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British Vendée Globe hopes on show

Record-breaking will be on the agenda today as a clutch of Open 60s joins Skandia Cowes Week for a 50-mile dash round the Isle of Wight.

Last Night's TV: Gok's Fashion Fix, Channel 4<br />Scrubs, E4<br />Grey's anatomy, Five<br />Heroes, BBC2

Naturally, I get a lot of enquiries from members of the public eager, having seen the above photo, for my style advice. To save you the trouble of asking, this season's big look is: lots of hair! Corduroy suits! And glasses! Just like last season, in fact, and several seasons before that. Because style never goes out of fashion. Still, for those who can't carry off the corduroy look, there's always programmes such as Gok's Fashion Fix, in which Gok Wan offers fashion advice to the nation. He is assisted in this by Alexa Chung, who, I am assured by my friendly neighbourhood teenagers, is cool to a world-historic degree – so cool, in fact, that in dating the lead singer of the Arctic Monkeys, she is actually slumming it a bit. But it's undoubtedly Gok who is the main attraction here, partly because of his encouraging manner – where Trinny and Susannah would offer a sharp intake of breath, he's more likely to give a joyous shriek of "Girlfriend!" – but more because he is one of those few blessed or cursed beings who swim through television as naturally as an otter through a stream, never seeming as if he is consciously performing. In this, he is the natural heir to, say, Davina McCall and Robert Robinson (whose ability to stand utterly unfazed in front of a camera is the subject of some grousing in his memoirs). To be fair, I can't imagine Mr Robinson ever congratulating Geri Halliwell on purchasing a pair of gold shorts from River Island for a mere nine quid with the words "Girlfriend, that's a Gok high-five", and not only because his name isn't Gok.

Big Brother begins &ndash; but does anybody still care?

Tonight, for the ninth year in a row, the presenter Davina McCall will bound enthusiastically on to our television screens to unveil this year's Big Brother contestants, including a Muslim convert, a Thai Buddhist and a reformed gangster who was deported from America.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: From the right to free expression to a duty to offend

One is required to deride Mary Whitehouse. But if no watch is kept, society ends up depraved

Last Night's TV: Sex Change Soldier, Channel 4<br/>A Cook's Tour Of Spain, Channel 4

Now that's what you call an about-turn

Huge rise in number of home births

More women want to have babies at home, despite a chronic shortage of midwives

Davina McCall: 'I'm fine. Really. It just hurts so much'

Davina McCall, host of Sport Relief this week, is like a big sister on the telly. But mention her mother and she cannot hide the pain

Review: Sir Derek and the Devil &ndash; the perfect antidote to visual tartrazine

Summerhill, BBC1, CBBC; A Boy Called Alex, Channel 4; Reaper, E4; In the Night Garden, CBBC

Sport on TV: Dennis swaps his dress for distress as reality dawns

Rodman was trying to ensure that his fears of celibacy were to prove groundless

First Night: Celebrity Big Brother, Channel 4

The cream of the Z-list grasps chance to revive careers

Television: They should apologise for the delay

I was in a garden centre last weekend - just to get some daffodils for Easter, you understand - and there was a Millennium Wheelbarrow for sale. I promise: a Millennium Wheelbarrow. As far as I could tell, it did not have a jet engine or any Charlie Dimmock-repelling laser cannons, but I suppose horticultural hardware manufac- turers have just as much right to use the "M" word as anyone else. They certainly have as much right to use it as TV executives do, and they'll call any programme millennial as long as it isn't adapted from a Jane Austen novel.

Light entertainment: Saturday: it will be all light on the night

Yesterday, a new Saturday early evening series started on BBC1. And if that doesn't seem like a big deal, remember how rarely it is that the words "new" and "Saturday early evening series" rub shoulders. Get Your Act Together has moved into The Generation Game's time slot, and The Generation Game, as its name suggests, has survived 28 years and three presenters. The next programme is Noel's House Party, which has been partying- like-it's-1999 ever since 1991 - 1982 if you count Noel Edmonds's Late Late Breakfast Show. Over on ITV there's Blind Date, and its first ever contestants have now got grandchildren.

This magazine for men sells 775,000 copies a month. These magazines for men don't. Spot the difference. (Sad, isn't it?)

It was revealed last week that editorial executives at the American magazine Movieline had vetoed a cover in which a portion of Elizabeth Hurley's left buttock was seen peeking from beneath a fur wrap. This was too shocking for American sensibilities. So the tremulous suits were concerned they would lose their jobs if La Hurley's bare skin was revealed on their cover.

The tickets said 'Antigua'. But we ended up in a hotel at the airport

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