Sport Louis Smith shows off his Olympic silver medal

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.

Jeremy Paxman has taken issue with newsreaders appearing on Strictly Come Dancing

Jeremy Paxman: Newsreaders on Strictly Come Dancing need their heads examined

The Newsnight host has been approached twice to appear on the show

Sharon Osbourne gives Andrea Magee some bad news on The X Factor

X Factor becoming crueller because we're bored of sob stories, psychologist claims

Standard-issue sob stories just don't cut the mustard anymore

Lord Gillingham with Lady Mary in Downton Abbey episode three, series four

Downton Abbey suffers ratings dip as drama goes up against Homeland

Downton Abbey episode three dipped slightly to 9.2m viewers, as Homeland season three returned to Channel 4 with 2.2m

English TV host Sir Bruce Forsyth poses on the red carpet as he arrives at the British Academy Television Awards in London on May 12, 2013

Sir Bruce Forsyth pulls out of tomorrow's Strictly with flu - but he'll be back next week

Audiences get a one-week respite from the TV veteran's jokes

Downton Abbey returned to its largest premiere audience

Downton Abbey scores 10 million viewers... But The X Factor still comes out on top

The Edwardian drama peaks with an audience of 10.5 million

The X Factor judges: Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne, Gary Barlow and Nicole Scherzinger

X Factor 2013: 11m tune into Sunday night's show

The new series of the X Factor has continued to pull in audiences after more than 11 million people tuned in to watch the second episode.

Vanessa Feltz is set to compete for Strictly's glitter ball trophy

Strictly Come Dancing 2013: Vanessa Feltz first contestant confirmed for the glitter ball battle

After her very public meltdown on Celebrity Big Brother one might have thought Vanessa Feltz would have sworn off reality television shows. But the broadcaster and DJ has been unveiled as the first contestant on this year’s Strictly Come Dancing competition.

Sam Evans wins this years Big Brother at Elstree Studios, Borehamwood.

ITV boss Peter Fincham calls for 'new Big Brother' to safeguard British television

ITV's chief today called for "a new Big Brother" to safeguard the future of British television and warned that the supply of big entertainment shows "is drying up".

Alesha Dixon and fellow Britain's Got Talent judges Simon Cowell and Amanda Holden

Britain's Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon pregnant with her first child

Britain's Got Talent judge Alesha Dixon is pregnant with her first child.

Jo Whiley at the Brit Awards 2013

Jo Whiley: Britain's Got Talent and The Voice make my skin crawl

DJ Jo Whiley has criticised Britain's Got Talent and The Voice - saying that contestants do not know what they are letting themselves in for.

Katherine Jenkins has parted company with her record label Warner Music

Katherine Jenkins parts from record label Warner Music

Singer Katherine Jenkins has parted company with her record label but said she is "excited" about her next move.

Bruce Forsyth poses for photographs after receiving his knighthood in 2011

Britain's Got Talent: Sir Bruce Forsyth renews attack on Simon Cowell over risk of 'emotional damage' on children

Sir Bruce Forsyth has criticised Simon Cowell, saying young acts on his Britain's Got Talent show face "emotional damage" from the pressure of performing.

ITV axes skating show: Next series of Dancing On Ice to be the last

Popular TV series Dancing On Ice is to be axed after one further series, it was announced today.

Former Westlife star Shane Filan who has signed a solo record deal, just months after being declared bankrupt.

Westlife star Shane Filan launches solo career after bankruptcy

Former Westlife star Shane Filan has signed a solo record deal, just months after being declared bankrupt.

Man About Town: From champagne in Paris to fashion at Aintree to... champagne in London

In the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the alien Ford Prefect describes hyperspace travel to earthling Arthur Dent as “unpleasantly like being drunk”. When Arthur asks what’s so bad about being drunk, Ford replies: “You ask a glass of water.”

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