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There were fast and furious scenes in the fictional London Borough of Walford yesterday as EastEnders stars put the pedal to the metal while shooting the soap's most explosive stunt ever.

Of all the bars in all the world, Boris walks into this one

He gets a walk-on part in 'EastEnders', but a rather larger role in a docu-drama on the Bullingdon Club

Private funeral for Danny La Rue

The funeral of female impersonator Danny La Rue, described as a "true showbusiness legend", has taken place.

Danny La Rue dies aged 81

Entertainer Danny La Rue has died after a short illness, his spokeswoman said today. He was 81.

Ronnie Scott's Jazz Farrago, By Jim Godbolt

The editor of Ronnie Scott's in-house magazine recalls a vanished era of bad puns and trad dads

Ben Jones: Photographer who helped establish Page Three

Ben Jones was true old-school Fleet Street. His abiding legacy is his freelance photographic portfolio of Page 3 Girls in the 1970s and showbusiness figures in the ’60s and ’80s, such as Joan Collins, Barbara Windsor, Danny La Rue and Stephanie Beacham. Page 3 girls like myself loved his pictures because he made us look like film stars. And real film stars were moved to write to him, as Joan Collins once did: “These are the best photos I’ve had taken in YEARS. Just great…”

Soap queen Wendy Richard dies

Actress Wendy Richard has died after a battle with cancer, her agent said.

Role models? Too flaming right, mate

Doctors say soap characters should be showing us all how to live. We say they already are... and here's the proof. By Paul Bignell and Cole Moreton

Jack Douglas: Actor and comedian who made his name in the 'Carry On' films

A permanent fixture in the final eight Carry On comedy films, Jack Douglas is best remembered for the twitching character he usually portrayed, complete with flat cap, spectacles and workman's overalls, and the one-word catchphrase: "Phwaay!"

Carry On actor dies

Comedy actor Jack Douglas, best known for his appearances in the Carry On film series, died today of pneumonia.

Steve McQueen: McQueen and country

He will represent Britain at the next Venice Biennale, but first Steve McQueen wants justice for the troops who have died overseas. Hannah Duguid meets an angry man

Carry On going strong: Farces of nature

The Carry On films are 50 – and still they're planning more. Geoffrey Macnab celebrates a British institution

Ooo, matron! New 'Carry On' film in pipeline after 16-year break

A 32nd Carry On film could be in cinemas by the end of the year, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the series famed for its slapstick and double entendres.

Leading article: The awkward questions have not gone away

No one likes to be labelled a conspiracy theorist. The term is generally associated with the sort of people who believe the world is run by aliens disguised as humans, or who think the moon landing was a hoax. But it is very important that we do not allow our desire to avoid pejorative labels blunt our critical faculties. Scepticism can be a healthy instinct.

Too many Cooks?

Cold, cruel, enigmatic, a genius: a decade after his death, Peter Cook continues to fascinate. So can a new television film shed more light on the madcap comedian? Gerard Gilbert reports
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The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
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Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
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From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

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How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

Broadcasting plays and exhibitions to cinemas is a sure-fire box office smash
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Pop-up hotels filling a niche

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A Canadian festival has banned Native American headwear. Haven't we been here before?
Boris Johnson's war on diesel

Boris Johnson's war on diesel

11m cars here run on diesel. It's seen as a greener alternative to unleaded petrol. So why is London's mayor on a crusade against the black pump?
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Splash and flash: 5 best waterproof cameras

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Louis van Gaal interview

Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era
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The air strikes were tragically real

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Britain as others see us

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How did our legends really begin?

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