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Giedroyć (Lithuanian: Giedraitis; Russian and Belarusian: Гедройц; French: Guedroitz) is a Polish surname, originating from the Giedroyć princely family of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.

Overview

The Second and Third Editions of the Lithuanian Chronicle relate that Giedrius (Palemonids), a brother of Grand Duke Traidenis of Lithuania (late 13th century), built a castle, named it Giedraičiai, and adopted the title Prince of Giedraičiai.

A document issued by Grand Duke Vytautas of Lithuania in the period 1399–1429 settled a dispute between the Bishop of Vilnius and the Princes of Giedraičiai. Numerous members of the family were recorded in the 15th and 16th centuries, and thereafter, with the title Prince.

The two lines of the family for which coherent genealogies are available (the family's "central core") descend from (i) Prince Aleksander (late 15th century) and (ii) Prince Bartłomiej (died in 1524).[1]

The 1569 Act of Union inaugurating the Polish-Lithuanian Royal Commonwealth confirmed that, as previously in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, Lithuanian families of dynastic origin remained entitled to use the title Prince. Many subsequent Giedroyć family members, both of the Line of Aleksander and of the Line of Bartłomiej, were recorded with the title Prince – including several (of both Lines) whose right to the title was individually confirmed under Imperial Russian legislation of 1832. Other members did not seek such specific confirmation under the Russian Empire, but relied on confirmation of their noble status and princely origins under Russian legislation of 1801/3. The Imperial Russian heraldic authority classified these as "of the Princes".

Under the usage of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, as confirmed by the 1569 Act of Union, princely origins in themselves establish princely status.

Armorial bearings

The Second Edition of the Lithuanian Chronicle records that a centaur was the armorial charge of the forebears of Giedrus. A decree issued in 1401 by Władisław Jagiello, King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania, confirms the right of Prince Michał Giedroyć vel. Ratybor (baptized c.1387) to the arms Hippocentaurus "as used by his illustrious grandfather" Ginwill (2nd Duke of Giedrojcie and candidate to the grand ducal office of Lithuania).

But the earliest surviving illustrated Giedroyć armorial charge is a rose, on seals attached to state documents of 1431-4.

Through the 17th and 18th centuries, the centaur was used predominantly by most members of the family, sometimes in combination with the rose; while the descendants of Mikołaj (died 1657, sixth generation in the Line of Bartłomiej) continued to use the rose alone. But the centaur (sometimes with the rose, sometimes without) predominates in all the 19th century Russian records, even for the descendants of Mikołaj.

At the English College of Arms, the arms of Michał Giedroyć (born 1929, 16th generation in the Line of Bartłomiej) include both the rose and the centaur (called a sagittary in English heraldry) blazoned as follows: Per fess Or and Gules in chief a Rose Gules barbed and seeded proper and in base a Sagittary trippant to the dexter the head facing to the sinister his tail a serpent facing to the dexter holding in the hands a Bow with arrow drawn and set towards the head of the serpent all Or.

Notable people

Early bearers of the Giedroyć name included:

  • Blessed Michał Giedroyć, pre-dating the lines of Aleksander and Bartłomiej: buried in the church of St Mark in Kraków, where he lived most of his life as a hermit renowned for gifts of prophecy and miracles; died in 1485.
  • son of the eponymous Bartłomiej in the Line of Bartłomiej: Mateusz Giedroyć (envoy to Ivan the Terrible 1551, Grand Ducal Governor of Vilnius, Grand Ducal Marshal, died 1562/3).
  • grandsons of the eponymous Bartłomiej in the Line of Bartłomiej: Kacper-Dowmont Giedroyć (born c1535, signatory of the Act of Union 1569), Melchior Giedroyć (c1536-1609, Bishop of Samogitia and champion of the Lithuanian language and culture) and Martin-Dowmont Giedroyć (died 1621, Palatine of Mstislaw).

Other distinguished members of the two main lines of the family included:

  • General Romuald Tadeusz Giedroyć (1750–1824, 10th generation in the Line of Aleksander): fought as Major General in the 1792 war against Russia; played a major role in the 1794 uprising in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania; moved to Paris after the 1795 collapse and partition of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth; served as a General in Napoleon's Grande Armée 1813; exiled in Archangel; then a Lieutenant General in the Kingdom of Poland from 1815.
  • General Romuald's brother, Monsignor Piotr Kacper Giedroyć (died 1797): Secretary of State of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania 1790-95.
  • General Romuald's son, Józef Stefan Franciszek Ksawery Giedroyć (1787–1855): Colonel in the Grande Armée 1808-1815, promoted Brigadier General on the field of the Battle of Waterloo.
  • General Romuald's daughter, Kunegunda Franciszka Róża Giedroyć (1793–1883): Lady in Waiting to French Empress Josephine (Joséphine de Beauharnais), and to Russian Tsarina Elizabeth Alexeievna (Louise of Baden), wife of Alexander I of Russia.
  • Stefan Jan Giedroyć (1730–1803, 9th generation of the Line of Aleksander, a fifth cousin of General Romuald's father): Bishop of Livonia, and later of Samogitia; a member of the Permanent Council of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.
  • Józef Arnolf Giedroyć (1754–1838, 9th generation in the line of Bartłomiej): Bishop of Samogitia from 1801, succeeding Bishop Stefan Jan above; benefactor of the Church, champion of education and patron of Lithuanian literature, he published in 1816 the first translation of the New Testament into Samogitian (a dialect of the Lithuanian language).
  • Szymon Tadeusz Michał Giedroyć (1764–1844, 10th generation in the line of Aleksander, first cousin once removed of Bishop Stefan Jan above): Bishop Coadjutor and - from 1829 - Administrator of Samogitia.
  • Ignacy Michał Giedroyć (1771–1829, 10th generation in the line of Aleksander, second cousin of Bishop of Szymon Tadeusz Michał above): Bishop Coadjutor of Samogitia, titular Bishop of Casio.
  • Ignacy Giedroyć (active 1763-1792, 9th generation of the line of Bartłomiej, first cousin of Bishop Józef Arnolf above): Quartermaster General of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania; Governor of Osiek; envoy in 1771 to Frederick the Great of Prussia and to Frederick II, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel on behalf of the Bar Confederation (the Polish-Lithuanian anti-Russian movement).
  • Witold Giedroyć (1826/30-1885, 12th generation in the line of Aleksander) and his first cousin once removed Mikołaj Karol Giedroyć (1825–1894, 13th generation in the line of Aleksander): leaders of the anti-Russian conspiracy of 1863.
  • Franciszek Ignacy Dowmont Giedroyć (1869–1944, 14th generation in the line of Bartłomiej, third cousin five times removed of Bishop Józef Arnolf above): Professor of the History and Philosophy of Medicine at the University of Warsaw, member of the Polish Academy of Sciences, co-founder of the Polish school of the history of medicine.
  • Vera Ignatievna Giedroyc (Gedroitz) (1876–1932, 12th generation of the line of Bartłomiej, third cousin once removed of Bishop Józef Arnolf above, and sixth cousin twice removed of Franciszek Ignacy Dowmont above): the first female surgeon in Russia, her work on laparotomies during the Russo-Japanese War was among the first to achieve a high success rate, leading the Russian army to adopt the procedure and changing understandings of the correct treatment of abdominal wounds. She was surgeon to the imperial family at Tsarskoye Selo from 1909; worked at the front in World War I; and was professor (from 1923) and then chair of the surgery faculty (from 1930) at the Kiev Medical Institute. She also published poetry under the pseudonym Sergei Gedroitz.
  • Tadeusz Giedroyć (1889/90-1941, 15th generation in the line of Bartłomiej, third cousin once removed of Franciszek Ignacy Dowmont above): soldier, awarded the Polish Cross of Valour (Cross of Valour (Poland)) in 1918, and Cross of Independence in 1932; lawyer, administrator; Senator of the Second Polish Republic from 1938; imprisoned by the Russians in 1939, and subsequently murdered by the Soviet secret police, NKVD.
  • Jerzy Giedroyc (1906–2000, 14th generation in the line of Aleksander, fifth cousin twice removed of Witold above): founder, editor and publisher of the literary-political journal Kultura. The Polish parliament declared 2006 the year of Jerzy Giedroyć.

Current members of the family include:

  • Coky Giedroyc (Mary-Rose Helen Giedroyć, born 1963, 17th generation in the line of Bartłomiej, granddaughter of Tadeusz above), film and TV director.
  • Mel Giedroyc (Melanie Clare Sophie Giedroyć born 1968, 17th generation in the line of Bartłomiej, granddaughter of Tadeusz above), English actress, presenter and writer.

Bearers of the name Guedroitz (the French version of the Russian version of Giedroyć) include:

  • Wladimir Guedroitz (1869–1941, 13th generation in the line of Aleksander, great-great-nephew of Bishop Szymon Tadeusz Michał Giedroyć above): Chairman of the Commission for Control at the Russian Ministry of Finance.
  • Alexis Guedroitz (1923–1992, 15th generation in the line of Aleksander, grandson of Wladimir above), Belgian professor of Russian language, lecturer and writer.
  • Agnes Guedroitz (born 1949, 16th generation in the line of Aleksander, daughter of Alexis above), Belgian actress.
References
  1. For a full genealogy of those two lines see On-line Gotha
Bibliography
  • Ferrand, Les Familles Princières de l'Ancien Empire de Russie
  • Lenczewski, Genealogie rodów utytułowanych w Polsce (Genealogy of Titled Families in Poland)
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Kultura Jerzy Giedroyc, 1997 Kultura (Polish pronunciation: , Culture)—sometimes referred to as Kultura Paryska ("Paris Culture")—was a leading Polish-émigré literary-political magazine, published from 1947 to 2000 by Instytut Literacki (the Literary Institute), initially in Rome, then Paris. It was edited and produced by Jerzy Giedroyc and ceased publication upon his death. Giedroyc was one of the main reasons why Kultura enjoyed an unwavering prestige and a constant stream of esteemed contributors that enabled it to play a prominent role in Polish literary life. Kultura published polemics and articles by Nobel laureates Czesław Miłosz and Wisława Szymborska, as well as works by numerous other authors. Literary critics such as Maria Janion, Wojciech Karpiński, Jan Kott, and Ryszard Nycz also contributed. Kultura is essential reading for students of Polish literature. Over the years it printed, and popularized the names of, many leading Polish intellectuals living under Communism and abroad, such a ...more...

