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A boy enters a palace of a hundred rooms where an assassin may lurk behind every door and shadowy figures are reflected in a Hall of Mirrors.  An astonishing treasure lies at its heart, but powerful enemies are at the gates.

The Young Victoria - another screen queen

'The Young Victoria' goes a step further than other films about royalty. It is co-produced by Sarah Ferguson and has a cameo for her daughter, Princess Beatrice. Alice Jones reports

The return of television's feelgood factor

The BBC's Lark Rise to Candleford is helping viewers to forget their woes. And the schedulers want more blues-beating dramas, says James Rampton

London's first park built after rich feared disease spread from slums

The Capital's first public park opened in 1845 as a response to public health concerns.

Return to sender: Artist puts Royal Mail to the test

Harriet Russell decided to lay down a challenge to her postmen and women with a series of brain-teasers, and as Jonathan Brown reports, they responded

Miriam Margolyes: 'My confession killed my mother'

The actress Miriam Margolyes, who began her career making soft-porn audio tapes, reveals today that she believes coming out as a lesbian killed her mother.

End of an era for Edna, Norman and Irene

A piece of British history is rapidly dying out as the nation's most traditional names are replaced by a new generation of Mohammads, Jacks, Jessicas and Olivias

'I can't shake off that bad cough': world's oldest blogger logs off

Some older people have an aversion to the internet and its myriad forms of communication. Not Olive Riley, who began blogging last year at the age of 107 and posted more than 70 entries before dying in an Australian nursing home last weekend.

Paperbacks: Sylvia, Queen of the Headhunters, by Philip Eade

She knew Queen Victoria, and she appeared on Parkinson. One colonial officer thought Hollywood, which she courted, her "spiritual home"; but, until her husband abdicated in 1946, she was the Ranee of Sarawak.

Soldiers in Helmand unearth British rifles lost in 1880 massacre

Weapons taken after a Victorian defeat in Afghanistan have been recovered – and repatriated as antiques

Last Night's TV: Queen Victoria's Men, Channel 4: A Taste of My Life, BBC2

The thesis of Queen Victoria's Men was, roughly, that a monarch famous for her lack of amusement was in reality a hot little piece who was gagging for it: Queen Shagtoria, in fact. Well, I say "roughly", but to be honest that's more or less the whole thing. There were times, watching it, when I wondered if they couldn't have saved time and money by hiring a man with a top hat, black cape and ivory-topped cane to twirl his moustachios at a photograph of Her Majesty for 90 minutes, with a break every now and then to murmur, "Hello, you saucy little baggage." This would at least have been slightly less off-putting than all the knowing twinkles at the camera we had to put up with from the actresses playing young and old Vic.

Case closed: Last of Romanovs did die at Yekaterinburg

DNA tests have confirmed that remains found last year are those of two of the last Tsar's children, executed by a firing squad in 1918.

Paperbacks: The Last Princess by Matthew Dennison

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Lord Kelvedon

Guinness scion and son of 'Chips' Channon who nevertheless become a popular MP and minister

Thug: the true story of India's murderous cult by Mike Dash

The sacred slaughterers

1898 and all that

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Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
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Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

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It's all bright on the night
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Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
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Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

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Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

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Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

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Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before