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The CBBC studio in Media City in Salford, Manchester.

Children's channel CBBC criticised for ‘Girls are girls and boys are boys’ guideline

The CBBC has come under fire on Twitter in response to a section of one of its audience guides entitled ‘Girls are girls and boys are boys’.

The Midnight Beast, TV review: Wacky sub-plots, original music numbers and dud gags

E4's The Midnight Beast began a second series last night. The comedy-pop band of the same name first won fans for their YouTube video parodies of artists such as Ke$ha, before making the leap into this self-titled sitcom in 2012.

Strum as you are: Kurt Cobain

The week in music: Riotous story of how Brixton became a rock fans' nirvana

What is the best gig you've been to at Brixton Academy? Perhaps it's Public Enemy, or The Smiths' final show in 1986? Simon Parkes bought the seminal venue for £1 in 1982 and what stories he has to tell in his new memoir Live at the Brixton Academy: a Riotous Life in the Music Business.

Eating out in York

When was the last time you had a first time.....?

Justin Bieber's mugshot released following arrest for DUI and drag racing

Dressed in orange, the singer appeared dishevelled, but in high spirits, as he smiled for police behind the camera

Amadou and Mariam, gig review

Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow

Opera singer out of work after surgery left her unable to sing due to chronic flatulence

Surgeons say the problem may be difficult to fix

David Baddiel gives his music, film, comedy and books picks

David Baddiel: 'Blue Jasmine isn't Woody Allen's greatest work, but I liked it'

Cultural Life: The comedian on his favourite music, film, comedy and books

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact review: A slimmed down Sony that doesn't skimp on specs

The Z1 Compact offers identical hardware to the S1, but shrinks the screen from 5 inches to 4.3 - David Phelan gives us the first full UK review

She said, he said: the cast of 'Blurred Lines'

Blurred Lines, theatre review: Robin Thicke meets The Equality Illusion

The Shed, National Theatre, London

Justin Bieber shocked fans by announcing his plans to retire

Justin Bieber arrested and bailed for DUI and drag racing in Miami Beach

According to law enforcement sources, the pop star was taken into custody for his involvement in an incident in Miami Beach

Damon Albarn performs on stage at Sundance Film Festival in Utah

Warpaint, gig review: 'R&B-style rhythms come to the fore on stage'

Electrowerkz, London

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