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

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TRAVEL: IN SCARLETT'S FOOTSTEPS

The spirit of the Deep South before the American Civil War lives on, in mansions converted to exclusive b&bs. Juliet Clough visits Natchez, Mississippi, the queen of the crinoline cities

Property: A comfortable living from bricks, mortar, bacon and eggs

At least that's how the Hoskins found the B&B experience. By Peter Lis

Private schools must adapt or die

Recession, a tougher market and growing competition from the state sector have forced independent schools to be flexible ... or go under. By Elaine Williams

BOOK REVIEW / Discovering daddy in the deep freeze

Pagan and her Parents by Michael Arditti Sinclair-Stevenson, pounds 12.99; Miranda Seymour finds vivid characters and special pleading in a novel of gay parenthood

B&B offers the cosiest option

Avoid tax on your assets by selling them now and rebuying on 1 April

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Turning away the homeless

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Murder that followed a cycle of neglect

Discharged schizophrenics: Attacks raise disturbing questions over social services' support for mentally ill in the community

Council moved family 34 times

NICHOLAS TIMMINS

LETTER:Broth? It's not so simple ...

From Mrs Margaret Thompson

Theatre; Pale Horse Royal Court Upstairs, London

The "grieving process" sounds so reassuring, a methodical business you can work through, like the F-plan diet, and emerge from a new person at the other end. It's "all part of it" claims the smugly soothing doctor, when Charlie, a south London hardnut whose wife has just walked in front of a bus, admits to having adulterous sex dreams inappropriate for a novice widower. Even the doctor's professionally fixed smile falters, though, on hearing from Charlie that the fantasy-figure she has glibly termed "the elusive perfect partner" is actually the tomcat he played with as a child.

Schools adapt or die

Parents are demanding value for money from the independent sector. Elaine Williams reports

Vallance to meet Blair as BT reaffirms cable deal

DONALD MACINTYRE
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A Christmas without hope: Fears grow in Gaza that the conflict with Israel will soon reignite

Christmas without hope

Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

The 'Black Museum'

After 150 years, you can finally visit Britain's grisliest museum
No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

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Chilly Christmas

Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
Veterans' hostel 'overwhelmed by kindness' for festive dinner

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all