Arts and Entertainment Sofie Grabol as Sarah Lund

The Sarah Lund actress will be donning the thick-knit cable sweaters again

Leading Labour donor John Mills

Top Labour donor's share gift to party avoided £1.5m tax

John Mills gave Party £1.65m in shares rather than cash to reduce tax bill

Vincent Autin, left, and Bruno Boileau kiss at France’s first official gay marriage in Montpellier

France's first gay marriage: Sinatra plays as Vincent and Bruno make history

The mayor hailed the “historic moment” that two French people of the same sex were united in marriage.

Padgett Powell

Paperback review: You & I, By Padgett Powell

Godot misses another appointment

Album: Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock and Jack DeJohnette, Somewhere (ECM)

A new live recording from the world's leading jazz trio – now 30 years old – doesn't set the pulse racing as much as it once did.

<p><em>Gloria Swanson (Norma Desmond): <strong>Sunset Boulevard</strong></em></p>
<p>“There’s nothing else. Just us, the cameras, and those
wonderful people out there in the dark!…All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for
my close-up.”</p>

Hollywood silences leading ladies as speaking roles for women slump

"Mr DeMille, I'm ready for my close up…now give me something to say." Speaking roles for women in Hollywood blockbusters have fallen to their lowest level in five years, a new report has found.

Smith: A sobering story told with clarity and sympathy

Television choices: On hand to help the families living with murder

TV pick of the week: The Murder Workers

John Wayne acting the role of one-eyed marshall Rooster Cogburn in Harry Hathaway's film 'True Grit'

True Grit – a book, two films, and now... a personality trait

And if you have it, you're likely to achieve more in life

Elijah Wood as Frodo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings trilogy

Lord Of The Rings makes Barry Norman's top ten cinema epics list

The Lord Of The Rings trilogy has joined the likes of Lawrence Of Arabia and Gone With The Wind in a list of the 10 greatest movie epics.

I'm with Harry Styles, One Direction should write their own songs

Plus: Something is forgotten in the state of Denmark and Orwell got there first on Wodehouse and Nazism

Great Dane: Sofie Grabol from 'The Killing'

Queens of Scandi crime: can stars of Borgen, The Killing and The Bridge find a wider international audience?

Four Scandinavian actresses have achieved international acclaim playing strong female characters in hit TV drama series. But can they cross the subtitle barrier and find a wider international audience?

Birgitte Nyborg Christensen (SIDSE BABETT KNUDSEN)

BBC Four to show new dramas Inspector Da Luca and Arne Dahl- but can they beat Borgen?

BBC Four has announced it will introduce two new foreign crime series this year, adding to its reputation for international drama.

Birgitte Nyborg Christensen (SIDSE BABETT KNUDSEN)

BBC Four to show new dramas Inspector Da Luca and Arne Dahl- but can they beat Borgen?

BBC Four has announced it will introduce two new foreign crime series this year, adding to its reputation for international drama.

DVD & Blu-ray review: The Amazing Mr Blunden (U)

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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

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
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

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

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

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

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness