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Interview: Bryan Cranston on flying the flag after Breaking Bad

Bryan Cranston’s voice rolls in waves of warm gravel down the phone from Los Angeles where he’s been taking a Christmas break before heading to the UK to resume his stint as a TV anchorman turned crazed celebrity in the National Theatre’s production of Network.

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Esther Rantzen, founder of Childline and The Silver Line Picture: Debra Hurford Brown

Interview: Esther Rantzen

Broadcaster Esther Rantzen is on the phone. She comes down the line, loud and clear, charming, polite, professional and she wants to talk.

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Derek Riddell is in BBC1's Hard Sun. Picture: Debra Hurford Brown

Interview: Derek Riddell

At last Derek Riddell has been in something he can watch with his children. We may know the Glaswegian actor best as the creepy army press officer turned driller killer in The Missing and James I in the torture-tastic Gunpowder, or even Rab, the bisexual footballer ned from The Book Group. Then there’s the corrupt cop in Undercover and Ashley Jensen’s ex-alcoholic husband in Ugly Betty, with medical traumas in Frankie and No Angels thrown in. But now, besides battling corruption and oh, the apocalypse, as a hard-bitten police chief in the BBC’s gritty new sci-fi crime series Hard Sun, he’s hitting the big screen as Torquil Travers in the kiddie-friendly Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, sequel to the Harry Potter spin-off.

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Legendary photographer Terry O'Neill Picture: Neil Hanna

Interview: Terry O’Neill

Legendary photographer Terry O’Neill hates having his picture taken. Loathes it, but you’d never know. He doesn’t let on, but smiles and points, posing with props including a chair and a mirror as the camera shutter clicks away. The shoot over, he relaxes.

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Ex-Celtic boss John Barnes to appear on Celebrity Big Brother

Former Celtic manager John Barnes has been revealed as the first male star who will enter the Celebrity Big Brother house.

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Friends fans rejoice as the show arrives on Netflix

Friends fans rejoice as the show arrives on Netflix

The arrival of Friends on Netflix has been hailed as “the best New Years’s gift”.

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Peace tartan designed in Edinburgh is best seller

It’s a Scottish fashion accessory which has been worn by some of the world’s most prominent humanitarian figures – from the Dalai Lama and Pope Francis to Malala, the Pakistani schoolgirl who survived being shot by the Taleban to campaign for female education.

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Capaldi, Bradley and Mackie had fantastic interactions. Picture: BBC

TV review: Doctor Who - Twice Upon a Time

David Pollock says there is much to love about Peter Capadli’s swansong in on Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time. *Spoilers for the Doctor Who Christmas special*

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Leon Bernicoff died aged 83 after a short illness. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Channel 4 dedicates Christmas Gogglebox to Leon Bernicoff

Channel 4 dedicated its Christmas Gogglebox show to late cast member Leon Bernicoff.

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Paul Hogan
 in Crocodile Dundee.

Crocodile Dundee beats Del Boy for biggest Xmas TV audience of all time

Some of Britain’s best-loved TV faces, including David Jason and the Two Ronnies, have been beaten by a reptile-wrestler from Australia in a new survey of the all-time most-watched Christmas television.

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Netflix revealed one viewer had watched the Bee Movie countless times and she was soon identified

Jane Bradley: Big Tech is starting to spill our online secrets

Private firms like Netflix and Spotify are amassing huge amounts of data about our personal viewing habits, raising questions about how they use it, writes Jane Bradley

Opinion
In Doctor Who, Peter Capaldis dying Doc must join forces with his original incarnation (David Bradley) PIC: Ray Burmiston

TV preview: Paul Whitelaw’s guide to the best Christmas telly

Paul Whitelaw has trawled through the festive schedules and offers a discerning selection of original drama and family favourites

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Lord Sugar (centre) with James White and Sarah Lynn. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Anger at ‘cop out’ after Apprentice ends with joint winners

Viewers of The Apprentice were left fuming as the series ended with Lord Sugar hiring both finalists, with many calling it “a cop out”.

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Scots actor Joe McFadden wins Strictly Come Dancing grand final

Joe McFadden has won the 2017 series of Strictly Come Dancing following a tense public vote.

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Students will learn what it takes to be a broadcast journalist

Gary Smith: Battle against fake news enters the classroom

Not so very long ago when something fake was being discussed it tended to be a conversation about tans, watches or, if you were really unlucky, twenty pound notes.

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The young stars of Mystique no 375, which BBC Alba will broadcast on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

BBC Alba children’s drama picked up for broadcast across Europe

Gaelic-speaking youngsters are set to become TV stars throughout Europe after a new children’s drama for BBC Alba was picked up for broadcast.

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Yolanda Kettle stars in The Crown Picture: Debra Hurford Brown, location, Clissold House, www.hackneyvenues.com

Interview: The Crown actress Yolanda Kettle

The rising star steams in Season Two of The Crown

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BTs live UEFA Champions League and Premier League football could soon be made available on the Sky platform. Picture: PA

Sky and BT sign channel sharing deal

Sky and BT have announced a deal that will allow the rival broadcasters to sell their channels on each others’ platforms.

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Insight: Bake Off and the irresistible rise of Ruth Davidson

Ruth Davidson and The Great British Bake Off are the perfect match: like scones and clotted cream or apple pie and custard, they play to each other’s strengths. The Scottish Tory leader exudes a seaside sauciness: l’esprit de Skegness, if you like. You can already imagine her waving a rolling pin provocatively in the direction of Sandi Toksvig or bemoaning her flaccid doughballs.

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Joan McAlpine says programmes have "nothing to do with Scotland."

BBC criticised for labelling England games as ‘Scottish productions’

England football internationals are being classed as "Scottish" TV productions by the BBC amid fresh concerns over the corporation's commitment to programming making north of the border.

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