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Since the Second World War, when the BBC provided news and comfort for a nation in great peril, it has played a central role in British life and culture. That is why any proposals for radical change at the Corporation, or any sign that its standards might be slipping, deeply disturb its loyal admirers.

A Bug's Life: now for the sequel

Louise Jury on how the home of wildlife film is about to become a pounds 20m celebration of the natural world

Book Of The Week: Revolutionary message - purge the old capitalists

Capital Market Revolution

Entertainers need colourful minds, not underwear

The jollier the BBC's gardening and cooking programmes get, the more depressing they are

The Interview: A lonely seat in the wings

Once a certainty, now an outsider, the fifth man can only wait and hope. By Andrew Longmore

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News From The Gardeners' World

Open Eye: Radio beams from the stars `will guide travellers around the cosmos'

Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell of the OU has joined the list of prominent scientists, including Sir David Attenborough, to receive the prestigious Edinburgh Medal, which she was awarded at the Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Business spurns the dormouse

GIVEN that it is close to extinction, the depressed river mussel is appropriately named. But it has more reason to be cheerful than most of Britain's vanishing wildlife: it is one of only a handful of endangered species to benefit from a much-vaunted business sponsorship scheme.

The sexiness of ideas

Suddenly people are queuing to see scientists, philosophers, writers. What's afoot?

Beaten chimp may stay at sanctuary

AN AGREEMENT over the future of Trudy, the baby chimp beaten and abused by the circus trainer Mary Chipperfield, could be reached within the next two weeks.

The week in radio: Listen to the voices, and spring will surely come

As if astonished and thrilled to see you; as if you were the one person in all the world he'd been daring to hope might stroll into his basement club, just before it closes; as if now, the elderly jazz-men will raise their tortoise eyes, smile a sleepy smile and play your Jazz Record Requests just one more time, Sam, like they used to in old Casablanca, Geoffrey Smith says "Hullo!" It gets me every time.

Academia's honours system booms

WHEN Sir David Attenborough dons his academic gown and walks on to the stage to receive an honorary degree from Bradford University today, it will feel a familiar experience.

Six line up for lesser-spotted Booker prize

THINK OF it as the Green Booker. There won't be quite the hysterical razzmatazz, but there will still be a lot of prestige attached to the winner of Britain's premier environmental book prize, to be announced tomorrow. Six very different volumes are competing for the boost to Christmas sales which comes from winning the BP Natural World Book Prize.

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On Air: No more Mr Nice Guy

He may have made his career out of playing losers, but now Stephen Tomkinson is firmly on the winning side. By James Rampton
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Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

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Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

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More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

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Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

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Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

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