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The new star heaped praise upon the touching EastEnders storyline his character Mick Carter has been part of

Culture: Scandal doesn't guarantee sales

Julie Myerson, the author of The Lost Child, has been widely condemned in the media for supposedly "cashing in" on the drug problems of her 20-year-old son Jake. "Julie has betrayed Jake in order to further her own ambition," wrote Tim Lott in The Independent on Sunday last week. "She will, no doubt, prosper professionally as a result."

Parties: Is it bed time already?

Innuendo and smut were the watchwords at the Artesian, the buzzy bar of the Langham Hotel, London recently. Crammed into the slick new venue was a raucous harem of female novelists and their partners, all celebrating the launch of In Bed With, an anthology of erotic short stories.

Pandora: The curious case of Brangelina

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were two of the most eagerly-anticipated guests at last night's Baftas, having won three nominations between them. But I'm told that the Hollywood couple's attendance was far from guaranteed. In fact, as the first of the guests arrived on the red carpet, organisers claimed that they still weren't sure whether "Brangelina" would make it.

Hours previously, Jolie had been pictured in Thailand, which she was visiting in her role as a United Nations' Goodwill Ambassador and, although she had booked a suite at London's Dorchester hotel, she hadn't been photographed since.

"We don't know for certain if they're coming at all," fretted one spokesperson for the event. Happily – and to the relief of the waiting paparazzi – the beautiful twosome arrived in good time, explaining that they had spent the day indoors enjoying tea and scones.

Editor-At-Large: BBC was right to get the stupid celeb out of there

Carol Thatcher, martyr in the cause of free speech or dumb blonde? Again the BBC runs a news story about itself – the sacking of Carol from The One Show – because she described a black tennis player as a "golliwog". It's not great when a news organisation that's supposed to represent a gold standard of reporting decides that the sacking of a part-time reporter is more worthy of inclusion on the main news than school closures, the demise of the high street, or interest rates. Given this self-obsession, can we expect a news flash if Jonathan Ross's wife Jane stops dyeing her hair that unfortunate shade of shocking pink? Who decides these things?

Jonathan Ross in fresh radio joke row

The BBC said today there was "clearly no intention to offend anyone" as a joke by Jonathan Ross on his comeback radio show put him at the centre of a fresh row.

Jonathan Ross calls 'were madness'

The prank calls made to Andrew Sachs by Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross were "an act of broadcasting madness", Director of BBC Vision Jana Bennett has said.

Ed Vaizey: In a downturn, people will question the value of the licence fee

We in the Conservative party are fans of the BBC. In an uncertain world, the BBC provides a great resource for publicly-funded high-quality content. When looking for a solution to the future of public service broadcasting, we want one that is the least damaging to the BBC's integrity.

Terence Blacker: The serious lessons in a trivial matter

What, at the end of one of the most momentous weeks in modern history, will dominate the news this weekend? The progress of the first black president of the United States? The meltdown in our banking system? Almost certainly both stories will give way to coverage of another event – the return to work of a light entertainment TV presenter. Tonight, a nation will hold its breath as Jonathan Ross tells Tom Cruise that it's really great to have him back on the show.

'Where were we?' The return of Jonathan Ross

Prancing on to the set of his chat show to the tune of Take That's "Never Forget", Jonathan Ross began his long-awaited public comeback yesterday with four words: "So where were we?"

Mark Lawson

In the article about Jonathan Ross, 'So, did anyone miss him?' (14 January 2009), we wrote that Mark Lawson had told the Radio Times that Ross should " 'Ship Out!'. In fact this was the headline of the Radio Times article but was not a quote from Mark Lawson.

Ross pledges Bafta awards surprise

Jonathan Ross has promised to slip in an "improbable word" when he hosts the Bafta film awards next month.

Jonathan Ross to host BAFTA awards

Controversial presenter Jonathan Ross extends his broadcast rehabilitation next month when he presents the BAFTA film awards, organisers said today.

Ross set for return to BBC

Friday Night With Jonathan Ross will return to the BBC on January 23 following the presenter's suspension over a prank phone.

Sachsgate, the death of kiss 'n' tell – and start of a very big squeeze

The BBC was shamed by a phone call while an orgy brought humiliation to the News of the World. But as the media faces economic meltdown, has it learnt from the errors of 2008, asks Ian Burrell
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