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David Blunkett thinks shows that mock politicians should be subject to tougher libel scrutiny

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Programmes that mock politicians cross the line from satire to comment, he says

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The World of Happiness, The Shed Theatre

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It lacks Chimerica's subtelty, but it fearlessly shines a light on Chinese society

Tom Jones:

Sir Tom Jones 'quits The Voice'

Sir Tom Jones is reportedly the third big name to quit BBC talent show The Voice, leaving just Will.i.am on the coaching team.

Sir Robert Francis: 'Patients and the public shouldn't have to write to one organisation and be told it's not their responsibility'

Painful wait: NHS helpline has 3,000-strong backlog of complaints about GPs and dentists

Officials say problems at the Customer Contact Centre in Redditch have now been resolved

Danny O'Donoghue and Holly Willoughby congratulate The Voice 2013 winner Andrea Begley

Danny O'Donoghue follows Jessie J as he quits BBC's The Voice UK

The Irish singer said he has recording commitments with his band The Script

The Voice coach Jessie J has taken against Will.i.am's song choices

Jessie J quits The Voice to promote new record

Jessie J has quit the BBC's talent show The Voice after just two series in order to promote a new record.

Andrea Begley, centre, reacts to her victory in ‘The Voice’, with fellow finalists Leah McFall, right, and Mike Ward, left

The Voice 2013: Partially sighted singer Andrea Begley's victory 'unexplainable', says Will.i.am

A partially-sighted singer, crowned the surprise winner of the Voice UK talent show, faces a challenge to convince the music industry that she can become a global star after Will.i.am described her victory as “unexplainable”.

Turnbull: ‘a fantastic interviewer – incisive, witty and warm’

Mark Turnbull: BBC journalist who refused to let his blindness curb a glittering career

Turnbull’s meeting with Frank Sinatra at the Savoy Hotel ended up in a late-night jamming session

Calls for action over attacks on guide dogs

Attacks on guide dogs are rising, it was revealed today as MPs prepare to debate extra controls for dangerous animals.

The Organizacion Nacional de Ciegos Españoles (ONCE) announced it was holding a party in central Madrid to celebrate the 75th anniversary of its foundation

German student Tim Sommer detained indefinitely in Broadmoor for killing 60-year-old doctor known as 'Professor Whitestick'

Sommer repeatedly stamped on Douglas Hutchinson's head in an unprovoked attack in his front garden

Lauren Wigglesworth, who planned to fly to Majorca in May, on BBC Breakfast

Blind friends 'disgusted' after airline says they are not allowed to fly alone as they couldn't perform 'safety-related actions'

Thomson said all passengers must be able to put on a life jacket and oxygen mask without help

New champions: Victoria Pendleton

Team GB's retiring heroes from London 2012

Sir Chris Hoy has become the latest athlete to call time on his career

Stuart Graham, Dorothy Duffy and Ruairi Conaghan in Print Room

Theatre Review: Molly Sweeney, Print Room, London

Can you say of a face that it is “bunched” with artless merriment in the way that a fist can be said to be bunched in anger or frustration? You'd swear that that perception was permissible if you'd seen the concertedly beaming countenance of Dorothy Duffy as she sits and gently rocks on the rope swing that hangs from a barren tree Abigail Graham's astonishingly well-acted and quietly devastating revival of Molly Sweeney at the Print Room.

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