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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?

The evidence The music-video director's desk

Chris Cunningham is a director at Ridley Scott Associates Films. His work includes music videos for artists such as Madonna, Bjork, Aphex Twin and Portishead

Games: Sculpture puzzle puzzle

A few weeks ago, we set the task of creating an appropriate anagram of "Darth Vader Sculpture Puzzle". Here are some of the more beguiling entries:

Win a Sculpture Puzzle

Computer-scanned and sliced, Sculpture Puzzles, from the Really Useful Games Company, really do bring a new dimension to jigsaws. The latest addition to their catalogue - timed to coincide with the release of an enhanced version of the Star Wars video, is a dark and threatening bust of Darth Vader, as seen above, nearly completed by Emily Shield of Ascot, encouraged by her father, David.

Film: `Microcosmos': it's definitely got legs

Edgar Allan Poe tagged one of his macabre fables with a quotation to the effect that there is no truly exquisite beauty without some admixture of strangeness. He might well have been entranced by Microcosmos (U), which offers some incomparably strange and exquisite visions. The glistening liquid ballet of a couple of mating snails, for example, which squirm and ripple and pulse in unison, locked surface to luminous white surface in what the mammalian onlooker can only assume to be mollusc ecstasy, especially since the sound-track graces their coupling with a soaring aria. Unless you already dote on slime, you'll need to conquer mild feelings of disgust to relish the sight, but the effort is easier than you might have believed. Every frame of this gorgeous journey down into the insect world puts its idiosyncratic spin on the old maxim that small is beautiful.

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