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Record profits for BBC Worldwide

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

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

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

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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?

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