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Video: The summer blockbusters

Watch the videos below to see trailers for the films out this summer.

Robert Jackson (Peter) and Harry Waller rehearsing for Parkway Dreams: The Peterborough musical

Parkway Dreams: Peterborough get the musical treatment

Alice Jones' Arts Diary

Anna Friel, Steve Coogan, Tamsin Egerton and Chris Addison arriving at the UK premiere of The Look of Love at the Curzon Soho, London.

'Someone had to do it' - Steve Coogan admits to strip club research for The Look Of Love

Steve Coogan tonight admitted he visited a lot of strip clubs to research his latest role as porn baron Paul Raymond.

London Irish on Channel 4

London Irish: C4 comedy about Ireland's binge-drinking diaspora accused of 'racism'

A new Channel 4 comedy series which depicts London’s Irish population as binge-drinking, English-haters suffering from a permanent hangover has been accused of “racism” by members of the community.

According to a new BBC4 documentary, 'Lights! Camera! Action! Tales of Television Centre' – some Play School presenters even went in front of the camera after smoking

Goodbye Television Centre: Stars gather to say farewell to London home of BBC

Familiar faces will gather to say a fond farewell to BBC Television Centre for a two-hour TV special as the corporation leaves one of its most recognisable homes after more than half a century.

Pocket instructors: the ski app offers video guides

Going down hill fast? There’s a Ski app for that

It’s that time of year that millions of us swap chilblains and gout for panda eyes and penury as we slide down hills over and over again.

Sensible choice: Roy Hodgson and his shiny new Vauxhall Insignia

Motoring: Lovely Vauxhall Insignia, Mr Roy Hodgson

His captain drives a Porsche 911 Turbo (£110K) and an Aston Martin Vanquish (from £130K), while his top striker owns a Range Rover (up to £100k), a Bentley Continental GT (from £124k) and a Lamborghini Gallardo (from £130K), but England manager Roy Hodgson took delivery of a far more pedestrian vehicle this week. His new motor is a Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer, which at £34,180 is roughly a week's salary for a mid-table Premier League player.

BSkyB dominates the Best New Comedy category with Moone Boy competing against Hunderby, a period drama spoof on Sky Atlantic and Alan Partridge: Welcome to the Places of My Life, starring Steve Coogan (pictured)

Sky has last laugh after raid on BBC comedy talent

An 11-year-old boy from an Irish village, whose previous biggest role was as Bashful in a local production of Snow White, has been named one of the breakthrough stars of the year after receiving a surprise nomination for the British Comedy Awards.

Nimble for a big car: the Lexus GS

Lexus GS 450h - Test Drive

Sorry Alan, but this Lexus is a bit too cool for you...

How We Met: Rupert Grint and Matthew Lewis

'He gave me a bit of stick for the kissing scene with Emma, as he had a little thing with her'

The BMX gang take to the air, but is it any better than Monkey Tennis?

Chris Hewett: BMX has a whiff of school truancy and a misspent youth

The critic without a ticket: Leaving aside the Darth Vader fighting gear taekwondo has too many video referrals

Steve Coogan cleared over driving charge

Comedian Steve Coogan was found not guilty of a driving offence today after it emerged a friend was behind the wheel of his car when it was caught speeding.

The Saturday Quiz answers

Answers to Simon O'Hagan's Saturday Quiz

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

Steve Coogan as Alan Partridge

Harriet Walker: Alan Partirdge: Welcome to the Places of My Life, Sky Atlantic

Partridge is back – and he's still making us grateful for the indignities of bad television

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Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers as he pushes Tories on housing

Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
Aviation history is littered with grand failures - from the the Bristol Brabazon to Concorde - but what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?

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But what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?
Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

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Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of 'iron curtains'
Never mind what you're wearing, it's what you're reclining on

Never mind what you're wearing

It's what you're reclining on that matters
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

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Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence