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Rolf Harris, the royal artist and television entertainer, has denied sexually assaulting four girls - the youngest aged seven - in a string of alleged attacks said to have spanned nearly two decades.

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Ant and Dec: We performed 'Let's Get Ready to Rhumble' to fill a hole in our show

TV hosts Ant and Dec, who could be on course for their first number one single, resumed their musical activities "for a laugh", they said today.

Fewer TVs, but more television in British homes

Rise of on-demand web services increases viewing hours on PCs and other devices

Peppa Pig hogs a new deal in Russia

Peppa Pig's conquest of the world took another step forward as the company behind the British children's cartoon character reached a deal to launch the brand in Russia.

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Here's one we discovered earlier...BBC launches talent show to find new Blue Peter presenter

Here’s one the viewers chose earlier. The next presenter of Blue Peter will be selected by audience vote after competing in a new talent show, the BBC announced.

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Keira Knightley Chanel advert banned for being 'overtly suggestive'

A Chanel advert featuring actress Keira Knightley has been banned during children's programming after a watchdog ruled its sexually suggestive content was unsuitable for younger viewers.

'Me want cookies!' - German police hunt real-life cookie monster after theft of golden biscuit

Spokeswoman denied media suggestions that the theft and ransom note were part of a marketing stunt

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Hayley Atwell to star in second series of Charlie Brooker's Black Mirror

Details of the three very different new episodes have been released

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Teletubbies creator accuses BBC of 'ghettoising children's shows'

From BBC 1 to channel 614: Loss of TV’s childhood stars could be bad for your kids

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From 'Thomas the Tank Engine' to 'King of the Railway': Mattel plans global push for franchise

Marketing push will see a range of new toys created and the release of a one-hour film as it attempts to make inroads in Asia and Latin America

Enough tokenism. Show us some disabled superheroes for kids to look up to

Peppa Pig with a walking frame? It’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities and time children’s TV heroes spoke to a vital demographic of young viewers.

A damaged housed at the scene of the gas explosion in Oldham

Man admits causing death of toddler and destroying eight houses after he cut gas pipes

Andrew Partington, 27, an unemployed father-of-six, pleaded guilty to manslaughter via videolink at Manchester Crown Court

Peppa Pig leads winners at Bafta Children's Awards

Peppa Pig, Horrible Histories and a trio of teenage actors and games designers were among the winners of the British Academy Children's Awards.

Brian Cosgrove: Heck, Penfold! The creator of DangerMouse is back at 79

But Cosgrove warns work may go to China if a promised tax break is delayed

Kevin Clash poses with Elmo

U is for… uncertain times. What now for Elmo?

Puppeteer behind Sesame Street's most widely loved character resigns over alleged relationships with teenagers

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