Arts and Entertainment All for one and one for all: Porthos, d'Artagnan, Athos and Aramis in the new BBC production

Peter Capaldi as the villain is patently over-qualified

Janelle Monáe: Meet the new queen of pop

Obama's got her on his iPod, Prince is a fan and she's about to give Lady Gaga a run for her money in the style stakes.

Liverpool Biennial 2010: 18 September – 28 November

The Independent is pleased to be supporting Liverpool Biennial 2010; the largest and one of the most exciting contemporary visual arts events in the UK, with 975,000 visits in 2008. Liverpool Biennial 2010 will offer a concentration of quality contemporary art unprecedented in the UK, built on newly commissioned works from the world’s most challenging and ambitious artists.

C4 reveals the warm and witty side of our Paralympians

View From The Sofa: Inside Incredible Athletes, Channel 4

Former Anglo Irish Bank chief declared bankrupt

The former head of Anglo Irish Bank, Sean FitzPatrick, was officially declared bankrupt today.

The Shape of Him, By Gill Schierhout

Sara is the 48-year-old manageress of a boarding house in 1930s South Africa. Detached and jaded, she lives her life in the past, haunted by a love affair with a diamond-digger called Herbert Wakefield. During their relationship, Herbert is diagnosed with a degenerative brain disease and Sara cares for him in hosptial.

More woe for Cattles as black hole in finances grows again

The beleaguered doorstep lender Cattles was yesterday forced to admit that it lost nearly £200m more in 2008 than its original estimates.

This Is How, By M.J. Hyland

Patrick Oxtoby, the 23-year old narrator of Hyland's third novel is a bright but tortured young man. Recently ditched by his fiancee, this quiet car mechanic decides to start over in boarding house by the sea. It might be the 1960s, but creature comforts are in short supply, and Patrick shares his new accommodation with two other callow youths – would-be boon companions, if only he knew how to make friends.

The Magnificent Spilsbury by Jane Robins

According to George Orwell, the Brides in the Bath murders gave "the greatest... pleasure to the British public". The case, with its unlovely spinsters duped by a conman, climaxed in a courtroom clash between the theatrical "Great Defender" Edward Marshall Hall and the expert witness, pathologist Bernard Spilsbury.

Davis deals blow to Grayling's ambition to be Home Secretary

Chris Grayling's chances of becoming the next Home Secretary took a further blow yesterday after one of his high-profile predecessors suggested he would be willing to return to the post should David Cameron form the next Government.

I'm voting Labour, founder of Tory gay rights group says

Grayling's B&B gaffe provokes revolt against Cameron

Hit & Run: It's crunch time for the Blairs

One of the problems with owning a Grade I listed building is that when you burn your toast, the fire brigade is automatically alerted. It's something Cherie and Tony Blair learned on Saturday to their peril, when two Buckinghamshire fire crews were called to their Wotton Underwood home after a breakfast-time toasting session went up in smoke. Perhaps the Blairs need to invest in an up-to-the-minute luxury toaster, such as one of the three we've chosen, below. Those after-dinner speaking engagements have got to be worth something, after all.

Letters: Fixed terms for Parliament

British democracy goes its own unpredictable way

Gay rights row engulfs Tories after Grayling gaffe

Shadow minister criticised for defending right of B&Bs to refuse same-sex couples

At The Chime of a City Clock, By DJ Taylor

That's three books in a row from DJ Taylor that circle around the turn of the decadent 1920s into the low dishonest decade that followed it. First we had the group biography Bright Young People, which went on to inform the novel Ask Alice, about an American farm girl risen to the shady heights of British society. Now At the Chime of a City Clock advertises itself boldly as "a thriller", rather as Graham Greene designated some of his slighter works "entertainments".

Police investigate 'homophobic' guest house Swiss B&B

Police were investigating an alleged "homophobic incident" today after a gay couple claimed they were turned away from a bed & breakfast.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
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