Arts and Entertainment EastEnders needs to review its take on Cockney life

The soap EastEnders must recalibrate its outdated depiction of Cockney life to take account of the young hipsters and tech entrepreneurs who have made East London a fashionable place to live, the BBC has admitted.

EastEnders star Jo Joyner leads nominations at this evening's British Soap Awards

The soap world's "Oscars" take place tonight, as Coronation Street, EastEnders, Hollyoaks, Emmerdale and Doctors battle it out for gongs.

Davina McCall, and other presenters like Ant and Dec have a powerful influence

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

On song: on her latest album, 'Metals', Feist has steered clear of commercialism to explore more intimate subject matter

Time to show her creative metal

When Apple used her quirky 1234 in an ad, Feist's popularity soared. Now she's ready to go  deeper, she tells James McNair

On song: on her latest album, 'Metals', Feist has steered clear of commercialism to explore more intimate subject matter

Leslie Feist: 'Metals has been about me regaining my self respect'

When Apple used her quirky 1234 for an ad campaign, Feist's popularity soared. But now she’s ready to go a little deeper, she tells James McNair

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)

Homer's Odyssey (and some of his fellow voyagers)

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.

Whitney Houston in 1986

Whitney Houston: The diva who had – and lost – it all

From her rise as a fresh-faced teen to her sudden death in an LA hotel room at 48, Nick Hasted charts the highs and lows of a remarkable life

Mining deal frenzy set to continue with BHP spree

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 in the commodities sector in the wake of Glencore's planned $90bn (£57bn) merger with Xstrata.

Sarbdeep Swan, 37, personal assistant, London

Upstairs, downstairs, 2012-style

There are now more domestic workers in Britain than in Edwardian times. As the TV favourite returns Genevieve Roberts and Nick Butler meet some of them

Virgin clocks up a profit as TiVo soars

Virgin Media has claimed a record number of new subscribers to its premium pay-TV service, TiVo, despite the total number of customers barely rising.

Chinese police chief may be seeking asylum

The former police chief of a major Chinese city has disappeared from sight amid rumours he is seeking US asylum following a quarrel with one of China's most powerful local politicians.

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England manager Fabio Capello pictured at Anfield the day after controversial comments made on Italian television regarding John Terry.

Capello heads for talks with Bernstein over Terry

Fabio Capello, the England manager, will meet the Football Association chairman, David Bernstein, today for talks on the Italian's publicly-stated unhappiness over the governing body's decision to strip John Terry of the captaincy.

Last night's viewing - Death Unexplained, BBC1; Alex Polizzi: the Fixer, BBC2

It's always pleasing when programmes contain practical advice and Death Unexplained delivered fairly early. It came from the police and was passed on by coroner Alison Thompson: "If by any chance you do kill your partner without meaning to, of course the best thing you can do is actually ring and say you've done it as soon as you can. Once you start prevaricating you've had it." Very understanding, the police. These things happen, just don't tell fibs about it. What's the best thing to do if you meant to kill your partner, they didn't say, but then you can't have everything.

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