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

Kevin Clash, the puppeteer behind Elmo, has taken leave from Sesame Street

Elmo puppeteer cleared of underage sex claim

A sex scandal will not tear apart Sesame Street. Days after allegations of sexual misconduct were made against Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash, they have been withdrawn - the claimant recanting his story he had sex with Clash while still a minor.

Derek Jacobi and Ian McKellen to play gay couple in new ITV comedy 'Vicious'

Sirs Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi, veteran theatrical knights, will star in a new ITV1 comedy as a gay couple who have lived in the same Covent Garden flat for 50 years.

Brandeis, the latest furry creature to join the cast of Sesame Street

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Hurrah for Brandeis, the latest furry creature to join the cast of Sesame Street, a yellow Labrador retriever. This being Sesame Street, he is not just any old canine; Brandeis is a service dog, there to teach children that some people have special circumstances and need a bit of extra help. In his debut he starts his training, learning how to open drawers, turn on lights, and pick up and collect things.

Tom Cruise visits daughter Suri after Katie Holmes split

Tom Cruise visited his daughter Suri in New York City on Tuesday for the first time since his high-profile divorce from her mother, actress Katie Holmes, People magazine reported.

BBC Television Centre sold for £200m

The BBC has sold its landmark Television Centre for about £200 million.

2004: Viewers learn a lesson in mortality when George, the tortoise dies, aged 83, after 22 years of screen service. Presenter Matt Baker says death “is something all pet owners have to face”

Blue Peter is dropped from main BBC channels

After more than 50 years as a teatime fixture for generations of children, Blue Peter will set sail from its flagship BBC1 home to a digital channel the BBC made earlier.

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I am sitting opposite the biggest name in British television at the Doctor Who Convention in Cardiff.

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The electrifying power of game show hosts

Unwitting participants in a scientific study were egged on to inflict pain on contestants in a fake TV show

'Doctor Who' star Matt Smith

Matt Smith: The Doctor will see you now

While at the recent 'Doctor Who' convention in Cardiff, Neela Debnath caught up with the show's star

Appropriate Adults scoops two Royal Television Society awards

Appropriate Adults Dominic West and Emily Watson have each carried off a Royal Television Society award for their performances in the drama about the killer Fred West.

Cullen: her high heels proved useful when doorstepping with the press pack

Sarah Cullen: Reporter for ITN and 'Today' who found the authentic voices of the streets

As a hard-nosed, tenacious news reporter dedicated to getting the story, Sarah Cullen embodied everything good about ITN in the 1970s and 1980s, when the ITV news provider achieved both public and Establishment recognition. "We subscribe to the generally held view that ITN has the edge over BBC news," declared the 1977 report by Lord Annan's Committee into the Future of Broadcasting.

Simpsons creator Matt Groening (he doesn’t really have four fingers)

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As the 500th episode of The Simpsons airs in America, Michael Bywater looks back at a record number of guest stars and asks why we're still not jaundiced by our yellow friends

BHP Billiton eyes deals as Glencore boss woos critics

The head of the world's biggest mining company, Australia's BHP Billiton, yesterday said he was ready to add further fuel to the deal frenzy gripping the commodities sector in the wake of Glencore's planned $90bn (£57bn) merger with Xstrata.

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