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tributes pour in to the actress dame barbara windsor, who has died at the age of 83. get out of my pub! famous for her catchphrase on eastenders, dame barbara had a long career as a star of the small and the big screen. she was a brilliantly vivacious, joyful person. and a light has gone out today, i'm afraid. we'll be looking back at dame barbara's life and assessing the impact she had campaigning for improved dementia care, after herself being diagnosed with alzheimer's. also tonight... borisjohnson isjoined by the eu in saying they're unlikely to strike a trade deal by sunday — but some remain more hopeful. schools in some coronavirus hotspots in england start gearing up for mass
testing of 11—18 year olds. no fun at the fair. outdoor attractions are to close in wales, as part of wider covid—19 restrictions. and squaring up before tomorrow's big fight between anthony joshua and the bulgarian boxer kubrat pulev. manchester united were knocked out of the chappies leave this week, and face manchester city in the derby tomorrow. good evening. tributes have been pouring in for dame barbara windsor, who's died at the age of 83. her acting career spanned more than 60 years. she found fame in the carry on films of the 1960s and 70s,
and went on to spend nearly 20 years behind the bar of the queen vic in eastenders, playing the formidable landlady peggy mitchell. barbara windsor was diagnosed with alzheimers disease in 2014, and she spent the last few years of her life campaigning for wider understanding of the condition. our entertainment correspondent david sillito looks back at her life. barbara giggles. that'll do, that'll do. all right, girls, get in the coach, and you get on with the loading. barbara windsor — funny, cheeky and much loved. so we were told to bring the minimum of clothing. now, really let's see those chests come out! the tributes today to a star whose career goes back almost 70 years. 0oh, matron, take them away! a career that ended with eastenders, and this scene. alzheimer's was already beginning to take hold. we asked how she would remember her friend and co—star.
asked how she would remember her friend and co-star. with sadness, and, ifi friend and co-star. with sadness, and, if i am rational, a certain amount of relief. for somebody to have that awful condition, when they have that awful condition, when they have been such a ray of light, and a person of suchjoy have been such a ray of light, and a person of such joy and life, it is a relief. born barbara ann deeks, she began acting as a teenager. it was joan littlewood of the theatre workshop that saw her star quality. oh, what a lovely war, things ain't what they used to be, sparrows can't sing. the fame and the glamour attracted some shady companions, such as the kray twins. but it was the carry on films that made her a star. her
entrance was always an excuse for something slightly saucy. have you got a large one? i've had no complaints so far. he cackles. # up to the west end!# but after those nine carry on films, there were some lean years. until she found peggy. grant! mum. i heard you were back, i was going to give you a call. then why didn't you, you useless great lump? peggy micthell in eastenders, the new landlady of the queen vic, was a role made for her. you're unfit to be a father! don't you dare turn your back on me! get off me! 22 years on albert square... get out of my pub! ..which ended with barbara becoming dame barbara. dame babs sounds nice, doesn't it? but my mum would have liked it to be dame barbara. she was a bit of a cockney snob, my mum. so she would be, "dame barbara." god, what would she be thinking now? what would she be thinking? but she already knew her memory was beginning to fail. oh, my dearfriend.
you'll never leave me, will you? dame barbara windsor, talent, warmth... no, sweetheart. thank you. ..and a lifetime of cheeky fun. after her diagnosis with alzheimer's in 2014, dame barbara became a campaigner for those living with dementia. last year, she wrote to the prime minister, urging him to find a long—term funding solution to end what she called the social care crisis. 0ur correspondent helena wilkinson has been looking back at her work. fraile and supported by her husband, scott, it was clear on this visit to downing street last year just scott, it was clear on this visit to downing street last yearjust how u nwell downing street last yearjust how unwell she had become. she was, though, determined to use her voice, urging the prime ministerfor better ca re urging the prime ministerfor better care for dementia sufferers. the system, she said, was completely inadequate and unfair. three years
ago, robert beattie was diagnosed with alzheimer's. his wife says dame barbara going public about her diagnosis was important. honestly, to get the government talking about it and hopefully doing something about it. hopefully, the momentum will start and they will be more people like rob and me that will go and talk. we know some in wales already do. but the people inside the houses that are ashamed, we need you to do the same thing, and get this platform so that we can get the help that we need. what is it like, day to day, living with alzheimer's? it is day by day. that is what i would say, it is day by day. he will forget what room he is in, he won't know where the bedroom or the bathroom is. i have to guide him through the process of getting changed, clothed. earlier this year,
ross kemp, her on—screen son in eastenders and close friend, spoke to dame barbara's husband about the couple's pain and struggle. what was it like, when the specialist turned around and said to you, it's alzheimer's? that was the moment when she just looked at me, she held her hand out and said, i'm so sorry, she whispered it to me. she said sorry to you? she said sorry. i remember that. he said he was immensely proud of how his wife dealt with her illness, and still tried to help others for as long as she could. in memory of dame barbara windsor, bbc one will dedicate much of tonight's schedule to her memory. babs — the film about her early life and career — will be shown at 7.35
that'll be followed by an episode of eastenders at five past nine. both borisjohnson and the president of the european commission have spoken in gloomy terms about the likelihood of a post—brexit trade deal. the two leaders have agreed to make a decision on the future of the negotiations by the end of the weekend. but the irish and german foreign ministers struck a more optimistic note, saying that a deal was still feasible. with this assessment of where each side stands, here's our political correspondent alex forsyth. it was a covid welcome for the prime minister today at a firm providing energy for the future. more immediate trade talks, though, must be on his mind. negotiators are still working out which way they'll go up as borisjohnson warned again reaching agreement with the eu looks doubtful. it's looking, you know, very, very likely that we'll have to go for a solution that i think would be, you know, wonderfulfor the uk. we'd be able to do exactly what we want from january the ist, though obviously it would be
different from what we'd set out to achieve. but i have no doubt that this country can get ready, and as i say, come out on world trade terms. so, for those affected, what does that mean? this farm exports barley to the eu. if there's no deal comejanuary, world trade rules kick in, meaning tariffs or taxes on goods moving between here and the continent, which could push costs up. i think for the industry as a whole, it'll be disastrous. we've got a perfect storm approaching of these support payments being taken away, brexit, possibly no deal and covid—19. all these things have come all at once, and that is a massive problem. there's already congestion at ports as global supply chains struggle with demand and covid restrictions. brexit will mean more change for businesses whatever the outcome of trade talks. the government says it is prepared that no deal could mean more disruption. both sides say they want an agreement, but that may well not
happen because the same sticking points remain — access to fishing waters and shared regulations and standards. and on that, number 10 says the uk has to be able to make its own decisions and not be tied to eu rules in future. from brussels today, the message was that's perfectly possible, but there'd be a price. they would remain free, sovereign if you wish, to decide what they want to do. we would simply adapt the conditions for access to our market accordingly the decision of the united kingdom, and this would apply vice—versa. so neither side shifting yet, but the door isn't entirely closed. translation: we believe finding a solution in the talks is difficult, but possible. that's why we as eu will continue negotiations as long as the window is open, even if it's only a crack. the negotiations are still ongoing. and i think the implications
are very serious for all concerned in the event of a no—deal, and i think all politicians in the united kingdom and across europe need to reflect on that. so in brussels, the mood may be gloomy, but until sunday, which is decision day, they are still talking. alex forsyth, bbc news. our europe editor katya adler is in brussels. yesterday, borisjohnson offered to go to berlin or paris to help talks alone, but that met with a cool response from eu leaders today? absolutely, you could be tempted to see that as a snob, but these trade talks focus on the single market, it is the single market that binds all 27 eu countries, so there can't be a berlin or paris moment, where those leaders, however powerful, make compromises that would affect every single eu country. that is why they have chosen the european commission to represent them in the negotiations. today, there was a big push back from the commission on an
assertion we have heard over again from the government, that the eu just does not accept that, after brexit, the uk can make up it's own rules and regulations. what we were hearing from eu leaders today, once again, is, look, uk, you chose to leave the eu but now you want preferential access to the single market. that's fine, but we will only do that if we, the eu, feel our businesses and the single market, the market itself, are protected. otherwise, uk, you can take it or leave it. we can argue about the details, they say, but there has been so much a briefing and counter briefing going on that the only people that really know the details right now are the men and women locked in a negotiating room here in brussels. they will stay here for the weekend and we will find out more on sunday. thank you very much. the period of self—isolation for people who've been in contact with those who've tested positive for coronavirus is to be cut from 11! to ten days. the new rules, which already apply
in wales, take effect in the rest of the uk on monday. the change will also apply to travellers quarantining after returning from abroad. the news came as data showed the number of coronavirus cases falling across most of england and northern ireland, but increasing in wales, london, and the east of england. the daily uk data on coronavirus cases and related deaths been released yet. here's our health editor hugh pym. contact tracing in action here in peterborough. local authority staff going door—to—door to find people who have been recent contacts of those who test positive. they are following up after initial attempts by the national test and trace service. the numbers that they have obviously been given, they can't contact them on, so we just have to make that final call to their house. hello, i'm calling... for those contacted by the tracers, there's better news. they won't have to self—isolate for so long. after a review by health officials of scientific studies.
all of those combined together show that the tail end of the infectiousness, if you like, is the one where you are, an individual is least likely to transmit infection. so allowing somebody out of self isolation short—term earlier than that is a reasonable balance between managing the risk to the public but allowing us not to intrude on their lives. the self isolation period will come down from 11! days to ten. that already happened in wales. it will apply to contacts of those testing positive and people coming into the uk and needing to quarantine. it will take effect on monday but if somebody has already started a 11! day isolation, it will now be ten. if the r number is above one, it shows the virus is accelerating. today's update shows it's just below one, though back where it was two weeks ago, suggesting no clear trend. there are variations among the uk. the latest survey of community infections by the office of national statistics suggests that
in england, one in 115 people had the virus last week, with case rates coming down in most areas though they were on the increase in london and east of england. in wales, it was one in 120 with the virus, with increases in recent weeks. in scotland, it was also one in 120 with case rates relatively stable. in northern ireland, one in 235 had the virus with continued declines of case rates. covid marshals are patrolling some city streets, including birmingham's, reminding people that social distancing rules are as important as ever and that the virus is still a threat. hugh pym, bbc news. secondary schools are gearing up for mass testing in areas where coronavirus cases are rising — that's london, kent and essex — regardless of whether they have symptoms. the health secretary matt hancock has said the biggest rise in cases in these areas was among ii to 18—year—olds. sarah campbell reports from dagenham in east london.
year eight, can i ask you to open up... making the best of learning during a pandemic. the pupils are in school, the teacher is at home self isolating. down the corridor, the english teacher is the only person in the classroom. more than a third of the pupils at this school are currently remote learning. it's a real challenge, every day is a covid day at the school at the moment. will testing help? i certainly hope so. insofar as, i think the situation will then start to stabilise. details as to exactly how the testing will be rolled out are still being finalised. what we do know is that testing in secondary schools will be increased in seven london boroughs and parts of essex and kent. mobile testing units will be deployed in or near schools for staff, pupils and their families. and in london, an extra a4,000 home tests will be made available to school staff.
although community testing, including in schools, has taken place in other parts of england, this involves so many schools, it's such a large area, there's so many resources, that other parts of the country are already asking, why isn't it happening there as well? i think it's really important that this should be a nationwide policy, notjust in some geographical locations. and we know now that there are places where cases are higher than in kent, london and essex, that aren't in this programme. the government really does need to roll this out. these pupils are in year 11, and will be taking their mock gcses in january. we can't be affording to miss lessons, when there isn't a valid reason. so if testing will help them, help track it better and sending people home only when they need to be, then it's going to be more efficient in the future and it'll really help us. get tested, if you don't have it, then you can come in, if you do have it, then self—isolate so you're not... so we don't send everyone back.
testing is expected to start here on monday with the hope it will be a big step towards bringing infection rates under control. sarah campbell, bbc news, dagenham. the time is 6.18pm. our top story this evening. tributes flood in for the actress dame barbara windsor, who has died at the age of 83. and coming up anthonyjoshua squares up against kubrat pulev ahead of the pair's world heavyweight title fight tomorrow night. on bbc news, istanbul assistant coach says the 8th of december will bea coach says the 8th of december will be a significant date, for football's fight against racism. the nhs in wales will not be able to cope by christmas, if covid—i9 cases continue to rise at their current rate, the first minister mark drakeford has said.
