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Lucy Liu is to play Dr Watson in 'radical' US adaptation of Sherlock Holmes

Lucy Liu to play Dr Watson in 'radical' US adaptation of Sherlock Holmes

He’s traditionally been Sherlock Holmes’ brave accomplice and a faithful chronicler of their sleuthing escapades.

Jonny Lee Miller to play Sherlock Holmes in US series

The two British stars won a joint Best Actor prize after sharing the lead in the National Theatre’s Frankenstein.

Jonny Lee Miller to play Sherlock Holmes in US series

The two British stars won a joint Best Actor prize after sharing the lead in the National Theatre’s Frankenstein.

Billy Connolly joins cast of The Hobbit

Billy Connolly is going from Big Yin to tiny dwarf to complete the cast of Peter Jackson's movie version of The Hobbit.

DVD: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (15)

Tomas Alfredson's perfectly cast adaptation of John le Carré's thorny tale of double-crossing spies doesn't quite equal the peerless BBC series from the Seventies, but it's still a sensationally nimble achievement.

The BBC has enjoyed surprise success with Call the Midwife, which stars, from left, Helen George, Miranda Hart, Jessica Raine and Bryony Hannah

Unsung 1950s midwives deliver ratings that put Sherlock to shame

Sunday night blockbusters play second fiddle to BBC's unlikely hit, says Adam Sherwin

Benedict Cumberbatch, left, and Martin Freeman

Legal thriller looms as Sherlock takes his caseload to New York

It's a fresh take on Sherlock Holmes which will transplant the sleuth to a modern-day setting. But it doesn't take Baker Street's finest to deduce the source material for a major new drama announced by American network CBS.

Michelle Williams in 'My week with Marilyn' and Gary Oldman in 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy'

Tinker, tailor, soldier, prize? Why it's Smiley vs Monroe at the Baftas

Spy drama set to battle it out with Marilyn biopic as long-list of nominees is revealed

Zooey Deschanel, in Channel 4's latest sitcom import New Girl, hovers between adorable and irksome

It's elementary – just lie back and enjoy

The second series of 'Sherlock' gets us off to a promising start, and there's always more 'Downton' to look forward to

Profile: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Doyle is enjoying something of a renaissance, is he not?

Undershaw, the former home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, has crumbled

Sherlock Holmes and the curious case of the author's ruined mansion

Campaigners fighting to save Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's crumbling former home have been boosted by a High Court decision to allow a judicial review of a case that might have tested the wit of the author's most famous creation.

Wreckers (15)

Starring: Claire Foy, Benedict Cumberbatch

Wreckers (15)

Starring: Claire Foy, Benedict Cumberbatch
A case of identity: Jude Law (left) and Robert Downey Jr as a
very different Watson and Holmes to the traditional duo in Guy Ritchie’s second big budget 'Sherlock Holmes' movie

The return of Sherlock Holmes

Even his creator failed to kill off the world's greatest detective, so it's no surprise that he is back in the new series of the BBC's acclaimed updating. Gerard Gilbert goes on set with stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman

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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness