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this is bbc news. the headlines at 8pm. the struggling department—store chain house of fraser is bought by mike ashley's sports direct for £90 million, but what it means for its 17 and a half thousand staff is still unclear. i think we are just all trying to keep each other up and try to stay motivated and hope for a good outcome. we hope they will find some solution, finally. it is not finished yet. england cricketer ben stokes tells the jury at his trial he doesn't remember knocking a man unconscious during a fight outside a nightclub last year. a muslim convert is facing life injailfor a plot to kill a hundred people in a terror attack outside the disney store on oxford street. also this hour, 1600 people have been evacuated from camp sites after flash floods hit the south of france. a 70—year—old german man is missing after his caravan was swept away. 0h oh my god. it is a medical at don.
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he is getting right? and on the film review... jason statham battles a 75 foot prehistoric shark in "the meg". we'll hear what jason solomons thought of that and the rest of this week's releases at 8:45. hello and very good evening to you. welcome to bbc news. the struggling department store house of fraser has been bought, just hours after going into administration by sports direct. its owner mike ashley says he wants to turn the chain into the harrods of the high street. sports direct is paying £90 million for the business, which is 169 years old. house of fraser has 59 stores across the country, 31 of them had been earmarked for closure, but mike ashley said
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in a statement he'll be doing his best to keep as many open as possible. so this evening, the 17 and a half thousand strong staff wait to find out exactly what he plans to do with his acquisition. our business correspondent emma simpson reports. glasgow, where house of fraser began. it's early doors and staff are fearing the worst. i don't think i have an understanding of it yet. it's not really been explained to us at all. i think we're all trying to keep each other up, stay motivated and hope for a good outcome. today, shoppers had to wait. in hull, many worried about losing one of their favourite stores. now this one, where we going to shop? at ourage? but by the time the doors opened across the country, this 169—year—old chain had a new owner. what happened to house of fraser
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today is the most shocking example yet of the distress that is currently playing out on our high streets. it's now in the hands of one of retail‘s most controversial and colourful bosses, who made his fortune with a chain known for stacking it high and selling it cheap. mike ashley is never far from the headlines, often for all the wrong reasons. a lot of cash there. yes, i've been to the casino. he has certainly done well. his business empire includes newcastle united football club and that controlling stake in sports direct, with nearly 500 stores, employing nearly 18,000 people. he owns the premium casual wear chain flannels and he has also taken a big stake in debenhams, french connection and already owned 11% already house of fraser. so what is he up to? he likes to gamble and i wouldn't bet against him.
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this retail expert has worked closely with him. sports direct tried to buy house of fraser in 2014, so they have always had a long held ambition to own department stores. they already own some premium brands, but this gives him access to the tommy hilfigers, hugo bosses of the world in a more meaningful way. the question remains, how many of the 59 stores he wants to trade, but this is a once—in—a—lifetime opportunity. mike ashley says he will do his best to keep as many open as possible. 31 had already been due to close, like this one in darlington, and then there are the suppliers. this nottingham menswear company is one of many who are worried they won't be getting paid. the impact is, yes, it will affectjobs, yes, it could affect the suppliers and sadly we could seek supplies go bankrupt because of it. challenging times. the chairman of this department store is a retail veteran and speaks for the industry. it is a perfect storm,
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where retailers are faced with quite big cost pressures at the same time the consumer is choosing to shop in different ways. as a result, we've seen quite a lot of this over the last six months or so. i fear there is more to come. the chancellor hinted again today that he is considering a tax on online retailers to level the playing field. many of house of fraser's problems, though, were self—inflicted, a weak business loaded with debt. it will take skill and an awful lot of investment to turn it around. emma simpson, bbc news. let's speak now to james hughes, james is the chief market analyst at axitrader, and hejoins me down the line from north london. thank you very much for being with us thank you very much for being with us this evening on bbc news. any great surprise that mike ashley came
