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Stars And Humane Society International/UK: Let Retired Military Dogs Live

Amidst growing public outcry that the Defence Animal Centre is planning to euthanize three retired military working dogs despite professional handlers offering to adopt them, Humane Society International/UK has urged the Centre to immediately reverse its decision.

The following is a statement from Hsi/UK Executive Director Claire Bass:

“We are extremely saddened to hear that the Defence Animal Centre plans to euthanize Kevin, Dazz and Driver, three retired military working dogs, despite outcries not only from the public but from the handlers who worked closely with them. If euthanized, these dogs, who served for years and saved countless lives, will have been robbed of the opportunity to spend their golden years in loving homes. After a lifetime of duty to protect humans, we have a duty of care to them, not to dispose of them like unwanted equipment.

“We urge the Defence Animal Centre to reconsider this decision,
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Celebrities Rally Against The Cruel Fur Trade

Ahead of the international day of action ‘Fur Free Friday’ on November 24th (Black Friday), comedian Sara Pascoe and actor Peter Egan have joined ranks with a growing number of celebrities backing a campaign by Animal Defenders International (Adi) to end the cruel fur trade.

Peter Egan said: “Don’t be fooled, fur is far from humane. Trapped in tiny cages, the animals endure a terrible life, and death. Please, never support this cruel industry. Join Adi and make a difference.”

Sara Pascoe said: “With so many alternatives to fur available, no animal need suffer. Using the real thing is cruel and unnecessary. Please join me and Adi in supporting the designers whose fabrics, but not principles, are fake.”

Since the launch of Adi’s shocking films ‘A Lifetime’ about the brutal short lives of two foxes, brothers Borys and Eryk, and ‘Never Humane’ exposing inhumane killing on a Polish fur farm,
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I Didn't Know - Indonesia's Cruel And Dangerous Dog Meat Trade Exposed

Shocking nationwide investigations by animal campaigners from the newly-launched “Dog Meat-Free Indonesia” coalition, expose the horrifying brutality and suffering endured by up to a million dogs every year for Indonesia’s dog meat trade.

Video: I didn't Know - ending the dog meat trade in Indonesia - UK

In the coalition’s campaign video launched today, dogs, including stolen family pets, are shown being roughly snatched from the streets and crammed onto the back of trucks with their legs and mouths bound with string. The clearly terrified dogs are driven for hours to supply markets, slaughterhouses and restaurants, where they are brutally beaten and then bled out for their meat in front of each other. The World Health Organization has also identified Indonesia’s dog meat trade as a major contributor to lethal rabies in the country.

Most people in Indonesia don’t eat dogs, and calls are growing to
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Unforgotten: Season Three Renewal for ITV Series

They remembered! ITV has renewed its Forgotten TV show for a third series (season). The British crime drama series stars Nicola Walker as Dci Cassie Stuart and Sanjeev Bhaskar as Di Sunil ‘Sunny’ Khan. The season three order is for six hourlong episodes.Creator Chris Lang is writing the third installment for ITV. In the first two seasons, Unforgotten also featured Tom Courtenay, Trevor Eve, Bernard Hill, Hannah Gordon, Gemma Jones, Ruth Sheen, Mark Bonnar, Lorraine Ashbourne, Peter Egan, Rosie Cavaliero, Badria Timimi, Adeel Akhtar, and Wendy Craig.Read More…
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Downton Abbey Series Finale Details Revealed: Who's Back and What to Expect

Downton Abbey Series Finale Details Revealed: Who's Back and What to Expect
This is it, Downton Abbey fans. The final episode ever of Downton Abbey is set to air in the United States on Sunday, March 6 and Carnival Films and Masterpiece have finally revealed the guest stars and details of the TV event. Lily James and Matt Barber return as Lady Rose and Attics Aldrige, as does Peter Egan as Shrimpie, Lady Rose's father. Patricia Hodge also guests as Bertie Pelham's mother in the final episode. The series finale is airing on Christmas in the United Kingdom. "The last ever episode offers all the love and loss, happiness and heartbreak of Downton Abbey, and as the family and servants prepare to welcome 1926, they celebrate an unforgettable New Year's Eve together at the great...
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‘Downton Abbey’ Christmas Special Casts Bertie’s Mom, Brings Back Prior Stars

