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True crime fan Octavia Spencer plays detective in ‘Truth Be Told’

True crime fan Octavia Spencer plays detective in ‘Truth Be Told’

Entertainment
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Truth Be Told stars Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer as Poppy Parnell, a true crime podcaster with a history of solving major crimes. The AppleTV+ show is based on the Kathleen Barber novel Are You Sleeping. An enthusiastic reader of true crime literature -- as well as a fan of several true crime podcasts -- Spencer had been announced previously to star in an NBC reboot of Murder, She Wrote as far back as 2013, but the network ultimately abandoned the project. "This show finally gives me a chance to do the detective thing, which is what I love about playing Poppy -- because it works for who I am as a person," Spencer said at a recent AppleTV+ launch event. "I am an armchair detective. I always know who the killer is by the end of it. So to do anything inv...
Marks & Spencer ousts fashion boss Jill McDonald

Marks & Spencer ousts fashion boss Jill McDonald

Business
Marks & Spencer has ousted its clothing and home boss, Jill McDonald, who spent two years attempting to turn around the struggling division.Chief executive Steve Rowe will take over from Ms McDonald in the short term.He said the firm needed to "address long-standing issues in our clothing and home supply chain around availability and flow of product".Ms McDonald had previous senior roles at Halfords and McDonald's."Her lack of skill in clothes buying and supply chain appears to be the problem. But then the problem existed before she joined, didn't it?" Global Data retail analyst Maureen Hinton tweeted.Ms McDonald joined Marks & Spencer in autumn 2017 as it began a major turnaround plan, which has seen it shut stores and revamp its management. ...