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Netflix's latest new hit is Manifest, a series that was actually cancelled in June by NBC.
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If you’re missing your fix of gritty Sunday night drama since Line Of Duty wrapped up its sixth series last month, then you’re in luck. 

This weekend sees the arrival of Jimmy McGovern’s latest series, Time. 

Set in a prison, it is a visceral and high-stakes story about the impact that the modern British penal system has on all those who pass through it, which is told through the eyes of two very different men. 

After teacher Mark Hebden (Sean Bean) kills an innocent man in an accident, he is consumed by guilt and welcomes his four-year sentence – but he has to learn quickly how to survive in his unforgiving new environment.

Eric Reid (Stephen Graham) is a caring and honest prison officer who tries his very best to protect those in his charge, but when one of the most dangerous inmates identifies his weakness, Eric faces an impossible choice between his principles and his love for his family. 

Sean and Graham lead an accomplished cast full of acting talent, many of whom you will recognise from elsewhere (not least a certain Line Of Duty OCG member). 

Here’s your guide as to where you’ve seen them before... 

Stephen Graham as Eric Reid

As one of the UK’s most acclaimed actors, Stephen Graham likely needs no introduction. 

He’s probably best known for playing Combo in the This Is England series, as well as undercover officer John Corbett in series five of Line Of Duty. 

Stephen has played police officers in true crime dramas Whitehouse Farm and Little Boy Blue, Jacob Marley in the 2019 adaptation of A Christmas Carol and Joseph in the Channel 4 mini series The Virtues

He also appeared in the Elton John biopic Rocketman as Dick James, while his other big screen roles include Scrum in Pirates Of The Caribbean, Tommy in Snatch and Shang in Gangs Of New York.  

Sean Bean as Mark Hebden

Game Of Thrones fans will know Sean best as Ned Stark from the first series of the fantasy drama series. 

He was no stranger to the genre, having appeared in the Lord Of The Rings trilogy as Boromir. 

Sean made his name playing the titular British soldier in the Napoleonic Wars drama Sharpe during the 90s, and appeared in previous Jimmy McGovern dramas Broken and Accused, in which he starred alongside Stephen Graham. 

Most recently, Sean appeared in Netflix drama series Snowpiecer as Joseph Wilford. 

Siobhan Finneran as Mary Louise

Siobhan has starred in a host of British TV dramas, and is perhaps best known for playing Sarah O’Brien in the first three series of Downton Abbey and appearing as Clare Cartwright in Happy Valley, as well as her role as Janice Garvey in series 1-7 of sitcom Benidorm. 

Her other credits include Clocking Off, Cold Feet, The Syndicate, The Moorside and A Confession

Most recently, she appeared in the Netflix 2020 series The Stranger as DS Johanna Griffin. 

Sue Johnston as June Cobden 

Sue Johnston’s portrayal of Barbara Royle in BBC sitcom The Royle Family is still much loved to this day. 

Sue is also famous for playing Shelia Grant in Brookside and Gloria Price in Coronation Street, as well as for her role as Grace Foley in hit BBC crime series Waking The Dead. 

She appeared as Miss Denker in Downton Abbey from 2014 to 2015 and Sal Vine in Jennifer Saunders’ Jam And Jerusalem. 

Other credits include The Good Karma Hospital, Little Dorrit and Medics. 

Hannah Walters as Sonia McNally 

Hannah is best known for sharing the screen alongside her now-husband in the This Is England series, where she played Trudy. 

She starred in the third and fourth series of ITV crime drama Whitechapel as DC Megan Riley and appeared in the first series of Channel 4’s No Offence. 

Hannah also played Beatrice in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. 

David Calder as John Cobden 

David has appeared in films including The Lady In The Van, The Hatton Garden Job and James Bond movie The World Is Not Enough. 

He has made a number of guest appearances in dramas including Spooks, Lewis, Mr Selfridge, Father Brown, Call The Midwife and Vera. 

David also plays Julia’s father-in-law Geoff in BBC sitcom Motherland

Nadine Marshall as Alicia Cobden 

Nadine is best known for her performance as Sally in the Bafta-winning BBC Three Sitcom The Smoking Room. 

More recently, she played DS O’Halloran in Sky’s Save Me, Janet in the BBC’s one-off 2020 drama Sitting In Limbo and Jessie in the Red, White And Blue film of Steve McQueen’s Small Axe.

