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Admit it, we're all jealous

I suspect we’re all green with jealousy.

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Mary Berry took a tour around Highclere Castle, the setting for Downton Abbey, in her new series Country House Secrets

Mary Berry's Country House Secrets - It's toff at the top

The term ‘national treasure’ is much over-used these days. Take Mary Berry, for example. Before Bake-Off, she had been largely forgotten, but a stint in a pastel tent and she has now been elevated to a place at the top table alongside Nigella, Delia and Jamie.

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Little Miss Inventor

COLUMN: Girls will not always be girls

In the latest attempt to even up the gender stakes, a new character is joining the Mr Men and Little Miss series - a female scientist.

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The cast of Love, Lies and Records, including Ashley Jensen (second right)

Love, Lies and Records - Love, lies and too much more

My kids used to like a book called The Busy World of Richard Scarry, in which animals dressed as humans scurried about, going to work or enjoying their leisure time, all being terribly busy and pressed for time.

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Winnie the pooh

COLUMN: Why are we all so horrid?

One  worrying side effect of our web generation is the increased opportunity to be perfectly horrid to each other.

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Nicola in her faithful car

COLUMN: Farewell my old friend

I never thought I was the sort of person who would grieve for the loss of an object that is completely unaware of my existence - as it’s a car

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The cast of the new BBC2 sitcom Motherland, including Diane Morgan (second left) and Anna Maxwell Martin (centre)

Motherland and The Detectorists herald a good time for new comedy

Comedy seems to be stuck in a timewarp at the moment – just look at the reboot of Porridge currently clogging up BBC1, or ponder the inexplicable success of Mrs Brown’s Boys, which attracts millions of viewers despite being as funny as a poke in the eye with a stick.

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Surfing bottlenose dolphins featured in the incredible Blue Planet II on BBC1 this week.

Blue Planet II - The very best of the BBC

It has been a central part of British life for almost a century, but the BBC seems to be under attack more than ever. The right thinks it’s a hotbed of leftist luvvies, while the left sees it as an organ of state-sponsored propaganda.

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Harvey Weinstein

COLUMN: The importance of #metoo

The phrase a ‘rolling stone gathers no moss’ seems to have been proven absolutely wrong in the past two weeks.

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Jack Whitehall, Rosie Perez and Charity Wakefield in Bounty Hunters

Bounty Hunters - No laughs in this Whitehall farce

It’s often said that there’s a fine line between comedy and tragedy, Well, there’s an even finer line between comedy and comedy-drama. But what’s the difference?

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Prince Harry and girlfriend Meghan Markle

A right royal obsession

My hero this week is Simon McCoy of the BBC, who won the internet when his sarcastic and disinterested report of royal baby  non-news became a meme popularised by all the cool kids.

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The girls - and nuns - of Bad Habits, Holy Orders

Bad Habits, Holy Orders - party girls turn to God in an unexpected delight

If they ever decide to do a remake of The Sound of Music, one song which will definitely need an update is My Favourite Things.

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Louis Theroux looks at the drug epidemic blighting post-industrial America

Louis Theroux sheds light on the dark side of the American dream

If Louis Theroux ever turns up on your doorstep, you know you must be in trouble.

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M6 traffic

What sort of traffic-jam driver are you?

This week, while sitting in the longest series of traffic jams known to humankind, I made a few observations about the categories of  drivers queuing in traffic.
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Carol Forster

Column: Childhood seen from the back seat of the car

This week dear readers I include a further excerpt from my latest book ‘The Sixties in one day’.

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Bring a ferret

What goes on in the newsroom..

There have been occasions when reality TV show researchers have optimistically approached one or other of our newsrooms with a hopeful glint in their eye.

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Nicola Adam with Graham Norton

The one where I met Graham Norton

I might be a journalist, who has met, interviewed, written about and almost instantly forgotten many famous, think-they’re famous, mildly infamous, desperate wannabes and outright legendary people in my time.
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Carol Forster's new book The Sixties in one day

Column: Gathering up tales of sixties and seventies life

Well folks, in between my work and daily doings, I decided recently to pen another short book, ‘The Sixties in one day’.

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Nicola Adam

Keeping A-head of the game

My journey home from work can be a bit hairy.
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Carol Forster shares her musical memories

Column: Musical memories of learning an instrument

I’ll never forget my early music teachers.

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