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The actor said the profession is becoming so limited that a 'messy kid from a council estate' like himself would no longer be able to forge a career

Josephine Hart's dream is realised in a new app, says Christina Patterson

There was a time when people on buses and Tubes didn't just fiddle with their phones. There was a time when what they stared at were the pages of a newspaper, or book. Some people still do, of course, but many, many don't. Many just fiddle and tap and flick and glance at one thing, and then another thing, and then at something else.

DVD & Blu-Ray: John Carter (12)

Holy Tharks, no wonder Disney lost a packet on this, a po-faced action-adventure that doesn't even have the decency to be Flash Gordon camp.

West on West hailed at TV Bafta awards

A gritty drama about serial killer Fred West won three television Baftas last night.

DVD: The Awakening (15)

Rebecca Hall's author, Florence, is a supernatural sceptic who debunks supposedly ghostly happenings in 1921 Britain.

Appropriate Adults scoops two Royal Television Society awards

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Tom Hodgkinson: 'We took a TV home. I admit I am weak'

The television is back. Five years ago, in a fit of anti-capitalist pique, I unplugged this instrument of Beezlebub. I decided that I didn't want all its horrors flooding into the family home. I didn't want The X-Factor, CBeebies, Dick and Dom, the Ten O'Clock News or the dreary gloom of EastEnders. Mr Murdoch and his evil ways could stay out of my house for ever. Like Plato, I decided to banish the playwrights and their portrayal of negative character traits from my ideal Republic. My children would grow up unsullied by the false promises of consumerism. Instead, they'd learn useful skills, carpentry and violin.

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Lavish period pieces, rampaging killer arachnids, indie gems and barmy sci-fi: the best TV and film DVDs of the year

Emily Watson: 'Why I had to play Fred West’s confidante'

Watson reveals the traumas of playing the woman to whom Fred West finally confessed

Sport on TV: Creatures of concrete jungle pave the way for bright future

When the five young street sports fanatics get together on Concrete Circus (Channel 4, Monday) after making their latest viral videos for the web, we're told "they meet in an anonymous urban space in London. No one notices them". Maybe in more innocent times, but now a huddle of hoodies on skateboards and BMX bikes is more likely to be something you watch on CCTV. The narrator is Dominic West, who played the cop McNulty in The Wire, and you expect someone to sidle up and try to score smack off them. For such superficial appraisals, we all deserve a smack.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (12A)

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Meet the BBC's Mad Men

Evocative design, sexual politics, media buzz – but the creator and cast of The Hour tell Gerard Gilbert that they aren't just jumping on the 1950s bandwagon

The Weekend's TV: Stolen, Sun, BBC1<br/>Secrets of the Pop Song, Sat, BBC2

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Even playing an academic, Dominic West can't avoid self-destruction and violence. He's the first of many big names to tread the boards this summer

Save £10 on tickets to see Dominic West in Butley

Dominic West, star of hit US drama The Wire, will take on the iconic title role of the rapier-tongued lecturer in a major new revival of Simon Gray’s Butley.

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