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To buy a ticket for a hotly tipped play, within seconds of booking opening, requires perseverance and nerve as websites falter, payments vanish and a confirmation finally limps through. The goal is to see a top cast, whose fluency and fluidity is testament to years of determination – getting to drama school, being noticed at the end-of-year shows, getting an audition, getting a part and nailing it.  

Granville (David Jason) runs the shop with his son Leroy (James Baxter) in 'Still Open All Hours'

Still Open All Hours review: It was a w-w-worthy effort – but there’s only one Arkwright

With Ronnie Barker gone, it was TV as Garfunkel without Simon, Wise without Morecambe, Hale and Pace without one of Pace or Hale

Arifa Akbar: Let’s ban the latecomers from dramatic readings

"A light appeared deep inside the audience, beaming like a gig-lamp in the hands of a woman below me. It was a Blackberry"

Prime Minister David Cameron and UKIP leader Nigel Farage

Inside Westminster: If the Prime Minister wants to change the EU, he has to stop making enemies

What really spooks the Tories is that anti-EU Ukip could cost them scores of seats

Do we really need a magical new Harry Potter play?

Fans will undoubtedly buy tickets, but let's hope it isn't a massive let-down

Supporters of the Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen hold considerable influence in Recep Tayyip Erdogan's (left) Justice and Development Party

Future of Turkish PM, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, threatened by feud with former ally

Premier dismisses police officers after corruption probe orchestrated by exiled preacher, Fethullah Gulen

A cyclists protest in Vauxhall on Thursday - the boyfriend of a fashion student who was killed in an accident involving a lorry in 2011, told the court that both his girlfriend and the driver were the victims of poor road layout and transport policy

Cycle death inquest: Boyfriend hugs driver of 32 tonne tipper truck that killed his girlfriend

Kenji Hirasawa said his partner Min Joo Lee and the driver of the lorry were both victims of poor road layout and transport policy

Masters of Sex, Channel 4 - TV review

Masters of Sex just picked up two Golden Globe nominations including a Best Actor for Michael Sheen, as the pioneering sexologist Dr William Masters. No recognition for his co-star Lizzie Caplan, however. She works just as hard as her male counterpart, in pursuit of their shared professional goals and what does she get? Nothing. But then having played Virginia Johnson, Dr Masters' overshadowed assistant for a whole two series, she's used to that.

What a gaul! Asterix, and his side-kick Obelix, encounter Nessie in Asterix and the Picts

Gauls, Picts, and Goths – old friends, new adventures in our second round-up of the best children's books

In the second instalment of our three-part series on Christmas books for children, Daniel Hahn picks the season’s best titles for ages five to 12

The Vaccines perform at the XFM Winter Wonderland
A partially complete walkway which was due to link Cuidad Real International Airport with an adjacent train station

Spanish 'ghost airport' in Ciudad Real up for sale

A barely used Spanish airport that cost some 1.1 billion euros (£900 million) to build and became a symbol of the country's wasteful spending ahead of an economic downturn has gone on sale for a minimum price of 100 million euros.

One minute with: Chuck Palahniuk, novelist

Where are you now and what can you see?

Great works: A Member of the Family By Sarah Raphael (1990)

Marlborough Fine Art, London

Postcard from... Solo

In a theatre in the central Javanese city of Solo, a troupe of performers are acting out a fight scene from Hindu epic, the Mahabharata. The god Gatutkaca is dispatching some long-haired bad guys to the delight of the audience.

Aden Gillett and Daisy Boulton in 'The White Carnation'

The White Carnation: Theatre review - 'A strongly acted revival'

Finborough Theatre, London

The Playstation 4 console retails for £349 – £80 less than its rival Microsoft's Xbox One system

PS4 beats Xbox One to become UK’s fastest ever selling console

Sony's console sold more than a million consoles during its US launch, and has now beaten records in the UK

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