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Return of the Strictly race row as the ONLY non-white celebrities left end up in the bottom two – and Alexandra Burke narrowly escapes going home despite topping the leaderboard
Accusations of racism were once again levelled at Strictly Come Dancing and its viewers as Alexandra Burke faced Davood Ghadami in the dance-off - despite getting high scores from judges.
BBC will screen England matches with Tunisia and Panama at World Cup 2018 while ITV take coverage of Belgium game and Brazil's group fixtures
The BBC will show England's opening two World Cup group matches against Tunisia and Panama next summer, with ITV screening their match with Belgium.
'There was NO meltdown': Furious Alexandra Burke denies she was 'sobbing and shaking' following Strictly dance-off... as she continues to be dogged by claims of diva behaviour
It was reported that she was left 'sobbing and shaking' backstage after she found herself in the bottom two on Sunday night's?Strictly Come Dancing.
Cathay Pacific crews are warned to look out for North Korean MISSILES after crew spot last test launch re-enter atmosphere near passenger jet flying from US to Hong Kong
North Korea's latest missile test was witnessed by crew on a Cathay Pacific flight travelling from San Francisco to Hong Kong, and the airline is now warning staff to keep an eye out.
'It's lost its sparkle': X Factor viewers call for ITV competition to take a break as final pulls in 5.5million fewer viewers than Strictly Come Dancing in worst ratings in 14-year history
Ratings for the Sunday night final - which saw Rak-Su become the first boyband to win - were down 1.8million viewers on last year and Twitter was awash with complaints.
Make-up free Michelle Keegan is elated as she FINALLY jets back into the UK after 8 months away filming Our Girl WITHOUT her wedding ring... after husband Mark shares gushing social media post
The Northern beauty beamed as she was welcomed back to London's Heathrow airport by family members, clad in a low-key ensemble for her jubilant return to home soil.
Jenni Murray's race 'car crash': Cringeworthy moment BBC presenter MIXED UP her two Asian guests - asking Vietnamese film-maker about Japanese medical researcher's work?
Throughout the course of her Radio 4 show yesterday the host had been scheduled to interview Japanese doctor Riko Muranaka and and Vietnamese film-maker Trinh T Minh-ha.
'Is it a secret signal?' BBC presenter Huw Edwards CHANGES his trademark stance from left to right on News at Ten - and it's unsettling viewers
The 56-year-old Welsh news anchor has switched his trademark lean in stance from left to right, leaving eagle-eyed viewers questioning what could have prompted the posture change.
Brexiteers may find it harder to accept female Doctor Who, says show's writer: Steven Moffat hints 'liberal' remainers are more comfortable with an actress playing the part
In a barbed comment about the millions who voted for Britain to leave the EU, Steven Moffat hinted that ‘liberal’ Remainers were more comfortable with an actress playing the Doctor.
Former BBC journalist becomes the latest ex-employee of the coropration to take over an Oxbridge College?
A former BBC journalist has become the latest ex-employee of the corporation to take over an Oxbridge College. Alan Bookbinder will take over as master of Downing College at Cambridge.
'These are not the sort of lyrics which should be aired at 7.30pm': Dizzee Rascal outages fans with expletive ridden lyrics as he performs live on the BBC BEFORE the watershed
Fans were left stunned after Dizzee Rascal swore live on air before the watershed, forcing BBC presenters to issue a swift public apology.
Melanie Sykes, 47, grabs a caffeine fix while showcasing perfect pins in skin-tight leggings... as she arrives for fill-in spot on Graham Norton's radio show
A chipper-looking Melanie Sykes, 47, was spotted beaming widely as she grabbed a quick caffeine fix while leaving BBC Radio 2 studios on Saturday, cutting an effortlessly chic figure.
'Cannabis is absolutely wonderful': Pam St. Clement reveals she uses drug EVERY DAY to help soothe her arthritis... as she calls for legalisation after making pot documentary
Now the actress, 75, confessed she uses the illegal substance every day to help soothe her arthritis following her adventures on Gone to Pot: American Road Trip.
Pictured: Breathtaking moment a Blue Planet II scientist uses lasers to measure the size of a whale shark as curtain is brought down on the groundbreaking series
In the final episode of the groundbreaking series, the show explores parts of the ocean nobody has ever been to before. The team measure a whale shark uses lasers in the Galapagos Islands.
‘You fear for your sanity’: BBC Radio 2 DJ Jo Whiley reveals how tinnitus diagnosis has left her with a constant 'whistling sound’ in her ears following years of loud music concerts ?
British broadcaster Jo Whiley, 52, admitted that when 'you’re young you think you’re immortal', adding that risks to fans of exposure to loud music weren't known back in the day.