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Wuthering Heights (2009 TV serial)

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Wuthering Heights (2009 TV serial)

Wuthering Heights is a two-part ITV[1] television series adaptation of the novel Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë. The episodes were adapted for the screen by Peter Bowker and directed by Coky Giedroyc.[2] The programme stars Tom Hardy and Charlotte Riley in the roles of the famous lovers Heathcliff and Catherine or 'Cathy' Earnshaw. The series was first broadcast in January 2009 in the US, as part of PBS's[3] Masterpiece Classic programming. It eventually aired in the UK in two separate 90-minute instalments on consecutive nights, on 30 and 31 August 2009. It was broadcast on the terrestrial networks ITV & UTV, and in early 2010 on STV in Scotland. Plot synopsis For an in-depth account of the plot, See Main Article: Wuthering Heights Based on the classic novel by Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights is a story of love, obsession, hate and revenge. The protagonists, Cathy and Heathcliff, form a love that is dark and destructive and affects the lives of everyone around them. Cast and charactersPrimary cha ...more...

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What Remains (TV series)

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What Remains (TV series)

What Remains is a British television drama series that was first broadcast on BBC One on 25 August 2013. The last episode was broadcast on 15 September 2013. It was written by Tony Basgallop and directed by Coky Giedroyc. Plot A body is discovered in the attic of a tenement house in Coulthard Street. The body is the remains of Melissa Young (Jessica Gunning), a young woman who owns the top flat and whose death has been unnoticed for two years. Detective Len Harper (David Threlfall) investigates. Disturbed by Melissa's unnoticed death and to stave off his own isolation, he practices archery and unofficially continues the investigation past his retirement, after his colleagues close the case as a suicide. The occupants of the house are nominally happy: young couple Michael Jenson (Russell Tovey) and the pregnant Vidya Khan (Amber Rose Revah) have just moved in; couple Elaine Markham (Indira Varma) and Peggy Scott (Victoria Hamilton) are designers; journalists Kieron Moss (Steven Mackintosh) and girlfriend Pat ...more...

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Freddie Highmore

Alfred Thomas "Freddie" Highmore[1] (born 14 February 1992) is an English actor. He made his professional acting debut in the comedy film Women Talking Dirty (1999). He is known for his roles in the films Finding Neverland (2004), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), and The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008), and in the television series Bates Motel and The Good Doctor. He won two consecutive Critics' Choice Movie Awards for Best Young Performer. Highmore starred as Norman Bates in the acclaimed A&E drama-thriller series Bates Motel (2013–2017), for which he was nominated three times for the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series and won a People's Choice Award. In 2017, Highmore began producing and starring as Dr. Shaun Murphy in the ABC drama series The Good Doctor, for which he was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor.[2] Early life Highmore was born on 14 February 1992 in Camden Town, London, into a show business family.[3] His mother, Sue Latimer, is a tal ...more...

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The Great British Bake Off (series 7)

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The Great British Bake Off (series 7)

The seventh series of The Great British Bake Off aired from 24 August 2016, with twelve contestants competing to be crowned the series 7 winner.[1][2] This series was the last to be broadcast on BBC One, as the production company Love Productions opted to move the show to Channel 4.[3] It was also the last series on the show for Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc, as they decided to leave as presenters of the show.[4] It is also the last series of the show to feature Mary Berry as a judge.[5] This series was won by Candice Brown, with Andrew Smyth and Jane Beedle finishing as runners-up. Bakers Baker [6][7][8] Age Occupation Hometown Links Andrew Smyth 25 Aerospace engineer Derby / Holywood, County Down [9][10] Benjamina Ebuehi 23 Teaching assistant South London [11] Candice Brown 31 PE teacher Barton-Le-Clay, Bedfordshire [12][13] Jane Beedle 61 Garden designer Beckenham [14] Kate Barmby 37 Nurse Brooke, Norfolk [15][16] Lee Banfield 67 Pastor Bolton [17] Louise Williams 46 Hairdresser ...more...

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Taskmaster (TV series)

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Taskmaster (TV series)

Taskmaster is a British comedy panel game show originally created by British comedian Alex Horne during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2010, and transferred to television on Dave in 2015. The TV series stars comedian and actor Greg Davies now in the titular role of the Taskmaster, issuing simple comedic and bizarre tasks to five regular contestants – usually comedians – with Horne acting as Davies's assistant and umpire during the challenges. The show has aired for five series plus a two-part "Champion of Champions" special which began on 13 December and concluded on 20 December 2017. On 22 February 2018, it was announced that the show had been commissioned for four new series; series 6 began airing on 2 May 2018.[1] The show is also broadcast in Belgium, Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, Finland, Australia and New Zealand. International versions of the programme have been made in Belgium (as Het Grootste Licht), Sweden (as Bäst i test), and a US version with Reggie Watts and Horne began in April 2018. F ...more...

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Vera Gedroits

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Vera Gedroits

Princess Vera Ignatievna Gedroits (Russian: Ве́ра Игна́тьевна Гедро́йц, IPA:  ( listen); Ukrainian: Віра Ігнатіївна Гедройць; 7 April 1870 O.S./19 April 1870 (N. S.) – March 1932, literary pen name Sergei Gedroits) was a Russian doctor of medicine and author. She was the first female military surgeon in Russia, first female professor of surgery, and the first woman to serve as a physician in the Imperial Palace of Russia. Her success with abdominal wound treatment played a part in changing international military medical policy. She wrote poetry and prose, though her best works were her fictionalized autobiographical stories. Gedroits was born in southwestern Russia into a family of Lithuanian nobility. After early tutoring at home, she attended the woman's gymnasium in the Oryol Governorate and then continued her education in St. Petersburg. Following her involvement in a student movement, she was placed under surveillance at her father's estate. Unable to continue her studies in Russia, and despite being op ...more...

