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Former This Morning weather presenter faces claims he sexually assaulted boys at a grammar school where he taught

Miles Kington: The hidden truth behind the 'Da Vinci Code' ban

The Catholic Church was not at all displeased by the book. It welcomed any publicity for a best-seller that got Christianity talked about

THE SKETCH: Richard and Judy bring out the Hugh Grant in chat- show Tony

IT'S THE Prime Minister, actually. On Richard & Judy at 5.25, perhaps you saw it. It was a bit like Love Actually from the night before, but with Tony Blair playing Hugh Grant. He was very good; did you see him?

BBC jumps on book-club bandwagon with new show

A NIGELLA LAWSON cookery book, an Ian Rankin thriller and a debut novel by a Cambridge undergraduate are among 24 books to be featured in a new television book club, which the BBC insists will not be a "copy cat" version of the successful Richard & Judy reading group.

BOOKS: RICHARD AND JUDY BOOK CLUB in partnership with the IoS

This week's book under scrutiny was The Promise of Happiness by Justin Cartwright (Bloomsbury pounds 7.99). A rich and many-layered novel, it garnered an appropriately complex mix of responses. It was thumbs up from studio guests Thelma Barlow, who read the dialogue "like a script", and Richard E Grant. However, he clashed with Judy over the central character, the curmudgeonly paterfamilias Charles Judd: "depressing!" claimed Judy, while Grant, appropriately for such a skilled comic actor, was the only person to point out that the book is also bitterly, blackly funny. The featured book club found the book very rewarding: "human and honest", "well-crafted" but also "disturbing and sad".

So there I am at the doctor's, in my underpants, sucking in my gut...

I'm recovering from a minor operation. Stacey insisted that I go and see my doctor about a mole that she was worried about. I was fairly adamant that if it was regarding a mole then a vet might be more appropriate.

Savage feud with Richard and Judy

Free speech

Even 'Big Brother' is not safe as Channel 4 prepares for a night of the long knives

TV station's chief is making his mark with a wholesale clearout of tired and unpopular programmes. James Morrison reports

Two salesmen in suits appear on TV

"WE'RE NOT Morecambe and Wise" - as a statement of the blinding obvious, Gordon Brown's opening line on the Richard and Judy show yesterday was impeccable.
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