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Britain's Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon is pregnant with her first child.

Matthew Norman: Yum Yum Yentob sings for his supper

After a mixed week for the BBC on the courage-under-fire front (see George Alagiah, below), a rousing thank the Lord for Alan Yentob.

Yentob: BBC Managers' expense claims reasonable

BBC executive Alan Yentob hit out at the corporation's critics today and attacked ministers for trying to interfere in its affairs.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Phillips is the wrong man for this job

Commissioners at the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) are fleeing the storm-tossed ship; Kamal Ahmed, the Communications Director, is returning to journalism, and six commissioners have left.

If a woman plays the looks game to get the job, who is surprised when it all ends?

Arlene Phillips, and others sidelined at her age, would win more sympathy had they not spent years playing the youth card, says Carol Sarler

Britain's actresses ask what makes them less equal

Zoë Wanamaker is the latest star to join a Europe-wide protest on pay.

David Lister: It's a funny old job but someone's got to do it

The new Culture Secretary Ben Bradshaw was spotted at the Latitude festival last weekend, dancing to Grace Jones.

Watson takes swing at ageism

59-year-old with an artificial hip demonstrates that age is no barrier to success – nearly

Howard Jacobson: I never did see my function as supplier of the wherewithal to feed women's neuroses

The dull truth is that women like men too much to forgo them

Age vs beauty: The reality TV game

Will 'Strictly Come Dancing' really ditch an expert for younger, prettier model?

Calendar girls laid bare

Nudity is back on the West End stage, but this time there's less to it than meets the eye

Party Of The Week: A night at the Circus

Restraint seemed to be the watchword for guests, if not hosts, at the Royal Albert Hall's opening of Cirque du Soleil, with the trays of orange juice proving more popular than the champagne, and the canapés given the cold shoulder by the new year dieters.

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