Party Of The Week: A night at the Circus
Friday 09 January 2009
Restraint seemed to be the watchword for guests, if not hosts, at the Royal Albert Hall's opening of Cirque du Soleil, with the trays of orange juice proving more popular than the champagne, and the canapés given the cold shoulder by the new year dieters.
Five News' Natasha Kaplinski took time out from babysitting to strut the red carpet, much to the waiting paparazzi's delight. Accompanied by her investment banker husband, the new mum showed little sign of maternal exhaustion as she showed off her winter tan and slimline post-pregnancy physique.
Pint-size Strictly judge Arlene Phillips milled around, weaving her way through the crowd and apparently avoiding former contestant Andrew Castle. Across the hall, bleach-blond pop star and I'm a Celebrity villain David van Day worked the room, all the time being fed sausage canapés by his leggy blonde date. "I've been so busy since arriving home," he giggled. "Of course the first thing I did was sell my story to the tabloids."
Fellow jungle-dweller Esther Rantzen was less enthused, slipping straight past party-goers to wait in her seat. A leopard-print clad Mariella Frostrup followed suit, by-passing the reception room and heading straight for the auditorium.
Meanwhile, Jamie Winstone was being uncharacteristically shy, trying to sneak past photographers on her way in. Alas, the pixyish actress was spotted and, her game up, donned a white fur hat to pose alongside boyfriend Alfie Allen.
BBC Trust agrees to axe channel from TV in favour of digital moveTV
Final Top Gear reviewTV
FestivalsFive ways to avoid the portable toilets
Jurassic WorldThe results are completely brilliant
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 iPhone 7 (or iPhone 6S) leaked pictures show similarities to older model — but Apple is fixing the biggest issue of all
- 2 David Cameron refers to 83-year-old Labour MP Dennis Skinner as 'Jurassic Park'
- 3 Alton Towers Air breaks down: 80 people stuck on broken down Monorail during heatwave
- 4 'Help me I'm trapped in a factory' messages keep being found on bottles of vitamin water
- 5 German ethics council calls for incest between siblings to be legalised by Government
Game of Thrones season 6: Daenerys actress Emilia Clarke says '50/50 chance' Jon Snow is alive
Jessie Cave interview: Harry Potter's Lavender Brown has published a collection of feminist cartoons
Amy, film review: Beautiful film reveals ugly truth behind singer's downward spiral
'Dukes of Hazzard' pulled from screens by CBS as outcry over Confederate flag grows
London Has Fallen trailer release branded 'extremely insensitive' ahead of 10th anniversary of 7/7 bombings
The moment a Queen's Guard soldier lost it and drew his gun at annoying tourist
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Greece crisis: The wider lesson is that it’s time to abandon this failed experiment in currencies
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert