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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

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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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If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

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Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
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Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
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Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
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New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

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Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

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Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

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Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

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Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album
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Radamel Falcao: How faith and love drive the Colombian to glory

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