Two Call The Midwife talents have been bestowed with honorary degrees.
The BBC’s restriction of free TV licences for over-75s could cost public finances more than it saves, the Office for Budgetary Responsibility has warned.
Over-75s face home visits by BBC “outreach” teams to ensure they pay their TV licensing fees from next year, the corporation’s director of policy has told a Commons select committee.
The director general of the BBC has said he initially described the Government’s decision to hand the corporation responsibility for free TV licences for over-75s as “nuclear”.
Pensioners have delivered a selection of some 37,000 letters to Tory Party headquarters, urging leadership hopefuls Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt to save free TV licences for over-75s.
The BBC has said it did not directly consult charities for veterans before it announced it would axe free TV licences for all over-75s.
The director general of the BBC has said he “refutes and resents” the idea the corporation is not honouring its agreement with the Government over free TV licences for the over-75s.
Dame Helen Mirren has backed calls to save free TV licences for over-75s, warning those who miss out could end up isolated.
Tom Hollander will star in the BBC adaption of the best-selling David Nicholls novel Us.
Dame Helen Mirren has urged the next prime minister to restore free TV licences for all over-75s, calling the end of the universal entitlement “heartbreaking”.