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Television’s top detectives are to go head to head for the title of “best detective” at next year’s National Television Awards.

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Quite Interesting: contestants on BBC quiz show know the questions in advance

Audiences have long marvelled at the apparently off-the-cuff erudition of panelists on BBC Two quiz show QI.

Isy Suttie is appearing in the Phoenix Fringe this year

Fringe benefits for the comedians staying away from Edinburgh

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Greg Wallace has been forced to stand down as head of the five primary schools in Hackney, east London, while allegations are investigated over the awarding of a computer contract to a firm run by a man with whom he has a close personal relationship

‘Superhead’ Greg Wallace suspended over claims he gave IT contract to boyfriend

Schools’ governing body, which includes one of Gove’s advisers, also has power removed

Buyers fail to take a shine to Rio Tinto’s diamonds arm

Diamonds are forever for mining giant Rio Tinto, which today scrapped plans to sell or float its  $2 billion (£1.3 billion)  precious stones division.

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Sheridan Smith might have pranked her Twitter followers this morning by claiming to have been cast as Anastasia Steele in the much-anticipated film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey, but the actress will be returning to our screens tonight in a more familiar (and less risqué) role.

The actor Alan Davies has offered fans an insight into the cost-cutting taking place at the BBC and said he was worried about production standards.

Alan Davies: I nearly quit QI after BBC axed my comedy show

TV star Alan Davies has revealed that he almost quit top quiz show QI over the BBC's decision to axe his comedy Whites.

Sally Bercow: 'Prince Philip calls wind farms 'useless' and 'completely reliant on subsidies'. Oh the irony :)'

She's back: Sally Bercow reactivates her Twitter account after series of social media gaffes

Sally Bercow has reactivated her Twitter account, after closing it when she incorrectly linked a Tory peer to child abuse allegations, and in a separate incident named a schoolgirl protected by a court order.

ITV pays out £125,000 to Lord McAlpine over This Morning 'paedophile list' fiasco

Lord McAlpine has reached a £125,000 settlement with ITV and Phillip Schofield over a This Morning programme on 8 November.

The largest number of defendants in British legal history? Twitter users braced for barrage of lawsuits from Lord McAlpine

Users of the social networking site Twitter who wrongly linked Tory peer, Lord McAlpine, with the North Wales care home child abuse scandal, are bracing themselves for a barrage of lawsuits.

My Edinburgh: Alan Davies, Comedian

The first time I went to Edinburgh was in 1986 when I was at The University of Kent and we did a musical version of Aristotle’s 'Lysistrata'. 

Album: Behzod Abduraimov, Prokofiev, Liszt & Saint-Saëns (Decca)

The young Uzbeki pianist Behzod Abduraimov won the 2009 London International Piano Competition, gaining praise for characteristics that are clear on this debut programme, with interpretations of Prokofiev, Liszt and Saint-Saëns.

Hillsborough Facebook page investigated by police

A Facebook page which allegedly mocked the Hillsborough football tragedy is being investigated by police.

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