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Any Human Heart, Sunday, Channel 4<br/>Peep Show, Friday, Channel 4

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Hackers create chaos on Twitter with 'worm' attacks

The information-rich world of Twitter was almost converted into total gobbledegook yesterday as hackers took advantage of a security flaw to create self-replicating "worms" that automatically posted themselves to users' accounts.

Boyd Tonkin: Some big omissions, but a nicely balanced list overall

Literary fashion is a fickle deity. David Mitchell – if he cared – would have ample reason to curse its waywardness. In Britain, where herd-like orthodoxies too often prevail, the "next big thing in fiction" mantle slipped away from him at some point over the past two years. It settled on Tom McCarthy. Both authors (each born in 1969) are blazingly talented writers. Both arguably deserved a place on this year's Man Booker shortlist.

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This year's contenders handle dark themes with a light touch

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Man Booker Prize shortlist announced

Australian novelist Peter Carey could become the first author to win the Man Booker Prize three times after it was announced he was on this year's shortlist.

Last Night's TV: Digging for Britain/BBC2<br />The King Is Dead/BBC3

We don't, says Dr Alice Roberts, the engaging host of Digging for Britain, know very much about the Anglo-Saxons. This is an immense relief to me. I can pretty much guarantee that I know less than most. In fact, I know virtually nothing: pre-modern history does, and probably always will, form an impenetrable black hole in my admittedly already pretty vacant brain. I'm not quite sure what it is: mention the Victorians and I'm all over it. But take me back to the fifth century and I back away like a rabbit in headlights. People then (at least this has always been my reasoning) were just so different. How can we possibly relate?

DVD: Four Lions, For retail & rental (Elevation)

Chris Morris's debut film, co-written with Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong (Peep Show / The Thick of It), features a cell of bumbling jihadists from the Midlands.

David Mitchell: 'Readers enable me to continue to do what I love. Prizes won't do that for you'

David Mitchell attracts both deep popular affection and critical awe. In Edinburgh, Arifa Akbar talks to him as the Booker race looms

The Guest list: Our literary editor chooses titles that make their mark

The Man Booker Prize announced its longlist last week. But there are plenty of other books to admire...

The Booker's Dozen: judges reveal 13 works in line for literary prize

Some might consider it curmudgeonly to reflect on the novels left off the Man Booker prize long list, which was announced yesterday, rather than commend the 13 authors who made the final cut.

Man Booker Prize longlist announced

The 13-strong longlist for the Man Booker Prize 2010 was announced today.

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