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'Isis' the labrador on Downton Abbey, on far left (Photo: Giles Keyte/ITV)

Save Isis (the dog on Downton Abbey… not the terrorists in Iraq and Syria)

28 October 2014 14:53

Downton Abbey fans are on high alert that something drastic might be about to happen to the loyal labrador of the house, ‘Isis’. On this week’s episode she was pointed… Continue reading

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Paxo to Channel 4

24 September 2014 11:28

Poor Jon Snow. The veteran presenter has some serious competition from the latest BBC defection to Channel 4; it’s the big one. After months of speculation about his future, and… Continue reading

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Much hilarity over the appearance of a water bottle in the publicity shots for series 5 of Downton Abbey.

Downton Abbey water bottle boob

14 August 2014 16:13

Somebody find Carson the butler!

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What would happen to the UK if Scotland votes for independence? Photo: Getty Images.

Why won’t the Salmond / Darling debate be shown in England?

30 July 2014 16:15

The future of Britain is at stake, but you wouldn’t know it from how ITV is behaving. On Tuesday, STV will broadcast a live debate between Alex Salmond and the… Continue reading

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Investigation In Jimmy Savile Allegations Continues

More big changes expected at the BBC

22 July 2014 14:05

Mr S hears that the race to succeed Paxo came down to two candidates: the PM programme’s Eddie Mair and Today’s Evan Davis. Davis’s move frees up the morning slot… Continue reading

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Weak David Cameron is more ‘Borgen’ than ‘Game of Thrones’

17 July 2014 11:01

I don’t know if David Cameron was trying to tell us something about Michael Gove’s prospects as chief whip by comparing him to the Hand of the King in Game… Continue reading

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World Cup diary — in defence of ‘pervy’ camera crews

14 July 2014 11:55

The best team won, and the best two teams reached the final. This is a comparatively rare event at a world cup. And it was a fine world cup in… Continue reading

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Aha! Steve Coogan sticks it to Rupert Murdoch

7 July 2014 16:49

Mr S would like to draw your attention to two separate articles in the Guardian, which he passes on without so much as a smirk. The actor and comedian Steve… Continue reading

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Jeremy Paxman: Newsnight’s run by kids

27 June 2014 10:49

It’s fair to say that Jeremy Paxman did not see eye-to-eye with Ian Katz, the modish former Guardian hack who edits Newsnight these days. Paxman told the crowds at the Chalke Valley… Continue reading

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Adam Boulton is not retiring. (Photo by Bruno Vincent/Getty Images)

Boulton and Co

26 June 2014 15:45

Journalists do, occasionally, say something nice about politicians. It does not happen very often; but, when it does, it’s usually heartfelt. Adam Boulton hosted a party at the Savoy last… Continue reading

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Rod Liddle: My run in with Yasmin Alibhai-Brown and Channel 4 News

20 June 2014 13:29

I thought you might enjoy watching this debate between me and two eminently sane, rational and balanced women. If you haven’t seen it already. My publishers were anxious I should… Continue reading

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Edinburgh International Book Festival Portraits 2007

Jeremy Paxman’s greatest hits

18 June 2014 13:34

Farewell then, Jeremy Paxman. The veteran broadcaster bows out of Newsnight tonight. Mr S has compiled his favourite Paxo moments: The infamous Michael Howard interview is foremost in the extensive… Continue reading

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Prepare for another year of our empty lives without Game of Thrones

17 June 2014 11:44

So farewell, then, Tywin Lannister, you truly were the people’s Hand of the King. But this being Game of Thrones, it was never going to last, and now you’ve been… Continue reading

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You know you’re a European when…

22 May 2014 13:14

Today’s European election is not just a matter of deciding who gets to represent my made-up region in Brussels’ toy town parliament. It is a celebration of our common heritage… Continue reading

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Crisis of sincerity in the Miliband household?

20 May 2014 12:25

Mr S started the morning with Susannah Reid and Charlotte Hawkins of Good Morning Britain. All was pootling along quietly until Ed Miliband turned up on screen. The Leader of… Continue reading

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Michael Dobbs at Netflix's "House Of Cards" New York Premiere at Alice Tully Hall on January 30, 2013 in New York City.

Michael Dobbs shuffles Cards in the House of Lords

14 May 2014 12:26

Filming of season three of Netflix’s House of Cards will begin in four weeks’ time in Maryland, creator Michael Dobbs revealed at Norman Tebbit’s book launch last night. Lord Dobbs,… Continue reading

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Ben Miller solves the pensions crisis – by pilfering from Doctor Who set

9 May 2014 13:03

The new baddie from Doctor Who has come up with a novel solution to private pensions – stealing from the set. Ben Miller, star of the BBC’s Death in Paradise Drama, will… Continue reading

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Adam Boulton is not retiring. (Photo by Bruno Vincent/Getty Images)

Adam Boulton’s not retiring, no siree!

28 April 2014 10:41

Utter the word ‘retirement’ in 4 Millbank at your peril. The bods at Sky News are waiting for the arrival of their new political editor, Faisal Islam, who is working… Continue reading

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Does Andrew Davies prefer Kevin Spacey’s version of ‘House of Cards’ to his own?

2 April 2014 11:07

It sounds like the screenwriter of the original House of Cards prefers the US version, although, of course, he couldn’t possibly comment. Andrew Davies, who adapted the BBC version from… Continue reading

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They’re not all made of money on ‘Made in Chelsea’

31 March 2014 17:34

With the new season of Made in Chelsea set to air in on Channel 4 next week, I hear that all is not well in SW3. Extras and cast members… Continue reading

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Burning foetuses to heat hospitals: a perfect metaphor for modern Britain

24 March 2014 18:16

By way of a metaphor for the way the NHS and, come to that, the law regards foetuses, you can’t really better the reality, viz, that foetal remains from abortions… Continue reading

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Life imitates art as Game of Thrones returns to our screens

24 March 2014 15:48

The last season of Game of Thrones ended while a rough and ready rabble from north of ‘the wall’ were preparing to make life difficult for the establishment down south… Continue reading

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The media pack, desperate for something to report on missing MH370, has decamped to Perth.

Can we stop 24 hour news?

21 March 2014 9:39

As there is an intermittent debate over media ethics in this country, might we reflect on the following? The story of the missing Malaysian plane is an unimaginable nightmare for… Continue reading

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Investigation In Jimmy Savile Allegations Continues

When Free Speech isn’t free

13 March 2014 14:33

BBC3’s Free Speech programme is a good example of why the channel deserves to be shut down. Aimed at giving a voice to young people it is endlessly dumbing-down, seeks… Continue reading

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Janet Street Porter chickens out of Mensch showdown

27 February 2014 11:58

Gobby Janet Street Porter has been silenced – for today at least. She pulled out of this morning’s edition of the BBC’s Daily Politics just two hours before broadcast when she… Continue reading

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