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Scam victim loses £250,000

It's one of the biggest - and most sophisticated - money-laundering scams in British criminal history. And one of its biggest casualties is revealed today as an academic and former investment banker from Kent.

Dr Peter Greenhalgh was one of 2,000 British victims of a massive international investment sting. Ruthless fraudsters swindled him out of a quarter of a million pounds as he nursed his wife through treatment for cancer. John Ryall reports.

Mr Selfridge second series shooting starts

Jeremy Piven and Aisling Loftus on the set of the second series of Mr Selfridge

Based upon the life of flamboyant American entrepreneur Harry Gordon Selfridge, who founded the world-renowned store on London’s Oxford Street in 1909, the second series picks up the story in 1914 as the store celebrates its 5th anniversary of trading. Mr Selfridge is buried in Dorset.

Harry, played by Emmy award-winning American actor, Jeremy Piven (Entourage_), is proud of the store’s success but there is no time to rest on his laurels. With rumours rife and talk of war in Europe, he prepares staff for challenges times ahead.

With World War One imminent and set to be the greatest and most devastating in history, it will inevitably affect the lives of everyone in the store. Throughout these troubled times, Harry will turn to his family and friends and try and heal the rifts of the past.

In January this year, the first episode of_ Mr Selfridge_ achieved a peak audience of 9.4 million viewers. This made it the highest launch audience for a new ITV drama series since Scott and Bailey in May 2011. Filming will take place on location in London and Kent with transmission on ITV in 2014.


ITV rebrand is biggest change in 11 years

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Amanda Piper in the new ITV News Meridian set preparing to deliver the news Credit: Robin Britton/ITV News Meridian

ITV studios around the country have been working through the weekend to roll out the new look. Everything from the programme sets to the mugs in the kitchens gets rebranded. Viewers will see the changes from the first transmission of the day and on ITV, ITV2, ITV, ITV4 & CITV - and

ITV News Meridian director, Lisa Nichols, in the new look studio gallery Credit: Robin Britton/ITV News Meridian

ITV News Meridian has changed the look of its programme titles, set and graphics. There is a new look too for the national and international news programmes from ITV News. So tune-in at 1.30pm, 6pm, 6.30pm and of course, at 10pm to see ITV in a whole new light.

Easy does it. ITV's rebrand task force up a ladder getting the new logo in position Credit: Mike Pearse/ITV News Meridian
Dish of the day - the new ITV logo revealed on the roof of the TV studios Credit: Mike Pearse/ITV News Meridian

Text Santa: Bidding for TV history

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ITV's Test Santa appeal 2012 Credit: ITV

Do you fancy a piece of TV history? An item from your favourite show? ITV's Text Santa appeal continues - and we've teamed up with eBay for our first ever on-line auction which could provide a special Christmas gift for him or her!

The bids include:

*This Morning's Sofa - *The famous two-pice sofa is up for grabs. It has seated guests including Ricky Gervais and Dame Helen Mirren.

London Studios & Loose Women Package - Experience what it's like to work in front and behind the camera of a working TV studio with the Loose Women.

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Philip Schofield and Christine Bleakley, stars of ITV's Text Santa appeal Credit: ITV

Between now - and Sunday 23rd December - you can bid for some exclusive celebrity memorabilia, iconic merchandise and star-studded experiences from all your favourite ITV shows.

Click here for the direct link.

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ITV's Text Santa appeal Credit: ITV

The Text Santa appeal 2012 is raising money for six charities this year: Age UK, Anthony Nolan, Carers UK, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Together for Short Lives and Whizz-Kidz.

Other items on the eBay auction site, include:

ITV News: Become The Headlines - A rare chance to have your loved one’s personal event turned into a bulletin, read by ITN news readers. A Private Skating Lesson with Torvill and Dean. You could be 'Dancing on Ice' with the World Champion skaters. A unique one-to-one lesson early next year.

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ITV Text Santa's Ant and Dec Credit: ITV

Other experiences, from the auction, include:

TOWIE Personal Shopping Experience - Come shop with me! TOWIE stars Billie and Sam will show you around their now-famous Essex boutique, which will include a package of goodies.

*CITV Stop Motion Animation Tour - *An exclusive behind-the-scenes visit for two children to tour the world of animation at CITV's hot show 'Compost Corner'.

X Factor Fashions - Genuine items of clothing worn by X Factor winner James Arthur and runners-up Jahmene Douglas and Christopher Maloney.

*Win a Chaser For Your Quiz Team - *You'll be able to bid on 'The Chasers' from quiz show, 'The Chase', to join your local pub quiz or event as your star player.

Downton Abbey Signed Script - From Series 2's Christmas special last year, the script has been signed by creator Julian Fellowes.

Emmerdale: Re-Enact A Scene in The Woolpack - A chance for you and a guest to visit the Emmerdale set in Leeds, and re-enact a specially selected scene in The Woolpack with a member of cast. The scene will be filmed for you to keep on DVD!

Coronation Street Costumes and Props We’ve raided the wardrobe department at Weatherfield to bring you the shirts off the backs of Corrie stars! Re-enact an Emmerdale scene - two fans will get the chance to script-read a scene in the Woolpack with some of the Emmerdale cast.

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