Arts and Entertainment Horsing around: the BBC's lively adaptation of 'Death Comes to Pemberley'

Whatever objections purists might have were cheerfully put to one side

To the manor born: Timothy Spall, Jack Farthing, Mark Williams and Jennifer Saunders

A castle, a pig called Empress and a rather porky aristocrat

Timothy Spall goes posh in a new PG Wodehouse adaptation

Cool Runnings, The Snowman, Mr Stink, Dragon's Den, Bad Santa

Our pick of the best on the box this festive season

Last night's viewing - Jewish Mum of the Year, Channel 4; Fresh Meat, Channel 4

Hard on the heels of a rebuke from the Advertising Standards Agency for an "irresponsible" and "offensive" campaign that "reaffirmed negative stereotypes" of the Traveller community, Channel 4 continues its proud commitment to minority caricature with the barely credible Jewish Mum of the Year. Let's get the mitigating circumstances out of the way first, since it won't take long.

Actor and comedian David Walliams will be editing The Independent and sister paper i in aid of Sport Relief

David Walliams reveals suicide attempts

TV funnyman David Walliams has revealed he has tried to kill himself several times during his life-long battle with depression.

Arifa Akbar's Arts Diary: The word on the street is that Walliams is happy to book a date with his big fan

As far as the art of pairing and chairing goes, Nick Barley, the director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, seems to be very inspired this year.

Leading article: Proud to be supporting Sport Relief

Generally, Britain is a comfortable country in which to live. By and large, people have enough food to eat and water to drink. The air is clean, the water supply constant and pollutant-free. Children will receive an adequate education. Our health service will care for us when we fall sick. Crime levels are low.

On Thursday 22nd March, David Walliams will take on the role of Editor for one day, for a special Sport Relief edition of The Independent and i, to be published on Friday 23rd March

David Walliams to guest edit The Independent and i for Sport Relief

Guest contributors include John Bishop, Jimmy Carr, Rob Brydon and more…

Pointing the way: Russell Brand at the Secret Policeman’s Ball at Radio City in New York

Secret Policeman's Ball: Stand-up and be counted

Russell Brand stole the show as American and British comics vied for laughs in New York

Growing pains: Julie Walters and Gian Sammarco starred in the TV adaptation of 'The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13¾' from 1985

The Secret Diary of an Adrian Mole fan, aged 27¼

As Sue Townsend's stories are reissued for the 30th anniversary, Will Dean salutes his dysfunctional hero

Growing pains: Julie Walters and Gian Sammarco starred in the TV adaptation of 'The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole aged 13¾' from 1985

The Secret Diary of an Adrian Mole fan, aged 27¼

As Sue Townsend’s stories are reissued, Will Dean salutes his dysfunctional hero

Little Britain given a whole new meaning

I've spent more of my life playing music than speaking. If I ever really wanted to express an idea, emotion or even a storyline, music has always been my first choice. But having released eight albums, I was keen to find a fresh approach for my ninth so this album started as something quite different – a script.

Jamie's kitchen nightmare: his show is getting the chop

Celebrity chef switched to 'graveyard slot' as TV ratings plummet

Orrin Tucker

Second series for Lucas and Walliams show

The latest comedy show from Little Britain duo Matt Lucas and David Walliams has been recommissioned for a second series, the BBC announced today.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

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Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee