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Is 'Strictly' the Only Talent Show With the 'X Factor'?

James Brinsford | Posted 17.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
James Brinsford

Strictly Come Dancing can bring a genuine journey to the viewers as the likes of Mark Wright and Simon Webbe have gone from fitting shoes to two left feet to being in the final as they show such a level of improvement, they give hope to all dad dancers across the nation.

How You Can Give a Child Affected by Extreme Poverty or Conflict a Future

Hugh Dennis | Posted 17.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Hugh Dennis

Poverty in Myanmar affects ordinary Burmese families and children, with one in four of the population living in extreme poverty, but ActionAid's child sponsorship programme is really helping and making real transformations... That is why I am is backing ActionAid's Christmas appeal to find sponsors for 2,700 children across six countries in the developing world - Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ghana, Malawi, Myanmar and The Gambia - who are affected by extreme poverty or conflict to help give them a future.

Answer Time

Russell Brand | Posted 12.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Russell Brand

And a pantomime it is, well not so entertaining, no flouncing dames or doleful Buttons or rousing songs, just semi-staged tittle-tattle and bickering. The only worthwhile sentiments, be they raging or insightful come from the audience, across the camera bank. The man who brings up politicians pay rises, the man who demands I stand for parliament (so that he could not vote for me judging from his antipathy), the mad, lovely blue hair woman who swears at everyone, mostly though the woman who says "Why are we talking about immigrants? It's a side issue, this crisis was caused by financial negligence and the subsequent bail-out".

Made In Chelsea Review Series Eight Episode Nine

Francesca Newman-Young | Posted 12.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Francesca Newman-Young

After upsetting Binky, I was ostracised from the girl group and felt like I had no one to turn to other than Alex and Jamie for advice. It wasn't a malicious action. It wasn't a back-stabbing or two-faced decision. When Alex and Binky were together I was disgusted at the way he behaved.

On the Trail of Mexico's Drugs Gangs - Talking to the Hitmen, Vigilantes and Victims

Stuart Ramsay | Posted 11.12.2014 | UK
Stuart Ramsay

Vigilantes fighting Mexico's drugs cartels are operating an unofficial, illegal jail where they have locked up gang members for "crimes" including murder. The discovery of the jail, high in the Sierra Madre mountains, provides new evidence of how far the government's complicity with the cartels and its failure to stop the violence has driven people to take the law into their own hands. ..

I Demand Less Choice!

Pat Higgins | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Pat Higgins

I really miss having no choice. There's a real frisson to those moments when you lose the remote control under the sofa, or the wi-fi network packs up. You might have to watch something you don't like, or even something that you have no opinion about yet. Losing the remote is a scary rollercoaster of possibilities.

We Are SO Going To Play The Santa Hat Drinking Game Over Christmas...

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK Comedy

Here at HuffPost UK Comedy, we don't endorse getting bladdered over Christmas - or at any time of the year - of course. Ahem. But we do think this ...

'Made in Chelsea' Review - Series Eight Episode Eight

Francesca Newman-Young | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Francesca Newman-Young

Well last night got heated! Not one, not two, but three people crying (and I'm not a pretty crier). So why did I stay in Sam's bed that night? I didn't think it was a problem as I thought Sam and I were good enough friends and I didn't know about Tiff. In hindsight, it wasn't the best idea. Time machine anyone?

Let's Make Lying in Parliament History

Jolyon Rubinstein | Posted 05.12.2014 | UK Politics
Jolyon Rubinstein

If I were to lie in a court of law, I would go to jail. If I make false or misleading statements as a director of a publicly listed company about my shares or assets I can face criminal prosecution. But astonishingly it's entirely legal for an MP to lie to Parliament. It's one rule for them and one rule for us.

Disability Isn't a Weakness - It Should Be Seen as a Strength

RJ Mitte | Posted 04.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
RJ Mitte

I have cerebral palsy but I've never let it hold me back. Growing up, I was bullied but I quickly learnt not to back down... A bruise will heal, a cut will heal, but when you let someone take away who you are, it's more damaging than any broken bone and deeper than any cut. By standing up for myself, people no longer just saw my disability. It shouldn't define you. I just happen to have CP.

What Will the Future Hold for Sakina?

Jodie Whittaker | Posted 04.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jodie Whittaker

Thursday sees ministers from all over the world gather in the UK for the London Conference on Afghanistan to talk about the country's future development. This is a very critical time, international troops are mostly withdrawing and the world will be watching to see how this will affect the country's security and development.

A Boy's First Conversation at 15 - Isolation and Loneliness in Deaf Education!

Rachel Shenton | Posted 03.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Rachel Shenton

Being a teenager is tough enough, without being the only deaf teenager in the school, unable to join in class discussions or raise your hand and ask a question, missing at least fifty percent of what the teacher is saying, having only one specially trained teacher dropping in once every week or two and being expected to catch up to a adequate level.

We're Not American, So We Should Stop Calling It Black Friday!

Edward Adoo | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Edward Adoo

It happens once a year, towards the end of November and has reared it's ugly head again. Black Friday depicts society in a vulnerable and selfish state. Yet we are all victims of it's success by flocking to the sales, hoping to pick up a bargain and will do anything to scoop the best deal by acquiring a state of the art plasma TV, fridge or pair of headphones.

The X Factor 2014 Jukebox

Dean Midas Maynard | Posted 01.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Dean Midas Maynard

After a week of feeling very poorly, Lauren Platt is lucky to be even singing. The strain of the week really showed, it was her worst vocal of the series to date. Mel B said, "I could feel you weren't into it" Simon said, "I could tell you were straining vocally." 

How or When?

Naomi Hefter | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK Comedy
Naomi Hefter

I wondered if I could quietly leave and hope no one would notice. But as I sat there for that brief moment I began to think about the other thing that's been playing on my mind. Death.

Note for Steven Moffat on How to Improve 'Doctor Who'

Dean Esmay | Posted 20.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Dean Esmay

For most of this latest series, I was bored, and I know I'm not alone. The acting and directing have been excellent, the writing so far as dialogue and pacing has also been quite good, but the show has felt like it's becoming a bit old hat.

Man Wears Same Suit Every Day for a Year - But Sometimes a Suit is Just a Suit

Andrea Mara | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andrea Mara

Have you read about Karl Stefanovic, the Australian TV presenter who wore the same suit every day for a year? He decided to do it to prove that men escape the kind of scrutiny to which women are routinely subjected.

Gemma Collins on 'I'm a Celebrity': Fear or Playing Up for the Cameras?

Sloan Sheridan-Williams | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Sloan Sheridan-Williams

No stranger to reality TV and already a successful businesswoman, Gemma Collins clearly has some idea of what she is doing. The truth detection consultant and cynic in me wonders if Bobby Norris' best friend knows her audience better than we think, because although the anxiety is real her response to it does seem to be slightly disproportionate

Why Ed Miliband Should Go on 'Come Dine With Me' and the Tories have loads of sex

Matt Arnold | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Comedy
Matt Arnold

In the Cath Kidson filled kitchen, we find dear Ed; flailing about as he simultaneously tries to get his soufflé to rise; and convince Dappy, E L James, and Joeys Essex and Barton to play ball over VAT reform.

Why Do We Need Women's Only Sport Awards?

Sarah-Jane Mee | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Sport
Sarah-Jane Mee

Whilst I'm not a fan of positive discrimination, women's sport needs a platform to highlight its achievements and to encourage change. The recipients of next week's awards are the trailblazers that will get us there. Maybe in the future we won't need women's only sport awards, but right now without it some of

The Agony of a Misfired Joke

Jake Yapp | Posted 13.11.2014 | UK Comedy
Jake Yapp

Once I'd made my friend cry for his racist pie-crust chimney joke, I can't say I felt particularly great about myself. I felt like I'd crushed what was, however misguided, a perfectly commendable intention - to cheer somebody's day up a bit. Daniel O'Reilly had the same intention. He just failed on a spectacular scale. And if he's truly contrite, then maybe we could lay down the righteousness for a bit and show him some compassion.

Some Clarity on Dapper Laughs

Lee Kern | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Comedy
Lee Kern

Dapper Laughs show wasn't banned. His series ran for it's full length on ITV2. The channel decided they won't recommission a second series. That is not a ban and to argue this is a way to reframe the debate and shift things from the true discussion about misogyny that should be taking place.

Real Housewives of Atlanta Recap: "Mama Mean-a"

Ross Semple | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ross Semple

This season Mama Joyce seems to have an issue with anyone who comes between her and her daughter, or more specifically, her daughter's money. She hates Kandi's friend Carmon because apparently Carmon is having an affair with Todd.

Why Understanding Dapper Laughs Is Probably Better Than Hating Him

Stephen Hull | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Comedy
Stephen Hull

Like a lot of young men, Dapper Laughs needs to be brought into the fold. It's too easy, and possibly too predictable to call for him to be banned. Let's not make a marginalised hero of this guy. Why not follow him on social media so we can understand exactly what it means NOT to be a man and work back from there. Instead, why not have a truth and reconciliation agreement. Failings of the past can be admitted and forgiven, and the 1.7m audience who mistakenly clicked on 'like' can be educated and mentored in a positive way to create some real change.

Dapper Laughs' Show Has Been Cancelled - Here's The Question That Really Needs Asking

Rachel McGrath | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Rachel McGrath

Before we start the parties and congratulate everyone for whipping up a Twitter storm, there are a few things to carefully consider. Yes, ITV should have known better - but what about everyone sat at home, scrolling through Dapper's social media accounts and laughing along?