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50 years of Jackanory: what the TV show gave to me and other authors

11 December 2015 4:50 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

On the 50th anniversary of Jackanory, Frank Cottrell Boyce on the massive impact of listening to Rik Mayall, Kenneth Williams and others read out loud on TV

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Long, long ago, when the world wasn’t digital and there were only three channels on TV, there was a show called Jackanory. It seemed a simple little show - a grown-up sat in a peacock chair and read a story straight off the autocue, into the camera.

But when I mentioned to Twitter that it was the 50th anniversary of that show, my timeline glowed with nostalgia. “School often made me anxious,” said @L_BuckleyArcher, “snuggling up with marmite on toast and Jackanory made me feel safe and happy.” @Nicolakidsbooks said just hearing the theme tune made was enough to make her purr.

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Celebrity Big Brother: Who is going to win the show? It's time to find out - live final as it happened

24 September 2015 12:30 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Well, it's been ever such a dramatic final week for Celebrity Big Brother - and that's just outside the house! It's been positively civilised in there compared to the Cbbbots row, but we've still had fist-chewingly cringey moments and rows so loud we've had to buy ear protectors.

It all comes to an end tonight as Austin Armacost, Bobby Davro, James Hill, Natasha Hamilton, Sherrie Hewson and Stevi Ritchie and Chloe Jasmine battle it out to be named the latest CBB winner. So join us from 9pm as we bring you all the action...

22:44For now, though, we'll say goodnight and leave you be - but do leave your comments in the box below so we know how you're feeling about tonight's events! And be sure to stick with DS for more CBB news and reaction... Night night!

22:43Very nice pyrotechnics from Bb there! But that's your lot »

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Celebrity Big Brother: Who is going to win the show? It's time to find out - live blog

24 September 2015 12:30 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Well, it's been ever such a dramatic final week for Celebrity Big Brother - and that's just outside the house! It's been positively civilised in there compared to the Cbbbots row, but we've still had fist-chewingly cringey moments and rows so loud we've had to buy ear protectors.

It all comes to an end tonight as Austin Armacost, Bobby Davro, James Hill, Natasha Hamilton, Sherrie Hewson and Stevi Ritchie and Chloe Jasmine battle it out to be named the latest CBB winner. So join us from 9pm as we bring you all the action...

22:31James says he just tried to have a good time in the house and adds that he's been on an "incredible journey". And he insists he didn't have a strategy or a game plan: "I just go with my heart and my gut."

22:31James says that he couldn't believe he was even on the »

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