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Charlotte Wakefield as Maria in The Sound of Music

Theatre review: Regent's Park is alive with The Sound of Music

Regent's Park may be not able to run to an Alpine peak, but the Open Air Theatre in its bosky embrace proves to be a lovely location for this Rodgers and Hammerstein classic in which the presence of the mountains is so strongly felt.

Hero or villain? Under Uli Hoeness, Bayern Munich make more money from commerce than any other club

Champions League final: Angela Merkel turns her back on Bayern Munich's Uli Hoeness as tax row clouds Wembley showdown

Saturday's all-German Champions' League final is being overshadowed by a Bayern Munich saga that has reached the very top

Doc Brown

Comedy review: Doc Brown, The Royal Albert Hall, London

Towards the end of his show rapper-turned comic Doc Brown (real name Ben Bailey Smith) says that he feels he is “still drifting”and that his career journey so far could still be a work in progress.

The lake scene in Dirty Dancing

I've had the surgery of my life: Patients choose to watch relaxing classic films during theatre

Dirty Dancing, The Sound of Music and Cabaret are proving popular film choices in the new scheme run at Peterborough City Hospital

Dick Van Dyke

Dick Van Dyke: Julie told me I never got the Cockney accent right in Mary Poppins

He's acted, danced and sang his way through movies, television and the stage, making Dick Van Dyke an entertainment triple-threat long before Hollywood used such hyphenates.

My Fair Lady, Sheffield Crucible

Dominic West's Henry Higgins is overshadowed by emerging talent Carly Bawden's Eliza Doolittle

Dame Julie Andrews: The Sound of Music star lost her vocal range after surgery

Julie Andrews tops poll of Christmas telly

Julie Andrews has been crowned the Queen of Christmas television in a new poll to find our festive favourites.

The Wizard of Oz has become one of television's best-loved Christmas traditions

The $480,000 dress : The Wizard of Oz dress is sold in a Hollywood auction

Couture ballgowns regularly sell for thousands of pounds, but those dresses are made to measure from expensive fabric and sewn with extreme attention to detail. The blue gingham dress from The Wizard of Oz is a rather more humble affair.

Balmain

Tap into tapestry

For an opulent but original take on homespun fabrics, take samplers as your inspiration and drop some serious stitches, says Charlotte Owen

'Selective Memory 2'

In The Studio: Simon Fujiwara, artist

"These are a few of my favourite things," says Simon Fujiwara, showing me around his studio in the colourful Kreuzberg district of Berlin. Having previously worked in his flat, he laughs. "I deliberately recreated home here in the studio. It is so successful that people always ask if this is where I live."

Johannes Heesters: Actor dogged by his Nazi associations

The Dutch-born entertainer Johannes Heesters, who made his name performing in Germany and was dogged later by controversy over his Nazi-era past, died on 24 December at the age of 108. Born in the Netherlands on 5 December 1903, Heesters made his stage debut on the big stage at the Volksoper in Vienna in 1934. His career took off in Berlin where, he became a crowd favourite at the Komische Oper and Admiralspalast. He gained fame appearing in films such as Die Leuchter des Kaisers [The Emperor's Candlesticks] and Das Hofkonzert [The Court Concert].

The Wizard of Oz has become one of television's best-loved Christmas traditions

Tim Lott: We're off to see the Wizard – with ET and The Godfather

What is it about the familiarity of old movies that makes them impossible to turn off

Connie Fisher pulls out of Maria tour on a sad note

She won over viewers with her impressive voice that spanned several octaves. Now Connie Fisher, the winner of BBC 1's How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?, has pulled out of Andrew Lloyd Webber's touring production of The Sound of Music, saying a throat condition has changed her vocal range and she cannot cope with the part.

Diary: Craig Oliver's special spin on the Sound of Music

As the two halves of my torn betting slip lay forlornly in the wastepaper basket, I wasn't the only one scratching my head and wondering who Craig Oliver is. Even Westminster's most experienced hacks described Andy Coulson's replacement as a man without a past. Yet how swiftly such a past can be cobbled together when Fleet Street's finest are on the case. Here, for your continued enjoyment, is a picture you'll surely be seeing more of: Oliver in lederhosen at a so-called "BBC charity event".

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Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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