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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

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

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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!

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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'

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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'

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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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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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