Her other credits include Waterlood Road, Netflix’s The Innocents, The End Of The F***ing World and ITV2′s Plebs.  

Michael Socha as Kenny Meadows

Michael is another alumni of the This Is England series appearing in Time, having played Harvey. 

He is also known for playing young werewolf Tom McNair in Being Human between 2011 and 2013. 

Michael has also appeared in US dramas including the Once Upon A Time series as Will Scarlett/The Knave of Hearts and as Mikhail in Chernobyl. 

Aneurin Barnard as Bernard

Aneurin starred opposite Sheridan Smith in ITV’s Cilla Black biopic in 2014, playing the late Blind Date host’s husband and manager Bobby Willis.

He appeared in Christopher Nolan film Dunkirk as Gibson in 2017, while his other credits include the BBC’s Thirteen, The White Queen and War & Peace. 

He has also just been seen in other BBC drama The Pact, which finished earlier this month. 

Kadiff Kirwan as Pete

Kadiff is best known for his roles as Aaron and Jason in the sitcoms Chewing Gum and Timewasters. 

He also popped up as Claire’s hairdresser in Fleabag and as a police officer in I May Destroy You

Kadiff starred alongside Time co-star Siobhan Finneran in The Stranger, where he played DC Wesley Ross. 

His other credits include Death In Paradise, Black Mirror’s Nosedive and Drifters.

Jack McMullen as Daniel

Jack is best known for playing Finn Sharkey in Waterloo Road between 2010 and 2012, having previously appeared in Grange Hill and Brookside. 

His other credits include Maigret Sets a Trap and BBC Two sitcom The First Team, where he plays Jack Turner. 

James Nelson-Joyce as Johnno

James has appeared alongside a number of his Time co-stars previously, including Stephen Graham in both The Virtues – where he played Ryan – and Little Boy Blue, where he played James Yates. 

He starred with Aneurin Barnard in Cilla, where he played Degsy and appeared in an episode of No Offence alongside Hannah Walter. 

His other credits include Mount Pleasant, Shameless and Casualty.

Brian McCardie as Jackson Jones

Line Of Duty fans will recognise Brian as the original OCG boss Tommy Hunter, who appeared in the first first series and was still being referenced in the most recent series. 

His other credits include Murphy’s Law, Rebellion, Lilies and children’s series M.I. High. 

Time begins on Sunday at 9pm on BBC One, with all episodes also streaming on iPlayer from the same time. 

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Joel Greenberg plans to plead guilty to counts including sex trafficking, wire fraud, and identity theft. That could mean trouble for Rep. Matt Gaetz.
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Security cameras. License plate readers. Smartphone trackers. Drones. We’re being watched 24/7. What happens when all those data streams fuse into one?
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McAfee locked himself into his cell alone two hours before he was found dead, according to Spanish media. He had just learned he was to be extradited.
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Robert Stephan Cohen recently sat down with Insider for an exclusive interview. Here's what he told us about how America's elite divide astronomical wealth.
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Half of adult Americans have gotten at least one COVID-19 vaccine, and that could lead to more sex this summer.
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It’s A Sin shows the laughter and excitement of forging a life away from home – especially homes not altogether accepting of queer youths – while never flinching from the brutality of losing a friend to an illness no-one yet understands.
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And Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh ripped into the NCAA.
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Tech is usually the villain in stories about ADHD, but for many, it can be a lifeline, not an anchor.
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The animated half-hour series is full of in-jokes and obscure references that will challenge even the most hardcore Trekkie.
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Glenner Town Square looks like a 1950s town, but it's actually a treatment center using reminiscence therapy to treat Alzheimer's and dementia.
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Yesterday at Google I/O, the company previewed an AI-powered app meant to help diagnose dermatological issues to help people understand challenges with their skin, hair, and nails. Doctor Peggy Bui, MD, product manager for Google Health, says that the app uses the same techniques to help doctors detect diabetic eye disease or lung cancer in CT scans. The app allows … Continue reading
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The Queen has said her Covid-19 jab “didn’t hurt at all” as she encouraged those hesitant about vaccination to “think about other people rather than themselves”.

The head of state, who was inoculated in January, said after having the vaccine you felt “protected”, which she described as “important” during a video call with health leaders delivering the Covid-19 vaccine across the four nations.

