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A documentary series about integration in multi-cultural Britain has won a prestigious international television award.

Television choices: More operatic aspirations for free-thinking Mercury

TV pick of the week: Freddie Mercury - The Great Pretender: An Imagine Special

Best Possible Taste: The Kenny Everett Story

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American Idol star Lambert, left, looks the part and hits the notes with ease

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Riley says: 'Movie heaven would be shooting with my missus, in Berlin, and getting paid millions'

My Secret Life: Sam Riley, actor, 31

The household I grew up in... was full – like a zoo. I have two brothers and a little sister, and she had rabbits, and there was a cat, but it was mainly my brothers and I who were the animals.

Katy Perry records tribute to Freddie Mercury

Katy Perry has filmed a video tribute for Freddie Mercury's 65th birthday today.

The Killers, Scala, London

It's a treat to see a multi platinum-selling band in such a small venue. Tonight, the intimacy of the Scala's modest space is magnified by the presence of the world-famous musicians who take to the stage with a smile.

Final Freddie Mercury performance discovered

Freddie Mercury's final poignant screen appearance will be shown tonight in a documentary which has uncovered unseen footage from Queen's most famous videos.

Barça better than 2009 side who beat United, says Ferrer

When Albert Ferrer returns to Wembley next Saturday night, he will see history repeat itself one way or another for his old club Barcelona. The only question is which year it will be: 1991, when the Catalans lost the Cup Winners' Cup final to Manchester United in the Rotterdam rain, or 1992, when Johan Cruyff told them "Go out and enjoy yourselves" and they did just that, winning the club's first European Cup beneath the old Twin Towers?

Sacha Baron Cohen to play The Dictator

Sacha Baron Cohen is to portray a Saddam Hussein-inspired character in a new movie.

Diamond Star Halo, By Tiffany Murray

The mixed blessings of growing up in the Seventies have been the subject of any number of memorable novels, but Tiffany Murray's new book is one of the few to give the adjective "kooky" back its good name.

Axl Rose 'greatest lead singer'

Guns N'Roses star Axl Rose, who kept the world waiting 15 years for his comeback album, has been declared the greatest lead singer of all time.

Cultural Life: Dappy, musician

Music: I'm listening to lots of Freddie Mercury at the moment. My dad always played Queen when we were growing up, so he is a huge inspiration to me. His voice is killer. I'm also listening to Michael Bublé. I love his voice, the melodies, the way he writes music; he is a true talent. People will be surprised by what influences N-Dubz! Whilst we were in the studio we were listening to a lot of Phil Collins. Every song on his 'Hits' album is a classic, the man is a genius. We're not bothered about what people may think is cool – I just love good songs.

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Sacha Baron Cohen to play Freddie Mercury in a film about the star's colourful life

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Borat creator Sacha Baron Cohen is to swap moustaches for his latest role - after signing up to play late Queen star Freddie Mercury.

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