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Greeting us with a characteristic "Hey, y'all", Elizabeth Cook delivered a piece of Nashville to London last night. Like a life-size Barbie doll in a figure-hugging dress and cowboy boots, she tossed her blonde mane and clapped her hands together girlishly before wrapping her glossed lips around a set more emotive than the EastEnders baby-swap plot.

Diary: Arizona slaughter shames Palin and her media allies

And so ended Sarah Palin's presidential ambitions, in Arizona, not with a whimper but with a series of bangs. Whether or not shooter Jared Loughner proves to be a Tea Partier, Palin's tweeted "Do not retreat. Reload!" rallying cry now takes its place as the shortest suicide note in history.

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Grieving mothers are to meet BBC bosses after record complaints, but viewing figures are up

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EastEnders bosses are to bring the controversial baby death plot - which has prompted almost 6,000 complaints from viewers - to an early end.

BBC receives 6,000 complaints for soap

More than 6,000 complaints about an Eastenders plot had been logged with the BBC last night and the number is expected to keep rising.

EastEnders actress denies leaving over baby-swop plot

EastEnders star Samantha Womack has insisted her decision to leave the soap has nothing to do with her controversial cot death storyline.

'Archers' fans may feel deflated, but they should have faith

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