News Philomena Lee in Dublin at the launch of the Philomena Project, a campaign to open up Irish adoption records

Philomena Lee, the subject of an Oscar-nominated film, launches project to help find children who were forcibly adopted

Coogan in 'Philomena' with Judi Dench

Real-life Philomena says film is not 'anti-Catholic'

A New York Post review described the film as '90 minutes of organised hate'

Stratospheric: Sandra Bullock stars in the epic sci-fi drama 'Gravity'

Gravity soars past Thor to top UK box office

The film has had one of the biggest original sci-fi openings in recent years

Britons Antony Gormley and David Chipperfield win 'Japanese Nobel' prize

A renowned sculptor and architect, both from Britain, were among the five artists to receive the prestigious Praemium Imperiale award, dubbed the “Japanese Nobel,” which comes with a cheque for £100,000.

Judi Dench

When picking inspiring women, it helps if they’re real

When 4,000 British ladies were asked by Baileys who they thought the most spirited and inspiring women of all time were, they threw up a curious bunch.

Bath Literature Festival: Stories from the Fringe

PD James: Pride and waspishness

A Blagger's Guide To: Pride and Prejudice

'It is a truth universally acknowledged ...'

Putting extra zeros in 007: Daniel Craig is highest-paid Bond with £31 million contract

Daniel Craig, 44, is officially the highest-earning Bond actor in the franchise’s 50 year history, being paid more than £31 million to play the spy twice more.

The 10 Best puzzles and games

Cool, fun, silly and educational – here’s our pick of the finest distractions for children. No screens required...

Daniel Craig is a Bond with a steely presence in Skyfall

Review: Skyfall, Sam Mendes, 140 mins (12A)

The new 007, with its wit, panache and crashing thrills, is the freshest, most entertaining in ages

Judi Dench cemented her place in the lady dude hall of fame later in the week by getting a picture of herself on Twitter wearing a Dench cap

Nejazzle? Dame Judi proves she's totally Dench

If there was even the slightest shred of doubt that Dame Judi Dench was a National Treasure™, she more than proved she's a pearl among women with a cheeky bit of bling at the Skyfall premiere this week. Despite her characteristically elegant garb, Judi was sporting a cheeky 'jazzle! No, it wasn't a vajazzle, it was a nejazzle – a sparkly set of self-adhesive crystals in the shape of the 007 logo tucked behind her ear (above, left). Unexpected and playful, it rocked. She then cemented her place in the lady dude hall of fame later in the week by getting a picture of herself on Twitter wearing a Dench cap (above). Dench as in Judi, but also in Stay Dench, the clothing range created by rapper Lethal Bizzle and footballer Emmanuel Frimpong. Dench, you see, is a phrase used by the youth to describe something as being "sick" – keep up at the back – which means "nice".

Trailer of Bond's new film, Skyfall

James Bond will fake own death in new movie Skyfall

James Bond will be seen faking his own death in the action-packed forthcoming movie Skyfall.

DVD: Clone

After the death of Eva Green's boyfriend, Matt Smith, she gives birth to his clone.

Jaipur's Palace of Winds

Rajasthan: A family adventure in India

The dazzling state of Rajasthan has long lured travellers – and your children will love it too, says Amar Grover.

Jane Austen is back in the frame

When academic and biographer Paula Byrne announced the discovery of what seemed to be a new drawing of Jane Austen, there was a frenzied debate over the picture's authenticity. Arguments are bound to be reignited by the news that the controversial portrait will go on display at the Bodleian Library in Oxford as part of the celebrations for World Book Day, before moving to Jane Austen's House Museum in Chawton this April. The picture, showing a thin-faced woman gripping an inky quill, accentuates Austen's professionalism.

Life-changing: Michelle Yeoh as Aung San Suu Kyi in The Lady

Michelle Yeoh: Crouching tiger, hidden dragon, political prisoner...

James Mottram on the Bond star playing Aung San Suu Kyi in a new biopic

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee