Book review: An English Room, by Derry Moore

This collection of photographs invites readers into the favourite rooms of some of our most beloved celebrities. Everyone has a treasured place to read, study, work, and dream – but there’s something special about an English room.

The Week in Books: The benefits of GCSE literature go beyond just the classics

A lot of literary fists were shaken at Michael Gove this week for his plans not to include English literature in the five core subjects for the proposed baccalaureate. While the language part of English will remain compulsory, with all its form-filling functionality, literature will be an optional subject alongside French, wood-work, and the rest.

Stewart Lee

Comedy review: Stewart Lee - Much A-Stew About Nothing, Leicester Square Theatre

Lee takes on Ed Miliband, UKIP and immigration in trademark style

Royal Marine found guilty of murder for battlefield execution of injured Afghan insurgent

Court martial board found commando guilty of murdering man in Helmand Province

A scene from The Magic Flute

Opera review: The Magic Flute

Simon McBurney successfully conveys this work's evanescent mystery

Google Helpouts: a live video tutorial service to connect experts with amateurs

From learning an instrument to fixing a faulty computer, experts are available to offer help via video chat

Nicholas Barber's the Watch List: Home invasion

The idea behind The Purge (released on DVD tomorrow) is that, in the near future, all crime in America will be legal for a 12-hour period once a year. It’s not what you’d call the most plausible of premises, but it does result in a crafty home-invasion thriller.

Nicholas Barber's the Watch List: Magicians

In Now You See Me, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Isla Fisher and Dave Franco star as magicians who pull off bank heists with the same ease that they put on Las Vegas conjuring shows. It’s just one of the many recent films to feature stage magicians and, like two of the others, it co-stars Michael Caine.

Nicholas Barber's the Watch List: James Gandolfini

A melancholy air hangs over Enough Said, a new empty-nest comedy, in that it’s the first James Gandolfini film to be released since his death in June. Fans can console themselves by rewatching DVD box-sets of six series of The Sopranos, but there are plenty of big-screen roles worth remembering, too, many of which capitalise on Gandolfini’s ability to flick between gentleness and viciousness, and to seem like an ordinary Joe doing an ordinary job, even if that job involves murder.

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Paul Rogers

It is obviously impossible to do justice to a career of the length and distinction of Paul Rogers' in a single article. There were, however, two omissions in the one you published (11 October), writes Timothy Gee. There was no reference to his work in films; I recall sitting through the credits on Carol Reed's version of Our Man in Havana to learn the name of the actor who had impressed me in a small but vital scene. Paul Rogers' name was known to me; this was a first encounter with an impressive talent. Other distinguished directors for whom he worked subsequently included Charles Crichton (twice), Ken Hughes and Peter Ustinov.

Nicholas Barber's the Watch List: Journalists on film

In The Fifth Estate (in cinemas now), Benedict Cumberbatch puts on a white wig and an Australian drawl to play Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks. The film dramatises his clashes, as an internet pioneer, with the more traditional working methods of newspaper journalists, who, of course, are highly trained and ethical professionals.

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Tony Hall announced major changes to the BBC today

Longer exposure: watch programmes on BBC iPlayer up to 30 days after broadcast (and maybe even beforehand)

But Director General Tony Hall also tells staff to find £100m-a-year savings to fund improvements

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VE Day 70th anniversary: How ordinary Britons celebrated the end of war in Europe

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Discovery of 'missing link' between the two main life-forms on Earth could explain evolution of animals, say scientists

'Missing link' between Earth's two life-forms found

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Ronald McDonald the muse

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Martin Guptill: Explosive New Zealand batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

Explosive batsman who sets the range for Kiwis' big guns

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General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

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General Election 2015: A guide to the smaller parties, from the the National Health Action Party to the Church of the Militant Elvis Party

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Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
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Why patients must rely less on doctors

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