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On Tuesday, Bermuda marks the 400th anniversary of its discovery by the British. But, Simone Kane asks, is it growing closer to America these days?

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Sarah Sands: What Walliams needs is a real, grown-up woman

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Fears of a clown: Walliams on guns, girls and gloom

Terror of being on his own drives his creativity, ‘Little Britain’ star tells ‘Desert Island Discs’

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The BBC is set to reveal the identity of David Tennant’s replacement as Doctor Who tomorrow.

Talk of the town: Gambon is the Guv’nor. Just watching him get out of a chair will give you goosebumps

As I said to David Walliams after watching No Man's Land, the last time I saw a four-hander it was on YouPorn. Nay, nay, and thrice nay!

Civil partner of Lucas set for £1m payout after split

Britain's first celebrity gay divorce was cleared by the courts yesterday when the comedian Matt Lucas was granted a legal separation from his partner in a case reported to be worth £15m.

What's the fuss about Pinter?

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Guy Adams: Who are these limey creeps?

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Cole Moreton: These Limeys may be too slimy for the States

We have stood shoulder to shoulder through times of war and crisis, but now the special relationship between Britain and America faces its biggest challenge yet. Can it withstand Little Britain USA? The show starts there tonight on HBO, but advance screenings have had the critics howling with dismay and indignation.

MBC PR and Little Britain

In an item in Tuesday's 'Pandora', 'Strange but is it true? The mysterious boycott of Little Britain', we quoted a New York radio presenter who said that he thought that the claimed West Hollywood Gay Lesbian Alliance protests about Little Britain's series for the USA were most likely planted by someone's publicist to generate publicity... ' We accept that MBC PR, publicists for Little Britain, did not do thiis. We also accept that 'Little Britain's new US show is not the 'most politically incorrect , offensive and obnoxious material ever seen in this country' and is suitable for broadcast. We apologise to all concerned.

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