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   New Professional
 Dancers for Strictly
 Come Dancing 2016


Katya Jones is a new professional dancer on Strictly Come Dancing


       Katya Jones is a new dancer 

The BBC has unveiled a dynamic new Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer line-up for 2016 which includes three brand new sensational dancers alongside the return of viewers’ favourites. New to the fold are world-class Latin and Ballroom dance experts including World Champion Katya Jones, Ukrainian Champion Oksana Platero and top Spanish dance professional Gorka Marquez.

Returning to the Strictly dance floor are the marvellous male dancers, Anton du Beke, Brendan Cole, Kevin Clifton, Pasha Kovalev, Aljaž Škorjanec, Giovanni Pernice; and the fabulous female dancers returning are Karen Clifton, Natalie Lowe, Joanne Clifton, Janette Manrara and Oti Mabuse.

Anton du Beke returns to Strictly Come Dancing in 2016

     Anton du Beke returns in 2016

Louise Rainbow, executive producer of Strictly Come Dancing says, “We are delighted with our professional dancer line up this year and we welcome three new stunning dancers to our Strictly family. Our most recent series was a terrific one for Strictly, winning both an NTA and BAFTA Television Award, and we are all so excited to build on that and look forward to yet another brilliant and entertaining series.”

Strictly extends its thanks to Tristan MacManus and also to Ola Jordan, Kristina Rihanoff and Aliona Vilani, who announced at the end of last series that they wouldn’t be returning to the show; and finally to Gleb Savchenko, who has decided that due to family commitments he will not be appearing in the next series.

Gleb says, “I thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the last series of Strictly Come Dancing and especially the way that the UK gave me such a warm welcome, but due to family commitments I won't be returning to the show for the next series - I'll definitely be tuning in though.”

Other professional dancers to join the Strictly family will be announced later in the year. Strictly Come Dancing returns to BBC One in the Autumn when the celebrity line-up will also be revealed.

About the new dancers

Katya Jones

Katya Jones (pictured at the top is a World Latin Champion. She was born in Saint-Petersburg, Russia and started dancing at the age of six, training in gymnastics as well as Ballroom and Latin-American dancing.

In 2008, Katya formed a partnership with Neil Jones and together they won the World Amateur Latin Championships for the first time in 2010, going on to win the title a total of three times, before turning professional in 2013. In 2015, they became the World Professional Latin Showdance Champions and are four times undefeated British National Professional Champions.

Katya says, “I am so privileged to be joining Strictly Come Dancing. I know it is extremely intense, but so am I! I am fierce, fabulous, and would love to win!”

Gorka Marquez

Gorka Marquez  is a new professional dancer on Strictly Come Dancing

Gorka Marquez is a Latin dancer and began dancing at the age of 12. He was consistently one of the top dancers in his country, representing Spain in the World Latin Championships in 2010 and reaching the semi-finals of the 2012 WDSF World Cup.

In 2014, Gorka joined the global Ballroom and Latin dance phenomenon Burn The Floor as one of their leads and has toured with them all around the world. He joins Strictly this year for the first time and Gorka is hoping to bring his cheeky personality and some Latin passion to the ballroom.

Gorka says, “I feel very excited and grateful to be joining Strictly Come Dancing and to be one of the professional dancers for the new series. It’s something that every dancer dreams of and something that I always wanted to have the opportunity to do.”

Oksana Platero

Oksana Platero  is a new professional dancer on Strictly Come Dancing

Oksana Platero (pictured above) has been dancing competitively since the age of six. In her native Ukraine, she was a Juvenile and Junior finalist before becoming National Youth Champion, an honour she held for three years consecutively.

As an adult, she began to represent the United States and became a National US Champion taking first place in the Professional Rising Star Latin category. She also became the USDC World Professional Rising Star Champion. Oksana was a pro dancer on the US series Dancing With The Stars, where she danced for five seasons and has also worked as a choreographer for the US TV show So You Think You Can Dance.

Oksana says, “Words cannot describe how extremely excited I am to be joining the Strictly Come Dancing family this year. I am so fortunate to be given the opportunity. It feels so surreal and I cannot wait to get started.”
 

Entertainment & Travel

Katie Derham
Presents The Proms


Katie Derham presents The Proms

Watch it on Friday 15th July,
7.30pm - 8.30pm on  BBC ONE

Katie Derham presents the launch of the world's greatest classical music festival from the Royal Albert Hall.

The celebrations open with Tchaikovsky's ravishing Romeo And Juliet overture, the first in a series of musical works during the season marking 400 years since the death of Shakespeare.

Katie Derham with musicians at The Albert Hall

The 2016 BBC Proms also throw a spotlight on the cello, and the remarkable Argentine cellist Sol Gabetta makes her proms debut in Elgar's haunting Cello Concerto, the first of 10 concertos for the instrument to be performed during the festival.

Katie Derham with some of the musicians at The Albert Hall

Sakari Oramo conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

The Proms at the Albert Hall, presented by Katie Derham, starts on Friday 15th July on BBC Two and then continues on BBC Four

The Proms at the Albert Hall, presented by Katie Derham, starts on Friday 15th July on BBC Two and then continues on BBC Four.

For more information visit www.bbc.co.uk

Wild France with Ray Mears

Wild France with Ray Mears


Starts Monday 11th July,
8.00 - 8.30pm on ITV1

 

Ray Mears will be exploring Wild France in a new series starting on Monday 11th July on ITV1.

In this fascinating series, Ray will be exploring the geography, flora and fauna of six dramatic French landscapes. The high mountain ranges of the Alps, the coastal waters of the Brittany, the chestnut forests of the Cevnnes, the caves and gorges of the Ardeche, the wet-lands of Camargue and the rolling lavender plains of Provence’s unique maquis landscape.

Ray Mears

Across the series Ray explores the dramatic physical geography of each region; its topography, its climate and its extreme weather conditions. He tracks down and identifies the key wildlife species that live there and how they have adapted. He introduces us to animals with an ancient history with the land such as wolves and vultures as well as more unexpected and exotic wildlife such as pink flamingos and dolphins.

In Episode One,
The Vanoise, Ray Mears visits The Vanoise National Park in the high Alps. Here he meets local goat herder Audrey who enlists his help moving her goats up to summer pastures. He explores the seasonal nature of the mountain and how humans and wildlife have adapted to the altitude and extremes of weather.

meets local park ranger Alex who takse him to see some ibex

He meets local park ranger Alex who takes him up to see some ibex. He gets up close to see ibex jousting and hopping down the sheer cliff faces. Further up the mountain he enlists the help of donkeys to carry his kit.

During his trek Ray comes across playful marmots, enjoying the sunshine before making his way to the very top of the mountain to find one of the rarest birds in Europe, the bearded vulture.

In Episode Two - The Ardeche, Ray travels to the Ardeche, where miles of gorge and limestone cliffs characterise the region. He discovers a cave with a long history in the area and is given special permission to abseil in through the original sky facing entrance.

Deep in the cave he finds a stunning array of stalactites and stalagmites, before crawling through narrow tunnels to see new chambers, sealed off from the public. Once back on land he starts out his journey down the Ardeche river by canoe.

Along the way he meets local wildlife ranger Olivier, who shows him a Viperine, frogs and teaches Ray some the traditional uses of local plants. They climb high up the cliff face to find a cave used since prehistoric times and Ray finishes his journey watching beavers busy on the river.

Ray Mears with Goat Herder Audrey

For more information about Wild France with Ray Mears visit www.itv.com

 

The Investigator
A Very British
Crime Story

Mark Williams-Thomas returns to ITV in The Investigator - A Very British Crime Story

With Mark Williams-Thomas, Coming soon to ITV1 


Mark Williams-Thomas is returning to ITV for an explosive and ground-breaking new investigative series that shows how real life crime can be far more compelling than fiction.

Williams-Thomas, the award-winning former police detective who unmasked Jimmy Savile as the UK’s most notorious paedophile, will re-examine a previously ‘closed’ and chilling murder case, which has baffled detectives for more than 30 years.

The murder of Carole Packman, whose body has never been found, continues to affect the lives of many of those involved and as Williams-Thomas discovers, the shocking tale of murder, fraud, deceit and lies has left family members desperate for answers.

In a UK television first, The Investigator: A British Crime Story, will follow the case over four explosive episodes, combining stylized drama with compelling documentary.

Mark Williams-Thomas spent two decades investigating major crime, which includes an 11-year police career specializing in child protection.

In October 2012, he presented ITV documentary The Other Side Of Jimmy Savile, which first revealed Savile to be a serial sexual abuser. Williams-Thomas received two Royal Television Society awards and the Scoop of the Year at the London Press Awards for the programme.


Earlier this month, ITV aired his interview with convicted murderer and former Paralympian Oscar Pistorius.

The Investigator: A British Crime Story is a Shiver and Syco co-production.

It will be executive produced by Alexander Gardiner for Shiver and Luke Dolan for Syco, Series Producer is Lesley Gardiner and it is directed by Adam Wimpenny and Hugh Ballantyne.
 

   Celebrate Bastille
  Day and Play Boules
    at White Lion Hotel


Celebrate Bastille Day and play Boules at The White Lion Hotel in Aldeburgh, Suffolk


Look out for some great events in July at the White Lion Hotel in Aldeburgh, Suffolk including Bastille Day Celebrations and a Moules and Boules competition on the sea front.

Celebrate Bastille Day at a special French themed dinner on Thursday, 14th July in Brasserie Bleue at the White Lion Hotel on Aldeburgh’s seafront.

Come along and experience the best of Gaelic tradition and classic French cuisine at this fun event. The hotel’s team will even be dressed in traditional French attire for the occasion with striped aprons and black berets.

Bastille Day, 14th July, is a public holiday in France celebrating the country’s culture and marks a pivotal event at the beginning of the French revolution. Many large-scale public events take place including communal meals, dances and parties, often with firework displays.

Served from 7pm, the special menu is just £20 for two courses or £26 for three. To book call the White Lion on 01728 452720 or email info@whitelion.co.uk, or visit the website at www.whitelion.co.uk
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Play Boules at The White Lion Hotel in Aldeburgh, Suffolk

Make up your own boules team or come and watch others compete for free in the annual charity Moules et Boules competition opposite the White Lion Hotel on Aldeburgh’s seafront on Saturday, 16th July.

The beer tent and BBQ start serving from 12 noon with the day’s speciality, local mussels from the River Deben, cooked to perfection in a cauldron on the hot coals. Tasty beef burgers, sausages and other tempting food will also be on offer for all to enjoy.

Proceeds from this fun family event will be donated to Aldeburgh United Charities.

The White Lion Hotel in Aldeburgh, Suffolk


To enter a team for the Moules et Boules event or for more details call the White Lion on 01728 452720 or email info@whitelion.co.uk

For details click on www.whitelion.co.uk

 

   Pushing the Boat
     Out in Praise of
    Bateaux London


Bateaux London is at the top of a popularity poll


A leading London visitor attraction has cruised its way up a top popularity poll.

Thames restaurant cruise company, Bateaux London, at Embankment Pier, Victoria Embankment, has once again been awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016, after receiving consistently outstanding reviews on the travel website.

And the cruises it runs on its two vessels; Harmony and Symphony, have propelled it to 88th position in a list of 1370 things to do in London – a rise of six per cent on last year’s placing – and its rating has risen to 4.5 stars.

