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David Haines was 44 and had two children. He used his military experience from 12 years in the Royal Air Force to support various humanitarian missions throughout Syria, Libya, Sudan and the Balkans

David Haines remembered: Death of British hostage executed by Isis lamented from the Balkans to Sudan

The former RAF engineer and latest victim of grisly Isis propaganda, is remembered as a passionate humanitarian by those he helped

Presenter Michael Palin and film-maker Roger Mills look back on 25 years of globe-trotting

Without the award-winning film-maker Roger Mills, there would never have been a Michael Palin, travel presenter. Here, the duo look back on a decade spent criss-crossing the world - the tiffs, the bungee jumps, the fermented spittle…

Orchestral manoeuvres: Sir Neville Marrine

Sir Neville Marriner, conductor: I’ll just die on the podium, with any luck

The 90-year-old tells Susie Mesure why he’ll never retire, and why parents are to blame for Britain’s lack of virtuoso players

Ottolenghi was born in Israel

Yotam Ottolenghi interview: ‘Getting stressed about food? It’s a waste of time!’

The Israeli-born chef, author and gay dad, tells Susie Mesure why cooks should really forget about impressing others

Simon Callow: The actor and writer on Jesus, a hatred of monster virus verbs, and the curse of Four Weddings and a Funeral

Every time I'm on stage I feel that I'm making the case for the theatre [Callow has appeared in more than 40 different stage productions over his 40-year stage career]. The theatre is an incredibly precious place; it's a chance to convince people that it's a life-changing and necessary experience filled with extraordinary emotions; it's an aesthetic version of the National Health Service, giving people new life, hope and energy.

Have you heard the one about Jon Gnarr, the comedian who saved Iceland from political and financial catastrophe?

He was an uneducated, anarchic comedian fed up with politicians. So he took them on. And won. Could the 'clown' who saved Reykjavik now provide the rest of the world with a manifesto for a better life?

Quiet genius of Toby Jones: From The Hunger Games to Truman Capote, Hollywood can't get enough of British acting's most versatile talent

Now the chameleon actor is returning to the small screen for two new TV shows

Terry Wogan: The broadcaster on Eurovision tipples, Michael Phelps’s big feet, and being blanked by Madonna

Who has been the worst behaved guest on Children in Need?

Salmond has an instinct for knowing what people want him to be

Alex Salmond profile: Scottish independence campaign gives us Braveheart for the 21st century

Scotland is on the brink of a new beginning – in large part thanks to one man’s passion for the cause of nationalism

Ian Paisley interview: Old-style preacher, bigot, but a joke? I think not

After the death of Northern Ireland's former first minister at 88, we republish Deborah Ross's interview with him from 1998, when she joined the firebrand unionist on the campaign trail ahead of the Good Friday Agreement referendum

Former Chief Inspector of Schools Chris Woodhead

Sir Chris Woodhead interview: Former head of Osted and scourge of the teaching profession on academies, Michael Gove and motor neurone disease - ‘For those who thought that I was finished – I’ve got news for you'

The trailblazing and divisive former Ofsted head, Sir Chris Woodhead, tells Richard Garner of his plans for a new academcy chain, why Cameron was wrong to get rid of Gove and how motor neurone disease has made him refocus on education and life

TV wildlife presenter Steve Backshall is about to face his biggest fear ... Strictly Come Dancing

Steve Backshall has had a run-in with a hippo, come face to face with a giant rat and even broken his back. But, the cult kids' TV adventurer tells Lena Corner, what terrifies him is the thought of never having children – and strutting his stuff tonight on 'Strictly Come Dancing'

Charlie Higson: The author and actor talks zombies, dyed hair and telling dad jokes

Unless the older generation gets out of the way, the younger generation can't take their place I'm interested in the Fisher King myth: how this old king was so frightened by the new generation that he wanted to kill them.

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