Arts and Entertainment Lindsey Russell who has landed a role as a Blue Peter presenter after triumphing in a nationwide talent hunt with current hosts Barney Harwood (right) and Helen Skelton (left).

TV newcomer Lindsey Russell landed a role as a Blue Peter presenter today after triumphing in a nationwide talent hunt.

Tim Vincent, Diane-Louise Jordan and Stuart Miles in 1994

Here's one we discovered earlier...BBC launches talent show to find new Blue Peter presenter

Here’s one the viewers chose earlier. The next presenter of Blue Peter will be selected by audience vote after competing in a new talent show, the BBC announced.

Let the flames begin: Beckham gets the home fires burning

On time and, presumably, on budget, BA Flight 2012 touched down at Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose in Cornwall at 7.25pm last night with a precious cargo: the London Mayor Boris Johnson, Lord Coe, Princess Anne, David Beckham, and, in its own seat in its own little Davy lamp, the Olympic flame.

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Fifty years of Scout's honour: To Kill A Mockingbird continues to resonate with generations of readers half a century on

When the young Harper Lee published To Kill a Mockingbird on 11 July 1960, she didn't seem to see it as historically important. "I never expected any sort of success with it," she said much later. "I sort of hoped someone would like it enough to give me encouragement..."

The Hell of It All, By Charlie Brooker

Charlie Brooker, one comes to suspect, is a bit of a misanthrope. This collection of his Guardian columns of the past three years is an unforgiving rant against the follies of humanity and the ephemeral obsessions of newspapers. His talent is for skewering the ridiculous aspects of modern life – conspiracy theories, new child-centric learning methods, Katie Price – with his own well-honed ridicule.

Konnie Huq 'engaged' to Charlie Brooker

TV presenter Konnie Huq has become engaged to Screenwipe host and writer Charlie Brooker.

X Factor judging role for Spice Girl Geri Halliwell

Geri Halliwell is expected to add some extra spice to The X Factor by stepping in as a guest judge.

Ruck and Maul: It's snow joke as Henson gets his kicks crossing the Arctic Circle

Gavin Henson's new TV programme, '71 Degrees North', is at the editing stage, with producers tight-lipped over whether or not the gap-year Ospreys and Wales centre made it to the end of the show's gruelling trek through Norway and across the Arctic Circle. Billed in advance as a kind of 'I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of the Tundra', it was filmed in March and though no transmission date has yet been announced, it will feature challenges including mountain trekking, climbing ice walls, reindeer herding and dog sledding.

Pandora: Palin's effort is in vain as Christie takes office

*One person who won't be cracking open the bubbly at the thought of the Republican Chris Christie taking office as Governor of New Jersey is Michael Palin, the English documentary maker and former Python (not to be confused with Sarah, beehived US vice-presidential candidate, of whom the former insists he is no relation).

Pandora: Davis downsizes in Tory naughty corner

Now that David Davis has forsaken the trappings of a shadow minister, he must confront the everyday life of a backbench MP.

My Secret Life: Konnie Huq, TV Presenter, age 32

The house/flat I grew up in... was a Thirties semi on a corner plot, near Hanger Lane. The garden ran around three sides, with a pond, a swing and two cherry trees. The tree got a fungal infection and had to be cut down. It was heartbreaking.

BBC chiefs cash in after year of turmoil

Senior executives at the BBC have been given pay rises of more than £100,000 each after a year in which the corporation was dogged by phone-in scandals, job cuts, and revelations about editorial "fakery".

'Blue Peter' goes pink in cross-dressing Fringe show

Take one openly gay former Blue Peter presenter, dress him up in drag, add sexually explicit content and light lampooning of his former employers' obsession with their squeaky clean image, and you have a show that is definitely one for after the watershed.

Passed/Failed: An education in the life of Konnie Huq, former Blue Peter presenter

'I bluffed the economics question'
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Amazing video shows Nasa's 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action
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Paranoid parenting is on the rise

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We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

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20 best days out for the summer holidays

From summer ferry sailings in Tyne and Wear and adventure days at Bear Grylls Survival Academy to Spitfires at the Imperial War Museum Duxford and bog-snorkelling at the World Alternative Games...
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Generation gap opens a career sinkhole

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