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CHIEF INSPECTOR Morse was killed off yesterday. Which means we must be rather concerned about the health of his creator, Colin Dexter.

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`Macbeth shall never

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GI JANE (10pm Sky Premier) is never going to win any awards for the complexity of its plot. Ridley Scott's satellite premiere centres on the simple idea of a tough woman (played with intensity by a famously shaven-headed Demi Moore, right) who is training to become the first female Navy SEAL and battling against the brutal sexism in the military. But Scott directs proceedings with his usual panache and choreographs even the most brutal scenes with his trademark sense of style.

Elementary school

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Sherlock Holmes and the mystery of the missing statue is solved

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Wired up: Classic Books

Who would have thought that by the end of the Twentieth Century we would have produced an electronic global library beyond the wildest dreams of all previous great civilisations? From the ancients to Shakespeare and beyond - even Sherlock Holmes is out there, if you know where to look.

Rage over civil servant's fun

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