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The leader of the BNP Nick Griffin was yesterday declared bankrupt. He doesn't own a house, and has run out of money. But there are some other, probably more important things that the far-right politician lacks...

From Daley to Dimbleby, with no Speedos

Nobody can accuse me of being pigeonholed in this weird world of showbusiness. One week I'm standing on top of a 10-metre diving board, dressed as an overgrown convict, about to plummet to my doom in front of 7 million viewers on a Saturday night, the next moment I'm in a car heading up north to Lancaster to be on Question Time. I've always loved Question Time and was thrilled to be asked to be on the panel. Alarm bells, however, were ringing like billy-o in the back of my mind.

How can a country as wealthy as Britain need so many food banks? And what can we do about it?

Our man in the corridors of power says that supermarkets should give a much greater proportion of their unused food waste to charity instead of landfill

Lord Hall, who is expected to take a salary of £450,000 per year:

The elite needs shaking up, and new BBC Director General Tony Hall is in a perfect position to act

For too long the BBC has been a bubble. Will it produce flagship shows relevant to the vast majority of people in Britain - or dwindle into cultural irrelevance?

Director of Public Prosecutions confirms urgent investigation into failure to prosecute Jimmy Savile over child abuse allegations

Mr Starmer will examine why the Crown Prosecution Service failed to act on evidence about Savile’s activities passed to it in 2009 by Surrey Police

Mark steel: Time to shut the BBC down now!

The genius of Jimmy Savile is that each day the revelations manage to get worse. By tomorrow, it will turn out he was a commander in the Provisional IRA, and on Saturday that in 1997 he used to drive a Fiat Uno haphazardly round the underpasses of Paris.

Constance Briscoe, judge who wrote 'misery memoir', suspended after arrest

One of Britain’s few black women judges, who shot to prominence six years ago with a “misery memoir” about her tough early life, has been arrested and questioned by police.

'Rotten' John Lydon set for Question Time

Former Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon is swapping anarchy for current affairs to appear on Question Time.

The Last of the Haussmans, Lyttelton, National Theatre, London

It seems to be open season on the baby-boomer generation in the English theatre at the moment.  First we had Love, Love, Love from Mike Bartlett at the Royal Court.  Now, in his debut play in the Lyttelton, Stephen Beresford takes a similar, comically sceptical look at the dubious legacy that these folk have bequeathed to their children.

Archie is grilled by Anne Robinson on the final edition of The Weakest Link

‘You are the weakest link, goodbye!': What’s it like to face Anne Robinson on the cult quiz show?

When he was voted off the cult TV quiz show The Weakest Link nine years ago, Archie Bland thought he'd seen the last of Anne Robinson. Then he got invited back for its final broadcast...

Business Diary: What's £520,000 for a grocer?

Justin King, the chief executive of Sainsbury's, was the star performer on Thursday evening's edition of Question Time on BBC One – even when the inevitable question aboutrunaway executive pay came up.

Enter, stage right: Nick Griffin, the really creepy opera

Bonnie Greer inspired to write show after sitting next to the party leader on 'Question Time'

Sarah Sands: Sometimes, a kiss is just a kiss

Germaine Greer's comments about fathers and their daughters show she has little to offer modern feminism

Matthew Bell: The <i>IoS</i> Diary (01/05/11)

Morning dress worn as standard

Diary: The other Westminster coalition

Despite Coalition tensions, there's still no sign of discord between the Cleggerons. Sam Cameron and Miriam Clegg made a convincing show of sisterhood after No 10's International Women's Day reception on Tuesday. The pair were later spotted together in the stalls at Wyndham's Theatre for a performance of Clybourne Park, named Best New Play at this week's Olivier Awards. Both, I'm told, laughed heartily at the show's most risqué (and least sisterly) joke: "Why is a white woman like a tampon?" asks one character. I'll let you Google the punchline.

Lifetime award for TV's David Dimbleby

Veteran broadcaster David Dimbleby has been honoured with a lifetime achievement award from the Royal Television Society, as he marks 50 years since starting at the BBC.

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'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

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Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
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Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

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