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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.

Spirited revival: JM Barrie in 1888

J M Barrie: The man who wouldn't grow up

As J M Barrie's classic ghost story Mary Rose comes to the London stage, Paul Taylor explores how arrested development only added to his powers as a playwright

Fear in the Sunlight, By Nicola Upson

At home with the Hitchcocks

Hitchcock on the set of Psycho (1960)

Dial H for Hitchcock, the star of the Cultural Olympiad

Nine of the Master's earliest films are being digitally restored for the 2012 celebrations. Geoffrey Macnab on Hitch's enduring appeal

Buzz show: Actress Evan Rachel Wood joined the cast of Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More for two performances last weekend
Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh: It has just been announced that
Johansson is to play the Psycho star in a film about Alfred Hitchcock, which beggars the question: is there a more intimidating role to take on than that of another celebrated actor?

Trending: Playing a cinematic great? it's a tough act to follow, Scarlett

Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh

If the dress fits: On Oscar night, 1955, Grace Kelly set the standard for red-carpet style

On Oscar night, 1955, one actress set the standard for red-carpet style, argues Susannah Frankel

Tippi Hedren

Hitchcock caged bird recalls odd education

Tippi Hedren's career was destroyed by the British director's obsession. Yet there was an upside, she tells Geoffrey Macnab

Tippi Hedren

Tippi Hedren - Hitchcock's caged bird

Tippi Hedren's career was destroyed by the British director's obsession. Yet there was an upside, she tells Geoffrey Macnab

Ego and super-ego: Freud (Viggo Mortensen) and Jung (Michael Fassbender) in A Dangerous Method

Artistic tendencies: How long have you felt this way, Darth?

As a film chronicles Freud and Jung's battle of wits, Phil Boucher puts 10 artistic moments on the couch

Great Works: Jeunesse Doree, 1934 (76.2cm x 63.1cm), Gerard Brockhurst

Lady Lever Art Gallery, Liverpool

The mysterious bird deaths inspired Hichcock's film, The Birds

Mystery behind Hitchcock's Birds is solved at last

Scientists link eerie avian suicides of 1961, which inspired cinema classic, to poison in the food chain

Sealyhams on the brink of extinction

The sealyham terrier, a traditional English dog breed once popular with celebrities and the aristocracy, is on the brink of extinction, breeders have warned. Only 49 rare sealyham puppies were registered with the Kennel Club last year, making them more rare than the giant panda.

Lead video game designer defends sequels

The lead designer of one of video gaming's most anticipated games has defended the number of sequels being made.

Invisible Ink: No 92 - Margaret Millar

In the 1950s, there was a passion for psychoanalysis in American mystery novels.

Play it by the book: One Day shows that bestsellers don't make great films

Why are we so upset when a novel fails to translate to the big screen?
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Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin

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