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* The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency will reach our television screens at Easter, and last week the Scottish book trade had a preview of Anthony Minghella's drama, featuring Jill Scott as Mma Ramotswe. Author Alexander McCall Smith revealed that some of the proceeds from sales of 15 million copies of his series will support Botswana's first opera house. The 60-seater theatre will be on the site of a former garage which features in the film as Speedy Motors, where Mma's great admirer, JLB Matekoni, plies his trade. Meanwhile, McCall Smith's own opera, Dream Angus, has just been premiered. He wrote the libretto, Stephen Deazley the music. Others in the series of short works for Scottish Opera include Gesualdo, which teams Ian Rankin with Craig Armstrong in a story of renaissance murder, and The King's Conjecture by Bernard MacLaverty and Gareth Williams.

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Robert Fisk: Film-makers must atone for their sins

Cultural censorship is like a disease. It moves among us unseen. Let me show you how it works. Shekhar Kapur's Elizabeth gave Cate Blanchett a unique moment to recreate the Virgin Queen in his 1998 film. But the sequel, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, is a clunker because – in the one vital scene where Elizabeth demonstrates to her soldiers that she is among them as their fighting sovereign – when she addresses her troops at Tilbury before the expected arrival of the Spanish Armada in 1588, her most famous statement, learned by every schoolboy in Britain, has been ruthlessly expunged.

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