Arts and Entertainment Keeley Hawes (left) and Sheila Hancock in Barking in Essex at the Wyndhams Theatre

A source described the clash as a 'battle between two divas'

'BBC Breakfast' to relocate to Salford: but will the stars follow?

The comedians David Mitchell and Robert Webb were star guests on BBC 1's Breakfast programme yesterday, sending the show's publicists into overdrive. The pair's interview with presenters Sian Williams and Charlie Stayt was posted on Breakfast's website and discussed on its Facebook page and Twitter account.

TV panel shows - I'm sorry they haven't a clue

The same few hackneyed comedians keep cropping up on TV panel shows. Fiona Sturges doesn't see the funny side

So Wrong, It's Right, Radio 4<br/>Jarvis Cocker's Sunday Service, BBC 6 Music

Rent-a-rants are received loud and clear

My Life In Travel: David Mitchell, novelist

'Places don't seduce you, but moments do'

Can you judge a book by its cover?

Even without words, you can probably tell what kind of stories are told in the books here. That's thanks to the cover artists, whose work is largely uncelebrated. A new exhibition &ndash; and some of our top designers &ndash; would like to change that

Philp Hensher: A few more ruins is just what we need

David Cameron launched his party's manifesto at Battersea Power Station the other day. The implication was that the vast, decaying bulk of the famous building was an example of the sort of neglect and abandonment which his government would put right.

Boyd Tonkin: A velvet revolution on the shelves

The Week In Books

Sense of humour failure as BBC boycotts its own comedy show

ITV and Sky agree to contribute to new series &ndash; but Corporation refuses

For the record: 15/02/2010

This isn&rsquo;t just a kind of fad from someone who&rsquo;s interested in technology...it&rsquo;s not discretionary.&rdquo; Peter Horrocks, BBC Head of Global News, gives warning to the corporation&rsquo;s journalists that they should engage with social media.

Amy Jenkins: Sorry to be Scrooge-like, but I'm relieved the festive season is over

Hooray. The Christmas holiday is well and truly over. On Monday morning, joy of joys, I will throw open the curtains to a street filled with slow moving commuter traffic.

Missing man's body found in canal

A body pulled from a canal was identified today as the missing man at the centre of a celebrity-backed online search.

DVD: Peep Show &ndash; Series 6, For retail & rental, (4 DVD)

"Soph wants a pre-birth paternity test; it's not mine. It'd better not be mine. Oh God. Does Dobby really want me? What do you mean you're closing the office? Hmm, £2,000 to go all in with Alan. Seems sensible. Even if he has gone a bit mad. And why's Super Hans brought his snake to our party? Oh God, why? Why?"

Minor British Institutions: Peep Show

In one respect, Channel 4's Peep Show is simply a revival of Neil Simon's original (and brilliant) Odd Couple idea; slob lives with neat-and-tidy type giving rise to much hilarity. But the brilliance of Peep Show lies in taking that promising core and smothering it in rich new stuff: superb writing, innovative point-of-view filming, wonderful acting and the violent juxtaposition of the very contemporary and mundane world of JLB Finance with, say, a roast-dog barbecue.

One Minute With: Marlon James

Peep Show - They're still worth spying on

Six series on and Mark and Jeremy are the same old losers, living in one another's pockets. That's the secret of Peep Show's success, David Mitchell and Robert Webb tell James Rampton
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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

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Survivors of the Nazi concentration camp remember its horror, 70 years on
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The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore
'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

Army general planning to come out
Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project