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.

Terence Blacker: You still gotta stick it to The Man, man

Some of them are still famous, and are letting off one last blast. Keith Richards (pictured) looked back and concluded that "life is an experiment, and it's just a matter of getting the alchemical or chemical combination right". Jilly Cooper has revised a guide to love and marriage. Joanna Lumley has been laying down the law, too. It is just fine for an older woman to wear clothes designed for teenagers, she has said. As for the idea that she should have short hair after the age of 40, "Bollocks to that! I want my hair long and I'm going to keep my long hair".

Margaret Cho: Cho Dependent, Assembly George Square, Edinburgh

US comedian Margaret Cho has never minced her words. She once called Sarah Palin "the worst thing to happen to America since 9/11" and her stance on gay rights has drawn fire from conservatives at home.

D J Taylor: This 'legacy' won’t be a walk in the park

The Olympics, and its planned aftermath, continue to entertain and annoy; plus, an internet rating site for German priests

Profits hit a £160m high at BBC Worldwide

The international success of hit shows including Doctor Who and Sherlock saw the BBC's commercial arm post record profits last year. The strong performance also meant that the head of the division's total pay packet overtook that of the Director-General.

Record profits for BBC Worldwide

The BBC's commercial wing has reported record revenue and profits, leading to a rise of more than 8% in the amount being ploughed back into BBC programmes in the past year.

'Soulless' BBC to sell Television Centre

The BBC presenter Danny Baker launched a tirade of invective against his employers yesterday as it was announced that the Television Centre building in London was being put up for sale.

Pygmalion, Garrick Theatre, London

Last year, a highbrow glossy magazine asked me to nominate one classic drama that might well not get the green light in our current cultural climate. With my tongue hovering close to my cheek, I proposed George Bernard Shaw's acute, glittering comedy Pygmalion (1913). I suggested that in our era of job-swap, wife-swap and life-swap programmes, Shaw's concept would be found wanting. His Professor Higgins conducts an experiment to prove the arbitrariness of social distinctions by training a cockney flower-seller to talk posh. But given our present-day appetite for the inauthentic and the provisional, Shaw would be forced to invent a situation whereby the professor and Eliza Doolittle switched roles for a week, with Eliza trying to fake it as a phonetician and Higgins struggling to come over all gor-blimey flogging blooms.

Off-stage affairs that heighten the drama

When an actor's role in a play mirrors a troubled private life, there is an added enjoyment for audiences, says Michael Coveney

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Martin Offiah wants rugby league to be aspirational

Former Wigan Warriors and Great Britain star Martin "Chariots" Offiah believes it is time for Rugby League to make itself a sport that everyone wants to be part of.

Claudia Winkleman pregnant with third child

Claudia Winkleman is pregnant with her third child.

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Ann Widdecombe is enjoying getting her own back on 'Strictly Come Dancing' judge Craig Revel Horwood.

Matthew Bell: Why can't Le Freak be chic in Blighty?

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