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The BBC has released more pictures of 'Adventure in Space and Time', a drama about the first Doctor Who series.

Bristol Palin joins TV dance contest

Bristol Palin, daughter of the Republican powerbroker Sarah Palin, will test her dance moves against former Baywatch star David Hasselhoff and R&B singer Brandy for a US television dance contest.

Big in Japan: The stars who shine in unlikely places

Kevin Costner is actually big in Turkey, and he's the latest to reorient his career with a foreign revival

Christmas Gifts: from the silver screen

Whether it's the most recently released movie, original collectible memorabilia or the very latest in home entertainment equipment, find gifts to delight even the most obsessive film buffs

Guy Adams: Behold! The staggering hypocrisy of Michael Moore

Mr Michael Moore is a very great documentary maker; possibly the best that Hollywood has ever seen.

100 Best Films: 20-1

Anthony Quinn, our acclaimed film critic, concludes his five-day celebration of cinema's classics with this very personal Top 20, including his favourite movie ever made

Movie heaven: Anthony Quinn's 100 Best Films, Day 4, 40-21

The Independent's film critic selects his favourite films ever made: 40-21 - from Blue Velvet to The Big Sleep

Movie heaven: Anthony Quinn's 100 Best Films, Day 3, 60-41

The Independent's film critic selects his favourite films ever made: 60-41 - from Psycho to Taxi Driver

Movie heaven: Anthony Quinn's 100 Best Films, Day 2, 80-61

The Independent's film critic selects his favourite films ever made: 80-61 - Duel to Colonel Blimp

Back by popular demand: Bilbo the 'Baywatch' dog

Campaigners delighted to see return of canine lifeguard

One Click Wonder: Spoof rocking

Last week, legendary spoof metallers Spinal Tap annouced they are to return to the recording studio for the first time in 15 years. Here we honour some other fictional bands who have given their real-life counterparts a run for their money.

One Click Wonder: Embarassing Speeches

Last Sunday’s Golden Globes saw our very own Kate Winslet steal the show with an acceptance speech of painfully histrionic proportions. Of course, she’s hardly the first star to expose herself to ridicule on the awards stage…

DVD: Alison Krauss, A Hundred Miles or More, (Decca/Rounder)

An hour "in the studio" with the purest musician in America, watching her do songs from her last, elegant but over-finessed album. For a woman who places so much emphasis on naturalness and authenticity, she must really like her make-up artist, who appears to have done the job with a spatula and blowtorch.

One Click Wonder: Worst Christmas Songs

Strictly Come Dancing’s John Sergeant is set to murder the pop charts as he did the dancefloor with ‘Let’s Not Fight This Christmas’, released tomorrow. Could it be the worst Christmas single ever? Surely not with this competition...

Heart-Shaped Box, By Joe Hill

This should be called "Abused Women and Girls", as they are who this unpleasantly creepy little novel is about. The "hero" is a middle-aged heavy rock star, Jude Coyne, a collector of "death memorabilia" including a snuff movie, who is somewhat deservedly being haunted by another vile character, the ghost of an old man who liked to molest little girls, including his own stepdaughter. Said stepdaughter later killed herself after being dumped by Jude, and now her sister has taken revenge by tricking Jude into buying her stepfather's haunted suit.

Album: Portishead, Third (Island)

Say what you like about Portishead; you can't accuse them of being in it for the money. The easy thing to do, a decade-plus since their much-adored debut, would be to play it safe and offer up 'Dummy' redux.

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Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

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Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
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His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
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Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
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