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The British film and television production industry is dominated by the middle-classes who “hoard” opportunities and benefit from family ties, new research has found.

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Actresses are victims of 'class snobbery'

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DVD: The Unloved (15)

In the land of the dispossessed, belonging is king. Feeling loved is the antidote to the trauma of abandonment, the Holy Grail sought by Lauren Socha in Samantha Morton's The Unloved, a semi-biographical tale of children in care.

One of Your Own: The Life and Death of Myra Hindley by Carol Ann Lee

May she rot in hell the headlines screamed when Myra Hindley died in November 2002. Yet even the prospect that the Moors Murderess is now enduring eternal damnation in the firey pit doesn't seem to have caused the memory of her and her crimes to burn any less fiercely in the public imagination. Since her death, there have been several 'personal' accounts published, purporting to reveal what she was really like (often by those who scarcely knew her), two prize-winning TV dramas starring Maxine Peake and Samantha Morton, and now there is Carol Ann Lee's biography. Hindley, it seems, continues to intrigue us from beyond the grave every bit as much as she did during her long incarceration for her part, alongside her lover Ian Brady, in the murder of five youngsters in and around Manchester between 1963 and 1966.

The Unloved (nc)

First shown on Channel 4 last year, this drama about an 11-year-old girl who ends up in a care home has the grit of lived experience.

Keira Knightley and Stalker No. 6

Man charged with harassing actress who left Britain to escape attention

Artist back at Tate after porn controversy

Artist Fiona Banner has been invited to create an installation for Tate Britain, eight years after plastering the gallery's space with a vivid description of a pornographic film.

'Shocking' sickness rates in social work

Stress blamed for absence rate that is 60% higher than national average

Goldie backs Social Worker campaign

Musician and actor Goldie paid tribute today to the social workers who helped him as a young man as he backed a national campaign to improve the image of the profession and attract more people to it.

Actors aid government campaign to recruit more social workers

A number of big-name actors – including the Oscar-nominated Samantha Morton – have lent their support to a government campaign to recruit more than 5,000 new social workers.

The return of Big Brother

As a new season of 'Big Brother' looms, should we see it as a seasonal filler, or a slow-burn drama worthy of Beckett? By Gerard Gilbert
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