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Peter Kay's latest project, Car Share, due to be broadcast in the spring, will make BBC history. It's the first television comedy that the corporation has commissioned to be shown first on the internet – on their streaming service, iPlayer – before being transmitted later on terrestrial TV.

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Footballer takes to the red carpet in support of school friends' film

'EastEnders' Barry is the new Ronnie

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Is Radio 4 too posh? Mark Damazer serves up his recipe for change

At the end of last year, Radio 4 controller Mark Damazer invoked the wrath of Middle England by sacking the popular 'Today' programme presenter Ed Stourton, amid accusations of reverse-snobbery and ineptitude. Here he talks candidly about his turbulent time in the toughest job on the airwaves

'X-Factor' winner a 'dead cert' for Christmas No 1

The X-Factor winner Alexandra Burke already has the Christmas No 1 "in the bag", according to one of Britain's biggest music retailers.

David Bentley: Much more superhero than villain

He's derided as arrogant, but when football has so few characters let's embrace a great entertainer who always plays the game with a smile on his face. Steve Tongue meets David Bentley

Michael McIntyre, Hammersmith Apollo, London

If comedy is supposedly going to err towards the risk-averse in the post-Brand/post-Ross BBC era: then cometh the hour, cometh Michael McIntyre.

Sport on TV: Hatton does like to go on – let's hope it's more Ricky than Rocky

You don't have to be mad to watch Nuts TV but it probably helps, and it doesn't matter if you have been involved in a few fights that have left your motor neurones a little scrambled. 'Ricky Speaks' (Nuts TV, Tuesday) is Ricky Hatton's chat show vehicle as the verbose boxer heads towards retirement. This week he swapped the Manchester Press Club for a swimming pool in Las Vegas, but there was such a lengthy delay on the satellite link that each question was followed by a long silence, as if the Hitman had been struck dumb.

Death of the working men's club

They used to guarantee a cheap pint and a good night out but, as more close every month, a bastion of British life is now under threat

My Secret Life: Philippa Gregory, Author, age 54

The house I grew up in... was a tall Victorian town house in Bristol. There were very big rooms, which were under-furnished and always cold.

FA launches investigation into £50,000 thrown match

The Football Association has opened an investigation into The Independent's report yesterday that a footballer with a serious gambling problem has admitted to getting sent off deliberately after colluding with a bookmaker. The player owed the bookmaker £50,000, a source familiar with the situation told The Independent, and the bookie wrote off the debt when the player collected his card, as arranged, having profited from gambling on it.

Footballer 'fixed match to pay off gambling debt of £50,000'

How an 'epidemic' of addiction is destroying the careers and lives of some of the game's top players

Pam Ayres: Ayres and graces

Pam Ayres tickled Seventies’ TV audiences with her broad accent and innuendo-laden verses. And she’s still got a rare talent for observing life’s little quirks. But in a nice way

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