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Making waves: Hazel Evitts featured in ‘The Trouble with Mobility Scooters’

The Trouble with Mobility Scooters, TV review: Menacing drivers don't have such an easy ride

Some documentaries tell you more about something you knew a bit about. Some tell you about something you know nothing about. Then there are those such as The Trouble with Mobility Scooters (BBC1) that present a thesis so seemingly paradigmatic that any TV critic worth their smoked sea salt can't help but alight upon them for an hour.

New Girl's Nick and Jess are just Ross and Rachel in disguise

Cast your mind back to February 1, 1996. Football hadn't yet come home, Dolly the sheep was a biotechnological twinkle in the eye of the Edinburgh Roslin Institute and, for another 12 days, Take That were still together, bashing out the hits without Robbie.

Chest the job: ITV’s World Cup anchor Adrian Chiles – never knowingly under-Brummied

World Cup 2014: Is Phil Neville the worst pundit in Brazil? A look at the hits and misses

Forget the players at the World Cup, what about the pundits? Will Dean reveals the hits and misses of the former players paid to shoot their mouths off

Thirty-one Nil - On The Road With Football's Outsiders: A World Cup Odyssey by James Montague, book review

A celebration of the game's outsiders that can't fail to score
On the attack: Jay featured in ‘Football Hooligan & Proud’

Football Hooligan & Proud, TV review: Uninspiring look at ugly side of beautiful game

'Tis the season! White plastic furniture decorating the air above foreign piazzas, the choir of shirtless choristers singing "No surrender" and the florid scent of continental lager being imbibed and exbibed. Yes, it's Big Tournament time. That biannual period when English football fans turn the world's strasses, plazas and rues into am-dram productions of Apocalypse Now.

The first dance arms race: The rise of cool songs and elaborate marital choreography

The First Dance Arms Race has two distinct strands. Will Dean presents his comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty

Rock Stars Stole My Life! A Big Bad Love Affair with Music by Mark Ellen, book review

Depending on your purview, you'll know Mark Ellen either as one of the key brains behind some of the greatest music magazines of the last 40 years (imperial period Smash Hits, Q, Mojo, The Word); or maybe as the presenter of The Old Grey Whistle Test or Live Aid; or as the bassist in Ugly Rumours, the Oxford college band most notable for the Jagger-like moves of its frontman, one Anthony Blair.

Just the job: ‘Mary’s Silver Service’

Mary's Silver Service, TV review: Portas shows retirement has a silver lining

Call me old-fashioned. Heck, call me what you like, but when I'm 91, or even 71, I imagine the last thing I'd feel like doing would be a bit of late-life professional catering. My dream retirement may involve a greenhouse, a pipe and a wobbling stack of Grishams but others' might involve, well, going back to work. Presumably until you're taken out of the office in something mahogany. Your call. As my granny (94), often reminds me, there's nowt so queer as folk.

Tied up: Rich Sommer, Vincent Kartheiser, Elisabeth Moss and Jon Hamm in ‘Mad Men’

Mad Men, TV review: Another giant leap for television as show enters the lunar age

The Moon belongs to everyone, but the best things – sang some geezers, some time ago – are free. Alas, unless you have Sky, Mad Men isn't free, but it remains one of the best things.

Crate expectations: Richie and Nikki in ‘Del Boys and Dealers’

Del Boys and Dealers, TV review: A wheeler-dealer documentary that's the genuine article

No income tax? No VAT? One couldn't possibly speculate how accurately the wheeler-dealers in four-part series Del Boys and Dealers (BBC1) fill in their returns, but, like Del, they're fun to spend time with.

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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker