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EPHRAIM HARDCASTLE: Mystery over Diana note 

EPHRAIM HARDCASTLE: Princess Diana's note exonerating Martin Bashir of any wrongdoing in obtaining his Panorama interview was first kept as a keepsake in program editor Steve Hewlett's safe, the former claims Panorama reporter Tom Mangold

EPHRAIM HARDCASTLE: Mystery over fate of Diana memo exonerating Martin Bashir of wrongdoing for infamous Panorama interview

Princess Diana’s note exonerating Martin Bashir of any wrongdoing in obtaining his Panorama interview was first kept as a memento in program editor Steve Hewlett’s safe, claims the former Panorama journalist Tom Mangold.

Missing for 24 years, he was, Mangold claims in The Critic, “stolen by someone unnamed and brought home”.

He adds that the culprit alerted the BBC in November 2020 and “on the same day someone from the BBC went to his house and collected him”.

Mangold refuses to name the custodian of the note, and Hewlett, who could shed light on the theft, died in 2017’s Deep Waters.

EPHRAIM HARDCASTLE: Princess Diana's note exonerating Martin Bashir of any wrongdoing in obtaining his Panorama interview was first kept as a keepsake in program editor Steve Hewlett's safe, the former claims Panorama reporter Tom Mangold

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EPHRAIM HARDCASTLE: Princess Diana’s note exonerating Martin Bashir of any wrongdoing in obtaining his Panorama interview was first kept as a keepsake in program editor Steve Hewlett’s safe, the former claims Panorama reporter Tom Mangold

ANNE Glenconner, who prides herself on her blockbuster memoir as Princess Margaret’s lady-in-waiting, complains of one downside to her newfound fame: she has become a sex symbol.

“A man recently started complaining to me that his wife’s libido was gone,” she laments.

“Why would I want to know that? If he was looking for sex with me, he was definitely barking up the wrong tree.

Evergreen Anne will be 91 in July.

Broadcaster Ed Stourton recoiled when he listened to himself on 1989’s Late Show, telling Radio Times: “I was haunted by my much younger self who spoke in a voice classier than the late Queen’s.”

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He adds: “When I joined Today decades later, I was accused of being a ‘soft-spoken tof’ with a ‘Stourton drawl’.”

Now he admits he has “flattened” his Ampleforth accent, but not as much as 1940s BBC radio celebrity “ee bah gum” Wilfred Pickles.

Playing Sheridan Smith’s mother, pictured, in Sky’s new dark comedy Rosie Molloy gives it all away, Pauline ‘Mrs Doyle’ McLynn is in awe of the star talent of Cilla and Mrs Biggs.

“I would be very proud if she was my daughter in real life,” she jokes.

“I never bothered to have kids, but if I had, I would have asked, ‘Please can I have a Sheridan?

Director Trevor Nunn reveals a hidden talent in Dame Judi Dench, recalling nighttime walks through theatrical digs in Oxford: “She’d say, ‘It’s time for the handstand contest.

He says: “She was challenging me and doing a handstand against a wall and I had to do one to see who could stand the longest.”

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Both are surely a profound loss for Gerry Cottle’s traveling circus.

Impressionist Jan Ravens mourns the demise of Liz Truss, who flew back and forth from Downing Street after just one run of Dead Ringers.

“She was a golden opportunity,” Jan told Radio Times. “If only she had held back a little!” It was shameful. It was like she was that little girl her father had always told her was funny.

Liz wasn’t kidding when she entered the record books as the shortest PM president.

Frances Campbell-Preston, who died aged 104, feared her underwear was acceptable when she was made lady-in-waiting to the Queen Mother in 1965.

She was assured that her Marks and Spencer underwear was acceptable as long as the tags were removed.

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