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Tomorrow’s DVD release of Alpha Papa is a reminder that films based on television shows needn’t be On-the-Buses bad. Other honourable examples of the genre are The Inbetweeners Movie (2011), In the Loop (2009) and South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut (1999).

Film: The bewitching Ms Bisset

Jacqueline Bisset might be best remembered for that scene in The Deep, but over the past three decades she has worked with some of the greatest names in film, from Chabrol to Houston. And now she's busier than ever. By John Walsh

`We got on because I wasn't frightened of him'

The Shining was my third film with Stanley Kubrick. Back in the 1960s he'd seen me on the London stage, in a David Storey play called The Contractor. He told me I acted like an American actor, in that I didn't really do much acting as such. He liked the way I listened. So I turned up at Brunel University in Uxbridge, west London, where he was on location, and was given a part in A Clockwork Orange, not knowing it would turn into this cult movie. He told me, "We could do some great work together." He worked you incredibly hard. I'd be on the set from 6 in the morning until 6 in the evening, and then it was back into London to go on stage.

Welcome to the house of the spirits

What made Stanley Kubrick great? David Thomson analyses a celebrated scene from `The Shining', while, below, British actor Philip Stone, who was in it, recalls working with one of cinema's most enigmatic figures

Stanley Kubrick: A director who didn’t care how many takes it took

The key to working with Stanley Kubrick, who died this week, was not to be frightened of him, says actor Philip Stone

Film: The Critical Condition - Bite. Chew. Swallow. Gulp!

Film critics see themselves as... well, how do they see themselves? As harbingers of the truth? As Freudian analysts? As directors in waiting? In the fifth part of our week-long series on criticism, we explore their dark and lonely worldes

`Easy Rider' rides again

Dennis Hopper is recreating his famous role as a wild biker in an ad for the Ford Cougar. Jason Barlow was the only reporter allowed on set to meet him

Obituaries: Dick Higgins

DICK HIGGINS'S first book was entitled What Are Legends: a clarification. Higgins was himself a bona fide legend, for the books he published rather than wrote.

A pulp fiction era comes to an end as the creator of Batman dies

HIS IMAGINATION created a benign multi-millionaire who spends his spare time fighting evil criminals with his bare hands and always wins.

Interview: Julie Walters: Julie is a real character

Julie Walters is taking over our screens with a range of roles which fully demonstrate her versatility

The face is familiar...

Will Patton. The blond hood in Desperately Seeking Susan; leather- clad sadist in After Hours; his talents were wasted as bearded bad guy in The Postman.

Film: Daddy dearest

Once dismissed by Time magazine as the little brother with the big mouth, Peter Fonda was born into America's most famous screen dynasty and despite shooting himself in the stomach, dropping acid and tearing across America on a counter- cultural crusade, he's never quite escaped.

Film: It hasn't been an easy ride

Peter Fonda's success as Captain America has been even more of a handicap than his famous father, writes James Mottram

Choice: Film, As Good As It Gets

As Good As It Gets, on general release

Today's pick: Real Women

Real Women (9.30pm BBC1) Real women, alright, but whether this is real life or not is wide open to question. The casting director starts the rot by sacrificing social verisimilitude for big name action - and it's hard to swallow the supposition that Pauline Quirke, Frances Barber, Michelle Collins, Gwyneth Strong and Lesley Manville could ever have been at the same school together, let alone friends. Adapted by Susan Oudot from her own novel, her three-part drama begins with the quintet catching up with each other at Collins's hen night. Quirke is having some extra- marital how's-your-father, Strong is trying hard for children, Barber has sacrificed relationships for a media career, Manville is a closet lesbian, Collins is being blackmailed by a pornographer - and there's another whole foam bath of issues still waiting in the wings.

Preview: experience inventing america

THE BARBICAN'S year-long "Inventing America" season, which claims to be the world's largest ever celebration of US culture, gets off to a flying start this weekend with a season of classic biker movies, "Rebels on Wheels" which complements the The Art of the Harley exhibition (Tim Remus's photograph of a Shovelhead Chopper from the Arlen Ness collection, right), running until the end of April.
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Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

Prepare for Jewish jokes...

... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
10 best cycling bags for commuters

10 best cycling bags for commuters

Gear up for next week’s National Cycle to Work day with one of these practical backpacks and messenger bags
Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

Paul Scholes column

Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?