The BBC’s in trouble for a story it ran on the new king of Thailand

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The BBC is in trouble in Bangkok, after the broadcaster ran a profile piece on the new king, that authorities found objectionable.

The profile piece was published on Friday last week, a day after King Maha Vajiralongkorn ascended to the throne following the death of his father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej in October.

On Tuesday, 10 police officers reportedly visited the BBC Bangkok office, but found it was closed.

The offending Thai-language article has been blocked in the country, and apparently carried some details that opened the new king to criticism. Read more…

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John Cleese’s Twitter tribute to Andrew Sachs will make you cry

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John Cleese is leading tributes to Andrew Sachs, his beloved co-star in Fawlty Towers who died on Thursday, aged 86, after battling dementia. 

Cleese played the bullying hotelier Basil Fawlty, while Sachs took on the role of Spanish waiter Manuel in the sitcom.

He was described by Cleese as a “very sweet, gentle and kind man” and “I could not have found a better Manuel”:

Just heard about Andy Sachs. Very sad….
I knew he was having problems with his memory as his wife Melody told me a couple of years ago…

— John Cleese (@JohnCleese) December 1, 2016 Read more…

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Sassy dancing lizard is breakout star of ‘Planet Earth II’

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LONDON — You haven’t seen true sass until you’ve witnessed a shovel-snouted lizard dancing on hot desert sand.

The fast little critter was introduced during Sunday’s episode of Planet Earth II, which focused on desert animals.

“In the heat of the day, surface temperatures can reach up to 160 degrees — far too hot to handle for most,” said Attenborough.

“But not for this shovel-snouted lizard.”

The world’s sassiest lizard#PlanetEarth2 pic.twitter.com/n4crCBye8G

— BBC One (@BBCOne) November 27, 2016

Just look at him: that’s prime reptilian sass, right there. And he gets to cool his little feet off at the same time, so it’s a total win-win. Read more…

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Here’s the show Netflix regrets not acquiring

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LOS ANGELES — Even Netflix has programming regrets.

Though the streaming giant is home to countless popular originals — including the recent Gilmore Girls revival —  there are still shows the platform wish it had acquired.

One of the shows on the Los Gatos-based company’s wish list? The beloved BBC hit The Great British Bake Off.

Next season, the television series is transitioning from the BBC to Channel 4. Netflix already has two popular British offerings: Charlie Brooker’s dystopian anthology Black Mirror and Peter Morgan’s The Crown.

“I wish we’d had a shot at Bake Off,” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in an interview with The Telegraph last week. “It moved very quickly, and we didn’t. The show’s very, very popular on Netflix, all over the place, so we would’ve definitely been interested.” Read more…

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