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Harriet Walker: Whatever happened to New Year karma?

I never know what I'm going to do on New Year's Eve. That is, I can take a very vague guess: what I presume I will do is lie around for most of the day, then go somewhere, get drunk, wonder what all the fuss was about and go to sleep fully clothed round my friend's house.

Jacintha Saldanha, Kate Middleton, and how prank calls show comedy can be used for both good and ill

From Hogarth to Chris Morris, there is a long tradition in Britain of setting out to make people look foolish. Within that tradition, prank calls are the new lowest form of wit

Have you heard the one about the comedian competing against herself? Double Comedy Awards nod for Olivia Colman

There is double delight for Olivia Colman after she was nominated twice in the same category in the British Comedy Awards.

Danny Rogers on PR: A scandal not only of the BBC's making

“This is the worst crisis in 50 years at the BBC”. That was the splash headline of this newspaper exactly a week ago. It was a direct quote from John Simpson, the BBC's foreign editor. It now looks like hyperbole.

The Sorry News: What do Ashley Cole, Lewis Hamilton and Nick Clegg have in common?

They all know how to pull off the celebrity apology

Collins guilty of 'campaign of abuse' - but escapes jail

TV presenter’s punishment of 18 months' community service dismissed as 'derisory'

Graham Norton defends modern chat shows

TV star Graham Norton has hit back following Michael Parkinson's criticism of the current generation of chat show hosts, and bemoaned the rise of "goody goody" dramas.

Team GB fans show their support in a wholly positive way

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The Way I See It: Why accept conduct from footballers that we would not tolerate in a child?

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Pleasance off-site

Going to a site-specific show can be an oddly infantilising experience - standing around in embarrassed silence until someone tells you what to do, meekly following the herd from scene to scene, never quite knowing your role or when you’re going to be picked on.

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Russell Brand set for UK television return with new Brand X current affairs show

Russell Brand is returning to British TV with his first show since the Sachsgate scandal.

Take one for the team: David Beckham’s good-natured reaction to Obama’s teasing

Putting the boot in to David Beckham

Our most famous footballer really is a good sport. He'd have to be, to tolerate the non-stop jokes at his expense

Beckham 'sent off' by referee of children's match

David Beckham was sent off by a referee as he stood on the sidelines waiting to watch his son play football, it has emerged. The former England and Manchester United midfielder got his marching orders after protesting at a decision to send off one of the young players.

Nominee: Hugh Bonneville

The kings – and undisputed queen – of British comedy are...

Miranda Hart is set to consolidate her position as one of the biggest comedy stars in Britain after scooping four nominations at the British Comedy Awards.

Not the Second Coming, just business as usual as Ross makes his ITV debut

It was the chin that gave him away. Jonathan Ross, who since his departure from the BBC following the Sachsgate affair has been advertising his devil-may-care, unemployed status with flip-flops and a goatee, stepped on to the set fully shod and shorn of all facial hair.

Jonathan Ross – a year older but not much wiser, thank goodness

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