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‘Downton Abbey’ Christmas Special Casts Bertie’s Mom, Brings Back Prior Stars
Merry Christmas, “Downton Abbey” fans: The concluding British drama is bringing back several guest stars for its last-ever episode. The upstairs/downstairs show has also cast Patricia Hodge as Bertie’s mother. Lily James, Matt Barber and Peter Egan will return to say goodbye, along with the rest of the regular cast. The last-ever episode will see the family and its servants ringing in 1926. The final season will premiere in the U.S. on Sunday, Jan. 3, culminating with the series finale on March 6. “Downton” Abbey has always ended its seasonal runs with a Christmas special. Overseas, the show hit a two-year ratings.
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Peter Egan Speaks Out Against Slow Loris Pet Trade In Viral PSA Video

Downtown Abbey actor Peter Egan and The International Animal Rescue teamed up in a new PSA video warning us about the mistreatment of YouTube’s favorite tickling animal — the slow loris. Peter Egan in ‘Tickling Is Torture’ PSA Video on Slow Loris Abuse The slow loris is a small nocturnal primate found mostly in Southeast […]

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Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Bhaskar to lead ITV crime drama Unforgotten

Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Bhaskar are to lead a new ITV drama series.

Unforgotten will be a six-part series written by Undeniable's Chris Lang, and will focus on a 39-year-old murder case.

The bones of a young man are discovered below a demolished house, prompting an investigation that rocks the lives of four people who have been waiting for this moment to come.

Trevor Eve, Bernard Hill, Ruth Sheen and Tom Courtenay will also star in the drama.

Walker and Bhaskar will play the lead roles of Dci Cassie Stuart and DS Sunil 'Sunny' Khan, who will look into the case and speak to the four main suspects.

The drama will be set in different areas of the UK, including the London suburbs, the Essex coast, Westminster and the Fens.

Other supporting cast members include Gemma Jones, Brian Bovell, Cherie Lunghi, Hannah Gordon, Claire Goose, Tamzin Malleson, Frances Tomelty and Peter Egan.
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Len Goodman, Shane Richie: Find out what's coming up for BBC Daytime

BBC Daytime has announced its new line-up, featuring programmes from stars such as Len Goodman, Margaret Mountford and Shane Richie.

Unveiling a variety of shows from a number of different genres, BBC Daytime controller Damian Cavanagh praised the "rich mix of brand new programming".

Drama

New drama The Coroner - which follows a solicitor returning to her seaside hometown to work as the coroner after a messy marriage break-up - will join returning shows Father Brown and Wpc 56, which are both back for their third series.

Moving On, the acclaimed Jimmy McGovern drama, is back for a sixth series with new stars such as Hayley Mills, Lisa Riley and Peter Egan. Doctors also promises the arrival of a new nurse, goodbyes to familiar faces, a Halloween ghost story and a Christmas wedding.

Factual

Celebrity chef James Martin will head a campaign to bring communities together with his new show Meet The Street,
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Downton Abbey: Sue Johnston to guest star in series 5

Sue Johnston will appear in the fifth series of Downton Abbey.

The Royle Family actress will appear in the upcoming run as Denker, the Lady's Maid of Maggie Smith's Dowager Countess.

It will be Johnston's first major role since leaving Coronation Street in February, after almost 18 months playing Gloria Price.

She joins other Downton guest stars Richard E Grant, Anna Chancellor and Rade Sherbedgia.

Meanwhile, Dame Harriet Walter will reprise her role as Lady Shackleton and Peter Egan will return as Lord Flintshire.

Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes has called for the series to be simulcast to avoid storyline leaks.

The period drama will return to ITV for its fifth series in September, before a feature-length special airs at Christmas. The series will return to PBS in the Us in January 2015.
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The Good Life writer Bob Larbey dies, aged 79

Bob Larbey has passed away at the age of 79, it has been confirmed.

The British television writer was best known for his work on sitcoms The Good Life and As Time Goes By.

According to the BBC, Larbey died on Monday (March 31) from an unspecified cause.

