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Coleman covered the Olympics among others for the BBC for nearly 50 years with his final swansong coming at the 2000 Sydney Games

David Mitchell and Victoria Coren to marry

Panel show pair David Mitchell and Victoria Coren are engaged to be married.

Alexander Armstrong, photographed at the Ivy Club, London WC2

Pedigree chum: Is Alexander Armstrong the poshest man in comedy?

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.

Sheila Hancock: Holding forth on Just a Minute on 'hope over experience'

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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.

Ofcom rejects Mastermind contestant's complaint

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.

Virginia Ironside: Why does it pay to be rude on television?

Now she's left The Weakest Link Anne has been extraordinarily generous to the guests she put down

'Mastermind' faces tough questions over lack of ethnic diversity

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.

Computer puts human supremacy in jeopardy

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.

One Hand Clapping, By Anthony Burgess

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.

TV quiz got 'Doctor Who' facts wrong

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.

Millionaire cheat loses toes in accident

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.

Frank Sidebottom: The man in the paper mask

A profile of the comedian, who died this week, first published in <i>The Independent</i> in 1991

Vegas hopes to hit right notes as he prepares to play his comedy hero

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.

Pandora: Neil Hamilton lends a hand

First it was Stuart Wheeler, now ... Neil Hamilton.

Matt Gatward: Flintoff and Redknapp in relegation zone of their own

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