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.

Engelbert Humperdinck has been chosen as the UK entry for the Eurovision Song Contest

Engelbert Humperdinck to sing 'soaring ballad' at Eurovision

Crooner Engelbert Humperdinck has unveiled the "soaring ballad" that he hopes will restore the UK's reputation at this year's Eurovision Song Contest.

The cast of The Voice (l-r): Reggie Yates, Danny O’Donoghue, Tom Jones, Jessie J , Will.i.am and Holly Willoughby will go head-to-head with Simon Cowell’s Britain’s Got Talent on ITV

Don't watch the viewing figures! BBC boss's plea as £20m Saturday showpiece prepares to launch

Danny Cohen betrays his nerves as ITV reschedules Britain’s Got Talent to drown out The Voice 

World flocks to buy top BBC shows

Sherlock, Call the Midwife and Upstairs Downstairs are winging their way to an international audience this weekend as the BBC opens the doors to its annual trade fair.

Nancy Dell'Olio

Nancy Dell'Olio joins Sun on Sunday team

Nancy Dell'Olio will pen a weekly style column in News International's new Sun on Sunday newspaper, it was revealed today.

Simon English: There's a way back for Goodwin, via Zimbabwe

Outlook: With the aid of a City banking analyst and a leading image consultant, I've plotted a route back to respectability for Fred Goodwin.

Midnight Tango, Aldwych Theatre

In Midnight Tango, Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace make traditional big entrances.

Hopkins: his hunches were right

Richard Hopkins: Producer of 'Big Brother' and 'Strictly Come Dancing'

Richard Hopkins embraced the age of reality television. He steered Big Brother to both fame and infamy before launching Strictly Come Dancing, then took that format to the US and more than 30 other countries as Dancing with the Stars. The idea of teaming celebrities with professional ballroom dancers to impress judges and viewers caught on quickly after the BBC first screened Strictly Come Dancing in 2004.

Alesha Dixon quits Strictly Come Dancing for Britain's Got Talent

Strictly Come Dancing's Alesha Dixon is leaving the show to join the judging panel of hit ITV show Britain's Got Talent, the singer announced today.

Pompoms and marching batons took centre stage in London as more than 8,000 performers took part in the annual New Year’s Day Parade

Pompoms, ceremony – and rain on the New Year's parade

Pompoms and marching batons took centre stage in London as more than 8,000 performers took part in the annual New Year's Day Parade.

X Factor final viewing figures down

The X Factor final last night was down four million viewers on the previous year, figures showed today.

Ratings are at their lowest - one reason could be that panto villain Simon Cowell hasn't been on the judging panel

Simon Cowell: The missing X Factor

So tonight's the final, at last, but as Veronica Lee rounds up this year's highs and lows we're all still pining for the biggest act of all: stand up, Mr Cowell!

The Saturday quiz answers

1. Occupy Wall Street.

Olympics could be hit by BBC strike action

Thousands of BBC staff are to be balloted on strike action in a row about jobs, pay and conditions, raising the threat of disruption to flagship shows – and possibly coverage of the 2012 Olympics.

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'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
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Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

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Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

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The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there