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Jumbo the elephant was a Victorian sensation, who between his birth in modern-day Eritrea and alcoholic death in the American circus of the incorrigible showman PT Barnum was the star attraction at London Zoo.

Facebook film creators go a shade further

First, they pulled together an Oscar-nominated film about the invention of the "poke". Now the creative team behind The Social Network is exploring the literary realm known as "Mummy Porn."

Steve Coogan stars in a new film about porn baron Paul Raymond

Porn baron's son wins battle for King of Soho title

A movie about the porn baron Paul Raymond starring Steve Coogan will have to change its title after a legal tussle with the late tycoon's family.

Michael Morpurgo: War Child to War Horse, By Maggie Fergusson Fourth Estate, £18.99

A portrait of the first Children's Laureate from his difficult childhood to a prolific career

Raymond in 1969

Movie about porn baron Paul Raymond The King of Soho forced to change name

A high-profile movie about porn baron Paul Raymond starring Steve Coogan will have to change its title after a legal tussle with the late tycoon's family.

Ancient Light, By John Banville

Memories of trangressions, erotic idylls, and Irish times past
Who you looking at? Director Sam Neophytou and Andy Luca rehearse a scene from 'Chicken' set in a Bronx apartment

Still Mad for it after all these years

A Stone Roses gig in 1990 was a defining moment of the indie scene. James Mottram watches a new film that revisits the legendary concert

Paul Raymond - the Murdoch of porn mags

DVD/Blu-ray: The Iron Lady (12)

Meryl Streep gives a note-perfect portrait of an elderly lady bewildered with dementia.

DVD: The Iron Lady

Weirdly, Phyllida Lloyd's Iron Lady devotes just half of its running time to Margaret Thatcher's upbringing and political career.

The late Manning Marable wins history Pulitzer prize

The late Manning Marable won the Pulitzer Prize for history yesterday, honoured for a Malcolm X book he worked on for decades but did not live to see published.

Meet me in St Louis: Even if you've never seen

Appropriate Adults scoops two Royal Television Society awards

Appropriate Adults Dominic West and Emily Watson have each carried off a Royal Television Society award for their performances in the drama about the killer Fred West.

Still making waves: William Golding

The midlife crisis that followed the Lord of the Flies

The object of William Golding's five-year obsession in the swinging Sixties breaks her silence. By John McEntee

Not really a Tory: Olivia Poulet

From Tory tough nut to a taste for the wild side

Olivia Poulet – best known as Emma in 'The Thick of It', and as Benedict Cumberbatch's ex – tells Matilda Battersby about her harrowing and disturbing new stage role

Not really a Tory: Olivia Poulet

Olivia Poulet: From Tory tough nut to a taste for the wild side

Olivia Poulet – best known as Emma in The Thick of It, and as Benedict Cumberbatch's ex – talks about her harrowing and disturbing new stage role

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The programme sees four specialists creating what they believe are three perfect couples, based on scientific matchmaking. The couples will not meet until they walk down the aisle together
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US pop diva Jennifer Lopez sang “Happy Birthday” to Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, president of Turkmenistan
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New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
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Save us from small screen superheroes

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12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
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Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

Exclusive extract from Janis Winehouse's poignant new memoir
Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

The Imitation Game, film review
England and Roy Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption in Basel

England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

Welbeck double puts England on the road to Euro 2016
Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Pictures removed from public view as courts decide ownership
‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

Donatella Versace at New York Fashion Week