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Q&A with That Puppet Games Show host Dougie Colon (pronounced Cologne)

Dougie Colon - Host

Q&A with That Puppet Games Show host Dougie Colon (pronounced Cologne)

How did you get the presenting gig on the show?

Meet the new Muppets: (From left) Jake Hamilton-Jones, Clyde, Eddie Watts, Amber O'Neill, The Amazing Ian, Dougie Colon, Dr Strabismus, Monkey and Mouse, Hot Dog, Jemima Taptackle, Udders McGhee, Mancie O'Neill

Move over Miss Piggy: New generation of 'Muppets' take over BBC1 for Saturday night show

That Puppet Game Show, from the Jim Henson Company, will feature celebrity guests and comedy sketches

Lord Justice Leveson: After such a painstaking inquiry, perhaps bemused that his recommendations were not implemented in full. But unlikely to be too concerned, as he is currently in Australia.

Number of complaints to doomed PCC boom in wake of Leveson

The Press Complaints Commission might be doomed but it is dealing with a rise in complaints amid the furious political negotiations over the future regulation of newspapers in the wake of the Leveson inquiry.

Tom Daley was believed to have received a six-figure sum for the first series of Splash!

Splash-back! Second series for Tom Daley

ITV has signed up Tom Daley for a second series of the hit celebrity diving show Splash!

Tom Daley will be mentor to celebrities learning to dive for a new TV series, Splash!

Who will join Tom Daley on the high board? Splash! celebrity contestants announced

15 celebrities will don their swimsuits this January for Splash! a Strictly Come Dancing-style diving competition starring Olympic Bronze-winning diver Tom Daley as mentor.

Strictly host Tess Daly horrified by 'distracting cleavage'

Strictly Come Dancing host Tess Daly has vowed to keep her curves under wraps to spare her, and the nation's, blushes.

Jameela Jamil to front Radio 1 show as Reggie Yates and Vernon Kay reveal they are leaving

Jameela Jamil will become the first female solo presenter of the Radio 1 chart show after Reggie Yates announced he was leaving the station.

Radio 1 is 'missing target age group'

Radio 1 has still not delivered on its aim to attract younger listeners, the BBC Trust has said.

Rebecca Tyrrel: 'Fred Dinenage occasionally wore a Hiawatha headdress while presenting How'

Who knew that Fred Dinenage, the heavily-bespectacled TV presenter best remembered for his part in the long-running children's show, How, has a daughter in the House of Commons? Caroline Dinenage is the Tory MP for Gosport. And who knew, other than the Dinenage family and their friends, that I am spelling Dinenage correctly? You can make good money betting people that there is a silent second 'n' in Fred's surname.

Diary: It's war, but both Fox and Hague have gone Awol

The most languid political sack race in memory crawls forward, with Downing Street briefing viciously against two leading candidates via well-connected hacks. It fell to our former colleague Ian Birrell, who as a friend of and sometime-speechwriter for David Cameron seems unlikely to speak out of turn, to suggest that William Hague be replaced at the Foreign Office by Paddy Ashdown, and demoted to party chairman instead. Yet if Billy 14 Pints has the same influence over what passes for foreign policy as Vernon Kay, Liam Fox seems equally impotent at Defence. The good doctor has been frozen out of the "war cabinet", the Mail on Sunday reveals, with his contribution limited (I paraphrase a little) to brushing George Osborne's Bullingdon topper. It's difficult to see how Foxy's counterstrike – ignoring the limitations of UNSCR 1973 and his leader's wishes to repeat his insistence that Gaddafi must be removed – will help him. Some will think it peculiar, at a time of war, for both Foreign and Defence Secretaries to be missing in action. I prefer to see this timely reversion to sofa government as Mr Cameron prosecuting his Heir to Blair claims. Whether the legacy will delight him for long, time alone will tell.

The show where everyone wants to be the face in the crowd

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Terence Blacker: Modern love is just lust in the ether

There is something peculiar and alienating about a relationship filtered through a little screen

Julie Burchill: Forget about romance and you might just get yourself a decent marriage

Romance is surely the greatest capitalist cash-cow ever invented, the gift that truly does keep on giving

Book Of A Lifetime: Little Goes A Long Way, By Syd Little

When I tell you which book had a lasting effect on my life, you may presume I am being facetious. I would like to declare that the book that truly altered the course of my life was Zola's The Beast in Man, a book I adore. Sadly, but honestly, the book that has had the greatest impact is Syd Little's Little Goes A Long Way.

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