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Radio station apologises after encouraging listeners to troll Helen Flanagan

Listeners to the Manchester station hit back, accusing it of promoting bullying

Sam Faiers has been criticised by domestic abuse charity ManKind for suggesting 'everyone slaps their boyfriend when they deserve it'

Reality TV show TOWIE slammed by domestic abuse charity after Sam Faiers admits to pushing and slapping Joey Essex

'Everyone slaps their boyfriend once, when they deserve it,' she said

The North (and Almost Everything in It), By Paul Morley

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Helen Flanagan leaves I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!

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Rhyme pays: the Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy

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There are occasions when only Gary Barlow, Grace Jones and a hula hoop will do. Fortunately, those occasions only come round every 60 years, so it's important to have something else to listen to in the meantime. And while BBC Radio 2 lined up a seamless flotilla of Jubilee programmes – Sixty Amazing Years segueing into We Are Sixty and then a 60 years-themed Sunday Half-Hour with music from the choir of the Queen's Chapel of the Savoy on Sunday alone, there were odd pockets of airtime that offered a more leftfield perspective on the damp pyrotechnics of the long weekend, if not ever managing to ignore them entirely.

Howard Jacobson: Men – once you run out of fingers to count your sexual conquests, it's time to stop

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EastEnders star Jo Joyner leads nominations at this evening's British Soap Awards

The soap world's "Oscars" take place tonight, as Coronation Street, EastEnders, Hollyoaks, Emmerdale and Doctors battle it out for gongs.

Sir Derek Jacobi treads the Coronation Street cobbles

Actor Sir Derek Jacobi has joined the list of illustrious names to have appeared in ITV’s long-running soap opera, Coronation Street.

John Walsh: Killers aren't created by what's on TV

The horrific details of how Daniel Bartlam murdered his mother with a claw hammer must have been music to the ears of the anti-video-games lobby. It seemed that the teenager's homicidal onslaught can be held up as proof – at last! – that the depiction of violence leads to acts of violence.

She Stoops to Conquer, Olivier, National Theatre

I was amused to see a credit for an Etiquette Consultant in the programme for the National Theatre's new She Stoops to Conquer.

Eastenders top of tree as BBC wins TV battle

EastEnders won its head-to-head battle with Downton Abbey as BBC1 kept with tradition by coming out on top in the Christmas Day ratings.

Howard Jacobson: Jews on Coronation Street? No thanks

There’s nothing to stop them having a bunch of Hassidim propping up the barat the Rovers Return

Leading article: Cobbled together

They will be digging up and transporting the cobbles when Britain's longest-running soap opera, Coronation Street, moves to a new home in 2012. The Street, which has had a special place in the national culture since the cameras first panned across Weatherfield's rooftops half a century ago, is moving to the glittering, glass new media complex.

Fifty things you didn't know about The Street

7,486 episodes, 39 births, 114 deaths – life in Weatherfield is never dull. Brian Viner wishes our most enduring soap a happy 50th
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