Blue Planet II in new fakery storm after film crew admit planting rubber ducks in ocean supposedly from 1992 ship
Some 250 yellow ducks could be seen bobbing up and down in the Pacific Ocean just off the coast of Costa Rica in an episode of Blue Planet II which left some fans of the show confused.
Aled Jones is seen doing some festive shopping after the BBC axed him from Christmas episodes of Songs of Praise over sexual harassment claims?
Songs of Praise presenter Aled Jones?has been axed from the show's Christmas episodes after he was accused of sexual harassment. He was seen shopping in London today.
Strictly out of character! Demure Mollie King shows off her wild side as she flashes her cleavage and abs in sizzling throwback modelling shots
Mollie King, 30, showed off a somewhat racier look in a ?fun 2007 modelling shoot.
Meet the fish that's so afraid of the sea it lives in a cave three feet above water level - filmed for the first time by Blue Planet II?
A fish that's so frightened of water it hides away in a miniature cave has been filmed for the first time by the Blue Planet II team in Guam, Micronesia.
Former police officers who leaked claims computer owned by Damian Green had thousands of porn images are entering 'dangerous territory', warns ex-chief constable?
Sir Peter Fahy, pictured, the former chief constable of Greater Manchester Police, warned that police should stay out of politics amid a growing row over the alleged discovery.
Nice work if you can get it! Michelle Keegan parties with shirtless hunks on last day of Our Girl filming in South Africa... as husband Mark Wright congratulates his 'little trooper'
The 30-year-old actress posted a video on her Instagram stories of her dancing with some of the cast of Our Girl, as husband Mark shared an adorable Christmas tribute to his wife.
Rip Off Britain stars reveal how to escape being swindled while shopping online this Christmas (and say it's NOT the time to try new websites)
Gloria Hunniford, Angela Rippon and Julia Somerville share their top tips in a new video. They advise using a credit card so your online purchases are protected against scammers.
Gary Lineker hosts the 2018 World Cup draw in Moscow... five years after attacking Fifa's decision to award tournament to Russia
Lineker was all smiles in Moscow as he presented the draw for next year’s World Cup, having accepted ￡20,000 to rub shoulders with Russian president Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin.
'You only get married once!' Cardi B reveals plans to splash $1million on her wedding to fiance Offset... as she claims her bridal gown alone will cost a HUGE $50,000?
The Bodak Yellow hit-maker confessed during an interview on BBC Radio One that her wedding dress alone is going to set the couple back $50,000.
Another one bites the dust? Director Bryan Singer's unexpected 'health matter' leads Fox to cease production on Queen film Bohemian Rhapsody
The film, which features Rami Malek in the lead role of Freddie Mercury, as well as Aidan Gillen, Lucy Boynton and Mike Myers, has been in production in London.
Your 60 seconds to talk about bullying, feuding and jealousy starts now! Why the cosy bonhomie listeners adore on Radio 4's Just A Minute hides a FAR more ruthless reality
Just A Minute has become one of the nation’s most beloved radio shows — but it began as a classroom humiliation, inflicted on daydreamers by a history teacher at Sherborne School.
Pretty in Ink: Pink appears overwhelmed as she meets super-fan with HUGE portrait tattoo of the star during London promo tour
Pink beams as she had a sweet encounter with a fan who had a detailed portrait tattoo of the singer on her arm and took a selfie with at the BBC Radio Two Studios in London
Gwen Stefani, 48, shows off her incredible figure in silver studded dress with sexy cut outs as she gets in the festive spirit on the One Show
The singer made a visit to the BBC talk show on Friday to talk about her new Christmas album, performing a track from the album in a sensational minidress covered with silver studs.
Gwen Stefani shows off her svelte figure in thigh high yellow boots and quirky gold dress as she promotes new single in London
She wowed the crowds at the Westfield London Christmas light switch on. And superstar Gwen, 48, continued to stun fans as she arrived at BBC Radio Two Studios in London on Friday.
'Loving Country House Secrets!': David Beckham, 42, shows his appreciation for Mary Berry... after the TV chef, 82, flirted up a storm with him on The One Show
David Beckham was showing his appreciation for the TV chef, 82, when he took to his Instagram stories to praise her latest programme.
BBC faces storm of criticism for giving prime interview spot to US pundit Ann Coulter as she defends retweeting the Britain First post before Trump without bothering to check who the group was
The Today Programme interviewed Ann Coulter - who is one of just 45 Twitter accounts the US President Donald Trump follows.
