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The Good Wife on More4 is in the midst of a reputation revision. Long-term fans of the smart, glossy legal drama, which began its fifth season on More4 last night, often complain it's not given the recognition it deserves. It's true that among crime and law procedurals (TV shows where a problem is raised and solved within a single episode) this is a show of unusual quality. But is The Good Wife really that good?

Joan Smith: Don't demonise singles: there's a lot of us about

Are they going to be issued with cats? More middle-aged men are living alone, according to new figures, and it goes without saying that they must be just as miserable as all the middle-aged single women we've heard about for years.

Being Modern: DVD box sets

Bruce Springsteen may have lamented flicking on the TV to find "57 Channels and Nothin' on", but these days such small-screen rage is decidedly démodé. For, whether there be 57 channels or 357, why would we waste time seething at the schedules when we have our trusty repositories of high-end drama to watch any time we please?

Keep cool under pressure with Rescue Remedy

Ever felt that the demands of your day are sometimes a bit much? True, the more you juggle, the better you can get at it, but for all our modern lifestyles and labour-saving devices, sometimes it can feel as if all we have won is the right to a pressure-cooker life. Where online supermarket shopping at midnight, 6 am alarm calls, or speed yoga classes in your lunch hour are increasingly becoming the norm. What can you do?

Album: Metropole Orkest / Vince Mendoza, Fast City (BHM)

This tribute to the late composer Joe Zawinul by Holland's fabulous 48-piece Metropole Orchestra is something of a missed opportunity.

Men Should Weep, National Theatre: Lyttelton, London

The National Theatre has been both shrewd and fortunate in its timing as it launches Josie Rourke's splendid revival of Men Should Weep in the wake of a comprehensive spending review that clobbers the poorest among us. Written in 1947, Ena Lamont Stewart's wonderfully rich but rarely performed play focuses on a Glaswegian family's struggle for survival during the Great Depression of the 1930s. It was notably revived by 7:84 Company in Scotland in 1982 during the Thatcherite recession. Now, when one of the characters says "It's only rich folks can keep theirselves tae theirselves. Folk like us hev tae depend on their neighbours when they're needin' help," you wonder what price David Cameron's Big Society.

Flexible working right to be extended

The right to request flexible working is to be extended to parents of children under 18 from next year, benefiting an estimated 300,000 people, the Government announced today.

Wigan team-effort brings curtain down on Leeds era

Leeds 6 Wigan 26

Pianomania: Notes in the key of madness

The story of concert pianism is strewn with madness – how could it not be, when the demands of the job are so insane? What sane person would build their life round juggling millions of notes from memory and without safety nets? Last week saw the release of Pianomania, a documentary film about that prince of piano-technicians Stefan Knupfer, in which the madness underlying the method of one of the world's greatest virtuosos is laid bare. Pierre-Laurent Aimard is going to record some Bach, and wants a piano that can combine the intimate effect of a clavichord with the deep sonority of an organ and the blaze of a concert Steinway.

My Edinburgh: Alex Horne, comedian

This will be my son's first Edinburgh Festival. He was only six weeks old in August last year so we didn't think he'd appreciate it. I hope he's ready.

McGuire steals show and sends Rhinos to Wembley

Leeds Rhinos 32 St Helens 28: Poacher's late try earns Leeds their first Challenge Cup final since 2005

England give Shah another chance and call up Lumb

England's selectors, who pride themselves on delicate use of the scalpel in amending teams, yesterday wielded a broadsword. They may not quite see it in such terms but their performance squad of elite players for the summer of 2010 showed that 11 players who made the 2009 version have been omitted.

Free ENO podcast: Fiona Shaw

Fiona Shaw talks to Edward Seckerson about the not inconsiderable demands of juggling Restoration comedy with German expressionism.

Pierrot Bidon: Creator of Archaos and a pioneer of the New Circus

Pierric Pillot, aka Pierrot Bidon, was the creator of Archaos and one of the founding fathers of New Circus.

Dad's Diary: 'There are some aspects of his former carpet-crawling character that he still clings to'

COMPETITIVE PARENTS. It's a phrase that's sure to send a shiver down the spine of any right-minded mother or father. Of course, every parent wants their precious little darlings to shine, but there's a fine line between being supportive and being pushy and obsessive. Cross it at your peril.

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