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Night falls on daytime TV's king and queen

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Book Club under threat from move to television hell

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.

Susie Rushton: A frosty start tofestive shopping

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Turning off Richard & Judy

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Terence Blacker: They sell your books, your mum and dad

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Sex, lies... and the curse of 'This Morning' presenters

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.

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Richard and Judy to join UKTV &ndash; predicted viewing figures: 400,000

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.

After Da Vinci, readers rush to unravel the secrets of Shakespeare

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.

Kent Reliance dismantles defences against carpetbaggers

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.

Iraq's new strongman PM vows to use 'maximum force' on terrorists

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.

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