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up great surprise that mike ashley came up with the money at the last—minute? up with the money at the last-minute? not necessarily. i think this is what he does, isn't it? he waits to the last minute and we have to remember with house of fraser, this has been the case for a long time. we have almost been waiting for the administrators to go into house of fraser and we have seen the poor results in them struggling and he has seen that himself. of course there have been other beats that we have been waiting for that not necessarily materialised and by the time they have the business in order, this is what he does, comes in the last minute and scoops it up and he will feel like he got a bargain and he has been wanting to get into department stores or have more stake in the department stores for a long time. this gives him a perfect opportunity. he has more range than many people might think given the popular image he has with sports direct. french connection, he has an interest in and also this store
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flannels which many people may not know so much about which perhaps in some ways is closer to the type of thing that you would associate with house of fraser than sports direct. absolutely and what he has been trying to do for quite a while, he is getting more into the luxury goods area and many people hear him and think of sports direct and bargain base basement and selling, but what he wants to get into the luxury goods area. we have a drummer with house of fraser that it is a department store that stocks big brands which will give them the opportunity to get his foot in the door. even allowing for that. he has some very big practical problems to deal with. one of the things that family seems to have pushed house of fraser over the limit of what it could sustain was the big rise in
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business rates, up by nearly £4 million, £2321; millionjust business rates, up by nearly £4 million, £2321; million just because the government revaluation and those types of problems are not getting easier especially at a time when footfall in stores is dropping. that is probably one of the biggest issues that house of fraser has, it issues that house of fraser has, it is not just house issues that house of fraser has, it is notjust house of fraser that is struggling on the high street, retail has been struggling for a tame and there are seasonal expectations are going to retail in the moment we have come through a summer the moment we have come through a summer with good weather, we expect retail numbers to get better. but they also haven't necessarily done particularly well is the online residence which is what mike ashley has done well with sports direct and push their online presence. and that is what house of fraser needs to do. we know online shopping, how big
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thatis, we know online shopping, how big that is, and house of fraser has a much bigger and better presence online to make sure they earn the money to keep the retail store opened. one more thought because of the anxiety of the staff is important to raise this question. there were plans to close 30 of these stores of the 59, i think 31 we re these stores of the 59, i think 31 were due to shot and were slated to be shut. d think that will still happen? 0rdo be shut. d think that will still happen? or do you think there is reason to think that those may be saved? there is reason to believe that some of them could be saved and ido that some of them could be saved and i do not think that is out of the realms of possibility but to think that they all could necessarily be saved, i do not think that would be the case, we have to arrive at house of fraser is still a retailer that has been struggling. chief market a nalyst, has been struggling. chief market analyst, thank you for being with us this evening. and we'll find out how this story — and many others — are covered
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in tomorrow's front pages at 10:40 and 11:30pm this evening in the papers. our guests joining me tonight are the times' political correspondent henry zeffman and the guardian columnist dawn foster and i bet that house of fraser will be featured on some of the papers. stay with us for that. the england cricketer, ben stokes, has denied being very drunk and enraged when he got into a fight outside a nightclub in bristol last september. ben stokes has been giving evidence for a second day at his trial. the 27 year old admitted throwing several punches, but said he didn't remember knocking a man unconscious. he denies affray. the man he's accused of hitting is on trial alongside him. phil mackie reports from bristol crown court. ben stokes arrived at court for the fifth day of his trial and his second in the witness box. he was shown cctv footage filmed outside the club on the night of the fight. he denied offering £300 to a doorman who would not let him in, saying he would not even pay that to get into the best club in london. the england star also refuted claims he made fun of a gay couple in an offensive manner and had thrown a cigarette at them. mr stokes said he punched two men because they were abusing the gay
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men and had threatened him. but he said he couldn't remember what they'd said. the prosecutor said... the cricketer admitted drinking two or three beers, six or seven vodkas and some jagerbombs as well. the england star was shown the phone footage of a fight in which he knocked the men out, but again insisted he was acting in self—defence. the prosecutor said... "absolutely not," said the cricketer. the england star was asked whether he'd misheard what was being said, if he got the wrong end of the stick. no, he said, he felt the gay men were being threatened and so was he. one of the men he knocked out, his co—defendant ryan ali, also gave evidence today. he denied arming himself with a bottle to use as a weapon during the fight. he told the court mr stokes had been very angry and looking for someone to pick on.
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he still suffers from double vision after his eye socket was fractured. all the witnesses and both defendants have finished giving evidence. ryan ali and ben stokes will return on monday to hear closing speeches before the jury is sent out later next week to consider its verdicts. phil mackie, bbc news, bristol. a muslim convert from kent, who plotted to use a van to run down shoppers on london's oxford street has pleaded guilty to terror offences at the old bailey. twenty—six year old lewis ludlow researched potential targets around the capital. his targets included the disney store. charlotte gallagher reports from there. ludlow monitor the attack attractions like this one, places popular with families with young children. you plan to hire a van to inflict as much damage as possible.
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it is so easy to understand, this reason to follow... ludlow swearing allegiance to the islamic state group and had been on the police radar since 2010 after attending a demonstration organised by a radical hate preacher. it was in march this year that he planned a terror attack, travelling to london and taking these reconnaissance photos, the disney store and madam to solids. madam to solids is one of london's most popular attractions, and that is why it ludlow selected it as one of his potential targets. knowing huge groups of people including children and possibly school trips could be queuing up outside. detectives found this note planning the attack ripped up in his been. no barriers preventing the van
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mounting the payment and it is expecting nearly a hundred could be killed in the attack. this case particularly with ludlow, another statistic to an already growing number taking place mean security risk to us generally in the united kingdom tends to be at the second—highest. kingdom tends to be at the second-highest. at court today, ludlow admitted be terror plot and sending money to is members in the philippines. a deadly attack which would have hit one of london's busiest streets of 48... avoided. police say that ludlow believes he isa police say that ludlow believes he is a soldier of islamic state and he is a soldier of islamic state and he isa is a soldier of islamic state and he is a serious danger to the public. he will be sentenced in november. it is just approaching 815. —— 8:15pm. the headlines on bbc news... the struggling department—store chain house of fraser is bought by mike ashley's sports direct for 90 million pounds,
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but what it means for its 17 and a half thousand staff is still unclear. england cricketer ben stokes tells the jury at his trial he doesn't remember knocking a man unconscious during a fight outside a nightclub last year. a muslim convert is facing life injailfor a plot to kill a hundred people in a terror attack outside the disney store on 0xford street. sport now and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's will perry. we will tell you about a perfect start to the manchester united, but first and the athletics championship, there has been british success on the track. what can you tell us? just a few moments after matthew hudson smith just claimed gold in the men's 400 metre, and the camera cannot keep make them out but
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a really good performance. most impressive in the semifinal but he delivered on the gold. that was a gold medal and he has that now. a bronze medal, a surprise and doyle finished in last place in that. thompson got a silver medal, a gutsy effort and put it all out on the track. she needed to win by 30.5 seconds. just ten second gap she had but you settled for silver and she said it was a terrific learning experience and lunch will take into the championships next year. and in the championships next year. and in the 200 metres, trying to do the double and she will be back out tomorrow night. thank you very much, live for us in berlin. diving board in edinburgh where britain had a decent championship. britain's most decorated diver and his partner,
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world champions and looking good after topping the leader board with five dives but the last one was not strong enough meeting gold went to russia so a silver for great britain and a third medalfor him at russia so a silver for great britain and a third medal for him at these championships. the new premier league season is under way and manchester united are taking on lester at old trafford and we played 17 minutes there and united made a perfect start. it hit the arm of a man and the referee pointed to the spot but paul pogba the stepped up. fred is making his united debut as is james madison. they are in the 18th minute now. despite lengthy rain delays, lords on day two against nds. england's cricketers are in control. they bowled india
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out for 107. takes to after a full day lost to rain, lords resets. hopefully this time, they will get to decrease at least. so this was progress after a long wait out through the long room and into the path ofjimmy anderson. england have chosen to bowl and here is why. they barely saw his fifth delivery and anderson worked magic with clouds and they helped move a bowl to make and they helped move a bowl to make a wicket. and followed again by drizzle. they eventually got back out but all the pauses can make it difficult to know if you're coming or going. and he was definitely going, run out by the new boy. he left and everyone followed somewhat faster. they have been asking for rainfor faster. they have been asking for rain for weeks in these parts just not right now, england will want to get back out there especially as they are on top. initially they
