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DVD: The Edge of Darkness (15)

Mel Gibson's devoted cop daddy goes on the rampage when his 23-year-old "activist" daughter is blasted on his porch.

Sizing jumps to put record right in Arkle

One-time beaten favourite in Champion Hurdle returns to be vindicated over fences

Edge of Darkness (15)

Anyone expecting this film to honour (let alone improve on) the original 1985 BBC drama series on which it is based should look away now.

Mellow? Mature? It's Mel Gibson

In recent years, Mel Gibson has made anti-Semitic remarks, his marriage has ended, and he has only directed. Now he is back to acting and parenthood. By Gill Pringle

Mad Max makes giant leap into Arkle Trophy reckoning

Riches need not be an embarrassment, as Nicky Henderson knows. On the day jump racing emerged from its shutdown, the Lambourn-based trainer added to his stable's formidable armoury in the novice chase division when Mad Max made a most satisfactory start to his career over fences. The giant eight-year-old, 5-6 favourite for the Novices' Chase, put himself right into the Cheltenham equation with a near-perfect display of jumping under Barry Geraghty and some eye-catching changes of gear on ground rendered testing as rain followed melting snow.

Screen Talk: Biel's comic romp

It is an accepted universal comedy truth that after marriage, sex stops. However, a project that has attracted Jessica Biel seems to be willing to miss the point to make a joke.

TMZ boss sues police over Mel Gibson scoop

Website founder claims LA cops snooped on telephone records to trace leak

Teen rape victim's 'brave' radio admission

A child protection group says a girl who revealed on radio she was raped should be praised for breaking "the silence on child sexual assault".

Mad Max's visit to the movies could cost him $450m

Mel Gibson's surprise red carpet appearance with his new girlfriend ups the ante in his divorce case

Walcott: pain ruined my cup final day

Dislocated shoulder had young star in agony as he played in 2007 at Cardiff

Mel Gibson's wife files for divorce

'Irreconcilable differences' spark legal fight for star's fortune and custody of son

Bad boy does good: Jason Isaacs' new project is all heart

Jason Isaacs plays tough guys in the Harry Potter movies and US TV series Brotherhood. But, he tells Geoffrey Macnab, his new project is all heart

A Great and Terrible King, By Marc Morris

Edward I is perhaps best known for dispatching the Scottish leader Sir William Wallace in a grisly manner. But this impressively detailed account gives the full picture of a monarch who, largely thanks to Mel Gibson, has been reduced to the role of the pantomime villain.

Mad Max justifies giant reputation

Not so much an ill wind as an evil freeze, but whatever the wicked weather its good was directed at those who braved the dank chill at Newbury yesterday. A dearth of opportunities in the past three weeks meant that more potentially high-class young horses grabbed the chances offered by the Berkshire venue to present their Cheltenham Festival claims than might otherwise have been the case.

'Prisoner' actor McGoohan dies in US

Patrick McGoohan, the creator and star of cult classic The Prisoner, has died aged 80, it was confirmed today.

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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker