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Armando Iannucci recently said that the UK falls behind the US  when it comes to female comedy writers. Do you find it to be a male-dominated industry?

Disgraced TV presenter Jimmy Savile

BBC Jimmy Savile sex scandal investigation costs nearly £5m

Probe into Stuart Hall affair will add to costs

Stephen Fry to Ignite his passion for opera at festival

Stephen Fry has been named as the curator of an annual opera festival. The actor and comedian will take the helm at this year’s Deloitte Ignite festival which will explore the work of composers Verdi and Wagner.

Boy aged 16 dies in village 'shooting'

A teenage boy has died after a reported gun incident in a quiet village.

DVD review: Great Expectations

Unlike the recent, more daring deconstructions of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights, Mike Newell's Great Expectations is close to being a scene-by-scene translation of the novel.

Tory MP warned of powerful paedophile ring 30 years ago

New evidence supports claim former backbencher’s life was threatened

One Minute With: Tie Ning, novelist

Where are you now and what can you see?

Trafficker jailed for using Polish workers as slaves

A “physical and mental bully” has been jailed for six years and three months for trafficking four men to the UK and exploiting them to work as slaves.

Charles Dickens's bedroom at the townhouse where he lived for 2 1/2 years during his twenties. The building is now the Dickens Museum and has just reopened after a $5 million makeover.

Dickens' house opens for Christmas after revamp

The London townhouse where Charles Dickens penned "Oliver Twist" and fathered two of his 10 children has just reopened after a 3.1 million pound ($5 million) facelift as the climax of the bicentenary of his birth.

This way, madam: a shadowy Peeler guides the way at 48 Doughty Street

IoS exhibition review: Charles Dickens Museum, Doughty Street, London

A tale of two houses, neither one bleak

Malton residents raise £27,000 to 'bring home' signed copy of A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens' festive ghost story is thought to be partially inspired by the North Yorkshire town

Charles Dickens' London home to reopen to the public after £3.1 million revamp

The Bloomsbury-based property has been stripped of as many modern features as possible and filled with the writer's possessions

Havisham, By Ronald Frame

To reimagine a dark star of classic fiction is a daring move, but one that yields mixed results

Workers clean the windows of the Shard

What’s it like to climb Europe’s tallest building?

As the 314m Shard opens to sightseers (for £25 a time) Tom Peck tests the lifts – and his nerve

Human story: Anthony Quinn

The Streets, By Anthony Quinn

A thrilling story of deprivation that shows off the bravura versatility of its author

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How I outwitted the Gestapo

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The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
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Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn