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Big trouble at BBC2? The controller is calm under fire

It can't be easy for Janice Hadlow just now. She is the woman who made television stars of Simon Schama and David Starkey. She is ready to enthuse about plans to broadcast underwater images of a submerged Mycenaean city, to make a landmark series on the classical world, and to reveal the home-decorating secrets of the Victorians.

So he's really the Stig? Big deal

A battle is raging over the identity of Top Gear's test driver. Even Sean O'Grady, a confirmed petrolhead, is bemused

A guide to A-road Britain: A3400

If you are heading northwards into Shakespeare country, choose the route the Bard himself would have travelled. Emily Dugan saunters to Stratford-upon-Avon from Chipping Norton through chocolate box Olde England

RBS hit by FSA inquiry into Coutts

Coutts, the Queen's bank, is under investigation from the financial market watchdog over a fund it sold to customers including TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson, it emerged yesterday.

More than 70 countries make being gay a crime

People are being killed for their sexual orientation, despite progress made by some nations, including Britain, to eliminate prejudice

Clare Balding: Homophobia, AA Gill, and me

Why <i>The IoS's</i> initiative still matters

A A Gill's lesbian jibe provokes complaint from BBC star

Albanians, the Welsh, animal rights activists and Germans have all been outraged by the wit, acerbity and bile pouring from A A Gill's keyboard.

Dom Joly: VIP stands for Vaguely Impecunious Punter

As you read this I shall be at the poshest festival in Britain – Cornbury, near Charlbury in Oxfordshire. It's not far from me: apart from the local cider festival and the annual Steam Fair, it's our big local event.

Last Night's TV: Reunited, BBC1<br />Men about the House, BBC4<br />Top Gear, BBC2

Reunited couldn't more conspicuously have been a pilot if it had been wearing flying goggles and a leather helmet, but for some reason nobody seemed to want to mention the fact. Mike Bullen's script about student housemates meeting up again after eight years was described in the Radio Times as a "comedy drama", which rather suggested that within the hour Mike Bullen would have tied up at least one of the mop-head of loose ends he'd assembled. But as tick followed tock it dawned on you that Hannah's agony over whether Martin still loved her or Belinda's guilty secret about "Spanish lessons" or Rob's odd-couple affair with the judgemental Fran were not going to get any firm resolution before the final credits rolled, and you lost your only remaining motive for watching. It was a bit like being told a shaggy dog story only to have the teller smile enigmatically at the end and say he might deliver the punchline in eight months' time, provided the overnights turned out to be good enough.

Screen plays: The growth of the live-action spin-offs

If it's a hit on the telly, the chances are it will soon be coming to a theatre near you

Diary: P Diddy is acting the part

In "acting" news, Diddy, known to your parents as Puff Daddy, to you and me as P Diddy, and to his acting agent as Sean Combs, has appeared as a guest on US television's Inside The Actors' Studio. The show is an opportunity for actors to discuss their craft without fear of being asked any question more awkward than "What's your motivation?" Greats such as Pacino, De Niro and Jennifer Lopez come here to bask in the adoration of earnest, beard-wearing interviewer James Lipton before an audience of his acting students. The Actor's Studio is the New York drama school known as the home of method acting, and Diddy assured Lipton that he had improvised all of his scenes in the new comedy film Get Him to the Greek – which also stars his fellow renaissance man Russell Brand. "I've always been fascinated with the art of storytelling," Diddy told the rapt assembly of aspiring part-time waiters. The 40-year-old Combs' acting CV is somewhat thinner than his musical one, but does include two whole episodes of CSI: Miami.

Last Night's TV - Blitz Street, Channel 4; World War II Lost Films, History

Master blaster misses the target

Dylan Jones: 'David Nicholls' book is the sort of thing you can't put down

It is, as they say, something of a sleeper. In the past two weeks, six people I know have said they've just finished reading One Day by David Nicholls, a novel that has been on my bedside cabinet for the past three months, and which I have just finished myself. The premise is a simple but effective one: two students – the delightful Emma and the appalling Dexter – at Edinburgh University have a post-finals fling on 15 July 1988, and the book picks up their relationship every year for the following 20 years.

Robin Scott-Elliot: Carlisle and Bonnaire both winners in war of words

View From The Sofa: Six Nations/Premier League Football/Countdown, BBC/Sky/Channel 4

Sarah Sands: Pedestrians are safe, again. My husband's speed-aware

The middle classes would love to be best friends with the police, and are wounded that the small matter of driving offences comes so often between them. It is not a crime, surely, so much as a misunderstanding. Thus, drivers who are sharp as tacks in their professional lives suffer blackouts of memory over who was driving, and shake their heads in wonder over the photographic evidence.

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Heysel disaster 30th anniversary: Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget fateful day in Belgium

Liverpool have seen too much tragedy to forget Heysel

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Khan’s audition for Mayweather may turn into a no-win situation

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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

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Fifa corruption arrests

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Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

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