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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Strictly Come Dancing 2014: Claudia Winkleman returns to the ballroom after daughter's accident

The presenter took a leave of absence to look after her injured daughter

Timeshift: The Ladybird Books Story (9pm BBC4 Sun 22 Dec)
Starting with ‘British Birds and Their Nests’, how a Midlands printing firm and one of its enterprising salesmen, Douglas Keen, managed to get round post-war paper rationing to create the iconic and beautifully illustrated children’s imprint, Ladybird Books.

Ladybird drops gender branding from its books

The publisher behind the much-loved Peter and Jane books will no longer tag its books for 'girls' or 'boys'

'Africa' will be Angelina Jolie's fifth film as a director

Angelina Jolie confirms retirement from acting: 'I've never been comfortable on-screen'

The Oscar-winner will continue to work as a filmmaker off-screen

Sir Bruce Forsyth rejoins Tess Daly to host the Strictly Come Dancing Children in Need special

Children in Need 2014: Viewers donate £25 million before midnight

More than £6 million was raised by Radio 2 listeners before tonight's 6 hour TV gala even began

S Club 7 back in 2001 when they also supported 'Children in Need'

Children in Need 2014: Reunited S Club 7 bring it all back to you

The group will play a quiz called 'Best Club 7' later tonight

Pat Evans/Butcher (Pam St Clement) returns to EastEnders for a Children in Need sketch

Children in Need 2014: EastEnders' Ian Beale visited by ghosts of Albert Square past

Cindy, Pat, Kathy and Lucy returned from the dead in tonight's Children in Need sketch

Children in Need 2014: Gareth Malone's All-Star Choir set to top the charts with 'Wake Me Up'

Midweek chart details released by the Official Charts Company showed that the song is on course to go to number one on Sunday

Radio 2 now has 15.5 million listeners

Children in Need 2014: Chris Evans 'blown away' as Radio 2 listeners donate more than £6 million

Radio fans have been donating all this week

Children in Need 2014: Ask your parents to stay up until 9pm to watch Tom and Jerry, Tess Daly urges kids

Lord Alan Sugar and Sir Terry Wogan are among the celebrities who have been animated for charity

Children in Need 2014: Billionaire Sir Tom Hunter donates £1 million to Radio 2's charity auction

The Scottish billionaire matched all the donations raised for Chris Evans' Children in Need auction

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

Christmas Appeal

Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

So what must the red-rose do differently? They have to take the points on offer 
Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game