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When Julia Smith and Tony Holland, the creators of EastEnders, were planning the BBC television serial that was to bring the rough and tough world of London's East End into millions of viewers' living rooms, they wrote of its central character, the downtrodden mother Pauline Fowler: "She's very conventional, and the salt of the earth. Jolly. Rounded. Someone you can get your arms round. She doesn't trust skinny people..."

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EastEnders featured an all-black cast for the first time in its 23-year history last night.

EastEnders' paedophile plot cleared by Ofcom



The EastEnders paedophile plotline was cleared of breaching broadcasting rules by watchdog Ofcom today.

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One play. Two roles. Opposite James McAvoy. Yikes, says the actress

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More babies are being born with Down's syndrome than at any time since screening began. Jerome Taylor discovers why

Staffroom Tales: Birds, bees, bunnies and cartoon couples

Recent tabloid headlines along the lines of "Condoms To Be Handed Out To 5 Year Olds!" must mean there has been some change in the government's sex education policy for schools. Reading the details a bit more closely, it becomes clear that the government is proposing such radical ideas as teaching 5-year-olds about relationships (I guess some of those children must have been wondering who the two adults were in their house who gave them with food and took them to school).

My secret life: Nina Wadia, actress, 39

The home I grew up in... was a one-bedroom, ground-floor space that regularly flooded during the monsoon season in Mumbai. My brother, sister and I squeezed together on the bed and my mum and dad slept on a mattress on the floor. Aged nine, we moved to a two-bedroom flat in Hong Kong. It was like moving to a mansion.

Bomb plot: Suicide videos modelled on 7 July ringleader

The defendants modelled their suicide videos on a recording made by 7 July ringleader Mohammad Sidique Khan.

Rally for knife victim, 16, as four are held

Hundreds of teenagers marched through north London yesterday to protest against knife culture after the murder at the weekend of a 16-year-old boy in a street attack. They passed the home of the London Mayor, Boris Johnson, who has vowed to tackle youth crime, on their way to the spot in Islington where Ben Kinsella was stabbed early on Sunday.

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