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Brian Griffin chats up Lauren Conrad in Family Guy season seven

Video: After Brian Griffin dies... Family Guy dog's best moments

The cultured canine is no more, but he won't be forgotten

The Griffins' much-loved pet dog was hit by a car and killed in Sunday night's episode

Brian Griffin death: Family Guy fans launch 'Bring Back Brian' petition

Sunday's episode prompted outrage after the pet dog was hit by a car

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Cardiff dog attack: Police appeal for help finding owner of 'pit bull' which mauled woman and killed her puppy

Elaine Seaborne, 67, was forced to the ground and suffered serious bite injuries

The tone in the Sky Sports commentary box these days is like a dressing-room banter free-for-all

Sport on TV: David Gower flies in face of all the old captains who lower tone

The first session of the First Test has often proved a pivotal passage of play in Ashes series Down Under. Even the first ball; Steve Harmison’s wide to second slip in 2006, or Michael Slater smashing Phil DeFreitas through cover point for four in 1994. It tends to “set the tone”, as the pundits like to say – and the tone in the Sky Sports commentary box these days is like a dressing-room banter free-for-all.

This will be the 10th year that BBC Radio's premier news programme has 'handed over the reins' for the week between Christmas and the new year to an eclectic selection of famous individuals

Guest editors: Over and out?

Well-known guest editors taking over BBC's Today show is a Christmas tradition – an escape from the 24-hour news cycle. But the scheme may have had its time, says Ian Burrell

Behind the scenes of 'Adventure in Space and Time' with David Bradley,Claudia Grant

What to watch tonight, 21 November

Ellen E Jones recommends new BBC drama about the first Doctor Who

Andy McSmith's Diary: It’s time to stop invoking old treaties and let Gibraltar decide for itself

“Spain does not seem to be aware of the Treaty of Utrecht,” the Labour MP Jim Dobbin claimed, introducing a “debate” on Spain and Gibraltar in the Commons. I put “debate” in quotation marks, because the word implies a contest between different points of view. In the UK, politicians never actually debate Gibraltar: they assert that it is ours and that Spain should leave off. That message was repeated when the Spanish ambassador was summoned to the Foreign Office.

The video of a dolphin is shocking, but is it just because it reminds us of ourselves?

We like to think of ourselves as better than giving in to our animal urges

'Scout' relaxing at her home......Dogs were domesticated as long as 30,000 ago and came from packs of wolves befriended by hunter gatherers in Europe

Your dog is 10,000 years older than scientists thought

They now reckon domestication from European wolves must have occurred about 20,000 or 30,000 years ago

Jimmy's half-brother Black Caviar was retired earlier this year after a stellar career

Half-brother of Black Caviar 'Jimmy' fighting for life after being bitten by white-tailed spider just months after selling for $5m

The horse is suffering from laminitis and vets claim the next 48 hours are crucial to his survival with his chances rated at 50:50

Panthera blytheae: Scientists discover oldest ever big cat fossil

Snow leopard-like cat roamed the Tibetan plateau up to six million years ago

Man jailed for 20 weeks after trying to kill his neighbours’ cat

Karl Dyke had the pet in a noose and ‘moments from death’ when its owners intervened

Heart scans have never before been able to pinpoint exactly where fat has built up in and around the heart

New heart scan could identify ‘ticking time bomb’ patients at highest risk of attack

After 20 years of research, scientists can now accurately pinpoint areas of fatty plaque build-up in and around the heart

The failure of the Co-operative Bank was one of over-ambition

Our mutual friends have lost the plot ... let's find out why

We need a full inquiry into the goings-on at the Co-op Bank

Lexi Branson attack: Mother stabs killer dog to death to try and save her daughter

Ministers want to give local authorities and police more power to intervene to prevent attacks and jail owners but bull and mastiff breeds won't be banned

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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'