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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?

Letter: Date juggling

Alan Watkins chides other journalists for "being no good at sums" yet bases his column on a false figure ("Precarious balance of power before the showdown", 15 December). A vacancy in the House of Commons should be filled by the "writ being moved within three months" of the vacancy. Hence it is necessary to give the party holding the seat three months less a day to move the writ. Then must be added the three weeks of campaigning. Mr Watkins bases his sums on the vacancy being "filled" within three months. The writ should be moved by 4 February for a by-election on 27 February. Of course, the Tories could (and should) move it earlier - the new Register date of 16 February not causing any practical problem.

Targeting the new proletariat

Could middle-class insecurity open the way to a British version of right-wing populism, asks Richard Gott

Full-time job, full-time study at weekends: 'I'll be honest, it's tough'

Students of the future will be like Annette Andrews, who is still clocking up degrees at the age of 29 and is a living example of the phrase "lifelong learning". A personnel co-ordinator at Ford, she works full- time at the company's European headquarters in Brentwood, Essex, and at weekends sits down at home to bend her mind round her master's degree in business administration.

Books: Aftershave

HOW STELLA GOT HER GROOVE BACK by Terry McMillan, Viking pounds 16


Friday's announcement by Martin Edwards that he might sell Manchester United reveals an extraordinary coincidence: it was on the same date - 11 October - in 1989 that the take-over bid by the ball-juggling property dealer Michael Knighton (right) finally collapsed.

Which hat shall I wear today?

Twenty years ago Shirley Conran's Superwoman taught women how to cope with the strain of combining work, family and self-development. Now, with Britons working the longest hours in Europe, British men are feeling their own kind of role strain. David Cohen reports

Call it a boom? It's just juggling with statistics, says Labour

Just how good do we really feel?

The Ballad of Edinburgh Fred

As I set off to the Edinburgh Festival today, I am reminded of a long poem which I don't think I have ever brought to you before. As you know, I am an avid collector of modern folk verse, especially motorway ballads, and this long ballad was told to me by a lone unicyclist whom I once gave a lift to en route to the Edinburgh Festival. I never saw him again, though I still have his unicycle, if he cares to contact me.

A megastar with not a (grey) hair out of place; PETER YORK ON ADS


Non-confrontational, helpful and flexible, no wonder women are the modern employer's first choice

Female skills are proving increasingly successful in the workplace, reports Christian Wolmar (below). Men, meanwhile, are finding life significantl y tougher, explains Barrie Clement (right)

The facts of life on a low income

The poor are not an underclass. According to a study to be published this week, they are people who want to work, want a decent home, and yearn for an income that will pay their bills.

Music; Bananas Purcell Room, SBC, London

It was, you might say, a Fyffes-and-drum evening. Shiva Nova, the percussion-heavy, cross-cultural ensemble that mixes improvisation and composition, put together a show on the theme of bananas. It even included pre-concert cookery, which I missed, but the performance itself blended enough ingredients for a banquet. At its centre was an ornate banana tree. At the rear of the stage, bananaesque images filled two screens: on one, stills of exotic locations; on the other, movie footage, in black and white by John Grierson, father of British documentaries, and in colour by Tony Hill. An invitation to contemplate the role of the banana in the history of imperialism, or touristic travelogue?

DANCE : Movement with missiles: there must be a catch somewhere

JUGGLING and dance were not obviously made for each other. When dancing, most practitioners would agree, it helps to keep your hands free. And what kind of juggler wants to worry about hip-twists and foot-flips when keeping five balls in the air is hard enough already? If the Gandini Juggling Project had never happened, frankly no one would suppose they had missed anything.

The fax factor

Oh how treacherous is technology. It is barely six months since the London Evening Standard confused a faxed article by the former Labour golden boy Bryan Gould with a piece of political juvenilia penned by the teenage son of the Home Secretary, Michael Howard. But this week a letter of sympathy from Mr Howard's wife, Sandra, to the Tory rebel Peter Thurnham turned up on the fax machine of the Bolton Metro News.

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