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A riff on a cosmic joke turns this space comedy into something far greater

It’s all in the mind as Capcom announces Remember Me

Capcom debut an all-new action-adventure at Gamescom where knowledge is most definitely power.

This is the seventh series of Doctor Who since its 2005 revival

Doctor Who back to fight insane Daleks (and Simon Cowell)

This is the seventh series of Doctor Who since its 2005 revival with Matt Smith as the Time Lord

DVD/Blu-ray: Woman in a Dressing Gown (PG)

"You work like a horse but you never seem to get anywhere," maintains Amy's son in this heart-breaking slice of kitchen sink from 1959.

DVD/Blu-ray: Headhunters (15)

Diminutive, unprepossessing Roger Brown (Aksel Hennie, above) is a corporate headhunter by day, and an art thief by night.

Alice Jones' Edinburgh Diary: The Traverse scouts the fringes to make playwrights' dreams come true

One lucky playwright is to have a play they haven't written yet performed at the Traverse this month. David Greig and the theatre's artistic director, Orla O'Loughlin, have already commissioned 10 playwrights – including Alan Wilkins and Janice Galloway – to submit their 45-minute "Dream Plays", or scenes from a play they never dreamed would be staged.

Rebecca Tyrrel: Stephanie and the two Labour Eds would not make for a happy ménage à trois

Who knew that the economics editor of the BBC is so well connected that if anything happened to Kevin Bacon, the dinner-party game could be remodelled as Six Degrees of Stephanie Flanders? Stephanie's stellar achievement in the sphere of unlikely inter-connection already dwarfs anything managed by Bacon.

Women gain on men in Forbes list of top earning authors

With yearly estimated earnings of more than $90 million, prolific writer James Patterson is by far the highest earning author in the world but women are gaining ground, according to Forbes.com.

'Doctor Who' star Matt Smith

New BBC drama to mark 50 years of Doctor Who

The BBC is working on a drama about the early days of Doctor Who to mark the hit show's 50th anniversary.

DVD/Blu-ray: They Came from Beyond Space (PG)

"The brains of these primitives seems quite suitable for our purposes."

New Tom Cruise film 'All You Need Is Kill' will create 500 jobs, says George Osborne

The filming of a new Tom Cruise blockbuster at a UK studio will create 500 jobs, Chancellor George Osborne said as he appealed to technology businesses to invest in the UK.

Edinburgh Castle overlooks the city

Biggest-ever Fringe gets underway in Edinburgh

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe opens today with a record number of performances.

The Lorax, a furry gnome voiced by Danny DeVito, is the orange purveyor of a green message

Dr Seuss' The Lorax, Chris Renad, 86 mins (U)

An ecological fable ... padded out with industrial levels of filler

Observations: Erotica's time has finally come again

Thanks to the swelling popularity of EL James' Fifty Shades of Grey, the sight of commuters reading erotica on public transport is commonplace. In the early Seventies, however, it was a rare thrill. So recalls author Brian Aldiss, now 86, whose first sex-themed novel, The Hand-Reared Boy, was published in 1970.

Observations: A glittering extreme makeover (with added Jamie Oliver) for a Fringe favourite

Tommy Sheppard, director of the new Assembly Rooms Edinburgh Fringe programme, proudly opens the door to a large ballroom decorated with an imposing crystal chandelier and some stunning, freshly painted cornices.

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Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence – MS Swiss Corona - seven nights from £999pp
Lake Maggiore, Orta and the Matterhorn – seven nights from £899pp
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Istanbul Ephesus & Troy – six nights from £859pp
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The children were playing in the street with toy guns. The air strikes were tragically real

The air strikes were tragically real

The children were playing in the street with toy guns
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – The British, as others see us

Britain as others see us

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
Countries that don’t survey their tigers risk losing them altogether

Countries that don’t survey their tigers risk losing them

Jonathon Porritt sounds the alarm
How did our legends really begin?

How did our legends really begin?

Applying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
Watch out: Lambrusco is back on the menu

Lambrusco is back on the menu

Naff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz
A new Russian revolution: Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

A new Russian revolution

Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?

Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments
The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on