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New evidence Lord Lucan fled to Africa, says BBC documentary

The fugitive aristocrat Lord Lucan fled to Africa to lead a secret life after the murder of his children's nanny, according to a new BBC documentary to be aired tomorrow. The programme will reveal that his children were taken to Africa twice so he could see them, but he never met them.

Babies make jokes while still too young to talk

Babies too young to speak know how to make jokes and form friendships, say researchers.

Boy, 11, gets criminal record after arson attack

A schoolboy has become one of the youngest people in the country to be given a criminal record after he admitted vandalism during an arson attack when he was 10 years old.

DVD: Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (15)

Bailee Madison's Sally, a gloomy, medicated and inquisitive eight-year-old, has been sent to live with her architect father, Alex (Guy Pearce), and his new partner, Kim (Katie Holmes), at spooky Blackwood Manor.

James Farentino: Actor whose personal life damaged his career

The American actor James Farentino was endowed with the dashing good looks that should have made him a Hollywood leading man, but he might be remembered more for the women in his life than his screen roles. Four times married, he was also close to being four times divorced. At various times, he and his final wife, Stella, started legal action to end the marriage on the grounds of "irreconcilable differences", only to withdraw the petitions.

Added value: Milan's gothic Cathedral, the Duomo

Milan for £300

A cultural family holiday on a budget? Karen Glaser proves that it can be done as she takes her two children on a three-day break to Italy's most stylish city – all for the same price as a night at the opera

Linda Evangelista on the cover of the latest issue of LOVE magazine

Ready To Wear: She was always the strangest of the Trinity

How great is it to see Linda Evangelista on the cover of the latest issue of LOVE magazine and to read her first interview for eight years for that matter? In their time anyone now over the age of 20, let's say, and even remotely interested in fashion, has indulged in an obsession with this, over and above all the other supermodels, after all.

David Beckham and Tom Cruise feel the love. But is it only shared fame that binds them?

Sarah Sands: A friend is not the one you turn to, but the person who turns to you

David Beckham's admission that he has only three good friends rings true

Me and You, By Niccolo Ammaniti (Trs by Kylee Doust)

A basement packed with dynamite

Absent Friends, Harold Pinter Theatre, London

A recurring figure in the world of Alan Ayckbourn is the utterly well-meaning interloper who, by his cheerful immunity from the woes of the others, wreaks emotional havoc amongst the depressed, fragile people on whom he descends.

Medical drama House, starring Hugh Laurie, will not be resuscitated after the current season

House finally hangs up his stethoscope

After eight years, Hugh Laurie calls time on the most popular television doctor in the world. Nick Clark reports.

DVD: To Kill a Mockingbird (12)

Restore your faith in humanity with this stupendous adaptation of Harper Lee's masterpiece.

Hugh Laurie plays the cantankerous doctor in House

The doctor has left the building: after 177 shows, Laurie brings the House down

After eight years of diagnosing some of the world's rarest diseases, Hugh Laurie is to hang up his stethoscope. The current season of House will be his last, the producers have revealed.

Jane Austen is back in the frame

When academic and biographer Paula Byrne announced the discovery of what seemed to be a new drawing of Jane Austen, there was a frenzied debate over the picture's authenticity. Arguments are bound to be reignited by the news that the controversial portrait will go on display at the Bodleian Library in Oxford as part of the celebrations for World Book Day, before moving to Jane Austen's House Museum in Chawton this April. The picture, showing a thin-faced woman gripping an inky quill, accentuates Austen's professionalism.

Chinese police chief may be seeking asylum

The former police chief of a major Chinese city has disappeared from sight amid rumours he is seeking US asylum following a quarrel with one of China's most powerful local politicians.

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