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Since the Second World War, when the BBC provided news and comfort for a nation in great peril, it has played a central role in British life and culture. That is why any proposals for radical change at the Corporation, or any sign that its standards might be slipping, deeply disturb its loyal admirers.

Marianne Lumb: Understanding the key to success is managing scale. Lumb’s first restaurant, in west London, will have just 14 seats.

Reality bites (in a good way for MasterChef champions and runners-up)

Unlike some TV shows, MasterChef can lead to lasting success

We own the royal baby - perhaps that's why he/she doesn't want to come out yet

It is a curious phenomenon, that those who purport to love the Royals wilfully inflict so much misery upon them

Daley Ojuederie and Hazel O'Sullivan in the Big Brother house

Big Brother 2013: Daley Ojuederie evicted from house after 'threatening and aggressive' behaviour towards Hazel O'Sullivan

Big Brother contestant Daley Ojuederie has been removed from the Big Brother house over aggressive behaviour towards fellow housemate Hazel O'Sullivan.

A new TV show celebrates the best of British

It's not a Ukip advert! Stars back BBC's patriotic show 'I Love My Country'

Frank Skinner: 'It’s like those Japanese fish. You take all the nasty bits out and it’s not poisonous'

Tyson Fury stands on a chair to make a point during his press conference with David Haye

Boxing: David Haye is a 'little man who stinks the place out,' says Tyson Fury

Tyson Fury lit the blue touch paper ahead of his highly anticipated fight against David Haye by belittling the former WBA heavyweight champion's record and labelling him a "celebrity little fighting man" ahead of their contest in Manchester on 28 September.

Sarah Palin, pictured here in 2011

Page 3 Profile: Sarah Palin, hockey mom

Oh no, what now?

Katie Hopkins speaking on Channel 5's 'The Wright Stuff'

Katie Hopkins stirs up more outrage with comment that 'Gazza should crack on with drinking'

After her controversial comments made on This Morning last week, the former Apprentice contestant said she disagreed with treating addiction

The Voice coach Jessie J has taken against Will.i.am's song choices

Jessie J quits The Voice to promote new record

Jessie J has quit the BBC's talent show The Voice after just two series in order to promote a new record.

Elton John played on the Queens of the Stone Age's new record

Sir Elton John hits out at The Voice 'nonentities' and says he wouldn't want to be Justin Bieber

Sir Elton John has accused BBC1 talent show The Voice of producing "nonentities".

'I'm A Celebrity' MP Nadine Dorries to stop claiming parliamentary expenses

The Conservative representative for Mid Bedfordshire becomes the latest MP to launch a scathing attack on expenses watchdog Ipsa

Holly Willoughby presenting The Voice UK finale in a plunging dress on Saturday night. Her outfit drew 139 complaints from viewers

BBC apologises after 139 people complain about Holly Willoughby's 'unsuitable' low-cut dress on The Voice

The racy dress Holly Willoughby wore to present the final of BBC talent show The Voice on Saturday night has prompted 139 complaints from viewers.

David Carr has identified a new 'British invasion' of talent of which Birmingham-born comedian John Oliver, pictured, is only the latest and most high profile example

A refreshing lack of deference: why Brits challenging the establishment are muscling in on US media

Media commentator David Carr identifies 'British invasion' of talent

Kenye West is either being deliberately provocative, or unbelievably stupid

From North West to number one: Kanye West continues to fly high by topping the UK album charts with Yeezus

If Kanye West weren't on enough of a high already following the birth last week of his baby daughter North, then the only direction is up as his latest album is at number one.

Kanye West and a heavily pregnant Kim Kardashian at the Met Ball in May. They have reportedly called their baby daughter Kaidence Donda.

The only way is up: Kim Kardashian and Kanye name their baby daughter North West

Hollywood royalty give their child a name that has all of Manchester smiling

Will.i.am onstage at the Capital FM Summertime Ball at Wembley in London.

Will.i.am hits out at Universal over The Voice winner Leanne Mitchell's flop

The Voice coach Will.i.am has hit out at record label Universal over the failure of last year's winner to succeed in the charts.

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Noel Fielding's 'Luxury Comedy': A land of the outright bizarre

Noel Fielding's 'Luxury Comedy'

A land of the outright bizarre
What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

What are the worst 'Word Crimes'?

‘Weird Al’ Yankovic's latest video is an ode to good grammar. But what do The Independent’s experts think he’s missed out?
Can Secret Cinema sell 80,000 'Back to the Future' tickets?

The worst kept secret in cinema

A cult movie event aims to immerse audiences of 80,000 in ‘Back to the Future’. But has it lost its magic?
Facebook: The new hatched, matched and dispatched

The new hatched, matched and dispatched

Family events used to be marked in the personal columns. But now Facebook has usurped the ‘Births, Deaths and Marriages’ announcements
Why do we have blood types?

Are you my type?

All of us have one but probably never wondered why. Yet even now, a century after blood types were discovered, it’s a matter of debate what they’re for
Honesty box hotels: You decide how much you pay

Honesty box hotels

Five hotels in Paris now allow guests to pay only what they think their stay was worth. It seems fraught with financial risk, but the honesty policy has its benefit
Commonwealth Games 2014: Why weight of pressure rests easy on Michael Jamieson’s shoulders

Michael Jamieson: Why weight of pressure rests easy on his shoulders

The Scottish swimmer is ready for ‘the biggest race of my life’ at the Commonwealth Games
Some are reformed drug addicts. Some are single mums. All are on benefits. But now these so-called 'scroungers’ are fighting back

The 'scroungers’ fight back

The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
Amazing video shows Nasa 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action

Fireballs in space

Amazing video shows Nasa's 'flame extinguishment experiment' in action
A Bible for billionaires

A Bible for billionaires

Find out why America's richest men are reading John Brookes
Paranoid parenting is on the rise - and our children are suffering because of it

Paranoid parenting is on the rise

And our children are suffering because of it
For sale: Island where the Magna Carta was sealed

Magna Carta Island goes on sale

Yours for a cool £4m
Phone hacking scandal special report: The slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

The hacker's tale: the slide into crime at the 'News of the World'

Glenn Mulcaire was jailed for six months for intercepting phone messages. James Hanning tells his story in a new book. This is an extract
We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

Child abusers are not all the same, yet the idea of treating them differently in relation to the severity of their crimes has somehow become controversial
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering

For instance, did Isis kill the Israeli teenagers to trigger a war, asks Patrick Cockburn