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Rio is now in the sights of World Cup champion who has capped a highly successful year by being named the first BT Sport Action Woman of the Year

Graham Norton raised £1m for Comic Relief during a 6 hour chat show on BBC3

Graham Norton raised £1 million for Comic Relief with chat show marathon

Presenter Graham Norton has set a new world record with his BBC chat show marathon - and raised more than £1 million for charity.

Aisha Tyler who will present the new Whose Line Is It Anway?

Whose Line Is It Anyway? revived in America

The show where everything's made up and the points don't matter is returning to American television screens for the first time in almost a decade.

A Question of Sport 1,000 not out

A Question of Sport is 1,000 not out and celebrating the landmark episode with some very familiar guests.

Mo Farah is interviewed after winning the New Orleans half marathon

Mo Farah - polite man

And now, in nice-man news, Mo Farah has run to the defence of an interviewer ridiculed for not realising she was talking to a double Olympic champion.

Ant McPartlin is one half of duo Ant and Dec with Declan Donnelly

Ant McPartlin reveals he and his wife are having 'a tough time' trying to have a baby

TV star Ant McPartlin has revealed that he and his wife have been struggling to have a child.

Keith Chegwin voted off Dancing on Ice

Television funnyman Keith Chegwin has become the latest celebrity to bow out of Dancing on Ice.

Blockbuster UK has appointed the accountancy firm Deloitte as administrator

Morrisons buys 49 Blockbuster stores

Supermarket Morrisons has bought 49 stores from failed DVD and games rental chain Blockbuster as it steps up plans to expand its convenience business.

According to a new BBC4 documentary, 'Lights! Camera! Action! Tales of Television Centre' – some Play School presenters even went in front of the camera after smoking

Goodbye Television Centre: Stars gather to say farewell to London home of BBC

Familiar faces will gather to say a fond farewell to BBC Television Centre for a two-hour TV special as the corporation leaves one of its most recognisable homes after more than half a century.

Imogen Thomas has given birth to a baby girl

Ex-Big Brother star Imogen Thomas gives birth to baby girl

Former Big Brother star Imogen Thomas gave birth to a baby girl this morning.

Haul of British Press Award nominations for The Independent

The Independent’s journalism has been recognised with  11 nominations for this year’s British Press Awards, with sister titles i, The Independent on Sunday and the London Evening Standard also well represented on the shortlists.

Reg Presley: Singer with the Troggs whose song 'Love Is All Around' sold millions of records

Reg Presley was the singer and principal songwriter of the Troggs, the group that put the Hampshire town of Andover on the pop map with 1966's "Wild Thing". He was also the member best placed for a solo career and a retirement rich in material comforts, principally through Wet Wet Wet's No 1 revival of Presley's "Love Is All Around" – written in under 20 minutes one Sunday afternoon – for the soundtrack of Four Weddings And A Funeral in 1994.

Paul Gascoigne pictured in November last year at a Lazio match

England players eager to help save troubled Paul Gascoigne

Captain Steven Gerrard pledges support for fallen idol after yet another relapse

'We lost perspective of reality': Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross speak together for first time about Sachsgate regret

Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross have told of their regret and embarrassment about sparking the Sachsgate scandal which engulfed the BBC as they discussed the incident together on TV for the first time.

Tess Daly speaks at the UK Launch for Microsoft Office 365

A rival to Google Drive? Microsoft launches online version of its Office software

Microsoft today launched an online version of its flagship Office software to rival “cloud” storage systems such as Google Drive.

BBC breakfast Susanna Reid

Susanna Reid voted BBC TV host you'd most like to see while eating your cornflakes

TV host Susanna Reid has been named the most popular presenter of BBC Breakfast in a poll to mark the morning show's 30th anniversary.

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