Asked for “feedback” about her vaccination experience, she chuckled as she told the officials “it was quite harmless”.

During the conversation held on Tuesday, the head of state likened the coronavirus to a “plague” that has swept across the globe, and when a health leader said he wanted to “bottle” the community unity he had encountered the Queen suggested it was like the wartime spirit she experienced.

The Queen spoke to the four senior responsible officers overseeing the delivery of the vaccine in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to hear about the collaborative effort which has passed the milestone of 18 million people vaccinated in the UK since the call was made.

She praised the vaccine rollout, describing its speed and the millions inoculated as “remarkable” and in a morale boost told the health leaders to “keep up the good work”.

Dr Emily Lawson, who is leading the vaccine deployment programme for the NHS in England, told the Queen: “We hope everyone who is offered the vaccine will take it up, because it is … all of our best chances to protect both the people who take up the vaccine, their families and their communities.”

The monarch replied: “Once you’ve had the vaccine you have a feeling of, you know, you’re protected, which is I think very important.

“I think the other thing is, that it is obviously difficult for people if they’ve never had a vaccine…but they ought to think about other people rather than themselves.”

She added: “I think it is remarkable how quickly the whole thing has been done and so many people have had the vaccine already.” 

<strong>The Queen speaking via video call with the four health officials leading the deployment of the Covid-19 vaccination in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.</strong>

Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi told an online conference, hosted by London’s Science Museum on Wednesday, figures suggested between 11-15% of people are vaccine-hesitant and it “skews toward the black and Afro-Caribbean community and other BAME communities”.

In an unusual move, Buckingham Palace, which rarely comments on the private health matters of the monarch, announced in January the 94-year-old head of state and the Duke of Edinburgh, 99, had been vaccinated.

The Queen decided the information should be made public to prevent inaccuracies and further speculation.

Dr Lawson said they had received lots of feedback and asked the Queen about her experience of being vaccinated.

The head of state chuckled as she replied: “Well, as far as I can make out it was quite harmless. It was very quick, and I’ve had lots of letters from people who’ve been very surprised by how easy it was to get the vaccine.

She added: “It didn’t hurt at all.”

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have both received their vaccinations, with Camilla saying she “leapt for joy” after receiving her Covid jab.

The Duke of Cambridge, who like his father Charles contracted Covid, said on Monday he would be at the “front of the queue” for a vaccine to prove it is OK – but will “wait my turn”.

Dr Naresh Chada, deputy chief medical officer for Northern Ireland, gave his overview of the health crisis telling the Queen: “We know that this is probably the largest and most disruptive pandemic that we face globally, and within the UK, for over 100 years, and now there’ll be a continual battle of the vaccine versus the virus and its mutations.

“But I’ve got absolute faith, both in the medical research community – both here in the UK and globally – that we will keep one step ahead of the virus, and that will definitely lead to better times, for all of us.

“I think this is…very unusual. I mean it’s a bit like a plague, isn’t it?,” the Queen replied.

“Because it’s not only here that we’ve got the virus but it’s everywhere, so it’s a strange battle that everybody’s actually fighting.”

Derek Grieve, head of the Scottish Government’s Vaccinations Division, highlighted how residents from the Isle of Benbecula, in the Outer Hebrides, and the Coast Guard, local authority and volunteers had rallied together to set up a vaccination centre in a community hall in a matter of days.

He added: “So my lasting reflection ma’am would be if I could bottle this community spirit and use it, not just for the vaccination programme but for other things, I think the job would be done.”

The Queen said: “Wouldn’t it be nice.”

She added: “Well, having lived in the war. It’s very much like that, you know, when everybody had the same idea. And I think this has rather, sort of, inspired that – hasn’t it?”

After the call Dr Lawson described the Queen’s comments about her vaccine experience as an “incredibly important vote of confidence in the programme”.

She added: “We just want to make sure we create the conditions where everybody feels able to take up the offer of a vaccination when they’re called.

“And Her Majesty offering her view on that is a huge boost to our confidence and I hope to confidence more broadly in the programme.”

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Netflix's latest new hit is Manifest, a series that was actually cancelled in June by NBC.
Lawrence Bowman 2021-06-22
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And Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh ripped into the NCAA.
Lawrence Bowman 2021-06-06
img

If you’re missing your fix of gritty Sunday night drama since Line Of Duty wrapped up its sixth series last month, then you’re in luck. 

This weekend sees the arrival of Jimmy McGovern’s latest series, Time. 

Set in a prison, it is a visceral and high-stakes story about the impact that the modern British penal system has on all those who pass through it, which is told through the eyes of two very different men. 

After teacher Mark Hebden (Sean Bean) kills an innocent man in an accident, he is consumed by guilt and welcomes his four-year sentence – but he has to learn quickly how to survive in his unforgiving new environment.

Eric Reid (Stephen Graham) is a caring and honest prison officer who tries his very best to protect those in his charge, but when one of the most dangerous inmates identifies his weakness, Eric faces an impossible choice between his principles and his love for his family. 

Sean and Graham lead an accomplished cast full of acting talent, many of whom you will recognise from elsewhere (not least a certain Line Of Duty OCG member). 

Here’s your guide as to where you’ve seen them before... 

Stephen Graham as Eric Reid

As one of the UK’s most acclaimed actors, Stephen Graham likely needs no introduction. 

He’s probably best known for playing Combo in the This Is England series, as well as undercover officer John Corbett in series five of Line Of Duty. 

Stephen has played police officers in true crime dramas Whitehouse Farm and Little Boy Blue, Jacob Marley in the 2019 adaptation of A Christmas Carol and Joseph in the Channel 4 mini series The Virtues

He also appeared in the Elton John biopic Rocketman as Dick James, while his other big screen roles include Scrum in Pirates Of The Caribbean, Tommy in Snatch and Shang in Gangs Of New York.  

Sean Bean as Mark Hebden

Game Of Thrones fans will know Sean best as Ned Stark from the first series of the fantasy drama series. 

He was no stranger to the genre, having appeared in the Lord Of The Rings trilogy as Boromir. 

Sean made his name playing the titular British soldier in the Napoleonic Wars drama Sharpe during the 90s, and appeared in previous Jimmy McGovern dramas Broken and Accused, in which he starred alongside Stephen Graham. 

Most recently, Sean appeared in Netflix drama series Snowpiecer as Joseph Wilford. 

Siobhan Finneran as Mary Louise

Siobhan has starred in a host of British TV dramas, and is perhaps best known for playing Sarah O’Brien in the first three series of Downton Abbey and appearing as Clare Cartwright in Happy Valley, as well as her role as Janice Garvey in series 1-7 of sitcom Benidorm. 

Her other credits include Clocking Off, Cold Feet, The Syndicate, The Moorside and A Confession

Most recently, she appeared in the Netflix 2020 series The Stranger as DS Johanna Griffin. 

Sue Johnston as June Cobden 

Sue Johnston’s portrayal of Barbara Royle in BBC sitcom The Royle Family is still much loved to this day. 

Sue is also famous for playing Shelia Grant in Brookside and Gloria Price in Coronation Street, as well as for her role as Grace Foley in hit BBC crime series Waking The Dead. 

She appeared as Miss Denker in Downton Abbey from 2014 to 2015 and Sal Vine in Jennifer Saunders’ Jam And Jerusalem. 

Other credits include The Good Karma Hospital, Little Dorrit and Medics. 

Hannah Walters as Sonia McNally 

Hannah is best known for sharing the screen alongside her now-husband in the This Is England series, where she played Trudy. 

She starred in the third and fourth series of ITV crime drama Whitechapel as DC Megan Riley and appeared in the first series of Channel 4’s No Offence. 

Hannah also played Beatrice in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. 

David Calder as John Cobden 

David has appeared in films including The Lady In The Van, The Hatton Garden Job and James Bond movie The World Is Not Enough. 

He has made a number of guest appearances in dramas including Spooks, Lewis, Mr Selfridge, Father Brown, Call The Midwife and Vera. 

David also plays Julia’s father-in-law Geoff in BBC sitcom Motherland

Nadine Marshall as Alicia Cobden 

Nadine is best known for her performance as Sally in the Bafta-winning BBC Three Sitcom The Smoking Room. 

More recently, she played DS O’Halloran in Sky’s Save Me, Janet in the BBC’s one-off 2020 drama Sitting In Limbo and Jessie in the Red, White And Blue film of Steve McQueen’s Small Axe.

