Arts and Entertainment Bill Cosby plans to make a new family sitcom and remake Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids

Two new shows are in the pipeline 20 years after The Cosby Show finished

Despicable Me 2 grossed £47.4 million at the UK 2013 box office

Despicable Me 3 confirmed for 2017

Threequel' comes after huge success of 'Despicable Me 2'

Royal Mail have issued a new set of stamps featuring 12 characters from children's TV, which will be issued to celebrate over 60 years of kid's programming.

Children's TV characters to appear on stamps

Favourites from Bob the Builder to Bagpuss will be pictured in the collection

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Thomas the Tank Engine doesn't have enough female characters, a Labour minister has said

Labour minister Mary Creagh attacks Thomas the Tank Engine over lack of female characters

Thomas the Tank Engine is sending out the wrong message to children and needs more female engines to encourage girls to become train drivers, Labour’s shadow transport secretary has said.

Ringo Starr will voice the character of Fibonacci Sequins in the anniversary Powerpuff Girls episode

Ringo Starr cast in special episode of The Powerpuff Girls

The Beatles drummer will guest star in a 15th anniversary special next month

THE SMURFS 2 - 10 x Blu-rays to give away

THE SMURFS 2 - 10 x Blu-rays to give away

This competition is now closed.

Just in time for Xmas gifting, The Smurfs 2 are back on Blu-ray and DVD on December 2nd.  This heart-warming new adventure reunites the world’s favourite three apple-high creatures, bringing laughs for all of the family. This time evil wizard Gargamel is keen to get his hands on some magical Smurf-essence, and kidnaps Smurfette as part of his wicked plan! Papa Smurf and co are hot on his heels – can they save her? The film stars the voice talents of Katy Perry as Smurfette and there’s has a host of Smurf-tastic Special Features.

The Pikachu illustrator card is selling for $100,000

'Holy Grail' of Pokemon cards selling for $100,000 on eBay

The 'Pikachu Illustrator' is one of the game's rarest cards

Alexis Taylor: 'Crystal Gayle knows how to convey heartache'

Fantasy band: Alexis Taylor, Hot Chip/ About Group

'Crystal Gayle knows how to convey heartache'

<p><b>The Simpsons v Family Guy</b></p>
<p>Homer Simpson and his dysfunctional family have been on the world's TV screens for 20 hugely influential years. Some say they have been too influential on Seth MacFarlane's 'Family Guy'. 'Simpsons' writers are said to dislike the show, which has copied its premise and many plots from its yellow cousins, and now both shows lampoon each other. 'Simpsons' creator Matt Groening and MacFarlane have expressed mutual admiration, however. </p>
Palmed off on kids: Steve Carell voices Gru in 'Despicable Me 2', a sequel with nothing for adults
Trisha Munroe, 22, and Taylor-Grace were last seen when they left home in Lawrence Weston in Bristol yesterday

Bristol mother missing with three-year-old daughter

The pair were heading to Castle Park in Bristol but have not been seen since

Chuggington is on the right lines for Ludorum

Move over, Thomas the Tank Engine – rival children's TV show Chuggington has not given up on its journey to conquer the world and become "the premier evergreen pre-school global train property".

The toys are back in town – Tokyo plays host to fair

Where else would you find the world’s weirdest, wildest toy show but in Japan?

Doh! Dads are being unfairly represented in modern media as 'useless': Homer Simpson and Frank Gallagher from Shameless are among the negative examples cited.

Modern dads? They’re just useless, beer-drinking, DIY disasters – if you believe what you see on TV

Dads in modern media are misunderstood and forced to endure near constant ridicule, according to a Netmums survey

Bart Simpson faces Mr Burns in court - but this is real-life Warwick, not Springfield

Judge Mr Recorder Burns gives company director Barton Simpson community order for attempting to board flight with antique hand gun

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There will be a chance to bid for a rare example of the SAS Diary, collated by a former member of the regiment in the aftermath of World War II but only published – in a limited run of just 5,000 – in 2011
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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

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Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
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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
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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
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The man who hunts giants

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The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
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Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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