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Show People: Lord Reith in drainpipes: Jools Holland

JOOLS HOLLAND is 36. He lives in London - Blackheath, to be precise - with two pianos, his second partner, a child, a step-child, a healthy attitude, clean bottom, clean nose, and . . . errm . . .

How We Met: Paula Yates and Jools Holland

After appearing on Wogan, Paula Yates, now 33, was picked to co-host the pop programme The Tube with Jools Holland. She has written six best-sellers, is an interviewer on Channel 4's Big Breakfast, and lives in Kent and London with her husband, Bob Geldof, and their three daughters.

Media: The executive who likes to say 'yes': Maggie Brown meets Andrea Wonfor, Granada's new director of programmes, who has produced some of TV's most inventive shows

To move from Channel 4, the only section of British television seen as an unqualified success, to Granada, part of the unsettled ITV system, seems perverse, especially if you are committed to the kind of experimental and serious television that Channel 4 has a remit to supply. Yet Andrea Wonfor is doing just that.

Media: Keeping up with the all-night viewer: What kind of audience is at large in the small hours? Owen Slot looks at Channel 4's late-night line-up

Children of the Seventies may have enjoyed the return of The Clangers to the television schedules last weekend. If they were awake at 3.55 on Saturday morning, that is. Unlike Florence and Dougal, stars of The Magic Roundabout who made their comeback earlier this year, The Clangers were not primed for a new generation of children just home from primary school, but for overgrown children back from a late night out.

How We Met: Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford

Glenn Tilbrook, 35, and Chris Difford, 38, grew up in Blackheath in south-east London. As guitarists and songwriters in the group Squeeze, which they formed in the mid-1970s, they became their generation's finest proponents of the story-telling pop song. Their hits include 'Cool for Cats', 'Up the Junction' and 'Labelled with Love'. Tilbrook owns the recording studio where they work in Blackheath village. Difford recently moved to the Sussex countryside. The next Squeeze album, Some Fantastic Place, which is released in September, is the pair's 13th collaboration.

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The Way I Was: Unwashed and unpolished but a lot of fun: Jools Holland reveals his dirty past to Nicholas Roe

WHERE can I begin? I'm probably about 17 here, which means it was 1974 or 1975, and the first thing I notice is that my thumb, which is holding The Joy of Sex, is very, very dirty indeed.

Opinions: Is it natural for women to nag?

JEFFREY ARCHER: Mary's never nagged me in 26 years, so going on the evidence of that I'm glad to say no. Am I a nagger? Certainly not]

Opinions: Would you have sacked this man?

Kevin Lloyd won compensation after being unfairly dismissed because he has a 12in pony tail.
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