his government will publish a new plan of restrictions next week. today, all secondary school pupils in wales have been sent home until the new year, and mr drakeford announced that all outdoor christmas attractions will be closed. in scotland, i! council areas in the top tier of restrictions have moved down a level, with nonessential shops reopening. but the first minister nicola sturgeon urged people to do their christmas shopping locally, and not to travel out of their areas. northern ireland too has seen an easing of restrictions today. we'll be reporting from there and from scotland shortly. but first, hywel griffith is in cardiff for us this evening. the situation here in wales is clearly becoming more serious by the day. the new national covid case rate is now over 400 per 100,000. we are told that hospitals are in a
record situation with a record—breaking number of patients and 15,000 nhs staff having to self—isolate. those are the reasons why these new restrictions have been rushed through, closing school sites from today and outdoor attractions like this fare from the weekend. while the welsh government tries to get control, it does feel like we are almost inevitably heading towards another national lockdown. the areas that you have picked up... a final face—to—face for this term. from monday, these pupils in cardiff will be learning online from home, to try to stop the spread of the virus. for 17—year—old tilly, it really doesn't feel like christmas has come early. we should have been told earlier, so we could have been more prepared for it. but now, because we haven't, we feel that we're stressed, the teachers are stressed, everyone doesn't know what's going on. the head teacher here says it's the right decision, but a week too late. dozens of parents had already withdrawn their children. either we survive the inevitable
chaos, as children and families vote with their feet, or we gain control and provide confidence, and give as high—quality learning as we possibly can. this pre—christmas crackdown extends here, too. the stores can stay open, but all the fun of this fair will be shut down — classed as outdoor entertainment. and even tougher restrictions may lie ahead. if those measures do not succeed in turning the tide of the virus, then it is inevitable that we will have to consider a move to alert level four, immediately after christmas. what does level four mean? well, almost certainly another welsh national knock—down to start national lock—down to start on december the 28th, unless this rapid rise in cases somehow slows. with limited shopping time till christmas, this glasgow gift shop is fully stocked and ready to
make up for lost time. delighted to be back open again. you know, obviously being closed for three weeks at this time of year is challenging. browsing for gifts, this mother and daughter are keen to help local businesses. just lovely to be in and support them. and i always get the right kind of gifts here. i like going to shops to actually see things and even can see people. see things and even see people. it's nice to be out and about again. glasgow's george square is usually a festive highlight, but not this year. there's no christmas market, there's no hustle and bustle and there's no echo of excited children, yet another signal that 2020 is very different for most of us. this hairdressers only opened injuly. it's been a challenging start. but now they plan to work every day until christmas. i think everyone's ecstatic to be back at work. it's been a big blow having
to close down for three weeks when there are equals in edinburgh or elsewhere in the country have managed to stay open and have been working throughout. for emma, the salon opened in the nick of time, as she gets married tomorrow. itjust makes such a difference, especially since my wedding photos will be photographs i'll keep forever. and you just want to look your best. the restrictions may be less severe, but it could be some time until our daily lives get back to normal. alexandra mackenzie, bbc news, glasgow. it was back to the grind in northern ireland today as businesses reopened again after another fortnight of strict closures. for some, that meant hitting the gym. it is really noticeable in people's well—being and mental outlook when they don't have the gym so it is great to see it open. for others, hitting the shops. a couple of days to get
christmas stuff in. it's great, good to be out and about and see a bit of normality again. but there is still concern over infection rates. from today, 50 schools in belfast wrote today, 50 schools in belfast wrote to the devolved government calling foran to the devolved government calling for an extended closure for the christmas holidays. northern ireland's health minister today warned that lockdown restrictions are likely to return in the new year. how strict they are and what they look like will depend on people's actions over the next few weeks so that is why we are asking, please use this time wisely and responsibly. a number of bars in northern ireland, like the limelight here, usually one of the busiest places in town, have now decided not to reopen until next year after all even though they are permitted to if they serve food saying the restrictions's restraints are too much to put on a proper night out. those that have opened today have done so in the knowledge that it may be only a matter of time before they are asked to close again.
