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Move over X Factor: Morecambe and Wise and Only Fools and Horses top ultimate TV poll

The shows were voted for by Radio Times readers who were asked to choose their ultimate TV schedule

Places such as Leigh Creek have suffered from extreme weather; more than 123 heat records were broken in Australia last summer

He called climate change ‘crap’ – now Australia’s new Prime Minister abolishes watchdog

Eminent scientist is sacked as Tony Abbott fulfils election pledge to streamline bureaucracy

David Attenborough says sending food to famine-ridden countries is 'barmy'

Veteran broadcaster has called for a debate on population control

David Attenborough on large families: A wolf in safari clothing?

This week the TV naturalist sounded a population warning, announcing "Things are going to get worse" if we have large families

Thompson stood down after eight years in 2012

BBC severance row: Corporation's 'big beasts' Lord Patten and Mark Thompson gear up for battle that only one can win

Current BBC chairman and former Director-General will provide theatre in front of Public Accounts Committee

Cultural life: KT Tunstall, Musician

Cultural life: KT Tunstall, Musician

'Sometimes I really hunker down in my old records'

Page 3 Profile: Bjork, singer

Oscar Quine

The pair have teamed up to make a documentary on the world of “nature, technology and music” which airs today

When Björk Met Attenborough: The Icelandic punk, the national treasure and a display of rather remarkable human behaviour

Ahead of the airing of a documentary made with the acclaimed naturalist, the eccentric musician tells Sarah Morrison how the pair found common ground in each other's fields

Jonathan Ross has signed a further chat show deal with ITV

Wossy the matter? Jonathan Ross signs further chat show deal with ITV

Presenter Jonathan Ross has signed a further deal with ITV to extend his chat show on the station until the end of next year.

Sir David in the BBC ‘s critically acclaimed Frozen Planet series

The future of BBC's blockbuster nature shows such as Frozen Planet and Life under threat

Broadcaster risks losing flagship programs following claims major backer will not renew multi-million pound deal

Chris Hadfield performs David Bowie's Space Oddity

The real Star Man: David Bowie champions Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield's 'Space Oddity' cover

Hadfield rocks a triumphant returns to Earth to the sound of a classic Bowie tune

Nnow and then: The Mucking landfill site (top) is now a nature park, with a visitor centre (bottom)

Where there's Mucking, there's grass: For 50 years an old quarry was a giant rubbish dump. Now it's a thriving nature reserve

An Essex landfill site which once took 15 per cent of all London's rubbish has been ingeniously transformed into a nature reserve. The tip, full to a depth of 30 metres with the capital's garbage, was first covered with earth and then turned into grassland. Here, and in adjacent wetland and wooded areas, hundreds of rare species now thrive.

Sir David Attenborough is to present Tweet Of The Day on Radio 4

Sir David Attenborough to bring bird song to Radio 4 with Tweet Of The Day

Fans of Sir David Attenborough are in for a tweet after the veteran broadcaster signed up to present a new series devoted to birdsong.

Madness perform at the Olympics Closing Ceremony

Madness gig to mark end of era at BBC

Madness will kick-start a farewell to BBC Television Centre with an hour-long concert tonight to celebrate the building's 53-year history.

According to a new BBC4 documentary, 'Lights! Camera! Action! Tales of Television Centre' – some Play School presenters even went in front of the camera after smoking

Goodbye Television Centre: Stars gather to say farewell to London home of BBC

Familiar faces will gather to say a fond farewell to BBC Television Centre for a two-hour TV special as the corporation leaves one of its most recognisable homes after more than half a century.

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