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Games for grown-ups sell fast

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Who Wants to Be a London Mayor?

We have received sensational footage from the popular game show Who Wants to Be a London Mayor?. It was withdrawn following the revelation that Tory candidate Jeffrey Archer phoned a friend to solicit a false alibi. Publicist Max Clifford denies the tape was passed to him by an ex-employee of Anglia TV who was humiliated by Archer over champagne and shepherd's pie after the recording. We would like to state that no money changed hands in bringing you this explosive transcript...

Will you call a friend or risk everything, Jeffrey?

John Walsh On Monday

The final countdown begins for Hurricane Hedonism

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THE DIARY, ARABELLA WEIR: Think it looks big? Don't mention it...

This is my first week owning a mobile and it's that old pathetic truth that I just can't imagine how I lived without it. I've even started doing something I hate. Talking on the train. I hate to admit I did a telephone interview throughout the entire journey from London to Nottingham.

Ian Griffiths column

The task for parents is teaching little ones to value something they can't chew

BBC braced for new crisis after `black Wednesday' fiasco

BBC BOSSES were last night preparing themselves for more ratings trouble, this time over digital television.

Who wants to be a millionaire?

(The bloke on the left talking to Chris Tarrant does - and so do 19 million others)

Leading Article: What Auntie must do next

IT HAS NOT been a good week for Auntie. First Des Lynam walked off to the great cheque book of ITV, giving BBC sport a serious headache. Then Gavyn Davies' independent review panel gave them a migraine that could last even longer.

Radio 1 up, Evans is down

THE DJ Zoe Ball got an early wedding present yesterday with new figures showing an increase of 200,000 listeners to her breakfast show. But it was bad news for Virgin Radio's Chris Evans, who lost nearly a third of his London audience.

David Lister On Monday: Quiz contestants are held for questioning

A SMALL moment in British social history should not go unremarked upon. Two contestants on Who Wants to be a Millionaire? have had their prize money forfeited because they did not declare that they had criminal records. I confess I did not realise until now that you had to be "clean" to tell Chris Tarrant who starred in Casablanca. "Just a moment Mr Smith of Droitwich, before you decide whether it was Ingrid Bergman, Demi Moore or Anthea Turner, would I be right in thinking that you did a few months porridge back in the Seventies? Kindly leave the studio you old lag. You may have paid your debt to society, but we have higher standards at ITV. Try down the corridor, you may get a walk-on in The Bill."

Prescott tops literacy rogues' gallery

HE MAY be the second most powerful man in the country, but apparently he cannot string a sentence together. John Prescott, the Deputy Prime Minister, has once again been voted worst offender when it comes to crimes against the English language.

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