Arts and Entertainment Peep Show duo Mitchell and Webb

Alice Jones' Arts Diary: The novel takes the form of a series of letters from an obsessed fan to a TV game show hostess

Vincent Simone with his partner Susan Duddy and their three-year-old son Luca

Strictly Come Dancing star Vincent Simone to be father again

Strictly star Vincent Simone has spoken of his joy at being told he and his partner are expecting their second child just as they were preparing to start fertility treatment.

Simon Cowell has launched a new talent contest You Generation

Simon Cowell plans hands-on return to 'my baby' X Factor

Simon Cowell has said he will have a more hands-on role on The X Factor as he considers it to be his "baby".

Branson Jr’s wedding attire is all white, or is it?

Unless you are the bride, it is generally considered poor form to wear white to a wedding. It appears, however, that no one told Sam Branson this as he turned up to his own nuptials in a white tuxedo.

Splash! star Linda Barker, who said she was

Linda Barker 'astounded' by reaction to her bikini-clad appearance on Splash!

Splash! star Linda Barker said she was "astounded" by the reaction to her appearance on the diving show and admitted she had to be talked into wearing a bikini for the cameras.

Martin McCutcheon has declared herself bankrupt

Bankrupt Martine McCutcheon 'touched' by support from fans

Martine McCutcheon has thanked fans for their support after she was declared bankrupt.

Claire Sweeney 'thrilled' at engagement and baby plans

Former Brookside star Claire Sweeney said she is "thrilled" after getting engaged to her toyboy fiance who is 14 years her junior and says the pair plan to tie the knot in the House of Lords.

Bride of Strictly winner Harry Judd lost sleep worrying about wedding dance steps

The new bride of 2011's Strictly Come Dancing champ Harry Judd was unable to sleep on the eve of their wedding - because she was worried about remembering the moves to their first dance.

Carol Vorderman counts down to pilot licence after spending Christmas flying high

The Loose Women host has been clocking up the air miles to fulfil a lifelong dream of obtaining a pilot's licence

'Luxury socks' on Rod Stewart's Christmas list according to Penny Lancaster

Veteran rocker Rod Stewart is easy to buy Christmas presents for according to his wife.

Darcey Bussell: I want to be a more hands-on Strictly Come Dancing judge

Strictly Come Dancing judge Darcey Bussell has told how she finds it frustrating to be stuck behind the judges' desk and she would prefer to be more "hands-on" as a judge.

The News Matrix: Thursday 13 December 2012

Google head 'proud of tax avoidance'

The News Matrix: Wednesday 12 December 2012

Family to receive more than £320,000

The News Matrix: Tuesday 11 December 2012

Charities 'must be more self-sufficient'

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50 Shades of Grey boost for Ann Summers hailed by lingerie tycoon

Ann Summers tycoon Jacqueline Gold says the success of saucy literary hit 50 Shades of Grey has led to sales at her chain going through the roof.

The News Matrix: Monday 10 December 2012

Smoking linked to infant meningitis

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A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
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Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

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Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?

Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world...

But could his predictions of war do the same?
Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

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Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?
Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

Sadly though, the Lawrence of Arabia star is not around to lend his own critique
Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve
Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition: It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans

Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

Besiktas vs Arsenal

Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie
Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

As the Northern Irishman prepares for the Barclays, he finds time to appear on TV in the States, where he’s now such a global superstar that he needs no introduction
Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

The 16-year-old will become the sport’s youngest-ever driver when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next season
Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

But belated attempts to unite will be to no avail if the Sunni caliphate remains strong in Syria, says Patrick Cockburn
Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

Following last week's report on prison suicides, the former inmate asks how much progress we have made in the 50 years since the abolition of capital punishment