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

As a five-time Paralympian, Sascha Kindred has witnessed first hand how the event's profile has soared over recent editions, but for the 34-year-old the rewards are still solely to be found in the pool.

Leading article: Reverse gear

What A predictable dance. Last Sunday, the BBC's Top Gear team attempted to provoke by citing some tired old stereotypes about Mexicans. The Mexican ambassador duly took offence and wrote to the BBC to demand an apology. Yesterday the BBC issued an apology. And now everything will calm down. Until the next outbreak of offended fury, that is.

Mexico angered by Top Gear 'xenophobia'

The Mexican ambassador to Britain has complained to the BBC over "offensive, xenophobic and humiliating" comments on the motoring programme Top Gear.

Sarah Sands: Exit Andy Gray and Richard Keys. Enter the Men's Defence League?

Studio supremos are exposed as a pair of plonkers, but will there be male reaction?

Veterans triumph in TV awards

Veteran stars triumphed at the National Television Awards as seasoned stars Bruce Forsyth and Sir David Jason carried off big prizes.

Diary: Costner makes connections

Kevin Costner must have hoped he had left scandal behind after being accused of performing a sexual act in front of a masseuse – no, not that kind of masseuse – at a Scottish hotel in 2004. (Costner and his second wife Christine Baumgartner were on their honeymoon at the time).

How British television lost its nerve

Our TV used to inspire the world - but it has become safe and formulaic. Ian Burrell argues that the industry really needs to start taking risks again

Sport on TV: Fast cars, guns and moonshine. What more could a man want?

So they haven't selected the new Stig from the Stig Farm yet. Top Gear (BBC2, Tuesday) has yet to replace Ben Collins, who outed himself as the show's stormtrooper-lookalike boy racer in his autobiography – an act that was regarded as so abject by the BBC that it was as if Santa Claus had whipped off his fake beard to reveal that he had been Noel Edmonds all along (the clue was in the name).

Top Gear's May injured in accident

The TV presenter James May has been injured while filming on location in Syria. The accident took place during a shoot for the BBC car show Top Gear, replicating the journey of the Three Wise Men.

Jana Bennett moving to new BBC role

BBC executive Jana Bennett is to leave her role as director of vision to take a new role in the BBC's commercial arm.

BBC apology over Clarkson remarks

The BBC has apologised for a comment made by Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson after he described a car as being "special needs".

BBC apologises for Jeremy Clarkson's 'special needs' jibe

The BBC has apologised after Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson described a car as "special needs".

Stig's helmet up for auction

One of the distinctive white racing helmets worn by The Stig on BBC's Top Gear could fetch up to £1,200 when it is sold at auction today.

Questions over G-Wiz safety after fatal crash

It is the eco-friendly city runaround beloved of celebrities including Kristin Scott Thomas and Jonathan Ross, but questions about the car's safety have been raised following the death of a woman after her G-Wiz was split in two in a crash in London.

Judge reveals reasons behind Stig ruling

A judge today announced his reasons for refusing to ban a book disclosing that Top Gear's The Stig is Ben Collins.

Witney TV making its mark with local scoops

One local news broadcaster that has made a splash just four months after its launch is Witney TV as it beat the national press to an exclusive on The Stig.

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