News Coronation Street actor William Roache arrives at Preston Crown Court for his trial of historical sexual offence allegations.

The actor also said that rape is 'against his nature' and he is 'very peaceful'

Bath prop David Wilson's calf injury leaves England short of options for the France game

Six Nations 2014: Injured trio could return for Ireland match

Stuart Lancaster believes three of England's orthopaedically challenged brigade – the Northampton full-back Ben Foden, the London Irish wing Marland Yarde and the Bath prop David Wilson – may return to fitness in time for the mid-point match of the Six Nations Championship, against Ireland at Twickenham on 22 February. The head coach did not say so openly, but he would surely take Wilson over the other two at this stage of proceedings.

Sian Reese Williams has left Emmerdale after her character became the latest victim of a serial killer

Dramatic ending for Emmerdale's Sian Reese Williams as she falls prey to serial killer

Emmerdale fans saw Sian Reese Williams come to the end of the road on the ITV soap last night when her character became the latest victim of serial killer Cameron Murray.

'All my life I've been an actress... now I want to be a household name': Wing on the 'EastEnders' set

Anna Wing: Actress who made her name at 70 as the prickly EastEnders matriarch Lou Beale

It took Anna Wing a lifetime of character roles and bit-parts to become a television star at the age of 70. So keen was she to play EastEnders' grumpy matriarch Lou Beale that she arrived for her audition clutching the birth certificate proving her to be a true East Ender, a photograph of her grandmother and a family album. "All my life, I've been an actress," she told the producers. "Now I want to be a household name."

DVD & Blu-ray review: Call the Midwife: Series 2 (12)

Various directors DVD/Blu-ray (355mins)

Simply divine: ‘Belief’ presenter Joan Bakewell

The Week In Radio: Joan, Jimmy and
Julian know how to lift the spirit

At the tail end of Christmas Day many of you, like me, will have found yourself reflecting on life’s big questions.

EastEnder is crowned Queen of the Jungle

After three long, trial-filled weeks, Charlie Brooks wins I'm a Celebrity

Bruno Fernandes is accused of luring the mother of his child to a ranch and killing her

Brazilian footballer 'fed former lover to his dogs'

A Brazilian football star has gone on trial for orchestrating what prosecutors claim is the gruesome murder of the mother of his child.

EastEnders star 'put off drinking' playing boozy character

EastEnders actress Jacqueline Jossa has revealed that her character's boozy ways put her off drinking in real life.

Hamptons-set melodrama Revenge is the guilty pleasure of the season. Begins tomorrow, 9pm, E4

There's no soft soap from this new avenger

US thriller Revenge starts tonight. It's a return to the Eighties, says Sarah Hughes

There's no soft soap from this new avenger

US thriller Revenge starts tonight. It's a return to the Eighties, says Sarah Hughes

Frid: vampire with feelings

Jonathan Frid: Star of 'Dark Shadows'

Jonathan Frid,who died yesterday of natural causes at the age of 87, was a Canadian actor best known for playing Barnabas Collins in the 1960s original vampire soap opera Dark Shadows.

'Soap opera' at M&B continues as latest chief executive exits

Adam Fowle, the chief executive of Mitchells & Butlers, is to leave the pub and restaurant group after only two years in the role, perpetuating the image of a corporate "soap opera" and a boardroom with a revolving door.

David Lister: The Week in Arts

Why can't EastEnders watch 'EastEnders'?

The shock treatment

Bored with Band Aid? How about a poodle playing guitar to Queen? Yes, Electric Six are back, says Steve Jelbert
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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?