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Leah McFall is the bookies' favourite to win The Voice 2013

Leah McFall favourite to win The Voice UK 2013

Leah McFall is the bookies’ favourite to win BBC talent contest The Voice ahead of the final this weekend.

Well suited to the stage: comedian Aziz Ansari

Professional actor joins Big Brother house 2013 to create mayhem

A heavily-tattooed glamour model, a former police officer and a woman who runs a "gold-digger" website are among the housemates on this summer's Big Brother - unaware that a professional actor has joined them in the TV house to create mayhem.

Inside the Big Brother house 2013

Scotland Yard warns Channel 5 about risk of having ex-Operation Yewtree detective in Big Brother house

The officer quit his job investigating the Jimmy Savile scandal to take up a place in the Channel 5 reality TV show

Television presenter Anthea Turner has confirmed she has separated from husband Grant Bovey.

TV's Anthea Turner confirms split from husband Grant Bovey

Television presenter Anthea Turner has confirmed she has separated from husband Grant Bovey.

Doctors observe patients suffering from dengue fever during an outbreak of the virus in Jakarta, Indonesia, in 2005. The disease is common in Asia

Singapore on alert after dengue fever cases rise

More than 9,000 people have contracted the mosquito-borne disease since January

Violinist 'not sorry' for egging Simon Cowell on Britain's Got Talent final

The musician who pelted Simon Cowell with eggs on live TV has offered to pay his cleaning bill but said she was not sorry for attacking him.

Sam Faiers has been criticised by domestic abuse charity ManKind for suggesting 'everyone slaps their boyfriend when they deserve it'

Reality TV show TOWIE slammed by domestic abuse charity after Sam Faiers admits to pushing and slapping Joey Essex

'Everyone slaps their boyfriend once, when they deserve it,' she said

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

MPs seek Nadine Dorries I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here fee details

Conservative MP was expected to earn around £40,000 for her 12-day appearance

One Show presenter Alex Jones who has hit out at reality TV shows such as The Only Way Is Essex and Keeping Up With The Kardashians for having a negative influence on young girls

The One Show host Alex Jones hits out at reality television shows such as Towie and The Valleys

The One Show presenter Alex Jones has hit out at reality TV shows such as The Only Way Is Essex and Keeping Up With The Kardashians for having a negative influence on young girls.

One-sided ratings battle continues as Britain’s Got Talent pummels The Voice

The Voice, which is to return for a third series despite falling ratings, drew just 5.7 million viewers as it reached its knockout stages

The Voice judge Jessie J slams Britain's Got Talent for allowing children to audition

Criticisms come after Sir Bruce Forsyth said he'd prefer separate versions of the show for adults and kids

Beth Tweddle’s routine was marred by a poor landing but she still ended up with bronze

Gymnastics: Beth Tweddle - Rio Olympics in 2016 is step too far

Beth Tweddle has not ruled out a return to competitive gymnastics but has confirmed the Rio 2016 Olympics are "one step too far".

One of the country's leading headteachers is to accuse Education Secretary Michael Gove of “chickening out” of bringing back a return to grammar schools

Leading headteacher: Michael Gove 'chickening out' on return of grammar schools

One of the country's leading headteachers is to accuse Education Secretary Michael Gove of “chickening out” of bringing back a return to grammar schools.

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A timely reminder of the bloody anniversary we all forgot

Who remembers that this week we enter the 150th anniversary year of the end of the American Civil War, asks Robert Fisk
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Scarred by the bell

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Why 2014 was a year of technological let-downs

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Will revolutionary Cuba take 'bourgeois' golf to its heart?

Fidel Castro ridiculed the game – but now investment in leisure resort projects is welcome
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As a new collection of the genre’s best is published, its editor explains the rules of engagement
Amy Adams on playing painter Margaret Keane in Tim Burton's Big Eyes

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Amy Adams hadn’t wanted to take the role of artist Margaret Keane, because she’d had enough of playing victims. But then she had a daughter, and saw the painter in a new light
Ed Richards: Parting view of Ofcom chief. . . we hate jokes on the disabled

Parting view of Ofcom chief... we hate jokes on the disabled

Bad language once got TV viewers irate, inciting calls to broadcasting switchboards. But now there is a worse offender, says retiring head of the media watchdog, Ed Richards
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Ian Herbert: My 10 hopes for sport in 2015

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The West needs more than a White Knight

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'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
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Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

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