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Last Night: Hell's Kitchen, ITV1

Editor-At-Large: Take your partners, please, and marvel at the campest, sexiest show on television

Some things in life are so unexpected, they knock you for six.Forget the tears and timbales, the raging and risottos in Gordon Ramsay's Hell's Kitchen. A series hosted by old lantern-jaw himself, Bruce Forsyth, is the best thing on television right now. Every now and then the BBC comes up with an idea that makes the licence fee worth it. It makes all their self-congratulatory promotions tolerable. Strictly Come Dancing, beamed to your living-room each Saturday night from the unlikely venue of the Town Ballroom in Blackpool, marries celebrities with the extraordinary world of competitive ballroom dancing, with its fixed grins, sequins, robotic swirls and swoops. It has borrowed a few tricks from reality shows such as Pop Idol, with a jury of cheerless snarling experts, a large audience who clearly love the show and a sense of ruthlessness that dominates the proceedings. Phone voting by viewers makes up 50 per cent of the score, but the professional marking system, like that of ice-dancing, is an unfatho

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The recipe for success

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Mike Rowbottom: Smith et al could use a spell on Hell's Sofa

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He could have been a contender

Few stars had a bigger, better more starry start than Sylvester Stallone. `Rocky' catapulted him to fame and millions. But, argues Nick Hasted, the man is a failure.

Queen and country

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England's forward march

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A family execution: Murder in the Heart (1): For nearly 40 years, Tommy Thompson ruled his family by violence and sexual abuse. Then, one day, his two captive daughters couldn't take any more. They blasted him with a shotgun as he lay convulsed in a fit. From a new book which reconstructs the three women's lives, this first extract uncovers the beginnings of a terrible history

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