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New Princess Margaret in The Crown

Helena Bonham Carter has said she is terrified to be taking over from Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret in the third series of the drama, The Crown. Bonham Carter, who was previously rumoured for Netflix’s show, was officially announced for the role alongside Jason Watkins, who will play Harold Wilson.

They join previously announced cast members Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II and Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip, who are taking over from Claire Foy and Matt Smith. Kirby was nominated for a Bafta for her portrayal of Margaret.

Bonham Carter said: “I’m not sure which I’m more terrified about — doing justice to the real Princess Margaret or following in the shoes of Vanessa Kirby’s Princess Margaret. “The only thing I can guarantee is that I’ll be shorter [than Vanessa].”

Watkins said: “I am delighted to become part of this exceptional show. And so thrilled to be working once again with Peter Morgan. Harold Wilson is a significant and fascinating character in our history. So looking forward to bringing him to life, through a decade that transformed us culturally and politically. “And I am excited to be working so closely with Olivia; and the whole team.” Bonham Carter, 51, is known for her many film roles, including her Bafta-winning performance in The King’s Speech, as well as The Wings of the Dove, Hamlet and the Harry Potter films.

Beatles concert photos on display

The Beatles are returning to Dundee, the city where the term Beatlemania was coined after the Fab Four had to leave a concert by crawling out through a coal cellar to escape their ecstatic fans.

The McManus gallery and museum has acquired a set of photographs showing the band’s last appearance at the Caird Hall on 20 October 1964. In Glasgow, earlier on the tour, all police leave was cancelled and 200 extra officers were drafted in to cope with the crowds. In Dundee, local papers reported that screaming fans drowned out virtually every note of the music, and dozens of paramedics attended to care for those who collapsed, overcome by the heat and excitement — 50 young women were carried out of the hall in the first five minutes.

The audience included the Countess of Strathmore, who arrived in a chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce, and later told journalists: “The audience was appalling, and completely bad mannered to make so much noise. Most of the time I had my fingers pressed over my ears to keep out the awful noise.”

The images of the Beatles arriving with crowds mobbing their car, an interview before the show, and the hysterical audience reaction, were captured by local photographer Winnie Forbes-Cochrane. They were bought by the museum at auction in March, and curators hope to put them on display later this year.

Caitlyn Jenner to give diversity talk

Caitlyn Jenner will be delivering a diversity lecture in the House of Commons. The transgender activist and former Olympic gold medallist is following in the footsteps of the actors Idris Elba and Riz Ahmed in giving Channel 4’s diversity talk. A spokesman for the channel said: “The aim of the Channel 4 diversity lecture is to raise awareness and stimulate public debate about diversity issues. “Caitlyn Jenner is one of the most high-profile transgender people in the world and her transition brought transgender issues into the mainstream, helping to stimulate debate and increase awareness.”

The lecture also kicks off the start of the broadcaster’s Genderquake season, two weeks of programmes “to open up the debate on gender”. Jenner, 68, made a documentary, I Am Cait, about her transition in 2015.

MPs are invited to attend the lecture, which has been screened on YouTube in previous years, at the Churchill room in the House of Commons on May 9.

 
 
 
 
 

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