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Prosecution says soap star was lying when he denied sexually abusing five girls

A poll for ITV's This Morning today found four-fifths of viewers believed Sir Jimmy Savile should be stripped of his knighthood

Jimmy Savile memorial plaque vandalised

Anger over Sir Jimmy Savile's alleged sex abuse, as more women make claims they were victims over many years, has led to a memorial being attacked and fears of further reprisals.

Sir Jimmy Savile has been accused of assaulting girls as young as 14

After 40 years in the public eye, dark rumours that haunted Sir Jimmy Savile leave reputation in tatters

New account of star's 'imperious' efforts to keep abuse claims secret raises heat on star's BBC bosses. Adam Sherwin reports

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Police admit they received Savile assault complaint

Police have confirmed that they received an indecent assault complaint about Jimmy Savile in 2007 as allegations of a cover-up continued to surface about the television personality yesterday.

Sir Jimmy Savile has been accused of assaulting girls as young as 14

BBC denies it failed to act on Savile sex claims

The BBC has been forced to defend itself against allegations it failed to act on evidence Sir Jimmy Savile abused up to 10 women and that his sex crimes were an "an open secret" at the corporation.

Johnny Ball: Hero or Villain?

One, two, three … it shouldn't be that difficult, should it? Certainly not for a master maths mentor. But in rehearsals for the BBC show Strictly Come Dancing last week, Johnny Ball got his sums all wrong as he pulled his partner, the professional dancer Aliona Vilani, in the wrong direction, twisted her leg awkwardly, and left her in hospital with a hairline fracture to her ankle. Maybe it's because they were trying an eight-count tango rather than the "one, two, three" waltz. Maybe it's just that he was determined to get fractions into the show.

Earl Scruggs and Doc Watson remembered at Bluegrass Awards

It was a hard year in the bluegrass world and the loss of icons such as Earl Scruggs and Doc Watson hung over the International Bluegrass Music Awards on Thursday night.

Discover Ben Target, Underbelly, Edinburgh

Ben Target (pronounced Tar-jay) has clearly taken the original spirit of the Fringe to heart in this show, which attempts to create a kind of ‘happening’ in the space of an hour-long comedy gig.

Everything Else Happened, Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh

Imagine the wisecracks and paranoia of Woody Allen, the tape-recorders and monologues of Samuel Beckett, the surrealism of N F Simpson…and that would give you some idea (a very inflated one) of this hour-long show based on short stories by Jonathan Safran Foer.

Jamie Oliver’s Union Jacks pizza restaurant in Covent Garden

Restaurants: Waiter, I can't hear myself eat

Restaurant critics routinely award points for "ambience," which can mean anything from parquet flooring to the number of yummy mummies in the room. Human chatter almost always makes for good ambience, an index of conviviality the patron has somehow contrived. But when does restaurant buzz become unacceptable noise?

Living legends: the Star Festival in Hiratsuka

Across A Bridge Of Dreams, By Lesley Downer

Japan's headlong rush towards modernity frames this tale of star-crossed love.

Pre-school children of the world despair as Wiggles trio call time on 21-year career

To the uninitiated, the four Australian middle-aged men in rollneck sweaters do not look like multimillionaire performers with the capacity to sell out Madison Square Garden 12 nights in a row.

The Wiggles to hand over to next generation

Greg, Jeff and Murray - who along with Anthony are better known by millions of children around the world as The Wiggles - will hand over their colourful tops to younger replacements, including a woman, the group announced today.

The Impossible Cool: Hollywood icons in pictures

Before green screens, CGI and 3D blockbusters, Hollywood made its impact with people – and faces that came to define a generation.

Great Works: Brighton Pierrots 1915 (64x76 cm), Walter Sickert

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Album: Alesha, The Entertainer (Asylum/Atlantic)

Alesha may be able to dance, and she can jump through the hoops of contemporary R&B vocal cliche with some alacrity, but the mere ability to sing and dance competently is in itself no guarantee of entertainment, a quality in somewhat short supply on The Entertainer.

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