Throughout the year, Harmony – which has the largest open viewing deck on the Thames - and glass-sided Symphony, treat leisure and corporate guests to lunch, dinner and afternoon tea cruises, with on board catering from Bateaux London’s team of chefs.

Bateaux London

Among the comments made by customers were, “We had a wonderful time, the staff were so welcoming and really looked after us and the food was excellent.”

Another visitor posted, “what an amazing way to spend our first anniversary!” while Ian Bullivant, from Grimsby said, “If you are going to visit London, please, please, put Bateaux on the top of your must list. I guarantee you will not regret it. On behalf of my wife and I, many, many, thanks Bateaux cruises.”

On Sundays, those on-board can enjoy lunch along with live entertainment from an easy-listening jazz band, with one passenger commenting, “We had a wonderful time, the staff were so welcoming and really looked after us, the food was excellent and the jazz band was the icing on the cake.”

The various cruises provide a range of entertainment, from on-board sightseeing commentaries to live music and the chance to enjoy unrivalled views of sights such as The Cutty Sark, the New Globe Theatre, The Shard and St Paul’s Cathedral.

Gareth Brown, marketing manager for Bateaux London says, “We like to think our cruises are a little bit special as they not only offer unrivalled views of some of the city’s most famous landmarks, but also great food, cooked freshly on board and live entertainment from professional singers and musicians, many of whom perform regularly at the West End.

“But it’s what our passengers think that matters – and we are touched and very grateful that so many of them have taken the trouble to post such great reviews on TripAdvisor.”

Bateaux London

Prices start at £32 per adult for an Afternoon Tea on the River and a flight on the London Eye can be incorporated into any cruise for an additional charge.

For further information call 020 7695 1800, email reservations@bateauxlondon.com  or visit www.bateauxlondon.com

 

  Savour The 'Dales
      Experience' at

 The Devonshire Fell

The Devonshire Fell
 

Situated in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales in picturesque Burnsall, well-known for being the setting of the film, 'Calendar Girls', The Devonshire Fell boasts the most spectacular views of the surrounding countryside.

With its enviable rural setting, this two-night stay 'The Dales Experience' is a short break to savour, which enables guests to enjoy this boutique hotel's superb food offering, and recharge their batteries.

Enjoy a three-course dinner at The Devonshire Fell

The stay includes two night's accommodation, with dining each evening, a three-course dinner on one evening and a five-course taster menu on the second evening, full afternoon tea and a traditional Dales cooked breakfast each morning - 'The Dales Experience' is priced from £175.00 per person for the two night stay.

The cheerful, colourful and contemporary design of this cosy hotel and its original works of art, also lift the spirits, as well as its beautiful location. Each of the sixteen bedrooms is individually styled, with strong pastel shades and a simple country theme, with modern art and ceramics offering a homely touch. The restoration and design of the property was overseen by The Duchess of Devonshire herself, as this hotel is part of the award-winning Devonshire Hotels Group.

The Devonshire Fell has sixteen individually styled bedrooms

Head Chef, Rob Harrison, worked for more than 8 years at the acclaimed Michelin-starred Pipe & Glass pub at South Dalton. Since becoming Head Chef at The Fell in 2015, he has influenced the one AA rosette à la carte and tasting menus with his culinary experience and flair. Fine local produce is a key feature on his menus.


The Bar at The Devonshire Fell

Far reaching views across the Dale from the elevated, light and airy conservatory-style restaurant enhance the day light dining experience. There is a fine selection of wines and Champagnes to complement it too.

Pampering at sister property 'The Devonshire Spa' only a ten minute drive away is an added bonus to your stay here being complimentary to guests of both properties. Facilities include a heated indoor pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, steam room, nail bar and treatments using the deeply luxurious and a world-renowned ESPA product and treatment range.

The Devonshire Fell


For more information about The Devonshire Fell visit www.devonshirefell.co.uk

Or call 01756 718111