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would have needed a boat. this is his last test after 49 years here. somehow he and his team cleared up by five and how grateful england should be for here in the england sunshine was their golden wicket, and india's captain going to chris wilkes. and sam curran removed him. jimmy anderson returned to them, and they were bowled out for 107 and on a day of water and waiting for most of all wickets. golf now in gary woodland leads the pga championship from one shot from kevin kisner, and layers are looking to make the cut and early projections make that even par at the moment but a long way to go and a lot of players have yet to start their second round. jordan spieth, perry's lead close to the cut mark. costly errors but with a
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shot of making the weekend. justin rose finished with an up and down round, and he is still for under par. that is all the sport for now. 1-0 par. that is all the sport for now. 1—0 for manchester united against leicester and 20 minutes play there. more from sports day at 10:30pm. will parry from the sportscenter. hundreds of people, many of them foreign holidaymakers, have been moved to safety in the south of france after flash flooding tore through towns and villages. police are searching for a 70 year old man who went missing while looking after children at a camp site near the river ardeche. the storms followed a period of unusually hot weather across much of europe. richard lister reports. after the heatwave, the deluge. hailstones as big as marbles fell in south—eastern france as thunderstorms rolled in. torrential rain turned drought—hit rivers into raging torrents. lapping at waterside homes,
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spilling over roads and causing chaos downstream. several campsites were quickly overwhelmed. the water moving through with such force that camping gear and picnic tables were swept away. more than 400 police and firefighters fanned out to search for stranded tourists. some were found hypothermic and clinging to trees. these german teenagers were in a campsite near avignon when the floods struck. they were among more than 100 people who had to be rescued, most with only the clothes they were wearing. "we couldn't even take a suitcase", she said, "but the most important thing is that we are all 0k". later, though, a german man in his 70s was reported missing. the caravan he took refuge in was swept away.
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in the ardeche gorge 150 people kayaking and hiking had to be led to safety. it was pretty intense, on the river and on the banks, seeing such devastation. i have witnessed the river come up quite a bit over the last 12 years that i have worked out here, but i have never witnessed it at this time of the year when there are so many tourists here and i think that was the biggest thing that caught people out, was the fact that so many people did not know what they were doing. it was an abrupt and frightening finish to the holiday season for many. but the torrent swept debris through the surrounding towns and villages, causing damage here, too. vaison—la—romaine in provence became a giant water chute. in ardeche, streets churned with dangerous floodwater engulfing cars. the wind, rain and hail damaged roofs, broke windows and flooded basements. a violent end to a long, hot summer. richard lister, bbc news.
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warmer weather, the football world cup and the royal wedding, all helped lift economic growth in the three months tojune. the office for national statistics says britan's economy grew by 0.4% in that period, compared with a rate of 0.2% in the first quarter of the year. but the 0ns added that underlying growth remained modest, and crucial exports were down, as our economics correspondent andy verity reports. a hot, dry summer, nice while it lasts, and the same applies to the economic climate, which warmed up in the second quarter of the year and forgot all about the beast from the east. this brtish—made crop sprayer uses cutting edge technology so farmers can avoid re—spraying the same ground to an accuracy of an inch. and it has prospered on investment and exports. we have been out of able to expand the site, making the site fit for purpose for going forward because we see whatever happens with brexit,
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we export 40% of our product around the world, to many different countries and so we have people wanting our product. the heat may have helped the economy, but it is far from a bumper harvest. in the eight years before the financial crisis, the economy grew by on average to 2.8% per year. but in the eight years since then, it has been far slower, just 1.9%. and the chancellor philip hammond is aware that growth overall in the year tojune was just 1.3%. are you really satisfied with that growth rate? obviously, we want our economic growth to be higher and we do that by investing in skills and infrastructure and technology. there is no alternative but to keep investing in our economy, to improve our performance and deliver the sustainably higher wages that we want to see in this country. the bank of england is convinced that the economy is now growing fast enough that there is a danger that wages take off.
