Sport On your bike: Atherton hopes her success will inspire more young women to try the sport she loves

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

Keith Chegwin's disco moves triumph over Anthea Turner's in Dancing on Ice

TV presenter Anthea Turner has been expelled from Dancing on Ice in the skating show's school disco week.

Saracens and Cardiff contest a line-out on the artificial turf
Matt Smith (left) and Benedict Cumberbatch

Sherlock and Doctor Who to battle it out at tonight's National Television Awards

Doctor Who and Sherlock go head to head tonight for some of the biggest prizes at the National Television Awards.

Dom Joly in mid-flight on Splash!

Oh no! All that training and I end up a belly flop

Dom Joly survives snow, a courtesy car, and a glamorous assistant to make a splash in 'Splash!'

Hilco UK emerges among favourites to give HMV a spin

Denby Pottery-owner, Hilco UK, has emerged as the frontrunner to buy HMV out of administration by the end of the month, news that will boost a high street already stricken by administrations in 2013.

Heavy conversation: Radio 2's Jeremy Vine

Jeremy Vine to stand in for Andrew Marr after his stroke

Jeremy Vine will host this weekend's edition of The Andrew Marr Show as the broadcaster continues to "make progress" after his stroke.

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Age: 26

Skating with: Michael Zenezini.

Most famous for: Shooting to fame on The Only Way Is Essex and her on-off relationship with co-star Mark Wright.

Goodger has managed to only "fall over a couple of times" and fears the "pressure" of skating in the live shows.

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Dancing on Ice: Towie's Lauren Goodger gets her skates off

Lauren Goodger from The Only Way Is Essex became the second celebrity to be eliminated from Dancing on Ice.

IoS paperback review: Hidden Treasures, By Fern Britton

Having divorced her sleazy husband, Helen Merrifield leaves London to start a new life in the sleepy village of Pendruggan. She wants a new man, but can't choose between historian Piran ("handsome but horrible") and vicar Simon ("not so handsome but sweet"). Thankfully, Penny, a television producer girlfriend, arrives to work in the area, and helps Helen make up her mind.

Victims who would not go to court feared they were lone voices

Jimmy Savile escaped convictions for three sex assaults in the 1970s after his victims refused to give evidence in court after mistakenly believing they were lone voices against the high-profile entertainer.

Andrew Marr edited 'The Independent' between 1996 and 1998

BBC's Marr 'continuing to progress' after stroke

Broadcaster Andrew Marr is conscious and “responding to medication” while “continuing to progress” as he recovers in hospital following a stroke, the BBC said.

Terence Blacker: Age is not a handicap, old attitudes are

Those looking for amusement in the dreariness of the winter news could do worse than follow the progress of the racing pundit John McCririck's lawsuit against his former employer, Channel 4. Like many public figures who pride themselves on their political incorrectness, the studiously eccentric former bookmaker has ended up taking refuge in the very culture he has always mocked. Citing a breach of his human rights, he is claiming £500,000 for "unfair, career-damaging public humiliation" and a further £2.5m for what he calls "the feared scourge of our society" – ageism. McCririck is 72.

Davidson was arrested after he flew into the country to take part in the Celebrity Big Brother

Jim Davidson 'mystified' by sex claims

The comedian Jim Davidson has said he will be “completely exonerated” by a police investigation into allegations he sexually assaulted two women.

Piers Morgan

My US gun fight goes on, vows Piers Morgan

Broadcaster Piers Morgan has vowed to carry on his fight to ban guns in America after thousands of people signed a petition to deport him from the country.

Andrew Marr edited 'The Independent' between 1996 and 1998

BBC's Andrew Marr in hospital after stroke

Andrew Marr, the TV presenter and journalist, has had a stroke, the BBC said today. The 53-year-old presenter of The Andrew Marr Show and Start the Week was taken ill on Tuesday and is recovering in hospital.

Jon Stewart performs surgical takedown on right wing response to Sandy Hook

Another ripsnorter for the Jon Stewart highlights reel, this time on gun control. The Daily Show host last night took issue with the American right's response to the Sandy Hook shooting - which, in his selection of clips, consists largely of blaming videogames and trashy 90s movies - and served up some golden television in the process.

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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

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Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

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Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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The man who hunts giants

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