Interview: Bob Hoskins: Bob's their uncle

Some may say he's sold out to the Hollywood dollar and the BT quid. But a part in a talked about, low-budget new British movie shows that Hoskins can still be a diamond geezer

Television: Girl power's rude awakening

Real Women could be subtitled "Girl Power - The Drama". Susan Oudot's sparky three-part adaptation of her own novel brings the Spice Girls' overworked slogan joyously and uninhibitedly to life. Real Women is really rude.

Comedy: Brand of gold

Jo Brand is a mistress of the put-down, leaving her adoring but nervous audience in no doubt who's in charge

Choice: Film: Dreamchild

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Film: Not in front of the adults

Is it just me asks Pete Stanton or is sex a cringe-making no-go subject for everyone as soon as the parents are around?

Jo and Helen say `I do': Two weddings and it's back in fashion

It would be difficult to find two less likely converts to the state of wedded bliss than the actress Helen Mirren and the comedian Jo Brand. Mirren, despite her legions of middle-aged admirers, always said she was not the marrying type. Brand has built a career around venomous sideswipes at the male of the species. Yet both, to general astonishment, took the plunge over the festive season.

A performer in her prime: interview-Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren's no-nonsense attitudes may have prevented her from achieving Hollywood stardom, her gender disqualified her from great classical roles, and now her age - 52 - leaves her with relatively few lucrative mainstream parts to play. But this has left her free to portray memorable female characters who test the boundaries of both TV drama and social attitudes Helen Mirren is equally popular with both male and female viewers because she is a strong and feisty woman. But don't you dare try telling her that.

Arts & Media: A hunk he may be, but Helen says Harrison can't kiss

Hollywood heart-throb he may be, but Harrison Ford is no kisser, the actress Helen Mirren has disclosed.

A women's magazine for the Helen Mirrens of this world? What is that Marcelle d'Argy Smith up to at `Woman's Journal'?

Helen Mirren, are your ears burning? Only yesterday your name came up in conversation with Marcelle d'Argy Smith, who is poised to take over the editorship of Woman's Journal. Then IPC Magazines publishing director, Heather Love, said it: "Journal always had a very high AB profile, there's nothing new in that, but it's the sort of Helen Mirrens of this world, it's modern women ..."

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Channel 5 viewers slump by a half

Channel 5's viewing figures for its second night of broadcasting fell by over half compared with its launch night as viewers turned to BBC1's traditional Easter fare of soaps and special shows.

Interview: Helen Baxendale: A good time to be a bad girl

TV channels fight over her, men gawp at her, women want to be her: meet the feminist icon with the 'phwoar' factor
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BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

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Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

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Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

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Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

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Screwing your way to the top?

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Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

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Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

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The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

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Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform