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Diary: Marco gets on the gravy train

Easily angered chef Marco Pierre White is a compelling televisual presence, so anyone who saw him fire John McCririck from Hell's Kitchen (for criticising his food) will be disappointed to learn that he's just turned down the chance to make a prime-time cooking programme for the BBC – as well as an equally lucrative project for a Canadian broadcaster.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Royal Opera House, London<br/>The Centaur &amp; the Animal, Sadler's Wells, London

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Arthouse veterans add an extra dimension to Berlin

Films about food didn't sate cinephiles' appetites at the 61st Berlin Film Festival, but the new movies by Werner Herzog and Wim Wenders thrill in 3D, says Geoffrey Macnab

P is for product placement as TV shows sell out to advertisers

Ofcom, the media regulator, today unveils its new on-screen warning signal designed to alert viewers to the presence of product placement in television programmes.

Too hot for America: the TV show Skins

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How We Met: Mark Sargeant &amp; Al Murray

'There are things I'm happier talking about with him than with mates I've had since I was 11'

Chef who felt the sharp end of Ramsay's tongue is found dead

They are words of typically forthright advice that have come back to haunt Gordon Ramsay. During the first season of the US version of his Emmy-winning show Kitchen Nightmares, the celebrity chef berated the owner of the failing Campania restaurant in New Jersey, telling him that unless he sorted out his lacklustre food and poor service his business was "about to fucking swim down the Hudson".

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Pétrus, 1 Kinnerton Street, London

The owners of long-established restaurants, as of newspapers, need to keep making changes to keep things fresh. A subtle redesign, some fashionable new ingredients, maybe even a shake-up of personnel. What they don't normally do is throw everything out but the name, and start again with completely new content.

Top chef Raymond Blanc slams 'TV sensationalism'

Michelin-starred chef Raymond Blanc has criticised the TV industry for "sensationalising" food.

Pandora: Attitude readers to go wild for McCambley?

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Andrew Marr dons a vintage bathing suit for the filming of A History of Modern Britain

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