Voices

My island would be full of the divine sound of the ukelele

Clare Balding receives the special award for outstanding achievement in factual presenting, at the Bafta awards earlier this year (Ian West/PA)

Clare Balding’s grandma called her sexuality ‘disgusting’

BBC sports presenter reveals she stopped speaking to her grandmother for six months after it became public that she was gay

Ed Miliband told Kirsty Young his relationship with brother David was 'healing'

Donald Macintyre's Sketch: From easy listening to tough love for Castaway Ed Miliband

The choices must have been his own rather than some party adviser’s because of the borderline naffness of some of them

Ed Miliband chose Robbie Williams' famous track 'Angels' as one of his songs for Desert Island Discs

Desert Island Discs: No regrets for castaway Ed Miliband who drops Beethoven for Edith Piaf

Three years ago when he was standing for his party’s leadership Ed Miliband was asked by a Labour website to choose his desert island discs.

Madeleine McCann investigation: Timeline in 'accepted version of events' was wrong, say police

A new reconstruction of her disappearance from the Portuguese resort of Praia da Luz  will be broadcast in a BBC Crimewatch appeal

Madeleine McCann: The girl was three when she was abducted during a family holiday in 2007

'The pieces of the jigsaw are fitting together': Madeleine McCann's parents 'encouraged' by new leads

Scotland Yard detectives working on the case say they have uncovered new lines of inquiry

'Sachsgate' row erupted because of bias against the BBC, says comedian Russell Brand

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's 'Desert Island Discs', Mr Brand described the row as a 'dishonest scandal'

The Saturday Quiz answers

1. Supreme Court of the United States.

Dawn French: Though reassuringly not short on vitriol, the row with Dawn French took a uniquely long time to be aired in public

Dawn French reveals she nearly turned down The Vicar Of Dibley as she didn't think it was funny enough

Dawn French has revealed that she almost turned down her starring role in The Vicar Of Dibley because she did not think it was funny enough.

Australian comic Minchin makes a risqué castaway with sex doll suggestion

Listeners to BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs could be left spluttering into their cornflakes this morning after castaway Tim Minchin suggested a robotic sex doll could be a good choice of luxury.

Diary: Coalition keeps its eye on the ball

The Government has helped to ensure there are no empty seats at the Olympics by buying 8,800 tickets, at a cost of just under £750,000, for ministers, civil servants, councillors, council officials and their guests.

The club's pool in New York

The quiet American making a big noise at Soho House

A billionaire pal of the Clintons has bought the elite chain of private members clubs

McIntyre hurt by 'nasty' remarks of fellow comics on awards night

The comedian Michael McIntyre has told how a career-capping night of triumph descended into "nastiness" that left him feeling wretched at an awards event in January.

Vaughan Williams wins first 'Desert Island Discs' vote

'The Lark Ascending' tops poll of 25,000 would-be castaways for special edition of Radio 4 show

Opera singer Boe bites the (tiny) hand that feeds him

The star of La Bohème picks rock classics over classic arias, to the dismay of others in the musical world
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Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn