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'It's like 1984': US conspiracy theorist Alex Jones in bizarre rant against Bilderberg Group on BBC1's Andrew Neil show

US conspiracy theorist Alex Jones lost his temper in spectacular style on live television on Saturday, accusing the Bilderberg Group of being “heavily involved in the EU plan”, which he described as a “Nazi plan” and shouting “Freedom will not stop” repeatedly to bemused guests.

Sport on TV: Spectre of Thatcher hangs over the governor of Govan

So Sir Alex Ferguson finally stopped all the clocks. Jon Snow took himself up to Chester racecourse, where the old nag was supposed to be, to cover the biggest story of the day for Channel 4 News. He was accused of downgrading the Queen's Speech and vilified with as much venom as the Prince of Darkness himself might have unleashed. Meanwhile Fergie had done a neat side-step, Cristiano-style, and was nowhere to be seen. From the other end of the sofa came the comment: "Bloody hell, it's not like the Queen's abdicated" – although as she tuned into the news, she might have considered it. Except that the one person who could run the country instead of her had just headed for the Highlands himself.

Paul O'Grady will present the first British Animal Honours

Has TV gone barking mad? British Animal Honours takes the biscuit as the latest in a slew of canine-themed viewing

Britain is known for being a nation of animal lovers, but has TV programming gone a bit barking mad?

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Nadine Dorries claims political career not over

Nadine Dorries’s political career is not finished because of her jaunt in the jungle on I’m Celebrity, it could be just beginning, she claimed yesterday.

'Do you want to know my toilet habits?' Lord Patten clashes with MPs over BBC Trust job

BBC Trust chairman Lord Patten was forced to defend his role amid scathing criticism by MPs today.

BBC told to reduce Labour MP Diane Abbott's show fees

The BBC has been told to stop paying Labour MP Diane Abbott so much for appearing on political show This Week after she took home more than £6,000 in appearance fees.

Newsreader Sir Alastair Burnet dies

The veteran newsreader and journalist Sir Alastair Burnet, known to many for his years fronting News at Ten, has died at the age of 84. The presenter, who last hosted the nightly ITN bulletin almost 21 years ago, died following a series of strokes.

Alastair Burnet, the former News At Ten presenter hailed as 'the best newsman ever', dies age 84

Former News At Ten presenter Sir Alastair Burnet, who has died at the age of 84, was hailed by colleagues today as "the best we'll ever have".

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Rupert Murdoch sat through almost four hours of questioning yesterday

The world according to Rupert Murdoch

The elderly magnate's evidence – given under oath – was notable for some deadpan statements that some might find surprising

John Walsh: Rupert's bid for my peach sorbet

For some reason, people keep asking me about Rupert Murdoch. "You're a journalist," they say, "is he going to sell News International? Is he a ruthless bastard? Does he tell all his editors to hack the phones of murder victims?" And when I reply that I have no idea, they ask, "Have you ever met him?" To which the answer is Yes.

Village People: A natural Conservative leader

Jacob Rees-Mogg, Conservative MP for North East Somerset, is to the Conservative Party what Dennis Skinner is to the Labour Party. He is the voice of what makes his party unique.

Village People: A popular but shadowy figure

Ed Miliband's decision to end elections to the Shadow Cabinet leaves one MP with the never-to-be-equalled record of being elected to this body 14 times.

Diary: Gibson's star on the rise

The accomplished controversialist Lars von Trier may endure a few sleepless nights in the next month: Denmark is starved of darkness at this time of year, after all. But he can rest easy in the knowledge that his exile from the Cannes Film Festival – quite apart from garnering him countless precious column inches – will likely lapse in due course.

John Kampfner: A fearful BBC must regain its nerve

Its journalists are stronger than ever; but its institutional courage is weaker than ever. For all that, it remains our greatest brand
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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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