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Jilly Cooper hits out at 'fatal' impact of local government cuts to libraries

Tue, 29 Mar 2016 13:17:50 GMT

Cooper, who has an OBE for services to literature, has attacked David Cameron for allowing more than 350 libraries to close across Britain

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The 20 best TV chefs

Sat, 26 Mar 2016 12:46:30 GMT

As James Martin leaves Saturday Kitchen, Michael Hogan counts down the all-time best small-screen cooks

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Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl backs teen band banned from practising in their garage due to noise

Wed, 23 Mar 2016 20:12:36 GMT

Dave Grohl writes to Cornwall Council in bid to overturn youngsters band practice ban

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Alas, poor William

Thu, 24 Mar 2016 06:35:08 GMT

Telegraph View: Perhaps the tale is true that Horace Walpole, the dilettante antiquary, had Shakespeare's skull stolen to order

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10 on-screen couples who couldn't stand each other in real life

Wed, 23 Mar 2016 10:00:43 GMT

Just because your on-screen characters love each other, doesn't mean you can stand the person who plays them

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The Kray twins: unseen pictures of Ronnie and Reggie

Wed, 23 Mar 2016 08:26:59 GMT

Described as the most dangerous men in Britain, the Ronnie and Reggie Kray were never shy about posing for the cameras. And as these unseen images show, they revelled in their reputations right from the start. These photographs, which feature in a new book on the brothers, were drawn from the private collections of friends of the Krays. The book: The Krays From the Cradle to the Grave has been released in what would have been the twins' 80th year.

TV hunks through history

Tue, 22 Mar 2016 18:45:25 GMT

Well, hello Mr Darcy: a look at TV hunks through history

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Money men in films: picture special

Tue, 22 Mar 2016 15:46:34 GMT

Look at 10 great films about money men and Wall Street, including Rogue Trader

15 best poetry books of all time

Mon, 21 Mar 2016 08:19:25 GMT

World Poetry Day: From Shakespeare to Seamus Heaney, there's something for everyone in this list of the best poetry collections of all time

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Artists take to the walls to regenerate parts of London

Sun, 20 Mar 2016 15:38:54 GMT

The first ever Paint Your London sees a group of artists cover walls across the area with 20 creative and colourful murals

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Game of Thrones' Kit Harington says he plays Jon Snow's dead body in new season

Sun, 20 Mar 2016 10:47:56 GMT

Actor has been photographed on set for season six of the fantasy drama but insists he was playing a corpse

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Video games and superheroes turn boys onto ballet

Sun, 20 Mar 2016 08:00:11 GMT

The Royal Academy of Dance appears to have cracked the age-old problem of persuading boys to take up ballet lessons - using video game characters and superheroes as role models

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Bruce Willis: his life and career in pictures

Sat, 19 Mar 2016 11:33:16 GMT

As Bruce Willis celebrates his 61st birthday, here are some of his most memorable moments

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Abandoned pharmaceutical factory used as 'canvas' by street artists

Thu, 17 Mar 2016 15:52:33 GMT

Abandoned pharmaceutical factory used as 'canvas' by street artists

New Rolling Stones song unearthed after spending 50 years in a man's loft

Fri, 18 Mar 2016 12:42:54 GMT

A previously unknown song by the Rolling Stones has been discovered after languishing in a loft for nearly half a century

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25 great closing lines in films

Fri, 18 Mar 2016 08:14:03 GMT

Martin Chilton looks at some great final lines to movies

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The Who in pictures: 1964-2016

Thu, 17 Mar 2016 11:44:42 GMT

The British rock band, who formed in 1964, are headlining the 2016 Isle of Wight Festival

The 2016 Sony World Photography Awards: National Awards winners revealed

Wed, 16 Mar 2016 11:45:54 GMT

Local photographic talent has been given a global platform by the world’s biggest photography competition, the 2016 Sony World Photography Awards. The awards, produced by the World Photography Organisation, present the winners of its National Awards programme, designed to uncover the best single shot taken by a local photographer across 60 countries.

Raiders of the Lost Ark, review: 'cracking'

Tue, 15 Mar 2016 07:24:40 GMT

Steven Spielberg's 1981 movie Raiders of the Lost Ark, which starred Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones, remains a thrilling action adventure film

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Battle of the big budget dramas as Channel 4's Indian Summers goes up against Le Carre and Trollope

Sat, 12 Mar 2016 21:00:24 GMT

The new series of Channel 4's Indian Summers opens on Sunday evening, going up against the BBC's acclaimed The Night Manager and ITV's Doctor Thorne

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Woman causes £7,000 damage to friend's painting after row over handbag

Mon, 14 Mar 2016 13:57:07 GMT

Gillian Kings had been storing the artwork at her home for Caroline de Havillande – the estranged wife of a former property tycoon

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Bob Hope: his 20 best one-liners

Mon, 14 Mar 2016 09:04:18 GMT

Martin Chilton picks some of Bob Hope's finest one-liners

Stevie Wonder: 20 essential songs

Mon, 14 Mar 2016 08:20:18 GMT

Here are 20 essential songs from the Motown prodigy

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Radio 3 announces controversial shake-up of jazz programming

Sun, 13 Mar 2016 22:00:28 GMT

Its new controller aims to branch out from its old classical music remit

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George Martin 'always kept the love of innovation' which made the Beatles great, says artist who painted his last portrait

Sat, 12 Mar 2016 20:00:02 GMT

Sir George Martin, who died last week at the age of 90, never lost his sense of enthusiasm and wonder about new things – according to an artist who painted the last known portraits of the legendary Beatles producer

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Writers competing with the next Scandi noir, says Ian Rankin

Sat, 12 Mar 2016 22:49:54 GMT

Rebus author Ian Rankin says British writers are kept firmly on their toes by the increased competition

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You couldn't make up a politician like Donald Trump, says man behind House of Cards

Sat, 12 Mar 2016 22:44:07 GMT

Lord Dobbs, creator of House of Cards, says what goes on in politics in real life is unbelievable at times

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Thirties crime fiction has spared more women a grisly end

Sat, 12 Mar 2016 22:31:33 GMT

Trend for brutal misogynistic killings in decline as retro book covers see classic 1930s crime becoming fashionable again

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20 great Scottish films

Sat, 12 Mar 2016 11:28:28 GMT

From Braveheart to Trainspotting, 20 great films set in Scotland

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Whisky Galore!, review

Sun, 13 Mar 2016 11:27:42 GMT

This beloved British film is a first-rate nostalgia trip

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Rocker Keith Emerson dies in suspected suicide

Fri, 11 Mar 2016 21:18:06 GMT

Emerson was widely considered one of the top keyboard players of the progressive rock era

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Five Children and It to be made into new film

Fri, 11 Mar 2016 21:05:08 GMT

The film is to star a CGI sand fairy and Bill Nighy as a newly-created baddie and have youngsters who crave YouTube followers

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Grantchester criticised for using same extras

Fri, 11 Mar 2016 20:11:19 GMT

Fans spot same extras in many of the Cambridge street scenes in Grantchester

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The best British political insults and putdowns

Fri, 11 Mar 2016 14:18:51 GMT

Here is a history of political insults and putdowns, from Churchill to Cameron and Corbyn

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Coen Brothers films in pictures

Fri, 11 Mar 2016 14:10:56 GMT

As Hail, Caesar! opens, we look at the film career of Joel and Ethan Coen, including Fargo, True Grit and No Country for Old Men

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Ken Adam: the man who drew the Cold War

Fri, 11 Mar 2016 09:15:26 GMT

Ken Adam flew an RAF fighter over Germany during the Second World War. But nothing terrified him more than his 'psychoanalysis' sessions with Stanley Kubrick, or building Blofeld's immense HQ for 'You Only Live Twice'. Horatia Harrod meets the ace film designer in his lair.

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Bobby McFerrin's doo-wop – Don't Worry, Be Happy

Fri, 11 Mar 2016 08:31:48 GMT

The son of pioneering African-American opera singers, McFerrin temporarily deviated from his serious musical background to record this reggae-inflected overdubbed ode to cognitive therapeutic thinking.

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Why I have guilty admiration for Laurence Fox's expletive-ridden rant

Thu, 10 Mar 2016 17:19:48 GMT

He'd like to deny it, but Fox is a bit of a posh boy. Everyone knows toffs use the most shocking language - at least it was only during a play

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Laurence Fox apologises after launching foul-mouthed attack at theatre heckler

Thu, 10 Mar 2016 09:44:43 GMT

The actor changed his final speech, in a live performance, to rebuke a man sitting in the front row who had apparently snubbed him

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The 20 best Chuck Norris facts

Thu, 10 Mar 2016 07:34:12 GMT

Chuck Norris was born on March 10, 1940. Here are 20 bizarre facts about the tough guy actor

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The Odd Couple, film review: 'hilarious'

Thu, 10 Mar 2016 07:05:15 GMT

What Neil Simon's The Odd Couple so charming is the comic interplay between Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon

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Sacha Baron Cohen: 30 best lines

Wed, 09 Mar 2016 20:30:43 GMT

We count down the creator of Ali G and Bruno's 30 best quotations

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Family of new Countryfile Diaries presenter are 'thrilled' with her new role

Wed, 09 Mar 2016 19:51:38 GMT

Keeley Donovan's mother said her grandparents love seeing her on television

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Paul McCartney pays moving tribute to Beatles producer and 'second father' George Martin

Wed, 09 Mar 2016 11:18:54 GMT

Paul McCartney pays tribute to the creative genius of Sir George Martin, crediting the producer with introducing the Beatles to new instruments, sounds and recording techniques

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Harry Potter stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint over the years

Mon, 07 Mar 2016 20:34:10 GMT

In pictures: See how the Harry Potter stars have changed over the past 14 years

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Dan Stevens: Why I left Downton Abbey

Mon, 07 Mar 2016 12:02:42 GMT

As a nation reels from the death of Matthew Crawley, Dan Stevens talks exclusively to Sarah Crompton about his departure from the ITV drama.

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Noel Gallagher's 16 best insults: in pictures

Sun, 06 Mar 2016 12:36:02 GMT

We bring you the forthright worldview of the former Oasis firebrand

Chris Grayling: Satirical television programmes should not be allowed to use footage of inside parliament

Thu, 03 Mar 2016 15:19:04 GMT

The Government has reconfirmed its position after Charlie Brooker's sister-in-law, a Labour MP, asked for the rules to be revised

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The National Gallery is too big and should have some pictures forcibly removed

Thu, 03 Mar 2016 18:42:46 GMT

Its new director wants to plunder masterpieces from the Tate - but artistically the reverse makes far more sense

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Coronation Street: A to Z

Thu, 03 Mar 2016 11:01:07 GMT

Rachel Ward presents an alphabetic rundown of the things that make Coronation Street great

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Oscars 2016: The full winners list

Thu, 03 Mar 2016 08:47:51 GMT

Brie Larson wins Best Actress, and Spotlight and Mad Max: Fury Road clean up

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The birth of Coronation Street

Wed, 02 Mar 2016 12:30:47 GMT

Scriptwriter Daran Little has dramatised the beginnings of the first British soap. He explains how sneers came before success.

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The Revenant: why you haven't heard much about the book's author

Sat, 27 Feb 2016 15:48:38 GMT

Michael Punke has been propelled into the bestseller lists with the success of the Leonardo DiCaprio film - but he isn't allowed to talk about it

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Leonardo DiCaprio warns about climate change in emotional Oscars speech after winning Best Actor

Mon, 29 Feb 2016 13:54:45 GMT

The wait is over. Leonardo DiCaprio takes the Best Actor award for his role in Alejandro González Iñárritu's The Revenant

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Oscars 2016: winners in full - Leonardo DiCaprio and Spotlight triumph

Mon, 29 Feb 2016 08:38:38 GMT

The winners as they are announced at the 88th Academy Awards

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Oscars 2016: Chris Rock under fire for ignoring the exclusion of Asians and Hispanics from Academy Awards

Tue, 01 Mar 2016 01:51:32 GMT

Host Chris Rock wasted no time in giving the event its most overtly political overtones in living memory

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Oscars 2016 - Leonardo DiCaprio finally claims his Best Actor Award, and Spotlight wins Best Picture

Mon, 29 Feb 2016 17:38:46 GMT

As it happened: Brie Larson wins Best Actress, and Alejandro González Iñárritu wins Best Director - plus the action from the after parties

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Spotlight shocks by winning Best Picture Oscar at the Academy Awards

Mon, 29 Feb 2016 09:57:18 GMT

Spotlight, the drama about a newspaper investigation into abuse in the Catholic Church, has beat out Mad Max: Fury Road and The Revenant by winning top prize at the 2016 Academy Awards

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Mark Rylance wins Best Supporting Actor in the most high profile British win of Oscars 2016

Mon, 29 Feb 2016 09:53:22 GMT

The Bridge of Spies star beat Sylvester Stallone and Tom Hardy to the Academy Award

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Kate and Leo: the 19-year friendship that's kept everyone guessing

Mon, 29 Feb 2016 20:00:36 GMT

It's no surprise the internet was overjoyed by Kate Winslet's reaction to Leonardo DiCaprio's long-awaited Oscar win on Sunday night, says Guy Kelly

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Oscars 2016 race row: How representative is the Academy Awards?