Her other credits include Waterlood Road, Netflix’s The Innocents, The End Of The F***ing World and ITV2′s Plebs.  

Michael Socha as Kenny Meadows

Michael is another alumni of the This Is England series appearing in Time, having played Harvey. 

He is also known for playing young werewolf Tom McNair in Being Human between 2011 and 2013. 

Michael has also appeared in US dramas including the Once Upon A Time series as Will Scarlett/The Knave of Hearts and as Mikhail in Chernobyl. 

Aneurin Barnard as Bernard

Aneurin starred opposite Sheridan Smith in ITV’s Cilla Black biopic in 2014, playing the late Blind Date host’s husband and manager Bobby Willis.

He appeared in Christopher Nolan film Dunkirk as Gibson in 2017, while his other credits include the BBC’s Thirteen, The White Queen and War & Peace. 

He has also just been seen in other BBC drama The Pact, which finished earlier this month. 

Kadiff Kirwan as Pete

Kadiff is best known for his roles as Aaron and Jason in the sitcoms Chewing Gum and Timewasters. 

He also popped up as Claire’s hairdresser in Fleabag and as a police officer in I May Destroy You

Kadiff starred alongside Time co-star Siobhan Finneran in The Stranger, where he played DC Wesley Ross. 

His other credits include Death In Paradise, Black Mirror’s Nosedive and Drifters.

Jack McMullen as Daniel

Jack is best known for playing Finn Sharkey in Waterloo Road between 2010 and 2012, having previously appeared in Grange Hill and Brookside. 

His other credits include Maigret Sets a Trap and BBC Two sitcom The First Team, where he plays Jack Turner. 

James Nelson-Joyce as Johnno

James has appeared alongside a number of his Time co-stars previously, including Stephen Graham in both The Virtues – where he played Ryan – and Little Boy Blue, where he played James Yates. 

He starred with Aneurin Barnard in Cilla, where he played Degsy and appeared in an episode of No Offence alongside Hannah Walter. 

His other credits include Mount Pleasant, Shameless and Casualty.

Brian McCardie as Jackson Jones

Line Of Duty fans will recognise Brian as the original OCG boss Tommy Hunter, who appeared in the first first series and was still being referenced in the most recent series. 

His other credits include Murphy’s Law, Rebellion, Lilies and children’s series M.I. High. 

Time begins on Sunday at 9pm on BBC One, with all episodes also streaming on iPlayer from the same time. 

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Joel Greenberg plans to plead guilty to counts including sex trafficking, wire fraud, and identity theft. That could mean trouble for Rep. Matt Gaetz.
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Tech is usually the villain in stories about ADHD, but for many, it can be a lifeline, not an anchor.
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Security cameras. License plate readers. Smartphone trackers. Drones. We’re being watched 24/7. What happens when all those data streams fuse into one?
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The animated half-hour series is full of in-jokes and obscure references that will challenge even the most hardcore Trekkie.
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McAfee locked himself into his cell alone two hours before he was found dead, according to Spanish media. He had just learned he was to be extradited.
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Glenner Town Square looks like a 1950s town, but it's actually a treatment center using reminiscence therapy to treat Alzheimer's and dementia.
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Robert Stephan Cohen recently sat down with Insider for an exclusive interview. Here's what he told us about how America's elite divide astronomical wealth.
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Yesterday at Google I/O, the company previewed an AI-powered app meant to help diagnose dermatological issues to help people understand challenges with their skin, hair, and nails. Doctor Peggy Bui, MD, product manager for Google Health, says that the app uses the same techniques to help doctors detect diabetic eye disease or lung cancer in CT scans. The app allows … Continue reading
Lawrence Bowman 2021-05-02
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Half of adult Americans have gotten at least one COVID-19 vaccine, and that could lead to more sex this summer.
Lawrence Bowman 2021-02-25
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The Queen has said her Covid-19 jab “didn’t hurt at all” as she encouraged those hesitant about vaccination to “think about other people rather than themselves”.

The head of state, who was inoculated in January, said after having the vaccine you felt “protected”, which she described as “important” during a video call with health leaders delivering the Covid-19 vaccine across the four nations.

Asked for “feedback” about her vaccination experience, she chuckled as she told the officials “it was quite harmless”.

