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

EastEnders pulled in 9.4m viewers on Christmas Day

EastEnders wins Christmas Day television ratings battle as BBC dominates festive viewing

Viewing figures slump in the great Christmas TV turn-off - audience numbers are lowest for a decade

Christmas viewing reviewed: Doctor Who, Christmas Day, BBC1
The Snowman and the Snowdog, Christmas Eve Channel 4
Call the Midwife, Christmas Day, BBC1

So who had the best snow? It’s the time of year, after all, when television traditionally turns itself into a snow globe, no Christmas Day special being complete without a thorough application of the white stuff. But the quality of the final product varies, to be frank. Call the Midwife, having a quite sizeable square footage of Poplar to cover, had clearly settled for a budget version – a kind of dusty white paint that covers everything up to about waist level.

Shock and oar: David Tennant starred in 'Waiting for the Boatman'

David Tennant's new role as Virgin Mary in alternative nativity story

Who is that? Former Time Lord David Tennant shared the stage with DJ Christian O'Connell when he played the Virgin Mary in an alternative take on the nativity story.

Private equity kings back on the march

Private equity firms have bounced back to life this year, with the value of buyouts rising by almost a quarter in 2012. The total of deals completed in the UK has risen 23 per cent to £15.7bn, according to Ernst & Young, compared with £12.7bn in 2011.

JoAnne Good named as Danny Baker's replacement following 'pinheaded weasel' rant

Actress-turned-radio presenter JoAnne Good is taking over Danny Baker's afternoon show a month after he quit live on on air and branded BBC bosses "pinheaded weasels".

The best Christmas gifts for the lad

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Tributes paid to Coronation Street 'legend' Bill Tarmey at funeral

Stars bid farewell to the actor who played Jack Duckworth for 30 years

Helen Flanagan leaves I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!

After tears, fears, bush tucker trials, fake tan and hugs, the Coronation Street star is out of there

Helen Flanagan 'not faking it' in I'm A Celebrity bush tucker trial

Presenters Ant and Dec have dismissed suggestions that I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! star Helen Flanagan faked her fears during her bushtucker trials.

The Saturday Quiz

1. Edna O'Brien, Teddy Taylor, Michael Foot and Derek Worlock on 25 September, 1979. The first what?

Rebecca Tyrrel: It does seem a shame that Gwynnie denies her kids ‘Bugs Bunny’ in Hebrew

Who knew that Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin only allow their children to watch TV in French and Spanish? Speaking to the Indian TV channel NDTV, presumably in neither Sanskrit nor Hindi, Gwynnie explained, "When I'm in France I go to Boulevard Beaumarchais and buy all their cartoons".

Simon Le Bon speaks of dramatic sea rescue

Duran Duran star Simon Le Bon has spoken of how a dramatic sea rescue saved his life - and inspired him to campaign for the Air Ambulance Service.

The Emperor's New Clothes (28/10/12)

Surely you can't halt the onward march of the big business? Yes you can, says David Randall, if you follow the lead of the townsfolk of Totnes in Devon

David Cameron pretended not to know what Magna Carta meant, says Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson today accused David Cameron of pretending not to know what Magna Carta means so he did not appear too clever.

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Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

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Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
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Should emergency hospital weddings be made easier?

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Crowdfunded novel nominated for Booker Prize

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Vladimir Putin employs a full-time food taster

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Tour de France effect brings Hollywood blockbusters to Yorkshire

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Noel Fielding's 'Luxury Comedy'

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What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

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Can Secret Cinema sell 80,000 'Back to the Future' tickets?

The worst kept secret in cinema

A cult movie event aims to immerse audiences of 80,000 in ‘Back to the Future’. But has it lost its magic?
Facebook: The new hatched, matched and dispatched

The new hatched, matched and dispatched

Family events used to be marked in the personal columns. But now Facebook has usurped the ‘Births, Deaths and Marriages’ announcements
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Are you my type?

All of us have one but probably never wondered why. Yet even now, a century after blood types were discovered, it’s a matter of debate what they’re for
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Honesty box hotels

Five hotels in Paris now allow guests to pay only what they think their stay was worth. It seems fraught with financial risk, but the honesty policy has its benefit