A Question of Chemistry: On-screen partnerships

Next week sees the debut of a multimillion-pound pairing of star television hosts. But does ITV have the formula right? Brian Viner on the science of on-screen partnerships

Adrian Chiles attacks 'intolerable pressure' from BBC

Adrian Chiles attacked the BBC today and said he and Christine Bleakley were portrayed as greedy and put under "intolerable pressure" over their decision to quit the corporation.

Robin Scott-Elliot: Match of the Day team back sitting on a familiar fence

View from the Sofa: Match of the Day/ Inside Sport BBC 1

Bring on Wilshere: reasons to tune in to the friendly nobody wanted

Waste of time?No.It may be fun and Capello might learn something

BBC pinning One Show hopes on 'Christine Bleakley lookalike'

BBC bosses were today hoping to repeat the success of former One Show presenter Christine Bleakley by unveiling a replacement who even looks like her.

Sport on TV: Thankfully it wasn't a case of 'Daly, where's your troosers?'

The first day of the 139th Open was a record-breaking one. There had never been so many commentators in one place uttering the words "That's the way to do it". It was as if they had stuck a microphone in a cage full of parrots. Why this reaction to all the pretty birdies? OK, so the players were making it look so easy. But it seemed that all the pundits on Golf: The Open (BBC2, Thursday) were drawn to John Daly's clothes, as close to the plumage of a tropical bird as you'll see in Scotland. Call it parrot fashion.

South Africa 2010: Probably the best quotes in the world

Tongue-twisters, memorable muck-ups and a few more Colemanballs (that's Chris, not David). Phil Shaw picks his favourites

Jonathan Ross signs chat show deal with ITV

Jonathan Ross has signed a deal to present a chat show for ITV, it was announced today.

BBC's new pay policy 'could spark media war'

Corporation may never be the same again if it reveals stars' salaries

The Highlight Reel: Attractive prospects?

One South African newspaper criticised the selections of Fabio "Costello". This begs the question: who are The Attractions? D Beck is a leading contender, of course, but Heskey is widely held to have the best physique, and Lennon and Defoe are known for their beauty products, so it could be them. And what of Joe Hart, voted England's sexiest player yesterday? They've been calling him a Hartbreaker for years.

Ross in talks with ITV over new autumn chat show

A few weeks before the studio lights are due to go down on Jonathan Ross's Friday night chat show, leaving the one-time BBC stalwart to reflect on the ignominy that followed the "Sachsgate" affair in 2008, ITV is rumoured to be in talks with the presenter about a comeback.

Christine Bleakley signs for ITV

TV presenter Christine Bleakley is looking forward to working with her "old friend" Adrian Chiles again after it was announced she has signed a deal to move to ITV.

Bleakley may switch to ITV after losing BBC deal

The BBC has withdrawn its offer of a new contract to The One Show presenter Christine Bleakley, prompting immediate speculation that she is to join ITV.

ITV sacks pundit over World Cup beer stunt

ITV's World Cup took another turn for the worse yesterday when one of its pundits, Robbie Earle, was fired for selling a batch of match tickets which were allegedly used by a beer company in a marketing exercise.

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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker