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Mankell will document his battle with the disease for a newspaper column

Wallander, BBC1<br>France on a Plate, BBC4<br>Beehive, E4

Kenneth Branagh is mesmeric as the depressive Nordic detective, but then he's got previous playing moody Scandinavians

Leading article: Credits where credit is due

This is a scandal. As if British society is not already under enough pressure from one "credit crunch", we are now facing another. To find it, don't reach for your bank statement, however, switch on your television, where it is now virtually impossible to identify who is responsible for making the programmes. Credits are shrunk to a fraction of their natural size in order to give space to advertising, or run past the top of our screens as an illegible lightening-fast blur.

The Branagh enigma

He is still best known for his stage and film work, but now the boy wonder is following many of his peers and making his mark as a TV detective

Rising Star: Tom Hiddleston, Actor

When you find yourself playing Cassio to Ewan McGregor's Iago, you could be forgiven for not standing out. Yet Tom Hiddleston was the name most bandied about by those who saw the Donmar's 'Othello' last winter. The Rada graduate is now starring opposite Kenneth Branagh in 'Ivanov', and last week made his film debut in 'Unrelated'. Next up, he's in the BBC's 'Wallander', again opposite Branagh. "Ken is calling it his Hiddleston year," joked the actor recently.

Boots merger costs come to &#163;42m

The health and beauty retailer Bootsrevealed yesterday its planned merger with Alliance UniChem is likely to cost about £42m.

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by JK Rowling

The boy hero becomes Dirty Harry in this downbeat read

Of gods and men

'Why were the Jews the chosen people? Because old Jehovah had chosen them, replied the Christian god. And so it went round in circles'

Why do Shakespeare at all if you're going to do it like this?

Love's Labour's Lost (U) | Kenneth Branagh | 94 mins | Trailer Any Given Sunday (15); Oliver Stone; 162 mins

Film: The unforgivable

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William Shemin and Henry Johnson: Jewish and black soldiers receive World War I Medal of Honor amid claims of discrimination

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