Arts and Entertainment Prince, here performing at the Super Bowl in Miami in 2007, will appear on Fox's 'New Girl' after the 2014 game

The musical legend will appear in the 'Party Time' episode after the big game

The top 20 TV programmes for the festive season

In the not-too-distant past, tradition dictated that the whole family watched television together on Christmas Day, but what we view and how we view it has undergone a transformation. Gerard Gilbert reports and selects the 20 programmes not to miss during the festive season

First blood for King's Speech in Oscars race

First blood in the star-studded battle that will eventually end at February's Oscars has been struck by the British film industry, after a home-grown costume drama called The King's Speech topped the shortlist for next month's Golden Globe awards, with nominations in seven categories.

Cultural Life: Susan Philipsz, artist

Visual Arts: Michael Fullerton's recent show Columbia at Chisenhale Gallery worked on many different levels. It was intelligent, thought-provoking, tender and beautiful all at the same time. In Warsaw, the Museum of Modern Art are doing some really interesting things. They create projects around the city and harness the support of the artist community that lives there.

John Walsh: I can't wait for Britain's answer to 'Mad Men'

How sick are you of reading articles about the inferiority of British TV drama, when compared to recent outpourings from the Yanks? Very sick indeed. And how much do we applaud the news that the BBC has announced the imminent filming of The Hour, a hard-hitting new series which will blow 24 out of the water, deep-six The Wire, crucify Six Feet Under and make The Sopranos look like pretty small potatoes? Very much indeed is the answer.

The ad men go mad for merchandising

Can 'Mad Men' exploit its commercial potential and still retain its stylish integrity? Sarah Hughes looks at the latest spin-offs

Laurie Penny: Playboy for the new generation

For some, Mad Men is an elegant fantasy of curvy secretaries in stylish swing-skirts

Guest in show: Why star cameos are a mixed blessing

Rumours that Mel Gibson may make an appearance in 'Mad Men' have appalled devotees of the hit series – including Gerard Gilbert

Lisa Markwell: A boob job in a jar? What a waste of science

I'm no scientist, but a cream that increases your bust size.... Come on, how gullible do you think we are? As Rodial Boob Job, which costs £125 for a 100ml pot, goes on sale, there will be some women queuing up to hand over the cash, possibly inspired by the photograph of pneumatic Scarlett Johansson accompanying the news stories. We're told she's a devotee.

David Hare: 'The sort of films I write have collapsed'

David Hare has written intelligent and accessible drama for both screen and theatre. Here, he talks to Clemency Burton-Hill about the state of the arts in Britain and the loss of support for radical new work

Cultural Life: Neil LaBute, playwright

Films: I've been on a French cinema kick for many years now – recently loved 'Mademoiselle Chambon' (simple and heartbreaking) in the cinema and 'A Prophet' (brutal, devastating) again on DVD. Also saw part one of 'Mesrine', the Vincent Cassel crime epic, and can't wait to see the second half. Rented a film I didn't know called 'The Man of My Life', starring Charles Berling; the film was a bit fussy technically but Berling created a touching portrait of a charming, restless gay loner.

Last Night's TV: Mad Men/BBC4<br />The North on a Plate/BBC4

Who is Don Draper?" That question – with a few supplementaries thrown in – has already sustained three fine series of Mad Men and it was the very first thing you heard in episode one of series four, as if to bring fans back to basics after the recess. The question was asked, in this instance, by a reporter for Advertising Age, prompted to do a small feature on Don and his new agency by a Glo-Coat Floor Wax commercial that has "caused a bit of a squeal". Don, though, was not in any mood to sell himself. "I'm from the Midwest," he replied. "We were taught that it's not polite to talk about ourselves." To give him his due – he has a lot on his mind right now. His new agency is up and running, but the employees of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce are having to lie about the scale of their operation, referring offhandedly to a "second floor" that doesn't actually exist. There's no guarantee that they'll get enough new accounts to keep the firm going, and some of the accounts they do have are proving tricky. With Thanksgiving looming, Sugarberry Ham has sent just one tin of the product into the office – a slight that Pete reads as a sign of imminent defection to another agency – and Don is struggling with the Jantzen account, a self-styled "family-firm", which is attempting to hold back the advancing tide of bikini miniaturisation.

Why Mad Men is top of the props

As Mad Men returns, Guy Adams meets the "property master" whose obsession with period detail, right down to the shape of the ice cubes, makes the show the most stylish on television

Natalie Haynes: Why must we wait for 'Mad Men'?

When the law-abiding viewers of BBC4 tune in to the fourth series of Mad Men next week, they will be only seven weeks behind America's Don Draper fans. This may sound like we are pitifully out of touch, but the lag last time around was more than five months, after which period anyone who'd glanced at the online entertainment and arts pages that raved about the show had had the plot thoroughly and comprehensively spoiled.

Edinburgh festival's high flyers

For decades, they've been cheap and gaudy, but this year's handouts and posters have some style to them. About time too, says <b>Alice Jones</b>

Carola Long: Joan Holloway and the &lsquo;Mad Men&rsquo; effect remind us that cleavage is a better accessory than an &lsquo;it&rsquo; bag'

Absurd fashion news flash No 99: breasts are back. Yes folks, even a part of one's body that can only be altered through dramatic changes in weight or surgery isn't immune to the trend mill. At the Prada show, the emphasis was firmly on the décolletage, as full-skirted, Fifties dresses with rows of mini ruffles at the bust were modelled by Victoria's Secret models with the requisite curves to show them off. Meanwhile at Louis Vuitton, Elle 'The Body' MacPherson (below) and Laetitia Casta wore dresses with New-Look style skirts, and structured bodices with moulded cups that, well, overflowed. Call it the 'Mad Men' effect, as the cantilevered charms of Joan Holloway remind everyone that cleavage is a better accessory than an 'it' bag.

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