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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.

Cheryl Cole is part of a new group of non-acting celebrities that have started to make the pilgrimage to the Riviera

Cannes Film Festival 2013: And why exactly are vous here?

Cheryl Cole, Tamara Ecclestone, WAGs and reality TV stars are all in the south of France... but why?

ITV axes skating show: Next series of Dancing On Ice to be the last

Popular TV series Dancing On Ice is to be axed after one further series, it was announced today.

Kelly Rowland has been appointed a judge on American X Factor

Simon Cowell appoints Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio American X Factor judges

Simon Cowell has hired former Destiny's Child singer Kelly Rowland and Mexican singer/actress Paulina Rubio as judges on the American version of The X Factor.

The Cannes Festival Diary: Putting sexual rumours to bed

One of the films in competition at Cannes has sparked the question of which nationality is worse in the sack: the Germans or the British? Jeune et Jolie is the story of a girl's (Marine Vacth) sexual awakenings before she decides to become a prostitute.

Last Night's Viewing: The Apprentice, BBC1
Bankers, BBC2

I think The Apprentice may have peaked a little early this year. I'm not convinced we're going to get a better mission statement than the one delivered in the opening episode: "We're going to run like hell to sell those ukuleles", a line that to me cries out to be set to music.

Adam Crozier boosts ITV's appeal to American investors with acquisition of US TV production company

If chief executive Adam Crozier wants to make ITV more appealing to American investors, he looks to be going about it the right way.

The cast and crew of E4's 'Made In Chelsea' who scooped the award for best reality and constructed factual programme (Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)

Bafta TV awards 2013: Lord Sugar miffed that Young Apprentice missed out to Made in Chelsea

Lord Sugar evidently isn’t used to missing out on the big prizes in life. When his reality show Young Apprentice lost out to reality show Made in Chelsea at the British Academy Television Awards last night he might have clapped politely but soon made his displeasure felt elsewhere.

Brazilian-born rapper, Yuri Santos, 22, who uses the stage name, Aggro Santos

'I'm A Celebrity...' rapper Aggro Santos calls for anonymity for rape suspects

Former I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! contestant Aggro Santos called today for rape suspects to be given anonymity until they are convicted.

Big Brother, By Lionel Shriver

A razor-sharp novel with an unreliable narrator is hampered by its tight authorial grip

City dumps Morrisons after another dip in sales

More sales woe sent supermarkets chain Morrisons’ shares crashing today as the UK’s fourth-biggest grocer continues to lag behind its big rivals.

Professor Brian Cox: BBC TV bosses should do more to educate

TV bosses are not taking their responsibility to educate viewers seriously enough, Professor Brian Cox has said.

A scene from ITV's 'Strictly Kosher'

Religion should be new 'reality TV' claims Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby

Religion should be incorporated into “reality” television shows in order to increase understanding of other faiths, the Archbishop of Canterbury has claimed.

Danny Foster during his performance on the BBC1 talent show, The Voice.

Former Hear'Say singer and The Voice hopeful Danny Foster 'saved by Hare Krishna monk'

Former Hear'Say star Danny Foster said he turned to drink after the failure of the group before he was saved by a Hare Krishna monk

YouTube sensation and Toddlers and Tiaras star Honey Boo Boo

Are you the British Honey Boo Boo? New channel TLC brings Toddlers and Tiaras to the UK

The channel, which launches tomorrow, will deliver 'extreme' reality TV audiences this side of the pond

Myleene Klass has often found herself in the media spotlight

Myleene Klass: 'There's a horrible culture that criticises women all the time. It has to stop'

The presenter is moving on from her High Court divorce to campaign against attacks on women in the public eye

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Mau Mau uprising: Kenyans still waiting for justice join class action over Britain's role in the emergency

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Thousands join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
Isis in Iraq: The trauma of the last six months has overwhelmed the remaining Christians in the country

The last Christians in Iraq

After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything, says Patrick Cockburn
Black Friday: Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

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Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

As fans flock to see England women's Wembley debut against Germany, the TV presenter on an exciting 'sea change'
Oh come, all ye multi-faithful: The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?

Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
Flogging vlogging: First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books

Flogging vlogging

First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show: US channels wage comedy star wars

Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

US channels wage comedy star wars
When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible

When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible
Look what's mushrooming now! Meat-free recipes and food scandals help one growing sector

Look what's mushrooming now!

Meat-free recipes and food scandals help one growing sector
Neil Findlay is more a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

More a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

The vilification of the potential Scottish Labour leader Neil Findlay shows how one-note politics is today, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Tenderstem broccoli omelette; Fried eggs with Mexican-style tomato and chilli sauce; Pan-fried cavolo nero with soft-boiled egg

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Terry Venables: Wayne Rooney is roaring again and the world knows that England are back

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Wayne Rooney is roaring again and the world knows that England are back
Michael Calvin: Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Those at the top are allowing the same issues to go unchallenged, says Michael Calvin