Mon, 29 Feb 2016 13:59:30 GMT

Outrage and the #OscarsSoWhite boycott have engulfed the acting world after two years passing without a black person being nominated for the top awards - but how representative is the Oscars?

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Oscars 2016: highlights from Academy Awards

Mon, 29 Feb 2016 12:57:01 GMT

As Leonardo DiCaprio ends years of Oscars disappointment by finally being named best actor, here are video highlights from the 88th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre, Hollywood

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Oscars 2016: Mark Rylance, ‘bag lady’ Jenny Beavan and Come Dine with Me producer among Brit winners

Mon, 29 Feb 2016 09:42:39 GMT

Documentary director Asif Kapadia and singer Sam Smith also took home trophies at last night's Academy Awards

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Oscars 2016: Joe Biden introduces Lady Gaga as she sings with sexual abuse survivors

Mon, 29 Feb 2016 09:52:38 GMT

The US Vice President, a "good friend" of Lady Gaga, introduced her Oscar-nominated song Til It Happens to You with a moving speech

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Oscars 2016 in pictures: Red carpet and Academy Awards ceremony highlights

Mon, 29 Feb 2016 05:45:22 GMT

In pictures: all the best images from before, during and after the 88th Academy Awards

Sam Smith called out by Tom Daley's fiance for 'only gay at the Oscars' claim

Mon, 29 Feb 2016 08:23:58 GMT

Openly gay Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black cheekily reacts to Sam Smith's assertion that he is first openly gay Oscar winner

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Sam Smith wins Oscar for Best Original Song

Mon, 29 Feb 2016 04:29:14 GMT

The 23-year-old Brit adds an Academy Award to his extensive list of accolades

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11 of Chris Rock's funniest Oscars jokes

Mon, 29 Feb 2016 09:47:44 GMT

The controversial comedian has a lot to say. See his best bits here

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Twitter reacts to Oscars blasting Wagner over Holocaust film winner

Mon, 29 Feb 2016 09:30:22 GMT

The director of Son of Saul was played off to music by Hitler's favourite composer

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Stephen Fry's 'Bag Lady' Jenny Beavan speaks out about his comments as she wins best costume designer

Mon, 29 Feb 2016 09:56:27 GMT

Jenny Beavan, who Stephen Fry compared a bag lady at the Baftas, wins Oscar for Mad Max: Fury Road

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Spotlight's Mark Ruffalo and Tom McCarthy join protest against sex abuse in the Catholic Church

Mon, 29 Feb 2016 05:53:22 GMT

Star and director of Oscar-winning film join protest outside Los Angeles cathedral hours before Academy Awards

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Alejandro G Iñárritu wins Best Director Award and breaks record for The Revenant

Mon, 29 Feb 2016 07:16:09 GMT

Alejandro González Iñárritu wins Best Director for the second year in a row

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Brie Larson wins Best Actress for Room

Mon, 29 Feb 2016 04:49:23 GMT

Brie Larson wins in Best Actress category for her turn in Lenny Abrahamson's Room, adapted from Emma Donoghue's bestselling novel

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Oscars 2016: How the race row dominated Academy Awards ceremony

Mon, 29 Feb 2016 09:55:14 GMT

Host Chris Rock wasted no time in giving the event its most overtly political overtones in living memory

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Celebrities talk diversity while arriving at the 2016 Academy Awards

Mon, 29 Feb 2016 04:45:56 GMT

Host Chris Rock delivered a searing salvo against the lack of diversity among nominees

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Oscars 2016 animation: nine things you didn't know about the Oscars

Sun, 28 Feb 2016 20:15:54 GMT

The Oscars are the most coveted awards in Hollywood, so here are nine things you didn't know about them in an animation

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Oscars 2016: Hilarious black actors in 'white' films parody with Chris Rock and Whoopi Goldberg

Mon, 29 Feb 2016 08:18:41 GMT

Chris Rock, Whoopi Goldberg and a host of other celebrities starred in a hilarious #OscarsSoWhite parody

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George Alagiah: 'I wasn’t afraid of dying. I just wanted to get on with treatment'

Sat, 27 Feb 2016 22:00:00 GMT

Now free of stage four bowel cancer, the BBC newsreader says he wouldn't change anything about the previous year of his life

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Oscars 2016 in pictures: The winners from the 88th Academy Awards

Mon, 29 Feb 2016 07:14:17 GMT

In pictures: Who won what at the 88th Academy Awards in Hollywood

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Oscars 2016: Red carpet highlights

Mon, 29 Feb 2016 01:46:35 GMT

Highlights from the red carpet as Hollywood A-listers arrive for the 88th Academy Awards in Los Angeles

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Brie Larson and Leonardo DiCaprio both tipped to win Oscars: is it sexist to have Best Actor and Best Actress awards?

Mon, 29 Feb 2016 00:42:47 GMT

Should the two be forced to go head-to-head for the same award? Or should women and men have separate categories?

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Saoirse Ronan - who is the Oscars outsider with hopes to win at the Academy Awards?

Mon, 29 Feb 2016 00:58:48 GMT

She's an outsider for this year's Best Picture Oscar, for her performance in Brooklyn

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Oscars 2016: Al Sharpton holds race protests over lack of black nominees

Mon, 29 Feb 2016 00:06:16 GMT

Black civil rights activist leads demonstration demanding advertisers boycott next year’s Oscars to protest this year’s all-white shortlist for actors and directors

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What time does Oscars 2016 start tonight and what UK TV channel is it on?

Sun, 28 Feb 2016 20:37:08 GMT

How to watch the 88th Academy Awards ceremony and everything else you need to know about tonight's event

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Watch: Father Ted actor Frank Kelly's funny on-screen moments

Sun, 28 Feb 2016 14:50:21 GMT

Frank Kelly has died aged 77 - watch some of his funny moments starring as Father Jack inthe much-loved comedy series Father Ted

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#OscarsSoBritish - but don't start celebrating yet, warns Eddie Redmayne

Sat, 27 Feb 2016 17:03:45 GMT

Eddie Redmayne, nominated for The Danish Girl, has backed his rival Leonardo DiCaprio to take home this year's best actor prize for The Revenant

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Will it be 13th time lucky for British master behind lens?

Sat, 27 Feb 2016 23:09:57 GMT

Acclaimed cinematographer Roger Deakins has racked up 13 Oscar nominations over two decades, his latest for his film Sicario

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Joe and Jake announced as UK's Eurovision entry

Fri, 26 Feb 2016 21:47:42 GMT

Tributes were paid to Sir Terry Wogan on Friday night before duo Joe & Jake were announced as the UK's 2016 entry to Eurovision

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Eurovision pays tribute to Sir Terry Wogan

Fri, 26 Feb 2016 21:49:46 GMT

The UK announced Joe & Jake as the Eurovision 2016 entry on Friday but also paid tribute to the late Terry Wogan who worked on the programme for 35 years

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Bill Turnbull's BBC Breakfast best bits

Fri, 26 Feb 2016 07:40:35 GMT

As the early morning anchor leaves BBC Breakfast, watch Bill Turnbull's best moments on the programme

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Brit Awards 2016: The winners and highlights from the ceremony, in pictures

Wed, 24 Feb 2016 21:06:10 GMT

Brit Awards 2016 in pictures: The winners and highlights from the ceremony

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The 2016 Sony World Photography Awards: The shortlisted finalists, in pictures

Tue, 23 Feb 2016 00:01:56 GMT

The 2016 edition of the Sony World Photography Awards, the world’s biggest photography competition, organised by the World Photography Organisation, announces the shortlists for its Professional, Open and Youth competitions.

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Leonardo DiCaprio: his career in pictures

Mon, 22 Feb 2016 16:13:31 GMT

From teen heartthrob to Hollywood hero to burgeoning producer, these are Leo's finest moments

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Put away your phone and enjoy the world around you

Sun, 21 Feb 2016 09:00:43 GMT

Mobile phone use is a threat to life and limb, and is making the world less sensitive to beauty

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New portrait of William Shakespeare as 'flesh and blood' man you might see down the pub

Sun, 21 Feb 2016 07:30:04 GMT

A new portrait of William Shakespeare produced for the 400th anniversary of his death claims to be the most accurate representation ever made of the Bard

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The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco: review

Sat, 20 Feb 2016 10:27:20 GMT

Sinclair McKay investigates Umberto Eco's tricksy tale of an anti-Semitic forgery, The Prague Cemetery.

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How Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese brought 1970s New York to TV

Sun, 15 May 2016 07:54:47 GMT

Martin Scorsese tells Jane Mulkerrins how, with Mick Jagger’s help, he’s recreating the Manhattan music scene of 1973 for new HBO series Vinyl

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