Peter Egan, who starred in Ever Decreasing Circles, tweeted: "Very sad to hear this BBC News. He & John Esmonde were a gr8 team He was a lovely man, gentle humour, gr8 humanity. He will be missed. Sad to hear he's gone."

Born in South London in 1934, Larbey worked for most of his career with John Gilbert Esmonde, who died in August 2008.

He is survived by his son with late wife Patricia Marshall.
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Paradise Postponed - box set review

John Mortimer's socialist riposte to Thatcherism is beautifully acted and simply oozes nostalgia for a bygone Britain

Paradise Postponed was part of the wave of heritage drama that engulfed Britain during the Thatcher years. John Mortimer had recently adapted Brideshead Revisited and now threw himself into this panoramic history of postwar Britain, anchoring it in the goings-on in the fictional home counties village of Rapstone Fanner, and placing two mysteries at its core: why did leftie vicar Simeon Simcox leave his brewery millions to wealthy local Tory MP Leslie Titmuss, and why doesn't his wife seem to mind? "I was never all that concerned about the New Jerusalem," murmurs Mrs Simcox, played by Annette Crosbie long before One Foot in the Grave. "I suppose I've always had far too much to do in the garden."

The plot flashes forward and back over 40 years, taking in the postwar Labour government,
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Downton Abbey: Richard E Grant and Anna Chancellor join cast of ITV drama

Withnail star to play a guest of the Granthams as Harriet Walter and Peter Egan reprise their roles for fifth series

Richard E Grant is to join the cast of Downton Abbey, one of several new names including Anna Chancellor who will feature in the fifth series later this year.

Grant, the Withnail and I star who recently appeared in HBO comedy Girls, will play Simon Bricker, who visits Downton Abbey as a guest of the Granthams.

The role will reunite Grant with the drama's creator, Julian Fellowes, after he appeared in his Oscar-winning film, Gosford Park, directed by Robert Altman.

Chancellor, whose credits include Four Weddings and a Funeral and BBC2's The Hour, will play Lady Anstruther, with Russian actor Rade Sherbedgia, who appeared in Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut, playing a refugee who fled the Russian revolution after the first world war.

The period drama, which
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Richard E. Grant, Anna Chancellor and Rade Sherbedgia Lined Up for 'Downton Abbey' Season Five

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Although the popular U.K. drama won't wrap up its fourth season in the U.S. until February 23rd, Carnival Films and ITV have announced that Richard E. Grant ("Girls"), Anna Chancellor ("How I Live Now") and Rade Sherbedgia ("Taken 2") will join the next season of "Downton Abbey." Grant, who's coming off an arc on "Girls," is slated to play Simon Bricker, who arrives at Downton as a guest of the Granthams. Chancellor will appear as Lady Anstruther and Rade Sherbedgia will play Kuragin, a Russian refugee who fled from the Russian Revolution. In addition to these roles, Dame Harriet Walter and Peter Egan will return as Lady Shackleton and Lord Flintshire. “We are delighted to welcome these talented actors to the world of Downton," "Downton Abbev" Executive Producer and Managing Director of Carnival Films Gareth Neame said. "The characters they play are set to bring yet more excitement and intrigue to the show.
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'Downton Abbey' Season 5 adds Richard E. Grant, Anna Chancellor and Rade Sherbedgia

PBS announced Friday (Feb. 14) that "Downton Abbey" has added a few new faces for Season 5, which begins shooting this spring in England.

Richard E. Grant ("Doctor Who," "Gosford Park") has been cast as Simon Bricker, who visits the estate as a guest of the Crawley family. Anna Chancellor ("Four Weddings and a Funeral") joins in the guest-starring role of Lady Anstruther and Rade Sherbedgia ("24," right) will play a Russia refugee.

That last one has certainly piqued our interest as to the plot of Season 5. The Russian Civil War took place between 1917-1922 and there are estimates that up to 2 million people fled the country in that time. We wonder how this particular refugee ends up in York.

