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Rylan Clark 'sneaks out of Celebrity Big Brother' for X Factor rehearsals

Celebrity Big Brother contestant Rylan Clark has been sneaking out of the house to take part in rehearsals for the upcoming X Factor tour, according to one of his fellow contestants.

In October Collins was convicted of harassment and causing fear of violence against his former girlfriend Anna Larke, 38

Ex-girlfriend petitions against abuser Justin Lee Collins appearing on Celebrity Big Brother

The former girlfriend of Justin Lee Collins - whom he was convicted of harassing - is petitioning against suggestions that the comedian and presenter could appear on Celebrity Big Brother in January.

Justin Lee Collins to enter the Celebrity Big Brother house? He's no pantomime villain

If the disgraced comedian wants to return to our screens, his first move must be to reject Big Brother.

Yes, Helen Flanagan's meltdown on I'm a Celeb is sad. But the reality of mental illness is much sadder

Don't be fooled by these celebrity traumas. The camera-friendly "meltdowns" on reality TV reinforce unhelpful stereotypes about mental health

Sally Bercow in legal hot water AGAIN after she breaches court order by naming schoolgirl in a child abduction case

Order! Order!! Sally Bercow, that inveterate user of Twitter, might be receiving advice from her husband John Bercow, the House of Commons speaker, to curb her incessant use of the social media platform after yet another tweeted indiscretion landed her in legal hot water.

Mental health academic warns of reality TV 'threat to British psyche'

Reality television’s obsession with the “emotional meltdown of losers” is damaging the British psyche – creating a society in which we revel in seeing people hacked to pieces, a leading mental health academic has warned.

Grace Dent: I foolishly thought I could just watch ten minutes of Big Brother – now I’m back in the habit

Like most recovering addicts I’m pious but easily swayed. I quit watching Big Brother some years ago, cold turkey, just after the C4 Big Brother “Funeral”.

Dieter Roth Diaries, The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh

To display the archival material collected by 20th century German artist Dieter Roth throughout his life, the Fruitmarket has transformed its upper floor into what appears to be the obsessively ordered library of an anally retentive architect.

My Edinburgh: Mark Watson, Comedian

I've been to the past thirteen Edinburgh Fringes as a punter, student, director, aspiring stand-up, actual stand-up, 24-hour marathon man and - my current incarnation - jaded old veteran. There are various tricks you learn, when you've been in the game as long as I have.

Luke Anderson, 31, was crowned winner of the current Channel 5 series.

Lowest ratings recorded for BB final

Big Brother drew its lowest-ever viewing figures for a final last night with less than two million watching.

Gold standard: Laura Trott, in the Adidas photo booth with her medals, is a real role model for girls

Joanna Moorhead: It's not your looks that count, it's giving your heart and soul

The Olympics have given our celebrity-obsessed teenagers a glimpse into another world, where talent, hard work and dedication pay off

Ofcom investigates complaints over 5's Big Brother

Ofcom is investigating Channel 5's Big Brother after viewers complained over three separate incidents.

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These women are ready to love Spencer from Chelsea forever. They just haven't met him yet

Up to 40,000 foxes live in Britain’s cities, or around 15 per cent of the UK total

TV study of the urban fox is bigger than Big Brother eviction night

A new TV programme tracking urban foxes has been a surprise hit

In the line of Duty: a scene from 'Homeland'

Why are US dramas better than ours?

The human factor in Homeland makes it much more thrilling than homegrown offerings, says Gerard Gilbert

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