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Keith Lemon’s emotional Caroline Flack tribute after moving BAFTA TV Awards speech


Keith Lemon managed to keep it together as he paid a touching tribute to his friend Caroline Flack during the BAFTA TV Awards.

Tragic Caroline, 40, took her own life back February at her London home.

It left the showbiz world in shock – and the presenter, real name Leigh Francis, was left distraught by his pal’s death.

Keith and Caroline first worked together on his show Bo’ Selecta in the early noughties, as her rise to fame began.

The pair remained close as telly bosses started to spot her talent.

Keith helped kick-off Caroline’s career in the 90s

The BBC looked back on those who have passed away in the last year during the online awards bash and the Celebrity Juice star spoke via Zoom.

Reminded of his longtime friend and colleague after watching the tribute, Keith shared a moving video from his friendship with Caroline.

In the video, he could be heard calling out to Caroline, saying: “There she is. There she is, sing some words.”

Caroline appeared in the shot, smiling and laughing before saying: “Hello!”

They remained close as she went on to big things

In the caption below, Keith said: “So strange seeing Caroline in the montage of people we have lost on the Baftas.

“This year is like a broken time machine where the future is just all wrong. I miss bumping into Flack at events and do’s, and I miss seeing her on here. Here she is x.”

After her death, Keith designed a T-shirt with Caroline’s image on the front, which was sold to raise funds for Samaritans and to spread a message of kindness.

Nearing the end of the virtual BAFTA ceremony this evening, presenter Richard Ayoade paused to honour those the TV industry has lost.

BAFTA TV awards viewers were moved by the tribute

He said: “Now its time to pause and reflect on some of the people we have sadly lost in the past 15 months. “

A brief clip of Caroline was shown, presenting a series of ITV2’s Love Island as the show’s beloved host.

Taking to Twitter, viewers paid tribute to the legendary TV presenter, highlighting her life and legacy on the screen.

“Devastating seeing Caroline Flack on the bafta clips of Love Island. This year has been so heavy,” wrote one.

Another said penned: “I really find it hard to grasp the fact that Caroline Flack needs to be included in this montage. Incredibly sad.”

“Every time I see Caroline Flack my stomach drops. I still find it hard to believe she’s no longer with us,” a third added.





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Welcome to our 2020 Oscars Live Blog! We’ll be tracking the winners, the upsets, and of course, the big surprises.

CTVNews.ca writer Cillian O’Brien will provide context on Hollywood’s biggest night and will keep an eye on the crowd for any must-see moments.

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Metro Video Game Awards – The Best of 2019


Resident Evil 2 – award-winning horror (pic: Capcom)

Nods for the best graphics, storytelling, soundtrack, and more are all up for contention in the annual Metro video game awards.

2019 might not be going down in history as a standout year for video games but it hasn’t been any kind of disaster either, with plenty of difficult decisions required for our Top 20 of the year. By comparison, our yearly awards aren’t designed to celebrate the entirety of a game, but one particular element that they do very well – even if it’s at the expense of others. Although this year all the winners are great games in their own right. Well, except for the winner of the worst game of the year award…

 



Best Visuals

Luigi’s Mansion 3 (Nintendo Switch)

This has always been an award for artistic, rather than technical achievement, which is why it’s often won by indie games that try to do something other than the usual photorealistic replication of the real world. But technical competence is important, and in both senses Luigi’s Mansion 3 manages to be the best looking game on the Switch. In fact, it’s so far beyond things like Pokémon and Fire Emblem it feels like it’s on a different system, with gloriously emotive cartoon animation and some great lighting effects.

It also features some of the most destructible scenery of any game this generation, which is odd as most of it doesn’t have much gameplay purpose. But describing Luigi’s Mansion 3 as an interactive animated movie really doesn’t feel like hyperbole, and shows just what can be done with the right artistic and technical expertise on even modestly powered hardware.

Runner-up: Resident Evil 2 (XO/PS4/PC)

 



Best Innovation

Baba Is You (NS/PC)

We’ve given this award to both hardware and software in the past but, again, it’s most commonly indie games that win – and none more deservedly so than Baba Is You. Its premise is that you can manipulate the game world by switching around the little three-part sentences that describe each stage. Change Rock is Push to Rock is You and suddenly you are the rock, or take out the stop from Wall Is Stop and suddenly you can walk through it.

You’re not just changing the world but the internal logic of the game, in a way that’s reminiscent of basic programming but feels much more organic and gamified than other attempts at the same idea. It all works brilliantly well and helps create one of the best games of the year.

Runner-up: John Wick Hex (PC)

 

 



Remake of the year

Resident Evil 2 (Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC)

Thank goodness we already had this award category from previous years, or it would look like we invented it just to lavish more praise on Resident Evil 2. Not that it doesn’t deserve it. The Resident Evil 1 remake from 2002 is still one of the best ever but this reimagining of the PS1 sequel with an over-the-shoulder Resident Evil 4 style view works perfectly.

The graphics are phenomenal but what’s most impressive about it, and runner-up Link’s Awakening, is that the underling level design, structure, and even some of the puzzles are still exactly the same as they were in 1998. As a result of this anticipation for Resident Evil 3 is already off the scale – and frankly any other Capcom classic of the era (we are so hoping for Dino Crisis).

Runner-up: The Legend Of Zelda: Link’s Awakening (Nintendo Switch)

 



Best Music

Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown (Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC)

A relatively serious combat flight sim might not seem the obvious place to find the soundtrack of the year but the one for Ace Combat 7 is absolutely superb. In terms of not only the overall quality but how well it fits the setting and themes of individual missions. It also wins on sheer quantity, with over 100 separate tracks that genuinely seem to get better the further you get into the game.

Calm and precise when you’re in the tutorials, the music builds in tempo the bigger and more desperate the combat gets. And although you also wouldn’t expect a flight sim to have boss fights, Ace Combat 7 absolutely does and the music for them is especially glorious. With one of the best VR modes ever seen the whole game is sadly underrated and desperately deserving of more recognition.

Runner-up: Sayonara Wild Hearts (PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and iOS)

 



Best Storytelling

A Plague Tale: Innocence (Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC)

2019 has not been a banner year for storytelling in games but there have still been some standouts, including Life Is Strange 2, Sunless Sea, Knights And Bikes, and A Plague Tale: Innocence. None of them are high profile but A Plague Tale did do much better than expected and was rightly nominated at The Game Awards. As the title hints it’s set during the time of the Black Death, but the atmosphere is more Lovecraftian than purely historical, with Medieval France overrun with almost demonic-like rats.

The story and graphics are highly compelling but it’s the portrayal of the game’s child protagonists, particularly the sweet-natured Hugo, which is the highlight. The game is full of horrors, both man-made and otherwise, but it’s its ability to show the goodness in humanity, as well as the bad, that elevates it above the cynical norm.

Runner-up: Knights And Bikes (PS4/PC)

 



Worst game

Turok: Escape From Lost Valley (PC)

We do feel slightly guilty about this award ‘winner’, as it’s an indie game and no doubt subject to a tiny budget and equally small development team. But Universal Studios were involved as a publisher, so there must’ve been some amount of budget sloshing around, and it’s also hard to feel quite so forgiving when the Turok: Dinosaur Hunter franchise is being dragged through the dirt once again.

The game looks like a cute little adventure game but it’s actually a painfully difficult arcade title, with controls and a camera angle that make the precise movement and reactions required absolutely impossible. The whole thing seems to have been designed to look cute and absolutely nothing else, and you’d certainly gain more entertainment starring at the screenshots than you would playing it.

Runner-up: Contra: Rogue Ops (Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and PC)

 

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