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After thousands of film and television stunts in which he developed innovative techniques and technology, Hal Needham became Hollywood's highest-paid stuntman, commanding $25,000 a time. He also directed his own screenplay for the comedy-action film Smokey and the Bandit. It was one the highest-grossing films of 1977, beginning a franchise that saw two cinematic sequels and number of television movies.
BBC Four, Saturday 16 November, 9pm
History has shown life isn't kind to US intelligence insiders gone rogue
The Ministry of Defence is to sell one of its historic Whitehall buildings as part of a money-saving drive.
The South Korean president has put forward proposals that the North and South hold a reunion next month for families still separated 60 years after the Korean War.
President pledges more open surveillance and says whistleblower has provoked Russia crisis
Escapee is prepare to risk execution to expose South Korean discrimination
Britain’s nuclear deterrent does not require 24-hour patrols
Ministers argue that having nuclear submarines permanently patrolling our waters has “served us well”
The fugitive US whistleblower Edward Snowden alleged on Sunday that the National Security Agency was “in bed together” with German intelligence despite claims by politicians in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition that they were shocked by the extent of American spying in Germany.
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Mikhail Gorbachev, the last President of the Soviet Union, has been admitted to the Kremlin hospital in Moscow for tests, amid growing concern over his health.
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She has dark eyes, full lips and short hair in one of the favourite styles of London in the "swinging 60s" but who is she?
His decision could start an exodus of Olympic boxers