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The singer turned down a request to sing at the Sochi opening ceremony

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Last night, we returned to the weird world created by Justin Chubb and Chris Bran in This Is Jinsy (Sky Atlantic) for a second series.

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This year marks 100 years since the start of a four-year war which claimed 16 million lives around the world. In October, the BBC laid claim to this anniversary announcing an ambitious slate of over 2,500 hours of First World War programming. Clearly, Adrian Van Klaveren needn't worry whether he's commissioned enough programmes, but if anything keeps the BBC's Controller of the World War One Centenary up at night over the next four years, it will be the tone of these documentaries and dramas.

David Tennant and Gregory Doran join forces again for this lucid and gripping account of Richard II

David Tennant: When stars become salesmen they also become cheap

The actor is brilliant as  Richard II, but why does he choose to  appear in a television advert?

David Cameron's absence is not a remark on Russia's stance on gay rights, according to Downing Street

David Cameron to skip Sochi Olympics – but insists it’s not a boycott

David Cameron is not planning to attend the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Downing Street said on Friday, but insisted the move was not a statement about Russia’s stance on gay rights.

Police officers detain a gay rights activist during an unauthorized protest - Irina Putilova has said that the new anti-gay legislation in Russia had increased homophobic violence

Russian bisexual activist Irina Putilova is released from detention and taken off fast-track asylum list

Thousands of people signed a petition to support the 28-year-old's release

Police officers detain a gay rights activist during an unauthorized protest - Irina Putilova has said that the new anti-gay legislation in Russia had increased homophobic violence

Bisexual Russian activist fears for her safety after British authorities threaten to deport her

Irina Putilova could be returned home in a matter of days

Fry travels from Moscow to Rio in the BBC's Stephen Fry: Out There

TV Review: Stephen Fry: Out There BBC2

Stephen Fry is an eloquent and erudite host on any topic. That's what makes him the natural choice to present BBC2's QI and as well as countless Radio 4 documentaries and panel shows. But Stephen Fry on a subject as close to his heart as this? That's a different and special proposition. The last film he made that was this personal, 2006's The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive, won an Emmy.

Faber & Faber enjoys story of its success as profits jump

It is a far cry from the spartan poetry of TS Eliot but booming sales of Tom Bower’s juicy biography of X Factor impresario Simon Cowell have helped push Faber & Faber’s profits up fourfold.

Lucy Kirkwood's much-lauded comedy NSFW was performed at the Royal Court last autumn

Polly Stenham and Lucy Kirkwood graduate to television

The much-lauded young female playwrights are turning to TV

Revealed, the ugliest animal on earth: the humble Blobfish

Other contenders for the prize included the axolotl and the pig-nosed turtle

Alastair Campbell photographed at his north London home

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For an ex-drinker like me, Campbell makes a particularly interesting role model

BBC Sports presenter Gabby Logan

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Gabby Logan has spoken of her personal discomfort at presenting this month’s World Athletics Championships in Russia amid the furore over the country’s homophobic laws.

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