Arts and Entertainment Once more unto the beach: E4's opening episode of 'Geeks' travelled to Marbella

An E4 show called Beauty and the Geek, used to be a guilty pleasure of mine. Guilty because while I enjoyed the spectacle of paired-up strangers bringing out the best in one another other, I didn't enjoy the reductive labelling or the sexist gender division whereby the "geek" was always a man and the "beauty" was always a woman.

Jet caused Malaga blast scare

Two loud booms rattled windows and frightened residents in the southern city of Malaga today, but Spain's Interior Ministry said the noise was caused by a plane breaking the sound barrier, and police reported no incidents anywhere in the city.

James Taylor Night, BBC4 <br />The Invisibles, BBC1<br />Britain's Youngest Grannies, BBC3<br />Peep Show, Channel 4

A night devoted to James Taylor showed the old folkie's magic can still charm &ndash; unlike a peep behind the scenes at maison Austen

The world&rsquo;s wildest animal attractions

Stephen Woollard, one of the team behind the Budongo Trail, names the zoo enclosures from around the world that helped inspire his project at Edinburgh:

Bertie Smalls: Quiet death of the original supergrass

Bertie Smalls was never supposed to die of natural causes. A career criminal who collaborated in a famous bank robbery &ndash; and then helped the police send his accomplices to prison &ndash; he had a price on his head for the last three decades of his life

Torres keeps Atletico on march

Death on the Costa lifts veil on Morocco's royal court

Hischam Mandari went from favourite son of King Hassan to hunted pariah. Elizabeth Nash reports on his assassination amid tales of medieval-style palace dramas involving concubines and treachery

Has the Costa bubble burst?

As new-builds continue their advance on the Spanish coastline, there are signs the market is in trouble. Zoe Dare Hall reports

Spain opens the bidding

In a slowing Costas property market, is the time ripe for buying at auction? Zoe Dare Hall investigates

Golfing Special: The game in Spain

Homes on Spanish golf courses, once the preserve of pensioners, are attracting younger Brits. Zoe Dare Hall reports

Ritzy without the resorts

As the Costa del Sol is overrun with ugly high-rise resorts, British buyers are increasingly looking north to the Costa Blanca for better value and beautiful properties. Ginetta Vedrickas reports
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