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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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Migrant crisis: UN official Philippe Douste-Blazy reveals the harrowing sights he encountered among refugees arriving on Lampedusa

‘Can we really just turn away?’

Dead bodies, men drowning, women miscarrying – a senior UN figure on the horrors he has witnessed among migrants arriving on Lampedusa, and urges politicians not to underestimate our caring nature
Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger as Isis ravages centuries of history

Nine of Syria and Iraq's 10 world heritage sites are in danger...

... and not just because of Isis vandalism
Girl on a Plane: An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack

Girl on a Plane

An exclusive extract of the novelisation inspired by the 1970 Palestinian fighters hijack
Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

Why Frederick Forsyth's spying days could spell disaster for today's journalists

The author of 'The Day of the Jackal' has revealed he spied for MI6 while a foreign correspondent
Markus Persson: If being that rich is so bad, why not just give it all away?

That's a bit rich

The billionaire inventor of computer game Minecraft says he is bored, lonely and isolated by his vast wealth. If it’s that bad, says Simon Kelner, why not just give it all away?
Euro 2016: Chris Coleman on course to end half a century of hurt for Wales

Coleman on course to end half a century of hurt for Wales

Wales last qualified for major tournament in 1958 but after several near misses the current crop can book place at Euro 2016 and end all the indifference
Rugby World Cup 2015: The tournament's forgotten XV

Forgotten XV of the rugby World Cup

Now the squads are out, Chris Hewett picks a side of stars who missed the cut
A groundbreaking study of 'Britain's Atlantis' long buried at the bottom of the North Sea could revolutionise how we see our prehistoric past

Britain's Atlantis

Scientific study beneath North Sea could revolutionise how we see the past
The Queen has 'done and said nothing that anybody will remember,' says Starkey

The Queen has 'done and said nothing that anybody will remember'

David Starkey's assessment
Oliver Sacks said his life has been 'an enormous privilege and adventure'

'An enormous privilege and adventure'

Oliver Sacks writing about his life
'Gibraltar is British, and it is going to stay British forever'

'Gibraltar is British, and it is going to stay British forever'

The Rock's Chief Minister hits back at Spanish government's 'lies'
Britain is still addicted to 'dirty coal'

Britain still addicted to 'dirty' coal

Biggest energy suppliers are more dependent on fossil fuel than a decade ago
Orthorexia nervosa: How becoming obsessed with healthy eating can lead to malnutrition

Orthorexia nervosa

How becoming obsessed with healthy eating can lead to malnutrition
Lady Chatterley is not obscene, says TV director

Lady Chatterley’s Lover

Director Jed Mercurio on why DH Lawrence's novel 'is not an obscene story'
Farmers in tropical forests are training ants to kill off bigger pests

Set a pest to catch a pest

Farmers in tropical forests are training ants to kill off bigger pests