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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.  

Last night's viewing - Sex: My British Job, Channel 4; Peter Andre: My Life, ITV2

Documentary-maker Nick Broomfield is one of those directors who's as happy in front of the camera as he is behind it. And that's putting it mildly. Fetishes, the film Broomfield made about sex workers, was set in a swanky "fetish parlour" on Manhattan's 5th Avenue and ended with him climbing a door frame, sound boom in hand, to escape the attentions of a bevy of randy dominatrix.

Yaya Touré, left, eclipsed Marouane Fellaini

Analysis: Yaya Toure shows his value for Manchester City – and it's much more than Marouane Fellaini's for Manchester United

Contrast between the midfielders highlighted as City win derby 4-1

High Force waterfall looking its best on a sunny autumn day

Walk of the month: Following Alfred Wainwright in the Pennines

The celebrated fellwalker’s ‘Pennine Journey’ is well worth following – especially if you do it a bit at a time

Curtiss (above, second from right) with other service chiefs during the Falklands war

Air Marshal Sir John Curtiss: Airman who served in the Berlin Airlift and the Falklands conflict

For the Falklands war, he ended formation flying to save fuel and ordered mid-air refuelling

Book review: Forbidden Music: the Jewish Composers Banned by the Nazis, By Michael Haas

A poet beloved of 19th-century composers, Heinrich Heine was aware of the complexities of German national identity, particularly for German Jews. His epic Germany: a Winter's Tale acts as springboard to this compelling exploration of the role Jewish musicians and composers played in the cultural life of Prussia and the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Uganda recalls commander of its peacekeeping force in Somalia over accusations of food sale scam

Uganda has recalled the commander of its peacekeeping force in Somalia and almost two dozen other officers suspected of involvement in a scam to steal food and fuel and sell it on the black market.

Sick of school sport? University might just relight your fire

Ultimate frisbee? Jiu-Jitsu? Octopush? There are so many more sports besides football and rugby waiting for you at university

Clawson: a skilful, ball-handling forward who could kick – a type of player virtually extinct in today’s game

Terry Clawson: Rugby league hard man who won the 1972 World Cup

He enjoyed the reputation of being hard to handle, and he liked to get his retaliation in first

Elena Tonra, from Daughter

Daughter: Relative success comes early

Daughter have just won Indie Album of the Year and toured with The National. They tell Elisa Bray about their intense sound

Rooney Mara in 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints'
Mark Gatiss is to direct his first TV drama

Mark Gatiss to direct Una Stubbs in MR James' festive ghostly story The Tractate Middoth

Mark Gatiss is to be reunited with his Sherlock co-star Una Stubbs when she takes a lead role in his directorial debut, a festive ghost story.

Ed Miliband in his Westminster office

Syria vote: Ed Miliband was wounded – but is now revitalised

Generals, especially American generals, rarely get a mention in Westminster or Whitehall. But over the past 72 hours, George Patton’s comment that when “everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking” could have resonated through Labour’s senior ranks.

Guardiola saw his team held to a draw this week

Bayern Munich v Chelsea preview: European Super Cup provides latest chapter in rivalry - not least between Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola

The Blues may be playing their German opponents at just the right time

Martin Luther King’s ‘dream’ is not fulfilled by a first black President

King warned it would not be easy to “transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood” and he was right

Wentworth Prison and the real-life parallels for locked-up women

The question of why we continue to lock up some of the most vulnerable and damaged women in society for relatively petty offences has yet to be answered

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