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David Bowie’s son finds pop legend’s scarf from The Snowman hidden in storage

David Bowie’s son, Duncan Jones, was surprise to discover the scarf his father wore in The Snowman while searching through storage boxes.

Music icon David – who sadly passed away aged 69 in 2016 – featured in the iconic 1982 animation film The Snowman, appearing as a narrator at the beginning of the cartoon during a live action segment.

Taking to Twitter on Wednesday, David’s 49-year-old director son Duncan – known as Zowie Bowie when he was a child – revealed he had the joyous surprise of finding the scarf his father wore in the Snowman scene.

Sharing a selfie of himself with the scarf wrapped around him – and clutching a couple of sock puppets – Duncan described finding the vintage prop.

David Bowie featured as a narrator in the 1982 film The Snowman

He wrote: “Went looking for sock monkeys in the storage boxes and FOUND THE SCARF!!! YAY!”

The update provoked an outpouring of nostalgia and emotion from fans, with many sharing their adoration for both The Snowman and David.

Among those responding was a man named Brian Harding who claimed to have worked on The Snowman and shared an anecdote about the scarf.

Duncan Jones looked absolutely thrilled to have found his father’s scarf

He tweeted: “Hi Duncan! I am Brian Harding, who produced the filming of your father’s introduction to The Snowman.

“You may not remember the history. The Scarf was knitted by the lady in the accounts department of TVC, the production company who made the animation.

“She came onto the set and presented it to David.

“When filming was over, David asked very politely if he could keep the scarf to give to his son, Zowie.”

He continued: “This was the only fee he charged for the filming and I believe he offered his services for personal reasons.

The original scarf was found by David’s son Duncan in a storage box

“He was charming throughout and totally professional. I am glad that the scarf found its way to the destination he intended: from the dude to another dude.”

The Snowman was based on the book of the same name by Raymond Briggs and tells the story of a boy named James who goes on a magical journey to the arctic circle with a snowman that comes to life.

In the animation, the pair meet Father Christmas who gifts James a scarf – which is as the one worn by David in the live-action introduction.

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Star Wars star David Prowse is laid to rest

Darth Vader goes to the dark side: Star Wars actor David Prowse is laid to rest at small family funeral because of Covid rules with a wreath in the shape of legendary villain’s helmet

  • David Prowse portrayed villain Darth Vader in the original three Star Wars films
  • His daughter confirmed he died from Coronavirus last month, at the age of 85 
  • The actor was most proud of playing Green Cross Code Man in television adverts

Star Wars actor David Prowse has been laid to rest with a wreath in the shape of a Darth Vader helmet. 

The legendary actor passed away last month at the age of 85 following a short battle with coronavirus. 

The star was laid to rest at a small socially-distanced ceremony with wreaths in his memory including the emblem of the Green Cross Code Man; the role of which he was most proud, and earned him an MBE.  

Despite being the man behind the mask, Prowse’s West Country accent was deemed not suitable for the voice of the super-villain

Star Wars actor David Prowse was laid to rest with a wreath in the shape of a Darth Vader helmet

Star Wars actor David Prowse was laid to rest with a wreath in the shape of a Darth Vader helmet

The bodybuilder-turned-actor was most proud of playing the Green Cross Code Man

The bodybuilder-turned-actor was most proud of playing the Green Cross Code Man

Prowse said the role he was most proud of was that of the Green Cross Code Man - here he is pictured in the uniform in 1982

Prowse said the role he was most proud of was that of the Green Cross Code Man – here he is pictured in the uniform in 1982

How David Prowse came to be one of film’s most iconic super-villains 

Prowse acting career lasted 50 years, but it was his role as the Sith Lord in Star Wars that brought him international fame.

He was reportedly spotted by Star Wars director George Lucas when playing a bodyguard in the 1971 film A Clockwork Orange, and invited to audition for the roles of Darth Vader and Chewbacca. 

Despite being the man behind the mask, Prowse’s West Country accent was deemed not suitable for the voice of the super-villain.

His lines were dubbed over by American actor James Earl Jones.

But while the voice of Vader, mixed with his all-black suit of armour and his force powers, which played a big role in making the Sith Lord iconic, it was Prowse’s imposing 6ft 6in frame and his calm stride that really brought the character to life.

