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Posy Simmonds: 'French women have good handbags, English women have udders'

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Music producer Uppermost: From the courthouse to the club

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One giant leap for special effects

If you’ve seen the film "Gravity", you may well have believed the filmmakers actually sent Sandra Bullock and George Clooney into outer space. The film is tipped to win big at the Oscars and has already won a slew of awards for its awe-inspiring special effects. But it was in a London basement, not Hollywood, that the visual magic was made. We tell you why the British capital is fast becoming the destination of choice for blockbusters in need of CGI wizardry.

Also on the show: we take you to the ball capital of the world, Vienna, as dance-loving visitors pretend to be prince and princess for a day.

Finally, there’s a lot more to Venice carnival than just masks and mystery. We tell you about some of the more bizarre traditions.

By Jade BARKER

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2017-01-13 culture

Posy Simmonds: 'French women have good handbags, English women have udders'

She's known for sending up the country set, London literary types and everyone in between: no British stereotype escapes the satirical pen of Posy Simmonds.

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2017-01-16 culture

Music producer Uppermost: From the courthouse to the club

Law student turned electronic music sensation Uppermost has remixed Daft Punk, Rihanna and Adele. The French-Iranian producer takes us back to where it all started on his new...

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2017-01-10 culture

Lauren Groff: Fates, Furies and finding inspiration in France

Barack Obama named "Fates and Furies" his book of the year in 2015, much to the delight of its author Lauren Groff. The novel follows a couple, Mathilde and Lotto, from love at...

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2017-01-12 culture

Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone strive to make it in 'La La Land'

Director Damien Chazelle's tribute to the golden age of Hollywood recounts the trials and tribulations of making it in Tinseltown today, all to a toe-tapping soundtrack. FRANCE...

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2017-01-11 culture

Film show: 'The Great Wall', 'Born to be Blue' and 'The Last Face'

Sino-American epic "The Great Wall" transports us to 12th century China as Matt Damon plays a mercenary on the hunt for gunpowder. Film critic Lisa Nesselson tells us why this...

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