DAVID BECKHAM AND CHARLOTTE CHURCH MAKE THE TOP 5, but ROYAL FAMILY
DOMINATE TOP TEN
THE infamous ‘Camillagate’
tape of the amorous telephone call between Prince Charles and his
then mistress Camilla Parker-Bowles has topped a poll of the most
notorious phone incidents of all time.
The poll of 3000, 18 to 25 year olds was specially commissioned by
student mobile phone service Dot Mobile to celebrate the 130th
anniversary of Alexander Graham Bell’s patent of the telephone on 7
It found that The Royal Family dominate the top ten, yes, it was the
Princess Diana’s indiscretions in the “Squidgygate”
tapes that got the attention... It featured alongside a radio
episode in 1995 when, the Queen was hoaxed by a DJ, into believing
she was speaking to the Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien.
David Beckham’s alleged text sex with his PA Rebecca Loos took
second place, with the call between Peter Foster and his mother
about his involvement in Cherie Blair’s purchase of two flats in
Bristol, in third. Come on people, you can do better than that! The
poll also put Charlotte Church’s topless picture message, Watergate
and the obscenity strewn ‘Saturday Superstore’ TV phone-in
with pop band Matt Bianco, in the top ten.
Other incidents which just missed making the list include Linda
Tripp’s secretly taped conversations featuring Monica Lewinsky
bragging about her sexual exploits with Bill Clinton! Joan Collins’
infamous appearance on risqué UK, Channel 4 TV show So Graham
Norton, when she was coerced into calling Keith, a glove fetishist
who appeared to be pleasuring himself while on the phone. Strange
how they never made number one!
The moment when Jennifer Aniston allegedly overheard Brad Pitt have
a steamy phone conversation with Angelina Jolie also just failed to
make the grade. Sob... Sob...
Freddie Shirley from Dot Mobile comments, "the telephone may
be 130 years old, but people still get caught out with these classic
The Top Ten Most Notorious Phone Incidents of All Time now follow:-
At number 1. I bet you cannot wait to find out… it is... Prince
Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles... If you did not know, in 1993,
The Sun (a UK National 'Paper') printed a transcript of a telephone
conversation between Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles in
which Charles is heard saying “I love you” and
famously fantasises about being reincarnated as Camilla’s tampon.
At number 2. Just for all you football fans was David Beckham and
Rebecca Loos! A quick recap... His alleged text sex with PA Rebecca
Loos caused a huge media stir in April 2004.
At number 3 was Peter Foster. Ok, now what could that be? Well, it
was a tapped telephone call between convicted fraudster Peter Foster
and his mother, which landed Cherie Blair in hot water over his
involvement in her purchase of two flats in Bristol in 2002.
In at number 4, and it should have been higher was... Watergate.
Just in case you forgot the call... President Nixon resigned after
tape recordings of telephone conversations between himself and
administrations officials implicated him in the 1972 political
At the half way point at number 5 came Charlotte Church. The picture
of the star topless that had been sent to boyfriend Gavin Henson,
was offered to a national newspaper, just after Henson misplaced his
phone on a boozy night out in 2005.
It was Sharon Osbourne at number 6. According to Kelly Osbourne,
Sharon Osbourne dialled up Robbie Williams mistaking him for her
rocker husband Ozzy. How? Well, she accidentally came close to
having phone sex with him!
At 7 is HM Queen Elizabeth II, the royals are back in the lists
again! This time it was a hoax call to Buckingham Palace made in
1995, by Canadian DJ Pierre Brassard. He was pretending to be
Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien. This resulted in a 15 minute
chat with the Queen live on air and the promise that she would try
to influence Quebec’s referendum on proposals to break away from
In at 8 we see. Princess Diana... A tape recording of a telephone
conversation between the Princess and her friend James Gilbey made
the front page of The Sun, back in 1993. This was after she spoke of
her unhappiness, comparing her situation to that of a character in
EastEnders, and expressing concern that she might be pregnant.
At 9. Tony Blair... To the joy of most of the nation, back in 1998,
Capital Radio's DJ Steve Penk pretended to be opposition leader,
William Hague. He managed to penetrate the strict Downing Street
switchboard security system and speak to Tony Blair, who
"played along in good humour." Ummmm, "played along?"
At 10. Now who could forget this one? Saturday Superstore, a UK TV
show... This was the time when a caller from a viewer’s phone in had
to be quickly cut off after he called pop band, Matt Bianco a
“bunch of w**kers” live on air! Yes live on a BBC kids show
on Saturday morning!
