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Your product is not a bottle on a shelf," said Carole, the founder of Premier Model Management. "It talks back." That remark is ambiguously poised between professional moan and moral warning. It might highlight an irritating difficulty with the product or just the larger responsibility of anyone involved in selling it. But by the end of The Model Agency, Channel 4's new observational series, it was hard not to hear it as a whinge. Life would be so much easier for Carole and her colleagues if the models didn't have minds of their own. They only really need the exterior packaging, after all.

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You won't believe this when it all looked so clear-cut, but the Cabinet seems bemused by the Big Society. Of the 25 ministers featured in an Independent on Sunday analysis of their efforts to lead from the front, 10 couldn't manage any response, while two (Andrew Mitchell and Jeremy *unt) cited charities they set up in Africa – admirable, but not much use in repairing the broken society here. As for David Cameron, he said, "I am saving my local pub and church hall", though without explaining how. Perhaps he means to install Gazza as the verger?

Mille Chief in command but only after Halo slip

Champion hurdle contender Mille Chief came through his Cheltenham trial with a victory yesterday, though not in the style his trainer Alan King might have hoped for, scraping home by about an inch in the Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton. But a win is a win and this gutsy one was achieved despite, rather than because of, the way the race panned out.

Peddlers Cross tests Hurdle hopes

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Electoral reform would cost millions, say 'No' campaigners

The campaign against reforming Britain's voting system will today claim that the change will cost taxpayers tens of millions of pounds which could be spent on public services.

Commander in place for Festival

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Geoffrey Macnab: Momentum builds as Oscar judges prepare to bow down

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King's Speech rules the Baftas with historic seven awards

For one-time stutterer David Seidler, the screenwriter of The King's Speech, it was the night he finally found his voice. His royal drama, telling the story of how King George VI overcame his stammer, picked up an extraordinary seven Baftas last night, suggesting there will be few impediments to the film romping home at the Academy Awards later this month.

Colin Firth lands Actor of the Year award

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