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King Charles II

Carry on kit

If you fancy yourself as a bit of a bear in the woods, then outdoor survival expert Bear Grylls' new range for Gerber ought to unleash your inner adventurer. Products include a compact fire-starter, emergency kits (whistle, tinder, matches etc) and a rather fearsome-looking parang jungle machete.

What did you Puritans ever do for us, Oliver?

Well, there's sexual liberation, personal hygiene, press freedom... On the eve of a new drama about Cromwell and the English Revolution, its writer Peter Flannery tells Lucy Powell we've got the Roundheads all wrong