News Dmytro Bulatov,a Ukrainian opposition activist, says he was kidnapped and tortured

He led AutoMaidan protest movement that organised motorcades outside the houses of politicians and oligarchs

Breaking up is never easy

Two lots of presents, divided loyalties: JAN PARKER on life as a stepchild

The Critics: Television: A truly alternative stand-up

Royal wedding commentators are traditionally very fond of organs. Tom Fleming, who by my reckoning has covered every royal wedding since Victoria wed Albert - yet disappointingly was not called upon by the BBC for yesterday's big match - used to get tremendous value out of organs. "This great organ was made in 1792 by Cornelius Krijksjaart the Younger of Rotterdam," he would murmur, in the belief that knowledge of the instrument's provenance would fill a hole in our lives.

More viewers upset by sex on television

THERE IS too much sex on British television according to a growing number of viewers.

And here is your starter for ten...

My great passion is 'Countdown': it proves, Zen-like, that in life there is no right answer

Channel 5 play ratings joker by reviving `It's A Knockout'

THE DAYS when helpless, wheezing laughter and saturated people dressed as snails were the biggest thing on television are long gone. But Channel 5 is hoping that, 17 years on, the country is still silly enough to enjoy It's A Knockout.


Blonde, brassy Jenny Eclair, winner of the Perrier Comedy Award 1995, is back on our screens on 2 May with Jenny Eclair's Slot, Channel 5.

Channel 5 criticised for `tacky' sex shows heady x3 x3

THE GOVERNMENT'S television watchdog has taken the highly unusual step of describing Channel 5 as "tacky" in its annual report, because of the broadcaster's use of sex to attract viewers.

Strippers: Wild Frontier

First there was The Chippendales, then `The Full Monty', and now `A Thong for Europe'. Mike Higgins reports from the Frontier Club in Batley as Steve Dynamite, Golden Boy and LA Dream bare all. Photographs by Claudia Janke

Watchdog gets tough on Channel 5

Watchdog gets tough on Channel 5

Fewer than three in ten viewers watching BBC1

THE CONTINUED growth of satellite television and the success of Channel 5 have combined to push BBC1's audience share below the 30 per cent mark for the first time.

The box knows when we are sleepy

Yuletide television is a ritual. And schedulers know how predictable our viewing habits are. By Tim Dowling

C4 drops desk as news war hots up

THE DAYS of the deskbound newsreader look numbered after Channel 4 unveiled a low, pink plinth for Jon Snow to sit beside in its new pounds 3m newsroom yesterday.

Sport on TV: Now you can enjoy football without a dish

TWO OF television's ancien regime, Jimmy Hill and Brian Moore, were moaning this week about there being too much football on the box. True, it's not like in their day when all the people had were Match of the Day on Saturday night and The Big Match after Sunday lunch and they were happy with what they were given, thank you very much. But I reckon there's just about enough these days - and the best bit is, you don't need to reach for the Sky.

BBC fouls C5 in TV's clash of the day

WITH WALL-TO-WALL football on television nowadays, advertisers have to try that little bit harder. Channel 5, though, is perhaps putting in a bit too much effort, and its aggressive strategy has brought nothing but trouble this week.

Football: Has TV reached saturation point?

The broadcasting revolution: New technology enables big clubs to cash in but the fans are becoming more selective
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Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Let's talk about loss

We need to talk about loss

Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth
Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album