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Miriam O'Reilly has said she faced "seething resentment" when she returned to work at the BBC after winning an age discrimination case against the corporation.

Engelbert Humperdinck has been chosen as the UK entry for the Eurovision Song Contest

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World flocks to buy top BBC shows

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Midnight Tango, Aldwych Theatre

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Hopkins: his hunches were right

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Alesha Dixon quits Strictly Come Dancing for Britain's Got Talent

Strictly Come Dancing's Alesha Dixon is leaving the show to join the judging panel of hit ITV show Britain's Got Talent, the singer announced today.

Pompoms and marching batons took centre stage in London as more than 8,000 performers took part in the annual New Year’s Day Parade

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Pompoms and marching batons took centre stage in London as more than 8,000 performers took part in the annual New Year's Day Parade.

X Factor final viewing figures down

The X Factor final last night was down four million viewers on the previous year, figures showed today.

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