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Wogan addresses BBC's Savile crisis on 'Children in Need' as appeal beats 2011 total

The BBC's Children in Need appeal raised more than £26 million during this year's live television show, beating the 2011 total.

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Recently freed from an injunction imposed by her ex-husband Jeremy Clarkson, she wants to make known how her name has been blackened. Matthew Bell meets Alex Hall.

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Andrew Davies's TV adaptation of Booker Prize-winning novel about the Thatcher years ruffles feathers

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