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The Great British Bake Off star Mary Berry has condemned much of TV for being "violent and cruel" and revealed that she "hates" Gordon Ramsay's shows.

Outside the Box: Pulis and Beattie go head to head in Hell's Kitchen

Sparks should fly in Hell's Kitchen at the Britannia Stadium on 10 March, when Tony Pulis and James Beattie, last weekend's combatants after the Arsenal-Stoke game, are the advertised star guests in a cooking event with Marco Pierre White, who these days has to be preceded by the moniker "TV chef".

Pandora: Wanted: a Conservative Catherine Tate-a-like

Red hair? Regional accent? Then you too could star in the Conservatives' next political campaign.

Hit & Run: The brazen invasion

The British are coming, and they're smug, swaggering, middle-aged authority figures. How is it that the faces our nation presents to the world have come to be those of Simon Cowell, Jeremy Clarkson, Gordon Ramsay and Piers Morgan? And why is the world – or America, at the very least – so keen on them?

Turandot, Puccini, English National Opera, London Coliseum

Anyone thinking of ordering Chinese takeaway some time soon might consider doing so before seeing Rupert Goold's audacious new staging of Puccini's Turandot. Visits to one's local Red Dragon might never be the same again. Imagine an episode of Gordon Ramsay's "Kitchen Nightmares" crossed with Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill and you’re thinking along the right lines.

Pandora: Mrs Brown arranges a party – over Twitter

While Gordon Brown's popularity tumbles ever lower, his wife Sarah seems able to do no wrong.

Speech Debelle: The night I won the Mercury Prize

How does it feel to be the first female artist in seven years to scoop the coveted award? What do the nominees eat for dinner? And what is La Roux really like? Speech Debelle reveals all

Queen Anne: Television royalty

Anne Robinson has been a tabloid journalist, a consumer champion and a terrifying game show host. Even the Conservative Party tried to hire her. But now she's broken the ranks of youthful female BBC presenters to take on the fat cats in a new show. John Walsh meets a true one-off

Black sheep! Even the best families have one

The uncle of Kate Middleton, Prince William's girlfriend, was alleged in the press to be a drug-dealing ne'er-do-well. Most of us have an embarrassing parent, sibling or child. Andrew Johnson looks at the ties that bind – and humiliate

Australian PM is latest to join the 'I hate Ramsay' club

Rudd steps in after chef likens TV presenter to image of pig-faced woman

Australian PM lays into 'lowlife' Ramsay

The Australian Prime Minister described Gordon Ramsay as a "new form of lowlife" today in the wake of comments the celebrity chef allegedly made about a television presenter down under.

Toby Young: The harsh reality of letting Susan Boyle sing

As someone who has served as a judge on various reality-TV shows (including BBC2's Eating with the Enemy and ITV's Hell's Kitchen), I followed the story of Susan Boyle's admission to the Priory clinic with a good deal of interest. Were Simon Cowell, Piers Morgan and Amanda Holden – the judges on Britain's Got Talent – in some way culpable?

Hit & Run: The Tao of Marco

He's a wizard," gushed the former Dynasty star Linda Evans, adding, "He's irresistible – a complex man with fascinating qualities." Gary Lineker's missus, Danielle Bux, said: "When he talks he's totally captivating. What is going through that crazy head?" And this from the married Bottom star Ade Edmondson: "There's something very sexy about people who use their hands like that – in that kind of venal way. He's like a wild animal."

The fall and fall of Gordon Ramsay

He serves ready-meals; his restaurants are no longer in the top 100; and now he's slipped off the Rich List. So, is it all over for the celebrity chef, or will he bounce back? Andy McSmith reports

White's American TV debut gets the chop

Prime-time reality show pulled by NBC after scathing reviews and 'embarrassing' ratings
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