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The Unthanks, Diversions Vol 3: Songs from the Shipyards (RabbleRouser)

The Unthanks' Songs from the Shipyards originated in their soundtrack work for a documentary film elegiacally celebrating the lost shipbuilding industry in 20th-century poems and folksongs. Hence, the wistful blend of piano and ambient sounds underscoring the album centrepiece "The Romantic Tees". Elsewhere, Becky Unthank's soft timbre and her sister Rachel's more ingenuous tone lend a fond nobility to shipbuilding reminiscences such as "Black Trade" and "A Great Northern River".

The worst first date in history

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Eight years after calling time on the ever-underrated Gene, Rossiter returns to music with a solo debut of quite astonishing beauty.

A modern Mrs Robinson with a passion for laughs

Sarah Alexander is happy to play the older woman, she tells Gerard Gilbert

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When CBS announced that it had cast Lucy Liu as trusty sidekick to Johnny Lee Miller's Sherlock Holmes in the Sherlock reboot Elementary, plenty of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle fans were suspicious.

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (12) Lasse Hallstrom DVD/Blu-ray (106mins)

Paul Torday’s satirical novel is more affecting and less upbeat, but Simon Beaufoy’s adaptation is single-handedly redeemed by an endearing Emily Blunt as Harriet, a well-heeled consultant who persuades Ewan McGregor’s uptight scientist in a sheikh’s loopy scheme to introduce salmon into the desert of Yemen.

Jack Nicholson in terrifyingly good form in 'The Shining'

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The Shining, once dubbed the "scariest movie ever", is set to provide more chills for British audiences with the release of an extended version never seen before in this country.

The Daylight Gate, By Jeanette Winterson

This visceral Hammer horror-style restaging of the 1612 Pendle witch trials falls between two stools

Five-minute Memoir: Natasha Soobramanien on the baked beans that cured her writer’s block

I see now that a writing retreat is productive only if removing yourself from a life so full of distraction that you need the isolation in order to focus on your work. But if you are the kind of writer who doesn't do much of a day to merit this or any other job title, two weeks on a remote Scottish island will not help you chip away at your writer's block.

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart star in films competing at Cannes

Twilight adds to awards haul at Teen Choice

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St John’s Night, Jermyn Street Theatre, London

Jermyn Street Theatre is partial to rummaging for rarities in the back catalogue of great dramatists. Well, they don’t come much rarer than this – the UK premiere, no less, of St John’s Night which  Ibsen wrote at the tender age of 23 and later tried to disown.

Winning formula: E.L. James's soft-porn saga has broken sales records

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