Coleman covered the Olympics among others for the BBC for nearly 50 years with his final swansong coming at the 2000 Sydney Games
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Tuesday 20 March 2012
Panel show pair David Mitchell and Victoria Coren are engaged to be married.
Saturday 10 March 2012
More so than Miranda Hart, Stephen Fry and David Mitchell, Alexander Armstrong seems to be the acceptable face of posh comedy. With his comically large ears (a gift from his father), crinkly smile, affable demeanour and (crucially, perhaps) lack of smarty pants, he's the cuddly side of the upper classes in an age when, rather oppressively, toffs seem to be taking over again. Even Armstrong's overgrown Hooray Henry, 'Harry', in those adverts for Pimm's – alcopops for the privileged – is cherishable. Not that he drinks the stuff in public, he says, for fear of wags shouting, "It's Pimm's o'clock" – one of the great advertising campaigns, by the way, that helps explain some of Armstrong's wider appeal. The more you parody the posh, as the creatives at the advertising agency Mother realised, the more accessible they become to other groups.
Sunday 04 March 2012
Welcome to Hancock's half-minute (and other utter failures)
Monday 24 October 2011
More than a quarter of those who feel "trapped" in the rental sector are aged over 40 and risk the burden of paying off a mortgage well into retirement, according to research released today.
Tuesday 23 August 2011
A contestant on Mastermind who was called "astoundingly thick" after scoring only one point on his specialist subject has had his complaint rejected by the media watchdog Ofcom.
Monday 25 April 2011
Friday 22 April 2011
A quick-fire inquisition in the black leather Mastermind chair has long been regarded as the ultimate test of any trivia buff's knowledge and nerve.
Thursday 17 February 2011
There aren't many quiz shows where the stakes are high for anyone but the participants but in the special episodes of Jeopardy! on American television this week, the hundreds of thousands of dollars in prize money are very much an afterthought. The real prize: humanity's continued supremacy in the ongoing struggle to preserve our status against computers. And, last night it was confirmed: man has been trumped by machine.
Sunday 09 January 2011
Howard Shirley is a used-car salesman with a nihilistic streak. He applies to appear on a TV quiz show and, thanks to his photographic memory, walks away with a fortune. He whisks his wife, Janet, off on holiday. But he remains strangely unsatisfied, and his plans take a dark turn.
Wednesday 10 November 2010
A couple who lost £325,000 on a TV quiz have been told they can return to the Channel 4 show after programme-makers admitted they made a mistake with one of the answers.
Thursday 16 September 2010
An ex-Army major caught cheating his way to £1 million on a TV game show has sliced off three toes in a freak gardening accident.
Wednesday 23 June 2010
Saturday 12 June 2010
When Les Dawson walked on to the set of Blankety Blank as the new host of the popular 1980s quiz show, he ruffled more than a few establishment feathers.
Wednesday 28 April 2010
First it was Stuart Wheeler, now ... Neil Hamilton.
Monday 19 April 2010
Dresden riots: Protesters in Germany attack refugee buses shouting 'foreigners out'
France train shooting: US soldiers speak of the moment they stopped gunman and 'beat him until he was unconscious'
Labour leadership: Jeremy Corbyn accused of 'deluding' young supporters with 'claptrap'
'Women only' train carriages: Jeremy Corbyn unveils radical move to tackle public harassment
Black holes are a passage to another universe, says Stephen Hawking
Iain Duncan Smith calls for urgent ESA overhaul as part of drive to cut down welfare costs
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