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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.

Ex-Play School presenter slams children's TV

Former Play School presenter Floella Benjamin has criticised the state of children's television - and said TVs should be banned from their bedrooms.

What's really in children's food

Tony the Tiger, Spongebob, Mr Messy – these friendly faces tempt children to make their own food choices. But are they the right choices? By Meg Carter

ITV may be allowed to cut regional news

ITV could be allowed to slash regional programming, including news, under proposals from Ofcom published today.

My First Job: Michael Bond, writer and creator of Paddington Bear

'I was amazed that, at 15, I knew Ohm's law'

Kiss goodbye to your sales, Stonewall tells 'homophobic' Heinz after advert is pulled

Gay rights supporters have been urged to boycott Heinz products, after the company dropped a mayonnaise advertisement that showed two men kissing.

'Blue Peter' goes pink in cross-dressing Fringe show

Take one openly gay former Blue Peter presenter, dress him up in drag, add sexually explicit content and light lampooning of his former employers' obsession with their squeaky clean image, and you have a show that is definitely one for after the watershed.

Are We There Yet? Who lives in a pineapple on top of the sea? Sponge Bob on a cruise

If you're searching for a relaxing family holiday, look away now. Because this week I bring news of the latest in family cruises: a SpongeBob SquarePants Caribbean extravaganza, courtesy of Nickelodeon (001 845 358 1222; www.nick.com/minisites/familycruise).

Police investigate delay in finding presenter's body

Police have launched an investigation into how the body of the children's TV presenter Mark Speight went undiscovered in a building next to London's Paddington station for six days.

My Mentor: Diane Louise Jordan on Lewis Bronze

‘To start with, i was an appalling presenter. He should have let me go, but didn’t’

Boardroom crisis rocks home of Basil Brush, Rupert Bear and Lassie

On screen, they inhabited idyllic worlds where laughter and fun with friends was never far away. But the perfect lives of children's favourites Rupert Bear, Postman Pat and Basil Brush are under threat, for the company that owns them is in crisis.

The 5-minute Interview: Angellica Bell, Television and radio presenter

'I love the idea of seducing knights'

Letters: MPs' real job

Self-righteous tit-for-tat distracts MPs from their real job

Konnie Huq: Land ahoy! Huq ready to jump 'Blue Peter' ship

After 10 years on the high seas presenting the BBC's flagship children's show, Konnie Huq tells Sophie Morris that she's looking forward to a life free of scrutiny and sticky-back plastic

Ahead of their time: The young ones

As Theo Walcott becomes the youngest footballer to play for England. Arifa Akbar looks at the other prodigies who have achieved the same feat in their chosen fields

Johnson opts for Everton 'to further England career'

Andrew Johnson picked Everton for his return to the Premiership believing it will boost his England career. The 25-year-old, Everton's record signing at £8.6m from Crystal Palace, was unveiled at Goodison Park yesterday.

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