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Dale McRaven, creator of Mork & Mindy and Perfect Strangers, dies aged 83

Mork & Mindy, which launched the screen career of Robin Williams, was one of McRaven’s biggest successes (Picture: Disney General Entertainment Con)Dale McRaven, the writer and producer who created TV sitcoms including Mork & Mindy and Perfect Strangers, as well as writing for the likes of The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Partridge Family, has died aged 83. He died at his home in California on September 5 of complications from lung cancer. His son David McRaven confirmed the news on Sunday to The Hollywood Reporter. Working routinely with director and producer Garry Marshall, best known for creating Happy Days and directing Julia Roberts smash hit rom-com Pretty Woman, it was Marshall who gave McRaven his breakthrough gig in the industry by hiring him as a staff writer – a...

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Former Chelsea star slams Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold as ‘Championship-level’

Trent Alexander-Arnold may play for England against Germany on Monday night (Photo: Getty)Former Chelsea defender Frank Leboeuf has blasted Liverpool star Trent Alexander-Arnold, labelling him a ‘Championship-level’ defender. Since breaking into the Liverpool first-team five years ago, Alexander-Arnold has established himself as one of the best full-backs in the world and has been described by many as a generational talent. The 23-year-old has already won the biggest prizes in football, including the Premier League and Champions League, and at present has made a remarkable 76 goal contributions in 235 games from right-back. However, while his creative and offensive qualities have been widely praised, many have also criticised the player for being a defensive liability, with his ...

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Italy shifts to the right as voters reward Meloni’s party

By NICOLE WINFIELD, FRANCES D’EMILIO and GIADA ZAMPANO ROME (AP) — A party with neo-fascist roots, the Brothers of Italy, won the most votes in Italy’s national elections, looking set to deliver the country’s first far-right-led government since World War II and make its leader, Giorgia Meloni, Italy’s first woman premier, near-final results showed Monday. Italy’s lurch to the far right immediately shifted Europe’s geopolitical reality, placing a euroskeptic party in position to lead a founding member of the European Union and its third-largest economy. Right-wing leaders across Europe immediately hailed Meloni’s victory and her party’s meteoric rise as sending a historic message to Brussels. Near-final results showed the center-right coalition netting some 44% of the parliamentary vote, w

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Dear Abby: I get so anxious when he uses my bathroom. Should I say something?

DEAR ABBY: I have a handyman doing work on my home. I noticed that when he uses the bathroom, he is in there a while and going No. 2. My anxiety levels are through the roof. Do I tell him anything, and what should I say? NERVOUS LADY IN CALIFORNIA DEAR LADY: May I share a truism? When we gotta go, we gotta go. If your handyman leaves the bathroom in the same condition when he exits as when he goes in there, you have nothing to be “anxious” about. Be gracious, and when you need a handyman there will always be someone willing to help you. DEAR ABBY: My co-worker takes advantage of our employer’s generous sick leave policy and calls in sick frequently. Related Articles Advice | Dear Abby: My cheating husband says I’m to blame. How can I gain his respect? Advice |

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A breakdown, a love triangle and a stalker: 8 huge Home and Away spoilers

(Pictures: Endemol Shine)This week on Home and Away, Cash (Nicholas Cartwright) struggles with the gaps in his memory and desperately seeks answers about what happened on the day of the shooting. Struggling to see her brother in such despair, Felicity (Jacqui Purvis) confronts Rose (Kirsty Marillier) – she has to break some rules and get Cash what he needs. Meanwhile, Nikau (Kawakawa Fox-Reo) is sick of seeing everyone around him loved up and decides he needs to take drastic action to fix his relationship with Bella (Courtney Miller). He prepares to fly to New York, only to be stopped by Dean (Patrick O’Connor). He doesn’t want Bella to be hurt again, but will Nikau listen? Here’s what’s coming up for the week beginning Monday September 26. Cash becomes volatile as he struggles to...

