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Actor Ricky Tomlinson will address a fringe meeting of the Labour Party conference this week as he campaigns to overturn a 39-year-old conviction for picketing offences

Tomlinson out to quash 1973 conviction

Actor Ricky Tomlinson is campaigning to overturn a 39-year-old picketing conviction and takes his fight to this week's Labour Party conference.

Who knew that Roseanne Barr was brought up half as a Mormon, half as a Jew?

Who knew that Roseanne Barr was brought up half as a Mormon, half as a Jew? Who knew, indeed, that since she is the Peace and Freedom Party's candidate for the White House, there are in fact one and a half Mormons running for president this year?

The Bill's Gary Lucy

EastEnders role for Gary Lucy

Former Footballers Wives star Gary Lucy is heading to Albert Square to play a charismatic City banker.

Coronation Street star Geoffrey Hughes dies aged 68

Coronation Street and Keeping Up Appearances actor Geoffrey Hughes has died aged 68, his agent said.

How We Met: Arabella Weir & Jan Ravens

Arabella Weir, 54

Hugh Laurie - comedian, actor, now musician - on stage

Hugh Laurie & The Copper Bottom Band, Hammersmith Apollo, London
Marilyn Manson, Brixton Academy, London

He's an English actor who's as authentically bluesy as a game of cricket – but Hugh Laurie does a great impression of an American roots original

Steve Coogan lets his alter ego loose in Norfolk

Alan Partridge: Welcome to the Place of My Life, Sky Atlantic, Monday
Veep, Sky Atlantic, Monday
Walking and Talking, Sky Atlantic, Monday

Sky Atlantic may be small, but it's attracted three top-notch comedies from British writers

'Do you ever think you’re incompetent?: Chloe Smith gets 'Paxmaned' after Government's fuel tax U-turn

Political commentators compared the disastrous interview with a scene from political comedy The Thick of It

Flying Pickets star Brian Hibbard dies

Singer-turned-actor Brian Hibbard has died at the age of 65, his agent said today.

South Park: The Stick of Truth – Preview

Being the new kid in town proves tough, especially if Eric Cartman decides to take an interest in you.

Rhyme pays: the Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy

The Week In Radio: Lots to celebrate as passions run high in poet's corner

There are occasions when only Gary Barlow, Grace Jones and a hula hoop will do. Fortunately, those occasions only come round every 60 years, so it's important to have something else to listen to in the meantime. And while BBC Radio 2 lined up a seamless flotilla of Jubilee programmes – Sixty Amazing Years segueing into We Are Sixty and then a 60 years-themed Sunday Half-Hour with music from the choir of the Queen's Chapel of the Savoy on Sunday alone, there were odd pockets of airtime that offered a more leftfield perspective on the damp pyrotechnics of the long weekend, if not ever managing to ignore them entirely.

A-ha! Steve Coogan confirms Alan Partridge will return in pair of new shows

Alan Partridge is to give fans a glimpse into his native Norfolk after comic Steve Coogan signed a new deal to bring the character back to TV.

Veep: Armando Iannucci takes aim at America – but not everyone gets the joke

Armando Iannucci's decision to transfer his profanity-laden satirical style to a US audience more used to sentimental White House dramas has been largely hailed as a success. Veep, the new series from the Oscar-nominated creator of The Thick of It and In The Loop, pulls back the curtain on the office of the US Vice-President.

Davina McCall, and other presenters like Ant and Dec have a powerful influence

The electrifying power of game show hosts

Unwitting participants in a scientific study were egged on to inflict pain on contestants in a fake TV show

Tory party chairman, Baroness Warsi

Diary: Ukip's Tory defectors could be thorn in the side for PM

The UK Independence Party has more reason than any other to complain about the British election system: despite winning 900,000 votes at the last general election it has no MPs. In the European Parliament, which is elected by proportional representation, the party has a dozen MEPs.

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War with Isis: The West needs more than a White Knight

The West needs more than a White Knight

Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter Isis's gruesome tactics, says Patrick Cockburn
Return to Helmand: Private Davey Graham recalls the day he was shot by the Taliban

'The day I was shot by the Taliban'

Private Davey Graham was shot five times during an ambush in 2007 - it was the first, controversial photograph to show the dangers our soldiers faced in Helmand province
Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Revealed: the best and worst airlines for delays

Many flyers are failing to claim compensation to which they are entitled, a new survey has found
The stories that defined 2014: From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions

The stories that defined 2014

From the Scottish independence referendum to the Ice Bucket Challenge, our writers voice their opinions
Stoke-on-Trent becomes first British city to be classified as 'disaster resilient' by the United Nations

Disaster looming? Now you know where to head...

Which British city has become the first to be awarded special 'resilience' status by the UN?
Finally, a diet that works: Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced

Finally, a diet that works

Californian pastor's wildly popular Daniel Plan has seen his congregation greatly reduced
Say it with... lyrics: The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches

Say it with... lyrics

The power of song was never greater, according to our internet searches
Professor Danielle George: On a mission to bring back the art of 'thinkering'

The joys of 'thinkering'

Professor Danielle George on why we have to nurture tomorrow's scientists today
Monique Roffey: The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections

Monique Roffey interview

The author on father figures, the nation's narcissism and New Year reflections
Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Introducing my anti-heroes of 2014

Their outrageousness and originality makes the world a bit more interesting, says Ellen E Jones
DJ Taylor: Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

Good taste? It's all a matter of timing...

It has been hard to form generally accepted cultural standards since the middle of the 19th century – and the disintegration is only going to accelerate, says DJ Taylor
Olivia Jacobs & Ben Caplan: 'Ben thought the play was called 'Christian Love'. It was 'Christie in Love' - about a necrophiliac serial killer'

How we met

Olivia Jacobs and Ben Caplan
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's breakfasts will revitalise you in time for the New Year

Bill Granger's healthy breakfasts

Our chef's healthy recipes are perfect if you've overindulged during the festive season
Transfer guide: From Arsenal to West Ham - what does your club need in the January transfer window?

Who does your club need in the transfer window?

Most Premier League sides are after a striker, but here's a full run down of the ins and outs that could happen over the next month
The Last Word: From aliens at FA to yak’s milk in the Tour, here’s to 2015

Michael Calvin's Last Word

From aliens at FA to yak’s milk in the Tour, here’s to 2015