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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.

Fern Britton quits This Morning

Fern Britton has quit This Morning after 10 years on the show.

Janet Street-Porter: I'll be relieved when this charade ends

This Friday is Red Nose Day. You cannot be reminded too often if you tune in to the BBC's radio or television channels, or log on to its website. Nothing illustrates the patronising attitude of the corporation more graphically than its wholesale hijacking of charitable causes with Comic Relief and its equally nauseating bedfellow Children In Need.

Fashion: Can you feel the LOVE?

Cool new fashion magazines are often as ephemeral as the trends they document, but you don't have to be a sartorial savant to know that one glossy set to hit newsstands this week is guaranteed style-bible status. How do we know? Well, LOVE, the bi-annual publication in question, just happens to be the latest offering from Katie Grand, the London über-stylist responsible for cult fashion mag Pop. Last year editor-in-chief Grand and her team of Popettes (rebranded the Luvvies) made a shock departure from Pop, and the hotly anticipated first issue of LOVE is the fruit of their latest labours.

Battle of the BBC banned

Jonathan Ross's three-month suspension from the BBC is having a discordant effect on the music industry, writes Nick Hasted

My Mentor: Scott Mills on Phillip Schofield

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Public health expert criticises 'irresponsible' TV hygiene standards

A public health expert has spoken of her frustration over the standards of hygiene in cookery programmes on television.

Sex, lies... and the curse of 'This Morning' presenters

It's the curse of sex, lies and daytime TV. Britain's best known psychiatrist, Dr Raj Persaud, became the latest face connected with This Morning to run into trouble when he began a three-month ban on practising on Friday for plagiarism. He joins a list of presenters and guests of the show to find themselves in a pickle; others have faced theft and rape allegations. Former This Morning anchors Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan, who helped to make him a household name, have offered Dr Persaud their support; he was told they would welcome his work as "a valued contributor". Presumably as long as it hasn't been swiped from anybody else.

When cool meets the cat - BMW Gina

The BMW GINA Light Visionary Model is the first car to sport a sexy Olivia Newton-John disco catsuit. Tell me more ...

Deborah Orr: How bright, privileged young people can turn into murderous sociopaths

We may feel repulsion when the perpetrators of awful crimes remain "stony-faced" in the witness box. But we are repelled even more when they cry tears of pity for themselves. Yeshie Girma was sentenced to 15 years this week, after she was found guilty under the Terrorism Act of withholding information from the authorities. Girma had had some knowledge of her husband Hussain Osman's plot to bomb London on 21 July, and had also helped him to escape first to Brighton, then to Italy, after his attempt at carnage had failed. Reports from the court testify to her copious weeping throughout the hearing, and describe her as throwing her arms in the air as the sentence was handed down.

Britain vs Britton: TV presenter Fern attacked over weight loss surgery

Critics have lined up to accuse Fern Britton of lying and cheating after it was revealed that she didn't tell the public about having surgery to help her lose weight. Give the woman a break, says Katy Guest

Royal row: Fergie takes on Fleet Street's finest in fight over Beatrice

Duchess of York tackles Allison Pearson over jibes at daughter. By Katy Guest

Janet Street-Porter: We've put the wrong Gordon in charge

While the PM's credibility plummets, the TV chef is the very model of self-belief

Brown furious as ITV asks about sick son

An apparent attempt by Gordon Brown to show his "human side" led to a furious row yesterday between Downing Street and ITV after the Prime Minister was questioned about his youngest son's struggle with cystic fibrosis.

Newsreader who turned an obituary into a giggling fit

Radio 4's Today programme has long been known for its sober presentation of the morning's news, crisply delivered by famously unflappable broadcasters as the nation munches on its cereal.

In the village where aid makes a vital difference

Elvis runs through his grandfather's field, laughing and shouting. He runs past banana trees and cassava plants, onions and beans. Past the sweet potatoes and millet, over the sorghum and soya beans.

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