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Mother 'all over the place' after Bulger killer's jail recall

James Bulger's mother said today that she was "all over the place" after her son's killer was recalled to prison.

Jason Gardiner: I'm appalled with Sharron Davies

Jason Gardiner has revealed he is "appalled" with Sharron Davies' behaviour, accusing her of showing "disrespect" to pros Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean.

Ofcom clears Dancing On Ice judge Jason Gardiner over Sharron Davies 'faecal matter' comment

Dancing On Ice judge Jason Gardiner did not fall foul of broadcasting rules by condemning a performance by Sharron Davies as like "faecal matter that won't flush", Ofcom ruled today.

Piers smooths the way for 'gauche' Gordon

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Siblings on the slippery slope to celebrity status

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Mills is rank outsider to win Dancing on Ice

Heather Mills has joined Dancing on Ice - but bookies make her a rank outsider to win the show.

Holly Willoughby speaks of This Morning 'breast dress' nightmare

Holly Willoughby said her famously revealing Dancing On Ice dress had come back to haunt her as she prepared to make her debut on This Morning today.

Still 'no decision' on Fern Britton's replacement

ITV insisted has insisted that no decision had been made on who would replace Fern Britton on This Morning, following reports that Holly Willoughby was in line for the job.

Ex-housemate makes Big Brother musical

Former Big Brother contestant Stuart Hosking is developing a Big Brother musical - but he doesn't want the housemates in it.

Twits who ruin Twitter: Why some stars and PRs miss the point of tweeting

"Britney's feed is sanitised, tedious vainglory, merely a bland sales pitch"

Sarah Sands: Women can follow Fern Britton out of the comfort zone

Who do you think is the most popular woman on television? I was asked the question about five years ago and guessed it must be Natasha Kaplinsky (remember her?) or Davina McCall. The answer turned out to be Fern Britton. Still is. Viewers, like children, prefer women with a gigantic maternal bosom and a friendly, patient manner.

Fern Britton quits This Morning

Fern Britton has quit This Morning after 10 years on the show.

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British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
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From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
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How to make your own Easter egg

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Bill Granger's twist on Easter Sunday lunch

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Joe Marler: 'It's the way I think the game should be played'

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