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'This one's for Mr Murdoch': How Charlotte Church fought back against the media

Even her appearance at the Leveson Inquiry hasn’t stopped the paparazzi chasing Charlotte Church – and with a new musical direction and a new maturity, she tells Nick Duerden why she’s not prepared to be a ‘product’ any more.

Agyness Deyn: 'I'm a very private person. That's just the way I roll'

You should always seek hidden depths My new film, Pusher, has drugs in it, guns, girls. It could have gone a completely different way, but it's actually a beautiful, vibrant movie, and my character, [the heroin-addicted stripper] Flo, is lovable, vulnerable – an angel. I had to immerse myself in the character. I worked with this amazing girl from the London strip scene as research. She taught me to be a dancer and gave me the reality that I needed for Flo to be empathetic.

Mr happy: Danny Baker's natural optimism and confidence have guided him through a long broadcasting career that was only temporarily halted by cancer two years ago

Danny Baker: 'What I do is ephemeral and silly'

As the broadcaster brings out the first volume of his memoirs, he's happy to admit he never wanted to be taken seriously. Nick Duerden meets Danny Baker

Credo: Monica Galetti, 37, chef

'Watching myself on TV, I cringe; it makes me feel sick'

Antonio Carluccio: Getting back my appetite for life

The man who brought Italian cooking to the UK, talks candidly about how he has bounced back from depression to discover a newfound joy in food – and life

On track: Andy Kershaw says he is now in the best physical and mental state of his life

Andy Kershaw: The DJ who came back from the wars

He brought world music to the masses, chased trouble around the globe, and more recently was a drunk and homeless. But things are looking up... Nick Duerden meets Andy Kershaw

Researchers find the key to why today's pop seems so glum

Sad songs, as Elton John so presciently suggested all the way back in 1984, say so much. Elton – or, more accurately, his lyricist Bernie Taupin – was clearly on to something: they have increasingly become the prevailing musical currency. Where once we revelled in the unambiguous joys of thrilling pop songs, we now prefer them as bleak and miserable as the average British summer.

Russell Howard: 'I've reached the age of 32 with little wisdom, I'm afraid'

The news can be funny I don't mean the really awful stories, but the way it is presented. The snow was bad last year, for example, so ITV News had a journalist stick a carton of milk into the ground to show how deep. A slapdash approach to news presenting can always be mocked.

John Cooper Clarke: 'It took 30 years for people to rate me an overnight success'

John Cooper Clarke: The punk poet whose time has come again

He's back: after 20 years under the radar and is embarking on a nationwide tour. His latest poetry collection is almost ready, and publishers are pressing him to write his autobiography. Nick Duerden meets John Cooper Clarke

Strictly a parody, but we love it

Back for its 10th season, the BBC dance show has all the surprise of a Christmas panto, says Nick Duerden
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Robert Fisk on Gaza conflict

Dress the situation up all you like, but the truth hurts
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Tiger, tiger burning less brightly

When William Blake wrote his famous poem there were probably more than 100,000 tigers in the wild. These days they probably number around 3,200
5 News's Andy Bell retraces his grandfather's steps on the First World War battlefields

In grandfather's footsteps

5 News's political editor Andy Bell only knows his grandfather from the compelling diary he kept during WWI. But when he returned to the killing fields where Edwin Vaughan suffered so much, his ancestor came to life
Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart reveals she has flying robot ... to take photos of her farm

Martha Stewart has flying robot

The lifestyle guru used the drone to get a bird's eye view her 153-acre farm in Bedford, New York
Former Labour minister Meg Hillier has demanded 'pootling lanes' for women cyclists

Do women cyclists need 'pootling lanes'?

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A tale of two presidents: George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story

A tale of two presidents

George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story
Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover

The dining car makes a comeback

Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover
Gallery rage: How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?

Gallery rage

How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?
Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players

Eye on the prize

Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players
Women's rugby: Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup

Women's rugby

Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup
Save the tiger: The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

With only six per cent of the US population of these amazing big cats held in zoos, the Zanesville incident in 2011 was inevitable
Samuel Beckett's biographer reveals secrets of the writer's time as a French Resistance spy

How Samuel Beckett became a French Resistance spy

As this year's Samuel Beckett festival opens in Enniskillen, James Knowlson, recalls how the Irish writer risked his life for liberty and narrowly escaped capture by the Gestapo
We will remember them: relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War

We will remember them

Relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War
Star Wars Episode VII is being shot on film - and now Kodak is launching a last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Kodak's last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Director J J Abrams and a few digital refuseniks shoot movies on film. Simon Usborne wonders what the fuss is about
Once stilted and melodramatic, Hollywood is giving acting in video games a makeover

Acting in video games gets a makeover

David Crookes meets two of the genre's most popular voices