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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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The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
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Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

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