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Harlots (TV series)

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Harlots (TV series)

Harlots is a British-American period drama television series created by Alison Newman and Moira Buffini and inspired by "The Covent Garden Ladies" by Hallie Rubenhold. The series focuses on Margaret Wells, who runs a brothel in 18th century England and struggles to raise her daughters in a chaotic household. The series premiered on 27 March 2017 on ITV Encore in the United Kingdom, and on 29 March 2017 on Hulu in the United States. Harlots has renewed for a second season that is set to premiere 11 July 2018 in the United States. Plot London in 1763 is booming, and one in five women makes a living selling sex. Women's opportunity for economic advancement is to marry well or be a prostitute. The city’s brothels are run by canny, cruel businesswomen such as Margaret Wells and Lydia Quigley. The prostitutes are reviewed in Harris's List of Covent Garden Ladies, which some of the women are seen reading in the premiere episode. But there is a new morality in the air as religious crusaders demand the closure of b ...more...

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Merkelis Giedraitis

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Merkelis Giedraitis

Portrait of Bishop Merkelis Giedraitis Merkelis Giedraitis (Polish: Melchior Giedroyć; ca. 1536 – 6 April 1609 in Alsėdžiai) was Bishop of Samogitia from 1576 to 1609. He actively combated Reformation implementing resolutions of Council of Trent in Samogitia. Giedraitis was born into the Giedraičiai family of Lithuanian nobility. He studied at University of Königsberg (1550), Universities of Wittenberg and Tübingen (1560–1563), University of Leipzig (1563). He was ordained as a priest in 1571 and soon became a member of the diocesan chapter in Vilnius. Bishop of Samogitia Jurgis Petkūnas died in 1574. Jakub Uchański, Primate of Poland and Archbishop of Gniezno, attempted to promote his nephew to the vacancy. Walerian Protasewicz, Bishop of Vilnius, protested this nepotism and instead promoted Giedraitis, who had a clear advantage of speaking Lithuanian and Samogitian. After a two-year political struggle Giedraitis prevailed and was consecrated bishop on 16 January 1576. Giedraitis found parishes of Dioces ...more...

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William Andrews (comedian)

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William Andrews (comedian)

William (Will) Andrews (born 10 October 1977 in Salisbury, now Harare, in the former British colony of Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe) is a British actor and comedian.[1][2][3] Andrews attended Edinburgh College of Art where he gained a Bachelor of Arts in Photography. He won The Tap water awards[4] for character standup comedy in the 2003 Edinburgh Fringe Festival performing as Tony Carter, a luckless Geordie. In 2007 he won a Scottish BAFTA[5] for his role in the Television show "Blowout." He stars in the BBC children's comedy series, Sorry I've Got No Head, alongside David Armand, James Bachman, Marcus Brigstocke, Anna Crilly, Justin Edwards, Mel Giedroyc, Marek Larwood and Nick Mohammed. William Andrews is a Board Member of The Alternative Comedy Memorial Society. Personal Andrews is married to British actress and comedian Anna Crilly. References "William Andrews (V)". imdb.com. Retrieved 2009-07-03. "William Andrews". Troika Talent. Retrieved 2009-07-03. "WIll Andrews". Chortle. Retrieved 2009-07- ...more...

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Dermot O'Leary

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Dermot O'Leary

Sean Dermot Fintan O'Leary Jr. (born 24 May 1973), better known as Dermot O'Leary, is a British-Irish television presenter for ITV and a radio presenter for BBC Radio 2. O'Leary's radio career began when he worked as a disc jockey at Essex Radio, but he is best known for being the presenter of The X Factor on ITV, a position he held since 2007 with the exception of 2015, when he stepped down to pursue other ventures. He was replaced by Olly Murs and Caroline Flack.[1] He later returned as the host in 2016 and then once again in 2017 and 2018. Early life O'Leary was born in Colchester, north Essex, England to parents Seán and Maria, who had moved to the United Kingdom from Ireland. He is "extremely proud" of his Irish roots and holds dual British and Irish citizenship.[2] O'Leary attended primary school in Marks Tey and later St Benedict's Catholic College in Colchester. He admits that his relaxed attitude at school caused him to fail all but two of his GCSEs.[3] Following that, O'Leary re-took his school le ...more...

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Seven Seconds (TV series)

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Seven Seconds (TV series)

Seven Seconds is an American crime drama web television series, based on the Russian film The Major written and directed by Yuri Bykov, premiered on February 23, 2018 on Netflix. The series, created, executive produced, and showrun by Veena Sud, follows the people involved in investigating the death of a young black boy and the boy’s family as they reel after the loss. On April 18, 2018, Netflix confirmed there would not be a second season.[1] Plot Peter Jablonkski, a white police officer, accidentally hits and critically injures Brenton Butler—a black teenager from Jersey City— with his car. Jablonski calls his friends on the Force to the scene. They assume Brenton is dead and a cover up ensues. Racial tensions explode in the face of injustice and the absence of quick resolution of the case.[2] CastMain Clare-Hope Ashitey as K.J. Harper Beau Knapp as Peter Jablonski Michael Mosley as Joe “Fish” Rinaldi David Lyons as Mike DiAngelo Russell Hornsby as Isaiah Butler Raúl Castillo as Felix Osorio ...more...

