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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.

Katy Holland: Kids on flights are all right. It's the adults I worry about

Are we there yet? No airline worth its salt is planning to do away with children any time soon

A Quick Chat With: Paul Daniels

"If things get worrisome I just throw myself into work"

Ray Alan: Ventriloquist famous for his partnerships with Lord Charles, Tich and Quackers

The ventriloquist Ray Alan survived the death of variety theatre to take his act to television and become the doyen of his craft, best known for his tipsy, aristocratic dummy Lord Charles and the puppet pair Tich and Quackers.

Ban on unhealthy food ads 'should be extended'

More than 100 diabetes experts today called on the Government to introduce a law banning all forms of "unhealthy food" adverts targeting children.

Leading article: This is not the revolution that the BBC needs

Has the BBC juggernaut finally discovered a reverse gear? The corporation's director general, Mark Thompson, was doing his best to convince us so yesterday. A new strategy review proposes that the axe should fall on two of its digital radio channels – BBC 6 Music and the Asian Network – by the end of next year. And half of the sections on BBC online will apparently close by 2013 and the online spending by the corporation will come down by 25 per cent.

The Likely Lads fall out as Bolam refuses to sanction TV repeats

Former co-stars' simmering 35-year feud boils over

Album: Blue Asia, Sketches of Myahk (Farside Records)

The opening number on the latest album from Japanese producer Makoto Kubota sounds like an oriental take on the theme music to the 1970s children’s TV cartoon Roobarb, which, believe me, is a good thing.

Hit makes £170,000 for Children In Need

Peter Kay's chart-topping animated hit has raised at least £170,000 for BBC Children In Need, it was announced today.

Behind the scenes of Sesame Street



Sesame Street celebrates its 40th birthday this year and all of its most beloved characters have been enjoying the party. The development of Sesame Street has been a long journey full of foam letters, number songs and most importantly laughter. Along the way we have been introduced to some of the best loved characters in television including Big Bird, Elmo, Oscar the Grouch (who resides in a trash can) and Bert and Ernie, the show’s notorious buddies who, thanks to Ernie, often get up to no good.

Why Sesame Street still counts

It's four decades since the residents of one of the most famous addresses on TV made their debut. Guy Adams reports on an educational institution

Sarah Churchwell: What I learned from Big Bird and Oscar

Sunny days, sweeping the clouds away, on my way to where the air is sweet – like millions of children who grew up in the 1970s, I can tell you how to get to Sesame Street. It may be 40-years-old, but little about the show has dated: I have it on good authority – two nephews and a niece – that Cookie Monster still gobbles cookies mumbling "Om, nom, nom", Oscar is still grouchy, and Big Bird is still played by the same puppeteer, Caroll Spinney, who has played him since the show began.

Soupy Sales: Anarchic and pioneering children's TV personality

Although Soupy Sales, who has died aged 83, will inevitably be remembered with a pie in his face, as befits a comedian who took an estimated 20,000 of them during his career, his slapstick brilliance should not overshadow his influence on a whole generation of Americans, including many notable comics who, as adolescents, teenagers, or even young adults in the late 1950s and early 1960s, were enthralled by the anarchic pleasures of Soupy's so-called "children's" shows.

Michelle Obama to promote gardening on Sesame Street

US first lady Michelle Obama is to kick off the 40th anniversary season of the children's TV show "Sesame Street" with a segment encouraging kids to plant gardens and eat healthy food.

David Prosser: Cut the Beeb's funding, don't share it out

Outlook Whatever you think about the BBC – and newspapers such as The Independent have every reason to complain about the taxpayer-funded broadcaster's unfair advantages over the commercial media – it is difficult to defend the proposal to top-slice its licence fee income.

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