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Comedian 'overwhelmed' by response from public

The father of Old Trafford... and its big brother

Sir Alex Ferguson has now managed Manchester United for 24 years, one month and 14 days – overtaking the man who built the modern club, Sir Matt Busby. Tim Rich examines two parallel lives

Why following your stars is about to get a whole lot easier

The celebrity stalking industry can be dated back to the 1950s, when enterprising young bucks on Hollywood Boulevard began selling maps showing the homes of movie stars. Next week, it will take a giant leap forward, with a website that will map not just Hollywood but the entire planet, and not the stars' homes, but the stars themselves.

The painful reality: no one is watching 'Seven Days'

It was hyped as the reality show which gives power to the viewers. Seven Days, Channel 4's new docusoap, was supposed to point the way to the interactive television of the future.

Harriet Walker: What those we despise can teach us

Another dangerous criminal bang to rights, and another candidate for witness protection. And the name of the plucky, public-spirited guardian angel who grassed up pub puncher Carlos Buller? CDWM to the initiated, or Come Dine With Me to all those hermits and troglodytes among you.

Big Brother successor 'to break rules of reality TV'

Channel 4 unveiled a "new kind of reality" show today - in an attempt to fill the void left by the end of Big Brother.

Hurricane Katrina: Caught on Camera, Channel 4<br/>Big Brother, Channel 4

Documentary-makers must piece fragments into an unforgettable story, but this time, old hands fail

Diary: No 'Big Brother' for Bez

Celebrity maraca-player Bez, 46, will sadly be unavailable to take part in Ultimate Big Brother. The former "freaky dancer" for the Happy Mondays – real name Mark Berry – was recently convicted of assault, and has now been jailed after informing a Manchester magistrate that he refused to recognise her authority. Marie Cash gave Bez a community sentence and ordered him to pay £450 in costs, but the performer – whose father was, would you believe, a rozzer – told her: "I'm not doing it. Bovvered. I'm going to appeal and take this to a real court." The kerfuffle concluded with Bez being led to the cells crying: "Victory is within my grasp!" and facing a four-week jail sentence. His assault on girlfriend Monica Ward took place in May: the court heard that Bez (not a chap you'd trust to recall where he'd left his keys) couldn't find the takings from a concert, flew into a rage and tried to throttle Ms Ward – also the lead singer in his band, Domino Bones. Their MySpace page suggests they're still booking gigs. Does one have Wi-Fi in jail?

Julie Burchill: Booze is as evil as fags. But not as evil as indulgent mothers and their brats

The number of teenage girls who blame drink for the loss of their virginity has doubled - but not one blamed cigarettes

The August cultural vacuum

Unless you're in Edinburgh or at a music festival, August is an artistic desert. In the age of the staycation, that's a disgrace, says Fiona Sturges

My Life in Ten Questions... Andi Peters

'I&rsquo;m obsessed with the English language'

Swearing: When a curse can be a blessing

There's nothing like a spot of precision swearing on TV. It may not be big, says Fiona Sturges, but it can be clever

Digital revenues save C4 in worst-ever ads market

Channel Four said it had survived the worst advertising downturn since it was launched in 1982 by slashing costs and bringing in record profits at its digital media operation.

James Lawton: Is Fifa intent on becoming sport's sinister Big Brother?

One problem for the provisional government established by Fifa here for the duration of this World Cup is that it is running so far behind the efficiency levels of the one outlined by George Orwell in his novel "Nineteen Eighty-Four".

Father and Son, ITV1<br/>Big Brother, Channel 4

A gripping drama rises above demands for a British version of 'The Wire'. Oh, and 'Big Brother' is back

George Lamb &ndash; roaring on to a television screen near you

Love him or loathe him, there&rsquo;s no keeping the laddish 6 Music DJ from live TV.
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Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers as he pushes Tories on housing

Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
Aviation history is littered with grand failures - from the the Bristol Brabazon to Concorde - but what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?

Aviation history is littered with grand failures

But what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?
Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

Fortress Europe?

Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of 'iron curtains'
Never mind what you're wearing, it's what you're reclining on

Never mind what you're wearing

It's what you're reclining on that matters
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence