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Column: No bark and no bite if press hounds muzzled

After more than two decades as a member of Her Majesty’s Press one of the main joys of newspaper life remains those days when we make a difference.

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Robson Green followed in the footsteps sort of  of Robinson Crusoe in a documentary on ITV

Robson Crusoe: A Surprising Adventure - One goes mad on an island

When I was a boy, I wanted to be a soldier, or a policeman, or possibly Alan Kennedy, the moustachioed, tightly-permed left-back of the all-conquering Liverpool team of the early 1980s.

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The best return of Christmas  Outnumbered

The BBC wins the Christmas TV war

It’s Christmas, the time of year when tradition dictates we give gifts, eat way too much and ignore all the other TV channels and watch the BBC.

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Gregg Wallace and Cherry Healey went Inside the Christmas Factory this week

The ever-present Gregg Wallace is like an unwanted Christmas gift

As the old song goes, ‘I wish it could be Christmas every day’, but for TV’s most famous baldie, Gregg Wallace, I think it probably is.

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Martin Compston and Douglas Henshall star in the new ITV serial killer drama, In Plain Sight

In Plain Sight comes second to Tom Roth in the battle of the serial killers

Serial killers are like seismic political events triggered by popular votes, aren’t they? You wait ages for one, then two come along at once.

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Tim Roth stars as serial killer John Reginald Christie in the new BBC drama Rillington Place

Rillington Place - Tim Roth reaches new levels of creepy, but Samantha Morton steals the show in serial killer drama

It’s that time of the year – and that type of weather – which means the days never seem to get properly light.

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Danny Dyer confounded expectations in Who Do You Think You Are?

Who Do You Think You Are? A compelling journey with ruff diamond Danny Dyer

Danny Dyer. He’s the living embodiment of chirpy Cockney sparrer-dom, isn’t he? Star of countless films about moody geezers and football hooligans, current landlord of TV’s most dramatic boozer the Queen Vic – if you cut him, he probably bleeds jellied eels.

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James May drives another fast car in The Grand Tour

The Grand Tour - Clarkson can't get out of first gear

When the BBC declined to renew Jeremy Clarkson’s contract in the wake of the Top Gear presenter’s well-publicised bout of fisticuffs with a producer, there was huge outcry.

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Chinstrap penguins and their chicks cover the slope of Zavodovski Island, an active volcano in the Southern Ocean

Planet Earth II - A bit like the Apprentice, but with penguins

Sometimes, in my darker moments, I feel like one of the chinstrap penguins of Zavadovski island.

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Hayley Attwell stars as Hayes Morrison in the new US drama series Conviction

Conviction - This US drama comes across as New Tricks in killer heels

We open on a woman stalking around what appears to be a prison cell.
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Katherine Kelly stars as Miss Quill in the BBCs new Doctor Who spin-off, Class

Dr Who spin-off is no Class act, more of a Buffy-lite

Halloween has become quite the thing, hasn’t it? You can’t move for pumpkin spiced lattes – pumpkin, by the way, is not a spice – sexy skeleton costumes, and various ghost-shaped sweets jostling for supermarket shelf space alongside family-sized tins of Quality Street and festive cream cracker selections.

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Fionn Whitehead stars as the nameless Him in the new ITV drama of the same name, which started this week

HIM review - Carrie for the millennials leaves me unconvinced

It can be tough being a teenager – raging hormones, acne, exams, the pressures of social media, nosebleeds, telekinesis...

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Sam Webster (David Morrissey), Gemma Webster (Keeley Hawes), Alice Webster (Abigail Hardingham), and Julien Baptiste (Tcheky Karyo) are at the centre of a mystery in The Missing

The Missing - An intricate jigsaw puzzle of a thriller

My wife recently undertook an ambitious project – completing a 1,000-piece jigsaw of a marina near Marseille.

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Anne Robinson (left) with Tiggi, Anni Jones, Jamie, Gianni, Shaune, Alfie, in the first episode of Robinsons new show, which looks at different aspects of British life

The Apprentice berk-athon is back... I blame the parents

Philip Larkin famously wrote that your parents – however unintentionally –make a mess of your life by the way they bring you up.

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DCI Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson) and Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan) in series three of The Fall

The Fall - chilling, remorseless and glacially stylish

According to an online dictionary I consulted –purely for the purposes of this first paragraph – the word ‘glacial’ can be defined in three ways.

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Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson says he would like the power to ban The Sun newspaper from the city

Charles Graham - Politicians have no right to tell us what to read

The Sun has been deeply unpopular in Liverpool for 27 years - ever since it printed a post-Hillsborough article which caused great offence at the time and turned out to be completely wrong about fan behaviour that day.

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Council leader 
Barrie Grunewald

Barrie Grunewald: Plaque secures Rainhill’s place in history

It was great to see my ward Rainhill hit the headlines this week as its place in the railway history books was confirmed.

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Robert Glenister as Bobby Day, Lesley Sharp as Lucy Cannonbury, Dino Fetscher as Alec Wayfield, and Indira Varma as Nina Suresh in ITVs drama Paranoid

They are paranoid, and I am out to get them

The coppers in the new crime drama Paranoid (ITV, Thursdays, 9pm) are a bit of a rum lot.

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I did it!

Ride Across Britain Day 9: I made it!

So. 970 miles, 23 counties, three countries, two lost toenails, one strapped knee and a really sore backside later - but I made it across Britain on my bike.

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