Arts and Entertainment James McAvoy as a drug-addled, booze-sodden, totally depraved policeman

Jon S Baird's Filth doesn’t have the formal inventiveness of Trainspotting, but it does possess its chutzpah

Heads Up: Irvine Welsh's Filth comes to the big screen starring James McAvoy

McAvoy's cop off the rails is tougher than 'Trainspotting'

Whodunnit? Joe Dempsie in the forthcoming Southcliffe

Heads Up: Channel 4 drama Southcliffe

Just make sure you don't mention 'Broadchurch'

Flames, check. Wind machine, check. Beyoncé pulls out all of the theatrical stops on this tour

Music review: Behold Beyoncé, the cybernetic goddess of R&B

LG Arena, Birmingham

Drama worth doing time for

Michael Winterbottom's latest film for TV was five years in the making. It's not a vanity project, he tells Gerard Gilbert, but a human tale shot in real time
John Simm as Ian in a scene from 'Everyday'

Michael Winterbottom's 'Everyday' is a prison drama that was worth doing time for

The director's latest film for television was five years in the making. It's not a vanity project, he tells Gerard Gilbert, but a human tale shot in real time

Mum’s the word: Sadie Frost performs ‘Touched... Like A Virgin’

In the groove with pop and pregnancy

Sadie Frost's one-woman show mixes Madonna and motherhood. By Charlotte Cripps

The Gruffalo's Child (U)

"Aha! Oho! Marks in the snow! Whose are these claw marks? Where do they go?"

Grant will be at birth of Bridget Jones's Baby

The production company behind the Bridget Jones's Diary movies was yesterday forced to deny reports that Hugh Grant had quit the third instalment because of issues with the script.

Zooey Deschanel, in Channel 4's latest sitcom import New Girl, hovers between adorable and irksome

It's elementary – just lie back and enjoy

The second series of 'Sherlock' gets us off to a promising start, and there's always more 'Downton' to look forward to

Anthony Wiener: A Cock and Bull Story

Congressman Anthony Wiener held a press conference yesterday morning to admit he sent a picture of his boxered penis to a myriad of tweeting young women, and then lied about it in almost every news medium.

DVD: Life During Wartime (15)

Todd Solondz's follow up to Happiness (1998), his exquisite black comedy, is just as unsettling but half as droll and features, oddly, a completely different cast.

Dogtooth, Giorgos Lanthimos, 96 mins, (18)<br/>Life During Wartime, Todd Solondz, 96 mins, (15)

Todd Solondz's follow-up to 'Happiness' has been out-weirded by a Greek film that takes dysfunction to a new level

Life During Wartime (15)

The Joneses is small beer compared with this portrait of family dysfunction, a sequel to Solondz's Happiness, though with a completely different cast, including a large contingent of British talent.

Rob Roy

Directed by Michael Caton-Jones

Irvine Welsh to revive Sick Boy and Renton in 'Trainspotting' prequel

How did they get like that, some of literature's most drug-fuelled characters – Renton, Sick Boy, Spud and the rest of their gang in Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting? We're about to find out, because 15 years after his celebrated novel, the Scottish author intends to write a prequel.

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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

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
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What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
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

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there