News Dmytro Bulatov,a Ukrainian opposition activist, says he was kidnapped and tortured

He led AutoMaidan protest movement that organised motorcades outside the houses of politicians and oligarchs

Breaking up is never easy

Two lots of presents, divided loyalties: JAN PARKER on life as a stepchild

The Critics: Television: A truly alternative stand-up

Royal wedding commentators are traditionally very fond of organs. Tom Fleming, who by my reckoning has covered every royal wedding since Victoria wed Albert - yet disappointingly was not called upon by the BBC for yesterday's big match - used to get tremendous value out of organs. "This great organ was made in 1792 by Cornelius Krijksjaart the Younger of Rotterdam," he would murmur, in the belief that knowledge of the instrument's provenance would fill a hole in our lives.

More viewers upset by sex on television

THERE IS too much sex on British television according to a growing number of viewers.

And here is your starter for ten...

My great passion is 'Countdown': it proves, Zen-like, that in life there is no right answer

Channel 5 play ratings joker by reviving `It's A Knockout'

THE DAYS when helpless, wheezing laughter and saturated people dressed as snails were the biggest thing on television are long gone. But Channel 5 is hoping that, 17 years on, the country is still silly enough to enjoy It's A Knockout.


Blonde, brassy Jenny Eclair, winner of the Perrier Comedy Award 1995, is back on our screens on 2 May with Jenny Eclair's Slot, Channel 5.

Channel 5 criticised for `tacky' sex shows heady x3 x3

THE GOVERNMENT'S television watchdog has taken the highly unusual step of describing Channel 5 as "tacky" in its annual report, because of the broadcaster's use of sex to attract viewers.

Strippers: Wild Frontier

First there was The Chippendales, then `The Full Monty', and now `A Thong for Europe'. Mike Higgins reports from the Frontier Club in Batley as Steve Dynamite, Golden Boy and LA Dream bare all. Photographs by Claudia Janke

Watchdog gets tough on Channel 5

Watchdog gets tough on Channel 5

Fewer than three in ten viewers watching BBC1

THE CONTINUED growth of satellite television and the success of Channel 5 have combined to push BBC1's audience share below the 30 per cent mark for the first time.

The box knows when we are sleepy

Yuletide television is a ritual. And schedulers know how predictable our viewing habits are. By Tim Dowling

C4 drops desk as news war hots up

THE DAYS of the deskbound newsreader look numbered after Channel 4 unveiled a low, pink plinth for Jon Snow to sit beside in its new pounds 3m newsroom yesterday.

Sport on TV: Now you can enjoy football without a dish

TWO OF television's ancien regime, Jimmy Hill and Brian Moore, were moaning this week about there being too much football on the box. True, it's not like in their day when all the people had were Match of the Day on Saturday night and The Big Match after Sunday lunch and they were happy with what they were given, thank you very much. But I reckon there's just about enough these days - and the best bit is, you don't need to reach for the Sky.

BBC fouls C5 in TV's clash of the day

WITH WALL-TO-WALL football on television nowadays, advertisers have to try that little bit harder. Channel 5, though, is perhaps putting in a bit too much effort, and its aggressive strategy has brought nothing but trouble this week.

Football: Has TV reached saturation point?

The broadcasting revolution: New technology enables big clubs to cash in but the fans are becoming more selective
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Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

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People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

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Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

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Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
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Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

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Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

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Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
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The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

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