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Ozzy confirms he and Sharon have not split up

Sharon Osbourne 'devastated' by Ozzy's drink and drugs relapse

Sharon Osbourne said she is "devastated" by her rocker husband Ozzy's return to drink and drugs, but said the family will cope with it.

Retailer sees Gap for upmarket boutique

US clothing giant Gap is looking to bring its new luxury boutique chain to the UK.

Ozzy confirms he and Sharon have not split up

Ozzy Osbourne sets record straight on split-up rumours: 'Sharon and I are not divorcing...but I have been drinking and taking drugs'

Ozzy Osbourne has confirmed he has not separated from his wife Sharon after internet rumours reported the pair had split up.

Saturday night ratings battle: Britain's Got Talent versus The Voice

Britain's Got Talent trounces The Voice in Saturday night ratings war

ITV's talent show drew in 10.5m viewers compared to 6.7m for The Voice

Britain’s Got Talent trounces The Voice in Saturday night ratings battle

According to early data, Simon Cowell’s talent contest peaked with a huge 13.03 million viewers

Women would rather sleep with Dec than Ant. (Dec’s the one on the right)

Tweedledum is sexier than Tweedledee...

Sophie Heawood owns up to being spurned by a famous double act

Margaret Thatcher's daughter Carol thanks well-wishers ahead of funeral

Margaret Thatcher’s daughter Carol has thanked well-wishers for their sympathy and support ahead of her mother’s funeral at St Paul’s Cathedral on Wednesday, saying she was prepared for a “tough and tearful week, even for the daughter of the Iron Lady”.

Ofcom has launched an investigation into I’m A Celebrity... into a stunt involving Charlie Brooks, left, and her daughter, Kiki, right

ITV rapped by Ofcom over I'm A Celebrity... trial involving Charlie Brooks' daughter

TV watchdog Ofcom has rapped ITV a trial on I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! which involved a seven-year-old child.

Review: Into the Woods, By John Yorke

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Hilary Devey is the star of new Channel 4 show The Intern

TV review: The Intern (Channel 4) and Dogging Tales (Channel 4)

"We are wasting so much talent," protested Hilary Devey at the beginning of The Intern, a new show that promises to deploy a "radical recruitment method" to get Britain's young jobless on the career ladder. As a top businesswoman and high-profile Dragon, Hilary dislikes waste and she has, I think, spotted something that other television presenters have missed.

The current season of Koh Lanta has been cancelled following the death of Gérald Babin

Second tragedy for French version of Survivor reality show as staff doctor kills himself following death of contestant

A doctor working for France's version of the television reality show Survivor committed suicide yesterday, leaving a note saying he had been unfairly criticised over the death of a contestant, the programme's broadcaster said.

Bye, bye Brian, hello Emma Willis as Big Brother host

'Thrilled' Emma Willis ousts Brian Dowling as host of Big Brother

TV presenter Emma Willis is replacing Brian Dowling as the host of Big Brother.

Ollie Locke reading from his memoir 'Laid in Chelsea'

Made in Chelsea’s Ollie Locke reveals all in ‘Laid in Chelsea’ memoir

Made in Chelsea star Ollie Locke has released a tell-all book.

David Haye

Boxing: Comeback kid David Haye takes aim at world title

The British fighter does not yet have an opponent

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