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Sherlock tops international poll of most popular BBC characters

In news that will have David Brent demanding a recount, Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock has topped a worldwide poll of the most popular BBC television characters.
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June Brown acting as Dot Cotton - BBC image

As June Brown turns 90 here are Dot Cotton's Eastenders highlights

Chain-smoking, Bible-bashing Dot Cotton has been an EastEnders fixture since 1985, and has appeared in some of the soap's most dramatic - and sometimes funniest - scenes.

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Millions of workers have the same lunch every single day

Millions of workers have the same lunch every single day

Millions of office workers are eating the same lunch every single day, a study has found.

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Following its record-breaking run in 2016, this reimagined production of Willy Russells award-winning comedy returns to the Lyric with its original cast of Michael James Ford and Kerri Quinn (Credit: The Lyric)

Educating Rita makes triumphant Belfast return

Following its record-breaking run in 2016, the reimagined production of Willy Russell’s award-winning comedy has returned to the Lyric, Belfast with its original cast of Michael James Ford and Kerri Quinn, before embarking on an Irish tour.

Theatre and Comedy
Untitled (1982) by Jean-Michel Basquiat. The work of art owned by U2 bassist Adam Clayton is expected to fetch 1.2 million at auction. Photo: PA

Artwork owned by U2's Adam Clayton expected to go for £1.2m at auction

A work of art owned by U2 bassist Adam Clayton is expected to fetch £1.2 million at auction.

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Don Williams

Keep it country: Don Williams’ ballads strike a chord

DON WILLIAMS is a performer with a huge following in Northern Ireland, ever since the husky Texan emerged in the 1960s with a very distinctive balladeer style.

Music
REVEALED: What Jane Austin's Mr Darcy should REALLY have looked like

REVEALED: What Jane Austin's Mr Darcy should REALLY have looked like

Bad news, ladies - everything you think you know about Jane Austen's tall, dark and handsome Fitzwilliam Darcy is wrong.

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What's your favourite pizza topping?

National Pizza Day: What’s your favourite topping?

Today is National Pizza Day.

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File photo dated 09/05/14 of Alan Simpson, one half of the Galton and Simpson writing duo behind Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe and Son, as he has died aged 87, his manager Tessa Le Bars has announced.

Alan Simpson, co-creator of Steptoe and Son, dies aged 87-years

Scriptwriter Alan Simpson, famous for hits including Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe And Son, has died at the age of 87 after a long battle with lung disease, his manager has said.
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Spagbol

People who eat pasta have a better diet

Pasta is a superfood - because it leads to eating a healthier diet, according to new research.

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Children's cereal

Shocking levels of sugar found in breakfast cereals

Some breakfast cereals contain shocking amounts of sugar - making up to a THIRD of the ingredients in some brands, reveals new research.
Eating Out
'Blind Date' presenter, Cilla Black, who passed away in 2015.

Blind Date to return... but who’ll replace Cilla?

‘Blind Date’ will return to television screens with a new presenter in 2017.

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Ed Sheeran.

Ed Sheeran ticket warning

The Consumer Council is advising music fans to think twice before paying over-inflated prices for tickets to an Ed Sheeran concert in Dublin.

Music
A concert that set the tone for future performances

A concert that set the tone for future performances

Thirty years ago this August, the 78th Fraser Highlanders Pipe Band of Toronto, Canada landed in Ballymena for a few short days of ‘Norn Iron’ hospitality and sight-seeing. The band was enroute to the World Pipe Band Championships in Glasgow but first would make an historic stop at Ballymena’s now shuttered County Hall auditorium.

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Billie Piper is one of the female stars fans have said they would like to see in the title role

Billie Piper rules out replacing Peter Capaldi as Doctor Who

Former Doctor Who star Billie Piper has ruled herself out of replacing Peter Capaldi when the Time Lord regenerates at the end of the upcoming series but has backed calls for the new Doctor to be female.

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Undated handout photo issued by Diageo of a bottle of Roe & Co Irish whiskey, which is to be launched by Diageo as it looks to tap into the booming popularity of the tipple

Guinness owner Diageo to launch new Irish whiskey

Drinks giant Diageo is to launch a new Irish whiskey as it looks to tap into the booming popularity of the tipple.

Eating Out
Peter Capaldi will leave the role of Doctor Who in the 2017 Christmas special

TV: Peter Capaldi to stand down from Doctor Who role

Peter Capaldi has said he will stand down from Doctor Who at the end of the year.
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The 1975

Three major acts added to Belsonic 2017 line-up

Three more names have been added to the bill for Belsonic 2017.
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Toblerone

Shoppers instantly know when products are shrunk

When Toblerone reduced the size of their chocolate bars it faced a revolt by disgruntled shoppers.
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Sir John Hurt

Veteran actor Sir John Hurt dies

Veteran actor Sir John Hurt has died at 77 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

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