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British gymnast Louis Smith has put his retirement plans on hold and declared he wants to represent England at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow later this year.

Hollins through to Strictly final

Television presenter Chris Hollins performed like a "sex starved fiend" to win through to the Strictly Come Dancing final.

Thumbs down for Strictly Come Dancing's Laila Rouass

Actress Laila Rouass has left Strictly Come Dancing after stinging criticism of her performances.

David Lister: Why Strictly's upset a professional dancer

Strictly Come Dancing is in bad odour. The BBC's celebrity dance show has drawn the ire of a famed figure in the arts. No not a critic, not even an up-market novelist getting a bit of extra publicity by engaging with popular culture. Much more interestingly, Strictly Come Dancing has upset a dancer.

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Strictly Come Dancing star Ricky Whittle arrested over 'assault'

Strictly Come Dancing contestant Ricky Whittle was arrested on suspicion of assault today after he allegedly struck a photographer with his car.

Album: Alesha Dixon, The Alesha Show – Encore (Asylum)

Doubtless figuring that Alesha is a more bankable prospect following her adoption as judge on Strictly Come Dancing than she was a year ago, when the original version of The Alesha Show was released, Asylum have chosen to reissue it with a handful of extra tracks to tempt the undecided.

Howard Jacobson: Nick Griffin looks as if he'd be light on his feet. So here's what to do with him

The BBC already deals with the BNP leader so it knows where to find him

Rhiannon Harries: I'm sorry but apologising really isn't that difficult

I should probably start by saying a quick sorry. I've no idea what for, but that doesn't matter – it's a word I use as an involuntary preface for everything these days. Step on my toe on the Tube and you can expect an apology. Give me dirty cutlery in a restaurant and you're guaranteed my complaint will begin, "I'm really sorry but..."

Ten of the best TV gaffes

Last week it was Strictly Come Dancing embroiled in a row after a racist remark by one of its dancers. This week its X Factor that's facing the critics after Dannii Minogue publicly outed singer Danyl Johnson as bi-sexual live on TV.

Nina Lakhani: 'Paki' wasn't funny 40 years ago. Why is it now, Bruce?

The last time I was called a Paki was about a year ago. I was walking back to Loughton Tube station after visiting some friends on a Saturday afternoon when a young boy, 12 or 13, casually made the remark as he walked past me with his two mates on a quiet, suburban street. It stopped me in my tracks. "What did you say?" I asked, astonished. The boys kept on walking and didn't look back. I, on the other hand, kept looking back all the way to the station. More than angry, I felt scared.

BBC defends stance over Strictly race row

The BBC denied it had used double standards in dealing with the Strictly Come Dancing race row, by keeping Anton Du Beke on despite axing Carol Thatcher over a similar incident.

Liberal Democrats condemn BBC chiefs over Strictly Come Dancing row

BBC bosses were condemned at the Liberal Democrat conference today over the axing of Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips.

Dominic Lawson: Public-interest game shows? Rubbish

Why is it necessary for the BBC to wage war against ITV, or indeed Sky?

Rachel Stevens wins Rear of the Year award

Chart star Rachel Stevens was named top of the bottoms today as she claimed the accolade Rear Of The Year.

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