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A comedy video where a man mimics the way a number of wild animals eat took the top slot with 88 million views

Business Diary: Blame Beale for Britain's woes

We know the Government and the BBC do not always see eye-to-eye, but this is getting bit silly – apparently, the corporation is to blame for the fact that Britain is short of the entrepreneurs it so badly needs. Research commissioned by the Small Business minister, Mark Prisk, reveals that Ian Beale – he's a rather unsavoury character in EastEnders in case you're not familiar with the soap opera – is the best-known small businessman on telly and that his negative image is giving entrepreneurs a bad name. More positive role models are needed to encourage people, Mr Prisk adds.

Jamie's Dream School, Channel 4, Wednesday<br/>Attenborough and the Giant Egg, BBC2, Tuesday

Jamie Oliver's chums may be the alpha males of the media world, but naturals in the classroom they are not

Outside Edge: Space torches and light sabres

Russia is contemplating sending the Olympic torch into space on its journey round the globe to the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.

Lucy Porter: &lsquo;I&rsquo;ve been hoodwinked by nature into loving this creature&rsquo;

There should be no taboos in comedy Its job is to provoke, shock and create discussion. But you should think long and hard as to whether what you're saying is actually funny; if it's purely to shock then you become a performance artist. Frankie Boyle, he's transgressed in all kinds of ways [the comedian recently caused controversy over sexual jokes about Katie Price's disabled son, Harvey] and it's not to everyone's taste, but he's challenging the liberal heterodoxy and I think that can be a funny thing to do.

Pink to make the girls think

It&rsquo;s 2011&rsquo;s hottest shade for faces, fashion and furnishings. But in a post-feminist world, can we make our peace with puce? By Bethan Cole

Toibin gets Amis's job &ndash; but not his &#163;3,000 an hour salary

Colm Toibin will replace Martin Amis as professor of what has become one of the highest profile creative writing courses in the English speaking world.

Katie Price: Marriage to Alex Reid was 'mistake'

Katie Price described her marriage to cage-fighter husband Alex Reid as a "mistake" as she announced the couple's separation.

Mark Steel: Gallstones? NHS choice will cure you

You can see why they've announced this plan to change the health service, because it looks similar to the way they transformed the railways into competing units, and that's been such a success who wouldn't want to use a similar system to deal with triple by-passes and liver transplants?

Go to great lengths: Skirts are longer this season

Whether midi or maxi, skirts are longer this season. So pack up your minis, this look will suit you down to the ground, says Harriet Walker

Last Night's TV: Kidnap and Ransom/ITV1<br /></b>Hugh's Big Fish Fight/Channel 4<br />Michel Roux's Service/BBC2

There's something going on at ITV. Where's The Bill? Where's Kerry Katona? And what's all this about Downton Abbey? Rather like Jordan when she became Katie Price, ITV seems to be getting classier. And cleverer (or cleverer-seeming). To wit: Kidnap and Ransom, a three-part drama that boasts a cast and crew of such pedigree, it's practically BBC. Script by Patrick Harbinson (previously: Law & Order, 24, ER), and cast of television greats: Trevor Eve, John Hannah (though we'll have to wait, regrettably, until next week to see him in action) and a recently resurgent Helen Baxendale. Not bad for a channel last seen airing TV programmes like All at Sea (not that they've entirely vanished; hang around too long after Kidnap and Ransom and you'll have the misfortune of catching Odd One In, the "comedy" game show featuring Peter Andre.) Still, Kidnap and Ransom has all the makings of a classy package, and, by and large, it lives up to its promise.

Katie Price hits back over marriage gossip

Katie Price has hit out at reports about the state of her marriage to cagefighter Alex Reid.

Katie Price admits marriage is in crisis

Katie Price has confirmed for the first time that her marriage is under strain, but she and Alex Reid are trying to work out their differences.

How British television lost its nerve

Our TV used to inspire the world - but it has become safe and formulaic. Ian Burrell argues that the industry really needs to start taking risks again
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Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

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