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The spirit of Carry On pervades this limp sex comedy, which centres on the invention of the vibrator in Victorian London.

DVD: Camelot: Season 1 (15)

Following in the footsteps of The Tudors and Spartacus comes Camelot, another high-profile, high-budget quasi-historical drama (with added fantasy, in this instance).

DVD: Merlin: Series 3 (PG)

Back in the dark ages, Noel Edmonds and his pink pal Blobby ruled Saturday evening TV.

DVD: Adam (12)

Adam has Asperger's, a high-functioning form of autism. He's also got a new neighbour, Beth.

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Hollywood, watch out. There's a new charming, floppy-haired British actor in town. But Hugh Dancy is much more than a conventional rom-com hero. Gaynor Flynn meets him

Independent Film Forum: Confessions of a Shopaholic - have your say

Do chick flicks make you smile or do they make your blood boil? The next film up for discussion in The Independent Film Forum is Confessions of a Shopaholic. Did your heart warm to Isla Fisher's ditsy performance? Is Hugh Dancy the next Hugh Grant? Is this enjoyable escapism or mindless misogyny? Air your views in the comment section below and we'll print the best of your comments in the newspaper next week.

The Independent Film Forum: Confessions of a Shopaholic

Mindless escapism or mindless misogyny? Our readers discuss Confessions of a Shopaholic.

Dando Murder: `Jill was devoted sister to me'

NIGEL DANDO, Jill's brother, said yesterday that when he saw his sister three weeks ago, she could barely contain her excitement over her September wedding. Mr Dando, chief reporter on the Bristol Evening Post, said their Sunday lunch revolved around her marriage to Alan Farthing. Yesterday both men were inconsolable.

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The stresses and strains of capital living are small fry compared with the medieval machinations in Camelot. Distressed damsels and fire- breathing dragons are brought to colourful life in a new exhibition which will awaken the spirit of adventure in the most jaded family.

Blue is the colour, Purcell is the name

THE CRITICS What happens now? Does Purcell retreat back into history? Do the semi-operas return to the shelf?

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