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?

Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Odeon, Leicester Square, London

All hail Gollum and the orcs after Jackson's maddening goodbye to the world of Tolkien

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24-Hour party person

Photographer Richard Young has been snapping celebrities at play for 40 years. As his latest book is released, he reveals that it wasn’t all fun and games
Michelle Obama's school dinners: America’s children have a message for the First Lady

A taste for rebellion

US children have started an online protest against Michelle Obama’s drive for healthy school meals by posting photos of their lunches
Colouring books for adults: How the French are going crazy for Crayolas

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Jack Thorne's play 'Hope': What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

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Ed Harcourt on Romeo Beckham and life as a court composer at Burberry

Call me Ed Mozart

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'I have an age of attraction that starts as low as four': How do you deal with a paedophile who has never committed a crime?

'I am a paedophile'

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Green Party on the march in Bristol: From a lost deposit to victory

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Green Party on the march in Bristol
Putting the grot right into Santa's grotto

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'It just came to us, why not do it naked?' London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital

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London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital
In a world of Saudi bullying, right-wing Israeli ministers and the twilight of Obama, Iran is looking like a possible policeman of the Gulf

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