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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?

Is there much of a difference between novelty dog acts and circus animals?

Observations: Hang out in the forest for saunas, songs and the circus

Would you like to spend the night in a sleeping pod suspended from a tree as part of the theatregoing experience?

Little Giant parades through Stanley Park

Sea Odyssey: Giant hopes for Liverpool

Emily Jupp meets the "Lilliputians" who work for theatre company "Royal de Luxe" and gets the reactions from the streets

RAYMOND TELLER: The magician claims to have created the Shadows trick as a teenager

Penn and Teller take magician to court over trick

Two magicians at crossed wands are heading to court over the rights to an illusion and the very principle of the secrecy of magic.

24-hour room service: 25hours Hotel, Vienna

Roll up, a chic circus is in town

Festival Guide 2012: A spotter's guide to festival excess

Smug Tweeters. Gurning Techno stilt loons. Naked am-dram mums. Bewildered teens. Key parts of any festival, says Nick Moore

Cirque Mandingue / The Great Spalvados, Roundhouse, London (3/5, 4/5)

Cirque Mandingue, who open the Roundhouse’s Circusfest season, have strong and exuberant acrobats, slightly hampered by a clichéd sense of theatre. The core team do pyramid balancing, tumbling and stomping dance moves. The energy dips when they start clowning or telling stories.

Circus Tricks, Tete a tete, Riverside Studios

Workshopping is all the rage in experimental opera at present, and Tete a tete - with a distinguished history of making magic with limited means – has workshopped Circus Tricks in a wide variety of contexts, with numerous transformations.

Top Trumps: Party People

No self-respecting billionaire wants to be seen as mean when it comes to celebrating a birthday, but they need to dig deep, says Genevieve Roberts

Gerry Cottle: 'Travelling with the circus in the old days, we were treated like royalty'

My Life In Travel: Gerry Cottle, circus owner and entertainer

'We stayed with friends in a three-ring circus'

Campaigners want wild animals banned from performing circus stunts

Cameron accused of "smoke and mirrors" over circus animals ban

David Cameron was accused tonight of deploying “smoke and mirrors” to avoid imposing an immediate ban on wild animals in travelling circuses.

The Arch-Conjuror of England: John Dee, By Glyn Parry

Was Queen Elizabeth wise to appoint a court occultist, even one who claimed to confer with the angels? The truth is, most rulers were at it

The Weekend's Viewing: Cricklewood Greats, Sun, BBC4
Bomber Boys, Sun, BBC1

Pastiche is a pretty unforgiving form of comedy.

Pss Pss, Purcell Room, Southbank Centre, London

Simone Fassari and Camilla Pessi, the award-winning double act Baccala Clowns, bow in triumph because they’ve managed to juggle a single apple. Then they flip coolly through challenging acrobatics, Pessi poised on one hand on Fassari’s head. Pss Pss is a children’s show that works for its young audience, and for adults too.

The Table, Soho Theatre, London
Romeo and Juliet, Royal Opera House, London

A puppet who lives on a kitchen table holds attention and provokes emotion in an undefinable piece of theatre

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Tonke Dragt's The Letter for the King has finally been translated into English ... 50 years on

Buried treasure: The Letter for the King

The coming-of-age tale about a boy and his mission to save a mythical kingdom has sold a million copies since it was written by an eccentric Dutchwoman in 1962. Yet until last year, no one had read it in English
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The school that means business

Richard Garner heads to Lancashire, where developing the 'dragons' of the future is also helping one community academy to achieve its educational goals
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Lutz Pfannenstiel: The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents

Lutz Pfannenstiel interview

The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents
Pete Jenson: Popular Jürgen Klopp can reignite Borussia Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern Munich

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Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

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The killer instinct: The man who helps students spot potential murderers

The killer instinct

Phil Chalmers travels the US warning students how to spot possible future murderers, but can his contentious methods really stop the bloodshed?
Clothing the gap: A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd

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Fall of the Berlin Wall: Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain

The Fall of the Berlin Wall

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