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Fan favourite Bridgerton has been commissioned for a third and fourth series after the first series of the raunchy costume drama was binge-watched by more than 82 million households. Earlier this year the show was named as Netflix’s most watched original series. Set in 1813, the drama documents aristocratic family rivalries, narrated by Lady Whistledown (voiced by none other than Dame Julie Andrews), dishing the gossip on who is sleep-ing with whom (xoxo gossip girl). Shonda Rhimes, (creator of shows including Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal) says she became obsessed with making the drama after reading the Bridgerton novels by author Julia Quinn. The second series will begin filming in the UK in the next few weeks.

Eighties pop legends Boy George and Culture Club will shortly be heading to Essex for a nostalgia fest at Audley End House. Boy George celebrates his 60th birthday in June and the pop sensation has announced a string of open air concerts at some of the country’s most stunning venues, and will be joined by Bananarama. Boy George is one of music’s most iconic artists and will perform alongside the original Culture Club members Roy Hay and Mikey Craig. As the first multi-racial band with an openly gay front man, Culture Club set multiple records and established themselves as favourites of British popular culture. The Audley End show is on Thursday, August, 12.

The NHS contact tracing app has come under fire yet again, and the new update has now been blocked for breaking the terms of an agreement made by Apple and Google. The plan for the update had been to ask users to upload logs of venue check-ins – carried out via poster barcode scans – if they tested positive for the virus, which could then be used to warn others. But from the start, all health authorities had to agree not to collect any location data via the software, and the two firms had explicitly banned such a function. The update had been timed to coincide with the relaxation of lock-down rules, but as a result, Apple and Google have refused to make the update available for download. However, they have kept the old version live. The department of health declined to discuss or comment on the matter.

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