Grace Dent on TV: True Detective, Sky Atlantic

It’s the detectives who are the conundrum in this murder mystery

Misao Okawa, the world's oldest Japanese woman eats her birthday cake

Page 3 Profile: Misao Okawa, World’s oldest person

She looks like she’s enjoying her cake.

Page 3 Profile: Molly Smitten-Downes, musician

A musician? What does she play?

Will Dean on TV: Jonathan Creek, BBC1

It may seem Pie in the sky, but I’d rather be up the creek than in Baker street

Grace Dent on TV: First Dates, Channel 4

‘First Dates’ shows why so many people meet their partners on the internet

Page 3 Profile: Mick Squalor, singer

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Grace Dent on TV: Births, Deaths and Marriages, ITV

The human capacity to carry on loving rang through the hour

Claudia Pritchard: We can do without intervals - just get on with the show!

To buy a ticket for a hotly tipped play, within seconds of booking opening, requires perseverance and nerve as websites falter, payments vanish and a confirmation finally limps through. The goal is to see a top cast, whose fluency and fluidity is testament to years of determination – getting to drama school, being noticed at the end-of-year shows, getting an audition, getting a part and nailing it.  

Grace Dent on TV: Girls, Sky Atlantic

When I watch Girls, I want to shake them hard and shout "bloody grow up"

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From Ben Fogle's shore excursions to a new Hemingway hotel in Madrid, and discounted family rail travel in the UK

Direction and design by Mark Holthusen, words and music by Martyn Jacques, performed by the Tiger Lillies and Laura Caldow, commissioned by Opera North Projects.

Lulu - A Murder Ballad, theatre review: 'Not so much dark as pitch black'

Performed by The Tiger Lillies and Laura Caldow

Anna's Barlows 'I'll Give You Everything' - one of her amazing ice-cream ceramic sculptures

Ceramics good enough to eat: Anna Barlow's ice-cream sculptures have art-lovers salivating

These hand-crafted gluttonous goodies are not for human consumption

Curzon Cinemas to double screens in multimillion pound makeover

Boutique cinema chain Curzon Cinemas will almost double the number of its screens in the capital, from 12 to 20, as part of a £6 million expansion plan and design makeover.

Postcard from... Madrid

Family of Sandra d'Auriol say they believe her death may be linked to anesthetic as police launch investigation

Ms D'Auriol had stayed overnight at the clinic after undergoing plastic surgery

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