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The Independence Day director's totally unnecessary "conspiracy theory" drama wheels out the tiresome thesis that William Shakespeare was not the author of his plays.

Joely Richardson as Ellida, 'a picture of statuesque frailty'

First Night: The Lady from the Sea, Rose Theatre, Kingston-upon-Thames

Richardson dazzles on her return to the London stage

Fish pedicure, £49

More money than sense! What to get those who have everything

Genevieve Roberts and Tara Mulholland find out if the latest beauty treatment fads are worth it

In memory of Raisa

Mikhail Gorbachev flies to London for a charity event in honour of his late wife.

The aliens are here! Again!: The five golden rules of sci-fi remakes

Two-and-a-half decades after the rodent-scoffing invaders of 'V' first landed on our TV screens, they're back. But will they conquer the schedules?

Seeds of destruction: The Day of the Triffids

A new TV adaptation of John Wyndham's classic sci-fi novel The Day of the Triffids faces one enduring problem: how do you make plants scary? Gerard Gilbert reports

Holly come lately - can Anna match Audrey?

Anna Friel has been cast as the lead in an upcoming stage version of Breakfast at Tiffany's. It's a brave actress who will step into the role immortalised by Audrey Hepburn, says Rhoda Koenig

The 5-minute Interview: Joely Richardson, actress

'I find the red carpet so terrifying that another persona just kicks in'

Last Night's TV: I don't know how they can sleep at night

Freezing, BBC2; Ice Road Truckers, Five

Heart beat

Thousands of women will be waking up with Jamie Theakston on his new radio show. Ian Burrell reports

Edinburgh TV festival: Drama chiefs get lessons in passion

Producers told the secrets of successfully depicting sex on television

Bjork - the new Doris?

Better buy some earplugs. The film musical, long in disrepute, is on the verge of a major revival. But this time tradition's got nothing to do with it, says ADAM MINNS

TV Review: How Herbie died for all of us

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Television Reviews: Berkeley Square and The Tribe

The combination of a country shoot and adultery is never wise. All those loaded guns, all that highly charged emotion - and sure enough last night's Berkeley Square (BBC1 ) concluded with a man in Norfolk tweeds lying face down in the bracken. Arnold St John was now the injured husband in at least two senses, the trigger having been pulled not by him, or his faithless wife, or even his cuckolder - but by his eight-year old son Tom, who had been subjected to the sort of persistent mental cruelty which would these days result in a care order and court action. Personally I would much have preferred Tom to have swung his weapon in the direction of the loathsome Louis, a coroneted brat who thinks that putting a bloody pheasant at the bottom of the bed is a character-building jape, but I suppose the producers felt that infanticide might be taking things a bit too far in a family show.

Name of the game

INTERVIEW: JEMMA REDGRAVE

More TV sex on Sundays, please: we're not shocked

THOSE who watch episode four of the BBC1 drama Close Relations tonight might be forgiven for thinking that television's tradition of steamy Sunday evening scheduling has finally peaked - for the first time viewers will witness a three-in-a-bed sexual encounter.
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Why Robin Williams safeguarded himself against a morbid trend in advertising

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As film-makers and advertisers make increasing posthumous use of celebrities' images, some stars are finding new ways of ensuring that they rest in peace
The UK horticulture industry is facing a skills crisis - but Great Dixter aims to change all that

UK horticulture industry facing skills crisis

Great Dixter manor house in East Sussex is encouraging people to work in the industry by offering three scholarships a year to students, as well as generous placements
Hack Circus aims to turn the rule-abiding approach of TED talks on its head

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Hack Circus aims to turn the rule-abiding approach of TED talks on its head. Rhodri Marsden meets mistress of ceremonies Leila Johnston
Sevenoaks is split over much-delayed decision on controversial grammar school annexe

Sevenoaks split over grammar school annexe

If Weald of Kent Grammar School is given the go-ahead for an annexe in leafy Sevenoaks, it will be the first selective state school to open in 50 years
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A look through the lens: 10 best compact cameras

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Paul Scholes column

Ross Barkley played well against Italy but he must build on that. His time to step up and seize that England No 10 shirt is now
Why Michael Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

Why Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

Manchester United's talented midfielder has played international football for almost 14 years yet, frustratingly, has won only 32 caps, says Sam Wallace
Tracey Neville: The netball coach who is just as busy as her brothers, Gary and Phil

Tracey Neville is just as busy as her brothers, Gary and Phil

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General Election 2015: The masterminds behind the scenes

The masterminds behind the election

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Machine Gun America

The amusement park where teenagers go to shoot a huge range of automatic weapons
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The ethics of pet food

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