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Doctor Who's The Day of the Doctor loses to Strictly in TV ratings

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Mo Farah faults with camera-phone videos from Wimbledon's royal box

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Louis Smith tries his second-level routine in North Greenwich

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Louis Smith is unlikely to return to competitive gymnastics until next year, if at all, according to Olympic bronze medal-winning team-mate Kristian Thomas.

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X Factor's Rylan Clarke gets job presenting ITV's Daybreak

X Factor flop Rylan is heading back to our screens with a presenting stint on ITV's Daybreak only days after being voted off the talent show.

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The television producer Bob Stewart came up with the idea for the game show The Price is Right after hearing people standing in front of a Manhattan department store window discussing how much a piece of furniture might cost.

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Sir Bruce Forsyth has signed up to share a stage with Bob Dylan, Suede and Primal Scream at this year's Hop Farm Music Festival.

John Walsh: The poor guy - he'll have to change his stationery

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