Joely Richardson is a scion of England's grandest theatrical family, with a glittering career to match. But recent years have brought the deaths of the actress's sister, uncle and aunt. Arifa Akbar finds her in a pensive mood on the eve of her return to the London stage.
National Gallery, London
Unfairly maligned as one-dimensional by some, Saracens' South African-born No 12 may actually provide an answer to England's long-standing problem position
The BBC is planning a television mini-series adaptation of Hilary Mantel's Booker-winning novel Wolf Hall.
Royal romp is fresh and fast-moving
Shakespeare has an image problem – but it's all just bad marketing, really. Who was he? Who was his audience? What was London like when he was writing? Despite the factual information to the contrary, the average person's answer to these questions may read: some aristocrat educated at Oxford; the rich and powerful of his day; awfully civilised.
Any girl feels like a new season debutante when she meets the parents. Knowing when to simper and when to smile, at what moment to tinkle out a little giggle or how to pronounce that fancy French thing on the menu – all require a social deftness and lightness of touch that you either have or you don't. S'a matter of breeding, innit.
''He's Just Not That Into You' changed my attitude to romance'
Human bones and Tudor artefacts are to go on display for the first time
A world champion for 15 years, Fahey is chasing his 40th Grand Slam crown
Millions will turn out for only second papal visit to Britain since 16th century
He faced a barrage of questions from MPs given a rare chance to discover more about his job
A market analyst loses money hand over fist, way out of his depth in foreign markets. Does this sound familiar?
Action hero, king of the catwalk
Fashion, politics and propaganda in Tudor Britain
Christina Patterson meets the historian, 'rudest man in Britain', and star of lectern, screen and radio