Leading Labour donor John Mills

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Edward Bramson, the American investor who staged a boardroom coup at F&C Asset Management almost two years ago, is preparing to move to more of a back seat.

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The family show has 'run its natural course' according to actor Colin Morgan

Richard Wilson gives many of the best lines to Great-Uncle Hamish

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One foot in the real world – the other on my funny bone

DVD: Merlin: Series 4 (12)

"We shan't go to Camelot, 'tis a silly place," as Monty Python pointed out, and the BBC's sword-and-sorcery drama is pretty silly. It's also, however, enormous fun.

Lara group chooses Canada over UK

The UK video games lobby has again called for industry tax breaks after Square Enix, which publishes the Lara Croft series, chose to open a new studio in Canada rather than Britain.

Richard Pearson: Actor who relished showing the vulnerability of solid, respectable characters

To recent generations of television viewers, Richard Pearson was the voice of Mole in Cosgrove Hall's animated productions of The Wind in the Willows. His calm tones, along with those of Ian Carmichael (later Peter Sallis), David Jason and Michael Hordern for the similarly sympathetic characters of Rat, Toad and Badger, combined with the unhurried storylines, stop-motion animation and painstakingly created sets to give a sense of nostalgia for that Edwardian era of Kenneth Grahame's original novel. The 1983 television film was followed by four series of The Wind in the Willows (1984-88), as well as the spin-off Oh! Mr Toad! (1989 television film and 1990 series), all featuring Grahame's humanistic animal characters.

Head of TIGA wins leadership award

The head of an organisation representing the UK videogames industry has won a top personal award for his leadership.

TIGA celebrates 10th anniversary

A leading UK videogame organisation is hosting a party to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

All middle class now in this unequal land?

Now that 71 per cent of us believe we're middle class, are we moving towards a more flexible American mindset? Or are we just deluding ourselves, asks Peter York

Why Scottish bosses are in a league of their own

Owen Coyle, from the tough, inner-city Gorbals, against Davie Moyes, born and raised for the first 10 years of his life in an edgy northern area of the city called Thornwood. Two Glaswegians who share an upbringing exposed to hardship, an appreciation of working-class values, a natural command, a passion for football and its ability to transform lives, and a sense of purpose that is shaped by defiance as much as ambition. Bolton versus Everton brings them together today, but they are united in a different, more significant way.

Activision closure adds to fears for British games industry

The world's largest publisher of video games is adding to the woes of the UK industry by shutting down one of its studios. Yesterday's announcement came a few weeks after its chief executive attacked the Government for scrapping planned tax relief for the sector, warning that it could drive software companies abroad.

Richard Wilson: Retire? He doesn't believe in it

At 74, the actor who became a household face as Victor Meldrew is as busy as ever. Now starring in TV hit 'Merlin', he also keeps one foot on the stage. Emily Dugan meets Richard Wilson

DVD: Merlin: Series 3 (PG)

Back in the dark ages, Noel Edmonds and his pink pal Blobby ruled Saturday evening TV.

Drop in number of UK games developers

The number of video game developers in the UK is down almost a tenth in the past two years, with the industry body complaining that the country is at a "competitive disadvantage".

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