Sport Adrian Chiles has been voted the most gaffe-prone footballing pundit

Brummie has two ill-advised quips in list of the top 10 gaffes this season - plus we take a look at the greatest gaffes of all-time

Joanna Froggatt as Anna Bates, who was raped by a visiting valet in Downton Abbey

Viewers complain following Downton Abbey rape scene

A spokesman for the drama said the events in the episode were 'acted and directed with great sensitivity'

Jeremy Paxman: 'There were several bad decisions'

Jeremy Paxman 'thought about quitting' when Newsnight was embroiled in BBC scandals over Savile and McAlpine

Host admits BBC2 current affairs flagship show was damaged

John McCririck claims he lost his job with broadcaster purely based on his age

Racing pundit John McCririck was dropped because he was 'unappealing and irritating', tribunal told

Senior executive says commentator's 'exaggerated tone' had become out of step with Channel 4's coverage

Rape helpline calls soar a year after first Jimmy Savile allegations emerge

Rape Crisis England have reported a "huge" rise in demand for its services a year after Savile documentary was aired

Gary Lineker has admitted that he wanted the BBC to get Gary Neville on Match of the Day

'I wish we had Gary Neville on Match of the Day', admits Gary Lineker as he defends the BBC's flagship football show

Lineker claims that analysts on the highlight show cannot fit in the same detailed analysis as Sky into their limited coverage

Scouse is ‘Britain’s least friendly accent,’ says survey

People from Liverpool have the most untrustworthy accents in the UK, according to a survey.

Wayne Rooney is delighted with his own form but wouldn't reveal if he is happy as a United player

Manchester United 4 Bayer Leverkusen 2: Wayne Rooney rebuffs questions on pursuit of switch to Chelsea after man of the match performance in Champions League

200 goals for Manchester United, but how many more? Wayne Rooney shoots down Bayer Leverkusen, but refuses to confirm he is now happy at the club

'The Store' will offer the chance to buy products sponsored by television presenters including Melanie Sykes

ITV brand to launch 24-hour shopping channel

Consumer products firm JML is to launch a new round-the-clock shopping station in partnership with ITV

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Viktoria Plzen v Manchester City: Champions League match preview

A look ahead to tonight’s Champions League fixture in the Czech Republic

Robin van Persie scores from the penalty spot against Crystal Palace on Saturday

Champions League: Manchester United v Bayer Leverkusen match preview

A look ahead to tonight’s Champions League tie at Old Trafford

Rickie Lambert (middle) celebrates scoring England’s winner

World Cup qualifiers Group H: England v Moldova match preview

A look ahead to tonight’s World Cup Qualifier at Wembley Stadium

Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell's accuser denies lying over alleged abuse

Victim broke down in tears in the witness box as she claimed that the actor raped her as she clutched a teddy bear

The X Factor judges: Louis Walsh, Sharon Osbourne, Gary Barlow and Nicole Scherzinger

X Factor 2013: 11m tune into Sunday night's show

The new series of the X Factor has continued to pull in audiences after more than 11 million people tuned in to watch the second episode.

TV review: Through the Keyhole: Who would work in a suit like this?

A long-gone, winning formula gets a revival – and the result is appallingly watchable

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Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

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Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
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