Isle of Wight Festival confirms return with Liam Gallagher and more of this week’s gossip

After being cancelled last year amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the Isle of Wight Festival has confirmed it is returning in September with Liam Gallagher headlining the event.

Matilda Davies
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After being cancelled last year amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the Isle of Wight Festival has confirmed it is returning in September with Liam Gallagher headlining the event. The three-day festival will also see headline acts David Guetta, Duran Duran and Snow Patrol perform. Other acts in the line-up include Tom Jones, James Arthur, Kaiser Chiefs, The Script, All Saints and Razorlight.

John Giddings, a promoter for the festival, said: “It’s a fantastic array of artists; from icons to emerging talent and not forgetting everything still to come from additional stages across the festival.”

The festival usually happens in June but has been pushed back this year to avoid restrictions and maximise its chances of going ahead. The last time the festival went ahead, in 2019, Liam Gallagher’s brother Noel headlined the event with his band Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.

Alex Beresford replaces Piers Morgan on ITV’s Good Morning Britain

Weatherman Alex Beresford joined the main desk of Good Morning Britain on Friday 26th March to replace Piers Morgan. He joined Kate Garraway to present the show. She said: “It’s lovely to have you here, it very much is”.

This follows Piers Morgan's shock departure from Good Morning Britain after criticising Meghan Markle and saying he "didn't believe a word" of her interview with Oprah. Beresford fought with Piers Morgan on-air, knocking his coverage of the interview, which led to Piers dramatically storming off set. Beresford said: “I understand you’ve got a personal relationship with Meghan Markle, or had one and she cut you off… She’s entitled to cut you off if she wants to.”

Stephen Spielberg and Tom Hanks come under fire for year-long war film-shoot

Stephen Spielberg and Tom Hanks have received criticism and several noise complaints due to their large war film-shoot in Oxfordshire. The stars have taken over a small village in Oxfordshire with a £1 million set to shoot their new miniseries: Masters of the Air. The series takes place on a World War 2 American air force base that has been recreated, including vintage fighter planes, gunfire and troops.

One source told The Sun: “It goes without saying recreating World War 2 is not the sort of thing anyone wants to see as they look out of their windows in a little rural village just as life was supposed to be returning to normal. Some of us were looking forward to garden parties – now it feels like we're going to need to put our tin hats on." The series is set for release on Apple TV in early 2022, with the cast yet to be announced. Hanks and Spielberg have previously worked together on Bridge of Spies, The Post and Band of Brothers.

Arrested Development star Jessica Walter dies aged 80

Actress Jessica Walter died on Wednesday, 24th March, in her New York City home at 80-years old. Her daughter Brooke Bowman confirmed the news in a statement: “It is with a heavy heart that I confirm the passing of my beloved mom Jessica… While her legacy will live on through her body of work, she will also be remembered by many for her wit, class and overall joie de vivre.”

The Emmy-winning actress was best known for roles in Arrested Development and Archer. In Arrested Development, she starred at Lucille Bluth, alongside Jeffrey Tambor, Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi and Will Arnett. Tributes have been pouring in on social media from fans of the long-running show.

The One Show host Alex Jones reveals ‘surprise’ pregnancy

The 44-year old presenter confirmed she is expecting her third child, calling it the "best surprise ever". She announced the pregnancy on Instagram this week, revealing she is having a baby girl. Jones had her second child Kit in 2019 and her first baby Teddy back in 2017. She married her husband, insurance broker Charlie Thomson, in 2015.

She also announced the news while presenting The One Show with Ronan Keating. She said: “It just seems like a good time to share some news with everybody and the crew in the studio for the first time. Lockdown has been anything but predictable and we've had some really unexpected news. Baby number three is on the way."

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Matilda Davies

Matilda Davies

Matilda is an experienced journalist and content creator who has written for local, national and global publications. She is passionate about culture and lifestyle content, and connecting with audiences through these topics.