Arts and Entertainment

Sally Wainwright's hit BBC drama about Celia and Alan will be back in late 2014

Snobs by Julian Fellowes

Rearguard action from the upper crust

The Tempest, Old Vic, London

A noisy beginning, an exquisite ending

M&S launches its new line - British history

THEY GAVE us underwear. They gave us chicken tikka masala. Now they're flogging British history, all wrapped up in trademark green and gold along with the heartening reassurance of a money-back guarantee.

St Michael to serve up boiled-down history

THEY GAVE us underwear. They gave us chicken tikka masala. Now they're flogging British history, all wrapped up in trademark green and gold along with the heartening reassurance of a money-back guarantee.

Books: Spoken Word

Cereus Blooms at Night

Too much sex on the TV, viewers say

CONFESSIONAL TELEVISION talk-shows are facing criticism again, this time over their perceived obsession with sex, research launched by the Broadcasting Standards Commission (BSC) revealed yesterday.

Derek Jacobi acts in favour of schools having compulsory drama classes

DRAMA SHOULD be a compulsory part of school timetables, headteachers said yesterday.Research by their trade association found that one in five secondary schools did not offer drama at GCSE level and a quarter did not offer drama lessons earlier on in pupils' school careers.

The Big Picture: Just blood, sweat and fears

LOVE IS THE DEVIL (18) DIRECTOR: JOHN MAYBURY

It was hell, darling, sheer hell

After a grubby dispute between Equity and the advertising industry, Britain's finest thespians are at last free to sell washing powder. Nicole Veash gives a tantrum-by-tantrum account of the voice-over war

Today's pick: The British Academy Television Awards

The British Academy Television Awards (8.30pm ITV) The Oscars get Billy Crystal - we get Bob Monkhouse, who will probably be dusting down his famous joke books as we go to press. This year the awards for film and television have been separated, and tonight is the turn of the TV folk. Francesca Annis, Kathy Burke, Derek Jacobi and Robert Carlyle are amongst those up for the famous gilded masks.

The pay's the thing ...

Theatre's reservoir of talent is drying up because of low wages, says Paul McCann

Independent choice: audio books

Audiobooks are, much more than the written word, "the words of a dead man modified in the guts of the living", as Auden puts it in "In Memory of WB Yeats". Badly done, they are infuriatingly intrusive on the intimate tete a tete between book and reader. But converts to audiobooks know how much added value they can provide: readers who enrich thrillers with suspenseful menace or illuminate difficult texts with lucid emphases, a painless dripfeed through dauntingly long classics, the opportunity to hear a great actor or, most fascinating of all, the voice of the author himself. On journeys they are especially attractive, shortening the longueurs of motorways, soothing one to sleep in strange hotel rooms.

Expert eye: No 4: Robert Harris on 'Breaking the Code'

It wasn't really a film about code breaking, it was a film about social attitudes to homosexuality. A few of the facts were altered within the bounds of dramatic licence: Turing, for example, started working on the Enigma machine before the war and not after.
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Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

Prepare for Jewish jokes...

... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
10 best cycling bags for commuters

10 best cycling bags for commuters

Gear up for next week’s National Cycle to Work day with one of these practical backpacks and messenger bags
Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

Paul Scholes column

Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?