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Actress says she has never been annoyed by show's different US casting

AL Kennedy: 'I don't think happiness is fatal. You have to write from some kind of joy'

AL Kennedy writes about bleak, lonely lives, has a rather too intimate understanding of obsessives, and is notoriously unfond of journalists. So Katy Guest is surprised to find her in a far from Eeyorish mood...

Yentob claimed £1,600 for 'executive dinner'

The latest round of BBC expenses, released today, showed that the corporation's creative director Alan Yentob charged the licence fee payer nearly £1,600 for an "executive Christmas dinner".

First Night: Phedre, Ritzy Cinema, Brixton

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Doctor Who wins theme tune accolade

British science fiction drama Doctor Who has come top in a poll looking at the best sci-fi TV theme tunes of all time.

It's an unfair cop: Gene Hunt, the most defiantly un-PC PC on the block, is back

The desk is strewn with tell-tale signs that we're in the office of a real man's man. The keys to an Audi Quattro. A tumbler full of whisky. A pack of Players No 6. A picture of footballer Ray Wilkins. A Betamax tape of Escape to Victory. But the clincher is a mock-up of one of those old Wild West posters. It reads: "The maverick sheriff cleans up town."

Terence Blacker: Why do they all fawn over Saint Max?

It has been a good few weeks for Max Clifford, Britain's new face of morality. With the quiet, caring authority of a bishop, he has presided over the difficult case of Alfie, the 13-year-old boy who may or may not have fathered a baby. At the other end of the life's spectrum, he has, as he puts it, been "looking after" Jade Goody as she prepares to die.

Close-up: David Troughton

The actor turning Alan Bennett's 'disaster' into a West End triumph

TV Remakes - A Reminder of things past

From Minder and Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em to Beverley Hills, 90210, a whole host of former TV favourites are being remade – with a twist or two. Gerard Gilbert reports

BBC denies new Doctor Who betting claims

The BBC today denied any knowledge of suspicious betting activity over the identity of the new Doctor Who.

Doctor Who? Unknown is latest incarnation of Time Lord

The question became inevitable last night after it was revealed that 26-year-old actor Matt Smith had been cast as the latest incarnation of the most famous double-hearted Time Lord in the universe.

Matt Smith named as new Doctor Who

Matt Smith was today named as the new Doctor Who, the BBC said, becoming the 11th Time Lord since the programme first aired in 1963.

Doctor Who replacement set to be named

The BBC is set to reveal the identity of David Tennant’s replacement as Doctor Who tomorrow.

Who's the Doctor?

David Tennant has just four more episodes of the BBC1 sci-fi drama to film, and rumours are rife over who will take over. Rob Sharp rounds up the main contenders

The Independent's Christmas television guide

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David Lister: To dream, perchance to get a refund

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