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Imagine's film about Vivian Maier, a French nanny who turned herself into a remarkable photographer, began with the tabloid headline reduction of her life: "Mary Poppins with a camera". If you already knew her story, I imagine that might have made you wince a little. If you didn't know her story, it was a mark of how good Jill Nicholls's film was that you winced in retrospect, when the Mary Poppins tag came round again. By then you understood how far short that simplification fell of Maier's captivating and thought-provoking tale, full of sad ironies and fruitful paradoxes.

Russell Brand will appear alongside Boris Johnson on Question Time.

Russell Brand and Boris Johnson to go head-to-head on Question Time

Comedian Russell Brand is to be a panellist on political debate show Question Time, sharing the stage with Mayor of London Boris Johnson.

Strictly Come Dancing – The Live Tour, The NIA, Birmingham

Chandeliers hang over the vast space of Birmingham’s indoor arena, twinkling with fairy lights. The set design pretends to evoke a ballroom, but really represents a television studio, all lit up with Saturday night sequins.

IoS paperback review: Hidden Treasures, By Fern Britton

Having divorced her sleazy husband, Helen Merrifield leaves London to start a new life in the sleepy village of Pendruggan. She wants a new man, but can't choose between historian Piran ("handsome but horrible") and vicar Simon ("not so handsome but sweet"). Thankfully, Penny, a television producer girlfriend, arrives to work in the area, and helps Helen make up her mind.

The body harpies have it in for Adele. For the sake of all women, let's hope she stays strong

Sophie Dahl, Fern Britton and Anne Diamond have all gone skinny of late

Britton says: 'I admire the Queen. History will judge her as an extraordinary woman.'

One Minute With: Fern Britton, presenter and novelist

Where are you now and what can you see?

A Question of Chemistry: On-screen partnerships

Next week sees the debut of a multimillion-pound pairing of star television hosts. But does ITV have the formula right? Brian Viner on the science of on-screen partnerships

Dom Joly: What a coincidence – my party had a power cut too

I've always fancied watching an election unravel from the "inside". When I got the call asking me whether I'd like to be on the BBC boat party, moored underneath the London Eye, I jumped at the chance. I suppose, in my mind, I expected it would be like being in JFK's hotel suite (not alone, not dressed as a lady). We would all be huddled around the telly swapping insider gossip about what was going on.

Blair: Denounced as liar and murderer

An unrepentant Tony Blair failed to apologise to the bereaved in the gallery – and even suggested Iran should be targeted next

John Rentoul: Another act in the Leader's Tragedy

The audience was justifiably restive after an uncharacteristically defensive performance by Tony Blair

A six-hour defence of his fateful decision

The Evidence: The former prime minister took a robust approach to the questioning from the Iraq inquiry panel. But not all his answers added up to a completely convincing performance. Michael Savage reports

Blair's answers to key questions at inquiry

Here are some of the key questions raised:

Analysis: A premiership defined by the Iraq war

Tony Blair would like to be remembered for transforming Britain's schools and bringing peace to Northern Ireland, but for many his premiership was defined by the Iraq War.

Matthew Norman: Irrespective of Chilcot, Blair will always remain a pariah

The former PM will never escape the verdict of the court of public opinion

Paul Vallely: 'Good faith' isn't usually good enough

On the Iraq war, Tony Blair says he did what he thought was right. Had he listened, he would have thought differently
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