* Dot Mobile surveyed 3000 mobile phone users aged between 18 and 25
years old in January 06.
INVITED TO PUT THEIR FAMILIES IN THE FRAME WITH BBC NORTH WEST
THE launch of a huge North West
children’s art competition was last week as the region’s top art
galleries and museums including Lady Lever Art Gallery in Port
Sunlight team up with BBC North West Tonight and Manchester Art
Gallery for Put Your Family in the Frame.
Open to all children under 16 living in the North West of England,
Put Your Family in the Frame asks entrants to paint, draw or make a
collage of a member of their close or extended family or carer.
Whether it be of mum, dad, brother, step-sister or even great-great
grandad, children are encouraged to let their imaginations run wild
as entries can be any shape, size or style.
Along with winners from each of the areas, Merseyside, Greater
Manchester, Lancashire and Cheshire, the overall Put Your Family in
the Frame winner will receive a once-in-a-lifetime prize; a visit to
their school by every child’s favourite artist, CBBC’s SMart
presenter Mark Speight. Armed with arts materials, Mark will spend
the day with the winner’s class to produce an exclusive piece of
artwork for the school. It’s not just the winner that gets a treat,
as a selection of short listed entries will be displayed on the
walls and websites of the six participating galleries.
Zoe Renilson, Family Programmes Manager of headline gallery
Manchester Art Gallery, comments:- “Put Your Family in the
Frame is going to be fantastic and we want schools, community groups
and individuals to put their families in the frame. Children can be
as imaginative, original or traditional as they like: we just want
them to enjoy themselves.
Children can create their piece of art at home, school or even at
the participating galleries, which are all running portrait
workshops throughout the competition. Keep your eyes peeled for
dates as they are due to start any time now.”
Cerys Griffiths, Output Editor of North West Tonight, said:-
"I've always loved seeing young people's art and there's always a
fantastic response whenever we ask viewers to the programme to do
anything creative. The whole team are looking forward to taking
delivery of some fantastic works of art and seeing the results on
show in galleries is going to be something very special."
Put Your Family in the Frame entry rules:-
* The competition is open to all children under 16 living in the
North West of England.
* The children have to produce a portrait of one of their relatives.
It can be any medium and any size. It should be sent to North West
Tonight (see address below) before 24 April 06. The address to send
entries to is:--
Put Your Family in the Frame, BBC North West Tonight, New
Broadcasting House, Oxford Rd, Manchester, M60 1SJ.
* NOTE! All portraits should have the winner’s name, age and school
or home address printed clearly on the reverse. If the child is
making a sculpted model, they should package it with the details on
a separate piece of paper. Each child should also state somewhere on
the entry (front or back) the relation they have chosen to portray,
* Manchester Art Gallery (Manchester)
* Bolton Museum (Bolton)
* Lady Lever Art Gallery (Port Sunlight)
* Grosvenor Museum (Chester)
* Judges’ Lodgings (Lancaster)
* Harris Museum and Art Gallery (Preston)
‘THE STAR OF SHORT
FILMS IS RISING’
THE Future Shorts’ March Program
has the usual eclectic mix of the very best of short films and music
videos from round the world. There is a decidedly musical edge to
the proceedings this month with the beautiful ‘La Apertura’
that explores friendship, love and tango. The seriously quirky ‘ The
Lounge Bar’ from New Zealand, the evocative and stylish ‘Hock
Hiap Leong’ from Singapore and much more. See and feel different
cinema. Short film is where it’s at. More info at
Since its inception in 2003, Future Shorts has created a vast
network enabling filmmakers to have their work seen on the largest
platform in Europe. This March will see the Hyde Park Picturehouse
LEEDS, Duke Of Yorks Picturehouse BRIGHTON and Phoenix Cinema
FINCHLEY LONDON added to the list of monthly screening platforms for
new British and International filmmaking talent. These screenings
are attended by the public, students, filmmakers and film-lovers
alike, offering the audience a chance to experience films that
otherwise, they would have never had access to. Future Shorts
exposes them to an original, diverse and quality slate of shorts.
Future Shorts also supports New Directors, giving local filmmakers
the opportunity to screen their work alongside our programmes.
Picturehouse @ FACT Thursday 16 March 06 at 8:30pm Box Office:- 0151