let's take a look at some of today's other news. two men serving life sentences for multiple rapes have had their minimum jail terms increased from 30 to 40 years. the attorney general‘s office had referred the cases ofjoseph mccann and reynhard sinaga to the court of appeal, arguing that their sentences were "unduly lenient". sinaga was jailed in january for offences against 48 men. police now believe he targeted more than 200 victims. a man dubbed osama bin laden‘s spokesman in europe has returned to the uk after being released from a usjail. adel abdul bary was deported after a judge concluded the prisoner had a high risk of contracting covid—19, partly because of his weight. mi5 m15 and counterterrorism police are reviewing his return and resettlement. a three—year—old boy and seven—year—old girl have died in a fire at a house in cambridgeshire. it happened in st neots on thursday morning. their mother suffered serious
injuries after jumping from a second—floor window to escape the blaze. her partner, a 46—year—old man, had minor injuries. in america, a convicted murderer, brandon bernard, has been executed — the ninth person to be put to death, despite objections by some jurors in his trial who appealed to president trump to show mercy. four more executions are planned before the end of mr trump's presidency. it will mean he'll have overseen the highest number of executions of any us president in more than a century. the boxer anthonyjoshua has squared up against kubrat pulev at the weigh—in for the pair's world heavyweight title fight tomorrow night. around a thousand fans will watch his clash with the bulgarian at wembley arena. from there our sports correspondent natalie pirks reports. as his opponent gestured behind him, anthonyjoshua adopted his game face. he's waited 371 days for this. ring rustiness can't come into play.
it's going to show who was disciplined through lockdown. that's what saturday night will show, who worked on their craft during lockdown, who's improved. even though they haven't been competing, they've still been able to train and hone new skills. it's joshua dancing, dancing! those skills were on display in the saudi arabian desert last december, when he avenged the first defeat of his professional career against andy ruiz with a disciplined performance. redemption time for anthony joshua! his opponent tomorrow is kubrat pulev, a powerful bulgarian fighting in his late father's memory. boxing will always have its critics, especially in a week where there's been such a focus on head injury in sports. but it hasn't impacted its popularity. joshua's last fight broke uk pay—per—view records. and tomorrow night sees the first time uk boxing fans are allowed back inside to watch a fight live since the start of the pandemic.
just 1000 are lucky enough to have tickets, like superfan steve, who's paid £200 for his. very, very privileged and very lucky to get one of the 1000 golden tickets as you could call them. so, yeah, it's great for boxing, and it's obviously great to have fans back at sporting events again. do you feel like charlie bucket, then? yeah, a little bit, i guess, yeah. victory forjoshua would bring the prospect of a mouth—watering all—british affair with tyson fury to be crowned the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. right now, though, there's only one focus. when i look at kubrat pulev, i'm saying that boy can't beat me. that boy can't beat me. i'm too good, i'm too strong, i'm too quick and i've developed too much skills. and that's the mindset i'm going into saturday night with. all eyes on the prize then, but the bigger award lies tantalisingly in wait. natalie pirks, bbc news, wembley arena.
a song released 26 years ago — a beloved christmas favourite — has finally reached number one in the charts. mariah carey's "all i want for christmas" was kept off the top spot by east 17's stay another day, back in 1994. but now it's knocked ariana grande off the top spot. time for a look at the weather. here's ben rich. good evening. i don't think the weekend weather will top any chance, there's quite a lot of cloud and rain in the full cast. we certainly had some rain today, quite a messy day, one bout of rain clearing the east coast but clinging on in the east coast but clinging on in the east coast but clinging on in the east coast of scotland, more showers behind and now this and of heavy downpours moving in across northern ireland and western scotland. tonight, most of us will keep the cloud and showery rain at times, holding the temperatures up in most places. later tonight temperatures will drop across parts of northern
ireland, west wales and north—west england as the sky is clear. this clear sky is tied in with this high pressure, a long way to the south but just getting its pressure, a long way to the south butjust getting its way towards us temporarily. that means a zone of brighter skies but not for all of us. brighter skies but not for all of us. starting off across scotland, north england, midlands and the east of england with cloud and showery rain which will cling on across eastern areas all day whereas out west we will see brighter skies, a bit of sunshine, albeit one or two showers. temperatures eight, nine or 10 degrees, wind relatively light. the clear skies will not reach eastern areas before sunset so too late for any sunshine. the clear skies arrive in time to let the temperatures drop during ten saturday night. temporarily it will be quite chilly, the old folk patch but milder by the end of the night in the west because he is more cloud and rain. —— the odd fog patch.