Three wise men, a star and a miracle

The extraordinary birth of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, the quiz show worshipped by a nation

Games for grown-ups sell fast

BY THE end of this week your children may be beating seven shades of annihilation out of the Sega Dreamcast, or brawling over the latest unpronounceable Pokemon, but the real Christmas toys will remain in adult hands.

THE 1990s IN REVIEW: TELEVISION - Let's have more great British ideas, please

There were far too many weak sitcoms and flimsy docusoaps; but Caroline Aherne is a treasure. By Brian Viner

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 It was withdrawn following the revelation that Tory candidate Jeffrey Archer phoned a friend to solicit a false alibi.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

`For most of us, the great millennial question is: what the hell are we going to do on the night?'

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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It's oh so quiet!

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It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
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Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

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New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

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One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

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King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

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More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
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Can meditation be bad for you?

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Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

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