One of the world's best snooker players but also a gambling addict who squandered £500,000, he put his young family through hell, sent his career into a tailspin and even contemplated suicide. Hector Nunns meets Mark King
Ruaridh Jackson has been a long time coming as the Next Big Thing in Scottish rugby. It was in December 2008 that the then fledgling fly-half first showed his potential on a major stage, producing a stellar performance in Glasgow's 35-31 Heineken Cup defeat at Bath. He was just 20 and a debutant starter not just in Europe's premier club tournament but for Glasgow in any competition.
The Brit Awards – those bronze, helmeted female statuettes that have served as the Oscars of the British music industry for more than three decades – are to be given a makeover by the high priestess of punk, Vivienne Westwood.
Boyband JLS are releasing this year's official Children In Need single.
The Week In Culture
Batten down the hatches! After spin doctor Lance Price's account of Gordon Brown's agitated behaviour at No 10 which was serialised in The Independent, the Prime Minister has been nervously awaiting Andrew Rawnsley's book, The End of the Party, which documents the slow decline of New Labour since 2001.
The creator of Richard and Judy's Book Club is on a mission to spread the printed word with her new TV show. John Walsh meets publishing's first lady of letters
They're all here, in the first instalment of our three-part round-up of the year's best books, from celebrity memoirs to humour, sporting tomes to children's titles – as well as those miscellaneous stocking-fillers
At the end of last year, Radio 4 controller Mark Damazer invoked the wrath of Middle England by sacking the popular 'Today' programme presenter Ed Stourton, amid accusations of reverse-snobbery and ineptitude. Here he talks candidly about his turbulent time in the toughest job on the airwaves
He's derided as arrogant, but when football has so few characters let's embrace a great entertainer who always plays the game with a smile on his face. Steve Tongue meets David Bentley
If comedy is supposedly going to err towards the risk-averse in the post-Brand/post-Ross BBC era: then cometh the hour, cometh Michael McIntyre.
The house I grew up in... was a tall Victorian town house in Bristol. There were very big rooms, which were under-furnished and always cold.