Lord Rennard, former Lib Dem chief executive

Lib Dem's 'regret' handling of Lord Rennard sexual harassment claims

Former party chief executive strongly denies allegations against him

BBC executives criticised for refusing to provide interviews over report transcripts

Broadcasters and politicians criticised senior BBC executives for refusing to give interviews in response to the evidence uncovered in the Pollard report transcripts.

Lord Rennard, former Lib Dem chief executive

Lib Dems investigate claims of Lord Rennard sex harassment

Former party chief denies that he inappropriately touched female party workers

Actress Sharon Rooney who plays Rae Earl in My Mad Fat Diary

'My Mad Fat Diary' to get second series on E4

Another series of My Mad Fat Diary has been re-commissioned for E4.

Matt Butler: Unruly Children's Institute shows off new batch of EPO

View From The Sofa: UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships, Channel 4

Philippa Langley: Hero or Villain?

Now is the winter of our discontent/made glorious summer by the sound of Oxbridge types choking on their cornflakes.

Cringeworthy: Ricky Gervais as downtrodden care-home worker Derek

John Walsh on Derek: Funny how Ricky Gervais's show lacks laughs, when Lena Dunham's Girls crackles with wit and invention

Gervais's latest addition to his comedy menagerie grates more than it amuses

Clare Balding to host chatshow on BT Sport

Clare Balding has landed her own chatshow which will see her interview some of the biggest names in sport.

BBC breakfast Susanna Reid

Susanna Reid voted BBC TV host you'd most like to see while eating your cornflakes

TV host Susanna Reid has been named the most popular presenter of BBC Breakfast in a poll to mark the morning show's 30th anniversary.

Rabbi Ephraim Padwa said that reporting the case would break rabbinic law

Senior British rabbi filmed telling alleged child abuse victim not to go to the police

A senior British rabbi has been filmed telling an alleged victim of child sexual abuse not to go to the police.

Channel 4 criticised for screening X Men film Wolverine before the watershed

TV watchdog Ofcom has criticised Channel 4 for showing scenes of "violence, aggression and menace" when children were watching by broadcasting X-Men film Wolverine before the watershed.

A police officer stands outside Number 10 Downing Street

Plebgate row: top Tory warns against police 'witch-hunt'

A senior Conservative has said there should not be a “witch-hunt” against the police over the Andrew Mitchell affair despite growing doubts about their version of the now-infamous altercation at the gates of Downing Street.

Nobody matching the description of the off-duty police officer, who claimed to have witnessed the outburst, appears to be present in this CCTV still

Was Tory Chief Whip framed? Police officer accused of posing as member of public to help force Andrew Mitchell's resignation

CCTV footage and claims of fabricated evidence may exonerate Mitchell

Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver tops Christmas books charts for third consecutive time with 15-Minute Meals

Jamie Oliver is celebrating a third successive year with the best-selling Christmas book after his 15-Minute Meals title again topped the festive chart.

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Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
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Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
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Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

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The man who hunts giants

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