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Old luvvies act with gay abandon  in a classic festive sitcom

Jeremy Paxman with his new beard on Newsnight

Is the BBC pogonophobic? Jeremy Paxman's beard raises a hairy issue

Newsnight presenter Jeremy Paxman's new beard continued to trend on Twitter last night as the broadcaster accused the BBC of "pogonophobia" (fear of beards).

The News Matrix: Friday 28 December 2012

Arrest after alleged attack on saboteur

Where's Santa? Despite all our high-tech gadgets he remains elusive

Where in the world is Santa? Google and Microsoft trackers disagree

Tech-savvy girls and boys, of both the naughty and nice variety, had two main ways to track Santa Claus online as he began his epic journey across the globe Christmas Eve.

The Night Before Christmas, The Grinch, The Snowman and the Snowdog, Outnumbered

Our pick of the best on the box this festive season

I don't want my kids believing in Santa Claus, and you shouldn't either

There's no harm in letting your children believe Santa's real, right? Wrong, says Jake Wallis Simons in the Telegraph.

The Emperor's New Clothes (23/12/12)

Our snazzy digital cameras can kill shots or email them to Mum. Where's the fun in that?

Album: Various Artists, All Ready for the 25th (Sartorial)

There's something about the smartarse sass of indie attitude that curdles the Christmas spirit. It's the downfall of this left-field collection, particularly the punky adolescent antagonism of the Psychic Pussies' "Sickmass".

An American Christmas: Why are we sacrificing British traditions for a yankified yuletide?

Candy canes a-plenty and silver lanes aglow; Christmas is undergoing a transformation, but it's not too late to stop it

This week's wackiest web stories: Bringing sexy back (legally)

Plus: Sat nav Santa, the geek apocalypse and an alternative Christmas card list

You better watch out, you'll probably cry: Santa Claus suspended after claiming he wasn't real and telling children about US school shooting

Santa Claus allegedly told children in his grotto 'I'm not real, it's your mum and dad'

The small monkey was found wandering around in Ikea

Ikea monkey Darwin is 'a little person' insists owner embroiled in custody battle

Darwin, who some have dubbed the 'Toronto One', was taken in by Animal Services after being found in the furniture store dressed in a sheepskin coat

Jenna-Louise Coleman and the Doctor in this year's Christmas special 'The Snowmen'

Festive romance is in the air for Doctor Who and his new companion

Love is in the air for the stars of the Doctor Who Christmas Day special.

Your telethon may not necessarily include Leonardo DiCaprio

Striving for zero: Job ideas for coping with the overdraft

From telethons to brand ambassdorship, there are plenty of jobs just for students that can ease the pain of your overdraft, as Rachel Robbins explains.

2,000 people dressed as Santa running in support of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution

Sleigh down...! Santas sprint for the RNLI

Running in support of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, 2,000 people dressed as Father Christmas sprinted along the promenade at Southsea, Hampshire, in the winter sunshine yesterday.

Shaken: President Obama wipes a tear as he speaks about the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut

After the slaughter at Sandy Hook, a moment that could define Obama's presidency

Barack Obama must channel his visible anguish to tighten America's gun laws

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