Sport Sascha Kindred and his wife Nyree are both in GB’s swimming team and hoping to add to their impressive Paralympic medal hauls

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Profits hit a £160m high at BBC Worldwide

The international success of hit shows including Doctor Who and Sherlock saw the BBC's commercial arm post record profits last year. The strong performance also meant that the head of the division's total pay packet overtook that of the Director-General.

Record profits for BBC Worldwide

The BBC's commercial wing has reported record revenue and profits, leading to a rise of more than 8% in the amount being ploughed back into BBC programmes in the past year.

Terence Blacker: Some useful received ideas for the BBC

In his first detailed statement to the public, Lord Patten, the new chairman of the BBC Trust, has rather daringly invoked the great novelist Gustave Flaubert. The corporation is in danger of "drowning our viewers and listeners in a small metropolitan pond of stereotypes and prejudices, what Flaubert called 'received ideas'", he said.

Last Night's TV: Afghanistan: the Battle for Helmand, BBC2<br/>Top Gear, BBC3

Today it takes images of smoke pouring from a Kabul hotel popular with Westerners to pull Afghanistan from the inside pages. Almost a decade after British and American troops set about bringing "enduring freedom" to a land to which the origins of 9/11 were apparently traced in a matter of weeks, all that has endured is a sorry stream of news-in-briefs. The names of the dead pool in the back of the mind, along with "explosion" graphics on brown BBC maps, so as to become increasingly meaningless. Do you know how many British pounds or lives have been spent in Afghanistan – or why?

The Kennedys, BBC2, Friday<br/>James May's Things You Need to Know, BBC2, Monday

Bobby's the best of a pretty grim bunch in this disappointing depiction of an American dynasty

Complaints over 'Top Gear' upheld

The BBC's editorial complaints unit has upheld criticisms from viewers who attacked the BBC2 programme Top Gear for poking fun at Mexicans.

Diary: Campbell's legal logic makes Shaggy's lyrics look like Shakespeare

In seeking to understand the great figures of the age, few areas offer more potential for insight as the primary paternal influence. With Mrs Thatcher it was that austere Grantham grocer Alderman Roberts, while Messrs Blair and Bush would cite the Creator to whom each was linked by earthly-celestial red phone line. With Alastair Campbell, meanwhile, all finally becomes clear.

When blank blank wants a super-injunction, who does he call?

Richard Spearman and Hugh Tomlinson are the go-to barristers for gagging orders. Andy McSmith profiles the pair who between them are rewriting Britain's privacy laws

Cooper Brown: Limits

Mulligan called me from Scotland saying that he’d dumped the Lesbian Sticker Lady somewhere near Oban and that she had “got the message”.

'Top Gear' goes to China &ndash; but who's their Clarkson?

It is a road-tested mix of zany car stunts presented by three overgrown schoolboys. But the politically incorrect humour has been toned down.

Diary: Rossi's refrain for Richard

"Bloke sandwich" may sound like one of Jeremy Clarkson's special moves; in fact, it refers to any event requiring a Top Gear host to be in the same room as Status Quo.

Paul Vallely: Clarkson is a victim of his own values

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