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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.

Bruce Forsyth: You Ask The Questions

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Television: Brawn, Blitz, brains and Brucie

No matter what anyone says, the BBC is still a force in television sport. Barely had it finished with the World Athletics Championships than BBC1 began daily primetime coverage of the competition to find Britain's Strongest Man, featuring such must-see events as the Giant Log Lift. "The biggest log any of these men have ever seen," said commentator Paul Dickenson solemnly. But Glenn, a 30-stone chef from Northern Ireland with a 64in chest and, in the respectful words of his wife, "very, very big trousers", refused to be intimidated. He lifted the giant log 18 times. "Eighteen repetitions," cooed Dickenson. "I don't know whether anybody has ever done that before." Not on telly, anyway. Apparently, 18 televised repetitions is the stuff of legend. Perfectly normal for most episodes of Only Fools and Horses, of course, but rare in the Giant Log Lift.

Hague tells Tories: `Dumb on down!'

WILLIAM HAGUE, at 38 Britain's youngest political party leader, is taking television's oldest game-show host as his new role model. He has decided the Conservative Party has much to learn from 71-year-old presenter Bruce Forsyth.

Obituary: Peter Brough

"WE'LL BE educating Archie, / What a job for anyone, / He's no good at spelling, / He hasn't a clue, / He thinks that three sevens make 22": the signature song of one of radio's funniest and most important series ever, and the only one to star a ventriloquist and his wooden dummy, a fact that has mystified certain celebrities who ought to know better.

Real People: What's your problem?

Margaret Cook doling out sympathy in glossy mags? EMMA COOK imagines who might be next in the agony business

Light entertainment: Saturday: it will be all light on the night

Yesterday, a new Saturday early evening series started on BBC1. And if that doesn't seem like a big deal, remember how rarely it is that the words "new" and "Saturday early evening series" rub shoulders. Get Your Act Together has moved into The Generation Game's time slot, and The Generation Game, as its name suggests, has survived 28 years and three presenters. The next programme is Noel's House Party, which has been partying- like-it's-1999 ever since 1991 - 1982 if you count Noel Edmonds's Late Late Breakfast Show. Over on ITV there's Blind Date, and its first ever contestants have now got grandchildren.

Ned Sherrin and John Birt love her. And so do you

All around Britain, middle-class people are are coming out of the closet about their predilection for 'Blind Date'. James Rampton finds out why it's now okay to love the irrepressible Cilla Black

A strange marriage even if the price is right

It could be a wedding tailor-made for the tabloids, but have James Major and Emma Noble got a lot to learn about love?

I have seen the future and it's time to talk about it

We all live longer and the state no longer provides for our old age. Time for a radical rethink of our options

Must Saturday night be a TV desert?

The reprieve of Cilla Black this week underlines the failure of the big channels to grab the young and upwardly-mobile

Obituary: Tony Hawes

"Tony Hawes, meet Denis Gifford," said Bob Monkhouse and Denis Goodwin after a broadcast they had written for Cyril Fletcher and Betty Astell. "He likes Laurel and Hardy too." Which is about as name-dropping a start for an obituary as has ever been written. We shook hands, had a beer and soon discovered we had even more in common than comedy.

The BBC is trying to kill its jazz listeners

I wish I had caught the edition of Desert Island Discs the other day on which Bruce Forsyth was the guest. From what little I have seen and heard of Bruce Forsyth, I think he probably has an interesting taste in music. I remember seeing him once in a TV programme about a top-flight piano tuner, who tuned the pianos of many po-faced classical performers.

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