Emma Soames: It's time to unlock talent for the older generation

I wouldn't want to be ghettoised but I don't think anybody watches one single channel these days. We are all channel surfers now and older viewers have very firm views about quality. BBC figures show more people watch television when they are over 60 than any other demographic.

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What a tireless ambassador Helen Mirren is for Britain. First she charmed Hollywood with her portrayal of our sovereign in The Queen. And now she's standing up for the British character abroad too. "We're not snooty, stuck-up, malevolent, malignant creatures as we're often portrayed" Mirren has told an audience in Los Angeles. "We're actually kind of cool and hip."

The Last Station, By Jay Parini

One may not have thought that the last days of a 19th-century Russian writer, decrepit with age, described from the point of view of his histrionic wife of 50 years, his disciple, assistant and doctor, all fighting over his estate, would be the stuff of popular historical fiction.

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Mariah Carey: 'Music was my escape'

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Queens of the small screen

Helen Mirren won an Oscar as Elizabeth II and now five more actresses are to play her on television. Is it time to re-bottle the monarch's mystique? By Gerard Gilbert

Likely suspects for a prime job

Who will play DCI Jane Tennison in a US adaptation of the hit British police drama? Gerard Gilbert examines the evidence

Pandora: Off with his head! Frears tackles Blair

Given the frequency with which he has portrayed him, one might imagine that Stephen Frears, director of those Tony Blair-centric films The Queen and The Deal, would have a rather favourable view of the former prime minister.

First Night: Phedre, Ritzy Cinema, Brixton

The curtain's up and the stars of stage are on the silver screen

PoverTee Day: Go casual, beat hunger

Wear a T-shirt, donate at least £2 to charity – and help the world's poor. Nina Lakhani explains all

The Independent Film Forum: 12. State of Play

Our film forum is your chance to pass judgement on a recent release. Here's a selection of your views on Kevin Macdonald's remake of the BBC drama.

State of Play - exclusive clip

In advance of the release of State of Play today, we have an exclusive clip from the film.

Directed by Kevin Mcdonald ( The Last King of Scotland), the film is tense political thriller set in Washington. It stars Russell Crowe, Ben Affleck, Helen Mirren and Rachel McAdams.

The film tells of a journalist's probe into the suspicious death of a US Congressman's mistress. In this scene, the journalist played by Russell Crowe has a swift encounter with the politician played by Ben Affleck.

The Rachel McAdams capers

Playing an ambitious blogger in 'State of Play' and the inamorata in a new Sherlock Holmes film is all in a day's work for Rachel McAdams. The actress talks to Lesley O'Toole
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