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Luton girl Stacey Dooley doesn't have years of broadcasting experience, but last night on BBC3 she proved herself more than adept at winning an interviewee's confidence. Sex, Stags & Prague: Stacey Dooley Investigates wasn't exactly hard-hitting, but Stacey's friendly, one-of-the-girls manner led to some open exchanges with Prague's sex-workers, women who don't always get to speak for themselves. There was 33-year-old prostitute Lara, who said it's almost always the groom who's most eager to buy sex, and 19-year-old Lucy, who works 18-hour shifts in an out-of-town brothel in an effort to pay off her paralysing debts.

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Start spreading the news - saturated fat 'is not so bad,' says study

US research suggests that margarine might have been more harmful than butter and lard all along

Mackerel, sardines and pollock: Currently the sixth, seventh and eighth most popular fish by volume in the UK, they are relatively plentiful and, in the case of mackerel and sardine, rich in fish oils

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