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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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A new Russian revolution: Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

A new Russian revolution

Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?

Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments
The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on
It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

Voted for by the British public, the artworks on Art Everywhere posters may be the only place where they can be seen
Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Websites offering your ebooks for nothing is only the latest disrespect the modern writer is subjected to, says DJ Taylor
Edinburgh Fringe 2014: The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee

Edinburgh Fringe 2014

The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee
Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

The woman stepping down as chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund is worried