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Worldwide arm set to co-operate on at least two major natural history projects with CCTV9's documentary arm

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Starring: Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren

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Leading article: Royal relief

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Simon Carr: 'You want to throw the cat at Brooke'

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Hannibal actor Brian Cox to play Speaker of the House of Commons in expenses drama

Brian Cox, the actor best known for his roles as Hannibal Lecter and the corrupt CIA boss in two of the Bourne movies, was today lined up to play former House of Commons Speaker Michael Martin.

Brian Cox: We're doing it not because it's easy, but because it's hard

The Large Hadron Collider is all about understanding the forces of nature, and it’s on this understanding that our modern technological world rest. You can trace a direct line through the history of physics, from Newton’s gravity, Faraday and Maxwell’s electronmagnetism, Rutherford’s discovery of the atomic nucleus, Eddington’s understanding of the power source of the Sun, and on to the LHC. Everything we take for granted today, from modern medical technology to mobile phones, is possible because we understand how the forces of nature work.

DVD: Trick ’R Treat (15)

As Hallowe'en approaches, Warner Home Video has released the seasonal tie-in in the hope a few unsuspecting souls may be tricked into buying it.

Lolita, National Theatre: Lyttleton, London

Brian Cox was the first actor to portray Hannibal Lecter, in the movie Manhunter. He now plays another sociopath with fancy affectations as Humbert Humbert, the middle-aged émigré who conducts an abusive affair with his 12-year-old step-daughter in Nabokov's 1955 novel Lolita. There have been many earlier adaptations. Here it's filleted by Richard Nelson to create a one-man show – potentially the truest method. Narrated by Humbert in mesmerising first-person prose, the book compels and repulses as a dramatic monologue: an obsessive's warped apologia pro vita sua.

Teen rape victim's 'brave' radio admission

A child protection group says a girl who revealed on radio she was raped should be praised for breaking "the silence on child sexual assault".

Shirley Dent: 'Are you just being weird now?’

Watch this youtube video fully comprehend the sheer and utter frustration which drove Brian Cox, research fellow of the Royal Society and professor of particle physics at the University of Manchester, to ask this question of a gormless TV producer.

Estate agent: 'My father was the Zodiac Killer'

Deborah Perez says that she was fooled into helping 1960s serial murderer who terrorised San Francisco and fascinated Hollywood

Unfair competition stifling independent films, says Brian Cox

'Best work' goes unseen while giant blockbusters thrive

Professor Brian Cox: English scholar, poet and editor of 'Critical Quarterly' whose Black Papers sparked debate on education

Brian Cox was a gifted teacher, a superb editor, a skilled administrator and a considerable poet. In another life he might have been a vice-chancellor or perhaps a junior minister for education. However his commitment to the teaching of English, both reading and writing, meant that much of his working life was devoted to raising the standard of debate about education in general and the teaching of English in particular.

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