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The new star heaped praise upon the touching EastEnders storyline his character Mick Carter has been part of

A festive scene from ratings winner Mrs Brown's Boys

Mrs Brown's Boys wins festive ratings battle as EastEnders loses top spot

Mrs Brown's Boys wins festive ratings battle as EastEnders loses top spot

Natalie Cassidy is rejoining EastEnders

Natalie Cassidy set for EastEnders return as Sonia Fowler

Since her exit, Cassidy has become a reality TV star

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My Edinburgh: Mathew Baynton - Why the Fringe is a good place to wear a gimp mask

Yesterday, in Edinburgh, I was walking alongside a lady wearing high heels and a gimp mask. Her, not me. No-one walking past batted an eyelid. She had no flyers in her hand or any evidence of being in a show. I think she’d worked out that Edinburgh in August is a great place to be if you want to dress up oddly and not get funny looks.

Sarah Harding will appear as a judge on Britain's Got More Talent on ITV2

More Girls Aloud: Sarah Harding lands job as Britain's Got More Talent judge

Things might not have ended well between Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole on X Factor, but now the music mogul has recruited her Girls Aloud bandmate.

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Plebs: A funny thing happened on the way to the Colosseum

Plebs is set in Ancient Rome, but the sitcom tells timeless truths about life at the bottom of the pile, says its writer Tom Basden

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Plebs: A funny thing happened on the way to the Colosseum

Plebs is set in Ancient Rome, but the sitcom tells timeless truths about life at the bottom of the pile, says its writer Tom Basden

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Film: On the hunt for a Dyer Britcom

It made £602 in its first week, has been called 'as funny as  leprosy' and you can’t see it anywhere. Can Simon Usborne seek out Run for Your Wife?

Danny Dyer: I have a massive crush on Judi Dench

The English actor and media personality describes meeting a ghost, his new crush, and why he hates his "hard man" image

Last night's viewing - Citizen Khan, BBC1 Hunderby, Sky Atlantic

I had seen the hat before, I was sure of it. Mr Khan's, that is, from Citizen Khan. So I Googled it and sure enough, it was the very same hat worn by the Asian man in Mind Your Language – not the one with the turban but the other one who smiled unctuously and shook his head from side to side every time he spoke. Mr Khan didn't shake his head in the same way, but he may as well have done, and he certainly wore the same hat, which must have been gathering dust in ITV's costume cupboard since the late 1970s, before being taken up now, three decades later, by the BBC.

Observations: The BBC transplants Scandi-crime

A bleak cityscape at night, set to a pulsating musical score. In the corner of the screen the words “Day 1” appear before we cut to a murder scene. It could be an archetypal out take from the hit Danish drama Forbrydelsen, or The Killing, except that the city is Nottingham and this is a BBC drama with a British cast.

Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz ride out in 'The Bourne Legacy'

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Jeremy Renner's version of Matt Damon's hero has plenty of wham-bam but little complexity

'Bourne' movie franchise hands legacy to Jeremy Renner

Film franchises have seen prequels and sequels but when Matt Damon decided not to return for a fourth stint as rogue CIA agent Jason Bourne, producers opted for something different - the "same time-quel."

Robbie Grabarz on his way to winning high jump bronze last night

Leap of faith as Robbie Grabarz secures a high jump bronze

Briton who started year ranked 44 in world keeps Team GB on medal course

Gore Vidal (above) has yet to respond to the latest volley from Christopher Hitchens in their increasingly vitriolic feud

Author Gore Vidal dies at 86

Celebrated author, playwright and commentator Gore Vidal has died at the age of 86, his nephew said today.

Claire Soares: Those who can, can't always teach

In Gove's world, you need not bother training to stride into the class

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