BBC Entertainment & Arts News
Palmyra statues 'destroyed by IS' (Thu, 02 Jul 2015 20:44:41 GMT)
The Islamic State group publishes photos of militants destroying what it says are six statues looted from the ancient ruins of Palmyra in Syria.
Feuding ukulele bands in court (Thu, 02 Jul 2015 15:50:02 GMT)
A British ukulele band wins a High Court battle against a rival German-based group it accused of copying its act.
Controversial opera rated 15 for cinemas (Thu, 02 Jul 2015 16:25:20 GMT)
The Royal Opera House's production of William Tell, which was booed on its opening night because of a nude rape scene, is given a 15 certificate for cinema screenings.
Sesame Street's Maria to retire (Thu, 02 Jul 2015 15:49:27 GMT)
Sonia Manzano, who has played Maria on the US children's programme Sesame Street for more than four decades, is retiring.
Irish singer Val Doonican dies (Thu, 02 Jul 2015 14:20:21 GMT)
Irish singer and TV entertainer Val Doonican dies aged 88.
BBC to cut more than 1,000 jobs (Thu, 02 Jul 2015 11:07:21 GMT)
The BBC is to cut 1,000 jobs after a £150m shortfall was discovered in its licence fee income.
Concern over drama and children's TV (Thu, 02 Jul 2015 12:53:24 GMT)
Media watchdog Ofcom raises concerns over a fall in spending on drama and children's programming on television.
Albarn predicts Alice controversy (Thu, 02 Jul 2015 05:51:04 GMT)
Singer Damon Albarn predicts his Alice in Wonderland-inspired musical Wonder.land, which opens in Manchester later, will be "a little controversial".
Prince pulled from streaming sites (Thu, 02 Jul 2015 10:50:26 GMT)
Prince removes his music from a number of paid streaming services.
Robin Thicke 'careless' during trial (Thu, 02 Jul 2015 10:53:29 GMT)
The singer was ordered to pay millions of dollars to Marvin Gaye's family after losing a copyright case.
Whitworth wins £100,000 museum prize (Wed, 01 Jul 2015 23:49:12 GMT)
Manchester's Whitworth is named Museum of the Year 2015 following a £15m redevelopment that led to record visitor numbers.
Rediscovered Bacon pictures auctioned (Thu, 02 Jul 2015 10:20:37 GMT)
Two self-portrait studies by Francis Bacon held in a private collection for more than 30 years sell for a combined £30m at a sale at Sotheby's in London.
Lionel Richie heads to number one (Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:10:49 GMT)
Soul star Lionel Richie heads to number one in the album chart as he enjoys a post-Glastonbury sales boost.
Coldplay's Chris Martin stuns Delhi (Thu, 02 Jul 2015 09:30:33 GMT)
Coldplay frontman Chris Martin's impromptu performance at a Delhi pub wins some hearts but breaks thousands.
Boyle receives honorary doctorate (Tue, 30 Jun 2015 11:43:35 GMT)
Scottish singer Susan Boyle receives honorary doctorate from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
VIDEO: Val Doonican: Ireland's Bing Crosby (Thu, 02 Jul 2015 09:59:21 GMT)
Val Doonican, the singer and TV presenter, has died at the age of 88. David Sillito looks back at his life and career.
VIDEO: A Perfect Day in the Balkans conflict (Thu, 02 Jul 2015 12:46:27 GMT)
A new drama called A Perfect Day set against the backdrop of the conflict in the Balkans will go into release next month.
VIDEO: Jack Savoretti: From Genoa to Glastonbury (Thu, 02 Jul 2015 12:02:57 GMT)
Jack Savoretti used his disillusionment with the music industry to inspire his new album
VIDEO: Josh Widdicombe's Wimbledon fan guide (Thu, 02 Jul 2015 13:09:30 GMT)
Comedian and Wimbledon first-timer Josh Widdicombe takes to the grounds of SW19 to meet the people who make it through the gates.
VIDEO: Museum of the Year: The Whitworth (Fri, 19 Jun 2015 11:47:26 GMT)
The Whitworth in Manchester has won the Art Fund Museum of the Year.
VIDEO: Albarn: Alice haunted me as a child (Tue, 30 Jun 2015 10:09:26 GMT)
Damon Albarn has co-written a musical version of Alice in Wonderland, which takes a trip down a modern-day rabbit hole.
VIDEO: BBC 'must make hard choices' (Thu, 02 Jul 2015 14:07:34 GMT)
BBC director general Tony Hall says "hard choices" must be made now and in the future, as the loss of 1,000 jobs is announced.
VIDEO: The rappers turning hit songs halal (Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:16:21 GMT)
A duo who take mainstream hip-hop songs and give them an Islamic twist have built up a global following online.
Obituary: Val Doonican (Thu, 02 Jul 2015 10:11:30 GMT)
Val Doonican, Ireland's answer to Bing Crosby
Meeting the man behind Mr Tumble (Fri, 03 Jul 2015 03:58:19 GMT)
So, Mr Tumble, don't you get sick of being so cheerful?
Rita Ora on X Factor and new music (Thu, 02 Jul 2015 00:43:10 GMT)
Rita Ora on her Oscars ordeal and the X Factor
The man who made Manchester cool again (Wed, 01 Jul 2015 01:07:47 GMT)
The man who made Manchester cool again
A tale of three Murdochs (Tue, 30 Jun 2015 23:02:20 GMT)
Three Murdochs - all with something to prove
Apple aims for bigger bite of music market (Mon, 29 Jun 2015 23:11:45 GMT)
Apple's new streaming service threatens to undermine Spotify in the continuing battle to get fans to pay for music.
What to call a play with a sweary title? (Sun, 28 Jun 2015 07:47:01 GMT)
The National Theatre play whose title is too rude to print