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He looks familiar. Belongs in a dining room, doesn’t he?

Part two: the age of plants and insects

420 million years ago to 65.5 million years ago

Small beginnings: the first vascular plants

The first vascular plants weren't anything spectacular to look at. They comprised smallish shoots, only about 50cm high, with thick stems and firm, spiny leaves.

Enter the dragonfly: the development of insects and scorpions

Extra oxygen explains why Stan Wood, a sharp-eyed commercial fossil-hunter from Scotland, did so well out of a dilapidated old limestone farm wall that he spotted next to a school football field in 1984.

The other life-form: how fungi helped plant life to thrive on land

Fungi came on to land from the sea because their tiny light spores were so easily blown about by the wind.

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Orton's first hit still packs a punch

Matthew Horne: Fom Gavin & Stacey to leather-clad psycho

Mathew Horne would like to get one thing straight. "Gavin's much nicer than I am. I'm nothing, nothing like him. I'm not from his world. I don't have a family like that. I don't have a job like that. I don't dress like him. I don't talk like him. I don't have friends like him. I'm nothing like him." Phew. Got that? The actor best known as the romantic hero at the heart of the Bafta-winning sitcom Gavin & Stacey is nothing like his most famous creation.

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Happy-Go-Lucky, 15

The veteran British director has taken a break from the grimmer side of life, and has created an ode to joy

Janet Street-Porter: So what chance did Karen ever have?

The trial by media of Karen Matthews, mother of Shannon, the little girl who was missing for 24 days, continues. Yesterday it was announced that the date for her trial on charges of child neglect and perverting the course of justice has been set for November. Some sections of the press seem intent on trashing the clearly inadequate Ms Matthews just as they did Fiona MacKeown, mother of murdered teenager Scarlett Keeling – unearthing endless examples of her "unsuitability" as a mother.

Mike Leigh: 'Me? Miserable? Nonsense!'

He admits that his new film 'Happy-Go-Lucky' has put a smile on his face – but, says Mike Leigh, woe betide any actor who reveals the director's 'trade secrets'

The Weekend's TV: There's plenty to admire under the bonnet

Cranford, BBC1; Blair Years, BBC1

Tiger returns to a different order

Woods on comeback trail at US Open but Mickelson is now on a major mission with slam on horizon

Staunton and Leigh triumph in Baftas as best film award goes to Scorsese

'Vera Drake' wins a clutch of Baftas, but is beaten to the biggest prize. Anthony Barnes reports on the awards seen as a precursor to the Oscars

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