PRINCESS Margaret was destined to live in the shadow of her older sister, the Queen, and would go on to lead a life dependent on the shackles she so deeply begrudged bound by archaic constitutional constraints.

Princess Diana, Princess Margaret and President Trump played in Urban Myths Season 3

Princess Margaret and Diana and Donald Trump feature in Urban Myths Season 3
Urban Myths returns to Sky Arts this April, and it’ll be shining a light on yet more unlikely and unusual tall tales from the past – including everyone from Princess Margaret and Diana to Donald Trump.

Urban Myths returns to Sky Arts this April, and it’ll be shining a light on yet more unlikely and unusual tall tales from the past – including everyone from Princess Margaret and Diana to Donald Trump – AIWA! NO!

Urban Myths returns to Sky Arts this April, and it’ll be shining a light on yet more unlikely and unusual tall tales from the past – including everyone from Princess Margaret and Diana to Donald Trump.

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Digital SpyDonald Trump, Princess Diana and Freddie Mercury will all feature in series 3 of Sky’s wild Urban Myths

Season 3 of Emmy-nominated comedy was announced last year, with Stephen Mangan confirmed to star as Charles Dickens in the story of how his ‘friend’ Hans Christian Andersen came to visit for a prolonged stay. Now, Sky has unveiled the remaining stories for the upcoming season , including the unlikely decades-long friendship between Princess Margaret and Mick Jagger, the bizarre night out shared between Freddie Mercury and Princess Diana, the day a burglar stumbled upon Grace Jones and artist Jean-Paul Goude’s New York apartment, Madonna’s short but passionate and influential relationship with Jean Michel Basquiat, the infamous trial of Joan Collins vs. Random House, how Paul McCartney was inspired to write Yesterday, and how Andy Warhol came to judge a cheerleading competition for Donald Trump.

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Each of the eight episodes puts its own spin on extraordinary events, taken with more than a pinch of salt, and are performed by a selection of great actors, including Mat Baynton, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Hugh Dennis, Kelly MacDonald, Stephen Mangan, Jack McBrayer, Gloria Onitiri and David Walliams.

Phil Edgar-Jones, Director of Sky Arts, says: “You might regard our Urban Myths series as a bit of ‘Fake History’ but as all history is totally made up anyway we should regard these eight perfectly formed comedies as films of historical record, sort of. This series is one of the jewels in the crown of Sky Arts and with totally true (ish) tales from everyone from McCartney and Madonna to Dickens and Trump – our loyal band of discerning viewers are in for a treat.”

The series will premiere on 10th April on Sky Arts, but will also be released as a box set to stream on-demand alongside the broadcast of its first episode. Here’s the rundown of the eight chapters:

Urban Myths: Princess Diana, Freddie Mercury and Kenny Everett

This story is a fictionalised account of an event that’s part of the folklore of the Vauxhall Tavern. It features a night that Freddie Mercury and Kenny Everett put a disguise on their good friend, Princess Diana, and took her out for a night on the town, ending up at a club which results in a fictionalised encounter with Gareth, a drag artist with a painful secret.

Starring Mathew Baynton (Kenny Everett), David Avery (Freddie Mercury), Richard Gadd (Gareth) and Sophie Rundle (Princess Diana). Written by Pete Jackson and directed by Sean Foley. Produced by Zoe Rocha at The Fyzz Facility.

Urban Myths: Donald Trump and Andy Warhol

In 1984, property magnate and entrepreneur Donald Trump bought an American footballteam. In an attempt to stir up some publicity, he held cheerleader auditions in the basement of Trump Tower with a panel of celebrity judges, including Andy Warhol. Though initially reluctant to take part, Warhol had some unfinished business with the tycoon, who had previously commissioned some artwork which he never paid for. So Warhol decided to use the opportunity to confront the future US president about the debt.

Starring Jack McBrayer (Andy Warhol), Anthony Atamanuik (Donald Trump), Natasia Demetriou (Agnieszka), Rich Hall (Jimmy Gould), Pearl Mackie (Kay), Paul Putner (Howard) and Mike Wozniak (Leroy Nieman). Written by Ben Boyer. Produced by Charlie Laurie and directed by Molly Manners. Clelia Mountford and Sharon Horgan are the Executive Producers for Merman.

