Arts and Entertainment Paul O’Grady, best known for his drag queen comedic alter ego, Lily Savage, has strong views on benefit reform

Viewers complained the comedian's strong opinions were not challenged

Matthew Norman: Beware of the Bangalore Express

It is the deepest instinct of those marooned in the darkest of dark days to search for the light at the end of the tunnel, and with help from The New York Times's Maureen Dowd, I believe I may just have found it.

O'Grady recovers after adder attack

Paul O'Grady has recovered after being attacked by a 2ft adder, his spokeswoman said today.

Biography and memoirs: Literary or showbiz, foodie or rude: 10 stories of journeys out of the jungle

It's a funny year in which the most successful showbusiness biography, the funniest, cleverest and most insightful, the one that says the most about the art of memoir-writing and the human condition, is the one that was written by a chimp. It is also a curious state of affairs when a highly paid television presenter, as if to promote his new book called Why Do I Say These Things?, says something so stupid and utterly crass that he nearly loses his squillion-dollar job.

We get more out of our guests than Paxman, say Richard and Judy

As the husband-and-wife team leave their successful Channel 4 slot to go digital, the couple reflect on the future of the talk show. By Senay Boztas

Cilla to make comeback with TV dating show

Cilla Black is making her return to TV with a new dating show, it was revealed today.

Last Night's TV: Extermination without inspiration

Doctor Who, Sat, BBC1; Casualty, Sat, BBC1; Top Gear, Sun, BBC2

Philip Hensher: You and your friends can come out of the closet now, Mr Humphries

In the 1970s, the likes of John Inman had to deny their homosexuality in spite of their obviously gay acts. But why are modern gay comics still peddling the tired old stereotypes?

Savage feud with Richard and Judy

Edinburgh Festival `99: Comedy Review 'Dominic Holland'

Dominic Holland

Leading Article: Our flair for irony

WHO SAYS there is no such thing as progress? Anyone reading the Institute of Management's recent survey comparing our sad lives in 1979 to our glorious existences today will swiftly conclude that the world - or at least Britain - is getting infinitely better. In the late Seventies, the abstract average Briton was barmy enough to drive a Ford Cortina, drink Hirondelle (wine) and watch Blankety Blank in its pristine Terry Wogan period. Ten years on, the Fiesta had arrived in our hearts, we adored Piat d'Or, and Coronation Street was the viewing of choice.

Education: Passed/Failed Craig Charles

The actor, writer, `Red Dwarf' comedian and Renaissance man reflects on his experiences in the education system

Why are they famous: Jane McDonald

Main claim

Football: Plymouth win blankety blank

Kidderminster Harriers 0 Plymouth Argyle 0 after extra time; Plymouth win 5-4 on penalties

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Football: Cup Final: Blankety Blank show a turn-off

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In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
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Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
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People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
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Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

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Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

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Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

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Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

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Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

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Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
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The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

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