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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.

The 66-year-old was born and raised with many siblings in a two-room house in Soweto

Oscar Pistorius murder trial: The woman who already knows if the Paralympian is guilty – or not guilty

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Anne Reid's slow-burn success: The Our Zoo star on the surgeon's knife, bedding Daniel Craig and having a late-blooming career

A tryst with Daniel Craig in the film The Mother saved Anne Reid from a lifetime of ‘skirt and jumper’ roles – and that was just the start. The star of Last Tango in Halifax and the BBC’s new series Our Zoo, talks flirting, surgery and always being the white sheep

A bodybuilding professor's guide to happiness: Meet Paul Dolan, a very scientific self-help guru

Paul Dolan is a world-leading thinker on the science of happiness. And he’s also a bodybuilder. He spends a day teaching Archie Bland how to get happy. (Pumping iron is not compulsory.)

Thandie Newton: The actor on being an outsider, female empowerment, and the internet's obsession with her feet

Did you know that if you Google your name, the second auto-suggestion is 'Thandie Newton feet'?

Michael Rosen, the former Children’s Laureate, has shared his views on education in a book aimed at parents

Michael Rosen: Exam culture in schools doesn't teach children about the world

Rosen argues that tests are all about 'retrieval' and 'inference' and do not allow any 'interpretation'

Neil Lawson Baker in his studio near Chichester: ‘Originally I wanted to be a doctor’

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The Chris Blackhurst Interview: Sculptor, painter, saxophonist... Neil Lawson Baker has had many incarnations after illness forced him to take a break from his Belgravia dental practice, and now he is encouraging others to fulfil their potential by entering a competition

She's dark, sarcastic, and bashes life in Nowheresville ... so how did Kacey Musgraves become country music's hottest new star?

The singer has two Grammys for her first album under her belt and her celebrity fans include Willie Nelson, Ryan Adams and Katy Perry

Lewis Pugh: The world's leading cold-water swimmer on pain, the plight of the penguins and taking time over tea

As a young boy I saw myself as Sir Edmund Hillary, and water as my Everest When Hillary and Tenzing Norgay walked up Everest, they didn't know whether they would be coming down again; it's a pioneer mindset. Similarly, as a cold-water swimmer, standing on the edge of the sea ice as you're about to dive into the black water is terrifying: I don't know what will happen by the end of the swim – or even if I will still be alive.

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