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'Arrogant' racing pundit John McCririck’s age had no bearing on his firing

Employment tribunal ruled his 'pantomime persona' did not appeal to a wide audience

Nadine Dorries was a contestant on 'I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!'

Nadine Dorries forced to apologise for failing to disclose I'm A Celebrity earnings

Conservative MP said the breach of the rules had been 'inadvertent'

World Mental Health Day: Nobody should ever be alone with a mental health problem

Mental illness accounts for a third of all illnesses, so there is absolutely no reason not to talk about it

Bruce and Kris Jenner have separated

Kris and Bruce Jenner announce separation

The Keeping Up with the Kardashians stars say they're 'much happier' apart

1 October 2013: British horse racing pundit John McCririck arrives at an employment tribunal in London

John McCririck tribunal: Channel 4's programming boss Jay Hunt denies age discrimination accusation

Jay Hunt, Channel 4’s programming boss, has denied a claim by John McCririck that she is a “serial age discrimination offender” and accused the racing pundit of making “false allegations” about her treatment of older presenters.

John McCririck claims he lost his job with broadcaster purely based on his age

Channel 4 boss Jay Hunt labelled 'serial age discrimination offender' by racing pundit John McCririck during employment tribunal

73-year-old claims he lost his job with broadcaster purely based on his age

Racing pundit John McCririck arrives at Victory House for his employment tribunal hearing

'There's nobody better around': Racing pundit John McCririck tackles Channel 4 over age discrimination

73-year-old claims he lost his job with broadcaster purely based on his age

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Strictly trounces X Factor by 1.5m in Saturday night TV ratings war

Strictly Come Dancing has won the Saturday night ratings war, trouncing rival ITV show X Factor by 1.4 million viewers.

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600 members of the public will be allowed access to the site at Elstree Studios in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire

Who would live in a house like this? Inside the Big Brother house before it becomes a National Trust property

Paul Gallagher gets a sneak tour of Elstree studios propety

Sex Box: Sex on TV? The 5 most transgressive broadcasts in history

Channel 4 is soon to air a new reality show Sex Box, which will present audiences with "real sex", interviewing couples moments after they've had intercourse live on TV - albeit in the relative privacy of an opaque box. Paul Vallely writes for us today on the show's "having it both ways", offering both education and titillation to viewers. It got us to thinking. Is there anything left for TV to broadcast? Or have our eyeballs seen pretty much every important life moment there is to see, on television...

'A puerile and irrelevant project': Verdict on the National Trust’s controversial partnership with reality TV show Big Brother - by a Tory MP

Conservative MP Daniel Kawczynski criticises 'cost-neutral' move as charity attempts to attract younger people to heritage sites

Last night's viewing - Sex: My British Job, Channel 4; Peter Andre: My Life, ITV2

Documentary-maker Nick Broomfield is one of those directors who's as happy in front of the camera as he is behind it. And that's putting it mildly. Fetishes, the film Broomfield made about sex workers, was set in a swanky "fetish parlour" on Manhattan's 5th Avenue and ended with him climbing a door frame, sound boom in hand, to escape the attentions of a bevy of randy dominatrix.

Kaiser Chief's Ricky Wilson joins The Voice 2014 as a new judge

Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson joins The Voice as new judge

Singer replaces Danny O'Donoghue, joining Kylie Minogue, Tom Jones and will.i.am on the overhauled judging panel

Marvin Humes of JLS who is poised to sign up as a new presenter on BBC1's The Voice to replace Reggie Yates.

JLS's Marvin Humes 'poised' to replace Reggie Yates on The Voice

JLS star Marvin Humes is poised to sign up as a new presenter on BBC1's The Voice to replace Reggie Yates.

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