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From phone-in votes to choose foster parents to game shows where vital organs are the prize, the latest reality shows from the country that gave us Big Brother, pictured, are more extreme than ever

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Why Channel 4's next celebrity eviction must be 'Big Brother' itself

Big Brother begins – 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.

TV executive faces jail in Dubai for barely visible cannabis speck

A London-based television executive is facing four years in jail after an amount of cannabis weighing less than a grain of sugar was found in his bag at Dubai airport.

Silver surfers hit real estate

Graham Norwood finds more and more OAPs are using the net to find property

Endemol targets Dyke to lead £1.75bn float

Greg Dyke, the former director general of the BBC, has been approached by Endemol ahead of the media company's planned flotation this year.

Mark Seddon: Only the election will put an end to this feud

Until now, Brown and Blair have always known that they hang together or are hung separately

Time Warner in talks to buy maker of 'Big Brother'

Endemol, the television production company behind Big Brother, Ready Steady Cook and Ground Force, has received a €2bn (£1.4bn) takeover bid from the American media giant Time Warner.

Let's skip the ads...

Peter Bazalgette, the broadcasting executive who brought reality television to Britain, tells Ian Burrell why the commercial break will soon be dead

Tycoon increases United stake

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