As a part of the BBC’s 100 Women season, author Jeanette Winterson has been to a Cotswold primary school to help the pupils there rewrite the sexist Cinderella Fairy Tale and give it a modern day twist.
The 100 Women Season is a series of programmes that showcases the groundbreaking moments of defiance, debates on the inclusivity of feminism and conversations with world famous leaders in music, sport and politics, alongside other less well-known yet equally important voices ad is being shown over the next three weeks on BBC and BBC iPlayer.
In the original Cinderella, or The Little Glass Slipper as it was first called follows the classic folk- fairy tale premise of the maiden in distress, (kept in dismal conditions and in servitude to her stepmother’s foul family) being rescued by her knight in shining armour (or in this case the delectable prince Charming and after a single dance and a lost shoe) then consents to be his wife forever more. Now while that may have been every little girl’s dream back in the 17th century modern day girls are no longer happy playing the helpless woman whose life is lived at the whim of whatever or whoever happens to have possession of her and would much rather their literary heroines took things into their own hands.
In this clip the children discuss how they think a modern day Cinderella should read.
Florida Man, drag queen and burlesque performer, offered us a side of Voldemort we have not seen for…ever. At an Ariana Grande tribute night the fantastic artist gave the audience the ultimate Potter-themed treat, complete with wand fight and special lighting effects. Florida Man’s perfect lip-syncing made the show all the more authentic, and ends with a spectacular kiss between the villain and his foe.
We have also included a few other Harry Potter-themed burlesque routines (there are literally HUNDREDS of them on YouTube) for your shock/amazement/titillation.
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Whittaker called the experience “an honour” when she made her CBeebies debut on 7th December, just a few weeks ago. If you saw it you’ll known it was a magical experience, if not then we’ve included the reading here so you can watch it now.
His style has been copied, styled out, and parodied the world over, referenced in popular culture, and we have selected some of our favourite Seuss parodies from the years.
Enjoy these very silly parodies and clever covers dedicated to Dr Seuss.
Each comedian takes on a figure or story from history and explains in as much factual detail as possible who they were and what they became known for.
The comedian gets as sloshed as they possibly can while attempting to still speak coherently- telling us the tale of their historical figure. As well as some of the big royal and military names through history, they touch on some of our best known writers- Byron, Potter, Shelley, and more…
Check out some highlights here.