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What's really going on in the world of books

The history cycle will star Ben Whishaw

Heads Up: Shakespeare's History Plays

Once more unto the Beeb ... the Bard's back on the box

The Weekend's Viewing: Perspectives: David Suchet – the People I Have Shot, Sun, ITV1
Being Human, Sun, BBC3

When The South Bank Show was axed in 2009, it seemed like the final swing of the wrecking ball into ITV as a home for the arts, and further evidence that high culture in general was not welcome on television.

Letter from the editor: i's relationship with its readers

One of the nicest things about i – unprecedented in my Fleet Street experience – is the newspaper’s relationship with its readers.

Letter from the editor: Appreciating a detective series

Do you have to be a certain age to appreciate detective series?

Music hall saved after 'overwhelming' response to fund-raising appeal

The world's oldest surviving music hall, Wilton's in London, has been saved from closure after an "overwhelming" public response to an emergency fund-raising appeal.

Joan Smith: Farming out forensic science is criminal

Sherlock Holmes used a magnifying glass, while Hercule Poirot relied on his little grey cells.

Video: Poirot meets Prince Charles

Actor David Suchet receives the CBE from Prince Charles and says there could be more Poirot to come.

David Lister: Subsidised theatre receives a timely boost

Spare a thought for the losers. Andrew Lloyd Webber's latest musical drew a blank at last night's ceremony, a rarity for him. Television's Poirot, David Suchet, must wait another year for an Olivier, despite a fine performance in Arthur Miller's All My Sons. Derek Jacobi's towering and desperately moving King Lear was also beaten.

The stars of Cameron's Big Society dominate New Year Honours list

Awards also given to those in business, fashion, sport, the arts and media

The Feral Beast: Michael White, first with the latest

He has been a political reporter for The Guardian since Pitt the Younger's first belch; these days, Michael White is so grand he can't be bothered with the boring matter of keeping abreast of facts.

Christie 'exorcised' herself of Poirot

The murder mystery writer Agatha Christie wanted to "exorcise herself" of Hercule Poirot, one of her most famous and enduring characters, her grandson has revealed.

David Lister: You should get out more, Dr Miller. You might enjoy it...

The learned doctor really doesn't learn. The last time he criticised "celebrity casting", he picked on "that man from Dr Who" playing Hamlet on stage in 2008. In fact David Tennant, the object of his ire, was a classically trained Royal Shakespeare Company actor. After the brickbats aimed at him for that faux pas, you might have thought that Dr Miller would be more careful.

Age can wither them: Will today’s hit plays still be being revived in 50 years' time?

Private Lives and After the Dance both caused a sensation when they appeared in the Thirties and are still being successfully revived. But will today’s hit plays last the course?

Agatha Christie: The curious case of the cosy queen

No enemy can murder Agatha Christie. From India to France, her mysteries sell by the million. As crime buffs gather in Harrogate to investigate her lasting appeal, Andrew Taylor presents his defence
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