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Rosie Millard: Viewers want to see talent, not crying

We're having too bad a time for misery on a Saturday night

David Tennant to star in TV drama 'The Spies Of Warsaw'

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The pressure of the title race seems to be getting to Man City as Mario Balotelli has to be restrained by Vincent Kompany after arguing with Aleksandar Kolarov about taking a free kick. Man City were 3-1 down with five minutes to play but late goals from both Balotelli and Kolarov earned them a 3-3 draw to keep their dwindling title hopes alive.

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