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The anatomy of family murder - the patterns and warning signs

It’s the most shocking and grisly of crimes: a seemingly everyday person suddenly, savagely, inexplicably, kills themselves and their kin. We find family annihilation too horrific, too cruel to grasp, so explain it away as random acts of lunacy. But Godfrey Holmes says there are patterns and warning signs – and if we learn to look for them, we may begin to stem the bloodshed

Could Citizen Smith make a political comeback in the 21st Century?

Idealistic left-winger Wolfie was a product of his time. In fact, television hadn't seen the like of Citizen Smith before, and nothing’s touched it since. David Barnett would love to think we are still arguing politics over the breakfast table but doubts that's the case

Marine life returns to Cornish coast after Torrey Canyon oil spill

Exactly 50 years ago today, the SS Torrey Canyon crashed into rocks off the Cornish coast, spilling more than 100,000 tonnes of crude oil into the English Channel. David Barnett looks back at the first major oil spill in British and European waters – and what we’ve learned since 

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