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View from the Sofa: Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast, Channel 4

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One Direction's third album sold 685,000 copies in 2013

One Direction's Midnight Memories named biggest-selling album of 2013

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X-factor winner Sam Bailey's debut single 'Skyscraper' is this year's Christmas number one

Christmas number one 2013: X Factor winner Sam Bailey beats Pharrell Williams with 'Skyscraper'

Robbie Williams keeps One Direction off the top spot in the albums chart

Harriet Walker: Christmas is as close to crawling back into the womb as we’re likely to get

I love Christmas but don’t worry, I’m not going to proselytise about it. I won’t pretend it’s any more than an excuse for gluttony and for corporations to sell people tat they don’t need. I go into the festive period with my eyes open, thanks very much, and I’m more fascinated than I am fanatical. But I do love it.

Tim Key: ‘I’m in the midst of an office Christmas party. I feel like such an outsider’

One asks what I’m writing and I pretend I’m German

Do we really need a magical new Harry Potter play?

Fans will undoubtedly buy tickets, but let's hope it isn't a massive let-down

Simon Cowell may be back on our screens for the next series of The X Factor

The X Factor: Simon Cowell will 'definitely' return, says Louis Walsh

The judge is '70 per cent' certain that Cowell will return to the panel

Glasgow helicopter crash: Mourners gather for pilot Captain David Traill's funeral

Friend describes pilot as 'the greatest friend a man could hope for. A steady, loyal brother in arms'

Gary Barlow Day has been met with disapproval by critics

Gary Barlow day scaled back by BBC after impartiality criticism

A radio interview and online Q&A have been cut from the schedule

Elton John will duet with Gary Barlow on the final show of The X Factor

X Factor 2013: Elton John will join One Direction, Katy Perry and The Killers for the final show of the series

The star will duet with Gary Barlow despite attacking the show in the past

Gary Barlow Day has been met with disapproval by critics

BBC criticised over 'Gary Barlow day'

BBC criticised for over-exposing the singer in a day's worth of scheduling

One Direction have secured this year's fastest-selling album with Midnight Memories

One Direction score fastest-selling album of 2013 with Midnight Memories

The X Factor pop group kept current judge Gary Barlow from number one

Tamera Foster left the competition tonight after a sing-off with Luke Friend

X Factor 2013: Tamera Foster sent home and James Arthur apologises

Tamera lost to Luke Friend after James Arthur and Rebecca Ferguson performed

One Direction are heading for their second number one album with Midnight Memories

One Direction set to score fastest-selling album of 2013 with Midnight Memories

The pop group's new album has sold 145,000 copies in three days

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