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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’.

O'Brien ends 'Tonight Show' stint on a high

Early ratings suggest that Conan O'Brien won a hefty audience for his final hour hosting The Tonight Show, which he has been forced to give up to the former host Jay Leno after tumultuous negotiations with the NBC network that have been plastered across the American press.

To the loser, the spoils: Conan quits with $33m pay-off

Saga that has transfixed America comes to an end with O'Brien standing aside in favour of Jay Leno

Presenter gives a new twist to 'Tonight' saga

Conan O'Brien protests over NBC plan to move show to after midnight

Man held over US plane bomb bid

A Nigerian man believed to be linked to al Qaeda militants was in custody today after he tried to ignite an explosive device on a US passenger plane as it approached Detroit.

DVD: Misfits (18), Tom Green (DVD)

Misfits doesn't promise much: a bunch of community service teens get struck by lightning thereby developing superpowers. We've heard it all before, haven't we, thanks to the considerably bigger-budget NBC series, Heroes.

War of US late-night big hitters rocks the nation's TV habits

Chat-show host Jay Leno returns to the screen with A-list line-up, ousting drama from prime time slot

Who will have the final say in the clash of America’s TV chat kings?

As Letterman trades blows with O’Brien, Leno is poised for a dramatic return.

The Tonight Show - for one more night only...

The end of Jay Leno's 17-year reign will leave a hole in the viewing habits of seven million Americans

Gerald Ford's would-be assassin breaks silence

The woman who fired a gun at President Gerald Ford in 1975 and spent the next 32 years in prison said in an interview today that she believed the country would change only through a violent revolution.

Farrah Fawcett to air cancer video diary

Actress Farrah Fawcett is going public with her two-and-a-half year battle with anal cancer, telling the story her way through a video diary to be broadcast on US television next week.

Swine flu: Biden tells family to stay off planes

Joe Biden said today that he advised his family to stay off airplanes and subways because of the swine flu, a remark that forced the vice president's office to backtrack, the travel industry to cry foul and other government officials to try to massage Biden's message.

George Clooney’s return to ER sparks huge bidding war

Advertising slots for the final two hour episode have tripled as star becomes a married father of twins

Marriage tips from the stars: Seinfeld's greatest joke yet?

Comedian returns with show that sees 'real couples' air their problems for laughs

First glimpse of US octuplets

The octuplets born two weeks ago to an unemployed single mother in southern California have gained not just ounces but now also names as first pictures of the brood were released from inside the neonatal clinic where they were delivered.

I took a risk, admits mother of octuplets

Woman at centre of row breaks silence to defend multiple birth
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Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

The President came the nearest he has come yet to rivalling George W Bush’s gormless reaction to 9/11 , says Robert Fisk
Ebola outbreak: Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on the virus

Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

A Christian charity’s efforts to save missionaries trapped in Africa by the crisis have been justifiably praised. But doubts remain about its evangelical motives
Jeremy Clarkson 'does not see a problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC

Not even Jeremy Clarkson is bigger than the BBC, says TV boss

Corporation’s head of television confirms ‘Top Gear’ host was warned about racist language
Nick Clegg the movie: Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise

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Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise
Philip Larkin: Misogynist, racist, miserable? Or caring, playful man who lived for others?

Philip Larkin: What will survive of him?

Larkin's reputation has taken a knocking. But a new book by James Booth argues that the poet was affectionate, witty, entertaining and kind, as hitherto unseen letters, sketches and 'selfies' reveal
Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?

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Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?
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Make the most of British tomatoes

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Face it: 10 best men's skincare products

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Mackay, Moody and another grim day for English football

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Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

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We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

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The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

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