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Anne Pickles

Naples’ Mafia - the Godfather, this is not

Programmes about Italian Mafia tend to be of the heavily romanticised Al Pacino, Godfather, Sicilian variety.

Last updated 16 July 2011
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The ugly, greedy side of beauty

The World’s Most Expensive Paintings (BBC One, Sunday) started by clearing up what might have been a misunderstanding.

Last updated 16 July 2011
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Imagine... if there’d been a happy ending

Had there been any poetic justice to John Lennon’s life, his move to New York to escape the worst excesses of London’s tabloid press and police officers (so what else is new?) would have had a happy ending.

Last updated 16 July 2011
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Decreasing circle of snoops really making me dizzy

I’m feeling bullied. My car’s shouting at me, my television’s about to spy on me and my doctor’s going to share my ailments with all and sundry.

Last updated 15 July 2011
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Fat man’s argument for a gastric band is a bit thin

A fat man in Staffordshire believes it’s his human right to have a gastric bypass operation – and he’s going to court to claim it. (13 comments)

Last updated 12 July 2011
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Messy masterpiece captures life’s drama

Sally Wainwright is a northern screen writer and playwright of astounding talent.

Last updated 9 July 2011
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Brilliantly portrayed but uncomfortable to watch

There seemed, at the time, very good reasons not to watch Stolen (BBC1) during a warm evening at the end of a very pleasant weekend.

Last updated 9 July 2011
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Can’t teach old cops New Tricks

The funniest thing about New Tricks (BBC1), now in its eighth season, is how it manages still to shuffle along without a zimmer.

Last updated 9 July 2011
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Day I got Gaga in a Pickle with a fearless press

I was Lady Gaga. An impossible stretch of imagination, I know – unless you’re six, seven, nine or 11.

Last updated 8 July 2011
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Gaga trashed by juvenile paparazzi sting

I was Lady Gaga. An impossible stretch of imagination, I know – unless you’re six, seven, nine or 11.

Last updated 8 July 2011
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The world’s gone mad – it has to be summer

Summer’s here and the time is right for... utter, steaming madness. July. That’s when it properly begins. (2 comments)

Last updated 5 July 2011
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Nice scenery but trip should be taken alone

Grumpy old men reliving their schoolboy corny humour habits must pitch up with cameras in the cultural paradise of Venice all the time.

Last updated 2 July 2011
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Kate Winslet’s sailing the good ship Atlantic

Hand it to Kate Winslet; if she dressed as a house brick and acted the part of San Marco Basilica, you’d believe her to the point of ducking the pigeons.

Last updated 2 July 2011
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I believe in fairytales

What a sad tale of woe this was. Not so much for the money – though that was bad enough – but for the broken dreams.

Last updated 2 July 2011
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If skinny teens can have a prom I don’t see why I can’t!

She looked as though she might have been serious. In a mischievous, eye-twinkling way, she seemed breathlessly enthused by a light-bulb moment she was itching to share.

Last updated 1 July 2011
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So now old people are drinking too much? What can they do?

Edging towards old age with hopes of early retirement dashed, dreams of world travel crashed and ability to afford care in dotage smashed, I was looking forward to a few years of being happily sozzled.

Last updated 28 June 2011
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Character assassination

It was an odd move for the BBC to buy in The Kennedys (BBC2) for screening almost immediately after a prime-time series run on the History Channel.

Last updated 25 June 2011
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Tears are flowing as Jackson gets a few things off his chest

af whenwill JACKSON Brodie creator, novelist Kate Atkinson received an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list.

Last updated 25 June 2011
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This Sugar has gone sour

LEON Doyle was the latest candidate to be fired from The Apprentice after his disastrous performance in France.

Last updated 25 June 2011
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This could be a big catalyst for even more

The defining moment that put the Big into Big Weekend came for me when a lovely young woman buried her breasts in Cumberland sausage.

Last updated 25 June 2011
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