Sport Louis Smith shows off his Olympic silver medal

British gymnast Louis Smith has put his retirement plans on hold and declared he wants to represent England at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow later this year.

Katherine Jenkins has parted company with her record label Warner Music

Katherine Jenkins parts from record label Warner Music

Singer Katherine Jenkins has parted company with her record label but said she is "excited" about her next move.

Bruce Forsyth poses for photographs after receiving his knighthood in 2011

Britain's Got Talent: Sir Bruce Forsyth renews attack on Simon Cowell over risk of 'emotional damage' on children

Sir Bruce Forsyth has criticised Simon Cowell, saying young acts on his Britain's Got Talent show face "emotional damage" from the pressure of performing.

ITV axes skating show: Next series of Dancing On Ice to be the last

Popular TV series Dancing On Ice is to be axed after one further series, it was announced today.

Former Westlife star Shane Filan who has signed a solo record deal, just months after being declared bankrupt.

Westlife star Shane Filan launches solo career after bankruptcy

Former Westlife star Shane Filan has signed a solo record deal, just months after being declared bankrupt.

Man About Town: From champagne in Paris to fashion at Aintree to... champagne in London

In the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the alien Ford Prefect describes hyperspace travel to earthling Arthur Dent as “unpleasantly like being drunk”. When Arthur asks what’s so bad about being drunk, Ford replies: “You ask a glass of water.”

Simon Cowell has launched a new talent contest You Generation

Britain's Got Talent judges walk out after row with Simon Cowell

Britain's Got Talent judges Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden fell out with Simon Cowell and David Walliams so badly during filming they walked out of an audition.

Alesha Dixon during her Cosmpolitan photoshoot

Alesha Dixon hits out at racial prejudice in the British media

Alesha Dixon has spoken out about racial prejudice in the British media. The TV presenter and singer said she had negative experiences because of the colour of her skin and said that there were still too few black female presenters, during an interview with Cosmpolitan magazine.

Sport on TV: Laurie had a lot on his plate and it still leaves a nasty taste

Laurie Cunningham was a pioneer for one obvious reason: he was the first black man to play football for England at any level. Of course that meant he was at the frontier of the fight against racism, weaving around the bigoted barbs of the crowd just as he had to jump over the tackles of brutish Seventies defenders. But that should not put his other groundbreaking feats in the shade: First Among Equals: The Laurie Cunningham Story (ITV, Wednesday) revealed that he taught Mark Bright what cutlery to use and introduced Peter Reid to garlic tiger prawns. He had to peel it for Reid, though; he may have been at the cutting edge, but to bring English football out of the dark ages you had to go one step at a time. At least he wasn't selfish with his knowledge of shellfish.

Sebastian Coe was given a warm reception by the Labour crowd as athletes, torch bearers and volunteer Games Makers took centre stage

Lord Sebastian Coe to appear on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

Olympic boss Lord Coe is to be a contestant on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? - teaming up with former middle distance running rival Steve Cram.

Rory Bremner: the comedian and impressionist was assigned to a school in Paris in 1982, where he taught for a year

Rory Bremner to make theatre debut in Noel Coward's Relative Values

Impressionist Rory Bremner is making his theatrical debut, in Bath, playing a butler in a revival of Noel Coward's Relative Values alongside Caroline Quentin and Patricia Hodge.

Harman: women on TV meet ‘an untimely end’ when they reach 50

Harman demands audit of older women in broadcasting

The BBC and other major broadcasters are accused today of making women aged over 50 "invisible" and should be "named and shamed" for not putting older female presenters on screen.

7 – Chris Robshaw (England) – The English captain led his side to a first victory in Ireland for 10 years. Brilliant defensively and always looked to ship the ball on from first receiver. Lead-from-the-front example shown by taking final line-out

Mike Brown hails England captain Chris Robshaw as a 'brilliant leader'

Robshaw is in prime position for the British and Irish Lions captaincy

The Hairy Bikers (above) and the BBC Television Centre (below), which is due to become a BBC themed village

Coming soon: tea at the Great British Bake Off bakery and lunch at the Hairy Bikers restaurant

It looks like we could soon be staying at the Fawlty Towers hotel, eating lunch at the Hairy Bikers restaurant and buying tea and scones from the Great British Bake Off bakery.

Louis Smith tries his second-level routine in North Greenwich

Gymnastics: Louis Smith likely to skip 2013

Louis Smith is unlikely to return to competitive gymnastics until next year, if at all, according to Olympic bronze medal-winning team-mate Kristian Thomas.

Body language expert: 'Lance Armstrong proud of fooling everyone'

While the disgraced cyclist confessed his use of performance-enhancing drugs up until 2005, his gestures suggest he may not be as contrite as he claims

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