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Gareth Southgate predicts England departure if World Cup does not go well

Gareth Southgate is well aware that his job is always on the line (Picture: Getty Images)Gareth Southgate does not expect to be England manger next year if the World Cup is a failure, despite his contract running until December 2024. The Three Lions boss earned a lengthy contract thanks to runs to the semi-final of the World Cup in 2018 and the final of the European Championship last summer. However, he is under increasing pressure after that defeat to Italy at Wembley, with England going five games without a win, including two defeats to Hungary, one of which was a 4-0 humbling at Molineux. Another loss to Italy last week takes England into their final game before the World Cup against Germany at Wembley on Monday night and Southgate knows he must turn results around to save his

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Hardship remains for Ukrainian town emerging from occupation

Rainwater is for showers and dishes. Scavenged wood is for the cooking fires. But almost nothing keeps out the autumn chill in homes without windows. Russian forces controlled Izium for six months before being forced to retreat two weeks ago in a Ukrainian counteroffensive. On one of the last days of the battle, a grad rocket exploded in Margaryta Tkachenko’s yard. Its carcass is there still, something of a novelty for her children and a reminder of the terrible six months the family has endured. The house was damaged beyond recognition months ago. “I remember planes flying, how mines whistled, cassette (rockets) exploded,” said her son Mykyta, the oldest of three. “We came out of the basement and the house was gone,” Tkachenko said. She kept the children in the basement and did her bes

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Tinie Tempah on secrecy shrouding his acting debut, returning to rap and why new drill-based musical show Jungle is ‘overdue’

The rapper is gracing our screens at the end of September in a glossy new Prime Video musical show (Picture: Amazon Prime Video/Delroy Matty/Getty)Tinie Tempah, not content to be one of the top-selling British rappers of all time after bursting onto the scene in 2010 with two number one singles followed by a Platinum-selling album, is adding yet another string to his bow in 2022. Having already branched out into fashion, TV presenting and property among other things, later this month he makes his acting debut in new UK Amazon Original series Jungle, a rap and drill-based musical set in a neon-soaked, near-future London. The 34-year-old, who knew the show’s creators, Junior Okoli and Chas Appeti – aka Nothing Lost – says it was the perfect way to flex his creative muscle in a differen

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House of the Dragon episode 6 devastates fans with tragic deaths as Emma D’Arcy and Olivia Cooke make tremendous debuts

Rhaenyra has to deal with plenty of prying eyes in court – particularly from the Queen (Picture: HBO)Warning: spoilers ahead for House of the Dragon episode 6. After five weeks of Milly Alcock and Emily Carey portraying Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen and Lady Alicent Hightower in House of the Dragon, episode 6 of the Game of Thrones prequel marks a changing of the guard. Following a 10-year time jump, the characters return as their older serves, played by the stellar Emma D’Arcy and Olivia Cooke – and it appears that time has done little to heal the wounds between the once-close friends. Several characters die tragic deaths – with the losses of Ser Harwin Strong (Ryan Corr) and Lady Laena Velaryon (Nanna Blondell) hitting fans particularly hard after their brief amount of time on scr

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Home and Away spoilers: Kirsty Marillier reveals new chapter for Rose Delaney and teases major drama to come

There is more drama on the cards for Rose – and consider us very excited! (Picture: Channel 5 / Endemol Shine)Rose Delaney (Kirsty Marillier) has been worried sick about Cash Newman (Nicholas Cartwright) in Home and Away after he was shot during a police sting that went horribly wrong. The cop, as viewers know, was overseeing a secret operation to get the bikies – particularly Tex Wheeler (Lucas Linehan) – behind bars where they belong. Cash got involved in the operation in a bid to distract himself after Jasmine’s (Sam Frost) departure, but when he accompanied Rose to bikie headquarters to make arrests tragedy struck, as he was shot by second-in-command Marty. Rose was horrified by what transpired, and was riddled with guilt in the aftermath, believing that she was to blame.

