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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

Cuttings

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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Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas
La Famille Bélier is being touted as this year's Amelie - so why are many in the deaf community outraged by it?

Deaf community outraged by La Famille Bélier

The new film tells the story of a deaf-mute farming family and is being touted as this year's Amelie
10 best high-end laptops

10 best high-end laptops

From lightweight and zippy devices to gaming beasts, we test the latest in top-spec portable computers
Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

The batsman has grown disillusioned after England’s Ashes debacle and allegations linking him to the Pietersen affair
Susie Wolff: A driving force in battle for equality behind the wheel

Susie Wolff: A driving force in battle for equality behind the wheel

The Williams driver has had plenty of doubters, but hopes she will be judged by her ability in the cockpit
Adam Gemili interview: 'No abs Adam' plans to muscle in on Usain Bolt's turf

'No abs Adam' plans to muscle in on Usain Bolt's turf

After a year touched by tragedy, Adam Gemili wants to become the sixth Briton to run a sub-10sec 100m
Calls for a military mental health 'quality mark'

Homeless Veterans campaign

Expert calls for military mental health 'quality mark'
Racton Man: Analysis shows famous skeleton was a 6ft Bronze Age superman

Meet Racton Man

Analysis shows famous skeleton was a 6ft Bronze Age superman
Garden Bridge: St Paul’s adds to £175m project’s troubled waters

Garden Bridge

St Paul’s adds to £175m project’s troubled waters
Stuff your own Christmas mouse ornament: An evening class in taxidermy with a festive feel

Stuff your own Christmas mouse ornament

An evening class in taxidermy with a festive feel
Joint Enterprise: The legal doctrine which critics say has caused hundreds of miscarriages of justice

Joint Enterprise

The legal doctrine which critics say has caused hundreds of miscarriages of justice
Freud and Eros: Love, Lust and Longing at the Freud Museum: Objects of Desire

Freud and Eros

Love, Lust and Longing at the Freud Museum