This week's UK news: 12 March 2015
12 March 2015

Top Gear taken off TV

Top Gear is a very popular programme made by the UK's public service broadcaster, and sold around the world. It is shown on TV in 100 different countries. It makes around GBP 150m for the UK TV company.

If you haven't seen the show, it's about cars and is presented by three men who joke a lot. The star of the show, Jeremy Clarkson, likes to be rude about people and has been in trouble for some things he has said on the programme recently.

Now the show has been taken off the air and Jeremy Clarkson has been told not to come into work. Nobody has said exactly what happened but there seems to have been a problem between Jeremy Clarkson and one of the show's staff after filming last week. Nobody knows what will happen next, but thousands of people have signed a letter asking for Clarkson to be put back on TV.


Problems over TV election debate

There will be a general election in the UK in May. Last time there was an election, the three leaders of the political parties did a TV programme together where they talked about policies. It has been harder to organise a similar programme this time, although people seem to want one.

The problem is that the TV companies want a debate involving just the main party leaders, but the smaller parties and the Prime Minister want a wider group of leaders to take part. Now it is not clear if any TV debates will happen. 


Biggest ever fashion show at London museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum in London is about to open its biggest-ever fashion exhibition. It is all about the work of Alexander McQueen. Ten rooms at the museum will be devoted to showing McQueen's designs and the work which lay behind them.

A smaller exhibition in New York in 2011 was so busy that the museum had to stay open until midnight to deal with people who were queueing for four hours to get in. The London show is open from March 14 to 2 August.


Cards replacing cash in UK

Experts think 2015 will be the first year where people in the UK spend more using cards than they do using cash and coins. They say it is not the end of real money, but that we are more likely to use coins and notes if we are spending under GDP 5, and use phones or cards if we are spending more.

The people who are most likely to pay with coins or notes are students and older people.

Parking machines in Brighton are the latest move away from coins. The city has decided to get rid of half of all its parking machines which take coins now, and is planning to move over to all payments being by mobile phone.

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