DVD: The Shadow Line (15)

Hugo Blick writes and directs this meditation on the divide between good and evil via the investigation – from both sides of the law – into the death of drug baron Harvey Wratten soon after his extraordinary release by royal pardon from prison.

When it's time to say goodbye to your hero

Killing off the main character in a hit TV series is risky. But Game of Thrones seems to have survived, says Sarah Hughes

Republicans lash out at Obama impersonator

A Barack Obama doppelganger who was cut short and ushered off stage at a Republican conference moments before turning his attention to presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann has received death threats from angry party supporters, it emerged yesterday.

DVD: Bored to Death, For retail & rental (Warner)

The latest gem from HBO, this offbeat sitcom stars Jason Schwartzmann as an author who sets himself up as an unlicenced detective, and then bumbles through cases alongside his neurotic friend, Zac Galifianakis, and a high-living magazine editor, Ted Danson.

Culture Club: Game of Thrones, Sky Atlantic, Monday

Readers review this week's big TV series

Idris Elba: 'I'm so hot right now'

The Wire made him everyone’s favourite baddie, Luther, everyone’s favourite cop. Tim Walker meets the master of modern crime drama

Leading article: The waiting game

The way to produce a best-selling series of books is to take breaks from writing to build a relationship with readers. That, at any rate, is the latest received publishing wisdom from the US. It is based on the experience of the fantasy writer George R R Martin, whose series A Song of Ice and Fire is the basis for the new HBO drama series, Game of Thrones.

Game of Thrones, Sky Atlantic, Monday<br/>The Walking Dead, Channel 5, Sunday<br/>Twenty Twelve, BBC4, Monday

A screen adaptation of a cult fantasy novel is an uneasy mix of blood-letting, imps and ogling

Choppy waters for the Atlantic crossing

Sky Atlantic promised exciting programming and new Mad Men this summer. It has failed on both counts, says Gerard Gilbert

HBO promotes Game of Thrones with a fantasy food selection

Forget sending out a simple press release to promote a new television show. These days marketing executives know that you need something special to stand out from the crowd. Which is why last week saw cable giants HBO take to the streets of Manhattan with a food truck featuring menus themed around Game of Thrones, their much-anticipated adaptation of the best-selling fantasy novels by George RR Martin, which airs in the US and in the UK next week.

James Harkin: The iPad is a badge, not a product

Apple and HBO have triumphed by producing high-end stuff at a time when many of their competitors were travelling in the opposite direction

Boardwalk Empire, Sky Atlantic, Tuesday<br/>Louis Theroux: Ultra Zionists, BBC2, Thursday

Sky Atlantic opened with a Prohibition mobster drama that looked great but failed to grip

Sky: Quality drama - at a price

Sky's latest channel promises to be a one-stop shop for fans of the best American series &ndash; but many viewers will miss out, says Gerard Gilbert

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Where the spooks get their coffee fix: The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive

The secret CIA Starbucks

The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey, 25 years on

The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
10 best tote bags

Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England
Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

Jessica Ennis-Hill: 'I just want to give it my best shot'

The heptathlete has gone from the toast of the nation to being a sleep-deprived mum - but she’s ready to compete again. She just doesn't know how well she'll do...