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Big Brother's back – and he hopes you'll be watching

When Richard Desmond bought Channel Five he invested £200m in the ailing reality TV show. Now it has to deliver viewers

Nick Clegg is chasing women

The Liberal Democrat leader wants to kickstart his party by emphasising its distinctive appeal and by targeting female voters. Matt Chorley outlines his strategy, while three commentators offer advice on how he might win them over

Goldman Sachs man to lead overhaul of Labour Party

Labour turned to the former boss of ITV and senior adviser at Goldman Sachs yesterday to oversee a management and commercial overhaul of the party.

Charlie Sheen to appear on Celebrity Big Brother

Charlie Sheen has signed up to appear on 'Celebrity Big Brother'.

Last Night's TV: Classroom Secrets/BBC1<br />Torchwood: Miracle Day/BBC1

Class 4FF, you are LIVE on BBC1, please do not swear!" Davina McCall's foghorn may have been absent but Big Brother loomed large over Classroom Secrets. The idea was to rig up a classroom at Humberstone Junior School in Leicester with fixed cameras, film the pupils and teachers for a week and then show the footage to staff and parents in order to root out the causes of "low-level disruption" and eradicate them together. A lesson in Big Society schooling, if you like.

Fake breasts, fake tan, fake storylines?

The Only Way is Essex was a ratings winner &ndash; and now it's won a Bafta. As the latest 'structured reality' show, Geordie Shore, hits our screens, Adam Sherwin explores the genre that's taking over TV

Wikipedia founder opens new front in privacy battle

Lawyers and celebrities seeking to prevent the world knowing their indiscretions have another hurdle in their path – Wikipedia – after its founder, Jimmy Wales, pledged to resist pressure to censor entries.

Ian Burrell: The darker side of the debate about super-injunctions &ndash; demands for cash

Yesterday's proceedings at the High Court showed a darker side to privacy injunctions, which have so far been characterised as gagging orders which merely allow rich men to keep their (mostly sexual) peccadilloes out of the public gaze.

Last Night's TV: Long Lost Family/ITV1<br />Secrets of the Arabian Nights/BBC4

The biggest surprise in Long Lost Family is that it's not been made before. Ancestry, investigation, lost relatives: it is, surely, a match made in wall-to-wall heaven. After all, these are the people who brought us Who Do You Think You Are?. This was but a moodboard away.

Julie Burchill: The unions have been demonised, so the bullies have taken their place

As I think I might have mentioned before, I come from a trades union family, and while my dad had the theory down and wasn't above a bit of secondary picketing, my mother lived and breathed the struggle for workers' rights. Or, as we call it today, Going Off On One Big Time.

Channel 5 to bring back Big Brother

Hit reality show Big Brother is returning to television this year.

Jade Goody's tragic life inspires play at Shakespeare's Globe

Jade Goody's life, long heralded as a modern breed of tragedy, is the direct inspiration for a play to be performed at Shakespeare's Globe later this year.

Jack Tweed in court over bar scuffle

The widower of reality TV star Jade Goody appeared in court today accused of using threatening and abusive behaviour.

Jade Goody's widower Jack Tweed charged over club fight

Jade Goody's widower Jack Tweed was charged by police today over a scuffle outside a nightclub.

Channel 5 close to Big Brother deal

'Big Brother' is set to return to TV screens later this year.

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