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Helen Fielding signs copies of her latest Bridget Jones novel at Foyles in central London

Helen Fielding: I told Colin Firth on the phone Mark Darcy had been killed off

At least Hugh Grant can rest easy

Welsh actor Rhys Ifans is to appear in a one-man show at the National Theatre

Rhys Ifans to appear in one-man show at National Theatre

Notting Hill star Rhys Ifans will play a down-and-out who accidentally ends up at the centre of a political protest in a one-man show at the National Theatre.

Hugh Grant was the 72nd person to be auditioned for the lead role in Four Weddings and a Funeral

Four Weddings and 72 auditions: Hugh Grant won romcom role after marathon casting process

With his cut-glass English charm and endearingly chaotic manner (not to mention the floppy hair) Hugh Grant has proven himself every bit the leading man. But the actor was actually the 72nd person to be auditioned for Four Weddings and a Funeral, and the was the first to make it seem funny, Richard Curtis has revealed.

Richard Curtis initially made his name co-writing television comedies

Bowing out: Richard Curtis to say farewell to directing at About Time premiere

Bill Nighy and Rachel McAdams are among the stars who will attend tonight's world premiere of Richard Curtis's latest film About Time as he brings his hugely successful directing career to an end.

New cover revealed for 'Bridget Jones Mad About the Boy'

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Bridget Jones is set to make a return. And judging by the new title of Helen Fielding's book our thirtysomething singleton still loves the boys. But not enough to put one on the cover.

Mad About The Boy: Title of new Bridget Jones novel by Helen Fielding revealed

When asked which boy Bridget was mad about, Fielding merely raised one eyebrow enigmatically

Carine Patry Hoskins and David Sherborne are accused of 'undermining the integrity of the inquiry'

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No one is suggesting that Mr Sherborne and Ms Patry Hoskins behaved with anything other than propriety, but who is to know what happens when the wigs come off?

Last night's viewing - Keeping Britain Alive: the NHS in a Day, BBC2; The Mindy Project, E4

If, as Nigel Lawson said, the NHS is the closest thing the English have to a religion, then fly-on-the- wall documentaries about the NHS are the closest thing television commissioners have to Christmas Eve Midnight Mass. They are guaranteed crowd-pullers. As a result, one is rarely more than four hours away from the swabs, beeps and tears of a hosp-doc.

Hacked Off founder Professor Brian Cathcart

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The Hacked Off campaigners are not shy about proclaiming what they have achieved, and what work they still see ahead of them. In an almost evangelical tone, they claim that their high-profile lobbying helped force David Cameron into setting up the Leveson Inquiry, and that victims of press abuse were able to tell their story with Hacked Off’s help.

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