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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?

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: A bejewelled, bemedalled, boring panto, starring Sir Alex Ferguson

Consternation! Twitter storm! Chris Grayling, or “Lord High Chancellor” to give him his Mikado-esque title, turned his back on the Queen! 

Jenny Gilbert on Mayerling: The drugged-up prince, the underage girl, and a right royal cover-up

History rarely supplies plots for full-evening ballets, and with good reason. Dance tends to be strong on feeling, weak on facts. As George Balanchine once drolly observed, ballet has no way of saying “this is my mother-in-law”.

Tales from the water cooler: How can you joke with a headline like that?

Sometimes a story's comic spark burns out before the first line

Love bomb: Olivia Vinall and Adrian Lester as the newlyweds in Othello

Kate Bassett on Othello: Defeated by the green-eyed monster

Jealousy is the enemy in an impeccably cast tragedy. And a Swedish one-man-show is the West End's new best friend

TV review: Endeavour and the cosy pleasures of the antique

Endeavour, Sun, ITV / Isaac Newton: The Last, Magician, Fri, BBC2

St Basil's Cathedral on Red Square in Moscow

Tsars in your eyes: Life as an intern in Russia

When Tom Beardsworth decided he wanted to do an internship, he decided to cast his net a little bit wider than rainy old London

L-R: Matthew Woollons, 15; Elizabeth Rogan, 16; Sonny Pennington, aka, ‘Magical Sunshine’, 17

Hey presto! The slick new face of magic

The Young Magician of the Year contest is back, and Jonathan Owen finds that hocus-pocus is on a new high

Pianist Kirill Gerstein p

Kirill Gerstein, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

One lesson to be drawn from Keith Jarrett’s recent Southbank recital was how porous the border now is between jazz piano and its classical counterpart.

Poignant: Archive footage of the 1930s in Ken Loach’s The Spirit of ’45

Film review: The Spirit of '45 - Mind the gap inKen Loach's impassioned plea for a return to post-war unity

An angry miner demands: "Who is it who tells the police to beat me – a working man?" Cut mischievously to a clip of Margaret Thatcher raising her hand as if to reply: "I do."

Performing pooches tour Japanese schools to educate kids about pet ownership

A circus featuring dancing dogs is touring around Japan with the intention of teaching young children the responsibilities that come with owning a pet.

Magician Steve Truglia's new Card Shark Show exposes the tricks of gambling cheats

After life in SAS and as 007 stuntman, Steve Truglia exposes card sharks in new magic show

A former member of the Special Forces, turned stunt man has now forged a career in magic, and his new show has just seen him promoted to the highest level of the Magic Circle achieved by examination.

Goodbye Kansas: James Franco charms the locals in Oz the Great and Powerful

Film review: Oz the Great and Powerful - You thought the Wizard should be left alone? Step this way …

So, how did Oz gets its Wizard? This question has never exercised me for more than a nanosecond, but as redundant as Oz the Great and Powerful might seem, this Disney prequel turns out to be something of a classic: a family friendly fantasy which delivers as an affectionate prologue to The Wizard of Oz, that works just as well as a spectacular, neatly structured stand-alone adventure. It's directed by Sam Raimi, who once again brings irresistible enthusiasm to cartoonish genre entertainment, but it could also pass for the best Tim Burton film in a long time, and the best Terry Gilliam film in even longer.

Was Justin Bieber's ‘worst birthday’ really so terrible?

It can be tricky to remember that Justin Bieber is a real human being.

Review: The Childhood of Jesus, By JM Coetzee

The Booker-winner's unsettling new parable is set in Novilla,

Doctor Faustus, West Yorkshire Playhouse

Doctor Faustus, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds

It takes a certain bravery to tinker with one of the great plays of the classical canon – let alone rip out two entire acts and replace them with brand spanking new material. True scholars have long debated how much of the established Doctor Faustus was written by Christopher Marlowe, not to mention the quality of what has been passed down through the years.

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