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British drama Downton Abbey has been nominated for Best Television Drama Series at the Golden Globes 2014

Golden Globes 2014: Television nominations in full

US shows dominate but Julian Fellowes' hit brings it for the Brits

England will head to Brazil with an Official 2014 World Cup song

World Cup 2014: From World in Motion to Vindaloo - England set for official Brazil World Cup song in attempt to end 48 years of hurt

The Football Association are yet to confirm who will perform the squad, although Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard and the rest of Roy Hodgson's team have already been ruled out

Damian Lewis has attempted to make amends with Sir Ian McKellen after offending him in a recent interview

Damian Lewis apologises to Sir Ian McKellen after 'fruity actor' jibe

The 'Homeland' star has contacted the Gandalf actor after offending him

Mariah Carey's Christmas classic 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' is still guaranteed a spin at the office party

Christmas songs: the best and the worst

Whack on some Mariah Carey but leave the Cliff Richard to grandma

Ever wondered what would happen if Sir Ian McKellen actually came face-to-face with himself (OK, fine, Gandalf) in puppet form?

Watch: The moment Sir Ian McKellen met his Gandalf Sesame Street puppet

No, the world didn’t implode, but the entire event – captured on Vine for all to see – did make us laugh profusely.

Dowton Abbey star Jim Carter slams “old Etonians” running the country

Dowton Abbey star Jim Carter slams 'old Etonians' running the country

Dowton Abbey star Jim Carter has hit out at the “old Etonians” he says are still running the country.

Thousands turned out to pay their respects to the late Fast & Furious star Paul Walker during a special public memorial and car rally in Los Angeles over the weekend

Paul Walker: Fans hold memorial and car rally for Fast & Furious actor

Thousands turned out to pay their respects to the late Fast & Furious star

Benedict Cumberbatch will play Hamlet in autumn next year

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch to play Hamlet on London stage in 2014

The British actor will take on Shakespeare's iconic role in autumn 2014

TV to unleash your little monster: The best family viewing

Parents (and kids) rejoice! A new wave of fantastic family entertainment is here

Benedict Cumberbatch reads R Kelly lyrics

The Sherlock actor's English voice made for an entertaining performance

The Time of the Doctor will air on the BBC on Christmas Day

Doctor Who Christmas special 2013: New pictures released of Matt Smith's finale

The Time of the Doctor will air on Christmas Day

Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan in 'Kill Your Darlings'

Kill Your Darlings: Film review- 'Daniel Radcliffe is a strange choice'

Beyond the Hogwarts-style specs which he wears, Ginsberg has nothing in common with Harry Potter

The News Matrix: Thursday 5 December 2013

Hope for dementia drug breakthrough

Marcia Gay Harden has joined the Fifty Shades of Grey cast

Fifty Shades of Grey: Marcia Gay Harden cast as Christian's mother

The Pollock actress joins Jamie Dornan and Rita Ora for the film

The Day of the Doctor was a cinematic spectacular when it aired on Saturday 23 November

Doctor Who breaks iPlayer record to beat Olympics opening ceremony

'The Day Of The Doctor' received 1.27m online requests in 24 hours

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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there