News In other news ... Jon Snow performed at last year's Newsroom's Got Talent charity event

The veteran Channel 4 host let readers in on the inner workings of his mind – and it’s not as laundered as one might have thought

Wild, anarchic energy: playwright Manfred Karge

It's the right time to return to the South Pole

Theatre director Stephen Unwin explains why he is revisiting one of Manfred Karge's plays from the Eighties

Wild, anarchic energy: playwright Manfred Karge

Manfred Karge: The playwright who grapples with the underclass

Theatre director Stephen Unwin on why he is championing a European maverick

David Walliams talks to Eddie Izzard

'So, Eddie Izzard, were your marathons an attempt to trump my swims?'

David Walliams talks to Eddie Izzard

Harriet Walker: Sneering at the Bercows is class snobbery

I thought only ritzy people got to sit on the front row. But there was Sally Bercow, wedged between former PMs Gordon and Tony for the Queen's speech at Westminster on Tuesday. So wedged, in fact, that when her clingy skirt rode up to show her stocking-tops, she was powerless to stop it. Bercow, whatever her state of undress, is always deployed by the right-wing press to embarrass her husband, but he needed no such help this time, rambling on as he did about a gay charity during what was arguably the monarch's time to shine, before calling Her Majesty a "kaleidoscope Queen", summoning a Soho nightspot to mind rather than anything more traditionally regal.

Gina & Nana, Place Blanche 1963

Photography: Les Amies de Place Blanche, By Christer Strömholm

Even in 1983 when it was first published, the Swedish photographer Christer Strömholm wrote in the foreword of the book that made his name: "These images are from another time."

Album: Magnetic Fields, Love at the Bottom of the Sea (Domino)

The latest album from the almost self-destructively prolific Stephin Merritt finds him once again deeply in love with synth pop.

Olympia Dukakis and Brenda Fricker elope from their nursing home in 'Cloudburst'

Heads Up: BFI Lesbian and Gay Film Festival

Louder, prouder, steamier, dreamier, older and wiser

The Recruiting Officer, Donmar Warehouse, London
The Taming of the Shrew, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon
A Midsummer Night's Dream, Lyric Hammersmith, London

Two very funny Shakespeares and an 18th-century romp join the wave of comedies rolling across the British stage

Man guilty of killing lawyer at Tube station

A man who pushed a leading human rights lawyer in front of a Tube train was cleared of murder but found guilty of manslaughter at the Old Bailey yesterday.

The Lemonheads, Shepherds Bush Empire, London (3/5)

There’s an understandable perception that Evan Dando blew it.

Sarah Sands: Is any woman man enough to play Miss Trunchbull?

The inspired casting of Bertie Carvel as Miss Trunchbull in Matilda, one of the year's greatest performances, owes something to the RSC's employment policies. Casting has to be blind to sex and race. Now I am not sure whether a woman could ever play the role again – or, indeed, anyone else but Mr Carvel. It is his role, in the same way that Mark Rylance is now synonymous with Johnny "Rooster" Byron in Jerusalem. The soft-voiced, sadistic, sports-mad headmistress with her leather coat and whistle is a glorious creation.

Invisible Ink: No 101 - Richard Marsh

The Beetle was a bizarre hybrid novel of supernatural romantic mystery published in 1897, the same year as Dracula, and initially it eclipsed the undead count's sales.

Cover-up: 'Marat/Sade' has powerful performances but fails to unnerve

Marat/Sade, Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Revolutionary revival is mad, bad, but not dangerous enough

The Tempest, King's Theatre, Edinburgh<br/>King Lear, Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh<br/>Top Girls, Trafalgar Studios, London

A Seoul theatre company beautifully peoples Prospero's island with swirling dancers, but a Chinese attempt to double up Lear and his Fool is a muddle in Mandarin
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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee