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As the songwriting duo of Rodgers and Hammerstein famously put it, there is nothing like a dame. But there is not now, and never has there ever been, another Dame quite like Helen Mirren.

Presenter Susanna Reid was introducing conductor John Wilson as a guest on the show when the gaffe occurred

BBC apologises for on-air swearing during Breakfast show

The BBC has apologised after an off-screen voice turned the air blue on BBC1's Breakfast show.

The Queen screenwriter in talks over Hugh Hefner biopic

The Queen screenwriter Peter Morgan is in talks to make a film about Playboy founder Hugh Hefner.

The News Matrix: Monday 25 June 2012

Blair dismisses spin doctor's war claim

Not the whole sleuth: Maria Bello’s talent is wastedin playing Detective Jane Timoney in the US remake of ‘Prime Suspect’

Prime Suspect: There's something suspect about this dated detective

Jane Tennison's American reincarnation is criminally old hat, says Sarah Hughes

Will Smith is Agent J, and Josh Brolin does an uncanny impersonation of Tommy Lee Jones as a young Agent K in <i>MIB 3</i>

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What to Expect When You're Expecting, Kirk Jones, 110 mins (12A)

What we want from Smith and Jones is ray guns, bug-eyed monsters – and a lot more fun

Cries of 'shame' greet Dennis Skinner quip at Queen's Speech

Veteran Labour MP and republican Dennis Skinner angered Tory MPs after using the State Opening of Parliament to draw attention to the country's economic difficulties.

Keeffe's Barbarians tip up in Tooting bringing 'astonishing relevance'

A revival of a drama written in 1977 with “astonishing relevance” to contemporary Britain opened in South London this week. Barrie Keeffe’s Barbarians is a trilogy of plays about disaffected youth amid record youth unemployment.

McEvedy says: 'My ebullience for life can sometimes make me a tad bullish'

My Secret Life: 'Allegra McEvedy, 41, chef

'I went right off the rails'

Dirk Bogarde: Denial and daring...a star with a secret never told

David Benedict on an actor, soon to be celebrated at the BFI, who let his choice of roles do the talking

Diary: Nice speech David, but do learn when to stop

We all make painful sacrifices for our work, but few half as excruciating as reading The Speech David Miliband Never Gave in its entirety, as I have done to spare you the misery. This is of course the address David would have given in September had he not lost the leadership by a whisker; the tour de force of forensic pyrotechnics which someone – and it seems futile to guess who – leaked at the very moment the Volvo Plot was causing his brother such grief. Don't believe a word, by the way, about David being a sour, embittered grudge-nurser who lives only to replace his ousted sibling. For buried amid all the Blairishly verb-less verities lay one gleaming gem of wisdom. "A family," David would have said, "is a covenant of love." Oh but it is. A scared, unbreakable bond. "A party," he'd have added, "is a covenant of trust." Again, uncommonly true. Where would Labour be today were its senior figures riven by mutual distrust? Yet for all its magnificence, the speech contains one caution for David's admirers. Where Ed's victory address lasted barely 10 minutes, David's, at almost 6,000 words, would have endured an hour at least. Being the Fidel Castro to Ed's pithier Raoul has many charms, but David does seem slightly ill-suited to the soundbite age.

Jessica Chastain - Hollywood's secret star will finally be released

Jessica Chastain is fed up with making movies that take years to come out. So she's elated that two, including Terrence Malick's latest, will play in Cannes. Kaleem Aftab meets her

Culture Club: Arthur

"What a waste of Helen Mirren. I hope they paid her loads to make it worthwhile."

Arthur, Jason Winer, 110 mins (12)<br/>TT3D: Closer To The Edge, Richard De Aragues, 103 mins (15)<br/>Pina, Wim Wenders, 103 mins (U)

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