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Claudia Winkleman welcomed back to Strictly

Claudia Winkleman made an emotional return to Strictly Come Dancing, having missed the past three weeks.

Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman. Credit: PA Wire

The popular co-presenter of the show had been absent taking care of her young daughter Matilda, who suffered burns while trick-or-treating on Halloween.

She received a standing ovation from the studio audience, and only became tearful at the end of the show when she hugged one of the dancers.

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Oscar-winning director Mike Nichols dies aged 83

Oscar-winning director Mike Nichols has died aged 83.

The German-born US director won an Oscar for directing the 1967 film The Graduate.

Mike Nichols. Credit: Reuters

He also directed films including Working Girl, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and Charlie Wilson’s War.

The father-of-three was married to ABC News presenter Diane Sawyer.

In an email to staff this morning, ABC News president James Goldston said Nichols had died suddenly on Wednesday evening.

Playwright Tom Stoppard paid tribute to the "incomparable" Nichols, saying he "had a sparkling wit and a brilliant mind".

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