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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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US betrayal of old ally brings limited reward

Since the accord, the Turks have only waged war on Kurds while no US bomber has used Incirlik airbase, says Patrick Cockburn
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Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, applauds a man who clearly has more important things on his mind
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Aches, pains and an inkling of mortality

So the male menopause is real, they say, but what would the Victorians, 'old' at 30, think of that, asks DJ Taylor
Man Booker Prize 2015: Anna Smaill - How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?

'How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?'

Man Booker Prize nominee Anna Smaill on the rise of Kiwi lit
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The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems
Art of the state: Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China

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Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China
Mildreds and Vanilla Black have given vegetarian food a makeover in new cookbooks

Vegetarian food gets a makeover

Long-time vegetarian Holly Williams tries to recreate some of the inventive recipes in Mildreds and Vanilla Black's new cookbooks
The haunting of Shirley Jackson: Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?

The haunting of Shirley Jackson

Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?
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These dishes are so easy to make, our chef is almost embarrassed to call them recipes
Ashes 2015: Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

A woefully out-of-form Michael Clarke embodies his team's fragile Ashes campaign, says Michael Calvin
Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza

Andrew Grice: Inside Westminster

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HMS Victory: The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

Exclusive: David Keys reveals the research that finally explains why HMS Victory went down with the loss of 1,100 lives
Survivors of the Nagasaki atomic bomb attack: Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism

'I saw people so injured you couldn't tell if they were dead or alive'

Nagasaki survivors on why Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism
Jon Stewart: The voice of Democrats who felt Obama had failed to deliver on his 'Yes We Can' slogan, and the voter he tried hardest to keep onside

The voter Obama tried hardest to keep onside

Outgoing The Daily Show host, Jon Stewart, became the voice of Democrats who felt the President had failed to deliver on his ‘Yes We Can’ slogan. Tim Walker charts the ups and downs of their 10-year relationship on screen