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Animal Kingdom recorded their haunting, hypnotic debut album Signs and Wonders with Fleet Foxes' producer Phil Ek in Seattle. But their heart remains firmly in London thanks to a certain bakery, they tell Alexia Loundras

Australia perfect their peak practice

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Wallander: Swede dreams are made of this

Kenneth Branagh's 'Wallander' captivated TV viewers. Now, as BBC4 shows the Scandinavian original, Geoffrey Macnab examines their different emphases on detectives, darkness and alienation

Simon Oates: Actor who starred as the scientist Dr John Ridge in ‘Doomwatch’

When Simon Oates saw his photograph on the cover of Radio Times, he knew he had found fame after almost 20 years as an actor. This plaudit came at the height of his run in Doomwatch (1970-72) as Dr John Ridge, one of a group of government scientists monitoring unscrupulous activities such as chemical-waste dumping, pollution and the commercial misuse of deadly toxins.

Shed reveals bid rejection

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Moors village in shock at lossof 'Heartbeat'

Tourism under threat as ITV ends filming

ITV suspends Heartbeat production

Production of 1960s police drama Heartbeat is to be suspended to clear a stockpile of unbroadcast episodes.

Last Night's TV: The Real Life on Mars, BBC4; Superhuman: World's Smallest People, ITV1

Even by television's self-referential and indeed self-reverential standards, a TV programme about a TV programme inspired by a TV programme is stretching things a little, and I duly approached The Real Life on Mars with caution, as a police officer in 1973 might have approached an abandoned Aer Lingus rucksack in a London street, or as a Rastafarian in a London street might have approached a police officer in 1973.

Bonekickers: Digging deep to rival Life on Mars success

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John Nettles: The boy in bleu

France has fallen in love with Midsomer's suave TV detective. John Lichfield investigates

Bernard Archard: Star of the TV series 'Spycatcher'

Disillusioned with the experience of regular unemployment as an actor in Britain, in 1959 Bernard Archard booked a seat on the next boat to Canada, with plans to make a new start. But then he was asked to audition for the starring role in Spycatcher, as Lt-Col Oreste Pinto, a wartime Allied counter-espionage expert.

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