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After weeks of kneading, icing and collapsing gingerbread houses, the nation must have a winner. The Great British Bake Off champion will be named tonight after a BBC2 series that has proved a surprise ratings hit.

Confidential social services files 'found on set' of TV drama, says MP

Dozens of confidential social services files, including notes on the Victoria Climbie case, have been found at an old town hall which is being used as a set for a TV drama, an MP has said.

Holby City accused of using 'unsafe' drug in storyline

Doctors have accused the BBC of bowing to pharmaceutical industry propaganda after a storyline in an episode of the hospital drama series Holby City featured an expensive drug that is widely regarded as "ineffective and unsafe".

How We Met: Guy Henry & Hugh Bonneville

'Our den became party central; everyone from the local would come to ours till 3am'

JB Shorts 4, Joshua Brooks Bar, Manchester

The little festival of six playets known as JB Shorts is becoming something of a tradition in Manchester. This is the fourth year in which a group of writers and actors from TV soaps get together to do the kind of work that they wouldn't be allowed to do on the telly but which was what brought them into writing and acting in the first place. Denizens of Emmerdale, EastEnders, Coronation Street, Holby City, Casualty, Two Pints of Lager, Heartbeat produce two hours that are polished, poignant and provocative.

Simon MacCorkindale: British actor who played Greg Reardon in the US soap opera 'Falcon Crest' and Dr Harry Harper in 'Casualty'

Playing Simon Doyle in the 1978 film version of Agatha Christie's Death On The Nile opened the door for Simon MacCorkindale to join a spate of British actors who found fame on American television in the early 1980s.

Carol Sarler: Saunders beat the medi-porn merchants, too

Admiration for a star who spared us her tale of taking on cancer

Should the Gold Blend couple get back together?

In the 1980s, the Gold Blend couple kept viewers hanging on, in serialised ads that made sales soar. Nestlé may want to reheat the idea, but times have changed, says Claire Beale

NHS claims blamed on 'Holby effect'

Unrealistic expectations of what medical care can achieve are fostered by television series such as Holby City, leading patients to seek legal redress when miracles do not happen, it was claimed yesterday.

Ready To Wear: Redheads are having a moment

Redheads are having a moment. Not on the catwalk or indeed in the newly unveiled autumn/winter 2009 advertising campaigns – redheads are far too rare and risky a business in the current climate when the order of the day is to keep things as safe as the proverbial houses. I'm thinking instead of the single redeeming feature in the appropriately desperate 'Desperate Romantics' – the burnished locks of muse Lizzie Siddal played by Amy Manson who verily has the most gorgeous hair known to television. Then of course, there's the star of the forthcoming American 'Vogue' documentary, 'The September Issue', Grace Coddington, to consider, whose mane of red hair establishes her as the agent provocateur of the piece where for the most part, once again, appealing to the many rather than the few is the driving force.

Lyons claimed £251 taxi fare

Sir Michael Lyons, the chairman of the BBC Trust, claimed £251.80 on a taxi to take him home from the London final of Strictly Come Dancing.

Last Night's Television - 24, Sky1

Hit the road, Jack

For You, Linbury Studio, London <br>Matilde di Shabran, Royal Opera House, London<br>I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Grand Theatre, Leeds

Michael Berkeley and Ian McEwan's new music drama is nasty, ghoulish and yet ineffectual

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Mention casual gaming to Peter Molyneux, founder of game developers Lionhead, and the expression that passes across his face could barely look less casual. "There's a lot more people jumping on boards and waving sticks and doing casual games, and an awful lot of publishers now are literally going out and trying to create games for those people", he responds. You can't help but get the impression that this might well vex him a little. "Only the games that are excruciatingly casual", he adds, "are making casual gamers feel good".

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