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

Video: Celebs recruited to tempt world to UK

Dame Judi Dench and Jamie Oliver are just two of the big names appearing in adverts around the world inviting people to come to the UK.

Into the Woods, Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park, London

Into the Woods goes virtually site-specific with this sharp, spirited revival of Sondheim's 1987 musical. Offering a Freudian take on fairy tales as psychological rites-of-passage, the piece is inventively directed by Timothy Sheader and Liam Steel in the sylvan setting of Regent Park's Open Air Theatre.

Jane Austen's Guide to Good Manners, By Josephine Ross

Few Jane Austen enthusiasts will not have realised what a delicate business it was to be a lady or gentleman of standing in Regency England.

David Lister: It's not time to junk the breeches and bonnets

The death of the costume drama on the BBC has been declared before. By the BBC. In the Eighties the Corporation decided that the public no longer had an appetite for it, and barely made any, denying a generation adaptations of the classics. Then in the Nineties it made the excellent Colin Firth/ Jennifer Ehle version of Pride and Prejudice to critical and public acclaim, and the senior BBC executive Michael Jackson went on the Today programme to apologise for keeping costume dramas off the air.

Katy Guest: Crack the title, crack the code

Whosays you can't judge a book by its cover?

Games Review: The Chronicles of
Riddick: Assault on
Dark Athena

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How to put your house in the movies

Register your house with a location agency and it could have a starring screen role – as well as netting you a profit, says Graham Norwood

Dame Judi honoured in Europe

Actress Dame Judi Dench has been honoured by the European film industry when she was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Games Review: Quantum of Solace: the Game

PC, PS2, PS3, Wii, X360, Activision, £29.99 - £49.99

Sparkling start to flat: Dame Judi's Smokey Oakey burns off his Lincoln rivals away

Where the Lincoln Handicap is concerned, trainer Mark Tompkins clearly has a licence to win. Yesterday he saddled his second winner of the valuable handicap, Smokey Oakey, in five runnings, with his first, Babodana, in third this time. The latest victor, a 10-1 chance ridden by Jimmy Quinn, carries the colours of Dame Judi Dench, and came home as fast and true as a shot from Bond's Walther PPK.

Timeless or tedious? 'It is not that it shows all the political awareness of a copy of the Beano, simply that it is an immensely dreary novel'

As Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy reappear in yet another dramatisation of Pride and Prejudice, we ask if Jane Austen's classic really is the most perfect English novel - or just a 19th-century Mills & Boon
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Iraq invasion 2003: The bloody warnings six wise men gave to Tony Blair as he prepared to launch poorly planned campaign

What the six wise men told Tony Blair

Months before the invasion of Iraq in 2003, experts sought to warn the PM about his plans. Here, four of them recall that day
25 years of The Independent on Sunday: The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century

25 years of The Independent on Sunday

The stories, the writers and the changes over the last quarter of a century
Homeless Veterans appeal: 'Really caring is a dangerous emotion in this kind of work'

Homeless Veterans appeal

As head of The Soldiers' Charity, Martin Rutledge has to temper compassion with realism. He tells Chris Green how his Army career prepared him
Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

It's nice to pick up a new record once in a while, but the purchasers of two latest releases can go a step further - by buying the only copy
Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

Belle & Sebastian is taking a new direction

Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A graphic history of US civil rights – in comic book form

A veteran of the Fifties campaigns is inspiring a new generation of activists
Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

A C Benson called him 'a horrid little fellow', George Orwell would have shot him, but what a giant he seems now, says DJ Taylor
Growing mussels: Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project

Growing mussels

Precious freshwater shellfish are thriving in a unique green project
Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

Pinstriped for action

A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter
Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: 'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'

Russell T Davies & Ben Cook: How we met

'Our friendship flourished online. You can share some very revelatory moments at four in the morning…'
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef serves up his favourite Japanese dishes

Bill Granger's Japanese recipes

Stock up on mirin, soy and miso and you have the makings of everyday Japanese cuisine
Michael Calvin: How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us

Michael Calvin's Last Word

How we need more Eric Cantonas to knock some sense into us