lifting, and then transferring that power and expressivity into this print speed for the pushed out. we do lots of mental strengthening and visualisation work. so i am in a really good physical shape, probably better than i was leading into sochl but better than i was leading into sochi. but the difference is mentally i feel i'm a much better and stronger athlete and i'm just excited now that the olympics are six months or less away. won olympic gold medal under your belt already, no one, man or woman, has ever defended the title. how big is that for you? trying to retain my olympic title and being the first
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olympian to do that is what i strive for and that's the reason i get out of bed in the morning. i'm excited to even have this challenge and to be supported by my team, but also to give the fans something more to support me with, and i want to take them along on that journey. support me with, and i want to take them along on thatjourney. i wouldn't be here if it wasn't for the lottery funding and other people who have supported me. i am hugely excited to go to my second olympics and retain that title. that is the goal. lizzie talking to david mcdaid. from double olympic silver medallist to star baker — becky james told everyone about her retirement from track cycling on social media yesterday. but today she's explained why she's opted to retire at the age of 25 and swap life in the velodrome for a career in the kitchen. i have always baked but when i moved to manchester in 2010 i had a lot of free weekends so i started baking a lot more and will take my cakes to the track on monday and given to the mechanics and coaches and all of the
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staff and they seemed to go down really well. i really enjoyed of having the praise from everyone saying they enjoy the cakes and i started doing more and more and i was asked to do a friend's wedding ca ke was asked to do a friend's wedding cake in 2015 and i was asked to do a couple more wedding cakes and it evolved from there. that is all from sportsday. there will be more sport here on bbc news throughout the evening. this is bbc news. i'm martine croxall. the headlines at 7pm: the legendary entertainer sir bruce forsyth has died at the age of 89. from strictly come dancing to the generation game — he was one of britain's best loved stars. nice to see you, to see you nice! he'd entertained millions of people on screen for more than seven decades. tributes have been paid from the world of showbusiness. he was never cruel, he never used
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dirty material of any kind, he was ourfamily entertainer. dirty material of any kind, he was our family entertainer. he was loved and trusted. in spain, armed police shoot dead five suspected jihadists overnight in the coastal town of cambrils following a second vehicle attack.
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