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Natalie Cassidy says she would like to see Sonia and Martin Fowler back together in EastEnders

Cassidy wants Sonia, Martin return

EastEnders star Natalie Cassidy has said she would love to see her character Sonia Fowler's husband Martin return to the soap…

  • Dornan: I'm bored of tying up women
    Dornan: I'm bored of tying up women 1 hour 17 minutes ago

    Jamie Dornan has admitted he'd like to play a role which doesn't involve tying up women. More »

  • Go-ahead for green energy projects
    Go-ahead for green energy projects 1 hour 20 minutes ago

    Eight new renewable energy projects have been given Government contracts in a move that will increase household bills by 2%, Energy Secretary Ed Davey has said. More »

  • Calls for Roche to cut price of breast cancer drugs
    Calls for Roche to cut price of breast cancer drugs 1 hour 49 minutes ago

    Pharmaceutical giant Roche was on Wednesday urged to cut the cost of a groundbreaking breast cancer drug that Britain's National Health Service is set to phase out in 2016. More »

  • Playing psycho tough for Norton
    Playing psycho tough for Norton 3 hours ago

    James Norton has admitted he found it a challenge getting into the mindset of a psychopath for Happy Valley. More »

  • 'Squalid' Brinsford 'should close'
    'Squalid' Brinsford 'should close' 11 hours ago

    There have been calls for a young offenders institution to be closed down after inspectors found that inmates were living in "squalid conditions" among the worst ever seen. More »

  • Ding goes down to shock defeat in world championships
    Ding goes down to shock defeat in world championships 14 hours ago

    Chinese hopes of a first-ever snooker world champion were ended for this year as world number two Ding Junhui went down to a surprise 10 frames to nine defeat by English qualifier Michael Wasley in the first round in Sheffield on Tuesday. More »

  • UKIP launches European election campaign amid racism row
    UKIP launches European election campaign amid racism row 14 hours ago

    By Andrew Osborn LONDON (Reuters) - UKIP launched its campaign for next month's European elections on Tuesday and fended off accusations that its posters were racist and its anti-immigration rhetoric hypocritical. With polls showing the UK Independence Party will come second in the May 22 election, ahead of Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives but behind the opposition Labour Party, UKIP hopes to attract enough extra votes to win the ballot outright. Party leader Nigel Farage has said such a victory would trigger a "political earthquake", putting UKIP in a position to win its first seats in the British parliament in 2015 and piling pressure on the three main parties to sever Britain's ties with the European Union. UKIP wants Britain to leave the EU and an end to "open door" immigration, particularly from inside the 28-nation bloc. More »

  • UKIP: The Irish are our ‘kith and kin’
    UKIP: The Irish are our ‘kith and kin’ 16 hours ago

    Irish people living in the UK are not considered immigrants by UKIP. More »

  • On This Day: First of new British decimal coins enter circulation as 5p and …
    On This Day: First of new British decimal coins enter circulation as 5p and … 18 hours ago

    The new 5p and 10p pieces – shown being produced at the Royal Mint in a British Pathé newsreel – would go on to replace the one- and two-shilling coins respectively. More »

  • Savile Compensation Adverts In Newspapers
    Savile Compensation Adverts In Newspapers 18 hours ago

    Advertisements informing people who claim they were sexually abused by TV presenter Jimmy Savile how to apply for compensation have been published in national newspapers. The compensation scheme was approved after a High Court ruling in February. Mr Justice Sales approved the scheme after an agreement was reached between the executor of Savile's estate, NatWest, alleged victims' lawyers, the NHS and the BBC. More »

  • Atletico Madrid v Chelsea, Champions League: Where to Watch Live, Preview and …
    Atletico Madrid v Chelsea, Champions League: Where to Watch Live, Preview and … 19 hours ago

    For LIVE coverage of Atletico Madrid v Chelsea, join us for all the action right here.  More »

  • Jimmy Savile Victims' Compensation Limited to £60,000 a Head
    Jimmy Savile Victims' Compensation Limited to £60,000 a Head 20 hours ago

    Victims of paedophile pop presenter Jimmy Savile can claim no more than £60,000 for sexual abuse meted by the BBC star. Victims who were targeted by the sexual predator and are entitled to a pay-out must apply for the cash by the end of June, or miss out. The plan was hailed by Mr Justice Sales, who drew it up with interested parties. Savile abused vulnerable victims across three decades, up to and including the 1980s. More »

  • Farage rejects 'racist' posters row
    Farage rejects 'racist' posters row 21 hours ago

    Nigel Farage has dismissed a welter of criticism over "racist" posters launching Ukip's campaign for the European and local elections. More »

  • New family court aims to cut 'excessive delays'
    New family court aims to cut 'excessive delays' 21 hours ago

    A new Family Court comes into force in England and Wales on Tuesday in a radical shake-up aimed at simplifying and speeding up proceedings, following a damning review of the system. More »

  • New BBC drama 'incomprehensible'
    New BBC drama 'incomprehensible' 21 hours ago

    Viewers who tuned into the launch of Jamaica Inn were left frustrated after struggling to make out the dialogue in the BBC's new period drama. More »

  • Blurred Lines most downloaded track
    Blurred Lines most downloaded track 22 hours ago

    Robin Thicke's controversial chart-topper has been named the most downloaded track in UK music history. More »

  • No BBC snub for Red Dwarf show
    No BBC snub for Red Dwarf show 22 hours ago

    Red Dwarf has been included in BBC Two's 50th anniversary celebrations, after star Robert Llewellyn criticised the channel for "ignoring" the show. More »

  • Wilson: Voice future up in the air
    Wilson: Voice future up in the air 23 hours ago

    Ricky Wilson has revealed he hasn't been asked to reprise his judging role on The Voice yet. More »

  • Adverts alert Savile victims to chance of compensation
    Adverts alert Savile victims to chance of compensation Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Notices appeared in newspapers across Britain on Tuesday detailing how victims of sexual abuse by former BBC presenter Jimmy Savile could apply for compensation. More »

  • Co-op's 'Culpable' Governance to be Blamed for 'Worst Year in …
    Co-op's 'Culpable' Governance to be Blamed for 'Worst Year in … Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    A review by Sir Christopher Kelly into the Co-op Bank's problems to be published by the end of April, will place blame on the systematic failure of its governance structure. According to a BBC report, Kelly's findings will say that the ill-fated takeover of the Britannia Building Society kicked off a slew of problems at the group leading to a huge capital black hole and subsequently hefty losses. The scandal-hit Co-op Group slumped to a £2.5bn (€3bn, $4.2bn) annual loss for 2013 in what bosses called the worst year in its history. And the Group's former chief executive Euan Sutherland quit after just ten months in the role, declaring the members-owned co-operative to be "ungovernable". More »

  • Facebook boss defends targeted ads
    Facebook boss defends targeted ads Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    Facebook is very protective of its users' privacy and personal data despite the use of personalised advertisements, the firm's chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg has said . More »

  • Susanna confirms ITV debut date
    Susanna confirms ITV debut date Tue, Apr 22, 2014

    BBC Breakfast host and Strictly Come Dancing star Susanna Reid has confirmed that she will complete her defection to ITV next week to host its new weekday breakfast show Good Morning Britain. More »