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New Channel 4 drama Utopia combines conspiracy theories, edge-of-your-seat tension and dark humour with a talented cast. It could turn out to be one of the TV hits of the year

DVD/Blu-ray: Total Recall (18)

"I just had a terrible thought... what if this is a dream?" Hollywood has dipped into Philip K Dick's fevered imagination time and time again and this lurid, violent and guiltily enjoyable 1990 sci-fi from Paul Verhoeven is one of the best.

Total Recall (15)

Reissued in anticipation of the Colin Farrell remake, Paul Verhoeven's 1990 sci-fi thriller underlines a basic movie truth: nothing dates like a film-maker's vision of the future.

Matthew Norman: The brooding, tortured soul of Gordon Brown

He retains his gift, as in the election that never was, for plucking defeat from the oesophagus of victory

Row over sale of sacred Aboriginal stone

A cultural conflict between Britain and Australia sparked by the attempted sale of a sacred Aboriginal artefact in Kent looks set to be reignited.

Vladimir Putin finds his thrill on 'Blueberry Hill'

So far in 2010, he's fired a crossbow at a whale from a speedboat, driven across Siberia in a Lada, and flown a plane over a burning forest to douse the flames with water. This weekend, it was time for Vladimir Putin to reveal a more artistic side, taking to the stage at a charity auction to play the piano and sing a rendition – in English – of Louis Armstrong's "Blueberry Hill".

One Minute With: Dorothy Koomson

Sharon Stone denies 'air rage' reports

Sharon Stone's representative has denied reports police detained her at an airport.

Sleeping around: Romantic movies have a lot to answer for

'I spent the flight sipping champagne and fantasising about my dress'

Pandora: Where is Tito? Mystery grows over future of the Jackson One in Devon

When an exciting new project involving Michael Jackson and his family is announced, the form book usually requires us to take it with a large pinch of sodium chloride.

Sharon Stone: Blonde bombshell

Here's a paradox that sums up all you need to know about modern celebrity. In 1992, Sharon Stone opened her legs, and became an overnight superstar; last week, Sharon Stone opened her mouth, and in 60 seconds turned her brand into a junk stock that sensible Hollywood investors won't touch with a 10-ft ice pick.

Sharon Stone reaps bad karma for quake comments

Sharon Stone's "karma" is having an instant effect on her movie-star status in China.

Robert Key: Total recall

Kent captain Robert Key, who was cast into the wilderness by England three years ago, explains to Robin Scott-Elliot why he is prepared to change even his lifestyle to win back his Test place

Pressure to grow old beautifully drives over-50s to anorexia

Anorexia used to be regarded as a teenagers' disease. But now, the prevalence of youthful-looking older celebrities such as Sharon Stone and Madonna is being linked to a rise in the number of women in their 50s being treated for anorexia and other eating disorders.

Record rise in number of burglars using guns

The number of armed burglaries has risen to record levels, new crime figures show.

Kuraj, by Silvia di Natale

All you need to know on preparing a Tushan corpse for sky-burial
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Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

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From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

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Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

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Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

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