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Jonathan Ross (left) and Ricky Gervais (right)
Jonathan Ross (left) and Ricky Gervais (right)

Radio Times's Most Powerful People was a series of listings created by the British television and radio magazine Radio Times from January 2003 to June 2005. The lists charted who the magazine believed were the most powerful people from three different areas of British media: TV comedy, TV drama and radio. The listing for TV comedy was published thrice, every January from 2003 to 2005; the drama and radio lists were produced just once each, in July 2004 and June 2005, respectively. The first Most Powerful People listing was published by Radio Times in January 2003, and recognised the most influential people in TV comedy in the UK. It was topped by comedian Ricky Gervais (pictured, right), as a result of the success of the award-winning second series of his TV show The Office. In July 2004, Radio Times published their Most Powerful People in TV Drama list, which was won by actress Julie Walters. The following June, Radio Times published their final Most Powerful People list, which named the most influential people in radio in the UK. Restricted only to current broadcasters, the poll was won by DJ and TV host Jonathan Ross (pictured, left). (Full list...)

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The Voyage of Life: Childhood

Childhood is the first in a series of allegorical oil-on-canvas paintings by American artist Thomas Cole, entitled The Voyage of Life, which represent man's journey through life. In the painting, an infant sits in a boat guided by an angel. The vessel glides out of a dark, craggy cave, which Cole described as being "emblematic of our earthly origin, and the mysterious past". The landscape is lush; everything is calm and basking in warm sunshine, reflecting the innocence and joy of childhood. The river is smooth and narrow, symbolizing the sheltered experience of childhood, and the figurehead on the prow holds an hourglass aloft. This painting, along with the other three in the series, was painted in 1842 and is held by the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

Painting credit: Thomas Cole

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