News Elizabeth Jane Howard, who died on Thursday 2 January, poses at an awards ceremony.

The novelist passed away in her home in Suffolk

Rhys Ifans plays Danny in 'Protest Song' by Tim Price at the National's Shed theatre

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Chris Jefferies during the police investigation into Joanna Yeates' disappearance

Joanna Yeates' 'eccentric' landlord Christopher Jefferies to be focus of new ITV drama

The drama will tell the story Christopher Jefferies, played by Jason Watkins

Mansell Street, London, where two men were arrested

Four arrested in London raids over alleged terrorist plot as police blow out tyres of car carrying two suspects

Group of men had been under surveillance by police and MI5 following intelligence reports that they were planning to carry out attack

Keith Altham with Jimi Hendrix in Zurich

Jimi Hendrix's final interview to be broadcast on radio in its entirety

TeamRock Radio to feature half-hour exchange which took place just five days before great guitarist was found dead in 1970

Welsh actor Rhys Ifans is to appear in a one-man show at the National Theatre

Rhys Ifans to appear in one-man show at National Theatre

Notting Hill star Rhys Ifans will play a down-and-out who accidentally ends up at the centre of a political protest in a one-man show at the National Theatre.

Hugh Grant was the 72nd person to be auditioned for the lead role in Four Weddings and a Funeral

Four Weddings and 72 auditions: Hugh Grant won romcom role after marathon casting process

With his cut-glass English charm and endearingly chaotic manner (not to mention the floppy hair) Hugh Grant has proven himself every bit the leading man. But the actor was actually the 72nd person to be auditioned for Four Weddings and a Funeral, and the was the first to make it seem funny, Richard Curtis has revealed.

Richard Curtis initially made his name co-writing television comedies

Bowing out: Richard Curtis to say farewell to directing at About Time premiere

Bill Nighy and Rachel McAdams are among the stars who will attend tonight's world premiere of Richard Curtis's latest film About Time as he brings his hugely successful directing career to an end.

Book review: The World Is Ever Changing, By Nicolas Roeg

Cut by cut, the great maverick director creates a scintillating montage of memory

The Osbornes’ cat Freya on the prowl in Downing Street

Lost pet or double agent? Meet Freya, the roving tabby of the Treasury

Downing Street insiders have noticed that Osborne’s cat is inquisitive... perhaps a little too inquisitive

Rhys Ifans and Anna Friel

Actress Anna Friel 'thinking of freezing eggs until boyfriend Rhys Ifans ready to be a dad'

Anna Friel has revealed she is thinking of having her eggs frozen - for when boyfriend Rhys Ifans feels ready to face fatherhood.

Likeable people: (from left) Paul, Karen, Maddy and Amber in the Wishy Washy laundrette

Grace Dent on TV: People Like Us

The only thing missing is a Benedict Cumberbatch cameo. But could he take a shift in the Wishy Washy?

More students aiming for top universities are investing in extra tuition

Summer exams help rise in Easter revision courses

Demand for A-level top-up sessions is increasing, says James Wardrobe

Food: What's a (Spice) girl like you doing in this plaice, Victoria?

Victoria Beckham walking into a Notting Hill fish and chip shop wearing an £800 pair of knee-high Louboutins, carrying a handbag the size of Guernsey and ordering plaice and chips is a vision so unexpected as to be almost unreal. It's like finding the Princess Royal going through your bins.

Walberswick home-owners include Richard Curtis and his wife, Emma Freud, and the film director Paul Greengrass

They're fighting on the beaches in Walberswick (aka 'Notting Hill on Sea')

Council at war in coastal retreat favoured by the rich and famous

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