We rate you highly! ITV sweethearts Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden joyously cosy up to BBC Strictly stars Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly... despite the channels' ratings war
The 48-year-old appeared to share more than the stage with co-presenter Claudia Winkleman as the pair wore matching suede blazers after the launch a new campaign for npower and MacMillan.
Researchers say there could be two MILLION species in the sea - and we've found less than 275,000 of them
Scientists have used a variety of methods to estimate the global number of marine species and each has its limitations. Current common estimates still vary between around 0.3m and 2m marine species.
Could Strictly's Shirley Ballas leave after ONE SERIES? Head judge 'refuses to commit' to another year... after 'losing family' to appear on the show
The 57-year-old ex-professional dancer, who has been heavily criticised by fans for her use of technical terms and controversial decisions, hinted she could walk away
Loophole that could allow BBC to secretly give stars pay rises: Director suggests making production arm a private firm means they can pay what they need to get the 'right' people?
BBC Studios director Mark Linsey said the production arm could pay staff more after being spun off as a commercial firm earlier this year meaning stars could expect bumper pay rises.
Udder-ly good teamwork! Alexandra Burke gets the back end of a panto COW costume as she joins Strictly partner Gorka Márquez on The One Show... after fur coat controversy
The 29-year-old has been met with criticism from fans, who have branded the star as 'fake' on the BBC entertainment show while she also apologised for stepping out in a real fur coat
'We took a gamble that these two people were in love': Suits creator reveals they began planning for Meghan's exit a YEAR ago - just after she emerged as Prince Harry's girlfriend
Producer Aaron Korsh said he could see Meghan's relationship with Prince Harry was 'burgeoning' from the start. He said his team began writing her out of the US drama well in advance.
Kristina Rihanoff looks elegant in two red carpet gowns as she sizzles in scarlet at Beauty Awards before making a quick change to support beau Ben Cohen at launch
The professional dancer swapped up a striking red dress to a sexy black jumpsuit on Tuesday night, as she attended two star-studded events in London.
'Broadcast it live, then!': Strictly Come Dancing bosses 'left in a panic' as the winner of pre-recorded Christmas special is LEAKED online by fan
BBC chiefs had been relying on viewers tuning in to boost the network's ratings over the holidays, but they are now fearful fans won't be watching because of the winner being revealed.?
A prior engagement? Mollie King appears VERY close with Strictly partner AJ Pritchard as they cosy up during stroll... hours after 'former flame' Prince Harry's wedding news
Mollie, 30, was spotted out with her dance partner as the duo put on an extremely cosy display while heading out in London - during which the 23-year-old draped his arms around the stunner
'We knew there was something there that was so solid, so powerful - we were willing to have a go': Unseen video reveals Harry and Meghan talking about the moment they knew it was right?
The couple, who will marry next spring, can be seen laughing and larking around in behind the scene shots not included in last night's 21-minute interview with the BBC.
BBC box sets and classic episodes will be shown on iPlayer over Christmas as the broadcaster seeks to expand catch-up service and compete with Netflix?
The BBC will place a raft of box sets and classic episodes on iPlayer over Christmas to compete with American companies Netflix and Amazon.
In a new League of Gentlemen: Cast of hit comedy recreate iconic film scenes as they celebrate return to Royston Vasey for 20th anniversary Christmas special
The cast of League of Gentlemen celebrated their return to Royston Vasey this Christmas by recreating iconic films scenes in their typically outlandish style.
Her solemate! Fashionista Trinny Woodall, 53, shows her style flair as she offsets a glamorous sequin dress with quirky silver brogues at star-studded Claridge's bash
The presenter - who currently fronts a fashion segment on This Morning - opted to mix glamour and comfort for the evening as she teamed her sensible shoes with her glittering Temperley London look.
Dr Foster star's heavy metal look: Suranne Jones admits she has become obsessed with ￡42 pot of silver Gravity Mud to keep her skin looking good
Doctor Foster actress Suranne Jones, 39, has discovered a ￡42 silver face cream called Gravity Mud. The British actress if obsessed, WRITES SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE.
Meghan ditches America: Harry's bride to-be will apply for British citizenship and also be baptized before they marry at Windsor Castle in MAY in 'fun and joyful' ceremony paid for by the royal family?
The couple are not wasting any time and will walk down the aisle just months after getting engaged and under two years after they first met on a blind date.
Doctor Who's Peter Capaldi is joined by Time Lord David Bradley as he prepares for his final adventure in Christmas special... as Jodie Whittaker is pictured filming her first scenes
BBC bosses have revealed more about Peter Capaldi's final adventure in the Christmas special, which will feature the much-anticipated regeneration.
