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Something strange happened while I was watching the new series of US legal drama The Good Wife (More4) this week. I found myself humming the theme tune from Australian soap opera Home and Away. It was my unconscious mind's way of serenading new addition to the cast, Melissa George.

Tudor Monastery Farm: TV review

In BBC2's Tudor Monastery Farm, Ruth Goodman gives every impression of preferring to live in a back-breaking past than the convenience-culture present, with nothing seeming to faze her, least of all bathing a sheep in a duck pond. "I'll be honest… I thought that was great fun," she said breathlessly but somewhat redundantly.

Restaurant review: River Cottage Canteen, St John's Court, Whiteladies Road, Bristol

Tracey Macleod visits Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's latest River Cottage Canteen housed in a former church hall in Bristol. But will she be subjected to lengthy sermons about locavorism and sourcing fish responsibly?

A ban on dumping fish is just the start - and public pressure must be kept up

We should move to catching only those fish needed in the first place

Minister hails excess fish dumping ban

The UK Government today hailed an EU agreement to introduce a blanket ban on dumping dead fish back in the sea.

Is Britain getting battered in the great fishing battle?

Supporters of sustainable policies are fighting subsidies to huge trawlers, reports Mark Leftly
The reductions of up to 2p per litre from August follow cuts for many dairy farmers imposed in the spring

Supermarkets called to summit as chefs urge boycott over milk prices

Supermarkets have been called to a government summit over plummeting milk prices as dairy farmers threaten to bring supplies to a standstill.

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall has been criticising Morrisons

We're ready to cut off milk supply, farmers warn

Dairy producers threaten supermarket blockade unless price cuts are reversed by end of month

EU ministers agree to ban fishing ships from throwing away their excess catch

EU ministers have agreed to ban fishing ships from throwing away their excess catch, a controversial practice that has seen millions of tonnes of edible fish thrown away since the introduction of strict EU fishing quotas forty years ago.

Bloomsbury gets ebook boost

Strong sales of best-selling cookbooks and a surge in ebooks helped boost the publisher Bloomsbury in the final three months of 2011.

Diary: Hugh's hair-raising rescue

Bespectacled celebrity cook Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall may be a campaigner for sustainable fishing, but it sounds as though his sea legs recently deserted him. On Monday the River Cottager ran aground in his 19-foot boat West of Beer Head in Devon, with his 10-year-old son Oscar on board. Lifeboats were scrambled to rescue the stricken pair, and they were finally dragged from the perilous rocks after courageous crew-person Naomi Firth swam to their boat to attach the necessary tow rope and winch it ashore. But – double disaster – Firth did not even recognise the famous man off the telly whom she'd rescued. "Embarrassingly enough, it didn't register," Firth said afterwards. "He's had his hair cut."

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Chef killed herself after fearing she might be fired

A talented chef who was worried she was going to lose her job killed herself, despite being assured earlier in the day by the celebrity cook Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall that she was to be kept on.

Fish dumping must be banned to protect stocks, EU chief rules

The practice by European fishermen of throwing away large amounts of the fish they catch must end, the European Commission said yesterday, in outlining radical proposals to shake up Europe's Common Fisheries Policy (CFP).

MPs call for fishing quota change

The Government's approach to the trade in fishing quota has been criticised by a committee of MPs.

Chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall takes fish fight to Europe

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's campaign against wasting fish went on the road today - starting in Brussels and destined for Germany, France, Spain and Poland later this year.

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