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Stars including Geri Halliwell will tread the boards in the West End to raise money for Children In Need.

N-Dubz's Dappy apologises for Philip Lawrence murderer tribute

N-Dubz star Dappy has apologised after the video for his latest song featured a call for the killer of headteacher Philip Lawrence to be freed.

Culture Club: The X Factor, ITV1, Saturdays & Sundays

Readers review this week's big TV show

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Channel 4's Indian Winter is an insult to Asians

It’s all too typical of British television, from panel games to detective dramas

6m votes took X Factor Joe to victory

X Factor winner Joe McElderry today said he was "pinching himself" as a reminder that he is not dreaming after his victory in the hit show.

Alexandra Burke, Union Chapel, London

Sitting in the pews of the beautiful Grade II-listed Union Chapel, the drama of The X Factor could not seem further away. Yet, as the country remains gripped in the weekly twists and turns of Simon Cowell's singing competition, this 19th-century chapel is tonight the venue for the first proper headline show from Alexandra Burke, last year's victor.

Album: Alexandra Burke, Overcome (Syco/Sony)

Pop star divas! We like them. So, let's make more of them

James Corden: The backlash begins

After a cocky turn at the Baftas and a panning for his latest sketch show, is the tide turning on the bright new star of comedy?

My Fantasy Band: Alan Donohoe, The Rakes

Vocals - Woody Allen
I'll have him sing songs by Morrissey. They both have a deep, inquisitive outlook on life. Woody plays clarinet in a jazz band so he must be a bit musical but I think it's more important with singing to have character than to have an Alexandra Burke falsetto.

Lady GaGa still dancing at top of the charts

American singer Lady GaGa has spent a second week at the top of the pop singles charts with "Just Dance," the Official Charts Company said yesterday.

She's young enough to be your... girlfriend

Messrs Jopling, Weller and Robinson prove that when it comes to women, older men are not always wiser

Glory, glory as 'Hallelujah' dominates Christmas chart

Hallelujah, "Hallelujah". The X-Factor winner Alexandra Burke won the battle for Christmas No 1 with her cover of Leonard Cohen's song – beating a version by Jeff Buckley, who drowned aged 30 in May 1997, into second place.

Woolworths to close all stores by 5 January

30,000 staff face redundancy as retailer fails to find a buyer

X Factor single sets European sales record

X Factor winner Alexandra Burke's debut single Hallelujah has set a European record, beating Leona Lewis, a previous champion of the show.

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'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there