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Exhibition: Chance to relive some of your favourite children's illustrations

The old favourites that are now a big draw

EastEnder is crowned Queen of the Jungle

After three long, trial-filled weeks, Charlie Brooks wins I'm a Celebrity

Rosie by Simon Bremner

Face time: Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize gives exquisite collection of images a new lease of life

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Eno says: 'People dismiss ambient music as easy listening, as if it should be hard to listen to. That's a very 20th-century, art-world idea, that art has to be somehow disruptive'

Brian Eno: 'It's simply not my temperament to look back'

In a rare interview, Brian Eno tells Nick Duerden why it pays to be precise, and why that long-awaited Roxy Music reunion tour is never going to happen.

Eno says: 'People dismiss ambient music as easy listening, as if it should be hard to listen to. That's a very 20th-century, art-world idea, that art has to be somehow disruptive'

Brian Eno: 'It's simply not my temperament to look back'

In a rare interview, Brian Eno tells Nick Duerden why it pays to be precise, and why that long-awaited Roxy Music reunion tour is never going to happen.

Harry Shearer is an American actor, humorist, writer, voice artist, musician, author, radio host and filmmaker

Harry Shearer: 'Stand-up is not my medium: I don't like entertaining drunks'

The star tells Nick Duerden how 'The Simpsons' changed his life − but not quite enough

Sitting pretty: 'The moment I'm fed up, I'll stop,' says Al Murray, here in his west London local

Al Murray: 'Comedy's my living... how did that happen?'

We're all doomed, says the surprisingly well-spoken comedian, who's just as livid as his Pub Landlord alter ego about our 'preposterous' politicians. Nick Duerden meets Al Murray

Lucy Davis: 'I'm learning how to live my life with kindness and grace'

I've lived in Los Angeles for eight years Who'd have thought it? But I love it. You can be anyone you want in LA: the person who goes out drinking until four o'clock in the morning; the one that goes trekking in the hills; the beach bum. People think it's a very shallow place, but there is actually so much more to it than that. You just have to find it.

How We Met: Monty Norman & Barry Cryer

'He kept telling me funny jokes but I had to tell him to leave me in peace!'

'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.

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