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

Travel: Late deals

t A three-day Christmas break in Ireland costs from Irpounds 230 staying two nights full-board at Portmarnock Hotel, starting on Christmas Eve. Portmarnock Hotel and Golf Links 00 353 1846 0611.

Housing chaos for new students

Hundreds of new students have been unable to find university accommodation because of the rush to beat the introduction of tuition fees next year.

Travel: UK OUTDOORS: A squeeze in the dark

If you really want to get into the landscape, try caving deep under Derbyshire. Rupert Isaacson gets himself into a hole on a beginner's weekend. But claustrophobia sufferers should not apply

Ailing boarding schools see revival in fortunes

Boarding schools may be coming back into fashion, according to new figures published today. A survey by the Independent Schools Information Service (Isis) shows that the heads of four out of five boarding schools believe their schools' prospects are brighter than they were a year ago.

Travel: Pit stop

After the trip to Skomer head north along the Pembroke coast from Martinshaven to St David's, where there are two pleasant hotels.

Asylum seekers need a helping hand

The Government is already moving towards meeting its manifesto pledge to review the most arbitrary features of the immigration and asylum laws. But one glaringly arbitrary and harsh legacy of the Tories deserves special scrutiny. The question for the responsible ministers is this: could you look after yourself on pounds 24 a week? That is the kind of sum a destitute asylum seeker who does not seek refugee status at the port of entry must live on.

Tourism: Parking most vital for B&B guests

Parking comes before cooking for guests staying at bed-and-breakfast establishments, it was revealed yesterday.

Time for bed and breakfast

First came tummy aches, then headaches and worse. A consultant prescribed cereals at night. It worked. Annabel Ferriman on the latest treatments for the many children who develop migraine

Chairman spells it out to the players

Lord MacLaurin, the new England Cricket Board's chairman, again outlined his vision for the future of English cricket, updating the Board's plan to reorganise the game, writes Derek Pringle.

Eyes down for a full house

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When life was a riot for the young Hezza

Michael Heseltine emerges in a new book as a rather louche fellow who played the field and ran a boarding house that verged on being a bawdy- house.

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