Dunkirk Flies Away With Three Oscars

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Monday 5th March 2018 0522 GMT by Lee Dolbear

It was a great night for Christopher Nolan as Dunkirk movie scooped three Oscars at the 90th Academy Awards. The war drama which was part filmed on location at Weymouth and Swanage, Dorset in the summer of 2016 was written, produced and directed by Nolan. It featured Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hardy and Harry Styles (to name a few) helping it to rake in over $500 million at the global box office.

Dunkirk won best film editing, sound editing and sound mixing of the eight it was nominated for.

Sound Editing


• Baby Driver

• Blade Runner 2049

• The Shape of Water

• Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Sound Mixing


• Baby Driver

• Blade Runner 2049

• The Shape of Water

• Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Film Editing


• Baby Driver

• I, Tonya

• The Shape of Water

• Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

It was also a great night for Gary Oldman who won the best actor Oscar for Darkest Hour.

Guillermo del Toro who won the best director Oscar for ‘The Shape of Water’ said on collecting the award, “I am an immigrant…The greatest thing our art does and our industry does is to erase the lines in the sand. We should continue doing that when the world tells us to make them deeper.”

The Shape of Water also won best picture.

Roger Deakins finally won his first Oscar for Best Cinematography sci-fi thriller Blade Runner 2049 after being nominated 14 times over 23 years.

A full list of winners can be found here via ABC News.

Weymouth’s Punch And Judy Is Under Threat … but you can help!

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22 February 2018 0858 GMT

Weymouth’s Punch and Judy has been a summer spectacle for over 130 years but nowadays the current professor is asking for the public’s help to make sure that it stays open for performances beyond 2018.

Up until 2016 Mark Poulton was able to perform a ‘full’ summer season working 7 days a week (weather permitting) from the end of May until early September. Since then he has found it is now only viable to work the school summer holidays. However, the annual expenses remain the same, so Weymouth Punch and Judy have come up with a 3-point plan to ensure Mark can afford to continue with the show after the 2018 summer season.

They are asking everyone who enjoys the shows, visitors and locals alike, to become involved in our campaign to SAVE MR PUNCH.

img_7902Mark explains although we will be seeking help and support from W&P Borough Council, local traders and businesses we need the support of the local community and visitors too.
Your donation will go toward additional expenses in running the show, including:
• Maintenance of the puppets and the stage
• Secure storage of the stage and other equipment when not in use
• Cost of site for the camper van
• Day to-day expenses while in Weymouth

Perhaps, more importantly, the success of the “Go Fund Me” campaign will demonstrate the strength of support from the local and visitor communities when we seek sponsorship from local businesses and from the Council for the 2019 season and beyond.

The go fund me page set up by Mark has now reached the milestone of £1000.

Witness Appeal Following Reported Nightclub Assault In Weymouth

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Wednesday 31 January – 1600 GMT

Dorset Police are appealing for witnesses following reports of an assault in Weymouth. A police constable was also assaulted trying to detain a woman in connection with the incident.

At 3.30am on Tuesday 30 January 2018 police were called to Actors Bar in Maiden Street following reports that two women had been punched in the face.

Officers attended and as one police constable went to detain a woman at the scene he was reportedly assaulted. He was taken to hospital for treatment to injuries to his hand and jaw.

The woman also reportedly spat at an officer when she was taken to the Weymouth custody suite.

An 18-year-old Weymouth woman has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting an officer in the execution of their duty and has been released under investigation.

Police Constable Susan Tagg, of Weymouth police, said: “We are making a number of enquiries into this incident and I am keen to speak to the two alleged victims of the reported assault at Actors Bar, who we have not identified and are yet to give an account to police.

“I would urge these two women, or anyone else with information about the incident, to get in touch.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk, or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55180015347. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

Police Appeal Following Burglary In Weymouth

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Wednesday 24th January 2018 0904 GMT

Police are appealing for witnesses following a burglary in Weymouth.

The victim, a man aged in his 60s, returned to his home in Melcombe Avenue at around 7.20pm on Friday 19 January 2018, having been away since approximately 4pm the previous day.

He found that the back door had apparently been forced open and a number of items had been taken from upstairs in the house including two laptops, a number of watches, items of jewellery, a camcorder and a camera.

The victim also discovered that his car, a Jaguar XF R-Sport saloon, had been stolen from the driveway.

Police Constable Chloe Chapman, of Weymouth police, said: “We are continuing to investigate this incident and have carried out a number of enquiries, including visiting houses in the area and attempting to trace the stolen vehicle.

“I am appealing to any witnesses to the burglary, or anyone who has any information that can assist our investigation, to contact police immediately.

I would also like to hear from anyone who saw a car matching the description given in the area around the time of the burglary.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at http://www.dorset.police.uk, via email 101 or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55180009927. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

Weymouth BID Apply To WPB Council For Loan

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Tuesday 12th December 2103 GMT

Weymouth BID (Business Improvement District) have applied to Weymouth and Portland Borough Council for a substantial cash loan which has been refused according to DN sources.

The revelation comes as the BID, who are looking to secure another five year term to help businesses with footfall by the way of events and marketing in the Dorset seaside resort from mid 2018.

Back in May 2013 former chairman Nigel Reed claimed in the BID’s introduction that the 1.5% levy that’s paid by businesses with a rateable value of £6000 and over will ‘for the first time ever the business community will have a sensible budget which can be used to create change and increase business in the resort.’

A manifesto also claimed to break even but with a small surplus year on year but it seems it has failed to strike harmony with business owners in Weymouth, many who are very unhappy that they can’t opt out of paying.

Reed has since left his role to take up a similar position at Go Southampton.

