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

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Question: will you watch if the prize is right?

... the answer, according to ITV, is a resounding yes, as it raises the quiz-show stakes with the autumn launch of a series boasting pounds 1m priz es. But, asks Scott Hughes as he charts the rise and rise of the format, can money mask lacklustre entertainment?

Comedy: The sad night the Shooting Stars flopped to earth

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Snow tipped to chair 'Mastermind'

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I've started it, now you can finish it ...

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Little minds can have long memories

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The pass master

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Have I got news for you . . . cheap TV comedies are a joke gone too far

Would you watch a show about four comedians discussing the wacky world of antiques? Or perhaps a comedy quiz-show about health and hypochondria? If not, then maybe four lads and a quiz master ad-libbing at the worlds of cookery or gardening?

C4 show celebrates 2000 - and counting

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Quiz show fraud makes prime-time viewing

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