News Danny Dyer ‘proud’ he’s helped young gay men come out

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

Fry's English Delight, Radio 4

Frying tonight – the English language and all those who abuse it

Tom Sutcliffe: You've got it wrong, Mr Moore

When I worked for the BBC about 25 years ago it was a widespread belief that being fingered for not paying your licence fee was an offence that would lead to instant dismissal. I certainly recall a senior producer informing me that this was one bill I should never be late in paying – the consequences of forgetfulness being so serious.

BBC to suspend senior executives' bonuses

The BBC has suspended indefinitely bonuses for its top executives. Sir Michael Lyons, chairman of the BBC Trust, the corporation's governing body said: "We have already reached agreement that executive board bonus payments will be suspended until further notice and not re-introduced without the Trust's approval."

Jonathan Ross cleared over 'homophobic' comment

Jonathan Ross did not breach broadcasting rules when he suggested that parents should put their sons up for adoption if they wanted a Hannah Montana MP3 player, industry watchdog Ofcom found today.

Jonathan Ross bags broadcasting honour

Jonathan Ross is to be presented with a Music Industry Trusts' award, it was announced today.

The feral beast: Hencke finds new dirt to dig

Farewell then to David Hencke, The Guardian's veteran political correspondent. Hencke has worked for the Graun since 1976, but with a handsome redundancy cheque under his belt is off to write books and to dig his allotment.

An audience with the director general – you're kindly invited to take a pay cut

BBC's star presenters told to expect 25% to 40% salary reductions as Thompson seeks efficiency savings

Robin Scott-Elliot: King Eric and WG Grace united in genius... and beards

View From The Sofa: Empire of Cricket/Friday Night with Jonathan Ross BBC2/BBC1

Tom Mangold: None of your business what I'm paid

The argument for non-disclosure of BBC pay is not legal but moral

Come clean on what your stars are paid, BBC told

'Disgraceful' secrecy condemned by chairman of Public Accounts Committee

BBC bosses almost lost faith in 'disgusting' Monty Python

One of the BBC's most enduring comedy programmes, Monty Python's Flying Circus, almost met the same fate as the famous Norwegian blue parrot whose lifeless state was immortalised in a sketch featuring John Cleese and Michael Palin.

Ross show to be pre-recorded after 'homophobic' comments

Jonathan Ross's Saturday morning show on Radio 2 will no longer be broadcast live.

Jonathan Ross will no longer record live after gay jibe

Jonathan Ross's Radio 2 show will no longer be broadcast live.

Party Of The Week: Beam us up to Skylon

After the London premiere of J J Abrams' must-see movie 'Star Trek' on Monday was the glitzy party at Skylon. Guests including Jonathan Ross and Jeremy Clarkson sipped Enterprise and Star Fleet cocktails. Many of the Enterprise crew turned up – Zachary Quinto (Spock) and screen siren Zoe Saldana (Uhura), Simon Pegg (Scotty), Eric Bana (Nero), John Cho (Hikaru Sulu) and Karl Urban (Dr Leonard 'Bones' McCoy). Located within the Royal Festival Hall, Skylon overlooks the River Thames, with floor-to- ceiling windows.

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

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Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

So what must the red-rose do differently? They have to take the points on offer 
Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game