Snooker: Anguish fires Doherty to steely resolve in Sheffield

From being a national hero to losing a world title, the mental struggle to come back is a painful one.

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Film: Video watch - Butcher Boy carves a black niche

The Butcher Boy (18)

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Kissed (18) Hi Fliers, rental, 3 Jul

Conlon in line for Best part

IT IS an unlikely combination: a sporting legend who wrecked his career on drink, women and nightlife, and a petty thief forced from obscurity to celebrity by 15 years in jail due to a miscarriage of justice. But according to film-industry sources, Gerry Conlon, Guildford Four member and aspiring thespian, is being considered for the role of George Best in a new film about the footballer's life and times.

Film: Queensberry rules, OK?

Fact and fiction blur uncomfortably in yet another emotive film set in Ulster. Mic Moroney reports

FIFTEEN ROUNDS WITH THE CHAMPION

After her first movie, 'Breaking the Waves', Londoner Emily Watson was nominated for an Oscar. But could she remain unbruised after a ringside experience with Daniel Day-Lewis?

RECORDED DELIVERY; A critical guide to the week's videos

The Crucible (12) Fox, rental, 15 Sept (above). Based on Arthur Miller's enduringly disturbing play about the 17th-century witch trials in Salem, Nicholas Hytner's rendition is terrifying. The complacent puritanism of a small community is turned upside-down by a gaggle of young girls, led by the demented Abigail (Winona Ryder), who are discovered dancing around a bonfire and casting love spells in the woods. Fearing punishment, they blame the devil and accuse other villagers of encouraging them with Satanic visitations. A witchcraft expert is called in who embarks on a ruthless cleansing of the town. There is some ferocious acting from Daniel Day-Lewis as John Proctor, a farmer who becomes embroiled in the witch- hunting through a past affair with Abigail, and a stern performance from Paul Scofield as the magisterial judge.

expert eye; No 7: Elizabeth Brooke, white witch, on 'The Crucible'

At the beginning of the film, what goes on is voodoo rather than witchcraft. Tituba is from the Caribbean, so it is more than likely that she has some knowledge of voodoo. The film did show a small amount of healing, with Rebecca Nurse healing the priest's daughter and bringing her back to life. But there was no actual witchcraft shown. The young girls danced in the field, but that wasn't witchcraft. It was more likely a release from the discipline and restriction of their society. But all that stuff with frogs, and tearing open a bird to drink the blood was more like Satanism.

Where did you go to, my lovely?

In the three years since his last film, Daniel Day-Lewis has appeared in more gossip columns than cinemas. On the eve of his return, David Thomson profiles a lost master

Comment: A game of tag that won't catch on Tagged, but will they be tempered?

It appears we all had the wrong end of the stick about electronic tagging. Up until last week, lots of sensible people were of the opinion that it did not work. Courts weren't keen to impose the tags: the equipment kept breaking down, and pesky criminals carried on breaking their curfews anyway. Not quite the runaway success which Michael Howard had promised.

Dramatic conclusion to the dalliances of Daniel Day-Lewis

Oscar-winning actor with a history of glamorous liaisons makes a match of two literary dynasties

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LETTER:Daniel's dresser

From Mrs Anne N. McLeod

Not just a pretty odd face

Serial killer, sinister fixer, brutal father ... Pete Postlethwaite's looks have won the actor some juicy roles. But, says Jasper Rees, there's more to him than stunning cheekbones
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