Prowse, a former bodybuilder, was best known for playing the iconic super-villain in the original three George Lucas movies.

The Bristol-born star, who towered over cast members at 6ft 6ins, had been in a London hospital for two weeks with Covid.  

His daughter Rachel Prowse posted a series of images of floral tributes, including nods to his famous roles as Luke’s father and the Green Cross Code Man.

On Monday, Ms Prowse posted on Facebook: ‘So today we said goodbye to dad. It was a very small gathering of family and close friends.

‘Covid restrictions meant there was no wake but we hope to celebrate his life later next year if and when some semblance of ‘normality’ has returned.

‘There is so much to say but the fact that we love you dad and we miss you will suffice.’

She also posted a picture of a Darth Vader helmet made from black flowers.

She wrote: ‘This was Rouse and Co’s (funeral director) own special tribute to dad. Thanks to them for the fantastic service they provided.’

Ms Prowse confirmed her father had previously been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

The proud West Country actor was cast as Vader for his imposing physique, even though the role was voiced by James Earl Jones, who stands at 5ft 11ins.

Prowse’s acting career lasted 50 years, but it was his role as the Sith Lord in Star Wars that brought him international fame.

He was reportedly spotted by Star Wars director George Lucas when playing a bodyguard in the 1971 film A Clockwork Orange, and invited to audition for the roles of Darth Vader and Chewbacca. 

Despite being the man behind the mask, Prowse’s West Country accent was deemed not suitable for the voice of the super-villain.

His lines were dubbed over by American actor James Earl Jones.

Prowse's daughter posted a series of images of floral tributes - including nods to his famous roles as Luke's father and the Green Cross Code Man

Prowse’s daughter posted a series of images of floral tributes – including nods to his famous roles as Luke’s father and the Green Cross Code Man

The Bristol-born star, who towered over cast members at 6ft 6ins, had been in a London hospital for two weeks with Covid

The Bristol-born star, who towered over cast members at 6ft 6ins, had been in a London hospital for two weeks with Covid

The man behind the mask: David Prowse died at the age of 85 after a short battle with illness. Pictured: Prowse acts out the famous Vader 'force choke' from the movie

The man behind the mask: David Prowse died at the age of 85 after a short battle with illness. Pictured: Prowse acts out the famous Vader ‘force choke’ from the movie

Prowse acting career lasted 50 years, but it was his role as the Sith Lord in Star Wars that brought him international fame

Prowse acting career lasted 50 years, but it was his role as the Sith Lord in Star Wars that brought him international fame

Outside of acting, Prowse was married from 1963 to Norma Scammell and was the father of three children. Here he is pictured with Medallion co-star Anna Nicholas in 1981

Outside of acting, Prowse was married from 1963 to Norma Scammell and was the father of three children. Here he is pictured with Medallion co-star Anna Nicholas in 1981

Through his bodybuilding that Prowse (pictured aged 27) became friends with Hollywood giants Arnold Schwarzenegger and original Incredible Hulk star Lou Ferrigno

Through his bodybuilding that Prowse (pictured aged 27) became friends with Hollywood giants Arnold Schwarzenegger and original Incredible Hulk star Lou Ferrigno

It was through his bodybuilding that he became friends with Hollywood giants Arnold Schwarzenegger and original Incredible Hulk star Lou Ferrigno.

Prowse represented England at the Commonwealth Games in the early 1960s.

But the bodybuilder-turned-actor was most proud of playing the Green Cross Code Man.

Appearing in television adverts to warn children children about the dangers of crossing the road. The role earned him an MBE. 

Prowse reprised his role as the Green Cross Code Man in 2014.

He was awarded an MBE for his work in road safety in 2000

Prowse reprised his role as the Green Cross Code Man in 2014 (pictured left and right). He was awarded an MBE for his work in road safety in 2000

The Green Cross Code Man: The role David Prowse was most proud of, which helped save the lives of children and earned him an MBE 

David Prowse played the Green Cross Code Man - at first prior to his role in Star Wars.

David Prowse played the Green Cross Code Man – at first prior to his role in Star Wars.

The Green Cross Code man was a series made as part of a wider campaign to raise awareness of the Green Cross Code – a brand created by the National Road Safety Committee to raise awareness of pedestrian road safety in the United Kingdom. Introduced in 1971, the code procedure was designed to enable pedestrians to cross streets safely and specifically was aimed at children.

Road safety chiefs were concerned because, at the time, children accounted for half of all casualties on the road.

The code appeared to be instantly successful, with casualties dropping by 11 per cent. But six months later they had risen to the previous rate.

The Green Cross Code Man ran as a series of television adverts between 1975 and 1990 as part of a way to advertise the campaign.

David Prowse played the Green Cross Code Man – at first prior to his role in Star Wars.  

In the adverts the character has the power to teleport from his monitoring station at ‘Green Cross Control’ to any location where children are in need of pedestrian safety instruction.

He accomplishes this by use of a wristwatch-like ‘dematerialiser’ device 

In 1975 the number of children killed on the roads had fallen to 505, the lowest since the 1950s.

By 2003 – several years after the TV advertising campaign had ended – the figure was 171 children. 

In 2014 the Green Cross Code Man series was revived, with Prowse playing the character in his 80th year, in two adverts produced for Road Safety Week in the United Kingdom.

The campaign was aimed at young adults and warning them of the danger of using their mobiles near to roads. 

Prowse was awarded an MBE for his role in the campaign. 

The group behind the campaign is now known as the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.

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Discover David Goudreault

It’s like a habit: every ten years, a Quebec quill emerges from who knows where.

I still remember a Sunday evening in 2005 when a young storyteller from Saint-Élie-De-Caxton landed on the set of Everybody talks about it.

He spoke, gesticulated, told and blasted stories from words, neologisms and phrases mocked up. There was magic in the television. As if our uniqueness as a people were embodied in the one man.

Quebec then discovered its national storyteller. His name was Fred Pellerin.

When I listen to and read writer David Goudreault, it is a bit of the same indescribable, metaphysical magic that takes place.

Something that makes you want him to describe us collectively, that he raises our grandeur and our laziness, that he points to where too often we forget to look, that he juggles with words to dazzle us.

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Goudreault was a social worker before he was a writer. And it shows in his prose, at the same time beautiful, rough and trashy. He writes “trashi-comic realities”, as I’ve heard him say before.

Catherine Dorion said a few years ago that our artists who mark us collectively are those who manage to observe our collective place, Quebec, with love.

They succeed with us, not by pulling away from us. They sing ” Do you love me ” instead of’I love you.

Through his books and songs, Goudreault does what Dorion said. He dips his pen in our quirks, our hypocrisies, our taboos to reveal unsuspected parts of ourselves.

It even pushes our gaze further. Often to those who caught the wrong number in the lottery of life. And we discover a world that we often ignore.

So if you haven’t already, get his trilogy The beast or his latest book Your death to me.

Also listen to his new album. Especially the last piece: I appeal to poetry.

It could be our national anthem.

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David Prowse’s small Star Wars-themed funeral after Darth Vader actor died at 85

Star Wars actor David Prowse’s funeral was held on Monday, and mourners paid homage to his most famous role.

The film star passed away in November at the age of 85 following a short illness.

He was most famous for playing Darth Vader in the first three Star Wars films – Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

His daughter Rachel Prowse took to her Instagram account last night to share pictures of the flowers, which included black roses arranged to look like Darth Vader’s mask.

The floral arrangements also included ‘Dad’ in white roses with Parma Violets sweets placed on top and the Green Cross Code symbol, a reference to David starring as the Green Cross Code Man in an advert in the seventies.

Star Wars actor David Prowse died last month

His funeral included several touching tributes to his career, including a floral arrangement styled to look like Darth Vader’s mask

Rachel also shared a screenshot of the funeral poem His Journey’s Just Begun by Ellen Brenneman.

She captioned the photos: “So today we said goodbye to dad. It was a very small gathering of family and close friends.

“Covid restrictions meant there was no wake but we hope to celebrate his life later next year if and when some semblance of ‘normality’ has returned.

A floral arrangement of the Green Cross Code symbol, a reference to David starring as the Green Cross Code Man in an advert in the seventies

Another of the floral arrangements

“There is so much to say but the fact that we love you dad and we miss you will suffice.”

Rachel finished the post with a red love heart emoji and the hashtags #dad #daveprowse #darthvader #greencrosscodeman.

David’s agent Thomas Bowington confirmed the sad news of his passing in a statement last month.

David Prowse as Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back

Mr Bowington said: “May the force be with him, always!

“Though famous for playing many monsters – for myself, and all who knew Dave and worked with him, he was a hero in our lives.”

He described the much loved actor’s passing as “a truly and deeply heart-wrenching loss for us and millions of fans all over the world”.

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Lauren Bush Lauren and David Lauren are expecting their third child next spring

Lauren Bush Lauren and David Lauren are expecting their third child next spring: ‘It has been a major ray of hope in our lives’

Lauren Bush Lauren said on Instagram Sunday that she and husband David Lauren are expecting their third child.

Bush Lauren, 36, said, ‘We are excited to welcome baby #3 due next Spring!’ alongside an ultrasound.

‘It has been strange and wonderful to incubate new life during this truly surreal year. Morning sickness (more like all-day sickness) aside, it has been a major ray of hope in our lives as we look towards a brighter tomorrow in 2021! Sending [love] to all!’

The latest: Lauren Bush Lauren, 36, said on Instagram Sunday that she and husband David Lauren, 49, are expecting their third child. The couple was snapped in NYC last year 

The couple are parents to sons, James, five, and Max, two.

David Lauren, 49, said on social media, ‘Big News…We are getting a brother or a sister next year!!’

Both are from famed families, as David Lauren, 49, is designer Ralph Lauren’s son, while Bush Lauren is the granddaughter of the late former President George H.W. Bush and niece of former President George W. Bush.

The pair initially met in 2004, and tied the knot in September 2011.

Bush Lauren, 36, said, ‘We are excited to welcome baby #3 due next Spring!’ alongside an ultrasound 

Bush Lauren and her spouse are parents to sons, James, five, and Max, two

Bush Lauren and her spouse are parents to sons, James, five, and Max, two 

She celebrated their anniversary three months ago, writing on the social media site: ‘Happy 9 year Anniversary to my one @davidlauren! 

‘If this pandemic has reinforced anything, it’s that I’m very lucky to get to do life with you through the good times and the tougher times. Here is to the next 90+ years together! Xo.’

David said, ‘Lucky to have my one today and everyday…. 9 year anniversary!!’

Politics: The heir from the Republican dynasty supported Democratic President-elect Joe Biden in the past election

Politics: The heir from the Republican dynasty supported Democratic President-elect Joe Biden in the past election 

Bush Lauren, though her FEED Foundation, is working with Sarah Jessica Parker and her wine brand Invivo X to combat hunger by providing school means to more than 300,000 children internationally.  

Lauren founded FEED in 2007 ‘after seeing the reality of childhood hunger firsthand while traveling with the World Food Programme,’ according to her organization. 

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David Beckham’s Inter Miami ‘planning transfer raid’ on Man Utd

David Beckham’s Inter Miami are looking to bring out of favour Sergio Romero to the MLS.

The back-up Manchester United goalkeeper is desperate to secure a move away from Old Trafford.

He is one of four goalkeepers at the club but has David de Gea, Dean Henderson and Lee Grant all ahead of him in the pecking order.

Inter Miami are ready to offer him a route out of the Premier League club in January, reports the Athletic.

Beckham is hoping to use his United connections to begin adding big names to his American outfit.

Romero has been frozen out at Manchester having been omitted from the club’s Premier League and Champions League squads.

Sergio Romero is hoping to secure a Man Utd exit

The MLS season begins in March, but the 33-year-old’s £100,000-a-week wages would prove challenging for Beckham’s team.

United are open to selling the shotstopper but are keen to recoup some kind of fee for him.

Romero’s contract is up in January meaning he can begin negotiating with clubs outside of England in the New Year.

David Beckham is turning to his former club for transfer targets

United do have the option of extending his contract by a further 12 months however and may to do so if they don’t want to lose him for nothing.

Everton had a £2m loan bid rejected with the Red Devils reluctant to strengthen a domestic rival.

Romero’s wife has even taken to social media and asked United to let the Argentine leave.

She said: “It is time for them to return the opportunity and let him go. Respect for once.”

The goalkeeper has made 61 appearances during his five-and-a-half years with United.

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Sir David Jason says ‘Still Open All Hours’ finale is yet to be filmed

Talk TV can reveal David Jason’s Still Open All Hours is set to return to the box.

National treasure Sir David has revealed that the finale could be filmed as soon as it’s safe to do so.

It had been reported that the show would be axed for good without getting a proper send-off.

But Sir David (above), 80, who plays shopkeeper Granville, says: “Whether we’re able to do that next year is still a possibility.

“And we’re keeping our fingers crossed so it will bring an end to the lovely silliness of that series.” He reveals that Covid restrictions had prevented the cast reuniting for a finale.

He hopes cameras will roll in the next year so that the programme can wrap up after a seven-year run as one of the Beeb’s most beloved shows.

And during the original run with Ronnie Barker

He admits that being unable to say farewell in 2020 has upset him, saying: “The thing that got me down the most was that shows that I was programmed to do, like the last couple or three episodes of Open All Hours, where we’re going to tie up all of the storylines and who marries who and they’re all going to live happily ever after, we never quite managed to do that because we all went into lockdown.

“That was a very sad time.”

His comments come three months after reports that the axe had fallen on the popular series.

It followed the original Open All Hours, written by Roy Clarke, which ran from 1976 to 1985 and co-starred Ronnie Barker.

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Sir David was voted the nation’s hardest-working actor behind Olivia Colman, 46, and David Tennant, 49, and Dame Julie Walters, 70.

Speaking to Radio 2’s Jason Mohammed, he jokes: “I just wanted to point out that coronavirus stopped me from beating them all.

“I’m only fourth because of coronavirus, which stopped lots of my productions which I was going to be in.

“I am not jealous of any of them.”

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Stranger Things star David Harbour gushes over ‘deeply kind’ new wife Lily Allen

Stranger Things star David Harbour has opened up on life as a newly married man, after recently taking himself off the market and getting hitched with Lily Allen.

The actor wed the singer in September, stunning the world after eloping in a secret Las Vegas ceremony.

The 45-year-old old has gushed over his new bride as he opened up about having the British singer, 35, by his side.

The Hellboy star told PEOPLE he’d married a “beautiful, incredible woman”.

David said: “I have never met someone who is so deeply kind as her. I’ve never felt so taken care of and cared for by another human being.”

“She really is just a deeply kind individual and I love that about her,” he told the publication.

David Harbour wed Lily Allen in September, stunning the world after eloping in a secret Las Vegas ceremony

The lovebirds blossoming romance was taken to the next level in September when they secretly got married in Las Vegas after just a year together.

The private affair saw the couple say their vows in front of an Elvis impersonator at the Graceland Chapel.

Lily’s daughters Ethel, nine, and Marnie, seven, also came along to the ceremony and they later went on to enjoy burgers at In ‘n’ Out.

David’s now moved in with Lily and her two girls and is proudly involved in their lives.

“I’m in a relationship with three women who all have very different opinions of me at various times,” the star joked.

The private affair saw the couple say their vows in front of an Elvis impersonator at the Graceland Chapel

David has gushed over his new bride as he opened up about having the British singer, 35, by his side

But jest aside, he admitted the commitment of involving himself with Lily and her children was not one he took lightly.

“Making that kind of a commitment, which I haven’t for most of my life, was a huge thing for me,” Harbour said. “And it just makes you feel a little bit more like a man, to be honest. I just feel a little bit more like an adult.”

He added that being “thrust into this family role” has completely altered his views on fatherhood and made him feel “every cliché from every sitcom you’ve ever heard.”

“It’s a cliché that we make fun of constantly in television and in books and I had always watched it with a grain of salt going, ‘Eh, whatever, it’s not the real deal.’ And now I am in it,” he said.

David’s now moved in with Lily and her two girls and is proudly involved in their lives

“That sort of hits it on the head.”

