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Viewers complained the comedian's strong opinions were not challenged

Aladdin, New Wimbledon Theatre, London

Pam gives panto an added bounce

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Or it will be if you don't book now for the best events of this festive season – from Pamela Anderson to Maurice Sendak, via indie rock-outs and old-school panto

Paul O'Grady's dog Buster dies

TV host Paul O'Grady is mourning the death of his faithful sidekick, Buster.

Editor-At-Large: Face it, Martin – Katie sells books, and you don't

Martin Amis tells an audience he's based a character in his forthcoming novel State of England on the glamour model turned celebrity author Jordan/Katie Price. According to Amis, "she has no waist... an interesting face... but all we are really worshipping is two bags of silicone". Not just a repulsive comment, but a bit rich coming from the man who's spent thousands on improving his own dentistry.

Pamela Anderson joins pantomime cast

Former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson will make her pantomime debut in a production of Aladdin this Christmas.

Terence Blacker: Paranoia that sexualises childcare

I have a confession to make. In the past, I have had frequent, intensive contact with children. There were boys, sometimes as young as eight. There were primary schoolgirls. Over a period of a couple of years, I would drive to the White City estate in London, collect boys in my car and take them football training or to a Sunday morning boys' league game in Fulham.

Marcus auctioned to pay for more farm animals

Marcus the lamb, who was hand-reared by children at a Kent primary school, is dead. The school's headteacher defied protests by a small number of parents, backed by animal rights groups and animal lovers, and yesterday stuck to a decision to have Marcus slaughtered. His carcass will be auctioned to pay for more farm animals.

Slaughter row school sheep culled

A sheep reared by schoolchildren who was at the centre of a row over whether it should be sent to slaughter has been culled, a headteacher said today.

Marcus the sheep falls victim to ruthless primary school pupils

Pupils at a Kent school helped to raise Marcus, the pet sheep, by hand – and then raised their hands in favour of having him killed.

Hit & Run: Giving a lift the American way

Christopher Bridges is perhaps most famous for having "hoes in different area codes" but it appears that the Grammy Award-winning rapper better known as Ludacris also has a heart. He's just given away 20 shiny new cars to people struggling to get jobs.

Arifa Akbar: Big money is going to the biggest names

The publishing trade has always drawn strength from the smug refrain that "books are recession proof". Until now.

Two weeks to save Britain's book trade

With sales falling and job cuts on the rise, publishers are pinning hopes of salvation on a string of books by big-name authors released in one rush

At My Mother's Knee, By Paul O'Grady

Arising out of the "ghost-written fleet" of mawkish celebrity memoirs, this one distinguishes itself as a genuinely affecting autobiography which exploits Paul O'Grady's (or to his fans, Lily Savage's) deftness at delivering a punchline.

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