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Edinburgh Festival 2013: Making News - A BBC drama so improbably daft

There is an excellent satire to be written about the trials of the BBC over the last 12 months. Making News is not it. A new comedy from Robert Khan, a Labour councillor for Islington, and director Tom Salinsky, who last lampooned the government in Coalition, it focusses on the BBC's tendency to become the story, rather than report it.

Putin’s fish is big... but I’ve got a whopper

In a rod-swinging contest between hard-man rulers, Alexander Lukashenko, the President of Belarus, has outdone Russia’s Vladimir Putin by reeling in a real-life Blinky, the radioactive fish of The Simpsons fame.

Wrestling: My week on the road with Mick McManus

Long before the advent of Mike Tyson as "the baddest man on the planet", Mick McManus revelled in that role. Back in the Sixties and Seventies, the wrestler with the close-cropped coiffeur that looked as if it was a rug coated in Cherry Blossom's shiniest black was one of the most familiar, if reviled, figures on Britain's TV screens.

Broadchurch: Did it live up to the hype? (Spoiler warning)

After being steered from one suspect to the next with breakneck speed during the course of eight spell-binding episodes, any sensible Broadchurch fanatic knew it had to be Joe Miller, the suspiciously perfect home-husband of Detective Sergeant Ellie Miller, who killed the boy.

Sir Denis Forman: Granada executive hailed as a pioneer of commercial

The pipe-puffing, braces-wearing Denis Forman was one of the godfathers of commercial television in Britain. He firmly believed in making high-quality programmes that were also popular. Under his stewardship, Granada Television was particularly noted for the investigative journalism and dramas that it produced for the ITV network.

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