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Celebrities enter Big Brother house

Former Coronation Street star Julie Goodyear, Spandau Ballet's Martin Kemp and comedian Julian Clary were among the latest housemates to enter the Celebrity Big Brother house last night.

Page 3 Profile: Richard E Grant, actor

A Withnail and I sequel on the cards? It was the lead role in the 1987 classic that put Grant, then a jobbing thespian, on the map. There are no plans to revive the alcoholic Withnail character, but Grant will star later this year in a Doctor Who Christmas special. It is believed he'll play the villain. It's not the first time he's been involved in the show. He played the Doctor in 2003 online animated series Scream of the Shalka, and starred as the unofficial "Tenth Doctor" in a 1966 Comic Relief sketch.

Will 'The Inbetweeners' get lost across the Atlantic?

Do they know what "clunge" is in North Dakota? We're soon to find out, with MTV's long-mooted cross-Atlantic adaptation of The Inbetweeners being unveiled on 20 August. A trailer for the show, adapted by the E4 version's creators Iain Morris and Damon Beasley, was revealed earlier this month by MTV (whose recent version of another E4-made hit, Skins, proved controversial, though poorly received).

Parents pay tribute to Oldham house blast victim

The parents of two-year-old Jamie Heaton, who died in an explosion in Shaw, Greater Manchester, paid tribute to their son today, saying: “Jamie was unique and amazing. We will miss everything about him.”

Birthday, Royal Court, London

For the male members of the audience, Joe Penhall’s new play gives a whole new twist to the idea of a buttock-clenching experience. 

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Colour TV? Not here...

The last original black-authored drama was made more than 25 years ago. Bonnie Greer delivers her damning view of current British television