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but that's highly controversial. although pay has grown more than inflation, the average pay rise is still much smaller than it was before the financial crash. if the economy is growing fast enough, many of us are not obviously reaping the benefits. we were looking for a bounce in second quarter after that weak first quarter with all the snow, but actually, the bounce that we got was quite small in our view, given all the supportive factors that you had like the good weather. and that goes back to a weak underlying picture. household spending growth has slowed quite a lot since 2016 because real wages are not rising, people do not feel any richer and they are not growing theirspending. while some companies has picked up, successful exporters like this firm are the exception, not the rule. manufacturing is shrinking, consumer spending is weak and share prices fell today. to traders, there is one big grey cloud forming on the economic horizon, the risk of aa no—deal brexit. business leaders have
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called on the government to scrap its targets for net migration after britain leaves the european union. the confederation of british industry said the targets should be replaced with a new system that ensures people coming to the uk make a positive contribution to the economy. the home office said it's committed to reducing net migration to ‘tens of thousands'. a strike by ryanair pilots in five countries has forced the cancellation of about 400 flights. around 75,000 passengers have been affected. ryanair says most have been put on alternative flights. pilots are protesting about their conditions and pay. rya nair says its pilots are paid more than those at other budget airlines. let's ta ke let's take a look at the weather prospects now. here is a look. a very tangible weekend on the way and most places will have a dry day on saturday in more places will have
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rain at times on sunday. heavier rain at times on sunday. heavier rain early on today and localised flooding and all the wet weather is moving out to the north sea so things are calming down slowly. clear skies means it will be chilly tonight except in the southwest where there is more cloud. a lot of dry and sunny weather to greet the start of the weekend. it will cloud over gradually and more rain and cloud coming in. further north and east, cloud amounts will increase, it will be dry into pitchers maybe initiate up from today. second half of the week and things look very different. 0utbreaks of the week and things look very different. 0utbrea ks of of the week and things look very different. outbreaks of rain coming into england and wales and pushing slowly northwards across scotland. maybe a little drier outside of the showers in northern ireland. quite muqqy showers in northern ireland. quite muggy air so despite the rain, temperatures again 20—22dc. appearing on friends, when she
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played chandler's drag queen dad had not been great because she said frankly it was all like a clique. i wonder if this is bbc news. the headlines at 8pm. the struggling department—store chain house of fraser is bought by mike ashley's sports direct for £90 million, but what it means for its 17 and a half thousand staff is still unclear. i think we are just all trying to keep each other up and try to stay motivated and hope for a good outcome.
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we hope they will find some solution, finally. it is not finished yet. england cricketer ben stokes tells the jury at his trial he doesn't remember knocking a man unconscious during a fight outside a nightclub last year a muslim convert is facing life injailfor a plot to kill a hundred people in a terror attack outside the disney store on oxford street. 1600 people have been evacuated from camp sites after flash floods hit the south of france. more now on the future of the troubled department store, house of fraser. well, in belfast, the store opened in 2008 with high hopes as part of a major redevelopment. 0ur ireland correspondent, emma vardy, looks at the potential impact of the latest developments. the opening of house of fraser came at a time of widespread change for northern ireland. since then, belfast has welcomed increasing numbers of shoppers and tourists. the arrival of this store is still remembered as a moment the city felt revived.
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i think it was the beginning of things improving in belfast and you saw a lot of lines there that he did not get in other stores. and rather than being overshadowed, independent retailers in the city say they rely on house of fraser's success. it is incredible, it is such a huge draw, for locals, for tourists and also for the huge amount of staff that work there, you know, you think about the disposable income that we, as the smaller retailers, depend on. belfast‘s house of fraser escaped the cull when half the uk's stores were earmarked for closure last month, but now, under the sports direct takeover, plans for its future are unclear. but the deal has been cautiously welcomed here, if it means that any possibility of losing a store that is so key to the city can be avoided. i think we have always been very careful to say, look, the high street is not dying, the high street is going through a creative reconstruction, like any reconstruction process, that is not without its casualties. so, can sports direct‘s mike ashley breathe new life into the brand? sports direct seems quite a jump
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from house of fraser. it doesn't really, in my mind, really fit together very well. house of fraser has kind of pitched itself as a high end brand, i don't know whether that would maybe devalue it slightly or change its market, or, ultimately, if it keeps the employees in a job, i think it is a good thing. in the short term at least, people here still have theirjobs and belfast still has its flagship department store. emma vardy, bbc news, belfast. one man who knows more about retail than most in politics is lord randolph. he owned a family department store himself and finally close the business after 120 years in 2015. earlier he spoke to me
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about what he thinks has changed for retailers. i think retailing and customers have changed at what they want and what they expect have changed but it has happened in such a rate that retailers have been slow to catch up with it. obviously, online has made the biggest and most dramatic effect i think on retailing. and certainly in department stores, the old idea of the grace bros, which we were often likened to, is no longer something that people actually enjoy, apart from, and you had it in your package, some of the older generation are not so keen on online shopping, not so keen on the new ways. they want a bit of service that unfortunately the old—fashioned type
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of stalls are being squeezed out. it is interesting. the sort of store you were running where you would have had lots of different products back in the end he work your rating if you like it seems to have vanished. the modern department stores basically seemed to be large spaces in which lots of concessions, in other words lots of brands, seem to run their own business within them. that was a model from quite a few years ago in fact. we were ourselves suggested that we could look at doing something like that. you don't really have full control of it. and, i think the other problem is, that what we are ending up doing is actually being a showroom for goods where people could then go online and order them. so, they would come and have a look, get a benefit of the service, get the benefit of feeling unseeing and then go and order it somewhere else. —— feeling and seeing it. that is certainly what happened with us with furniture and beds. and i always thought that we would carry on with it because people would want to actually touch, feel, have the advice but, of course, now you get
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that on reviews, not that the reviews are always that great. or impartial. it tends to be the people who have had a problem commenting on it but that is the way of the world at the moment. if i could be optimistic, i have a feeling it will all come round again. in retailing, there are cycles. but it may not be for a while. i can imagine in 20 years' time, the online giants will say we have a fantastic idea, we will have a local place where you can see these products and order them there. but it is really tough and my heart goes out to all of those house of fraser employees because it is devastating for them, this news. i hope that the new owner will be able to pull it round. london is probably as difficult as anywhere and the cities, the smaller towns probably still have a following that i have a bad feeling that something is not
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going to just be pulled out of the hat for them. tens of thousands of romanians are staging protests in the capital bucharest and other cities against corruption, low wages and political interference in the judiciary. the protesters are demanding the resignation of the governing social democrat party, particularly because of the sacking of an anti—corruption prosecutor. police fired tear gas after some protesters threw bottles and tried to break through a cordon around the government building. it's been 14 years since it ended, but the sit—com friends seems to have won over a whole new generation of fans. the ‘90s comedy following the lives of six young new yorkers has topped the list of the uk's most—watched streaming shows. its continuing popularity is all the more remarkable given the huge sums of money pumped into new blockbusters by streaming services such as netflix and amazon. our entertainment correspondent, colin paterson, reports. # so no one told you life
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was going to be this way...#. it's 14 years since friends ended. but joey and chandler's bachelor pad... monica's apartment... the hallway between them... ross' living room... are very familiar to a whole new generation. pivot! shut up! subscription streaming services netflix, amazon prime and now tv don't reveal their viewing figures, but industry regulator ofcom has released new research, and now we know the uk's most streamed shows of 2018. iama i am a businessman. at number five, flat cap thuggery — peaky blinders. maybe all this is happening for a reason... at four, as ‘80s as a rubik's cube, but far scarier — stranger things.
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society in britain has changed. and at three, already tv royalty, the crown. at two, you can watch on your pc, but it's not pc — the grand tour. how you doin'? and at one, a show which started in 1994 — the year before the dvd was invented. friends. i, ross... take thee, emily. take thee, rachel. so why has it endured? who better to ask than those at comedy central‘s friendsfest, which is touring the uk and selling out wherever it goes. just the characters are hilarious. ross is my favourite character, just brilliant. why? just his facial expressions. ijust watch it over and over. if there's no—one in, that's all i watch. i'm not evenjoking. i grew up watching fresh prince 0f bel—air, but since i watched friends i have never stopped.
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you were born years after friends ended. why do you like it? because it makes me laugh. who is your favourite character? rachel. why? she's funny. to sum up, using the very device the show employed to name each episode, this is the one where friends is still number one. now a nowa man now a man who is rarely alone on here's own sofa. earlier, i spoke to toby earle — tv critic — about this remarkable entertainment phenomenon. no blanket is more comforting than the style just. i think it is purely to do with the fact it harks back to a time that a lot of the viewers were younger and they might be re—watching it with a different set of eyes.
