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The Good Wife on More4 is in the midst of a reputation revision. Long-term fans of the smart, glossy legal drama, which began its fifth season on More4 last night, often complain it's not given the recognition it deserves. It's true that among crime and law procedurals (TV shows where a problem is raised and solved within a single episode) this is a show of unusual quality. But is The Good Wife really that good?

Show 1 at the Lyric Hammersmith

Theatre review: Show 1, Lyric Hammersmith

The known quantity is a factor that London theatre has a depressing habit of unduly relying upon.  Think of all those screen-to-stage adaptations that angle to clean up at the box office by feeding audiences with the safely familiar or the slew of preview pieces that these days excessively prime punters on what to anticipate. 

The sporting week ahead (08/09/13)

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Maldives vote-rigging row after 'black magic coconut' is found near polling booth

The coconut was placed near a polling booth in an alleged bid to disrupt the upcoming elections

Society Rock suffered concussion after a fall on Sunday

Fanshawe’s Rock hits hard place and misses Haydock

Injured sprinter ruled out of rematch with Lethal Force, as Fugue is handed Irish option

From left to right, Roger Waters, Nick Mason, Syd Barrett and Rick Wright

The week in radio: Tom Stoppard shines as he tackles the dark side of the tunes

You only needed to watch the animated trailer for Darkside – that's right, a trailer, with images, for radio. What madness is this? – to know it was going to be totally off its box. A toy farmer stood staring at the skies; giant angle grinders sliced up the earth; a figure sat on a hospital bed with a massive propeller where his head should be.

US actor Adrien Brody, will star in the four-part series chronicling the life of illusionist Harry Houdini

Oscar winner Adrien Brody to star as ecapologist Houdini

The Pianist star will play the famous illusionist Harry Houdini in upcoming mini-series

DVD review: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

Vegas showmen Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell, shiny teeth, stonking toupée) and Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi, wonky teeth, wondrous manner) have been pulling the same act for decades – only to split up when challenged by maverick street-magician Steve Gray (Jim Carrey in manic mode).

Smart mover: Jeremy Vine

The Week in Radio: Rescued from a rant-fest by Jeremy Vine's beautiful minds

This is an abominable time of year for the radio listener. Early August is when the big-name presenters pack up and sod off to the Seychelles, leaving their shows in the hands of the unqualified and confused. It's a time when the interns run riot, and when producers press the big button marked "pre-recorded tat" and disappear off for a nap.

James Anderson during England practice on Wednesday

Ashes 2013: Former pace bowler Bob Willis happy to be overtaken by James Anderson ‘the magician’

James Anderson’s 10 wickets in the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge showed he is England’s “magician”, according to the former pace bowler Bob Willis. His spellbinding deliveries could oust Willis from the No 2 spot in the list of England’s top Test wicket-takers at Lord’s over the next five days.

Adetomiwa Edun (Charlie Ashanti) in Complicite's 'Lionboy'
Dave Franco, Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher and Woody Harrelson in a scene from 'Now You See Me'

Film review: Now You See Me starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman and Woody Harrelson

Louis Leterrier, 115mins. Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Mélanie Laurent (12A)

The News Matrix: Tuesday 2 July 2013

Leaker asks for asylum in Russia

Shock as Cirque du Soleil performer Sarah Guyard-Guillot plummets 50ft to her death in Las Vegas

Sarah Guyard-Guillot, a mother of two, appeared to slip free of the safety wire during a performance of Ka in Los Vegas

DVD & Blu-ray review: Oz the Great and Powerful (PG)

Sam Raimi DVD/Blu-ray (130mins)

Just how did he do it? Magician Dynamo sails through London mid-air on the side of a double decker bus

Theories abound as to just how the magician managed to levitate his way through London traffic

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Swedes introduce gender-neutral pronoun

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Britain's mild winters could be numbered: why global warming is leaving UK chillier

Britain's mild winters could be numbered

Gulf Stream is slowing down faster than ever, scientists say
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The most borrowed book at Bank of England library? Oh dear

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Child abuse scandal: Did a botched blackmail attempt by South African intelligence help Cyril Smith escape justice?

Did a botched blackmail attempt help Cyril Smith escape justice?

A fresh twist reveals the Liberal MP was targeted by the notorious South African intelligence agency Boss
Tony Blair joins a strange and exclusive club of political leaders whose careers have been blighted by the Middle East

Blair has joined a strange and exclusive club

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