ITV"s ratings woe as the news is its top show following miserable Christmas

ITV's ratings woes continue: Now channel's top rated show is the NEWS in wake of abysmal Christmas figuresBroadcaster only managed three out of top ten shows on Christmas DayDownton Abbey recorded its lowest ever viewing figuresITV managed just 8% of audience in prime time on Saturday night | UPDATED: 08:03 GMT, 31 December 2012 ITV’s miserable Christmas in the ratings has continued after a news bulletin was its most watched show on Saturday night – and a repeat of Dad’s Army on BBC2 beat one of its new shows. The broadcaster has been hit by a string of poorly performing shows over the festive period and managed only three out of the top ten shows on Christmas Day. Among these, Downton Abbey recorded its lowest ever viewing figures and was beaten by EastEnders, Coronation Street, Strictly Come Dancing, The Royle Family and Doctor Who

Snowman and the Snowdog: Programme drew one of Channel 4"s biggest audiences of the year

Snowman and the Snowdog melts hearts of six million: Animation draws one of Channel 4's biggest audiences of the year (but it's still beaten by Coronation Street and Merlin) Sequel to Christmas classic The Snowman was big winner for Channel 4New animation got peak of 5.8m viewers and an average audience of 4.9mOriginal version of Raymond Briggs's story also performed well this year | UPDATED: 22:34 GMT, 25 December 2012 In an age of computer wizardry and high-tech animation, one might have expected its simple hand-drawn style to leave a modern audience slightly nonplussed. But the sequel to Christmas classic The Snowman has become one of Channel 4’s highest-rated programmes of the year

"Psycho" killer who laughed as he shot his victim tries to hold prison vicar hostage after his 30-year term is not cut

Boxing Day killer 'Psycho' Stapleton holds prison vicar hostage after losing appeal against whole life sentenceKiaran Stapleton pulled homemade weapon on vicar at Full Sutton prisonThe killer of Indian student Anuj Bidve angry he lost an appeal to have his 30-year sentence cutChaplain presses panic button and guards crashed in and disarmed himStapleton laughed as he shot his victim in an attack that shocked Britainlast Boxing Day | UPDATED: 12:14 GMT, 7 December 2012 'Psycho': Kiaran Stapleton, 21, was convicted of the murder of Indian student Anuj Bidve, 23, and last week tried to take his prison chaplain hostage A self-proclaimed 'psycho' killer who laughed as he shot a stranger in the head has tried to take his prison chaplain hostage after his appeal against a life sentence failed. Kiaran Stapleton, who bragged 'I can do 30 years standing on my head', wanted to seek revenge in an attack at Full Sutton prison near York.

Call the Midwife gives way to Downton Abbey in Christmas TV battle

Midwives give way to Downton in Christmas TV battle: Shows will no longer clash after BBC moves festive special start time | UPDATED: 12:05 GMT, 5 December 2012 It may be the season of goodwill, but when it comes to Christmas TV schedules it seems the broadcasters are determined to fight for the best slot. The BBC has been forced to move Call the Midwife festive special back to 7.30pm in a bid to avoid a clash with Downton Abbey

Midwives give way to Downton in Christmas TV battle: Shows will no longer clash after BBC moves festive special start time

Midwives give way to Downton in Christmas TV battle: Shows will no longer clash after BBC moves festive special start time | UPDATED: 01:36 GMT, 5 December 2012 It may be the season of goodwill, but when it comes to Christmas TV schedules it seems the broadcasters are determined to fight for the best slot. The BBC has been forced to move Call the Midwife festive special back to 7.30pm in a bid to avoid a clash with Downton Abbey. ITV1 had originally scheduled its two hour Christmas special for 9pm, while it was thought the BBC wanted to run its 75 minute show at 8pm

Downton vs the Midwife at Christmas: ITV and BBC dramas will clash in big day"s rating battle

Downton vs the Midwife at Christmas: ITV and BBC dramas will clash in big day's rating battle The two shows are due to overlap for 15 minutes on Christmas Day Call the Midwife's 75-minute festive special is due to start at 8pm, while Downton Abbey will be broadcast at 9pm | UPDATED: 01:29 GMT, 27 November 2012 Get set to press record. Two of our favourite TV shows could be battling it out on Christmas Day. At 8pm, Call the Midwife fans will settle down to watch a 75-minute festive special on BBC1

11-year-old Abigail Lightbown dies from brain tumour after parents mistook symptoms for eating disorder

Girl, 11, dies of brain cancer after parents feared she was battling an eating disorder and making herself sick to look like ‘stick thin celebrities’ Cancer discovered after seven month battle during which she lost 4kgShe endured two rounds of chemo but never gave up hopeMan Utd and Coronation Street stars paid her hospital visits | UPDATED: 23:40 GMT, 26 November 2012 Brave: Abigail, who died on November 10, never complained about her illness and refused to give up hope that her condition would improve When nine-year-old Abigail Lightbown lost more than half a stone after months of being sick every morning, her parents feared she was starving herself to look like body-conscious celebrities. It was six months after the family GP diagnosed an eating disorder that they discovered the truth was much worse