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As a five-time Paralympian, Sascha Kindred has witnessed first hand how the event's profile has soared over recent editions, but for the 34-year-old the rewards are still solely to be found in the pool.

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Leap of faith as Robbie Grabarz secures a high jump bronze

Briton who started year ranked 44 in world keeps Team GB on medal course

London 2012 opening ceremony audience hit 900 million predicts IOC

Almost 900 million people watched part of the London Games' opening ceremony on television, the International Olympic Committee predicted today.

Actor Richard E Grant was also among the invitees

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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.

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Chloë Sevigny has always followed an alternative path, making her the perfect new face of Miu Miu, says Gemma Hayward

Observations: It's a modern classic – so why isn't this drama breaking on UK TV?

It has been called "revolutionary" by the New York Times and lauded by Stephen King. Yet Breaking Bad, which is back for its fifth and final season in the US, has not aired on a UK channel since 5USA showed season two in 2009.

Tamzin Outhwaite gives birth to second baby

Former EastEnders star Tamzin Outhwaite has given birth to a baby girl.

The Bill's Gary Lucy

EastEnders role for Gary Lucy

Former Footballers Wives star Gary Lucy is heading to Albert Square to play a charismatic City banker.

Somalia: Comic shot dead after mocking Islamist militants

A popular Somali comic and playwright who mocked Islamist militants for brainwashing children and killing civilians has been shot dead.

The Market Report: Toy maker plays the excuses game

Won't somebody think of the children? In these uncertain economic times, even sales of toys and games are not escaping the pain on the High Street – and apparently the Queen is to blame.

Future Olympics could be only on pay-per-view TV under new rules

The Olympic Games could be broadcast on pay-per-view Sky TV in future, the Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has hinted.

Rupert Murdoch quits boards of British papers

News Corp's Rupert Murdoch has stepped down as a director from a string of boards overseeing the Sun, Times and Sunday Times newspapers, the company said in an internal memo on today.

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Grace Dent on TV: The Newsroom, Sky Atlantic

If you find Sorkin's latest a bit trite, think on this: at least you're not watching Winter Wipeout

Homeland to battle Downton for top Emmys

America's love affair with British television drama continues to flourish after a host of UK talent received Emmy nominations, with Downton Abbey leading the charge.

The cast of the US Inbetweeners

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).

Grace Dent on TV: Line of Duty, BBC2

OK, so I haven't got the faintest idea who the bad guys are, but the car chases are brilliant

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