Sport David Coleman has died aged 87

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

Dom Joly: My specialist subject is... sheer blind terror

Once again, it started with a telephone call a long, long time ago. Would I be interest- ed in doing Celebrity Mastermind? Like most things that I'm asked to do far in advance, I agreed, and then sort of forgot about it. Until about two weeks ago, that is, when I noticed a frightening-looking reminder in my diary. To make things even worse, I was having problems with my "specialist subject".

Marcus Berkmann: On the spot in the contestant's chair

Just because no one knows Greek any more doesn't make quiz shows easy

Raise your brendice to a new lexicon

That festering colleague slouched in the corner ... leave the fellow alone, he's merely crambazzled.

Obits in Brief: Mike Bongiorno

Mike Bongiorno, who has died aged 85, was a veteran TV host who made quiz shows popular in Italy in the 1950s and 1960s.

Top Ten Classic Quiz Shows

Not to be confused with game shows, here are some classic quiz shows. Some are to win money, some just to win points, but they've probably all made us get involved at some point

BBC asks quiz entrant for help with questions

A contestant on the television quiz Mastermind was surprised to be called by a BBC researcher to ask him for help to set his own questions.

A bonus for Boyle and a bonanza for the distributors: how the millions are shared

As the elated cast and financial backers of Slumdog Millionaire woke up to savour their triumph yesterday, they could begin the sobering task of calculating just who will pocket the hundreds of millions of dollars the movie is racking up at box offices around the world.

Slumdogs who seek success

The hit film <i>Slumdog Millionaire</i> attempts to depict children in an Indian shanty town. So what do the real-life inhabitants make of it?

Mastermind 'guidance' defended after presenter's remark

The BBC insisted that Celebrity Mastermind questions are challenging to contestants, after radio presenter Victoria Derbyshire said she was offered a "crib sheet" to appear on the show.

I'm sorry, we haven't a clue: Who will replace Humphrey Lyttelton?

One of radio's funniest shows is to return, but who can possibly replace the late Humphrey Lyttelton? The search is on, but the field is wide open, as Emily Dugan reports

Ant & Dec bet on 'Double Your Money' revival

Double Your Money, the classic quiz show from the Fifties which attracted record audiences and became synonymous with its host, Hughie Green, could be revived with Richard Madeley as its presenter.

A very special duvet day, by Paul Magrs

For weeks we've been exhorting you to spend, spend, spend, but now that the presents have (with any luck) been bought and the preparations are complete, it's time to ponder the deeper meaning of Christmas. We asked our favourite writers to rant, reflect or reminisce on a festive theme. As Ronald Hutton explains, the last thing you should feel at this time of year is guilty, so sit down with a mince pie and enjoy

Bong! A change of tune at Westminster

Today, the bells that chime the quarter hours at the Houses of Parliament will fall silent for the first time in 50 years in order to undergo repairs. Cahal Milmo talks to the Keeper of the Great Clock

Jayasuriya in as desperate Sri Lanka go for broke

Sri Lanka are set to recall Sanath Jayasuriya for today's final Test against England in a desperate attempt to level the three-match series. Jayasuriya, Sri Lanka's highest run-scorer, was controversially added to the Sri Lankan squad prior to the first Test at Lord's by Asantha de Mel, who took over as chairman of selectors after the squad for the tour of England had been picked.

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