Arts and Entertainment Carey Mulligan would snap up a role in ITV period drama Downton Abbey if given the chance

The British actress admires Julian Fellowes after he helped launch her career

Broadchurch

Not bad for a small island that no one listens to: British TV exports hit £1.2bn

Homegrown programmes enjoy sales boom as audiences in China and East Europe tune into Downton Abbey

Lord Gillingham with Lady Mary in Downton Abbey episode three, series four

Downton Abbey suffers ratings dip as drama goes up against Homeland

Downton Abbey episode three dipped slightly to 9.2m viewers, as Homeland season three returned to Channel 4 with 2.2m

Tale of Two Cities - Jennie Gruner and Nicholas Bishop

Theatre review: A Tale of Two Cities, King's Head, London

There has never been a shortage of stage and film adaptations of A Tale of Two Cities. The unique selling point of this production is that it is the professional premiere of a version of Dickens's novel that was co-written in 1935 by Terence Rattigan and John Gielgud for a West End management. 

Kevin Doyle plays Mr Molesley in Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey's second episode scores 9.6m viewers for ITV

The drama's ratings continue to go from strength to strength after last week's record-breaking season premiere

Matt Willis will appear in the revived run of Birds of a Feather

Busted's Matt Willis joins Birds of A Feather cast for revived ITV run

Matt Willis from boy band Busted is joining the cast of revived sitcom Birds Of A Feather, along with Pauline Quirke's real-life son.

Downton Abbey returned to its largest premiere audience

Downton Abbey scores 10 million viewers... But The X Factor still comes out on top

The Edwardian drama peaks with an audience of 10.5 million

Paperback review: The Silence of the Lambs, By Thomas Harris

Hannibal Lecter – psychiatrist, psychopath, purveyor of ghastly canapés – is an ambiguous presence in Thomas Harris’s Red Dragon (1981) and its sequels. Rarely the outright villain, he tends to play the role of a genteel monster with whom the reader is, scandalously, invited to sympathise.

Downton star Michelle Dockery who says that she is fed-up with surprising people because she does not have a posh accent.

My Fair Lady Mary? Michelle Dockery refuses to rule out Downton Abbey the musical

Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockery says that she is fed-up with surprising people because she does not have a posh accent.

The American actress Elizabeth McGovern, star of Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey's Elizabeth McGovern says she is 'too angry' to be a real-life Lady Cora

The star, whose grandfather was a Buddhist, says a quiet life was not for her

Harrow: a Very British School

TV review - Harrow: a Very British School, Sky1

Whitechapel, ITV

What the butler saw? Downton's Mr Carson is to cycle 1,000 miles

Mr Carson! Downton Abbey butler Jim Carter joins 1,000 mile bicycle tour

Downton Abbey star Jim Carter has taken part in a 1,000 mile cycle tour as part of a bid to recreate the spirit of the Olympics.

Clowning around: Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Phil Burgers' workshops are a hit with fellow comedians

With stand-up dominated by the one-comic-and-a mic-form of observational humour, it's little wonder that some comedians are seeking more alternative modes of expression to set themselves apart. The Boy with Tape On His Face distinguishes himself with a joyously retro presentation of silent, performance-led humour, while the bestowal of the Edinburgh Comedy Award on Phil Burgers last year, for his mute, sexualised and playfully scary bouffon Dr Brown, echoed and endorsed the stand-up circuit's burgeoning interest in clowning.

Keira Knightley pictured at a film premiere in June 2012

Keira Knightley finally takes pride in period costume roles

Hollywood star Keira Knightley says she felt guilty and began to doubt herself because of her casting in so many period films.

Sparky Sweets PhD

Thug Notes: YouTube comic brings literary Classics to the masses hip-hop style

Sparky Sweets' self-styled "gangster" approach to education is bringing books like Jane Eyre and To Kill a Mockingbird to new audiences. Miranda Dobson meets him

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee