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

Ratings `victory' for ITV News

ITV CLAIMED a ratings victory for its first evening without News at Ten, after increasing its share of viewers by almost 25 per cent on Monday night.

Radio: Laughter at lunchtime: intended but not delivered

THERE was once an ongoing crisis at Radio 4 when they filled the afternoon slot with a witless blatherskite of a show called Anderson Country, which seemed to last all afternoon and drove the audience to despair. The Beeb caved in after a year-long struggle and now we have instead Laurie Taylor, who rambles along in the perfectly pleasant manner of a first- class mind operating at half-throttle. Which is precisely what you want from Radio 4, when you think about it. He said something on Wednesday which has stuck in the mind; apparently people who had worked in the Potteries and who had only 10 per cent of their lungs left were not bothering to see the doctor because they were - and here Taylor paused deftly to insert some invisible quotation marks - "coughing up the same old stuff".

The quiz man with all the answers

On tonight's University Challenge a retired solicitor pits his wits against BBC bully boy Jeremy Paxman. And wins.

As easy as winning the lottery

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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'

Peter Snow, previously famous for his election night swingometer may get the black Mastermind chair as his new prop.

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

May I say straightaway that I intend to follow the general code of practice where the Royal Family is concerned, and that I have no intention of pestering Prince Harry or Prince William for their opinion on Scottish devolution?

Little minds can have long memories

The oddest thing about Mastermind, the light-hearted quiz programme which has just gone to the attic to gather dust, is also the oddest thing about Round Britain Quiz and Brain of Britain and A Question of Sport and University Challenge and all the others, and that is that the word "memory" is not used in any of their titles.

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

Richard Whiteley may never challenge the Spice Girls in the glamour stakes, but what the quintet of pop sirens did for Channel 5 earlier this year, the veteran broadcaster had already done.

Quiz show fraud makes prime-time viewing

It was just before 8pm on Sunday and Italy's best-known variety show, Domenica In, was reaching its nailbiting climax. Mara Venier, the presenter, had just got through by phone to a viewer in Rome who had been selected, supposedly at random, to take part in a grand quiz.

Turn off, retune, drop out

Which of these quiz shows offers the most depressing proof that Pearson TV had no right to be let anywhere near the last terrestrial wavelength? Is it (a) 100 % (C5, every weekday); (b) Whittle (C5, every weekday); (c) Tibs and Fibs (C5, Wed); or (d) Bring Me the Head of Light Entertainment (C5, Thur)? Answer: all of the above.
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