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It seems a suitably Orwellian reward to the extraordinary success story that is Nottingham Playhouse’s co-production of 1984.  On the day that tickets for its keenly-awaited opening at the Almeida in London went on sale, the company was told - without warning - it faced losing all of its funding from Nottinghamshire County Council.

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The self-proclaimed "mighty monarch of the exploitation world" David F Friedman produced more than 50 low-budget films that drew big audiences to US drive-ins and grindhouse cinemas throughout the 1960s and '70s.

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Presumably aimed at viewers who are allergic to subtitles, The Next Three Days is a faithful Hollywood remake of a recent French thriller, Pour Elle, in which a school teacher plots to spring his wife from prison.

Reflecting Glenfiddich, Fleming Collection, London

The Scottish distiller Glenfiddich has been hosting an artists-in-residence programme since 2002. The artists have come from far and wide. Having turned up with an open mind at the distillery in the Highlands, they get to stay in a cottage on the estate for three months, and there they muse upon the nature of the place, its industry, its history, and make work – photographs, animations, sculpture, paintings, video installations. This exhibition is a selection of works from those residencies.

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Britain's high street banks faced an army of outlaws yesterday, as activists took to the streets calling for the introduction of a so-called "Robin Hood Tax".

Ian Burrell: BBC presenters offer a &lsquo;disaster class&rsquo; in the art of the interview

It’s time for interviewers to do a little self-questioning. With Piers Morgan installed on CNN as “the new Larry King” and the BBC sheepishly parting company with its gaffe-prone chat show host, Jonathan Ross, the interview discipline is struggling to retain its sense of gravitas.

Let's talk it over: Reviving the broadcast interview

The broadcast interview has become a home for bland celebrity banter. Ian Burrell reports on the BBC's attempts to revive the art of TV interrogation

Horrible Histories: The best laughs are on children's TV

CBBC's Horrible Histories triumphed over its adult counterparts at the British Comedy Awards &ndash; and rightly so, says Gerard Gilbert

The bigger they come, the harder they fall

Hollywood is obsessed with explosive &ndash; and expensive &ndash; stunts. And those who have to perform them are paying the price

Pantomime is hit by Red Cross ban

The Glasgow Pavilion theatre's annual pantomime has been found to be in violation of the Geneva Convention.

Screen kings and queens

As The King's Speech is released, Gerard Gilbert surveys the tumultuous history of monarchs on film and TV, and offers suggestions for future royal appointments

Screen Talk: Dan dares

Bach's great unfinished work has been subjected to many realisations, the original keyboard exercises applied to recorder, saxophone, woodwind and string interpretations, and even an electronic rock version by Laibach.

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