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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.

Lives Remembered: Catherine Gilbey

There aren't many middle-aged mums who are able to successfully combine bringing up three delightful children while putting pop groups like Take That and the Spice Girls on the road to international stardom, but my wife Cathy Gilbey did. Working as a freelance radio journalist in the 1970s, Cathy, who has died aged 72, did an interview for Radio 4's Woman's Hour on the Blue Peter team. It was so well received that she was invited to work for 10 weeks on a new Saturday morning children's television show, Noel Edmonds' Multi-Coloured Swap Shop. She realised that this was what she wanted to do, so she continued to work on various incarnations of this ground-breaking three-hour live show, Saturday Superstore, Going Live and Live and Kicking. This turned out to be more than 22 years of producing highly successful Saturday-morning children's programmes.

Question Time: Vanessa Feltz, presenter

Work: Presenter with BBC London 94.9, for which she won the Gold prize for Speech Radio Personality at this month’s Sony Radio Academy awards.

Life: 47, with two daughters. She lives in north London.

Balance: Gardening, Shakespeare and competing in spelling competitions

My Secret Life Michaela Strachan

Wildlife presenter, 44

'Me-too' BBC criticised for copying others

The BBC comes under fire today in a new report on public service broadcasting which accuses the corporation of being a "me-too broadcaster with a serial record of imitation".

Hit & Run: How to live long and prosper

The world's oldest person, Sakhan Dosova, a mother of 10 from Kazakhstan, celebrating her 130th birthday tomorrow, puts her longevity down to her sense of humour. "I don't have any special secret," she says, modestly. "I've never taken pills, and I've never eaten sweets." Sounds simple, doesn't it?

Blue Peter: A sinking ship

It is suffering a catastrophic fall in ratings – and its fearsome long-term editor Biddy Baxter accuses the BBC of killing it off as children's tastes change. She's on the war path

The sinking of Blue Peter

Biddy Baxter, legendary editor of the flagship children's show, lets fly at the BBC – and Peter Purves

Children's TV presenter Tony Hart dies

Television artist Tony Hart, who inspired generations of children to draw during a 50-year career, died on today after a long illness, his agent said. He was 83.

A life on film: Oliver Postgate's creations

Some of British television's best-loved children's programmes were created by Oliver Postgate, who has died at the age of 83 at a nursing home near his home in Broadstairs, Kent.

Oliver Postgate, Bagpuss creator, dies aged 83

Oliver Postgate, the creator of Bagpuss, The Clangers and a series of other classic children's television programmes, has died at the age of 83, his partner said today.

Entertainment Rights cuts jobs as Woolies collapse hits trading

Entertainment Rights, the children's television group which owns the rights to Rupert Bear and Postman Pat, is to cut a third of its workforce as part of a rescue plan that also includes an emergency loan to see it through Christmas.

Culture: Wallace & Gromit flushed out of LA

One of the highlights of the BBC's Christmas TV schedule will be A Matter of Loaf and Death, a new Wallace & Gromit film. This will mark the duo's return to the small screen after what turned out to be a fairly mixed Hollywood career for their creator, Nick Park.

Actresses are 'tricked' into pornographic films casting

When a group of actresses spotted an advert looking for fresh blood for a Little Britain-style comedy series, they jumped at the chance to audition. Little did the performers know they would find themselves in a casting session for pornographic films.

<a href="http://larry-ryan.livejournal.com/1437.html">Larry Ryan: 'Bizarre indie cameos'</a>

Via the music site Idolator comes a compilation video someone has made consisting of "bizarre indie cameos" on an old American kids tv show, The Adventures of Pete & Pete. See how many you can spot (they're not all music related mind you).

For the record: 17/11/2008

“What next? Polly puts the jackboots on?” the Daily Mail’s Richard Littlejohn baits the Guardian’s Polly Toynbee for sympathising with Max Mosley over media intrusion.

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