Urban Myths: Charles Dickens and Hans Christian Anderson

Bleak House Guest tells the story of when Danish author and Dickens superfan Hans Christian Andersen turned up unexpectedly on Charles and Catherine Dickens’ doorstep, quickly proving himself to be the most impossible (and unshakeable) house-guest imaginable.

Starring Stephen Mangan as Charles Dickens, Ian Hart as Hans Christian Andersen and Monica Dolan as Charles Dickens’ long-suffering wife, Catherine. The episode is directed by Robert Delamere and is a collaboration between SLAM Films and the NFTS. Louise Delamere and Catherine Gosling Fuller are the Executive Producers. Bleak House Guest is written by NFTS Screenwriting MA alumna Jess Jackson and produced by Producing MA alumni Laura Jackson, Rob Darnell and James Jose Walker. The crew includes a substantial number of NFTS students and graduates in key creative roles including producer, screenwriter, cinematographer, designer, composer and sound designer.

Urban Myths: Joan Collins

This story revolves around the trial where Joan Collins went head-to-head with Random House in the mid-nineties. The author and actor was paid a large advance for her novel, which the publishers claimed was unpublishable, leading to one of the most extraordinary – and glamorous – trials of the decade.

Starring Victoria Hamilton (Joan Collins), David Walliams (Monty, Joan’s boyfriend), Mark Heap (Ken Burrows), Haydn Gwynne (Joni Evans) and Leo Wringer (judge). Written by David Walliams & Dawson Bros. Produced by King Bert Productions

Urban Myths: Grace Jones

This is the story of a burglar who stumbled into Grace Jones and artist Jean-Paul Goude’s New York apartment, armed with a very small gun. When he inadvertently chose to break into Grace and Jean-Paul’s home (with a little interruption from Debbie Harry and Andy Warhol), he ended up with more than he bargained, having to deal with these two flamboyant, volatile lovers. Veering from desperate and dangerous to awe-struck and bemused, this was an afternoon which none of the three were expecting, least of all the burglar.

Starring Gloria Onitiri (Grace Jones), Joshua McGuire (Jean Paul Goude), David Ajala (The Burglar), Emily Atack (Debbie Harry) and David Mills (Andy Warhol). Written by Grace Ofori-Attah. Produced by Tom Thostrup and Michael Livingstone at 2LE Media.

Urban Myths: Madonna and Basquait

Before she was famous, Madonna had a short but passionate and influential relationship with Jean Michel Basquiat, a pioneer and darling of the 1980s New York art scene. Basquiat was riding high while Madonna was a coat check girl, but she already had the self-belief to know she had something special. This myth takes place across one night on the New York subway, just before she infamously door-stepped music producer Seymour Stein at his hospital bedside where he signed her on the spot. This is a poignant moment, before Basquiat’s untimely death and just before Madonna broke through to “take over the motherfucking world”.

Starring Sophie Kennedy Clark (Madonna), Calvin Demba (Basquiat), Paul Kaye (Tramp) and David Bamber (Drunk). Written by Sarah Solemani. Directed by Adam Wimpenny and Sarah Solemani. Produced by Adam Morane-Griffiths & Joe Hill at Wildcard Films.

Urban Myths: Paul McCartney

Telling the incredible tale of how Paul McCartney dreamt the melody of ‘Yesterday’. With a dollop of creative licence from writer Simon Nye, this is a heartfelt comedy drama showing how one of the greatest songs of the 20th century came to be. A deeply affectionate look at one of the greatest musicians, and his partnership with John Lennon, examining the cracks that may have changed their musical partnership forever.

Starring Tom Connor (Paul McCartney), James Coward (John Lennon), Joran Scowen (Ringo Starr), Simon Goron (George Harrison), Rosie Day (Jane Asher) and Hugh Dennis (Richard Asher). Written by Simon Nye, produced by Spelthorne Community Television and directed by Simon Delaney.

Urban Myths: Mick Jagger and Princess Margaret

Examining the decades-long friendship between Mick Jagger and Princess Margaret, we find out that Tony Blair submitted Jagger’s name for the Queen’s Honours’ List annually, from 1997 to 2002. However, every year the Queen turned him down. This comic tale travels from London to the Caribbean and dives head-first into the worlds of rock and royalty to ponder exactly why that was.

Starring Jamie Campbell Bower (Mick Jagger), Kelly MacDonald (Princess Margaret). Written by Neil Forsyth. Directed by Ben Palmer. Produced by Jane Bell at Happy Tramp.

Sky teams up with NFTS for Urban Myths Season 3

31st December 2018

Sky Arts has greenlit Urban Myths for a third season.

The anthology series, which takes an offbeat look at real people through imagined scenarios, has seen such notable outings as Gemma Arterton playing Marilyn Monroe, Noel Clarke as Muhammad Ali, Anna Maxwell Martin as Agatha Christie, David Suchet as Salvador Dali and Noel Fielding as Alice Cooper.

Now, some equally creative decisions are taking place behind the camera. The next episode of the series will see students from the National Film and Television School (NFTS) take over the creative reigns. The NFTS have been commissioned to make Season 3’s opening chapter as part of the school’s Bridges to Industry scheme.

The instalment, titles Bleak House Guest, will star Stephen Mangan as Charles Dickens. It will join the already announced Mick and Margaret, which charts Princess Margaret’s 30-year friendship with Mick Jagger.

Morwenna Gordon, commissioning editor for Sky says: “We’re incredibly proud of Bleak House Guest and thoroughly enjoyed the process of working with SLAM and the NFTS on this project. With Stephen Mangan, Ian Hart and Monica Dolan in front of the camera, and a talented crew of NFTS alumni, It will make a world class addition to our next series of Urban Myths.”

Jon Wardle, NFTS director, adds: “We are extremely grateful to Sky Arts for giving our graduates and students this opportunity to create an episode for such a high-profile series. Our Bridges to Industry scheme is such an important aspect of what we do at NFTS, and we couldn’t give our students and graduates this career enhancing experience without the continued support of our industry champions like Sky.”

Bleak House Guest is written by NFTS Screenwriting MA alumna Jess Jackson and produced by Producing MA alumni Laura Jackson, Rob Darnell and James Jose Walker. The crew includes a substantial number of NFTS students and graduates in key creative roles including producer, screenwriter, cinematographer, designer, composer and sound designer. The episode is directed by Robert Delamere and made in collaboration with Slam Films. It stars Stephen Mangan as Charles Dickens, Ian Hart as Hans Christian Andersen and Monica Dolan as Charles Dickens’ long-suffering wife, Catherine. It will air in spring 2019.

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The powerful image on this week’s cover depicts the US president looking down at a sobbing two-year-old girl next to the caption “Welcome to America”.

Time Magazine’s Latest Cover About Donald Trump Is A Real Peach

And it asks one question of Democrats about the president's possible impeachment
And it asks one question of Democrats about the president’s possible impeachment

Well, isn’t this just peachy? – AIWA! NO!

Donald Trump has been morphed into, well, a peach on Time magazine’s March 25 cover. The headline asks whether Democrats will dare to impeach the president, then declares the answer: “likely.”View image on Twitter

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CNN’s Brian Stelter shared the image, by artist Edel Rodriguez, to Twitter late Wednesday. It follows House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) assertion on Monday that it was “not worth it” for the Democratic-led House to impeach Trump.

Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country,” Pelosi told The Washington Post.

Time earlier this month used its cover to showcase the crowd of Democrats vying to challenge Trump in the 2020 election:

Time Magazine's Latest Cover About Donald Trump Is A Real

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On Sunday, Axios reported that Trump had tried to save face by telling Republican donors that he’d actually quickly said “Tim Cook Apple,” but that his soft “Cook” got lost in the audio—a thing that totally happens. “Even Trump’s own donors, who had to donate at least six figures to get into this event where he told this lie, knew the story was nuts,” Colbert said. “One of these donors told reporters, ‘I just thought, why would you lie about that. . . . It doesn’t even matter!’”

Stephen Colbert Takes a Ruthless Bite Out of Trump’s “F—ing Insane” Apple Gaffe

“Yes,” Colbert added, mocking a rich donor’s voice. “I was there at the donor event and I turned to my wife and I said, ‘This man will lie about literally anything; hand me my chequebook Trump 2020!’” – VANITY FAIR

Donald Trump has been on another P.R. tear this week, following a certain gaffe involving Apple C.E.O. Tim Cook. During a White House event, Trump mistakenly referred to Cook as “Tim Apple”—a simple slip of the tongue, the type of mistake all of us make sometimes. Of course, rather than admitting to that, the president has fabricated multiple stories to explain the mistake away—claims including that he actually said “Tim Cook Apple,” and that he deliberately omitted “Cook” in order to save time. But as Stephen Colbert put it during Monday’s Late Show, “Mr. President, words don’t just disappear from the middle of sentences. Unless it’s CBS bleeping me when I say, ‘Excuses like this are fucking insane.’”

On Sunday, Axios reported that Trump had tried to save face by telling Republican donors that he’d actually quickly said “Tim Cook Apple,” but that his soft “Cook” got lost in the audio—a thing that totally happens. “Even Trump’s own donors, who had to donate at least six figures to get into this event where he told this lie, knew the story was nuts,” Colbert said. “One of these donors told reporters, ‘I just thought, why would you lie about that. . . . It doesn’t even matter!’”

“Yes,” Colbert added, mocking a rich donor’s voice. “I was there at the donor event and I turned to my wife and I said, ‘This man will lie about literally anything; hand me my chequebook. Trump 2020!’”

And as for Trump’s second story? On Monday, the president tweeted, “At a recent round table meeting of business executives, & long after formally introducing Tim Cook of Apple, I quickly referred to Tim + Apple as Tim/Apple as an easy way to save time & words. The Fake News was disparagingly all over this, & it became yet another bad Trump story!”

“You know, on their deathbed, I think everyone says the same thing,” Colbert quipped. “I have only one regret—that I wasted so much of my life on saying last names instead of occupations. Don’t make the same mistakes I did, little Johnny Paper Route!”

On Late Night, Seth Meyers agreed that this whole ordeal has to be “one of the dumbest things Trump has ever lied about.”

“A normal person would have just let it go, written it off as a slip of the tongue, and moved on,” Meyers said. “But Donald Trump is not a normal person.”

And Meyers has some issues of his own with Trump’s shifting excuses. For one thing, the comedian noted, “Tim Cook Apple” doesn’t actually make more sense than “Tim Apple.” As Meyers put it, “Tim Cook Apple sounds like how Tarzan would describe someone making a pie.” If you’re going to lie, Meyers suggested, at least make sure the lie improves everyone’s perception of the situation. Trump’s maneuver, Meyers said, was basically the equivalent of telling a cop, “‘Officer, I have not been drinking, because I was doing too much cocaine!’”

At the end of the day, “Trump lies for the same reason Forrest Gump runs: he just does,” Meyers said. “Only Trump could claim that he was trying to save time and words by writing a long tweet that takes up time and words. You know, if you really want to save time and words, you could just not talk at all; do all your campaign rallies with duct tape over your mouth.”

President Trump on Saturday suggested that he was speaking sarcastically when he said in the run-up to the 2016 election that he hoped Russia found Hillary Clinton's deleted emails. Trump's remark at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) prompted a chant of "Lock her up" from attendees at the event in National Harbor, Md., just outside Washington.

Did Blackwater’s Erik Prince Lie to Congress About a Trump Tower Meeting? I Asked Him.

Daily News – Did Blackwater’s Erik Prince Lie to Congress About a Trump Tower Meeting? I Asked Him.

‘Sure looks like Erik Prince committed perjury,’ congressman says – Tom Embury-Dennis @tomemburyd

Donald Trump ally Erik Prince may have committed perjury, a congressman has said, after the former Navy Seal said for the first time he held a meeting with one of the US president’s sons to discuss “Iran policy”. 

