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BSkyB has signed a new five-year deal for exclusive rights to HBO shows including 'Game of Thrones', 'Girls'

Michael Dugher condemned the publication of the “annual” Chequers guest list, which was over a year late when it was quietly released on Friday evening

David Cameron urged to reveal list of visitors entertained at Chequers

Shadow Cabinet Office ministercondems publication of “annual” guest list

Jonah Hill and Leonardo DiCaprio in 'The Wolf of Wall Street'

The Wolf of Wall Street, film review: 'A lurid, profanity bespattered movie'

Scorsese's lurid account of white-collar excess is a rake’s progress on steroids

Gurkha hunger strike called off as MPs launch parliamentary probe into rights

A parliamentary probe into Gurkha rights is being launched with Prime Minister David Cameron's “blessing” following a two week hunger strike by veterans.

A literary hot tub on offer at Wigtown Book Festival

Book lovers will be able to share a jacuzzi with the literati for the first time

In a class of their own: David Walliams and Catherine Tate in 'Big School'

Grace Dent on TV: Big School, Channel 4

Today's lesson - how to produce a pleasurable comedy that passes the perils-of-primetime test

Honor Blackman who is set to star in Casualty on 3 August, as the Saturday night drama welcomes two brand-new characters in the series return.

From Goldfinger to Holby: Honor Blackman to star in Casualty

Former Bond girl Honor Blackman is set to make a guest appearance in Casualty playing a feisty pensioner on a mission.

Girls' Lena Dunham inspired by British TV shows Ab Fab and Gavin & Stacey

Girls creator Lena Dunham has revealed she is a big fan of British television shows.

Rape is a Western problem too - and it will be as long as male power comes at the expense of women

The fact that rape affects both men and women must never be forgotten, but neither should the fact that it does not affect both genders equally.

The Weekend's Viewing: A Downton substitute and The Killing returns to its roots at the death

The Making of a Lady, Sun, ITV1 // The Killing III, Sat, BBC4

Television choices: A calculating mother and her very handsome sum

TV pick of the week: The Making of a Lady

Rod Stewart: Women threw themselves at me so much, I became bored of sex

A case of so many women, too little time.

Rod Stewart has revealed that he got tired and bored of sex because so many women threw themselves at him at the height of his fame.

Marks & Spencer boss Marc Bolland braced for shareholders fury over 'excessive' pay

Marks & Spencer boss Marc Bolland will come under pressure tomorrow from frustrated shareholders over “excessive” pay and disappointing sales figures.

Nick Clegg launches 'army of aspiration'

Nick Clegg today hailed an initiative to send employees into state schools to talk about their careers as the launch of an "army for aspiration".

Olympic torch mum in delivery dash

An expectant mother is due to carry the Olympic torch in Bath - just 24 hours before she gives birth.

Marks & Spencer slashes sales targets as profits dip

Marks & Spencer boss Marc Bolland slashed his sales targets for the high street retailer today as he unveiled its first fall in profits in three years.

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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links