PBS also reveals that Dame Harriet Walter will return as Lady Shackleton -- she's Lady Violet's old friend with whom Violet tried to get Molesley a job -- and Peter Egan will return as Lord Flintshire,
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'Downton Abbey' Adds Three Actors for Season 5

'Downton Abbey' Adds Three Actors for Season 5
Downton Abbey is bulking up for season five. Richard E. Grant has joined the new season of the British drama, along with Anna Chancellor (The Hour) and Rade Sherbedgia (24). Returning to Downton Abbey are Dame Harriet Walter and Peter Egan, who both reprise their roles as Lady Shackleton and Lord Flintshire, respectively. Grant will portray Simon Bricker, who visits the Downton Abbey as a guest of the Granthams. Chancellor has been cast in a guest-starring capacity, playing Lady Anstruther, while Sherbedgia will play a Russian refugee. They join an already large ensemble cast made up of Maggie Smith,

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Downton Abbey Season 5 Cast Revealed: Meet the New Characters and Find Out Who's Returning

Downton Abbey Season 5 Cast Revealed: Meet the New Characters and Find Out Who's Returning
Downton Abbey is welcoming new faces, and maybe new drama for its upcoming season five. Richard E. Grant is joining the cast as Simon Bricker, a guest of the Granthams who visits Downton Abbey. Grant's other TV credits include Girls and Doctor Who. Anna Chancellor (Four Weddings and a Funeral) will guest star as Lady Anstruther and Rade Sherbedgia (24, Eyes Wide Shut) will play a Russian refugee. Returning guest cast members include Dame Harriet Walter as Lady Shackleton and Peter Egan and Lord Flintshire. "We look forward to introducing these new characters to our Masterpiece audience. They will make a wonderful addition to the beloved Downton Abbey ensemble," Rebecca Eaton, Masterpiece...
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'Downton Abbey' casts 3 actors including 'Doctor Who' alum

'Downton Abbey' casts 3 actors including 'Doctor Who' alum
International sensation Downton Abbey is adding three cast members, including veterans of Doctor Who, Four Weddings and a Funeral and 24.

The period drama has enlisted for its fifth season …

Richard E. Grant (Girls, Doctor Who), joining the cast as Simon Bricker, who visits Downton as a guest of the Granthams.

Anna Chancellor (The Hour, Four Weddings and a Funeral), playing the guest role of Lady Anstruther.

Rade Sherbedgia (Eyes Wide Shut, 24), playing a Russian refugee.

Also, returning guest cast member Dame Harriet Walter will reprise her role as Lady Shackleton, along with Peter Egan, returning as Lord Flintshire.

The fourth
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Downton Abbey: Richard E Grant, Anna Chancellor join series 5 cast

Richard E Grant has joined the cast of Downton Abbey.

The Gosford Park actor will star as Downton guest Simon Bricker in the ITV drama's fifth series.

The Hour star Anna Chancellor will also join the series as Lady Anstruther, while Snatch and Taken 2 actor Rade Sherbedgia will play Russian refugee Kuragin, who flees the Russian revolution after Wwi.

Dame Harriet Walter will return as Lady Shackleton, along with Peter Egan as Lord Flintshire.

Downton executive producer Gareth Neame said of the castings: "We are delighted to welcome these talented actors to the world of Downton. The characters they play are set to bring yet more excitement and intrigue to the show."

Downton Abbey will also return for a Christmas special in 2014 after its eight-part fifth series, it has been confirmed.

The fifth series began filming on February 10, and will return to ITV in the autumn.

Grant previously guest
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Richard E. Grant, Anna Chancellor Among ‘Downton Abbey’ Season 5 Additions

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Carnival Films and ITV have set a handful of new names to join the cast of Downton Abbey as it heads into its 5th season. Richard E. Grant will play Simon Bricker who visits the estate as a guest of the Granthams. Anna Chancellor (The Hour), fresh off a West End production of Private Lives, is also coming aboard in the guest role of Lady Anstruther. Rade Sherbedgia (Snatch, Taken 2) will play Russian refugee, Kuragin, who has fled the Russian revolution after World War I. Downton executive producer Gareth Neame said, “We are delighted to welcome these talented actors to the world of Downton. The characters they play are set to bring yet more excitement and intrigue to the show.” Returning guest cast member Dame Harriet Walter will also reprise her role as Lady Shackleton, and Peter Egan will return as Lord Flintshire. Last season, the series added a
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