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Edith Bowman and Louie Spence for Children in Need Sewing Bee specials

The BBC has detailed three celebrity editions of The Great British Sewing Bee.

Each Children In Need special will see four famous faces attempt to impress judges Patrick Grant and May Martin, and will be fronted by a different guest host.

DJ Edith Bowman, Hairy Bikers star Dave Myers, Coronation Street actress Wendi Peters, and Embarrassing Bodies' Dr Dawn Harper will compete in the first episode, presented by Jenny Éclair .

Sara Cox will oversee Pineapple Dance Studios' Louie Spence, stand-up Mark Watson, TV presenter Gaby Roslin and actress Pam Ferris in the second edition.

Finally, BBC Radio 1's Gemma Cairney, comedian Helen Lederer, author Kathryn Flett, and Overtones singer Timmy Matley will hit the sewing machines when Anita Rani takes charge.

Speaking about the shows, Bowman said: "It was a total joy to be part of Gbsb for BBC Children in Need, if not totally daunting.

"Having Patrick
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Giles and Sue Live the Good Life, Misfits, Stephen Fry and the Great American Oil Spill, Bp: $30 Billion Blowout, Downton Abbey – TV review

Giles Coren and Sue Perkins prove rather more semi-detached than self-sufficient as they revisit the classic 70s comedy The Good Life

Giles and Sue Live the Good Life | iPlayer

Misfits | 4Od

Stephen Fry and the Great American Oil Spill | iPlayer

Bp: $30 Billion Blowout | iPlayer

Downton Abbey | ITV Player I don't know if foodie double act Giles Coren and Sue Perkins have finished eating a tunnel through the history of dinner in their amusing Supersizers Go… series, but what a wheeze it must have seemed to have the pair togged out as a spoof Tom and Barbara in the 1970s sitcom The Good Life – what jollier way to exploit the current key trends of enforced poverty and modern allotment living!

But did Giles and Sue Live the Good Life do what it said on the tin or (in the understandable absence of tins) in the retro opening titles, rendered with wonkily
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Can you be just good friends?

For Kathryn Flett, friendships with men have always been clear-cut. Well, mostly …

Can men and women ever be just good friends? It was a question posed most recently in an amusing article on the current affairs magazine slate.com, despite being slightly older than time itself – older, even, than When Harry Met Sally or John Sullivan's amusing 1980s sitcom Just Good Friends, which starred Paul Nicholas as Vincent and Jan Francis as Penny.

For readers who may have forgotten – or who weren't born – the Jgf back-story was that Vince had jilted Pen at the altar five years previously, then, after bumping into each other in a pub, they attempted to turn their former love and steaming chemistry into a modern platonic friendship, albeit of a sort Plato may not have recognised.

Inevitably, after 22 episodes over three series, including a Christmas special, Vince and Pen finally got married, thus satisfying
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Culture Show Special, Dear Diary and EastEnders | TV review

The BBC is seeking an object to define our times. Bikes, microchips, false breasts, asks Nancy Banks-Smith

You cannot do better than put a blonde on a magazine cover. Even Radio Times knows that. The blonde need not necessarily have much to do with the content, which is how Boris Johnson came to be the face of A History of the World in 100 Objects on Radio 4 (which we have reviewed here). It is a rare pleasure to see a radio show on the cover of Radio Times.

A History of the World in 100 Objects is a Quixotic attempt to celebrate on radio artefacts from the British Museum that changed the world. A Culture Show Special (BBC2) showed us some of them and solicited suggestions for the 100th, which will define our own time and has still to be chosen .

David Attenborough: "The electronic microchip." Tony Benn: "The BlackBerry.
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My ten years as a TV critic by Kathryn Flett | Feature

For 10 years, Kathryn Flett held her dream job: watching the box… and being paid for it, too. Now she has written her last dispatch from the sofa. Here she presses the rewind button…

I didn't plan it this way, honest, but the very last word of the final sentence of the review that turned out to be my last as the Observer's TV critic was "Cowell", and as he currently occupies a metaphorical throne at the centre of primetime TV (though technically, of course, Simon is always on the far right of the screen, next to Cheryl) it feels as though the c-word is a fitting pay-off after frittering away 10 years of my life in front of the telly.

But indulge me while I rewind to the summer of 1999, not only a previous century and a technological aeon ago (when I used to watch the bulk of TV programmes on Vcr,
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Collision, The Execution of Gary Glitter, Miranda | TV review

ITV1 gave us riveting drama, C4 went off into the deep end and BBC2 gave us the lightest of comedies, writes Kathryn Flett

As we lead increasingly dip-in-and-out, Add, pick'n'mix lives, it takes a fairly heroic commitment for anybody who isn't a single, grandchild-free septuagenarian who is also bizarrely uninterested in either gardening or sleep – or a TV critic – to watch a drama more demanding of one's time than, say, the clotted and cloying Sunday oeuvres of Clunes or Fry, which unfold in such leisurely, undemanding fashion they leave even viewers under 50 feeling as though they've been called "Ma" or "Pa", had a tartan rug put over their knees and, somewhat against their will, been taken for a drive in the country.

Even if you were casually caught up in the first episode of Collision – a quasi-Crash for the smaller screen, set in Essex rather than La (reminding us that
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