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Sandi Toksvig

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Sandi Toksvig

Sandra Birgitte "Sandi" Toksvig, OBE (, Danish pronunciation: ; born 3 May 1958)[2] is a Danish-British comedian, writer, actor, presenter and producer on British radio and television, and political activist. On 21 October 2016, Toksvig took over from Stephen Fry as host of the BBC television quiz show QI. She was the host of The News Quiz on BBC Radio 4 from 2006 until June 2015. She also presented the quiz show 1001 Things You Should Know on Channel 4 television in 2012–13, and began hosting a revived series of the same channel's game show Fifteen to One on 5 April 2014. She is joint founder of the Women's Equality Party (established in March 2015), was installed as Chancellor of the University of Portsmouth in October 2012, and is the current president of the Women of the Year Lunch. On 16 March 2017, Toksvig was announced as the new co-presenter of The Great British Bake Off, alongside comedian Noel Fielding.[3] Early life Toksvig was born in Denmark. Her father, Claus Toksvig, was a Danish journalist ...more...

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Bishop of Samogitia

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Bishop of Samogitia

Bishops of Samogitia, Samogitian diocese (now a part of Lithuania) from 1417 to 1926. The seat of the diocese was in Varniai/Medininkai until 1864, when it was moved to Kaunas. It was liquidated in 1926 by Pope Pius XI when the archdiocese of Kaunas was created. Bishops of Samogitia Matthias of Trakai 1417–1422 Mikołaj 1422–1434 Piotr 1434–1435 Jakub of Vilnius 1436–1439 Bartłomiej 1439–1453 Jerzy of Vilnius 1453–1464 Motiejus Topolietis 1464–1470 Baltramiejus Svirenkavičius 1471–1482 Martynas Žemaitis 1483–1492 Martynas Lintfaras 1492–1515 Mikołaj III Radziwiłł 1515–1530 Mikalojus Viežgaila 1531–1533 Vaclovas Virbickis 1534–1555 Jan Domanowski 1556–1563 Stanisław Narkuski 1564–1564 Wiktoryn Wierzbicki 1565–1567 Jurgis Petkūnas 1567–1574 Melchior Giedroyć 1576–1609 Mikołaj Pac 1610–1618 Stanisław Kiszka 1618–1626 Abraham Woyna 1626–1631 Merkelis Geišas 1631–1633 Jerzy Tyszkiewicz 1633–1649 Piotr Parczewski 1649–1659 Aleksander Kazimierz Sapieha 1660–1667 ...more...

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Bruce Forsyth

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Bruce Forsyth

Sir Bruce Joseph Forsyth-Johnson CBE (22 February 1928 – 18 August 2017) was a British presenter, actor, comedian, singer, dancer, and screenwriter whose career spanned more than 75 years. In 2012, Guinness World Records recognised Forsyth as having the longest television career for a male entertainer.[1] Forsyth came to national attention from the mid-1950s through the ITV series Sunday Night at the London Palladium. He went on to host several game shows, including The Generation Game, Play Your Cards Right, The Price Is Right and You Bet!. He co-presented Strictly Come Dancing from 2004 to 2013.[2] Early life Forsyth was born on Victoria Road in Edmonton, Middlesex (today part of the London Borough of Enfield) on 22 February 1928,[3] the son of Florence Ada (née Pocknell) and John Thomas Forsyth-Johnson.[4] His family owned a car repair garage, and as members of the Salvation Army, his parents played brass instruments and his mother was a singer.[5] His great-grandfather Joseph Forsyth Johnson (1840–1906) ...more...

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Penny Dreadful (TV series)

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Penny Dreadful (TV series)

Penny Dreadful is a British-American horror drama television series created for Showtime and Sky by John Logan, who also acts as executive producer alongside Sam Mendes. The show was originally pitched to several US and UK channels, and eventually landed with Showtime,[1] with Sky Atlantic as co-producer.[2] It premiered at the South by Southwest film festival on March 9 and began airing on television on April 28, 2014, on Showtime on Demand.[3][4] The series premiered on Showtime on May 11, 2014, the first in an eight-episode season.[5] After the third-season finale on June 19, 2016, series creator John Logan announced that Penny Dreadful had ended as the main story had reached its conclusion.[6][7] The title refers to the penny dreadfuls, a type of 19th-century British fiction publication with lurid and sensational subject matter. The series draws upon many public domain characters from 19th-century British and Irish Gothic fiction, including Dorian Gray from Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray; Mina ...more...

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Wake Me Up (Avicii song)

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Wake Me Up (Avicii song)

"Wake Me Up" is a song by Swedish DJ and record producer Avicii, released as the lead single from his debut studio album True, released on CD and cassette by PRMD Music, Lava Records and Sony Music's Columbia Records on 17 June 2013. "Wake Me Up" was written by Avicii, Mike Einziger, and Aloe Blacc. American soul singer Aloe Blacc provides vocals for the track[2][3] and Mike Einziger of Incubus provides acoustic guitar. Avicii introduced "Wake Me Up!" for the first time live on stage at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami. The experimental rendering (it was accompanied by a live band with instruments and vocalists, including Blacc, Einziger and Incubus members Ben Kenney on bass and José Pasillas on drums)[4] reportedly confused and angered a section of the electronic dance festival community.[5][6] Subsequently, Avicii achieved critical and commercial success with the release of the single worldwide. "Wake Me Up" peaked at number one in much of Europe and charted well in various countries. The song has been d ...more...

