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.

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

Next week, an ex-journalist from Soweto will deliver her verdict in the most sensational trial in recent memory. Tom Peck tells her story

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'

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

Neil Lawson Baker interview: ‘I’ve gained so much from art. It’s only right to give something back’.

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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The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
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Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

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Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
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Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
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Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

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Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
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Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

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League system no longer measures up

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