Arts and Entertainment Kylie Minogue's arrival as a judge for The Voice saw the BBC show thrash ITV's Splash

BBC show thrashes ITV's Splash, where viewing figures dived

Why those in the know are no longer in with the It Bag

The once-fashionable accessory does not carry the same weight it once did. Harriet Walker reports on new trend for the utility bag

Harriet Walker: Young, rich, fabulous, and desperate

Even if you enjoy the scenarios there is a whiff of desperation coming off everyone involved

The Suspicions of Mr Whicher, ITV1, Monday<br/>MasterChef, BBC1, Mon, Tues, Wed

What do you get if you cross 'Downton Abbey' with 'Sherlock Holmes'? A misguided attempt to recast real-life murder as holiday entertainment

Dom Joly: 'It's such a relief to stop reading tweets,' I tweeted

The heat is driving Britain crazy. Wandering around London last week, every square was packed as though host to some curious hippy festival. People sat nose to nose trying to find enough elbow room to open their pre-packed sandwiches. It's at times like this that I thank the Lord I moved to the country. As soon as I could I hot-footed it back home. One of the few benefits of having fractured four metatarsals is that I have been given a chauffeur- driven car for my convalescence. Like all luxuries, it takes minutes to get accustomed to. I now wonder how I got through life without having a man in a Merc permanently at my beck and call.

Being Modern: The Easter weekender

A holy moment of reflection, if you'll allow. Let us consider the origins of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and today, Resurrection Sunday. Let us meditate on events marked by this central feast in the liturgical calendar. Let us punctuate this holy weekend with the appropriate sense of prayer before we pepper our piousness with an egg hunt to sprinkle some fun on proceedings.

Britain's Next Big Thing, BBC2, Tuesday<br/>If Walls Could Talk, BBC4, Wednesday

It seemed like a good idea on paper, but 'Britain's New Big Thing' failed to live up to its title

BGT: It's like YouTube for people who don't have a computer

In the absence of Simon Cowell, Holden's hair is star of 'Britain's Got Talent'

Dance crazy! Pop videos and iconoclastic talent appeal to new audience

There is no disputing that dance is having a moment in the sun. And that's as true for watching it as for doing it. But this isn't just about couch potatoes slumping in front of spangly TV talent shows. Notwithstanding the recent cuts passed on by Arts Council England to many of its clients, a review of ACE-funded organisations has revealed dance as the fastest growing of all the arts, with attendances up by 103 per cent over 12 months. Another survey, of theatre audiences in the West End of London, found that 71 per cent of people attending dance shows rated their experience as "very good", compared with an average of 63 per cent across all the theatre arts. Whatever form it takes, dance is clearly perceived as providing a memorable night out.

The Most Incredible Thing, Sadler's Wells, London

A Hans Christian Andersen tale set in a Soviet-style state, with a star choreographer and Pet Shop Boys score, tries too hard to do too much

Confessions of a red-top reporter

For two years, Richard Peppiatt chased 'exclusives' for a national newspaper. This is his own story, burqas and all

Bieber fever? Get over it! Meet the new kids on the block

The Canadian teen star is about to be eclipsed by a fresh batch of pop pixies

Domino's Pizza ends 'Britain's Got Talent' deal

Domino's Pizza UK has ended its sponsorship of ITV's Britain's Got Talent series after what it described as "outrageous" price demands.

Balletboyz: The Talent, artsdepot, London

Every good boyz deserves favour

Diary: Hoff makes it to the House

The PM's new pal David Hasselhoff is, surreally, the subject of an Early Day Motion, tabled on Tuesday by David Morris, MP for Morecambe – and reportedly a friend of the Hoff's since the 1980s.

Amanda Holden suffers stillbirth tragedy

The actress Amanda Holden is expected to undergo a series of tests to try to determine what caused the stillbirth of her baby seven months into her pregnancy.

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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

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
Could cannabis oil reverse the effects of cancer?

Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

How podcasts became mainstream

People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

A memorable year for science – if not for mice

The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
5 best activity trackers

Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas