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Ron Atkinson entering the Big Brother house

Matt Butler: Big Bad Ron Atkinson sneaks back as a cuddly old granddad on Celebrity Big Brother

View From The Sofa: There’s no getting away from the fact that a racist remark ended his career

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The Way I See It

'Who they?' - Channel 5 boss admits he doesn't know who 'half' the contestants are on Celebrity Big Brother 2013

Dancer Louie Spence, football manager Ron Atkinson and model Sophie Anderton are among the 'famous' faces who have entered the house

Sam Evans wins this years Big Brother at Elstree Studios, Borehamwood.

ITV boss Peter Fincham calls for 'new Big Brother' to safeguard British television

ITV's chief today called for "a new Big Brother" to safeguard the future of British television and warned that the supply of big entertainment shows "is drying up".

Channel 5 announces return to original British drama - putting further pressure on its rival Channel 4

Director of Programmes says commissions will 'add texture and diversity'

Chris Fountain has been axed from Coronation Street after he admitted posting offensive songs on YouTube

Chris Fountain axed from Coronation Street over offensive rap lyrics

Actor was exposed as mysterious rapper The Phantom

Catherine Tate and David Walliams bond in Big School

TV review: Big School - Please Sir, is it the Seventies all over again?

A dated and mild-mannered sitcom is saved by  its casting, but a social experiment goes phut

Channel 4 announces 'Real Sex Season' series will be aired to investigate how pornography affects British lives

Programmes in the series will include 'Date a Pornstar' and 'Porn on the Teenage Brain'

Simon Cowell avoids divorce court appearance

Simon Cowell has avoided the prospect of a court appearance after the woman reported to be carrying his baby "resolved" her legal battle with her estranged husband.

Mounted police try to restore order at Deepdale on Monday night

The Last Word: What have football and Dr Who got in common? Crass hunger for a spectacle

Hysteria is the last thing you should give to those in or around the bear pit

Outkast rapper Big Boi in reported £300,000 deal to join Celebrity Big Brother

Outkast rapper Big Boi is reported to have signed to six figure deal to appear on Celebrity Big Brother in the UK.

Mark Thompson

Is New York Times boss Mark Thompson the luckiest CEO in the world?

He was at Channel 4 when the ad market  was soaring, left the BBC before the Savile scandal and has now inherited a booming New York Times. Ian Burrell  reports on the latest chapter of a charmed career

BGT's Richard & Adam performing on This Morning. The brothers look set to take the top spot in the album charts on Sunday, according to midweek predictions.

Never mind the egg incident: Britain's Got Talent runners-up Richard and Adam storm UK album charts

Richard & Adam thought their dreams of becoming recording artists were over when a member of the orchestra stormed the stage during their performance in Britain’s Got Talent’s live final and pelted judge Simon Cowell with a carton of eggs.

American face of casual racism, anti-Semitism and sexism laid bare in US Big Brother

White housemate flipped black contestant's mattress over before goading her saying 'What you gon' do, girl?'

Still shows Harry and Zayn in One Direction's 'Best Song Ever' video

Can One Direction trounce Avicci's fastest-selling single of 2013 with 'Best Song Ever'?

It’s a song title that smacks of Simon Cowell-like levels of self-satisfaction. But One Direction, who are represented by the X Factor mogul’s Syco label, do not appear to have done themselves a disservice by calling their latest single “Best Song Ever” as it has rocketed into second place in the midweek charts and been watched 12.3 million times on Vevo in its first 24 hours.

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In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
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Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

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People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
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Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
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Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

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Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
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Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
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The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

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