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The use of unpaid 'interns' threatens to become a major, long-term problem for the PR industry.

Mirren and Lumley to read girls' tales

Dame Helen Mirren and Joanna Lumley are to summon up the "jolly hockey sticks" era for BBC Radio 4 with a season of classic girls' school tales. The stories include Enid Blyton's The Cheat and will be broadcast over three days next month.

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James Moore: Celebrity campaigners are right about Vedanta but battle is not yet won

Outlook So score one for the good guys? Vedanta – or perhaps "the world's most hated company" – suffered a reverse yesterday after its much-criticised plans to mine bauxite on sacred tribal land in the province of Orissa in eastern India were shot down by the country's environment ministry.

How We Met: Joanna Lumley & Jill Tookey

'I once refused a scholarship at the Royal Ballet, so there was quite a frisson going back'

Last Night's TV: Mistresses, BBC1<br />Natural World, BBC2

Aha! It's "Joanna Lumley's Mistresses". Actually, that's not quite right. Unlike her previous outing, in which the lovely Lumley was given personal possession of no lesser world wonder than the Nile, this is not, in fact, the official title. But let's not dwell on details: "Joanna Lumley's Mistresses" it was, to all intents and purposes. She came (clad elegantly in eau de Nile suit), she saw (or at least surveyed everything that mattered – in this case her daughter's wandering eyes), and she out-sassed everyone she encountered, trailing the two-seasons-old cast in her formidable wake.

La B&#234;te, Comedy Theatre, London

"La bête" is a beast and a fool in French, and it's one of the puzzles in Matthew Warchus's colourfully inflated, Broadway-bound revival of this 1991, 17th-century oddity that you never really know to whom the title refers: the actor, the writer or the patron. These are the three protagonists in a stylish, one-off rhyming text by American playwright David Hirson, and they are played by Mark Rylance, David Hyde Pierce and Joanna Lumley.

Jennifer Saunders given cancer all-clear

Comedienne Jennifer Saunders has fought a successful battle with breast cancer.

First Night: La B&#234;te, Comedy Theatre, London

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Is the Premier League ready for Ian Holloway?

The Blackpool manager is sizing up the heist of the season.

Government had concerns over Gurkha fees three years ago

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Mark Steel: The way they behave, they must want to lose the election

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Gordon Brown says sorry to Joanna Lumley over Gurkhas

Prime Minister Gordon Brown told Gurkha campaigner Joanna Lumley today he was "sorry" over comments made about her by a Government minister.

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