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A David Cronenberg film about Jung (Michael Fassbender), Freud (Viggo Mortensen), and the strictly therapeutic S&M they have with a troubled young protégée (Keira Knightley) sounds like it should be, well, dangerous.

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No heroine of Victorian literature is safe. A steamed-up version of Charlotte Brontë's masterpiece is going to be published in August, under the title Jane Eyre Laid Bare.

Album: London Philharmonic, Orchestra (Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant)

This official soundtrack to the recent festivities has an unashamedly populist slant, David Parry and the LPO presenting what are effectively a succession of musical figureheads commensurate with the celebration of a national figurehead.

Market Report: Peppa Pig owner's shares fatten on movie deal talk

Lights, camera ... action? With Entertainment One, the co-owner of kids' favourite cartoon porcine Peppa Pig, on the search for acquisitions, The King's Speech-backer Alliance Films has long been rumoured to be in its sights. Yesterday, with the sale process of the Canadian firm looking set to be completed in a matter of weeks, City scribblers were claiming that – win or lose – punters would be switching onto the media firm.

Stairway to fame: Laura Poliakoff, whose new play, 'Clockwise', premieres at the High Tide Festival

Poliakoff Jr, talking about her generation

Laura, daughter of top British dramatist Stephen, shows she has a voice all of her own with her debut play. By Alice Jones

Stephen Hendry (right) deliberates over a shot as John Higgins looks on

Snooker: Hendry hits his groove at start of heavyweight duel

Stephen Hendry hit the front in his long-awaited first Crucible meeting with his fellow Scot John Higgins in Sheffield.

Michael Sheen in <i>The Gospel of Us</i>

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Being Modern: Period dramas

The past is a lucrative country; they do things deliciously there. So runs one of the unsinkable maxims of 21st-century British television. Or at least it seemed unsinkable until ITV's Titanic: finishing tonight, the multi-decked extravaganza's ratings have drowned amid a vortex of so-so reviews and bad seafaring puns. Which might make you wonder: is the period drama set for a fall from grace to rival that of Tess of the d'Urbervilles?

My Dear, I Wanted to Tell You, By Louisa Young

A nice wartime romance – shame about the peace

This new Titanic is conventional rather than revelatory

First Night: Titanic, ITV1

It's Downton-on-Sea – but this drama may not end so happily for Fellowes

A floral tribute at the 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment's barracks in Warminster, Wiltshire

Fortune forsakes the brave: Garrison town mourns before it has said goodbye

Deaths of soldiers in advance party bring sorrow to Warminster

Alex Kingston as Dr Blanche Mottershead and Sarah Gordy as Pamela Howard

First Night: Upstairs Downstairs, BBC 1, 9.30pm

BBC's Downton rival shows its class – below stairs

Foy says: 'I like directors who make you work hard'

A class act: Claire Foy on criticism, tumours and embarrassing sex scenes

Her luminous good looks made her the star of Little Dorrit and Upstairs Downstairs. As she prepares to light up our TV screens once again, Claire Foy talks to Gerard Gilbert.

Berlin Film Festival: From Marie Antoinette to Bob Marley

This year the Festival has majored on big personalities, behind and in front of the camera. Geoffrey Macnab reports

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