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The Great British Bake Off (series 6)

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The Great British Bake Off (series 6)

The sixth series of The Great British Bake Off first aired on 5 August 2015, with twelve contestants competing to be crowned the series 6 winner.[1] Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins presented the show, and Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood returned as judges.[2] The competition was held in the ground of Welford Park, Berkshire for a second year.[3] The series was won by Nadiya Hussain, with Tamal Ray and Ian Cumming finishing as runners-up.[4][5] Bakers Baker[6] Age Occupation Hometown Links Alvin Magallanes 37 Nurse Bracknell, Berkshire [7][8] Dorret Conway 53 Accountant Penwortham, Lancashire [9][10] Flora Shedden 19 Art gallery assistant Dunkeld, Perth and Kinross [11][12] Ian Cumming 41 Travel photographer Great Wilbraham, Cambridgeshire [13][14] Marie Campbell 66 Retired Auchterarder, Perthshire [15] Mat Riley 37 Fire fighter London [16] Nadiya Hussain 30 Full-time mother Leeds / Luton [17] Paul Jagger 49 Prison governor Swansea, Wales [18][19] Sandy Docherty 49 Chil ...more...

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The Great British Bake Off (series 5)

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The Great British Bake Off (series 5)

The fifth series of The Great British Bake Off began on Wednesday 6 August 2014.[1] Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins presented the show and Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood returned as judges. Twelve contestants competed in this series, and the competition was held in Welford Park in Berkshire.[2] The series was won by Nancy Birtwhistle, with Luis Troyano and Richard Burr finishing as runners-up. The programme was moved from BBC Two to BBC One starting this year, however the Masterclass episodes remained on BBC Two. A companion series The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice hosted by comedian Jo Brand started this year was also shown on BBC Two. Bakers Baker[3] Age Occupation Hometown links Chetna Makan 35 Fashion designer Broadstairs, Kent [4][5] Claire Goodwin 31 Speech therapist Ashton on Mersey, Trafford [6][7] Diana Beard 69 Women's Institute (WI) judge Alkington, Shropshire [8] Enwezor Nzegwu 39 Business consultant Portsmouth, Hampshire [9] Iain Watters 31 Construction engineer Londo ...more...

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List of television presenters

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List of television presenters

A list of notable television presenters (British) or MCs (USA), (Latin America), by country of production: Albania Arian Demolli Leon Menkshi Argentina Mike Amigorena Mariana Anghileri Guillermo Arduino Lucho Avilés Thelma Biral Tato Bores Walter Bruno Nicolás Cabré Mónica Cahen D'Anvers Antonio Carrizo Moria Casan Claudia Ciardone Jésica Cirio Patricia Dal Nancy Dupláa Laura Natalia Esquivel Eduardo Feinmann Lourdes Cecilia Fernández Cacho Fontana Ricardo Forster Ricardo Fort Guillermo Francella Andrea Frigerio Antonio Gasalla Susana Giménez Sergio Goycochea Margarita Gralia Rolando Graña Mariano Grondona Jorge Guinzburg Daniel Hadad Pancho Ibáñez Ruth Infarinato Guido Kaczka Ambar La Fox Jorge Lanata Héctor Larrea Raúl Lavié Mirtha Legrand Nelida Lobato Gianni Lunadei Valeria Lynch Isabel Macedo Lucía Maciel Jorge Marrale Duilio Marzio César Mascetti Tita Merello Juan Carlos Mesa Carlos Montero Norma Morandini Cris Morena Fernando Niembro Victoria ...more...

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Motiejus Valančius

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Motiejus Valančius

Motiejus Valančius Motiejus Valančius (Polish:  Maciej Wołonczewski ,[1] also known by his pen-name Joteika and Ksiądz Maciek;[2] 1801–1875) was a Catholic bishop of Samogitia, historian and one of the best known Lithuanian/Samogitian writers of the 19th century. Biography Motiejus Valančius was born February 16, 1801, into a well-to-do peasant family in Nasrėnai village, Kretinga district. Early in his youth, he had his baptismal records altered to indicate noble birth; the family name was Polonized to Wołonczewski. This practice, not uncommon among prosperous villagers, was a means of providing educational opportunities otherwise denied to peasant children. In 1816 he entered the Dominican school at Žemaičių Kalvarija and six years later began his studies at the Theological Seminary in Varniai. He transferred to the Vilnius Priest Seminary in 1824, from which he graduated in 1828. Ordained a priest that same year, he spent the next six years teaching religion in Belarus. In 1834 he returned to Lithuania ...more...

