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22-year-old adult James Ashford recently visited Harry Potter World on his own. This is his sorry tale

Why Cracker sank over the Atlantic

Tonight British audiences can see `Fitz', the made-for America version of `Cracker'. It was hailed as a triumph for Granada - but the series was pulled mid-run in the US. Rob Brown reveals why.

Television: Listen with mother, for adults only

LAST WEEK a very polite woman reader from the Home Counties wrote to the editor of this newpaper to complain about me. In a stern but good- tempered way, she admonished me for my excessive use of sexual imagery, and - in particular - for imagery associated with penises and nipples.

TELEVISION: Counsel for the prostitution

WHAT SELLS? Sex sells. Violence sells. Houses sell. Nothing there we didn't know. Much of the time, it all seems very familiar. But sometimes, occasionally, a prime-time documentary takes you where you haven't been before and surprises you.

Crackers about life in the fast lane

Robbie Coltrane looms large as a tough-talking, no-nonsense TV character. But, as he tells Brendan Wallace, the thought of driving a Bentley around Brooklyn proved irresistible.

Crime: `Cracker' profiling dismissed as ineffective

The use of psychologists to provide "offender profiles" in police investigation has been called into question after a study has concluded that most are inaccurate and many are useless.

Coltrane adds weight to Channel 4 schedule

Channel 4 will today unveil its first pounds 100m schedule, spearheaded by the biggest man in television - Robbie Coltrane.

Obituary: Brian Glover

Tom Vallance's otherwise excellent obituary of Brian Glover [25 July] made no mention of his radio work, writes Piers Plowright.

Hey Fitz, have a nice day

Granada's all-American version of `Cracker' had to change more than the accents. By Emma Daly

False memory ends sex assault case

A sex assault prosecution was dropped yesterday after experts advised that the alleged victim could be suffering from False Memory Syndrome, partly triggered by storylines in the television series Brookside and Cracker.

Austen with blood and gore for all the family

The Agreeable World of Wallace Arnold

Usage and abusage : RADIO

LORD REITH can stop turning in his grave, smooth down his legendary dinner-jacket and rest in peace for another year. The Reith Lectures (R4) are over and they weren't so bad after all. Fears that the Rupert Murdoch Professor of Language would storm the mighty citadel of proper English dissolved into nothing, empty and unfounded.

Television preview; RECOMMENDED VIEWING THIS WEEKEND

I promise not to bang on again too much about the enjoyable Peter York's Eighties (Sat BBC2), suffice it to say that the flak has been flying all week, to the point where York is appearing on Right to Reply (Sat C4) to defend his series against being "a waste of the licence-payers' money", for goodness sake. "Style over content" is the critical consensus (that mysterious process, like the growth of mould on cheese) - and this from people who praise Homicide to the rooftops. Oh well. I think there are two lessons to be drawn from all this: a) people don't like Peter York in the way that people don't like Loyd Grossman; and, more interestingly, b) that - despite the decade's reputation as a dizzy good-time gal - most people actually hated the 1980s and everything they stood for.

`EastEnders' tops the complaints ratings

`EastEnders' tops the complaints ratings

The Coltrane sideshow

For Robbie Coltrane's tough shrink they stand for hours and eat mud. Jim White mingles with extras on the set of 'Cracker'

ITV admits defeat in the battle over 'Cracker'

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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
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Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor
The ZX Spectrum has been crowd-funded back into play - with some 21st-century tweaks

The ZX Spectrum is back

The ZX Spectrum was the original - and for some players, still the best. David Crookes meets the fans who've kept the games' flames lit
Grace of Monaco film panned: even the screenwriter pours scorn on biopic starring Nicole Kidman

Even the screenwriter pours scorn on Grace of Monaco biopic

The critics had a field day after last year's premiere, but the savaging goes on
Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people used to believe about periods

Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people once had about periods

If one was missed, vomiting blood was seen as a viable alternative
The best work perks: From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)

The quirks of work perks

From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)
Is bridge the latest twee pastime to get hip?

Is bridge becoming hip?

The number of young players has trebled in the past year. Gillian Orr discovers if this old game has new tricks
Long author-lists on research papers are threatening the academic work system

The rise of 'hyperauthorship'

Now that academic papers are written by thousands (yes, thousands) of contributors, it's getting hard to tell workers from shirkers
The rise of Lego Clubs: How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships

The rise of Lego Clubs

How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships
5 best running glasses

On your marks: 5 best running glasses

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Joe Root: 'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

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Raif Badawi: Wife pleads for fresh EU help as Saudi blogger's health worsens

Please save my husband

As the health of blogger Raif Badawi worsens in prison, his wife urges EU governments to put pressure on the Saudi Arabian royal family to allow her husband to join his family in Canada