Mr Prince, founder of controversial military contractor Blackwater USA, admitted he met Donald Trump Jr and an emissary for Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Trump Tower ahead of the presidential election. 

The admission comes more than a year after the 49-year-old, brother of US education secretary Betsy DeVos, failed to disclose the meeting under oath to the House intelligence committee, according to a public transcript.

State Rep. Ilhan Omar takes the oath of office as the 2017 Legislature convened Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, in St. Paul, Minn.Jim Mone / AP

US Politics Is Embroiled In Its Own Anti-Semitism Row – Here’s What It’s All About

Congresswoman Omar slams former President Obama in Politico interview

US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has faced a backlash for comments about Israel – By Nicola Slawson, HUFFPOST

While Labour’s anti-Semitism row continues to rumble on, the US has been embroiled in its own version over the past week.

An ugly backlash erupted within the Democratic Party over comments made by Ilhan Omar, a recently-elected congresswoman from Minnesota. 

There is an ongoing dispute about how to deal with the fall-out, and of course, Donald Trump has waded in by tweeting his disgust about how it’s being dealt with – despite well-documented issues with anti-Semitism among his support base.

Dems Propose New House Rules, Allowing Incoming Muslim Congresswoman to Wear Headscarf

The controversy has echoes of the anti-Semitism row that has engulfed UK politics, with Omar’s outspoken comments about Israel similar to those voiced by some on the British left-wing.

Who is Ilhan Omar?

Omar, 37, became one of the first Muslim women to sit in Congress – along with Rashida Tlaib, who represents Detroit – when she was elected last year.

Born in Mogadishu, Somalia, her family were forced to flee the civil war and spent four years of her childhood in a refugee camp in Kenya, before settling in Virginia in 1995.

What did she do?

Last month, she apologised after tweeting that American political leaders defending Israel was “all about the Benjamins”, a reference to $100 banknotes featuring Benjamin Franklin and the financial clout of the pro-Israel lobby. 

At the time, she issued a statement acknowledging that anti-Semitism is “real” while expressing gratitude to colleagues “who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes”.

However, she has faced a further backlash this week after making comments  about the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a powerful lobbying group that advocates pro-Israel policies.

She said: “I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country.

“Why is it OK for me to talk about the influence of the [National Rifle Association], of fossil fuel industries, or Big Pharma, and not talk about a powerful lobby that is influencing policy?”

In response to the criticism she faced, she tweeted on Sunday: “Being opposed to [Israel’s prime minister Binyamin] Netanyahu and the occupation is not the same as being anti-Semitic.” 

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What’s been the reaction?

Senior Democrats condemned her remark, but the party has itself been accused of antipathy to Israel and Jews.

To try to counter this, Nancy Pelosi, the Democrat speaker of the House of Representatives, has prepared a resolution condemning anti-Semitism. However, backroom arguments mean the wording has so far failed to materialise, and the first draft was reworked to also include condemnation of anti-Muslim comments.

Some observers and politicians, however, have pointed out others have said similar things about Israel, but have not faced the same backlash Omar has.  Moves to reprimand the Congresswoman have been resisted by some of her recently elected colleagues, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

“Like some of my colleagues in the Congressional Black Caucus, I am concerned that the spotlight being put on Congresswoman Omar may put her at risk,” Kamala Harris, the senator for California running for the Democratic Party presidential nomination told reporters. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, who want to face Trump in the 2020 election, have also voiced their support for Omar.

What did Donald Trump say?

Republicans, right-wing commentators and Fox News have seized on her comments, and so has Trump. He said it was “shameful” the Democrats haven’t taken a stronger stand against anti-Semitism.

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In February he called on Omar to either resign from Congress or step down from a House committee assignment.

“I think she should either resign from Congress or she should certainly resign from the House Foreign Affairs Committee,” the president told reporters on Tuesday. 

The president also claimed Omar’s apology was “lame” and that her comments are “deep-seated in her heart.” “She didn’t mean a word of it,” Trump said.