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BBC show thrashes ITV's Splash, where viewing figures dived

Why those in the know are no longer in with the It Bag

The once-fashionable accessory does not carry the same weight it once did. Harriet Walker reports on new trend for the utility bag

Harriet Walker: Young, rich, fabulous, and desperate

Even if you enjoy the scenarios there is a whiff of desperation coming off everyone involved

The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, ITV1, Monday<br/>MasterChef, BBC1, Mon, Tues, Wed

What do you get if you cross 'Downton Abbey' with 'Sherlock Holmes'? A misguided attempt to recast real-life murder as holiday entertainment

Dom Joly: 'It's such a relief to stop reading tweets,' I tweeted

The heat is driving Britain crazy. Wandering around London last week, every square was packed as though host to some curious hippy festival. People sat nose to nose trying to find enough elbow room to open their pre-packed sandwiches. It's at times like this that I thank the Lord I moved to the country. As soon as I could I hot-footed it back home. One of the few benefits of having fractured four metatarsals is that I have been given a chauffeur- driven car for my convalescence. Like all luxuries, it takes minutes to get accustomed to. I now wonder how I got through life without having a man in a Merc permanently at my beck and call.

Being Modern: The Easter weekender

A holy moment of reflection, if you'll allow. Let us consider the origins of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and today, Resurrection Sunday. Let us meditate on events marked by this central feast in the liturgical calendar. Let us punctuate this holy weekend with the appropriate sense of prayer before we pepper our piousness with an egg hunt to sprinkle some fun on proceedings.

Britain's Next Big Thing, BBC2, Tuesday<br/>If Walls Could Talk, BBC4, Wednesday

It seemed like a good idea on paper, but 'Britain's New Big Thing' failed to live up to its title

BGT: It's like YouTube for people who don't have a computer

In the absence of Simon Cowell, Holden's hair is star of 'Britain's Got Talent'

Dance crazy! Pop videos and iconoclastic talent appeal to new audience

There is no disputing that dance is having a moment in the sun. And that's as true for watching it as for doing it. But this isn't just about couch potatoes slumping in front of spangly TV talent shows. Notwithstanding the recent cuts passed on by Arts Council England to many of its clients, a review of ACE-funded organisations has revealed dance as the fastest growing of all the arts, with attendances up by 103 per cent over 12 months. Another survey, of theatre audiences in the West End of London, found that 71 per cent of people attending dance shows rated their experience as "very good", compared with an average of 63 per cent across all the theatre arts. Whatever form it takes, dance is clearly perceived as providing a memorable night out.

Confessions of a red-top reporter

For two years, Richard Peppiatt chased 'exclusives' for a national newspaper. This is his own story, burqas and all

The Most Incredible Thing, Sadler's Wells, London

A Hans Christian Andersen tale set in a Soviet-style state, with a star choreographer and Pet Shop Boys score, tries too hard to do too much

Bieber fever? Get over it! Meet the new kids on the block

The Canadian teen star is about to be eclipsed by a fresh batch of pop pixies

Domino's Pizza ends 'Britain's Got Talent' deal

Domino's Pizza UK has ended its sponsorship of ITV's Britain's Got Talent series after what it described as "outrageous" price demands.

Balletboyz: The Talent, artsdepot, London

Every good boyz deserves favour

Diary: Hoff makes it to the House

The PM's new pal David Hasselhoff is, surreally, the subject of an Early Day Motion, tabled on Tuesday by David Morris, MP for Morecambe – and reportedly a friend of the Hoff's since the 1980s.

Amanda Holden suffers stillbirth tragedy

The actress Amanda Holden is expected to undergo a series of tests to try to determine what caused the stillbirth of her baby seven months into her pregnancy.

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