Matilda Battersby

Matilda Battersby is Online Arts Editor for www.independent.co.uk. She writes arts breaking news, features, music and theatre reviews and lifestyle pieces.

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Dancing to success? Pasha Kovalev and Caroline Flack

Strictly Come Dancing 2014: Caroline Flack looks set to waltz away with the glitterball trophy

The Xtra Factor presenter has switched her Saturday night allegiance to the BBC1 dance competition

Nick Frost as Father Christmas in the Doctor Who Christmas special

Doctor Who Christmas special: Will the Time Lord travel to Westeros? Festive episode plugs rival series Game Of Thrones

Sci-fi and fantasy fans will be able to spot a Game Of Thrones reference in the BBC1 drama

Nick Hewer is to leave The Apprentice after 10 years

Nick Hewer bows out as Lord Alan Sugar's eyebrows and ears on The Apprentice

After 10 years the PR guru is leaving the BBC1 business show

Your picture is everything in the shallow world of online dating

The Interview: Films like Zoolander that got away with what Seth Rogen and James Franco couldn't

From Zoolander to Death Of A President - the film industry has been assassinating world leaders for decades

Steve Carell in the poster for new film 'Foxcatcher'

Steve Carell North Korea thriller scrapped

The chilling effect of The Interview furore is already being felt in Tinsel Town

Angelina Jolie and Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal at the Golden Globes in 2011

Sony hack timeline: What happened – and who has it affected so far?

From the cancellations of The Interview premiere to leaked private emails, here’s how the story has unfolded

Harry Potter author JK Rowling says Wiccans 'cannot co-exist' with witches and wizards at Hogwarts

Wicca is the only belief system or religion which doesn't feature in her bestselling books, the author reveals

Sophie Turner as the eldest Stark daughter Sansa

Game Of Thrones season 5 teaser: Sansa Stark appears in remarkably brief trailer #TheSight

Fans have been crowing like three-eyed ravens about HBO's new teaser, even though it is disappointingly tiny

Jason Watkins as Christopher Jefferies

The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies - TV review: An impressive drama but Joanna Yeates' story was not properly told

In part two we saw why it is ludicrous that Jefferies was accused at all

Jason Watkins as Christopher Jefferies

The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies Twitter reaction: 'I'm sorry now... I thought he did it'

Last night's drama has provoked guilt and mortification on social media as it sets the record straight about the man wrongly accused of Joanna Yeates' murder

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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