Sport Roger Bannister celebrates with Chris Chataway in 1954 as he becomes the first man to run a sub-four minute mile

Sir Chris Chataway, the former world-record runner, acted as pacemaker to help Roger Bannister break the four-minute mile barrier. And he achieved so much more

Kicking off the celebrations: South Africa's Sun City turns 30

Once the most controversial tourist resort in the world, South Africa's Sun City turns 30 this month – and with England's first World Cup match to be played nearby, it has cause for celebration

The Event: How Racist Are You? Channel 4<br/>Science's Last Taboo, Channel 4

Channel 4's Race strand shed light on why 3,000 people joined the BNP after Nick Griffin's appearance on 'Question Time'

Mpho, Pop Art (Wall of Sound)

Mpho Skeef was born to a Zulu father and white mother at a time when apartheid forbade such liaisons. She has, therefore, rather more life experience than the average conveyor-belt diva.

Pandora: Hain's anti-apartheid show hits the skids

Ever since Peter Hain was "too busy" to declare £100,000 worth of donations to his deputy leadership campaign last year, the Welsh Secretary has not been the beneficiary of a great deal of public sympathy. Perhaps until now.

Tri-Nations showdown steeped in history

The venue for Saturday's Tri-Nations showdown between New Zealand and South Africa is one that has special significance for the visiting Springboks.

An apartheid story no one would screen

Distributors would not take on a film with a black cast &ndash; so director promoted it himself

Skin (12A)

Anthony Fabian's film tells such a bizarre story it could only be based on the truth.

Barney Zackon: Lawyer and activist who fought against apartheid

Barney Zackon was forced into exile in Britain, at 37, at the height of his career as a defence lawyer and political activist in apartheid South Africa. His courageous work as a Cape Town attorney arranging the defence of a flood of African insurrectionists in the critical years after the Sharpeville emergency in 1960 must have been behind the banning order served on him, with no reasons given, by the Justice Minister B.J. Vorster in March 1965.

Helen Lieberman: 'I thought I was looking into what was hell'

Back in the 1960s, a white speech therapist working at Cape Town 's Groote Schuur hospital made a grim discovery in her life.

Anti-Apartheid Movement : 50th Anniversary

It has been half a century since the Anti-Apartheid Movement was formed in London to campaign against the racially motivated marginalisation black people in South Africa.

John Taylor: Rebel with a cause

In 1974 John Taylor turned down a Lions tour of South Africa. He tells Simon Turnbull why apartheid made it a black-and-white decision

Ruck and Maul: Stars of '74 know race will always have a place in South African rugby

The 1974 Lions left Britain midway between two general elections and visited a South Africa in the grip of the disgusting apartheid regime. So politics and sport mingle, inevitably, in two TV films shown this weekend: 'The Invincibles' on Sky, and 'The Lions' Roar' on BBC Wales this evening. Denis Howell, the minority Labour government's sports minister in '74, advised against the tour, calling it "a moral matter"; both Howell and Ted Heath, the Conservative leader, welcomed the victorious tourists home in person. "They used us as pawns and it was pathetic," JJ Williams says. Bernie Habana (Bryan's dad) and the current South Africa coach Peter de Villiers recall segregated stadiums and crowds of caged-off black spectators cheering wildly when the Lions scored against the all-white Springboks. Did the tour undermine apartheid or give it succour? Fast forward to this year and an intriguing irony. A plan for the Boks to play a warm-up match against New Zealand Maori – in Soweto – was abandoned because South African law prohibits teams selected on racial lines.

The Impostor, By Damon Galgut

Best known for his Man Booker shortlisted The Good Doctor, Galgut's long awaited sixth novel opens on a thrillerish note. Adam Napier is on his uppers, having recently lost both his job and his home.

Johann Hari: Why is the Labour Party still seduced by Thatcher?

Recently there have been hints of what a de-Thatcherised Labour would look like
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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

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Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

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Panto dames: before and after

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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

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