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Mr Memory, who was brought on Monday’s Newsnight to memorise the title sequence and couldn’t even remember that Jeremy bloke with the beard’s name. Gosh I love telly. 

Leisure: Why BBC1 has swapped the world for a balloon

The BBC is responding to the digital revolution - and devolution - by flying a hot air balloon across the United Kingdom. Rob Brown, Media Editor, says it is not as daft as it sounds.

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`I don't know of a single person in BBC news who is prepared to compromise on a fundamental adherence to the principle of journalism first, business afterwards' - Fergal Keane

BBC celebrates daytime revival

BBC chiefs are celebrating a daytime TV ratings turnaround after ditching their "sofa celebrities" Nick Owen and Anne Diamond last year.

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Godmother of `EastEnders' dies

Julia Smith, (left) the co-creator of EastEnders, has died. The BBC said that the woman known to the cast as "the godmother" died yesterday at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London, after a short illness. she was in her mid-60s.

New drama head at BBC

Colin Adams, the BBC's northern broadcasting head, has been picked to fill the long-empty top spot in the BBC's drama department.

One motorway, two Britains: Social divide in West London

In West London, two communities are divided by a wide road. On one side, in the poverty of the White City estate, a nine-year-old girl was allegedly raped last week by five nine- and ten-year-old boys. On the other is Notting Hill and Holland Park, the new seat of media and business power. These opinion-formers never cross the road, turning a blind eye to the underclass within yards of their luxury homes

Men in peril, enter Beryl

Last Thursday, Beryl Vertue, television producer extraordinaire, was given a fine forum at a conference in London. Rightly so. Nobody has a better tale to tell. Interview by Ann Treneman

The week on television: Undead series roam the schedules

This week Last Chance Lottery (C4, Sat) celebrated the joys of losing, and the biggest loser of all was Channel 4 itself. Unless you count Princess Margaret, victim on Secret Lives (C4, Wed) of the most brutal mugging ever administered to a royal personage. So farewell then, Michael Grade. Like Margaret, you had a phallic smoking habit, the Mail got the wrong end of the stick and dubbed you pornographer-in-chief. Hello, procrastinator-in-chief Alan Yentob, who will be eyeing up the vacancy. For BBC news he delivered a respectful obituary on Grade's reign while trying not to look like the cat who got the cream.

New boss will stay on old course

Staff at Channel 4, stunned by Michael Grade's decision to quit as chief executive, have been reassured that whoever succeeds him in the post will not set the station on a drastically different course.

Table Tennis: The 67-year-old maestro gives youth a chance

Mike Rowbottom visits table tennis's equivalent of Wimbledon

Tuning in by remote control

Annus Horribilis, Annus Mirabilis; Alan Yentob was the visible face of BBC moguldom. Then John Birt flicked the switch. By Thomas Sutcliffe

Drama heavyweights attack BBC `dilution'

Some of the biggest names in British drama have joined forces to attack the director general of the BBC, John Birt - accusing him of diluting BBC drama "for commercial expediency".

Jobs to go in BBC revamp

The BBC yesterday took a crucial further step towards realising the Birtian revolution by unveiling a new, slimmed down structure for the Corporation's massive production arm.

Here is Islamic Barbie, complete with chador and devout expression

Call me a drooling pervert, but I've become obsessed with Barbie dolls. I love the way they're supposed to embody, in nine inches of plastic, the supposed dreams and career plans of today's girls; and the way, in the interests of offering an eclectic portfolio of hobbies to the nation's seven-year-olds, the manufacturers keep coming up with more and more ridiculous things for her to do. With the help of my indefatigable assistant, Sophie (nine), I've identified: Mountain-Climbing Barbie, Skiing Barbie, Magic Songbird Barbie, Twirling Ballerina Barbie, Beach and Lifeguard Barbie, Barbie And Her Horse Nibbles, Teacher Barbie and Mermaid Barbie. Then there are the smutty variants for aspirant good-time girls - Gymnastic Barbie, and "Overnight Barbie With Overnight Bag" and, I dare say, one or two bags under her eyes as well ....
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