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The Week in Radio: Williams was quick on his feet, and willing to cover mishaps with self-deprecating humour

Terence Blacker: We are the real savages of the show

The celebrities-in-a-wood show is back on TV. A Page Three girl has eaten a kangaroo's testicle and was worried, rather touchingly, that she might become pregnant. The show is a sort of annual ritual which follows a predictable routine – the pretty one in the "jungle" strips down to a bikini, the mad one gets madder, the presenters giggle on the sidelines, and so on. Outside, familiar controversies are revisited, too.

Taboo-buster: the dark side of Jimmy Carr

He's not afraid of tackling taboo subjects in his comedy. But is there a line Jimmy Carr wouldn't cross? Alice Jones delves into his dark side

Slough launches charm offensive to prove 'it's fit for humans now'

Slough's image as a concrete wasteland made it the butt of jokes for years. Poets have used its name as a byword for blandness and mediocrity. Now, after 71 years of slurs about its lack of joie de vivre, the beleaguered Berkshire town fights back.

The Weekend's TV: How The West Was Lost, Sat BBC4<br />Commercial Breakdown With Jimmy Carr, Sun BBC1

How the West Was Lost began with a classic Western takedown, a grizzled, taciturn veteran finally reacting to the provocations of a cocky young upstart.

Georgia: Home to a city fit for a king

Martin Luther King's home town of Atlanta was a place where a black man could dare to dream. Forty years after MLK's death, Marcel Theroux rakes over the embers

Preview: Leicester Comedy Festival, Various Venues, Leicester

Laugh? My audience nearly died

Jimmy Carr: Public Display of Affection, International Conference Centre, Edinburgh

Jimmy Carr arrived in town like a Rolls-Royce, smug in the knowledge that he had the power to match his spotless appearance.

Carr moved to softer jail after hearing

Maxine Carr was transferred to a "softer" jail closer to her home town after appearing in court on 20 new charges yesterday.

Poster man on fatal shooting charge was 'set up' jury told

A flyposter charged with shooting two men, one of whom died, in a city centre yesterday told a court that he was nowhere near the scene of the attack.

Fly-poster `was shot by partner'

A man who was shot four times in a gun attack in which a second man was killed had a virtual monopoly on a city's fly-posting business for 12 years, a court was told yesterday.

Murder linked to battle for fly-posting sites

TERRITORIAL battles for illegal fly-posting sites may have led to the murder in Manchester of a man sticking posters to a wall in the central red light district.
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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
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Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

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Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
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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
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Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

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