Looking at accounts for the twelve month period between 1st August 2015 – 31st July 2016 show that the BID show a deficit of around £77k, they also show ‘website costs’ of over £90k and ‘advertising’ of around £70k in a three year period.

Other fees have soared, in the initial manifesto it was claimed that £44k per annum would be the rough figure over five years for staff but in two years ’employment costs’ were nearly £160k

An angry local businessman who pays more than one levy into the BID and wished to remain anonymous said “The bid collect hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of money from levy payers each year. What the hell have they done with the money?!”

Boycie’s back in Weymouth for one night only

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Weymouth will provide a warm welcome back to Boycie next Saturday, where he will be appearing at the Riviera Hotel.

I managed to catch up with the evergreen John Challis for a chat about what to expect from his hugely popular show ‘Only fools and Boycie’, and of course we talk Only fools and his role in the hit ITV comedy show Benidorm.

I’ll leave the rest to Boycie….

– Without giving too much away, what are your Only fools and Boycie shows about?

“My one man show Only Fools and Boycie has been going for over four years now and it began on P&O cruises where it was very well received. I thought it might go well on the mainland and with a local journalist Andy Richardson we organised a tour of small venues around the UK. I have published two volumes of autobiography called Being Boycie and Boycie and Beyond and people seem to enjoy the stories from my long and varied career, so that’s what I do on stage-tell stories! The show is just me talking about myself which is what actors like to do, but I do have some great stories from backstage and behind the camera”

“There’s lots of name dropping and recognition stories, but mostly people want to hear about my time in Only Fools and Horses. The show is in two halves of 45 minutes with a twenty minute interval. There is a Q&A at the end of the second half for anyone to ask anything they’ve been dying to know! Afterwards I meet and greet the audience in the theatre foyer, there are copies of my books on sale and I will sign those and write any special message. I’m happy to do selfies!”


Have you ever performed at the Riviera Hotel before and when were you last present in Dorset?

“I’m looking forward very much to playing the Riviera Hotel at Bowleaze Cove. I’ve never been there before but my wife Carol is a Dorset girl and remembers it fondly from her childhood when it was a Pontin’s Holiday Camp! What a fantastic building on such a beautiful piece of coastline and what a relief that the place is still standing. Carol’s brother lives near Dorchester and we always stay with him when we’re down in Dorset. This year was my first time at the Dorset Food and Art Festival in Poundbury and the Dorset County Show where I had a chance to showcase my books under the name of my own publishing company Wigmore Books. I also spent a few days selling books over the August Bank Holiday at the Great Dorset Steam Fair which was phenomenal!”

What about Benidorm, you’re part of the fabric there now?!

“I’ve been very lucky to have been part of such an iconic show as Only Fools and Horses but a couple of years ago I was asked to create a new character in ITV’s hit comedy Benidorm. The writer Derren Litten was always a great fan of John Sullivan and Sullivan rated his work highly as he asked Derren to write for the Green Green Grass. I think that Derren is a great talent and a worthy successor to Sullivan. I was thrilled when I was asked to appear in Benidorm as Monty Staines, a love interest for Joyce Temple Savage. He’s had to fight off a few of her suitors but he’s finally got his girl. I started off in Series 8 I think as a real estate wheeler dealer and then came back in Series 9 as a contender for Joyce’s affections, but she’s a tricky lady and not really sure what she wants! See what happens in Series 10 which we filmed on location in Benidorm over five months when it comes out on ITV in January. I had the time of my life and was well and truly welcomed into the Benidorm family. It’s a great friendly company, cast and crew alike and they like to party! There were lots of guest artistes, all of them legends and you’ll just have to watch to see what happens. The first episode of the new series is fantastic – the most fun you could wish for!”

An OFAH revival?

“I’m often asked if there will be another one off special episode of Only Fools and Horses. The answer is probably not, as our brilliant writer John Sullivan passed away some years ago. Nobody could do it better than Sullivan and his family is keen to protect that legacy. Both David and Nicholas have said that if a script came along that lived up to the standard of John Sullivan, then they would be up for it, as would Sue Holderness and I, but to be fair with you it’s not very likely – sadly”.

Last few weeks of 2017…?

“I spent the first half of this year in Spain so this last part of the year is galloping away, I’ve got four more dates on this tour including Brighton, Bournemouth, Weymouth and Bath then it’s home to the Midlands for an evening in conversation with Nick Owen at the Brierley Hill Civic near Birmingham. Most people will know Nick from TV’s Good Morning With Anne (Diamond) and Nick. He’s a great sports fan and loves the same blues music as me; he’s an old friend so we should have a good evening asking each other about our long careers-over 100 years clocked up between us!”

Future panto….

“I’ve got lots of book signing opportunities coming up, mostly local at the Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fair and Shrewsbury Christmas Fair, then two days in Wrexham at Wales Comic Con which has grown and grown into this mega event! I usually do panto over the Christmas period but this will be the first time in 26 consecutive years that I won’t be either Captain Hook or Abanazar . I just decided to have a break but I’ll probably miss frightening the children, so I might go back to it in 2018”.

What you got for 2018?

“As for 2018, like most actors I haven’t a clue what’s in store. No filming next year for Benidorm as we’re taking a year out, so who knows what will turn up. Our business is notoriously fickle but when it’s good it’s very, very good. Watch this space”.

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John Challis will be back in Dorset with his one man show ‘Only fools and Boycie’ on Saturday 11th November at the Riviera Hotel, Bowleaze Cove, Weymouth


Tickets are still available by calling 01305 836600 Option 1 or email Reception

John Challis on twitter @BeingBoycie

Riviera Hotel, Weymouth on twitter @RivieraHotel3

By Lee Dolbear – Dorset Newsdesk – @leedolbear7 twitter