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As Portsmouth prepare to meet mighty Chelsea in the FA Cup final this weekend, lifelong fan Ian Burrell wonders how his beloved club became so brilliant – and so broke

DVD: Sherlock Holmes, For retail & rental (Warner)

In Guy Ritchie's rollicking adventure, Holmes (Robert Downey Jnr) is reinvented as a wild-eyed, unhygienic crackpot, while Watson (Jude Law) is a tough war veteran with a gambling habit and a love-hate relationship with his barmy flatmate.

Farewell to Frost: The end of a detective story

David Jason's character joins a long line of retired sleuths

Forgotten authors No.50: John Dickson Carr

Sometimes authors fall out of favour simply because they relentlessly pursue a single theme. Pennsylvania-born John Dickson Carr (1906-1977) hit on the ultimate mystery, the murder that takes place in a hermetically sealed room, and wrote variations that increased in ornate complexity, with cliffhanger chapter ends and solutions that still have readers slapping their foreheads.

Watchdog issues ruling on loud TV ads

Eight TV adverts shown during an episode of Sherlock Holmes were too loud, watchdogs ruled today.

Sherlock Holmes (12A), Avatar (12A)

Sherlock Homes, dir. Guy Ritchie (128 mins), starring Robert Downey Jr, Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, Mark Strong. Avatar dir. James Cameron (161 mins), starring Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, Zoe Saldana

Strange case of the cameo killer: Why is Kelly Reilly playing second fiddle in Sherlock Holmes?

Kelly Reilly rounds off a year of nailing supporting roles opposite Hollywood stars by playing Dr Watson's girlfriend in Guy Ritchie's 'Sherlock Holmes'. But why is an actor who built her reputation working for directors from Poliakoff to Frears to Marber still playing second fiddle? The answer, she tells Craig McLean, is anything but elementary

Holmes sweet Holmes: Literature's greatest sleuth

The master of deductive reasoning, he has kept readers, cinema-goers and crazed fans guessing for more than a century. As Sherlock Holmes returns once again in a new film, John Walsh investigates the case of the crime-fighter who just won't die

Edgar Allan Poe given funeral 160 years after his mysterious death

American master of the horror story is finally told to rest in peace

The Adventures of Arthur Conan Doyle, By Russell Miller

Allowed access to the Conan Doyle archive of Richard Lancelyn Green, whose probable suicide seems contrived as a Holmesian mystery, Miller has produced an epic portrait, though the Holmes yarns are treated somewhat sketchily.

Unfinished Greene mystery found by French academic

Lost murder mystery to be published by magazine, but still needs an ending

All quiet on the grunting front

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Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

The President came the nearest he has come yet to rivalling George W Bush’s gormless reaction to 9/11 , says Robert Fisk
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Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

A Christian charity’s efforts to save missionaries trapped in Africa by the crisis have been justifiably praised. But doubts remain about its evangelical motives
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Philip Larkin: Misogynist, racist, miserable? Or caring, playful man who lived for others?

Philip Larkin: What will survive of him?

Larkin's reputation has taken a knocking. But a new book by James Booth argues that the poet was affectionate, witty, entertaining and kind, as hitherto unseen letters, sketches and 'selfies' reveal
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Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?
Texas forensic astronomer finally pinpoints the exact birth of impressionism

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Make the most of British tomatoes

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Mackay, Moody and another grim day for English football

The latest shocking claims do nothing to dispel the image that some in the game on these shores exist in a time warp, laments Sam Wallace
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Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

Pete Jenson starts his preview of the Spanish season, which begins on Saturday, by explaining how Fifa’s transfer ban will affect the Catalans
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We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

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Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

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The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
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