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British gymnast Louis Smith has put his retirement plans on hold and declared he wants to represent England at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow later this year.

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From debut star Natasha Kaplinsky to last year's champion Louis Smith

The Doctor (Matt Smith) with current assistant Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman)

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

More viewers chose to watch the dance show than the 50th anniversary special

English TV host Sir Bruce Forsyth poses on the red carpet as he arrives at the British Academy Television Awards in London on May 12, 2013

Sir Bruce Forsyth pulls out of tomorrow's Strictly with flu - but he'll be back next week

Audiences get a one-week respite from the TV veteran's jokes

Vanessa Feltz is set to compete for Strictly's glitter ball trophy

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After her very public meltdown on Celebrity Big Brother one might have thought Vanessa Feltz would have sworn off reality television shows. But the broadcaster and DJ has been unveiled as the first contestant on this year’s Strictly Come Dancing competition.

Book review: Modernity Britain: Opening the Box, 1957-1959, By David Kynaston

Can this close-up patchwork of social detail explain the forces that moulded postwar history?

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

Double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah was forced to remove video footage he had shot in the royal box at Wimbledon, after discovering he may have broken protocol by filming during play. The All England Club said it was “looking into” the incident after the athlete used his camera phone to take footage of the match between Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Ernests Gulbis on Wednesday, and posting the Instagram video on Twitter.

Louis Smith tries his second-level routine in North Greenwich

Gymnastics: Louis Smith likely to skip 2013

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.

The Emperor's New Clothes (30/12/12)

Chatterers would have us believe the New Year Honours are archaic mumbo jumbo, but even adults need praise

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.

Great Britain's Jenna Randall and Olivia Federici

Reflected glory: Is synchronised swimming on the up?

Will the sport continue to be an object of ridicule here now that we're getting good at it?

You Write the Caption - 29/06/12

Win a bottle of wine

Bob Stewart: Creator of the television game show 'The Price is Right'

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 to play Hop Farm Festival

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

Blimey, that was quick. Barely an hour after the announcement, Sir Fred Goodwin's Wikipedia entry was headed "Fred Goodwin". It looked so bare. Without that all-important Sir, Francis Drake and Walter Raleigh were just historical geezers not heroes. The contraction "Fred" in "Sir Fred" sounded cool; Fred Goodwin just sounds like a bloke down the bookie's.

Hopkins: his hunches were right

Richard Hopkins: Producer of 'Big Brother' and 'Strictly Come Dancing'

Richard Hopkins embraced the age of reality television. He steered Big Brother to both fame and infamy before launching Strictly Come Dancing, then took that format to the US and more than 30 other countries as Dancing with the Stars. The idea of teaming celebrities with professional ballroom dancers to impress judges and viewers caught on quickly after the BBC first screened Strictly Come Dancing in 2004.

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