Rugby looks back, Strictly looks forward and Van Morrison makes us all feel a little older. Sarah Freeman looks tries to predict next week’s headlines.
world cup heroes
No, not Hurst, Hunter and Co from 1966. Instead, the stars of the England rugby side which won the World Cup back in 2003 will be back in the spotlight as a new film about their journey is released. The title - Building Jerusalem - may sound self-inflated, but James Erskine’s documentary traces the sport’s move from the amateur era in the mid-90s to the turn of the Millennium when the likes of Johnny Wilkinson, Matt Dawson and Lawrence Dallaglio had become household names.
The film gets its world premiere on Tuesday when World Cup-winning coach Sir Clive Woodward and captain Martin Johnson are likely to be on the red carpet along with the great and good of the game. A quick glance at the trailer suggests the final film is guilty of a little naval gazing, but for fans of the sport it will definitely be worth a watch.
The music industry has been making us feel a little old in recent weeks. First there was the fact that it is now 20 years since Blur and Oasis went head to head in the battle for number one. Worse still was the revelation that Bruce Springsteen released his seminal Born to Run album 40 years ago last week. Now it’s Van Morrison’s turn to make us wonder where the years have gone. The veteran singer will celebrate his 70th birthday on Monday by performing in concert in his native Belfast. Some music legends turn into grumpy old men, but with Morrison having always had a reputation for being a little miserable, at least some things won’t change.
Remember when your mobile phone just made calls and your watch did nothing more than tell the time. Those simple days are long gone and the queues which stretch for miles any time Apple unveils a new iPhone prove that there are some people who will dig deep for a new gizmo.
Those same techy geeks are likely to be in seventh heaven this week when IFA 2015 opens in Berlin. The leading trade show for technology, word has it Samsung will unveil a new smartwatch, Sony has a fancy new smartphone friendly camera and Microsoft will lift the curtain on its next generation handsets.
If a week is a long time in politics, it’s feels like a decade in the life of the Labour leadership contest. The race for the top job might seem like it has been going on for years, but it is finally reaching its conclusion.
This week will see a live television debate hosted by Sky’s Adam Boulton. Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper, Liz Kendal and current front runner Jeremy Corbyn will take questions from a representative audience of Labour voters, supporters and members and from social media and viewers.
The evening could prove key and with Corbyn having suffered something of a set back after his plans for women-only carriages on trains hit the buffers, many in the Labour party will be hoping that he suffers another bout of foot in mouth.
Strictly Come Dancing
Yep, it’s that time of the year again. You can almost set your clock by the launch of a new series of Strictly and this week sees the full parade of celebrities hoping to carry off the trophy. A little new life was breathed into the format with the departure of Bruce Forsyth and the promotion of Claudia Winkleman to co-presenter and the appetite for celebrity dancers remains undiminished. Admittedly the line-up doesn’t feel quite as impressive as previous years - Peter Andre and Ainsley Harriott are not exactly A- list - but regardless, we expected to be fully addicted by the time we see Jeremy Vine’s quickstep.