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Spoiler alert: Last week's episode of Breaking Bad was one of the most shocking in TV history. Can they top it this week?

Man robs bank dressed as Darth Vader

Times must be tough back at the Empire. A bank robber dressed as "Star Wars" villain Darth Vader made off with an undetermined amount of cash after pointing a handgun at startled tellers inside a Chase bank branch on Long Island.

Bank robber shows his dark side

The force was with a man when he robbed a bank wearing a Darth Vader mask and cape.

John Walsh: Not sure I fancy a pork chop from Amazon

The coming war between Amazon and Britain's superstores to seize a chunk of the UK's online groceries-delivery market promises to be titanic. The chore of buying the same old fruit-'n'-veg-'n'-chicken-thighs-'n'-bread-'n'-wine every week has become so boring that lots of us have turned to using Tesco's or Sainsbury's', or in my case Waitrose/Ocado's, computerised shopping services. Not all of us, of course – just 13 per cent of food shoppers, apparently – but it's a figure set to rise. To be able to call up your weekly to-get list on screen, make minor adjustments (it's July – more sunscreen, strawberries and wet wipes!) then press a button to have it delivered to your front door – well, it's the answer to a maiden's prayer.

Two actors and their epic search to find the secrets of Shakespeare

Understanding the Bard can be hard, as stars of the stage and screen confess in a new film

Empire Strikes Back named greatest movie sequel

The Empire Strikes Back was today named the greatest movie sequel of all time.

Not all villains must be British, says Mirren

From middle earth to a galaxy far far away, there exists a truth universal since the dawn of Hollywood time: bad guys speak with British accents. But it is a truth that British actress Dame Helen Mirren has become fed up with.

Outside Edge (14/03/10)

Aptly named Nicholas Newlife, a gambler from Kidlington in Oxford, bequeathed his estate – and all outstanding bets – to Oxfam when he died. The charity reaped £16,750 after he bet Roger Federer would win 14 Grand Slams by 2020 and will gain a further £101,840 if Federer wins Wimbledon again in the next 10 years. So stop cheering for Murray! The total will reach £330,000 if all the bets Newlife laid pay out. And 14-year-old Paralympic swimmer Lyndon Longhorne was handed a box of Liquorice Allsorts stuffed with £5,000 by a mystery elderly couple (not Mr & Mrs Bertie Bassett) in the playground of his school in Bishop Auckland to help his plans to compete in London in 2012. It takes all sorts.

First Night: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Novello Theatre, London

All-black cast turn the tables with powerful performance

The Last Word: Politicians must dig deep to save the crown jewels

Instead of cutting grass-roots spending by 20 per cent Parliament can solve free-to-air mess by coughing up

Feel the Force: Inside Skywalker Ranch

Deep inside a Californian valley is Skywalker Ranch, the nerve centre for Star Wars and its offshoots, another of which begins tonight

Hit & Run: Lust at first flight

In the highly unlikely event that you are an ant and you are reading this, then good luck – you're going to need it. For we are approaching Flying Ant Day – the few hours a year in which the six-legged arthropods emerge from the shelter of their colonies to reproduce in the land of giants.

Eternal darkness: Why the fashion world can't live without black

This summer, the new black is... well, we can guess the rest, can't we?

Dragons prevail despite the thorns of Red Rose

Grinding and grunting of bully boys is not enough to eclipse Welsh pass masters

Games Review: Star Wars: the Force Unleashed

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'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey calls for immediate action to address the problem
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Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

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