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

Pendle Witch Child, BBC4<br/>Who Do You Think You Are? BBC1<br/>Celebrity Big Brother, Channel 5

Yorkshire poet Simon Armitage was mesmerising as he told the tale of a 17th-century witch trial

Lisa Markwell: Make up your mind Sally, do you want your antics noticed?

Populated almost exclusively by "celebrities" from TV shows that made them celebrities for not being celebrities to begin with, Celebrity Big Brother – just started on Channel 5 – is a singularly unattractive viewing proposition.

A-listers stay away as sheen comes off Big Brother's return on Channel 5

Sally Bercow likes being on TV. She knows it will upset the establishment, which is a big plus

Big Brother's back &ndash; and he hopes you'll be watching

When Richard Desmond bought Channel Five he invested &#163;200m in the ailing reality TV show. Now it has to deliver viewers

Natasha Kaplinsky joins ITV news

Natasha Kaplinsky is joining ITV News in September.

Choice phrases from Charlie Sheen&rsquo;s broadcasting career

As the news emerges that Charlie Sheen is due to take a starring role in the new series of Big Brother when it relaunches on Channel 5 later this month, Independent.co.uk has created a round-up of choice phrases from the loquacious actor's previous broadcasting career on his YouTube Channel Sheen’s Korner.

Last Night's TV: The Killing/Channel 4<br />Candy Bar Girls/Channel 5

I've long been of the opinion that subtitles paper over the cracks in a foreign film or television series, making it seem marginally more sophisticated than it really is. That the dialogue was incomprehensible to English-speakers in Forbrydelsen (the original Danish version of The Killing), or in the excellent French crime thriller Spiral, disguised any potential bum notes. I'm convinced this is why critical consensus favours the Swedish series of Wallander over Kenneth Branagh's, rather than any genuine gulf in class. In fact, I can assure you with some conviction that there were shonky lines in Forbrydelsen, because I happen to live with a Danish screenwriter, and she told me so. (This is not a joke.) Still, the first episode of the American remake served only to remind me of the original's considerable qualities.

Channel 5 to embrace product placement

Richard Desmond's Northern & Shell media empire has unveiled plans for greater use of product placement on Channel 5 and closer ties between the broadcaster and the company's stable of newspapers and magazines.

Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die, BBC2, Monday<br/>Castle, Channel 5, Friday

Terry stares death in the face &ndash; and opens all our eyes

Desmond to unveil profit at Channel 5 in first year

Richard Desmond's media group Northern & Shell will reveal today that Channel 5 made a profit last year. The news comes just a month before the anniversary of the ailing channel's acquisition by Mr Desmond in a deal worth £103.4m.

Game of Thrones, Sky Atlantic, Monday<br/>The Walking Dead, Channel 5, Sunday<br/>Twenty Twelve, BBC4, Monday

A screen adaptation of a cult fantasy novel is an uneasy mix of blood-letting, imps and ogling

Last Night's TV: The Crimson Petal and the White/BBC2<br />Essex Jungle/Channel 5

As fictional deaths go, Mark Gatiss's exit from The Crimson Petal and the White last week surely takes some beating. Poor pious Henry, so agitated about the rescue of fallen women, and so blind to his own libidinous yearnings for Mrs Fox, finally had the scales torn from his eyes by his brother William: "For pity's sake, Henry," William shouted with understandable exasperation. "She wants you to give her a good seeing-to." Sadly, Mrs Fox wasn't seen to, well or otherwise, but Henry became so engrossed in thinking about it that he didn't notice that he'd set his feet on fire. That's what I call a sexual reverie, frankly. This week, quite properly, everyone was in mourning dress and, behind her black veil, Agnes was steadily getting battier and battier.

Channel 5 to bring back Big Brother

Hit reality show Big Brother is returning to television this year.

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