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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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'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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Save the tiger: Tiger, tiger burning less brightly as numbers plummet

Tiger, tiger burning less brightly

When William Blake wrote his famous poem there were probably more than 100,000 tigers in the wild. These days they probably number around 3,200
5 News's Andy Bell retraces his grandfather's steps on the First World War battlefields

In grandfather's footsteps

5 News's political editor Andy Bell only knows his grandfather from the compelling diary he kept during WWI. But when he returned to the killing fields where Edwin Vaughan suffered so much, his ancestor came to life
Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart reveals she has flying robot ... to take photos of her farm

Martha Stewart has flying robot

The lifestyle guru used the drone to get a bird's eye view her 153-acre farm in Bedford, New York
Former Labour minister Meg Hillier has demanded 'pootling lanes' for women cyclists

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A tale of two presidents: George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story

A tale of two presidents

George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story
Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover

The dining car makes a comeback

Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover
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How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?
Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players

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Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players
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The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

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How Samuel Beckett became a French Resistance spy

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Kodak's last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

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Acting in video games gets a makeover

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