'There's nothing fake about it!' Alexandra Burke hits back at 'upsetting' claims her Strictly tears were feigned... as she faces further criticism from fans for wearing real fur
The 29-year-old defended herself against claims of being 'fake' in a new interview with Radio Times. She explained that there is 'nothing fake' about her journey on Strictly Come Dancing.
Question Time was cut short after an audience member collapsed because she was allergic to a man's AFTERSHAVE?
Question Time was airing live from Colchester Town Hall in Essex when host David Dimbleby suddenly announced it was finishing early after an audience member collapsed and could not be moved.
BBC 5Live presenter Andy Townsend under fire after calling Chelsea women's footballer Eni Aluko 'love' during on-air discussion
Former Premier League footballer Andy Townsend, who was hosting a BBC 5Live show, was chatting to to Ian Wright and Chelsea Ladies star Eni Aluko when he made the remark.
'Livid' fans accuse BBC of snubbing Jermain Defoe for Sports Personality of the Year despite his support for tragic young mascot Bradley Lowery?
Jermain Defoe struck up a heartwarming friendship with six-year-old Bradley Lowery, who won over hundreds of thousands across the world with his fight against neuroblastoma.
The 12-month trainee broadcast journalist post in London is 'only open to candidates from a black, Asian or non-white ethnic minority background', according to the advert.
'A lot of people want my job!' The One Show's Alex Jones admits she feared being side-lined after giving birth - despite taking just THREE months of maternity leave
Alex Jones, 40, took just three months maternity leave when she had her son Teddy. The Welsh star has revealed she was worried taking a long period off work could affect her career.
Man with extreme case of Tourette's whose tics were so bad he'd smash car windows finds his dream job after years of unemployment?
Ryan, 22, who lives in Berkshire with his boyfriend Charlie, was diagnosed with the condition just a year ago and it became so severe that there were days he couldn't leave his flat.
Bitter Clarkson brands Top Gear hosts LeBlanc & Co 'part-timers': Former presenter says the only way show can be revitalised is if they emulate his work ethic?
The Grand Tour star Jeremy Clarkson says he still hasn't seen the rebooted Top Gear since his expulsion in 2015, writes SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE.
'Just some prince bloke marrying some actress...' EastEnders makes timely reference to Harry and Meghan Markle's exciting engagement... just NINE hours after royal news
More than nine hours after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's engagement was announced, EastEnders managed to film make a timely reference on the next instalment of their popular soap.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!?Morecambe & Wise returns?for new BBC festive special with never-before-seen footage
The late comedians - who enjoyed a career spanning 40 years together until Morecambe's death in 1984 ?- famously finished each of their sketch show series with a Christmas special from 1969 to 1980.
BBC star was hand-picked by Harry for the first interview: Mishal Husain has become the corporation's default presenter for major news events?
The 44-year-old Today programme host (pictured) was hand-picked by Prince Harry to host what will become a historic interview, introducing his American fiancee to the world.
One Day star Jim Sturgess looks worlds away from his heartthrob role as he poses with co-star Agyness Deyn at premiere of their BBC crime thriller Hard Sun
Jim Sturgess looked worlds away from the clean-cut David Nicholls role on Monday, as he showed off a scruffy beard and longer locks.
Come on, Beeb, seven hours of Blue Planet II just isn't enough! CHRISTOPHER STEVENS reviews the weekend TV
Christopher Stevens reviews the weekend TV and the consensus is: we need more Blue Planet II. Remarkable sights were on display too in Expedition Volcano with a drone swooping over lava.
Sex, violence, and almost supernatural strange phenomena… Even the shallow waters of the world’s oceans were a match for Game Of Thrones on Blue Planet II, by Jim Shelley
With Game Of Thrones absent from our screens, fans of epic battle scenes and sex-maniacs prepared to satisfy their desires at any cost turned to… Sir David Attenborough and Blue Planet II.
'She's deluded!' Countryfile viewers left 'horrified' by farmer who claims 28,000 chickens living in ONE shed are 'happy' - all before they're seen being taken to the slaughterhouse
Last night's Countryfile saw presenter Tom Heap at an intensive chicken farm in Somerset. Owner Claire Bragg outraged viewers after saying the poultry living in the shed were 'happy'.
BBC left red-faced after subtitle gaffe says Jeremy Corbyn praises 'Harry and HEZBOLLAH' as he welcomes the news of the royal engagement
Jeremy Corbyn was praising the work which 'Harry and his brother' have done for mental health - but the BBC mistranslated it as 'Harry and Hezbollah' - the banned terror group.
BBC is forced to apologise for report saying 100,000 Universal Credit claimants will lose their benefits over Christmas
The BBC said 100,000 Universal Credit claimants would lose money over Christmas. But the journalist who made the claim has since retracted his statement and admitted he was wrong.
Strictly just friends? Mollie King and AJ Pritchard fuel more romance rumours as they come close to kissing for a SECOND night in a row
Mollie King and AJ Pritchard appeared to lean in for a smooch after being declared safe on Sunday's Strictly Come Dancing - no doubt, fuelling romance rumours which have plagued them for weeks.
Strictly Come Dancing: Shirley Ballas and Craig Revel-Horwood leave fans shocked with 'crass' innuendos after Joe McFadden's Charleston
Shirley Ballas delivered another cheeky wisecrack following Holby City star Joe McFadden's sensational Charleston, alongside stunning partner Katya Jones.
Strictly Come Dancing: 'She remains the Queen of the overreaction' Fans turn on Alexandra Burke after she falls to the floor following near perfect Strictly score
The former X Factor starlet was showered with praise following her Cha Cha Cha, landing a near perfect 39 score, with the singer reacting animatedly.
David Attenborough showed us how a newborn whale ‘calf’ is reared on its mother’s milk. But the sight of a female holding her dead baby - killed by the plastic we dump in the sea - was a sobering lesson on Blue Planet II, by JIM SHELLEY
Blue Planet II proved Sir David Attenborough could still be as ruthless and patient as any predator in the series itself.
Strictly Come Dancing: Mollie King and AJ Pritchard are left red-faced as their fellow pros chant for them to KISS after triumphant quickstep... but the will-they won't-they couple refuse
The couple, who have sparked endless speculation about their relationship, refused to kiss despite chanting from their fellow celebrities and pros during Saturday's show.
Something to hide? Mollie King keeps a low profile as she exits Strictly studios with partner AJ Pritchard...as Twitter goes crazy over the couple's almost-kiss
The 30-year-old singer kept a low profile as she headed back to her hotel on Saturday in the same car as partner AJ Pritchard, after the pair were chanted to kiss during the live show.
The octopus that can pretend to be a pile of shells: Blue Planet II captures incredible footage of creature camouflaging itself to hide from a shark
In the BBC programme, which airs tomorrow evening, the female octopus is seen covering itself with shells before her hungry enemy starts swimming around nearby.
The march of the spider crabs: Incredible Blue Planet II clip shows THOUSANDS of crustaceans emerging from the deep in order to shed their shells in an extraordinary annual ritual
This week's episode of Blue Planet II features the breathtaking moment hundreds of thousands of crabs descend on the shallow waters of an Australian bay., where they shed their shells.
EastEnders SPOILER ALERT: Show newcomer Patrick Bergin's first scenes as 'old-school villain' Aidan Maguire revealed
Patrick Bergin's first scenes as 'old-school villain' Aidan Joseph Patrick Maguire in Eastenders have been revealed.
Strictly Come Dancing: 'Did she just thank Arlene?' Alexandra Burke sparks uproar after appearing to confuse head judge Shirley Ballas with long-departed Phillips
The singer, 29, seemingly made the unintentional gaffe – a reference to long-departed judge Arlene Phillips – as Shirley offered conciliatory praise for her surprisingly subdued rhumba.
Strictly Come Dancing: 'Why is she dressed like a superhero?' Tess Daly fails to impress viewers with her?fuchsia pink caped minidress
The presenter, 48, had an unintentionally divisive impact on the BBC show’s latest instalment by opting to wear a questionable caped minidress in garish fuchsia pink.
I hate Strictly! It's not just the cheesy jokes, fake tans and vacuous hosts that set SARAH VINE's teeth on edge. What's even more maddening is that her cerebral husband is hooked
I have a terrible confession to make. An awful, shameful secret that I have been carrying inside me for years. I have to come clean. I hate Strictly Come Dancing, writes SARAH VINE.
Heavily pregnant Katie Piper cradles her baby bump in floral dress and doc martens two weeks ahead of her due date... after admitting she suffers with PTSD following acid attack
The pregnant star, 34, didn't let the struggle get the better of her as she couldn't contain her excitement for her new arrival outside?the BBC Radio Studios in London on Saturday.
'Things are strained': Married Strictly Come Dancing stars Karen and Kevin Clifton 'are barely speaking to each other... amid fears they could fall victim to the show's curse'
The couple's relationship has 'become strained' during the BBC One dancing competition this year and things 'aren't going well', sourced claimed.
'We've covered all the books... it's a five year gig': Poldark's Aidan Turner reveals hit BBC drama will END after fifth series... as he prepares to make his West End debut
The hunky actor who plays Captain Ross Poldark, has confirmed the hit BBC One drama will end after five series.