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Mariah Carey's 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' remains an all-time festive classic

The best ever Christmas songs: From Mariah Carey and Band Aid to Frank Sinatra and The Pogues

'Tis the season for rocking around the Christmas tree to these festive tunes

Transformers 4 named highest-grossing movie of 2014 ahead of Guardians of the Galaxy

Maleficent and X-Men: Days of Future Past also fared well worldwide

John Inman playing Mr Humphries in Are You being Served?

Jeremy Lloyd dead: Allo Allo and Are You Being Served? creator dies aged 84

Lloyd's agent has confirmed that the comedy writer died from pneumonia

Cinema-goers are terrified by a moving poster for The Woman in Black: Angel of Death

Cruel Woman in Black prank sees cinema-goers terrified by movie poster - watch their reactions

The stunt was set up by the marketing team behind sequel Angel of Death

Chris Hemsworth as tough seafarer Owen Chase in In the Heart of the Sea

Watch Chris Hemsworth take on a huge whale in the new trailer for In The Heart of the Sea

The Thor actor plays tough seafarer Owen Chase in Ron Howard's epic

Contestants during this summer's Celebrity Big Brother grand finale

Big Brother draws most TV complaints of 2014

The celebrity version of the reality TV series also angered a number of viewers

Joe Cocker performs in Rome in 2011

Joe Cocker dead: Best songs from late singer including that iconic Woodstock performance

The legendary musician will be remembered for these classic hits

Peter Dinklage plays Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones season five: First preview clip shows a beardy Tyrion, a moody Cersei and a distressed Arya

In fact nobody looks remotely happy in HBO's first look footage

The cast of Downton Abbey in the 2014 Christmas special

Downton Abbey movie a 'definite possibilty' as cast member confirms talks have taken place

Raquel Cassidy who plays housemaid Phyllis Baxter says there is 'real hope'

British Ebola survivor William Pooley will deliver the Alternative Christmas Message

Alternative Christmas Message 2014: Ebola survivor William Pooley to deliver speech

The British nurse will address the epidemic in Channel 4's broadcast

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there