News Danger at sea: Somali pirates preparing to attack ships in the Gulf of Aden in 2010

Review into the quantity of guns sent to help UK firms after fears that some will end up in the wrong hands

Jarvis Cocker revealed his nocturnal habits

Jack London's People of the Abyss, Radio 4, Monday
Wireless Nights, Radio 4, Thursday

Out of the abyss of poverty and into the dark night of the soul

Hugh Grant is the voice of the Pirate Captain in Aardman Animations' <i>The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists</i>

The Pirates! In an Adventure With Scientists, Peter Lord (U)
Wrath of the Titans, Jonathan Liebesman, (12A)

Avast me hearties! It's Hugh Grant, a dodo, and treasure in every frame

A scene from Aardman’s 'The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists'

Ahoy! Meet the real-life pirate scientist 300 years ahead of Aardman

Steve Connor discovers uncanny parallels between a swashbuckling pioneer and a new animated hero

The Pirates in an Adventure with Scientists (U) / Wrath of the Titans (12A) (4/5, 2/5)

Voices: Hugh Grant, Martin Freeman, Imelda Staunton, Brian Blessed

Rupert Murdoch and his son James feel the pressure against their TV empire

Scandal spreads to Murdoch TV empire

Allegations of corporate espionage in satellite broadcasting may attract unwanted attention from US authorities

Judith Tebbutt was freed by Somali pirates on Wednesday after being held in captivity for six months

EU's anti-piracy mission will attack Somali land targets

The European Union has agreed to expand its mission against Somali pirates and will allow military forces to attack land targets in Somalia, in a significant escalation of operations in the Horn of Africa.

Daniel Howden: If money's the motive, maybe it's the solution, too

>The various military solutions to Somalia's crisis have achieved little or nothing

Punchy: Ambra Vallo with Chi Cao in 'The Two Pigeons'

Spring Passions, Coliseum, London

In Daphnis and Chloë, the dancers of Birmingham Royal Ballet wind in chain dances to Ravel's shimmering score. As they twist and sway, there's a sensuous ripple to their shoulders, as if they feel the warmth of the Mediterranean sun on their skin.

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Birmingham Royal Ballet, London Coliseum

In Daphnis and Chloë , the dancers of Birmingham Royal Ballet wind in chain dances to Ravel’s shimmering score. As they twist and sway, there’s a sensuous ripple to their shoulders, as if they feel the warmth of the Mediterranean sun on their skin.

Nick Clegg greets Liberal Democrat MP Jo Swinson yesterday as she arrives at the party’s spring conference at The Sage, Gateshead

The Barber of Seville, English Touring Opera, Hackney Empire

English Touring Opera shows often embody the old adage about necessity and invention. Portability is the key: their sets must fit in the back of a van, and be shoehorned into a wide variety of spaces.

Israeli troops swoop on Palestinian TV stations

Israeli troops raided two private Palestinian television stations in the West Bank city of Ramallah yesterday, seizing transmitters and other equipment.

Top gun: Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes in 'The Walking Dead'

This is the life

Jack Davenport and Andrew Lincoln are among the British actors wowing audiences in the US. By Sarah Hughes

Fairfax in 1969 with 'Britannia' at King George V Dock in London before his epic lone voyage

John Fairfax: Adventurer who became the first man to row solo across the Atlantic ocean

John Fairfax, self-styled "professional adventurer," fulfilled a boyhood dream when he became the first recorded person to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 1969.

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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'
Marian Keyes: The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment

Marian Keyes

The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef creates an Italian-inspired fish feast for Christmas Eve

Bill Granger's Christmas Eve fish feast

Bill's Italian friends introduced him to the Roman Catholic custom of a lavish fish supper on Christmas Eve. Here, he gives the tradition his own spin…
Liverpool vs Arsenal: Brendan Rodgers is fighting for his reputation

Rodgers fights for his reputation

Liverpool manager tries to stay on his feet despite waves of criticism
Amir Khan: 'The Taliban can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'

Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

'They can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'
Michael Calvin: Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick