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Science hasn't been in the best of shape on British television recently. Equinox seems to have disappeared into some broadcasting black hole, Horizon has been steadily regressing into second childhood and mainstream offerings – such as Bang Goes the Theory – appear to be pitched at a hyperactive seven-year-old out of his skull on SunnyD. There are sporadic efflorescences of the serious on BBC2, but if you want something sustained and detailed your last best hope is BBC4, a little cranny in the rock that sustains some flourishing micro-cultures of straightforward instruction. And even here there are signs that the evolutionary pressures are having their effect. In The Cell, for example, Dr Adam Rutherford referred to Anthony van Leeuwenhoek as "a lens geek", to Robert Hooke as "the go-to guy when you had very small things to investigate", and concluded a little aside on Robert Brown's unique double contribution to physics and biology with the exclamation "Respect!", possibly the least convincing attempt to sound "street" since Richard Madeley channelled Ali G on the This Morning sofa.

Don't judge this book by its cover: Bloomsbury deny 'white-washing' character

'Liar' tells the story of an African-American girl. So why did Bloomsbury put a white face on the cover?

Lars von Trier, women and me

Is 'Antichrist' anti-women? Heidi Laura, the controversial new film's official 'Misogyny Consultant', has the last word

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Lars hits rock bottom with a clanking dud

So, is Antichrist any good &ndash; or pure evil?

The Cannes audience walked out, critics are divided, women's groups outraged. Now Lars von Trier's film is on general release &ndash; so we sent four writers to make up their own minds

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What the devil's going on here?

Gothic shocker: Lars von Trier is up to his old tricks

He wants his films to be 'like a stone in your shoe' and he's dedicated his latest, 'Antichrist', a Gothic psychodrama of carnal frenzy, to a committed Christian. Trying to work out the twisted mind of Lars von Trier is an impossible task, says Jonathan Romney

Daniel Craig eyes psychological thriller

Daniel Craig can shake, but can he stir?

Deborah Orr: Motherhood, sex, and a woman's deepest fears

What might a controversial new film say about the female experience?

Observations: The Antichrist comes to Cannes in a camper van

Just about now, Lars von Trier will be trundling off in a camper van (he hates to fly) from Denmark to France for the Cannes premiere of his latest feature, Antichrist. The journey takes five days there and five days back.

The Birthday Present, By Barbara Vine

Labour peer Ruth Rendell, writing as Barbara Vine, puts her parliamentary experience to good use in a tightly-bound psychological thriller. Conservative MP Ivor Hamilton Tesham, a rising star in the Thatcher's government, has a taste for S and M.

The Word On... Best: His Mother's Son

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