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Nicholas Hytner's refusal to play safe with the musical genre has been one of the glories of his regime at the National. From Jerry Springer: the Opera to the verbatim-based London Road, he has fostered shows that seek to do daring and original things with the form.
Beetroots and rocket and mustard leaves and radishes. If only I had the gumption to do it myself, says Emma Townshend
Newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky has said the BBC "forced" her to take part in hit ballroom show Strictly Come Dancing.
There are many unwritten rules of the internet but the greatest of them is this: art never goes viral. It just doesn’t. If you want something to travel round the world like a particularly virulent strain of glandular fever, it must showcase something “cute” (has ever a word been as freighted as “cute”?), or contain gratuitous violence. Them’s the rules and no mistake.
Funnyman David Walliams says sexuality "can change over the years".
Human head and brain transplants are now feasible. That's according to Italian neurosurgeon, Sergio Canavero who believes he has worked out how to transfer the head of one human on to the body of another.
The new director of football upset some fans with his comments
For all their hits, they were below the Four Tops and the Temptations in the Motown pecking order
Reg Traviss acquitted by jury after less than three hours deliberation
From art to sport, poetry to nature, travel to food, history to music: our writers select the best of the year’s books in a comprehensive guide to the highlights in every shade of the literary spectrum – except grey
Leonardo Favio, who died on 5 November at the age of 74, was a film director, actor and singer and one of Argentina's most important cultural figures. Known for his romantic ballads, he helped to establish a genre later filled by many Latin American crooners. He was a film star in the 1950s and '60s, and then fled into exile when Argentina's military dictatorship took over in 1976. He returned after democracy was restored and made films celebrating his hero, General Juan Peron.
When I first saw this horse in 2004 even I saw there was something special about him
The French brothers who sold denim to the Americans – and the world – are celebrating a big birthday in style, says Rebecca Gonsalves
'The first time we worked together it got so heated he threw a plate and a glass at me'
The meeting of mouths isn't only about sex and romance – it also conveys powerful cultural messages. So pucker up and lean in for a lesson in kissing.
Visit the beautiful backdrop for Spielberg's latest movie, before the crowds arrive. Mark Rowe sets a 'War Horse' course