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The BBC has released more pictures of 'Adventure in Space and Time', a drama about the first Doctor Who series.

DVD: Fragments (15)

In a typical US diner, a waitress serves a cross-section of society.

100 Best Films: 20-1

Anthony Quinn, our acclaimed film critic, concludes his five-day celebration of cinema's classics with this very personal Top 20, including his favourite movie ever made

Movie heaven: Anthony Quinn's 100 Best Films, Day 4, 40-21

The Independent's film critic selects his favourite films ever made: 40-21 - from Blue Velvet to The Big Sleep

Movie heaven: Anthony Quinn's 100 Best Films, Day 3, 60-41

The Independent's film critic selects his favourite films ever made: 60-41 - from Psycho to Taxi Driver

Movie heaven: Anthony Quinn's 100 Best Films, Day 2, 80-61

The Independent's film critic selects his favourite films ever made: 80-61 - Duel to Colonel Blimp

Whiteout (15)

Antarctica, six million square miles of ice and lonelier than death, is the setting for this so-so thriller.

Kate Beckinsale accepts libel payout

The actress Kate Beckinsale accepted £20,000 libel damages from Express Newspapers yesterday over a claim that she had been passed over for her dream role as Barbarella.

One-Click Wonder:

It has been reported that Madonna is eyeing up a return to the big screen as the lead in a biopic of Wallis Simpson. Here we salute Madge’s incredible perseverance in the face of continued cinematic humiliation..

One Click Wonder: Spoof rocking

Last week, legendary spoof metallers Spinal Tap annouced they are to return to the recording studio for the first time in 15 years. Here we honour some other fictional bands who have given their real-life counterparts a run for their money.

Michael Sheen: 'I try to inhabit what it is I'm doing'

The award-winning actor thrives on playing real people. After Tony Blair and Kenneth Williams, he has now taken on David Frost

One Click Wonder: Worst Christmas Songs

Strictly Come Dancing’s John Sergeant is set to murder the pop charts as he did the dancefloor with ‘Let’s Not Fight This Christmas’, released tomorrow. Could it be the worst Christmas single ever? Surely not with this competition...

Heart-Shaped Box, By Joe Hill

This should be called "Abused Women and Girls", as they are who this unpleasantly creepy little novel is about. The "hero" is a middle-aged heavy rock star, Jude Coyne, a collector of "death memorabilia" including a snuff movie, who is somewhat deservedly being haunted by another vile character, the ghost of an old man who liked to molest little girls, including his own stepdaughter. Said stepdaughter later killed herself after being dumped by Jude, and now her sister has taken revenge by tricking Jude into buying her stepfather's haunted suit.

Nothing but the truth: Internet hoaxes

We all rely on the net for information and entertainment.But how can we spot where reality ends? Rhodri Marsden investigates

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Nothing can dig daft archaeologists out of a hole, while lying games make you hiss and holler for more

Trevor Eve: Nice but nasty

He's cornered the market in bad-tempered cops and sleazy politicians to become the most bankable star in British TV. So what's his secret? Susie Rushton meets a very clever Trevor
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A Christmas without hope: Fears grow in Gaza that the conflict with Israel will soon reignite

Christmas without hope

Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

The 'Black Museum'

After 150 years, you can finally visit Britain's grisliest museum
No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

Doctor Who Christmas Special TV review
Chilly Christmas: Swimmers take festive dip for charity

Chilly Christmas

Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
Veterans' hostel 'overwhelmed by kindness' for festive dinner

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
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US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

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