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Kate Dazzles Onlookers as Queen of the … Garden?

10 October 2012 8:40 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Does the Duchess of Cambridge have a green thumb? Kate tried her hand at growing vegetables during a gardening project in Newcastle Wednesday, and by all accounts, she knew what she was doing. Community gardener Emma Hughes, who hosted Kate at Elswick Park, told People that at home, the royal "grows her own potatoes in sacks. We were digging the potatoes and she was asking about it. She said ours were bigger. She said she only got small ones this year." Kate met children, who are taught about how food is made and where it comes from, via the Edible Elswick project, »

- Simon Perry

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Jeremy Paxman vs Chloe Smith: 'Is this some sort of joke?!' - video

27 June 2012 2:28 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

"Ah Paxo, I'll miss him when he has that massive coronary," said The Thick of It's Malcolm Tucker of Jeremy Paxman. Judging from yesterday's battle with Treasury minister Chloe Smith on Newsnight, you can see why. It's been over 15 years since Paxman asked Michael Howard once or twice if he threatened to overrule the head of the prison service, but last night's sparring shows that at the age of 62, he's still definitely got it. Fast forward to six minutes for all the action. With all the ire he usually reserves for the less-enlightened contestants on University Challenge, Paxman seems less than impressed with Smith's attempts to evade his questioning over the government's latest budget U-turn. "Is it hard for you to defend a policy you don't agree with?" he splutters (more) »

- By Mayer Nissim

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Sir David Frost: 'Today, Lord Lucan is as good as we'll get'

11 March 2012 5:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The superlative interviewer on the one that got away – or has he? – and his new show on BBC4. And after almost half a century working on TV, what surprises him most?

How do you interview Sir David Frost, the man who conducted the famous Richard Nixon interview, about the art of interviewing? It feels like running an egg-sucking seminar for grandmothers. Frost had more than 28 hours with Nixon. I had just under an hour with Frost to talk to him about his new show, Frost on Interviews, which BBC4 broadcasts on Tuesday at 9pm.

Featuring some of television's greatest inquisitors, such as Michael Parkinson and Melvyn Bragg, it tracks the history of the interview from its birth, with the profoundly soft encounters of the 1950s contrasting with Jeremy Paxman's celebrated grilling of Michael Howard. Paxman declined to appear on the programme, which concludes by asking if the rise of »

- Tara Conlan

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