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Emma Thompson will play Mrs Potts in the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast movie: Emma Thompson to play Mrs Potts alongside Emma Watson

Bill Condon's live action remake has been given a March 2017 release date

Collins said being The Stig was “awesome”

Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear: Former Stig Ben Collins says show 'will always continue' with or without suspended host

Collins was the masked racing driver for eight years and left in 2011

Hozier is the most-streamed Irish artist of all-time on Spotify

St Patrick's Day: Hozier tops Spotify's list of most-streamed Irish artists of all-time

Join in with the Irish celebrations by listening to the top 20 playlist here

Secret Cinema is screening Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back this summer

Secret Cinema Star Wars tickets on sale: Fans attack £75 price after Back to the Future fiasco

May the force be with Secret Cinema as it already faces the angry masses

Lily James as Ella in Disney's live action remake of Cinderella

Cinderella star Lily James 'definitely' hopes to return for Downton Abbey series 6

Cinderella is sitting happily ever after at the top of the US box office

Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon and Melissa McCarthy will star in the all-female Ghostbusters reboot

Ghostbusters 3: Paul Feig attacks 'vile' sexist critics of all-female reboot

The Bridesmaids director has been accused of 'ruining childhoods'

Joe Irvine faced a 'destructive tirade' of abuse from judges on X Factor New Zealand

X Factor New Zealand judges Natalia Kills and Willy Moon sacked after 'bullying' contestant Joe Irvine live on air

The husband and wife duo were fired for their 'destructive tirade' on Sunday

Mans Zelmerlow will perform 'Heroes' for Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest 2015

Eurovision 2015: Sweden selects singer who made anti-gay remarks

Mans Zelmerlow will perform 'Heroes' in Vienna at the annual song contest

Game of Thrones will run for ten years if HBO gets its way but showrunners have mentioned ending it after seven

Game of Thrones season 5: Drama will 'go on ten years' if HBO bosses can convince creators

David Benioff and Dan Weiss have previously said they would end after seven

The starship in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Rogue One: Standalone Star Wars film announced with Felicity Jones in starring role

Rian Johnson will direct Episode VIII while Felicity Jones will star in the first standalone Star Wars movie Rogue One

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NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own - Michael Calvin

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own