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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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A land of the outright bizarre
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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?
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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?
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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

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

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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
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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