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10 soap spoilers this week: Hollyoaks shocking death tragedy, Coronation Street Leo’s fate, EastEnders Janine caught, Emmerdale Faith’s request

An explosive week, no, literally – in the land of soap awaits and we couldn’t be more excited! (Picture: ITV / Lime Pictures / Getty / BBC)If you like your soaps with an extra helping of chaos and destruction then we simply can’t stress enough just how much you won’t want to miss this week’s serial drama offerings. Hollyoaks, for one, is absolute must-see TV, as acclaimed serial killer Silas Blissett returns for one last time to strike terror into the hearts of the McQueens. Consider us afraid. Very afraid. The murderer’s last stand is set against the backdrop of a carnival, which naturally leads to death and destruction as blood is shed in an epic stunt week. Don’t miss! Coronation Street, meanwhile, sees Leo discover Stephen Reid’s shocking secret – but before he can re

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Garoppolo’s post-loss grin draws some raised eyebrows

Jimmy Garoppolo is a pretty upbeat guy. Sunday night after the 49ers lost 11-10 to the Broncos, in no small part thanks to several second-half miscues from Garoppolo, the once-again starting quarterback didn’t let the loss keep him from sharing a postgame smile on the field with Denver offensive lineman Cam Fleming, a former Patriots teammate. How could he imagine the smile wouldn’t be seen by his detractors in the Bay Area? This is the place that practically invented the quarterback controversy. Now that he’s taken over for the season from the injured Trey Lance, the “who’s better” chatter has died down. But we’re not above the time-honored classic of over-analyzing body language. Garoppolo also chuckled during his postgame podium session when asked how his right shoulder felt after his f

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Lights out, ovens off: Europe preps for winter energy crisis

As Europe heads into winter in the throes of an energy crisis, offices are getting chillier. Statues and historic buildings are going dark. Bakers who can't afford to heat their ovens are talking about giving up, while fruit and vegetable growers face letting greenhouses stand idle. In poorer eastern Europe, people are stocking up on firewood, while in wealthier Germany, the wait for an energy-saving heat pump can take half a year. And businesses don't know how much more they can cut back. “We can’t turn off the lights and make our guests sit in the dark,” said Richard Kovacs, business development manager for Hungarian burger chain Zing Burger. The restaurants already run the grills no more than necessary and use motion detectors to turn off lights in storage, with some stores facing a 750

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Ukrainians scared by Russia’s preordained referendums

After seven weary months of war, many Ukrainians fear more suffering and political repression awaits them as referendums orchestrated by the Kremlin with help from gun-toting police portend Russia’s imminent annexation of four occupied regions. Many residents fled the regions before the referendums got underway, scared about being forced to vote or potentially being conscripted into the Russian army. Petro Kobernik, who left the Russian-held southern city of Kherson just before the preordained voting began Friday, said the prospect of living under Russian law and the escalating war made him and others extremely jittery about the future. “The situation is changing rapidly, and people fear that they will be hurt either by the Russian military, or Ukrainian guerrillas and the advancing Ukrai

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EastEnders spoilers: Nina goes to the police as she discovers husband Ranveer is dead?

Close to the truth? (Picture: BBC)Suki Panesar (Balvinder Sopal) snaps under the strain of keeping her secret on upcoming EastEnders episodes. Ravi (Aaron Thiara) has led Suki to believe that she killed Ranveer (Anil Goutam), and the burden of guilt is proving too much for her. Eve (Heather Peace) is shocked when she sees Suki walking through the Square in her nightdress and she rushes her to Ash (Gurlaine Gaur Karcha), who takes her to the surgery, where she’s seen by Dr Nina (Hersha Verity). Ravi, meanwhile, covers for Suki when Kheerat (Jaz Singh Deol) hears what happened earlier and questions him. Ravi says that Suki was simply sleepwalking. Ravi is concerned about Suki’s mental health, fearing that she might reveal what happened on the night that Ranveer died and that he c...

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