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Prosecution says soap star was lying when he denied sexually abusing five girls

Doctor Who goes 3D for its 50th anniversary

Technology has finally caught up with Doctor Who, which is to be screened in 3D for its 50th anniversary later this year.

BBC to premiere shows on iPlayer

BBC to get viewers to vote with their remotes by premiering shows on iPlayer

The BBC is to premiere a string of shows on its online iPlayer service before they are shown on television.

Marianne Faithfull and Peter Gilmore, Gilmore has died at the age of 81.

The Onedin Line star Peter Gilmore dies aged 81

Actor Peter Gilmore, who headed the cast of long-running BBC seafaring drama The Onedin Lane, has died at the age of 81.

Thunderbirds Are Go (again)! ITV commissions 26 episodes from Lord of the Rings special effects team

Thunderbirds Are Go once again, 50 years after the cult show featuring the exploits of International Rescue first went on air.

The Emperor's New Clothes (03/02/13)

The dead parrot! Mrs Sartre!! How did we manage before 'Monty Python'? Very well indeed...

A miserable future for Pinewood... unless residents accept the expansion of one of the world's busiest studios

A little to the west of London, the mighty Thor battles evil dwarves, Helena Bonham Carter sings "Master of the House" in a near-perfect recreation of French Revolution-era Paris, and James Bond is on the pull.

Doctor Who 50th birthday coin

Doctor Who's 50th birthday to be marked with commemorative coin

Doctor Who's 50th anniversary is to be celebrated with the issue of a commemorative coin in New Zealand.

Oxenford in one of her many television roles, as Evelyn Spurling in ‘Land of Hope and Gloria’

Daphne Oxenford: Actress who was the voice of 'Listen With Mother' for over two decades

Two generations of children who grew up on the BBC radio programme Listen with Mother will for ever remember the opening words: "Are you sitting comfortably? Then, I'll begin." For 21 years from its inception (1950-71), Daphne Oxenford was one of those most notable for delivering the line and reading stories in a 15-minute show also featuring songs and nursery rhymes. The others included Julia Lang and Dorothy Smith, and pre-school listeners and their mothers were hailed to hear their welcome by the equally memorable theme tune, the Berceuse from Fauré's Dolly Suite. Listen with Mother finally ended in 1982.

Call The Midwife star Jessica Raine: Fans always come up to me in the Ladies' loos

Call The Midwife star Jessica Raine has said she is constantly stopped by fans - in the toilets.

North Sea set to create 50,000 new jobs as investment soars

North Sea employment is set to boom this year. Up to 50,000 new jobs are expected in Britain's oil and gas industry, according to analysis by a leading industry headhunter.

Both the Indian and Chinese economies have their attractions for investors

To invest in India or China? Which to choose?

Both countries' stock markets show huge potential but there are many issues to weigh up before investing your money

Hayley Cropper actress to leave Coronation Street after 15 years

Long-serving Coronation Street star Julie Hesmondhalgh is leaving the soap after 15 years as TV favourite Hayley Cropper.

A castle, a pig and a rather porky aristo

Timothy Spall goes posh for a take on PG Wodehouse, writes James Rampton
'Call The Midwife' and 'Downton Abbey' will not go head-to-head this Christmas

Downton beats Call The Midwife in Christmas Day ratings battle as new figures released

New figures show rival period dramas Call The Midwife and Downton Abbey outshone Coronation Street in the Christmas Day battle of the period dramas.

BBC continues to trounce ITV in festive television ratings battle

On Saturday night a news bulletin was ITV1's most-watched programme - with several primetime programmes failing to gain audiences of 2 million

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

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