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Arts: his was the week that was

Today On this day 40 years ago jazz history was made when Miles Davis went into the studio with brief outlines of two new tracks and completed his breathtaking Kind of Blue album. And in 1744 nursery rhyme history was made with the publication of "Baa, baa black sheep", in Tommy Thumb's Song Book by Mrs Mary Cooper.

Focus: The accent that dare not speak its name

As posh talk becomes passe and RP dies out, the demotic language of the call centre is now the only one we share

Sport On TV: Staying ahead of the game at Madame Tussaud's

THERE IS only one true barometer of fame: Madame Tussaud's. If you're one of the 400 dummies on show, you're in the loop. Beyond lies the abyss to which has-beens are consigned. Or at least the head room. In Modern Times: Waxworks of the Rich and Famous (BBC2, Wednesday), assorted celebs ruminated on being in with the wax crowd - and what it feels like when your time is up.

Arts: Best of brood

English fiction has no more potent character than Heathcliff. John Sutherland compares versions of Emily Bronte's anti-hero

Obituary: Susan Strasberg

THE DAUGHTER of Lee Strasberg, proponent of the Method and founder of the famed Actors' Studio, and his wife Paula, who achieved notoriety as Marilyn Monroe's coach, Susan Strasberg was starring on Broadway in The Diary of Anne Frank at the age of 17; two years later she had the plum role of an aspiring actress in a screen remake of Morning Glory, which in 1933 had won an Oscar for Katharine Hepburn.

Theatre review: New lamps for old

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Cross Words: Battle of the bands

Head to head: Is the cover album the ultimate tribute or tragic rip-off? Stephen McGann of The McGanns defends their debut album against Tony Szuminski of Puressence

FIRST CALL

Following the huge success of their album Fresco, M-People have announced an extensive UK arena tour. The R&B soul sensations, featuring the distinctive vocals of Heather Small, will showcase their new album, The Best of M-People, which is released on 2 Nov and features three new tracks alongside old favourites like "Search for the Hero" and "Moving On Up". There will also be a new single to add to the repertoire, "Testify", which is released on Monday.

Theatre: Richard III

"Maybe I could help you with that hump?" suggested Gene Wilder. "Hump? What hump?" replied the perplexed Marty Feldman. I refer, of course, to a scene in Mel Brooks's sublime Young Frankenstein, the best thing in humps since the invention of camels. Perhaps a more famous example is Richard III, a play that is rarely off the stage as it affords such tremendous opportunities for the leading actor, a fact not missed by Laurence Olivier and Ian McKellen, both of whom filmed their acclaimed stage appearances. Now it's the turn of Ian Pepperell at Leicester (taking time out from being Roy Tucker in The Archers) and Robert Lindsay (right) who is playing the hunch(back) at the RSC.

The only useful list is a shopping list

Only now do I see what a fiendishly difficult and meaningless exercise it is to compile lists of the best films, music and plays

Denmark's Greta Garbo

Actress Bodil Kjer rejected Hollywood, found fame in her homeland and international acclaim at the age of 70 in Babette's Feast. But she still has one regret.

Accidental Heroes of the 20th Century: 1: Robert Mitchum, Film Actor

IN THE Sixties Robert Mitchum appeared on a chat show plugging a record he had just released. "Can you sing?" he was asked. "Hell no," was the reply, "can't act either, but that never stopped me."

Cracking northern accent, Gromit

Every dialect has its place, and the place for some is at home, not abroad

He oughta be in pictures...

If you prefer Olivier to Arnie, a man at the NFT could have you singin' in the aisles.
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The air strikes were tragically real

The children were playing in the street with toy guns
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – The British, as others see us

Britain as others see us

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
Countries that don’t survey their tigers risk losing them altogether

Countries that don’t survey their tigers risk losing them

Jonathon Porritt sounds the alarm
How did our legends really begin?

How did our legends really begin?

Applying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
Watch out: Lambrusco is back on the menu

Lambrusco is back on the menu

Naff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz
A new Russian revolution: Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

A new Russian revolution

Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?

Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

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The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
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Jokes on Hollywood

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