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The actress, a self-proclaimed Homeland uber-fan, was overjoyed to meet star of the agent drama Damian Lewis. The spoiler? Not so much

James Buchanan

15th president - 1857-1861

Franklin Pierce

14th president - 1853-1857

Millard Fillmore

13th president - 1850-1853

Zachary Taylor

12th president - 1849-1850

Thomas Jefferson

3rd president - 1801-1809

George Washington: The father of the nation

1st president - 1789-1797

In blood: The Bacchae, Arcola Theatre, London

It sounded such a good idea: the true story of a legendary Brazilian slave leader fired up as a re-working of the Dionysus legend in Euripides' The Bacchae and set to the music of the forests and favelas of the 1920s, acted by a cast trained in capoeira, the martial art of dance and drumming. In the end, Noah Birksted-Breen's production is a good example of a story without a soul and a project without a passion.

Nuns: A History of Convent Life, By Silvia Evangelisti

Packed with engaging detail, this book explores the enduring fascination of the "brides of Christ". The appeal of the nunnery in medieval times for women who refused to accept the virtual slavery of marriage is vividly exemplified by Caterina Benincasa, a Siennese saint who died by throwing herself into boiling water so that she could "serve God".

Independent Appeal: Modern face of slavery

They are lured by the promise of money and training, but end up as domestic workers who endure abuse and beatings at the hands of their masters.

Josef Fritzl charged with murder

Josef Fritzl, the Austrian who repeatedly raped his own daughter while holding her for 24 years in a windowless cellar beneath his home, has been charged with murdering one of the seven children he fathered with her during her ordeal.

Question Time: Jon Gaunt

Work: Hosts 'The Jon Gaunt Show' on TalkSport and columnist for 'The Sun'. Previously a theatre company director.

Paperbacks: Passage, by John David Morley

This sweeping but pacey "palimpsest" of a novel wraps up the past of an entire hemisphere in one mesmerising voice.

Richard Garner: So where do fish and chips come from?

There has been a great deal of harrumphing and anxiety amongst education traditionalists that the name of Winston Churchill is missing from the revamped national curriculum on history due to be introduced in secondary schools to be taught from next week.

Black history to be taught in school as part of curriculum

Radical changes to the secondary school timetable will be introduced next week when England's three million secondary school pupils return to the classroom.

Equator, by Miguel Sousa Tavares, translated by Peter Bush

Passion at zero degrees
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