Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor were monuments going badly to seed by the time they appeared on stage together in Noel Coward’s Private Lives in 1983. Burton died less than a year after the play’s run ended. Taylor was heavily overweight, drinking too much and taking too many pills. This is the period in the two stars’ lives that the BBC’s new biopic covers. It’s a fascinating but very flawed affair.
TV pick of the week: Burton and Taylor
Actress Anna Chancellor, who starred in axed BBC drama The Hour, has spoken of her hopes that the period drama could return for a one-off special.
The Village star John Simm has admitted that he is fed up with the attention he gets from Doctor Who fans.
Watson reveals the traumas of playing the woman to whom Fred West finally confessed
Readers review this week's big film
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
Dominic West, star of hit US drama The Wire, takes on the iconic title role of the rapier-tongued lecturer in a major revival of Simon Gray’s play Butley, from 1 June to 27 August.
Felicia Pearson's criminal past won her a part in the gritty Baltimore drama. Now she's in trouble with the law again
Musical ducking and diving in the heart of New Orleans should have been action-packed, but it takes a model agency to make things happen too fast
Jon Hamm sparkles in Mad Men but falls flat on the big screen. He's not the only one to fail at the cinema, says Ben Walsh
Two very different detectives are returning to our screens.
Readers review this week's TV drama
She's brainy and beautiful, and a rising British acting talent with a clutch of upcoming risqué roles, but don't expect a tortured soul with cigarette in hand. Rachel Shields meets Imogen Poots.
Forget Frost and say goodbye to Barnaby. The latest stars of crime dramas are complicated, compromised and criminal. Gerard Gilbert examines the scene