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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.

Geoffrey Wheatcroft: Ducking, diving and denying the truth

Those who trusted Blair have been left with their arses hanging out of the window

John Rentoul: Blair, Waugh and Britton

Paul Waugh is only doing it to disrupt my real work. Now he decides to take issue with something I wrote before Tony Blair's appearance on the Fern Britton programme.

Alex Carlile: Blair should answer to Britain, not Britton

There are serious questions over whether the inquiry into the Iraq war will succeed in bringing to an end this tragic chapter

The Chilcot inquiry: A very British arrangement

At the Iraq hearings, a succession of clubbable mandarins reject any responsibility for the 2003 invasion. Brian Brady and Jane Merrick report

Untouchable: Blair to give Iraq War evidence in secret

Former PM was happy to discuss invasion with Fern Britton on TV show – but the Chilcot inquiry will hear his crucial testimony behind closed doors

Blair: Iraq war was right even without WMD

Tony Blair said he believes it still would have been right to have invaded Iraq even if it was known then that Saddam Hussein did not have weapons of mass destruction.

Tearful Fern Britton quits This Morning sofa

Fern Britton wiped away tears today as she received a surprise video message from her former This Morning co-host John Leslie during star-studded farewell celebrations on her last day on the show.

Still 'no decision' on Fern Britton's replacement

ITV insisted has insisted that no decision had been made on who would replace Fern Britton on This Morning, following reports that Holly Willoughby was in line for the job.

John Rentoul: Ed Balls: anti-war in retrospect

In the fuss over Ed Balls, the Education Secretary, seeming to disagree with the Prime Minister over the openness of the Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq war, a more important bit of positioning seems to have been missed. After Balls said, on ITV1 This Morning last Wednesday, "the more open we can be about all of these things, the better", Fern Britton asked him:

Rough diamonds: <i>The IoS</i> selects its alternative national treasures

They are just that bit more interesting. Matthew Bell reports

Masters Diary: Lightweight Daly ready to get on the road to Europe

The John Daly Roadshow has parked itself across the street from the Augusta National this week and is selling autographed shirts for $20 a pop as the man himself desperately tries to avoid bankruptcy. In many respects it is an ignominious sight, but at least this time The Wild Thing really does seem to be getting his life together. And the intriguing news is that Britain is set to play a role in his latest rehabilitation.

For the record: 30/03/2009

"Nobody will miss you more than me." Phillip Schofield bids goodbye to departing 'This Morning' co-host Fern Britton. So, absolutely no rift there, then.

Sarah Sands: Women can follow Fern Britton out of the comfort zone

Who do you think is the most popular woman on television? I was asked the question about five years ago and guessed it must be Natasha Kaplinsky (remember her?) or Davina McCall. The answer turned out to be Fern Britton. Still is. Viewers, like children, prefer women with a gigantic maternal bosom and a friendly, patient manner.

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