Pullman's six-hour children's epic returns by popular demand

Hundreds of fans of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials were left bitterly disappointed last year when the National Theatre staging of his trilogy sold out before previews began.

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From girl next door to Hollywood starlet: the stunning transformation of Keira Knightley

When Kiera Knightley emerged into the public consciousness as the co-star of Bend It Like Beckham, her appeal was that she was what the Americans like to call an "around the way girl", albeit a remarkably beautiful one.

Muralitharan seeks to rebuild his reputation in deepest Hertfordshire

He is not quite The Man in the Iron Mask, but this week Muttiah Muralitharan became the off spinner in the steel brace as he set out to prove once and for all, to the cricketing public at least, that he is not a "chucker".

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Trouble with boys

There are rumours that, at 14, Daniel Radcliffe is "too old" to play Harry Potter any longer. Quite different speculation surrounds his female co-star, Emma Watson, who at the same age is an "elegant young woman"

War of words as cities vie to be literary capital

It is the city of Alice in Wonderland, of Lyra in His Dark Materials, and the stammering Anthony B-B-Blanche in Brideshead Revisited, but does Oxford deserve to be named as the next World Book Capital? Does the city of dreaming spires really think itself more intrinsically "literary" than London, Dublin or New York?

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Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

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Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
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Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

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Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

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