Neela Debnath

Neela Debnath is a member of the Independent's Online editorial team. She has an MA in Journalism (NCTJ accredited) from Brunel University. She is interested in current affairs, media and dipping into other areas of journalism.

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EastEnders Christmas Day special, TV review: It's all about the Carters this Christmas - and Danny Dyer is brilliant

If you’ve have had a few festive meltdowns today then spare a thought for the residents of Albert Square - it'll never be as bad as their Christmas

Wolf (Nathan McMullen), Ian (Dan Starky), The Doctor (Peter Capaldi), Clara (Jenna Coleman), Santa Claus (Nick Frost) in the Doctor Who Christmas Special (BBC/Photographer: David Venni)

Doctor Who Christmas Special TV review: There are no ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

Steven Moffat seems not to have bothered to make the story plausible this year – but we forgive him anyway, it's Christmas!

The Queen delivers her Christmas message

The Queen’s speech 2014: Recap and Twitter reaction to Game of Thrones reference

This year’s Christmas message was a resounding one of hope and reconciliation

Members of the Royal Family arrive for the Christmas Day Service

Duchess of Cornwall misses Christmas Day church service at Sandringham after 'putting her back out'

This is not the first time the royal has missed an engagement due to ill health

Paul Spector walks away from a crime scene

The Fall, series 2, episode 5, review: Gotcha! DCI Gibson finally gets her man but the games continue

Allan Cubbitt's drama starring Gillian Anderson is like an American cop show  - but with less sunshine

Frances O'Connor and James Nesbitt in 'The Missing'

The Missing, episode 7, review: A last-minute bluff crushes expectations

Viewers seeking answers were sent off course with a deft bluff tonight

Ed Sheeran claims the number one single in the charts this week

Ed Sheeran returns to UK number one singles chart with 'Thinking Out Loud'

The track first topped the charts back in November

JK Rowling published six essays on Pottermore.com for Halloween

JK Rowling to publish new Harry Potter material on Pottermore site over Christmas

The new pieces will be on the Pottermore.com website from next week

Martin Freeman would rather bare all when filming nude scenes

Martin Freeman on nude scenes: 'I prefer going with what God gave me'

The Sherlock star found it was easier to bare all during filming

Jon Cryer and Ashton Kutcher in the eleventh season of Two and a Half Men

Two and a Half Men series finale: Final episode to bring Ashton Kutcher's run as highest-paid actor on US TV to an end

Kutcher topped Forbes list of the most paid TV actors this year

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there