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also there is the possibility as horrific as it might seem, that those people who watched it are now introducing their own teenagers to the show. it ended 14 years ago. there is no reason why it might not be the case — that it has been passed down from an original generation of fans to the next generation of fans. there are 236 episodes to chew through. people like bingeing. it will take over 82 hours but it is all sat waiting, ready to go. it is a big nostalgia trip. they must set it for themselves as a charity challenge to sit through all the episodes in one sitting. only yesterday kathleen turner was giving an interview which she said, her experience of appearing on friends, when she played chandler's drag queen dad had not been great because she said frankly it was all like a clique.
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i wonder if it is that that is so appealing. it would all like to have appealing. it would all like to have a group of friends like that but maybe not everybody has it. there is that. the whole idea was to make you feel part of that group of people. i was founded vaguely depressing that people lived in these great flats in the middle of new york, having wonderful escapades. i could never quite mariappa the reality on the fa ntasy quite mariappa the reality on the fantasy with one another. i can see where kathleen turner is coming from. they were at the very centre ofa from. they were at the very centre of a popular culture storm. you might remember when rachel had her hair cut, that was it. everything was about the rachel cut. they really worth huge stars and continue to be. they are an enduring pop culture sensation. you might re—watch some of the episodes, look at some of the situations and think that looks a little bit old hat.
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potentially, there are lines in there you might not here today. certainly setups you might not here today. they continued to be a source of fascination because the show ran for so long, the people did grow up with this and it became an intrinsic pa rt with this and it became an intrinsic part of their lives. netflix has estimated they would spend up to $13 billion a year in content and it is an old comedy which is apparently the most streamed show. if you look the most streamed show. if you look the top ten, the sixth one is black mirror. that was originally a channel 4 show that was transferred. there are only two out right original is in the top five but top six. netflix is bringing audiences to the platform but when you spend millions of dollars on original programming and film—making you would like to think people were consuming them as much as they were an old sitcom. it's fair to say david
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and bekka corrie—close are far from your traditional farming family. the couple tried to buy their first cows by crowd —funding. after years of hard work, against the odds, they've now taken over the running of a national trust farm, dating back to the 1780s, in the lake district. peter marshall has been to meet them. todayis today is a big day for the new te na nts of today is a big day for the new tenants of lane end farm. it is very steep here. it is moving in day, a home last of the latest additions to a herd bought from money from a crowdfunding campaign after more traditional lenders refuse to take a chance on a couple of little farming experience. we went to the bank to ask for a loan and they laughed at us. ask for a loan and they laughed at us. so, fair enough. we had to think outside the box will we are always up outside the box will we are always upfora outside the box will we are always up for a challenge and we decided that involving the community in what
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we we re that involving the community in what we were doing would be a really good idea. it was. they now have 100 head of cattle, longhorns, highlands, hardy native breeds. previously there were kept in fields dotted around the lake district but now they finally have a 153 acre home. forfive years now they finally have a 153 acre home. for five years we have now they finally have a 153 acre home. forfive years we have been farming without a farm. we have been through fear of how we were going to do this. this is not a conventional farming couple. becker is an ecologist and david has a background in the hotel and wide trade. it is owned by the national trust, dates back to the 1780s. it will not be run buy a conventional, modern farm. we're not going to try to squeeze the maximum we can add to the area we have here and bringing in lots of input. we're going to try to do it on an extensive basis where we are feeding animals only on the grass that has grown on the farm and
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trying to make it as sustainable as possible. these are exciting times, for the cows as well. sometimes it is hard to get a word in. is that it? have they finished? maybe. they may not be a conventional farming couple but maybe. they may not be a conventionalfarming couple but it looks safe in their hands. there was speculation about winning the best kept farm. we have some footsteps to follow: definitely. we like the challenge. now on bbc news. it's the film review with ben brown and jason solomon. hello welcome to the film review.
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what do you have for us? this week, we go to beirut in 1982. it's mad men in the middle east, wherejohn hamm tries to negotiate the release of a hostage in the negotiator. and there's a big goldfish, an angry one coming up. there it is, jason statham getting his teeth into the meg, a prehistoric shark is on the loose. can he save us from it? and we take a rare cinematic trip to paraguay for a film called the heiresses. it's about late—flowering freedom found amongst older women. so let's start with the negotiator. this has been billed as sort of bond or bourne meets mad men, in beirut.


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