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Nadine Dorries MP was the first person evicted from the 2012 I'm A Celebrity... contest

I'm a Celebrity MP Nadine Dorries 'back working as an MP' (from her five star hotel in Australia)

Evicted from the jungle after her exploits eating an ostrich anus, Nadine Dorries claimed that she was already back at work as an MP, from the comfort of a five-star hotel in Australia.

If you don't keep one eye on The X factor, forget about any pub quiz victories

There's too much reality TV at the moment to stay abreast of it all

Ella Henderson buoyed by Cowell tweet after X Factor departure

The music mogul tweeted: 'Ella! Gone??? Unbelievable'

Leona Lewis: 'I get more nervous performing now than when I was 10'

I believe I could have had a career in the music industry without the X Factor But it was an amazing platform that propelled me to what's happening now. I won't listen to anything people say [against] it. I got up every week and sang on stage without that lip-syncing that a lot of artists do these days – that takes a talent that you can't fake.

Stars queue up for festive Strictly Come Dancing

The boss of BBC1's Strictly Come Dancing says stars are desperate to appear in the Christmas special after seeing the success of the latest series.

Gary Barlow to play 'Miranda' love interest

Gary Barlow is to take a guest role in Miranda Hart's TV sitcom - as the new man who sets her heart aflutter.

Cheryl Cole, far left, Nicola Roberts, Kimberley Walsh, Sarah Harding and Nadine Coyle appeared at a London hotel yesterday to confirm that the band, created by a television talent show in 2002, would reunite for a 10th anniversary UK tour and album

Here come the Girls Aloud - again...

The pop group Girls Aloud have announced a £10m reunion.

Girls Aloud announce reunion tour and greatest hits album

Newly reunited girl group Girls Aloud have confirmed a tour next year.

Britain's Got Talent winner Ashleigh Butler said today she felt 'overwhelmed' by support from the public after she and her dog Pudsey triumphed in the live final of the competition

Cowell to create X Factor for performing pets

Simon Cowell is going to the dogs - with a TV show for performing pets.

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

Cowell says 'no end in sight' for X Factor despite plummeting audience figures

X Factor supremo Simon Cowell said there is "no end in sight" for his hit show despite falling audiences for the new series.

Cheryl Cole gives X Factor viewing figures a slight boost although numbers remain well down on 2011

The return of former X Factor judge Cheryl Cole has given the series a ratings boost but viewer numbers remain well down on last year.

Matt Smith's Doctor Who with his not-so-secret weapon, the sonic screwdriver

Doctor Who: Universal remote for Time Lords everywhere

Doctor Who fans are in for a double treat this week, because along with the start of the latest series on Saturday, a new kind of sonic screwdriver goes on sale.

The News Matrix: Wednesday 22 August 2012

Thief in Prince Harry phone drama jailed

Sir Elton John (L) and David Furnish

Elton John reveals worries over son Zachary not having 'a mummy'

Sir Elton John has told how he believes his son Zachary's childhood is going to be "very difficult" as he battles homophobia and the impact of his father's world fame.

The News Matrix: Tuesday 21 August 2012

Miners told to return or be sacked

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You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

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