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Didn’t he do well? Bruce Forsyth presenting ‘The Generation Game’

The Fight for Saturday Night, TV review: Top marks for Michael Grade's illuminating look at television's golden age

It's been a while since we looked back at the world of Seventies and Eighties light entertainment. One forgets why. Anyway, to remedy that, last night BBC4 devoted 90 minutes to the battle for Saturday night TV ratings since the birth of ITV. So far, so esoteric (this is BBC4, after all).

Jason Watkins as Christopher Jefferies

The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, review: Jason Watkins is brilliant, but real victim Joanna Yeates is reduced to a footnote

It is sad that the stories of the men connected to this crime are told, while the female victim is largely ignored

At a stroke: ‘Liberty of London’ featured Lee Whittle (in blue shirt) the store’s general manager, here with the managing director, Ed Burstell (holding dog)

Liberty of London, TV review: It's fun to watch the follies of the rich, but haven't we had our fill of posh porn?

Posh people, as it's been noted elsewhere, are so hot right now. And not just because they've got back from a fortnight on the yacht. Though that helps.

Confessions of a Secretary, TV review: The "good old days" were in fact nothing of the kind

After doctors owning up to getting their mistresses off-the-books abortions and coppers to smashing skulls, it was time for Britain's secretaries to get things off their chests in Channel 4's rather good Confessions series.

Christmas 2014: 10 best gifts for babies and toddlers

Keep tootsies snuggly and little minds entertained with Will Dean's pick of presents for littluns

Confessions of a Doctor, TV review: Difficult to watch but compassion was there to see

Channel 4 featured the often morbid memories of veteran doctors in Confessions of a Doctor (Channel 4), which followed on from last week's Confessions of a Copper.

Bitter taste: Marie Bach Hansen, Kenneth M Christensen, Jens Jorn Spottag and Anette Katzmann in ‘The Legacy’

The Legacy, Sky Arts 1, TV review: Smart, dark and off-kilter

The Danes have made another killing

Creep show: Tim Cockerill in ‘Spider House’

Spider House, BBC4 - review: Enough to make ardent arachnophobes think twice

I'd wager my old VHS copy of Arachnophobia that for a significant percentage of the channel-hopping population, alighting upon BBC4's Spider House caused a reaction equivalent – in TV-watching terms – to reaching for a rolled-up copy of The Daily Telegraph and blindly thwacking away in panic.

When worlds collide: ‘Particle Fever: the Hunt for Higgs Boson’

Particle Fever: the Hunt for Higgs Boson, TV review: Blown away by a mind-boggling science lesson with universal appeal

In 2009, a rival national newspaper played a game where it asked a writer who hadn't seen Star Wars to approximate the plot based on what he picked up in passing. His outline wasn't a million miles away from the actual movie: "Their heroic captain is called Luke Skywalker and he is joined by their man-shaped pet Chewbacca, a 2ft robot, and Princess Leah." Close enough, right?

The Long Shadow, TV review: Mussolini was a British spy? They don’t tell you that at school

David Reynolds visits Redipuglia‚ Italy’s First World War memorial

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Mullah Omar, creator of the Taliban, is dead... again

I was once told that intelligence services declare their enemies dead to provoke them into popping up their heads and revealing their location, says Robert Fisk
Margaret Attwood on climate change: 'Time is running out for our fragile, Goldilocks planet'

Margaret Attwood on climate change

The author looks back on what she wrote about oil in 2009, and reflects on how the conversation has changed in a mere six years
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Secrets of ants' teamwork revealed

The insects have an almost unique ability to switch between individual and collective action
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Donovan marks his 50th year in folk

The singer tells Nick Duerden about receiving death threats, why the world is 'mentally ill', and how he can write a song about anything, from ecology to crumpets
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Rory Buckeridge gets behind the wheel and explains how it works
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Twitter accused of 'Facebookisation'

Facebook exasperates its users by deciding which posts they can and can’t see. So why has Twitter announced plans to do the same?
Jane Birkin asks Hermès to rename bag - but what else could the fashion house call it?

Jane Birkin asks Hermès to rename bag

The star was shocked by a Peta investigation into the exotic skins trade
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We found lash-enhancing beauties that won’t budge no matter what you throw at them
Diego Costa biography: Chelsea striker's route to the top - from those who shared his journey

Diego Costa: I go to war. You come with me...

Chelsea's rampaging striker had to fight his way from a poor city in Brazil to life at the top of the Premier League. A new book speaks to those who shared his journey
Ashes 2015: England show the mettle to strike back hard in third Test

England show the mettle to strike back hard in third Test

The biggest problem facing them in Birmingham was the recovery of the zeitgeist that drained so quickly under the weight of Australian runs at Lord's, says Kevin Garside
Women's Open 2015: Charley Hull - 'I know I'm a good golfer but I'm also just a person'

Charley Hull: 'I know I'm a good golfer but I'm also just a person'

British teen keeps her feet on ground ahead of Women's Open
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Turkey's conflict with Kurdish guerrillas in Iraq can benefit Isis in Syria

Turkish President Erdogan could benefit politically from the targeting of the PKK, says Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: Our choice is years of Tory rule under Jeremy Corbyn or a return to a Labour government

Our choice is years of Tory rule under Corbyn or a return to a Labour government

Yvette Cooper urged Labour members to 'get serious' about the next general election rather than become 'a protest movement'