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The British boy band beat Eminem, Katy Perry and Justin Timberlake

Can telly still draw a crowd?

Despite the growing trend for 'event dramas', the nation rarely watches TV en masse, argues Fiona Sturges

Review: Flip Mino HD

It might not let you make phone calls, listen to some tunes or play games, but the Flip Mino HD camcorder does what it does exceptionally well.

TiVo switches back on to British television in Virgin Media tie-up

The set-top box maker TiVo is a household name in the US but failed to crack the UK market. It is now back for a second go with a new partner. Nick Clark reports

Consumer rights: Bling cover dilemma for broke graduate

What to look for when insuring jewellery on a home-contents policy / Another reader stung by unfair bank charges / Advantages of buying over the internet

Subscription costs could cloud your viewing heaven

Personal video recorders seem to promise much, but package prices vary widely. Chiara Cavaglieri reports

Showgirl 'taped herself in bedroom with Italian PM'

A showgirl who claims that she and other women were paid to attend Silvio Berlusconi's private parties said yesterday that she had pictures showing her with the Italian prime minister in his bedroom.

Farrah Fawcett to air cancer video diary

Actress Farrah Fawcett is going public with her two-and-a-half year battle with anal cancer, telling the story her way through a video diary to be broadcast on US television next week.

Tiny and scared: the Old Bailey's youngest witness

As the young girl's face beamed into the courtroom via a television screen, formalities at the Old Bailey were dispensed with. Off came the judge's horse-hair wig and the barristers, normally used to being referred to as "my learned friend", became simply Bernard, Sally and Paul.

Home media packages leave consumers confused

Take TV, phone and broadband from one firm, and you can save money. But confusion reigns, say Julian Knight and Chiara Cavaglieri

The Last Word: Football needs eyes in sky to expose cheats

It is absurd that technology isn't used to clamp down on fakes and frauds – and prevent refs taking the fall

Bomb plot: Suicide videos modelled on 7 July ringleader

The defendants modelled their suicide videos on a recording made by 7 July ringleader Mohammad Sidique Khan.

I Am A Strange Loop, By Douglas Hofstadter

A more accurate, if admittedly less wieldy title for Douglas Hofstadter's book about the phenomenon of consciousness would be "One's 'I' Is a Strange Loop". His theory is that that thing which you call your "self", and which feels more real to you than anything else, is in fact a mirage. It's an epiphenomenon which emerges as an unexpected consequence of the fact that your mind perceives and constructs a model of your place in the world.

Kristin Hersh, Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh Festival

Paradoxical undressing, apparently, is the tendency hypothermia victims have to want to undress, threatening their lives while the balance of their mind is impaired, while they're "cold stupid". Paradoxical Undressing is also the title of this solo spoken word and music show by sometime Throwing Muses member Kristin Hersh, from Atlanta, in which she shares some of her most personal thoughts about her youth, including a time when the balance of her own mind was impaired. Part of the Edge Festival, it's a whole lot more fun than its namesake.

The digital TV revolution is nearly here. But are you switched on yet?

With the plug soon to be pulled on the analogue signal in parts of the UK, Simon Read shows how to put yourself in the picture, what extra services are available and how much it all costs
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Laura Trott with her gold
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France striker Loic Remy
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The Guest List 2014

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Jokes on Hollywood

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It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

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Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

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Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

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Edinburgh Fringe 2014

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Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

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