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Richard Hammond

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Richard Hammond

Richard Mark Hammond (born 19 December 1969) is an English presenter, writer, and journalist, best known for co-hosting the BBC Two car programme Top Gear from 2002 until 2015 with Jeremy Clarkson and James May. He has also presented Brainiac: Science Abuse (2003–2008), Total Wipeout (2009–2012) and Planet Earth Live (2012). In 2016, Hammond began presenting The Grand Tour television series, produced by W. Chump & Sons. The show is co-presented with his former Top Gear co-hosts, Clarkson and May, as an exclusive distributed via Amazon Video to Amazon Prime customers. In November 2016 Hammond, alongside the co-presenters of The Grand Tour, Jeremy Clarkson and James May, launched the automotive social media website DriveTribe, where he regularly provides content on his tribe "Hammond's Fob Jockeys".[3] Early lifeEdit Richard Mark Hammond was born on 19 December 1969 in Solihull, Warwickshire, and is the grandson of workers in the Birmingham car industry.[4][5] In the mid-1980s Hammond moved with his fa ...more...

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Paul Hollywood

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Paul Hollywood

Paul John Hollywood (born 1 March 1966) is an English celebrity chef, best known for being a judge on The Great British Bake Off. He began his career at his father's bakery as a teenager and went on to serve as head baker at a number of hotels around Britain and internationally. After returning from working in Cyprus, Hollywood began appearing in guest spots on a number of British television programmes on both BBC and ITV. Early life, education and early career Paul John Hollywood was born in 1966 in Wallasey, on the Wirral, in Cheshire, the son of bakery proprietor, John F. Hollywood and Gillian M. Harman.[2][3] He was a pupil at The Mosslands School. Hollywood studied sculpture at the Wallasey School of Art, but quit the course to start work as a baker. He first worked in his father's bakery in York (the headquarters of a chain called Bread Winner which eventually stretched all the way down the east coast from Aberdeen to Lincolnshire) and then in other bakeries on Merseyside.[4] He eventually went on to ...more...

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Giedraičiai

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Giedraičiai

The memorial board for Giedraičiai-650 Bell tower of Church of St. Bartholomew The old school in Giedraičiai Giedraičiai is a town in Molėtai district municipality, Lithuania with about 700 residents. It is located some 45 km north of Vilnius, capital of Lithuania, on the banks of Lake Kiementas. It is the capital of an elderate. The town, according to a local legend founded by Duke Giedrius, is first mentioned in written sources in 1338 when Grand Duke Gediminas signed a peace treaty with the Teutonic Knights. For a long time it was the centre of Giedraitis family estate. History It is known that since 1777 the town had a parish school. A hundred years later it was reorganized to a grammar, and later to middle school. Today the high school is named after Antanas Jaroševičius, a painter who in 1912 published an album of Lithuanian crosses. The school building houses a small museum about local history. In 1410 Church of St. Bartholomew the Apostle was built. It was rebuilt in 1809 in the Classi ...more...

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List of Penny Dreadful episodes

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Penny Dreadful is a British-American horror drama television series created and written by John Logan, who serves as executive producer alongside Sam Mendes. The title refers to the penny dreadfuls, a type of 19th-century cheap British fiction publication with lurid and sensational subject matter. The series premiered on Showtime on May 11, 2014.[1] After the third-season finale on June 19, 2016, series creator John Logan announced that Penny Dreadful had ended.[2] During the course of the series, 27 episodes of Penny Dreadful aired over three seasons. The series draws upon many public domain characters from 19th-century British and Irish fiction, including Dorian Gray from Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray; Mina Harker, Abraham Van Helsing, Dr. Seward, Renfield, and Count Dracula from Bram Stoker's Dracula; Victor Frankenstein and his monster from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein; and Dr. Henry Jekyll from Robert Louis Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Series overview Season Episodes O ...more...

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Aidy Bryant

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Aidy Bryant

Aidan Mackenzy "Aidy" Bryant (born May 7, 1987) is an American actress and comedian, best known as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, beginning in season 38.[1] Early life Bryant was born on May 7, 1987 in Phoenix, Arizona,[2] the daughter of Georganna (née Vinall) and Tom Bryant.[3] Her mother owns a boutique called Frances in Phoenix.[4] Bryant is of English, Irish and German descent.[5] She has one brother.[6] She graduated from Xavier College Preparatory in 2005, where she made the morning announcements.[4] Bryant developed an interest in performing during middle school theater classes and summer camps, where she learned about improvisation.[7] Her parents took her to improv workshops at the now-defunct Arizona Jewish Theatre Company.[7] She graduated from the Columbia College in Chicago with a B.A. in 2009.[8][9] At Columbia College, she participated in the college's comedy studies program, developed by the Theatre Department and The Second City.[9] Career After Bryant graduated from Columbia Colle ...more...

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List of 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown episodes

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List of 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown episodes

This is a list of episodes for the Channel 4 satirical panel show 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown.[1] The first episode was broadcast on 2 January 2012. All episodes are approximately 45 minutes long, and usually features team captains Sean Lock and Jon Richardson. Contents Series: Mashup · 0 · 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · 6 · 7 · 8 · 9 · 10 · 11 · 12 · 13 · 14 · 15 References · External links Episode list The coloured backgrounds denote the result of each of the shows:      — indicates Sean's team won.      — indicates Jon's team won.      — indicates the game ended in a draw. Channel 4 Mashup Overall Episode First broadcast Sean's Team Jon's Team Dictionary Corner Guest Scores 1 Mashup 2 January 2012 – – Joe Wilkinson 21–45 Original Programme (The Rematch of the Mashup) Overall Episode First broadcast Sean's Team Jon's Team Dictionary Corner Guest Scores 2 00x01 24 August 2012 Clarke Carlisle Joe Wilkinson David O'Doherty 50–41 Series 1 Overall Episode First broadcast Lee Mack's Team[fn 1 ...more...

