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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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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

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Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

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How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?