Former This Morning weather presenter faces claims he sexually assaulted boys at a grammar school where he taught
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Thursday 13 August 2009
Science hasn't been in the best of shape on British television recently. Equinox seems to have disappeared into some broadcasting black hole, Horizon has been steadily regressing into second childhood and mainstream offerings – such as Bang Goes the Theory – appear to be pitched at a hyperactive seven-year-old out of his skull on SunnyD. There are sporadic efflorescences of the serious on BBC2, but if you want something sustained and detailed your last best hope is BBC4, a little cranny in the rock that sustains some flourishing micro-cultures of straightforward instruction. And even here there are signs that the evolutionary pressures are having their effect. In The Cell, for example, Dr Adam Rutherford referred to Anthony van Leeuwenhoek as "a lens geek", to Robert Hooke as "the go-to guy when you had very small things to investigate", and concluded a little aside on Robert Brown's unique double contribution to physics and biology with the exclamation "Respect!", possibly the least convincing attempt to sound "street" since Richard Madeley channelled Ali G on the This Morning sofa.
Wednesday 01 July 2009
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Saturday 27 December 2008
As the 10 titles chosen to make up the Richard and Judy Book Club 2009 shortlist are unveiled, organisers are playing down suggestions that the scarcity of people who followed Richard Madeley and Judy Finnegan from their Channel 4 tea-time slot to the digital UKTV channel Watch will damage the Book Club image.
Tuesday 09 December 2008
Sunday 30 November 2008
Tuesday 14 October 2008
Sunday 22 June 2008
It's the curse of sex, lies and daytime TV. Britain's best known psychiatrist, Dr Raj Persaud, became the latest face connected with This Morning to run into trouble when he began a three-month ban on practising on Friday for plagiarism. He joins a list of presenters and guests of the show to find themselves in a pickle; others have faced theft and rape allegations. Former This Morning anchors Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan, who helped to make him a household name, have offered Dr Persaud their support; he was told they would welcome his work as "a valued contributor". Presumably as long as it hasn't been swiped from anybody else.
Sunday 25 May 2008
Thursday 17 April 2008
They made their name as the permanently cheery husband and wife presenting team on ITV's This Morning and in recent years have entertained the teatime audience on Channel 4. But from the autumn, Richard Madeley and Judy Finnegan will move to the relative obscurity of digital television.
Friday 11 April 2008
Ever since Dan Brown wrote The Da Vinci Code, blending the world of Renaissance art with a fast-paced murder mystery, countless authors have attempted to replicate his success, and failed.
Wednesday 24 May 2006
Five years after leading building societies believed they had finally seen off carpetbaggers, the sector could be facing a new threat from windfall-seeking investors. Kent Reliance, a medium-sized society based in Chatham, has dropped rules requiring speculators opening accounts with it to assign any future windfall rights to charity.
Monday 22 May 2006
Iraq's prime minister promised Sunday to use "maximum force" if necessary to end the dozens of brutal slayings taking place daily in Iraq, including a lunchtime suicide bombing that killed more than a dozen diners in downtown Baghdad.
Lincoln MP Karl McCartney 'denied all knowledge' of the Twitter activity
Ukip says babies born to immigrants in the UK should be classed as migrants – which would include Nigel Farage’s own children
Rochester by-election: Ukip gains second MP as Tory defector Mark Reckless holds seat
'Beast of Bolsover' Dennis Skinner takes Ukip MP Mark Reckless to task moments after he is sworn in
The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after being shot by Ohio police
Rochester aftermath: Sacking of Emily Thornberry will make work of Labour MPs '10 times harder'
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