During the conversation held on Tuesday, the head of state likened the coronavirus to a “plague” that has swept across the globe, and when a health leader said he wanted to “bottle” the community unity he had encountered the Queen suggested it was like the wartime spirit she experienced.

The Queen spoke to the four senior responsible officers overseeing the delivery of the vaccine in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to hear about the collaborative effort which has passed the milestone of 18 million people vaccinated in the UK since the call was made.

She praised the vaccine rollout, describing its speed and the millions inoculated as “remarkable” and in a morale boost told the health leaders to “keep up the good work”.

Dr Emily Lawson, who is leading the vaccine deployment programme for the NHS in England, told the Queen: “We hope everyone who is offered the vaccine will take it up, because it is … all of our best chances to protect both the people who take up the vaccine, their families and their communities.”

The monarch replied: “Once you’ve had the vaccine you have a feeling of, you know, you’re protected, which is I think very important.

“I think the other thing is, that it is obviously difficult for people if they’ve never had a vaccine…but they ought to think about other people rather than themselves.”

She added: “I think it is remarkable how quickly the whole thing has been done and so many people have had the vaccine already.” 

<strong>The Queen speaking via video call with the four health officials leading the deployment of the Covid-19 vaccination in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.</strong>

Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi told an online conference, hosted by London’s Science Museum on Wednesday, figures suggested between 11-15% of people are vaccine-hesitant and it “skews toward the black and Afro-Caribbean community and other BAME communities”.

In an unusual move, Buckingham Palace, which rarely comments on the private health matters of the monarch, announced in January the 94-year-old head of state and the Duke of Edinburgh, 99, had been vaccinated.

The Queen decided the information should be made public to prevent inaccuracies and further speculation.

Dr Lawson said they had received lots of feedback and asked the Queen about her experience of being vaccinated.

The head of state chuckled as she replied: “Well, as far as I can make out it was quite harmless. It was very quick, and I’ve had lots of letters from people who’ve been very surprised by how easy it was to get the vaccine.

She added: “It didn’t hurt at all.”

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have both received their vaccinations, with Camilla saying she “leapt for joy” after receiving her Covid jab.

The Duke of Cambridge, who like his father Charles contracted Covid, said on Monday he would be at the “front of the queue” for a vaccine to prove it is OK – but will “wait my turn”.

Dr Naresh Chada, deputy chief medical officer for Northern Ireland, gave his overview of the health crisis telling the Queen: “We know that this is probably the largest and most disruptive pandemic that we face globally, and within the UK, for over 100 years, and now there’ll be a continual battle of the vaccine versus the virus and its mutations.

“But I’ve got absolute faith, both in the medical research community – both here in the UK and globally – that we will keep one step ahead of the virus, and that will definitely lead to better times, for all of us.

“I think this is…very unusual. I mean it’s a bit like a plague, isn’t it?,” the Queen replied.

“Because it’s not only here that we’ve got the virus but it’s everywhere, so it’s a strange battle that everybody’s actually fighting.”

Derek Grieve, head of the Scottish Government’s Vaccinations Division, highlighted how residents from the Isle of Benbecula, in the Outer Hebrides, and the Coast Guard, local authority and volunteers had rallied together to set up a vaccination centre in a community hall in a matter of days.

He added: “So my lasting reflection ma’am would be if I could bottle this community spirit and use it, not just for the vaccination programme but for other things, I think the job would be done.”

The Queen said: “Wouldn’t it be nice.”

She added: “Well, having lived in the war. It’s very much like that, you know, when everybody had the same idea. And I think this has rather, sort of, inspired that – hasn’t it?”

After the call Dr Lawson described the Queen’s comments about her vaccine experience as an “incredibly important vote of confidence in the programme”.

She added: “We just want to make sure we create the conditions where everybody feels able to take up the offer of a vaccination when they’re called.

“And Her Majesty offering her view on that is a huge boost to our confidence and I hope to confidence more broadly in the programme.”

Lawrence Bowman 2021-01-30
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It’s A Sin shows the laughter and excitement of forging a life away from home – especially homes not altogether accepting of queer youths – while never flinching from the brutality of losing a friend to an illness no-one yet understands.
Lawrence Bowman 2020-10-22
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Free, easy and requiring just a single still photo, the deepfake bot has produced more than 100,000 fake pornographic images publicly posted online for anyone to see.