Meanwhile, new bride Lily has recently marked her first month of being smoke-free after vowing to stub out cigarettes for good following her celebration of a whole year of sobriety earlier this year.

The Smile songstress is frequently snapped lighting up and has made no secret of her nicotine addiction over the years, but has thrown herself into a healthier way of life since tying the knot.

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Sir David Attenborough ‘punched the air’ after Donald Trump lost US election

Sir David Attenborough has told how he leapt from his chair and punched the air in delight after climate change-denier Donald Trump lost the US Presidential election.

The 94-year-old naturalist says hearing Joe Biden immediately vow to sign America back up to the international agreement to limit global warming left him feeling hugely heartened.

Sir David says: “America is the most powerful country in the world, economically, and has huge influence on what happens.

“That someone should be coming into power who recognises the importance of the ecological problems that face us – whose first statement after it became clear he was going to become the President Elect was to reinstate America’s backing of the Paris agreement… I can’t remember getting out of my seat and cheering all by myself until that moment.

Sir David Attenborough ‘punched the air’ when he learned Donald Trump had lost the US Presidential election

“I have never done it before, even for our own elections.

“But when I heard that I actually said…” At this point in our Zoom call, Sir David re-enacts jumping up, arms aloft, mouthing the word “yes”. It is quite a sight to behold.

His thoughts on climate change and the immediate action needed will become even clearer when BBC1’s ­landmark series A Perfect Planet airs next month.

Combining earth science and natural history, the series explores how weather, ocean currents, solar energy and volcanoes drive, shape and support biodiversity.

The fifth and final episode takes a sharp change of tone as it examines the dramatic impact of humans on the planet – and what needs to be done to correct the damage.

A young orphaned elephant with his keeper at The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust's Nairobi nursery in Kenya, Africa.
A young orphaned elephant with his keeper at The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s Nairobi nursery in Kenya, Africa.

Musk ox on Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada
Musk ox on Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada

Sir David and executive producer Alastair Fothergill state the Covid pandemic has given them hope that climate change is a problem that can be solved.

Mr Fothergill says: “We’ve seen how, in the search for the vaccine, humanity has united and put so much energy into solving that problem. To be honest, Covid is a relatively small problem compared with the planetary crisis facing us. So if humanity can unite to solve Covid surely we can to solve climate change?”

Like the presenter, he feels America getting a new, greener President is a crucial development.

“Thank goodness Biden has got in,” he sighs.

Once hunted to near extinction, there are now around 100,000 giant tortoises living on Aldabra Island - a remote and uninhabited atoll in the Indian Ocean. Giant tortoises can go without foodand water for weeks at a time and the ancestors of those on Aldabra today likely floated there fromother islands and land masses.
Once hunted to near extinction, there are now around 100,000 giant tortoises living on Aldabra Island – a remote and uninhabited atoll in the Indian Ocean. Giant tortoises can go without foodand water for weeks at a time and the ancestors of those on Aldabra today likely floated there fromother islands and land masses.

Mother and two cubs in Kurile Lake, Kamchatka, Russia
Mother and two cubs in Kurile Lake, Kamchatka, Russia

With the international conference on global warming due in Glasgow next year, Sir David says this is a timely moment to emphasise that climate change is real.

He adds: “This is not just talk. This is not just a little fantasy. If we warm the Earth to such a degree that the Arctic melts, every city in the world will be under water.

“A high proportion of the big cities in the world are built around the coast, because of their ports. And if the ice melts, the seas are going to rise and flood those cities.

“That’s not… science fiction. It’s going to happen. And we have still got a chance to stop it happening. What do we have to do to persuade people that that’s the case?” But he knows that he’s got his work cut out – speaking to the pilot of a helicopter who was flying him over Miami during filming made him realise how big the task was.

A Brown bear in the Valley of the Geysers, Kamchatka, Russia
A Brown bear in the Valley of the Geysers, Kamchatka, Russia

An arctic wolf hunting on Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada
An arctic wolf hunting on Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada

Sir David recalls: “I said to the pilot, ‘Look at all these huge, great hotels, if we go on like this they’ll all be under water’. ‘Rubbish,’ he said (well, he actually said something else) but he didn’t believe it. He sees no reason why anybody should take any action. There is a very strong element in the United States that does not believe it, including the past President.”

Fothergill says of the scientists on the upcoming series: “They talk about the home truths, the facts, that we’re producing 100 times more carbon dioxide than all the volcanoes on the planet.

“That the ocean currents are no longer flowing as they did, that hurricanes hitting the east coast of America are more frequent and more powerful – but also they talk about the solutions. You need to empower them with the ­solutions and the good news is nature is unbelievably resilient and mankind already has the technology to solve these problems. We just need the political will.”

The first episode deals with volcanoes, and looks at the wildlife that thrives amid the toxic effects of eruptions.

Boobies on Wolf Island, Galapago
Boobies on Wolf Island, Galapago

A couple of weeks old, chicks begin to spend less time with their parents and group together to form a creche
A couple of weeks old, flamingo chicks begin to spend less time with their parents and group together to form a creche

Series producer Huw Cordey says: “Even the most hostile of volcanic landscapes can support life, like Lake Natron in Tanzania, which is the most corrosive body of water.” He adds that the lake is home to tens of thousands of flamingos – though viewers should brace themselves for scenes of their chicks being picked off by marabou storks as they race across the corrosive salt plains to get to fresh water.

Also featured in the series are Aldabra giant tortoises, whose habitat in the Indian Ocean is threatened by flooding, lions in Kenya whose roaming patterns are affected by the weather and otters who hunt year-round in the heated waters of Yellowstone National Park.

Some gorgeous Jungle canopy in Asia as shown in A Perfect Planet

Brown bears are shown at Kurile Lake, Russia, where the fertile volcanic waters lead to high numbers of salmon.

Sir David says the series will show we are at a crossroads for reversing the damage we’ve wreaked since the industrial revolution.

He adds: “We, our planet, is poised close to big disasters. We can stop them. But if we’re going to stop them, we’ve got to understand what they are and how they work.

“And that’s what this series does.”

A Perfect Planet, BBC1, January.

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David Beckham and Harper wear matching Rudolph face masks on Lapland trip

David Beckham may be regarded as one of the coolest celebrities in Britain, but he’s not afraid to look silly sometimes.

For the sake of his lookalike daughter Harper, nine, the football star donned a rather daring Christmas-themed face mask while on a trip to the elf-themed Lapland UK in Ascot.

The 45-year-old sports star got into the festive spirit as he enjoyed some quality time with his little girl in Santa Claus’ makeshift homeland this week.

The father-daughter duo posed for a wholesome selfie sporting Rudolph-themed face masks.

Both Posh and Becks made sure to document the wholesome family day out on Instagram, and their latest offerings have delighted fans.

David and Harper looked super cute in the matching face masks

Alongside Harper, the lovebirds were joined by their sons Romeo, 18, and Cruz, 15.

David made sure to let his eldest son Brooklyn, 21, know the family was missing him as he’s currently in the US.

“Don’t forget those carrots for the reindeer. Having fun at the magical @laplanduk @victoriabeckham @romeobeckham @cruzbeckham #HarperSeven. We missed you bust @brooklynbeckham,” David captioned the sweet shot.

Elsewhere, Becks shared snaps of his sons, Romeo and Cruz, enjoying the festivities.

David appeared to be having a ball at the makeshift Lapland parlour
David appeared to be having a ball at the makeshift Lapland parlour

The family enjoyed a fun-filled day out
The family enjoyed a fun-filled day out

The handsome teens even proved that they were not too old for a visit to Santa’s grotto as David told his followers that they were still on the “nice list”.

In another update, David poked fun at his nickname Golden Balls with a cheeky snap.

The bold post saw David poses in front of Santa’s grotto with a cheeky glint in his eyes while holding a pair of golden bells in his hand.

Becks poked fun at his nickname 'Golden Balls'
Becks poked fun at his nickname ‘Golden Balls’

His beloved wife Victoria, 45, captioned the shot: “Golden Bells met Santa tonight in a very festive mask! X kisses @davidbeckham x @laplanduk.”

The former Spice Girl gave her hubby the iconic nickname in an unforgettable interview with Parkinson back in 2000 when she spoke candidly about their sex life.

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