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

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Staffroom Tales: Birds, bees, bunnies and cartoon couples

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My secret life: Nina Wadia, actress, 39

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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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