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Miranda Hart closes Joke Shop

Miranda Hart closes Joke Shop

24th October 2014

A favourite funny woman of ours Miranda Hart has called time on her eponymous sitcom 'Miranda'. But don't worry, we won't be left in the dark over what happens to Miranda's joke shop, mother, Gary and friends! 

We will be able to bid the Miranda cast a seasonal farewell. Miranda told Steve Wright on his BBC Radio 2 show on Thursday: "I'm doing two Christmas specials, but they are going to be the finale of the show, full stop". It is "the right time to end it" in order for the programme to go out "on a high".

Miranda is just as sad as we are to see the programme end, predicting that filming the final two episodes will …

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Lynda Bellingham Dies Aged 66

Lynda Bellingham Dies Aged 66

20th October 2014

One if the nations favourite TV mums Lynda Bellingham has died aged 66 from cancer. The actress, presenter and writer was the matriarch of the popular Oxo family advertising campaign from 1983 to 1999. 

Lynda was also known for her work in 'Doctor Who' as the Inquisitor, and 'All Creatures Great and Small'. She went on to be one of the presenters on ITV's Loose Women for four years and was a contestant on 'Strictly Come Dancing'. Trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama Lynda trod the boards in the 1960s at the Pendley Open Air Shakespeare Festival and played Chris Harper in the stage version of 'Calendar Girls'. Lynda w…

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Julia is Streets Ahead with Inspirational Award

Julia is Streets Ahead with Inspirational Award

17th October 2014

Multi-talented Julia Streets, who both founded and helped us set up the Funny Women Advisory Board two years ago, has been listed by Brummell Magazine, known as 'the little black book for the City', as one of 30 inspirational women entrepreneurs following on from last year when she was listed one of 30 inspirational women on BoardsWhat talent we have in our midst!

Julia said that she didn't know anything about this year’s listing this year until the publisher contacted her saying that she had been nominated by a number of different people. “Which is really lovely,” says Julia,  “especially given the amazing line of up of women. I am very…

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Refuge renews call for public inquiry

Refuge renews call for public inquiry

15th October 2014

We are adding our voice in support of our Charity of the Year Refuge and their renewed call for a public inquiry in the wake of an inquest finding that murdered woman Maria Stubbings was failed by Essex Police

Yesterday an inquest into the death of Maria Stubbings, who was murdered by her former partner Marc Chivers in December 2008, found that Maria’s killing was contributed to by a catalogue of failings by Essex Police. These include:

•         Failure to undertake a risk assessment and safety plan in October 2008, when Chivers was released from prison

•         Incompet…

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Women Master Ticket Sales

Women Master Ticket Sales

2nd October 2014

Last night Funny Women was mixing it up with the comedy cognocenti at the launch of Ticketmaster’s latest study, ‘State of Play: Comedy UK’. The wide ranging consumer research explored various aspects of British audiences and how they consume, discover and enjoy comedy in 2014.

Ticketmaster's vice president of music and comedy, Andrew Parsons, and vice president of insight, Sophie Crosby, took us through the data with a powerpoint presentation and... before you drop off, it was actually very interesting to see the statistics of your comedy consumers. 

The results demonstrated what currently influences audiences live comedy choices. An equal nu…

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