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Brimstone and Treacle, The Arcola, London

Dennis Potter thought his twisted miracle story Brimstone and Treacle his best play.

In demand: Rupert Friend

'The only way to act is to be the person'

Several films and a high-profile romance shot Rupert Friend into the spotlight. These days, back on the London stage, he prefers a quieter life, he tells Charlotte Cripps

BAE Systems win £446m contract

Defence giant BAE Systems has received a five-year, £446 million contract to provide a range of engineering support services for the fleet of Typhoon jets.

West Ham’s Carlton Cole holds off Jonathan Hogg last night

Allardyce laments lack of proven goalscorer

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ICB says taxpayers' bank subsidy will top £10bn

The taxpayer subsidy to British banks is "considerably" more than £10bn, the Independent Commission on Banking told a Treasury Select Committee yesterday.

Vickers to hint at banking reforms

The head of the commission examining the potential break-up of Britain's biggest banks is expected to say today that significant reforms are needed.

'I won't celebrate if I score,' says Eduardo on return to Arsenal

Brazilian has fond memories of Gunners despite horrific leg break. By Nick Harris

To split or not to split? What is the future for Britain's banks?

Business Secretary Vince Cable wants the banks to separate their retail and investments sides, but the industry is not convinced that would be a sensible move. Richard Northedge reports

Watchdog may break up 'too big to fail' banks

A new Government banking watchdog today revealed it will consider splitting up "too big to fail" banks to break their stranglehold on the high street under a year-long probe into bank reforms.

So is Sir John preparing to break up the banks?

The independent Banking Commission starts taking evidence today and all options are open

Album: Martin Taylor's Spirit of Django, Last Train...(PTHE Guitar Label)

Django Reinhardt meets Hank B Marvin in guitarist Taylor's beautifully detailed, high-gloss contemporary version of gypsy jazz.

Phillips keeps straight face to frustrate Arsenal

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Ben Chu: A message to the useful idiots on bonuses

Excellent piece in the FT today on bonuses by Martin Taylor, a former Barclays executive, which all those who mistakenly believe that they're bravely holding the line against a populist mob on bankers' remuneration should read.

Evolution classes for primary pupils

Children at primary school are to be given compulsory lessons on evolution for the first time under a shake-up of the curriculum unveiled yesterday.

FA overhauls disciplinary rules

Disciplinary chiefs will be able to take into account the severity of injuries caused by serious fouls when dealing with red card offences in the coming seasons.

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