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X Factor lessons taught at British college

Mickey Mouse degree? Nah, I’m doing X Factor

Take That on telly: First it was Gary Barlow in Miranda, now Jason Orange in Shameless

The "Could It Be Magic" singers are making cameo appearances in some of our best-loved TV shows

Doctor Who and Sherlock to go head to head at National Television Awards

See the nominations in full

Ofcom received 1,139 complaints concerning Conor McIntyre's (pictured) threatening remarks about fellow housemate Deana Uppal

Big Brother most complained-about television programme in 2012

Big Brother was the most complained-about television programme of the year, new figures show.

Big Brother was most complained about television show of the year

Reality show Big Brother was the most complained about TV programme of the year, new figures show.

X Factor winner James Arthur tops charts with 'Impossible'

X Factor winner James Arthur proved nothing is impossible when his debut single rocketed to the top of the charts.

Simon Cowell has risen to fame by cultivating the image of “Mr Nasty” and “most recognisable face”

Simon Cowell returns to judge Britain's Got Talent

Cowell confirms he will join Alesha Dixon, Amanda Holden and David Walliams for the show in 2013

Kye Soanes rumoured to take Christopher Maloney's place on X Factor tour

X Factor bosses meet today to discuss the final line up for the 2013 tour

Page 3 Profile: James Arthur, X Factor winner

The "winner" of The X Factor?

X Factor sees ratings tumble

The X Factor's ratings slide has continued with Sunday's final pulling in 2 million fewer viewers than last year.

Strictly still waltzing away with the ratings as X Factor's Saturday show flounders

Audiences have plummeted throughout the latest series of the once unstoppable X Factor.

Strictly trounces the X Factor in Saturday night ratings battle

The X Factor saw its semi-final audience plummet with 2.6 million fewer viewers than last year, while rival Strictly Come Dancing continued to be a step ahead.

IoS album review: Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, The Golden Age of Song (Rhino)

This collection of collaborative covers trawls Holland's Hootenanny shows, with a dozen specially recorded tunes thrown in.

The Voice format tweaked to include more blind auditions in bid to improve ratings

There will be more blind auditions and fewer live shows in the new series of The Voice as BBC bosses attempt to improve its viewing figures.

Page 3 Profile: Colin Morgan, actor

He can't be leaving Merlin, surely?

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Charlie Austin: ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

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How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

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Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

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King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

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