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Comedian 'overwhelmed' by response from public

David Prosser: A salutary lesson in TV economics

Outlook Channel Four no doubt has all sorts of cultural reasons for dropping Big Brother after a final series next summer but, as ever in television, the biggest imperative is a financial one. With hindsight, the beginning of the end for the show on mainstream telly in the UK – though note that Endemol licenses it to 66 other countries – came in 2007, when Channel Four signed a contract with the production company for three more series.

A victim of its own success: why Big Brother had to be evicted

The reality show has been eclipsed by social networking – a craze it helped create, says Ian Burrell

Names of the dead read out at Cenotaph protest

The names of 200 British soldiers killed in Afghanistan since 2001 were read out today in protest against the war.

Fry's English Delight, Radio 4

Frying tonight – the English language and all those who abuse it

Howard Jacobson: In the face of overwhelming ignorance, it is the pedant's duty to keep battling on

What the unlettered populace does with words today the rest of us will do tomorrow

Philip Hensher: When it comes to loos, Japan's are the business

Going to the lavatory in Japan is a perfect delight. For a start, when you sit down, the seat is gloriously warm – not with that horrid just-vacated warmth, but a considerate radiator-warmth. When you are done, the neat little console at the side offers, with self-explanatory diagrams, a range of options: an upward sprinkle of water, a more forceful shower, or the Laser Beam, adjustable in temperature, but highly suitable for waking you up in the morning. Then, if you're lucky, there might be – I don't know how else to put this – a miniature anal hair-dryer, lodged under the rim. Bliss.

Gothic shocker: Lars von Trier is up to his old tricks

He wants his films to be 'like a stone in your shoe' and he's dedicated his latest, 'Antichrist', a Gothic psychodrama of carnal frenzy, to a committed Christian. Trying to work out the twisted mind of Lars von Trier is an impossible task, says Jonathan Romney

BBC1 to curb prime-time swear words

Clampdown on F-words to promote family viewing after report into Ross affair

Big Brother, Channel 4<br></br>Living With Monkeys: Tales From the Treetops, BBC1

As Davina says, the journey continues. But I'm starting to feel a bit travel sick

Howard Jacobson: I can forgive Gordon Brown anything but Sir Alan Sugar's appointment

All along, in the dismal gloaming, he fantasised about prancing airily like Tony

Still watching: The man who brought us 'Big Brother'

Peter Bazalgette tells Matthew Bell that digital is the future. But, shhh, don't mention reality TV

The contestants seeking to win Big Brother crown

These are the female contestants appearing in the new series of Big Brother.

Grim start to life in Big Brother's bleak house

The Big Brother contestants were today adjusting to life in a house stripped of all creature comforts.

Steve Richards: We may all be victims of this debacle

I fear the long-term consequences: rotting schools and useless hospitals

Ex-housemate makes Big Brother musical

Former Big Brother contestant Stuart Hosking is developing a Big Brother musical - but he doesn't want the housemates in it.

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