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Dilnott-Cooper: his first job was accompanying Brooke Shields on a press tour of the United Kingdom

Rupert Dilnott-Cooper: ITV executive whose skills kept 'Spitting Image' out of trouble

As head of contracts and copyright at Central Independent Television, which became ITV's Midlands franchise holder in the 1980s, Rupert Dilnott-Cooper was given some of his biggest challenges by the producers of the satirical puppet series Spitting Image. His job was to protect Central from legal action, but he regarded the show as fun and always tried to find a way to ensure that its biting humour reached the screen.

Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of moors murderer Ian Brady appearing via video link at Manchester Civil Justice Centre

Moors murderer Ian Brady breaks his silence after 47 years: 'I killed for the existential experience'

75-year-old breaks 47-year silence as he tells mental health tribunal of mixing with criminals from Krays to Great Train Robbers and IRA terrorists

The boys are back: The labels to watch at London's men's fashion week

From Alexander McQueen's razor-sharp suiting to JW Anderson's bandeau tops, Alexander Fury reveals what will be in vogue this autumn.

Mohammed Hamid, described as 'dangerously charming', progressed from shoplifting to turning young men into jihadists

Jailed preacher, Mohammed Hamid, who trained 21/7 bombers ‘linked’ to Woolwich attack suspect, Michael Adebolajo

Man accused of Drummer Lee Rigby's murder said to have had contact with 'Osama Bin London'

To die for: the Tower of London has nothing on the capital’s meaner streets

Low-life tourism: London sights it would be a crime to miss

If you’ve been to any of the bigger tourist attractions in the capital of late, you’ll know that the ticket prices at the Tower of London are criminal and the queues at the London Eye are enough to drive anyone to murder. But there’s plenty on offer for tourists who want to something a little bit different… and a good bit darker. My book, Criminal London, a Sightseer’s Guide to a Capital of Crime, gives the low-down on the capital’s low-life.

Marie Arnet as Lulu in Welsh National Opera's production of Alban Berg's Lulu directed by David Pountney and conducted by Lothar Koenigs at Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff.

Lulu, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Alban Berg’s Lulu is a great opera, and greatly problematic.

A second series of Ripper Street starring Adam Rothenberg, Matthew MacFayden and Jerome Flynn has been commissioned by the BBC.

Second series of Victorian crime drama Ripper Street commissioned by BBC

The BBC has commissioned a second series of hard-hitting crime drama Ripper Street.

Skyfall director Sam Mendes unites Dracula and Frankenstein in 'psycho-sexual' TV show

Penny Dreadful will be screened by Showtime, the channel behind Homeland

Sofie Grabol as Sarah Lund

Sofie Grabol: Bosses tried to axe Sarah Lund's jumper

The Killing star Sofie Grabol has revealed that TV bosses tried to take away her alter ego's trademark woolly jumper and even put the hard-nosed Danish detective in heels for the new series of the hit TV drama - but that their plan backfired.

Will Franken: Things We Did Before Reality, Just the Tonic at The Caves, Edinburgh

San Franciscan Will Franken provides the most whistlestop character comedy that you’re likely to see at the Fringe this year.

Joan Smith: The perfect subject for an opera

Anna Nicole Smith was an adventuress and a self-made woman

The Witching Hour: Darkness and the Architectural Uncanny

Empty car parks, unlit alleyways and deserted graveyards are among architectural situations which have been examined by artists for a new exhibition about the power of buildings to intimidate and unsettle.

The Maul and the Pear Tree, By PD James and TA Critchley

A maul is a kind of mallet, which was used to club a family to death (baby included) in London's East End in December 1811. The country was plunged into a frenzy of fear. Twelve nights later, an elderly couple and their maid were found bludgeoned to death. Public opinion demanded a culprit, and an Irish seaman named John Williams, who lodged at the nearby Pear Tree inn, was arrested. With the trial still ongoing, Williams was found hanged in his cell, and posthumously convicted.

City of Sin: London and its vices, By Catharine Arnold

In 1180, a monk named Richard Devizes wrote of how he disliked London, a city filled with "jesters, smooth-skinned lads, Moors, flatterers, pretty boys, effeminates, pederasts, singing and dancing girls, quacks, belly-dancers, sorceresses, extortioners, night-wanderers, magicians, mimes, beggars, [and] buffoons." He concluded, "if you do not want to dwell with evil-doers, do not live in London."

Album: New York Philharmonic, Weill: Die Sieben Todsünden; Berg: Lulu Suite (Teldec/Warner Classics & Jazz)

Weill & Brecht's The Seven Deadly Sins and Alban Berg's Lulu share a fascination with the decay and degradation of the human spirit in a decadent age.

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