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The Great British Bake Off (series 2)

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The Great British Bake Off (series 2)

The second series of The Great British Bake Off started 14 August 2011 with twelve amateur bakers. Unlike series one, the competition was held in a single location – in the ground of Valentines Mansion, a 17th-century mansion house in Redbridge.[1][2] In addition to their on-screen presenting roles, Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins also took over the narration of the show, which had been done by Stephen Noonan the previous series. Series two also introduced the "star baker" award for the most impressive performer each week. Three and a half thousand people applied for the competition, and 12 were selected. Each episode was filmed over two 14-hour days.[3] The competition was won by Joanne Wheatley.[4] The Bakers Baker Age Occupation Hometown Ben Frazer 31 Graphic Designer Northampton Holly Bell 31 Advertising executive Leicester Ian Vallance 40 Fundraiser for English Heritage Dunstable, Bedfordshire Janet Basu 63 Teacher of Modern Languages Formby, Liverpool Jason White 19 Civil Engineering Stude ...more...

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Jerzy Giedroyc Literary Award

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Jerzy Giedroyc Literary Award

Jerzy Giedroyc Literary Award is given for the best book of prose (including non-fiction and collections of essays) written in Belarusian language. It is co-founded by the Embassy of Poland in Belarus, the Polish Institute in Minsk, the Belarusian PEN Centre, and the Union of Belarusian Writers in memory of the essayist and politician Jerzy Giedroyc. Winners 2012 1st place: Pavel Kastsyukevich 2nd place: Alhierd Baharevich 3rd place: Andrei Fedarenka 2013 1st place: Uladzimir Nyaklyayew 2nd place: Alhierd Baharevich 3rd place: Adam Hlobus 2014 1st place: Ihar Babkou 2nd place: Artur Klinau 3rd place: Vinces' Mudrou 2015 1st place: Viktar Kazko 2nd place: Tatstsiana Barysik 3rd place: Alhierd Baharevich 2016 1st place: Maks Shchur 2nd place: Alhierd Baharevich 3rd place: Andrei Adamovich 2016 1st place: Zmicier Bartosik 2nd place: Ludmila Rubleuskaya 3rd place: Adam Hlobus References http://pen-centre.by/projects_en.html http://stara.belsat.eu/en/articles/winner-giedroyc- ...more...

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Much Ado About Nothing

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Much Ado About Nothing

The first page of Much Ado About Nothing, printed in the Second Folio of 1632 Much Ado About Nothing is a comedy by William Shakespeare thought to have been written in 1598 and 1599, as Shakespeare was approaching the middle of his career. The play was included in the First Folio, published in 1623. By means of "noting" (which, in Shakespeare's day, sounded similar to "nothing" as in the play's title,[1][2] and which means gossip, rumour, and overhearing), Benedick and Beatrice are tricked into confessing their love for each other, and Claudio is tricked into rejecting Hero at the altar on the erroneous belief that she has been unfaithful. At the end, Benedick and Beatrice join forces to set things right, and the others join in a dance celebrating the marriages of the two couples. Characters Benedick, A lord and soldier from Padua; companion of Don Pedro Beatrice, niece of Leonato Don Pedro, Prince of Aragon. Don John, "the Bastard Prince," brother of Don Pedro. Claudio, of Florence; a count, com ...more...

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The Big Fat Quiz of the Year

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The Big Fat Quiz of the Year

The Big Fat Quiz of the Year is an annual British television programme broadcast in the last or first week of the year on Channel 4. Essentially, the show is a comedy panel game in the style of a pub quiz. Three teams, of two celebrities each, are asked questions relating to the events of the year just gone by, which they write answers to on an electronic board in front of them. At the end of each round, they then display their answers, scoring a point for each correct one. The first edition was broadcast in December 2004. There has been another at the end of each year, as well as a special edition in November 2007 for Channel 4's 25th anniversary celebrations and three themed special editions in September 2012, to celebrate Channel 4's three decades. A second set of "decades" editions screened in September 2013 as well as a 10th anniversary special in January 2015 and a Big Fat Quiz of Everything in January 2016, followed by a series of three episodes in August 2016. Repeats can usually be found days later ...more...

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List of former Footlights members

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List of former Footlights members

This is a list of former Footlights members. This is a listing of those former members who have achieved notability after graduating from Cambridge University. The careers of many prominent figures in the world of entertainment began in Footlights – while prominent figures in other industries also took part in Footlights. They include: Name Birth Death Career Douglas Adams 1952 2001 Comedy writer, known for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Clive Anderson 1952 — Comedian, television presenter, barrister David Armand 1977 — Comedian, actor, member of The Hollow Men Alexander Armstrong 1970 — Comedian, television presenter, singer, half of Armstrong and Miller Pete Atkin 1945 — Singer-songwriter, radio producer, known for This Sceptred Isle Richard Ayoade 1977 — Comedian, actor, director, co-creator of Garth Marenghi James Bachman 1972 — Comedian, actor, writer David Baddiel 1964 — Comedian, novelist, television presenter, half of Newman and Baddiel ...more...

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