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

My Week: Joanna Lumley, actress and campaigner

A triumphant end to her long battle to allow Gurkhas to settle in Britain

Lumley joins Gurkhas' legal charge

Nepalese infantrymen who have risked their lives for Britain seek right to permanent residency

Actress at court 'to see justice' for Gurkhas

Actress Joanna Lumley brought a touch of showbiz glamour to the High Court today as she joined Gurkhas in their battle for the right to settle in Britain.

Melanie McDonagh: Celebrate long life and good living

Welcoming the growing number of pensioners

Christina Patterson: The challenge of poetry – and football

It's so weird. Grown men dressed like two-year-olds, throwing themselves on the ground and shouting. One minute they're weeping and the next they're practically snogging. All those funny lines on the field. All those logos on their backs. I just don't get it.

Joanna Lumley: Be a good egg. Join me as a free-range warrior

Sixty-two per cent of hens in the UK still endure life sentences of frustration and deprivation in the battery cage. How can we let such cruelty continue?

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Leading article: A legacy in pictures

Dead famous beyond the grave

Communicating with the undead is a talent not given to many but, Joanna Lumley, it seems, is one of the lucky ones. In her recently published memoirs, she revealed that she was particularly sensitive to messages from the other side. and had in fact been visited by a ghost while she was living in a parsonage near Dover.

Football: Talbot is forever Diamonds

Ronald Atkin finds an ex-Gunner has sights firmly set on the League

Leading article: It's the Wheel thing

STEADY! IT seems as if, unusually and unexpectedly, we may have a Great British Success on our hands. For, against all the odds and aesthetic anguishing about outrages of scale and gimmickry, the millennium wheel looks like being on a bit of a roll. Already, almost half a million tickets have been sold for the 30-minute ride, which will take its passengers 450 feet above London and back down again.

Sorry, says the ICA to its celeb patrons

THE INSTITUTE of Contemporary Arts has being forced into an embarrassing climb-down on a pledge from its controversial chairman to get rid of its celebrity patrons, including David Bowie and Bryan Ferry.

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