British actor Samuel West is a first-time father. The Mr Selfridge star's partner, playwright Laura Wade, welcomed a baby girl over the weekend (03-04May14).
West, the son of acting veterans Prunella Scales and Timothy West, tells Britain's Daily Mail that being a dad is the "most extraordinary, ordinary thing".
His Fawlty Towers star mother adds, "We are very, very thrilled."
Veteran British actress Prunella Scales is determined not to give up acting following her diagnosis with a form of Alzheimer's disease. The Fawlty Towers star recently confirmed she is battling the degenerative brain condition, and she was asked about the possibility of retirement during an appearance on British TV series The Alan Titchmarsh Show on Monday (10Mar14).
Scales retorted, "Oh no I want to go on doing it til the day I drop."
The 81 year old is having troubles with her memory, so she devotes more of her time to learning her scripts.
She adds, "I have to start learning (my lines) a lot earlier than I used to."
Veteran British actress Prunella Scales is suffering from a form of Alzheimer's disease. The Fawlty Towers star, 81, has opened up about her condition in a new documentary which she has filmed with her actor husband Timothy West.
In the film, which documents the couple's passion for travelling by boat on Britain's canals, West reveals, "Pru has this condition. It's sort of Alzheimer's but it isn't; it's quite mild... She can't remember things very well...
"When you think back over the long period and you think this person that I loved and enjoyed this and that and the other with doesn't really exist any more, it's another person... that's quite painful. But you mustn't think like that, you must take it from day to day. You notice how much she's able to do and how much she enjoys life.... Her sense of humour is still there, and things still make her laugh. We have a lot of fun."
Scales brands her condition a "nuisance", adding, "We're determined to make the most of it (life) while we still can."
The couple has been married for more than 50 years. Their documentary, Grand Canal Journeys, airs in the U.K. on 10 March (14).
Andrew Sachs' granddaughter has demanded an apology from Russell Brand over the headline-grabbing phone prank scandal which tore her family apart. The Forgetting Sarah Marshall star stepped down from his job at a BBC radio station in 2008 after coming under fire for playing a prank on beloved Fawlty Towers actor Sachs, in which he boasted about having sex with the actor's granddaughter.
Georgina Baillie, the woman at the centre of the scandal, has now broken her silence about the incident, revealing she never received an apology from her former lover.
She tells Britain's The Times newspaper, "(I have had) nothing at all (from Brand). It's really weird, just some kind of acknowledgement of what they did directly to me would have been nice."
Baillie has spent years trying to mend her broken relationship with Sachs, but admits her grandfather wanted nothing to do with her after the phone prank.
She adds, "There were numerous emails, letters, little cards and bunches of flowers sent. But you know, I have tried and failed (to mend the relationship). I miss them (my grandparents) and love them."
Beloved British actor Andrew Sachs has branded Russell Brand "disgusting" and accused the funnyman of issuing a hollow apology following his controversial radio prank. The Forgetting Sarah Marshall star quit his BBC Radio show under intense pressure in 2008 after he caused outrage by leaving a voicemail message for the Fawlty Towers star boasting about sleeping with his granddaughter Georgina Baillie.
In the fallout following the incident, Brand and British TV presenter Jonathan Ross, who was also part of the prank, said sorry for upsetting Sachs, but he has now spoken out to blast their apology as a sham.
He tells The Times newspaper, "I don't think about it much. It was not a happy time... What they did was disgusting."
Asked if he accepts the pair's apology as sincere, he replies, "No. It doesn't mean a bl**dy thing."
Sachs' wife Melody also slammed Ross and Brand for continuing to refer to the incident during TV chats ever since, adding, "They never leave us alone. I only wish they'd stop now but they keep using it and using it. I mean, they've earned enough out of it, surely?"
The stars of Monty Python are to announce their long-awaited reunion plans at a press conference in London later this week (beg18Nov13). John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin will attend the event on Thursday (21Nov13), when they will reportedly confirm plans to work together again for the first time in 30 years.
After the invitation to the press conference was sent out to the media, Jones revealed the cult comedy group will reform for a stage show.
He tells the BBC, "We're getting together and putting on a show - it's real. I'm quite excited about it. I hope it makes us a lot of money. I hope to be able to pay off my mortgage!"
The British comedy troupe last worked together on 1983 film Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, which also starred late member Graham Chapman, who died from cancer in 1989.
Earlier this year (13), Cleese revealed plans for a get together in a new alien comedy movie directed by Jones had fallen through.
He said, "The truth is, I don't think any one of us knows what's going on. Terry rang us about 18 months ago and said, 'If we make this movie and I direct it, will you do a voice for it?' As far as I know, everyone said yes, and that's the last we heard about it."
However, the Fawlty Towers legend insists the friends still get on well, adding: "We only get together occasionally. It's fun when we do. We always say we laugh more when we are together than we really do any other time."
Funnyman John Cleese is selling signed photographs to bankroll alimony payments to his ex-wife.
Cleese split from his third wife, Alyce Faye Eichelberger, in 2008 after 16 years of marriage and her divorce settlement included an annual handout of more than £960,000 (£600,000) for seven years.
The writer famously devised a stand-up comedy show - dubbed The Alimony Tour - which is based on his divorce battle, to help raise money to pay his bills.
He also sold his prized Bentley car and props from his 1974 movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail to boost his coffers, and now it has emerged Cleese is offering signed photographs of classic moments from his TV comedy shows.
The limited edition prints, showing scenes from sketch show Monty Python's Flying Circus and sitcom Fawlty Towers, are available for around $48 (£30) from an online memorabilia website.
Cleese bounced back from the divorce by marrying his fourth wife, Jennifer Wade, last August (12).
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The vintage comedy, starring John Cleese as manic hotelier Basil Fawlty, was broadcast by the U.K. network earlier this month (Jan13), but many fans were outraged when they realised one episode had been edited.
A scene featuring a disparaging reference to the Indian national cricket team was cut, prompting a wave of protest online, but a spokesman for the corporation insisted the language had to be censored for modern audiences, and even implied Cleese had approved the edit.
The representative tells Britain's Daily Express newspaper, "We are proud of Fawlty Towers and its contribution to British television comedy. But public attitudes have changed since it was made and it was decided to make minor changes, with the consent of John Cleese's management, to allow the episode to transmit to a family audience."
The veteran British funnyman, 72, wed for the fourth time when he exchanged vows with Jennifer Wade, 41, at a villa on the island of Mustique on 2 August (12).
The couple walked down the aisle in front of just six guests, and Cleese reveals they had organised a lavish ceremony in Monaco but called off their big day after deciding they wanted a smaller, more intimate wedding.
Cleese tells Britain's Hello! magazine, "We had contemplated getting married in Monaco in September - flying friends and family out - it was all organised. Then we looked at each other one evening and said, 'We don't want this'... My other three weddings only had about a dozen people there. It means you can connect with everyone."
Wade adds, "It becomes all about the organisation and making sure everyone else is ok instead of being able to relax and really experience what is happening."
The jewellery designer also reveals the date of 2 August (12) had a poignant significance for the couple: "My cousin Heather was my best friend... She died bravely of cancer last December and 2 August is the anniversary of her birthday... She loved John and wanted us to get married. That's why we chose the day."
Cleese was previously married to his Fawlty Towers co-star Connie Booth, actress Barbara Trentham, and Alyce Faye Eichelberger, who he split from in 2008, sparking a bitter multi-million dollar divorce.
The Irish actor passed away in hospital on Sunday (12Feb12) after a short illness.
Kelly's career spanned five decades on stage and screen - he racked up credits in films including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Stardust and The Italian Job, and was nominated for a Screen Actor's Guild award for his performance in Waking Ned.
He also made TV appearances with roles in Fawlty Towers and Robin's Nest, and played in Beckett and Shakespeare productions onstage.
Kelly also received a lifetime achievement honour at the Irish Film and Television Awards.
A British-made comedy concerning the trials of one Basil Fawlty, the manic innkeeper of Fawlty Towers; his wife Sybil who always seems to get the better of him; and the odd assortment of workers and guests who are constantly trying his patience and shoving him ever closer to a nervous breakdown.