Arts and Entertainment Cheryl's girls: Chloe Jasmine, Lauren Platt and Stephanie Nala

See which acts the four judges have chosen for the live shows

Is it best to be a bear, like the one starring in the new John Lewis Christmas TV ad, when it comes to investments, or to be a bull instead?

The John Lewis advert betrays the confidence of a market leader

Not a single product shown, no overt sales message, just a simple evocation of that most powerful aspect of Christmas - sentimentality

Abi Alton leaves The X Factor 2013

X Factor 2013: Abi Alton sent home by judges

The Middlesbrough teenager lost out in the sing off to Hannah Barrett

Food for thought: Claudia O’Doherty, comedian

Claudia O’Doherty is a Foster’s Award-nominated stand- up touring the UK as part of The Invisible Dot’s New Wave tour. She tells Charlotte Cripps about her current reading, watching and listening

Girls kissing their female friends for the cameras isn't shocking, and it certainly isn't interesting

Why is there even an expectation that images capturing girl-on-girl snog action would cause any offence?

Jeremy Paxman has taken issue with newsreaders appearing on Strictly Come Dancing

Jeremy Paxman: Newsreaders on Strictly Come Dancing need their heads examined

The Newsnight host has been approached twice to appear on the show

The Bonus Track: Southern, 'No woman no drive' and James Blake

A sideways look at the world of music

Close knit: James, here with his mother, Penny, was one of the patients featured on Channel 4’s ‘Bedlam’

Grace Dent on TV: Bedlam, Channel 4 // OCD Ward, ITV // OCD Cleaners, Channel 4

For all we learn about mental illness on TV, we may as well be gawkers at a 17th-century freak show

Grace Dent on TV: Storyville: Pussy Riot – a Punk Prayer, BBC4

Wave the flag for the fearless feminists whose anti-Putin protests have rocked Russia

The Bonus Track: Siouxsie's open letter, Samantha Crain, and new tracks from Arcade Fire

A sideways look at the world of music

Sympathy for the devils: Stephen Fry with Stosh, a victim of ‘corrective rape’ in Uganda

Grace Dent on TV: Out There, BBC2

Take that, homophobia. Stephen Fry is looking for a fight

Sharon Osbourne with X Factor contestant Lorna Simpson

Sharon Osbourne abstains from X Factor vote as Lorna Simpson gets sent home

Nicole Sherzinger sent Simpson home over fellow contestant Shelley Smith

The mogul thought Bowie was ‘a one-hit wonder’ with no future

My biggest misses, by Chris Wright, the man who turned down David Bowie

It’s the nightmare haunting every talent scout since Decca rejected the Beatles in 1962 because “guitar groups are on the way out” – letting a global mega-hit slip through your fingers.

Sofa, so good: ‘Gogglebox’ allows us to watch the TV watchers

Grace Dent on TV: Gogglebox, Channel 4

It's TV that brings the nation together, and this show is a glorious celebration of that

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

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Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

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Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

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This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

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Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

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The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

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No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee