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From garrulous, gangrenous Jeffrey Bernard to stovepipe-hatted Sebastian Horsley, Soho’s decadents and dandies have proven an entertaining if somewhat trying tribe. Many were far less interesting than their own egos would have them believe, as you’ll know if you ever visited Soho’s notorious Colony Room, a bear pit of strawberry-nosed drunks bellowing witlessly at one another.

Mia Wasikowska and Matthew Goode in Stoker
For over a quarter of a century, Catholic priest Lawrence C Murphy preyed on and sexually abused pupils at St John's School for the Deaf in St Francis, Wisconsin

The Catholic Church on film: When the men in black lost their role as the good guys

Priests were once movie symbols of decency and heroism. Scandals in the Catholic Church have ended that, says Geoffrey Macnab

The reel thing: Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren as Alfred Hitchcock and his wife, Alma

Film review - Jonathan Romney on Hitchcock: Mrs H makes a lunge for the scissors

Anthony Hopkins is fine as the Master, but it’s Helen Mirren who provides the suspense

Watch with mother: Anthony Hopkins’ Hitchcock looks on as Jessica Biel’s Vera Miles meets Mrs Bates

Hitchcock from the archive: BFI releases five exclusive online films about the director

Hitchcock is famous for films such as Psycho, The 39 Steps and Birds, but he is less well known for his first film, silent picture The Pleasure Garden.

Bafta special: Barry Norman's top 49 British films of all time

The film critic reveals his top British films from The 39 Steps to Skyfall

The best critics are heartless, clear-eyed and not in the least compassionate

Helen Mirren said to see a bad review leaves actors feeling “angry and resentful and upset and disheartened”. But that doesn't mean critics should be kinder

Hitchcock director, Sacha Gervasi
'Hitchcock', left, starring Anthony Hopkins, shows a very different image than 'The Girl'
Downton Abbey

Restless, BBC1, Thursday and Friday / The Girl, BBC2, Boxing Day / Downton Abbey, ITV, Christmas Day

Hayley Atwell's on a suicide mission in a tense spy drama; she must match Charlotte Rampling

Last Night's Viewing: The Girl, BBC2
Miranda, BBC1

Toby Jones’s performance as Hitchcock was pitch-perfect in the clotted vocal delivery

Dames Helen Mirren and Judi Dench to compete for best actress gongs

Dame Helen Mirren will vie with Dame Judi Dench and Emily Blunt for best British actress at the London Critics' Circle Film Awards.

Benjamin Zephaniah, poet: 'Our political system is close to collapse. I want a new system that makes every vote count'

Honours refusenik Danny Boyle joins illustrious roll call of rebels...

In rejecting an honour Danny Boyle joins a select, and sometimes surprising group of individuals

Rachel Weisz: 'I had the experience of working with him, but I will not have the pleasure of seeing my work'

Brits Helen Mirren and Rachel Weisz nominated for best actress Golden Globe

The Golden Globe nominations for best actress in a dramatic film have been announced.

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Fifa corruption: The 161-page dossier that exposes the organisation's dark heart

The 161-page dossier that exposes Fifa's dark heart

How did a group of corrupt officials turn football’s governing body into what was, in essence, a criminal enterprise? Chris Green and David Connett reveal all
Mediterranean migrant crisis: 'If Europe thinks bombing boats will stop smuggling, it will not. We will defend ourselves,' says Tripoli PM

Exclusive interview with Tripoli PM Khalifa al-Ghweil

'If Europe thinks bombing boats will stop smuggling, it will not. We will defend ourselves'
Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles: How the author foretold the Californian water crisis

Raymond Chandler's Los Angeles

How the author foretold the Californian water crisis
Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison as authorities crackdown on dissent in the arts

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Chinese artist who posted funny image of President Xi Jinping facing five years in prison
Marc Jacobs is putting Cher in the limelight as the face of his latest campaign

Cher is the new face of Marc Jacobs

Alexander Fury explains why designers are turning to august stars to front their lines
Parents of six-year-old who beat leukaemia plan to climb Ben Nevis for cancer charity

'I'm climbing Ben Nevis for my daughter'

Karen Attwood's young daughter Yasmin beat cancer. Now her family is about to take on a new challenge - scaling Ben Nevis to help other children
10 best wedding gift ideas

It's that time of year again... 10 best wedding gift ideas

Forget that fancy toaster, we've gone off-list to find memorable gifts that will last a lifetime
Paul Scholes column: With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards

Paul Scholes column

With the Premier League over for another year, here are my end of season awards
Heysel disaster 30th anniversary: Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget fateful day in Belgium

Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget Heysel

Thirty years ago, 39 fans waiting to watch a European Cup final died as a result of a fatal cocktail of circumstances. Ian Herbert looks at how a club dealt with this tragedy
Amir Khan vs Chris Algieri: Khan’s audition for Floyd Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation, says Frank Warren

Khan’s audition for Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation

The Bolton fighter could be damned if he dazzles and damned if he doesn’t against Algieri, the man last seen being decked six times by Pacquiao, says Frank Warren
Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor