"Nana's Party" is the fifth episode of the second series of the British dark comedy anthology television programme Inside No. 9. It was first broadcast on 23 April 2015 on BBC Two. Written and directed by Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith, the episode starred Claire Skinner as the obsessive-compulsive and aspirational Angela, who is hosting a party for the 79th birthday of her mother Maggie, played by Elsie Kelly. Angela's husband Jim, played by Pemberton, is keen to play a prank on Pat, Angela's brother-in-law, who is a practical joker. Pat is played by Shearsmith, while Carol, a recovering alcoholic who is Pat's wife and Angela's sister, is played by Lorraine Ashbourne. The episode also features Eve Gordon as Katie, Angela and Jim's teenage daughter, and Christopher Whitlow as a paramedic seen at the beginning and end of the episode.
Much of the episode's plot revolves around a practical joke with a fake cake that Jim has set up in an attempt to fool Pat. Moving the cake reveals the head of the person hiding under the table, but, in the meantime, the hidden character can hear conversations taking place nearby, unbeknownst to those who are not in on the joke. The episode plays on viewers' guesses as to what has led to the arrival—seen at the opening of the episode—of a paramedic. In particular, the person under the table is at risk of injury if candles burn down or someone puts a knife into the "cake". (Full article...
The BBC Sports Personality of the Year Helen Rollason Award is an award given annually as part of the BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony each December. The award is given “for outstanding achievement in the face of adversity”, and BBC Sport selects the winner. The award is named after the BBC sports presenter Helen Rollason, who died in August 1999 at the age of 43 after suffering from cancer for two years. Helen Rollason was the first female presenter of Grandstand. After being diagnosed with cancer, she helped raise over £5 million to set up a cancer wing at the North Middlesex Hospital, where she received most of her treatment.
The inaugural recipient of the award was horse trainer Jenny Pitman
, in 1999. Other winners include South African Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius
, who won the award in 2007. Several recipients have not played a sport professionally, including Jane Tomlinson
, who won in 2002, Kirsty Howard
(2004), Phil Packer (2009), Anne Williams
, who received the award posthumously in 2013, and eight-year-old Bailey Matthews
(2015). Michael Watson
, who won the award in 2003, had a career in boxing but was paralysed and almost killed in a title bout with Chris Eubank
. He won the award for completing the London Marathon
, an accomplishment that took him six days. Former footballer Geoff Thomas
won the award in 2005; he raised money by cycling the 2,200 miles (3,540.56 km) of the 2005 Tour de France
course in the same number of days as the professionals completed it. In 2006, Paul Hunter
posthumously received the award, who died from dozens of malignant neuroendocrine tumours
– his widow Lindsay accepted the award on his behalf. (Full article...