Tom Sutcliffe: What to do with the ashes of a loved one?

Walking our dog through Highgate Woods a while ago I pursued him a little way off the path to discover him with his leg cocked over a low conical pile of grey ash. It wasn't, I imagine, how the dearly departed would have wanted to be honoured – or, more to the point, how the relatives who had deposited the remains in this relatively secluded spot would have desired this dust to be watered in – and I'm glad to say I got there in time to prevent desecration. But walking away I found myself thinking about the odd intermediate status of human ashes – and the way in which they both are and aren't a relic of the person they represent.

Tessa Ross: The TV executive who is the mother of British film-making

'Slumdog Millionaire' and countless other films could not have happened if it weren't for Channel 4's Tessa Ross.

Christina Patterson: Feel good escapism – for those that can escape

It is hard to celebrate a society that remains so profoundly cruel as that of Mumbai

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There's little to celebrate in these wintry, recession-hit times, but some movies will always lift the spirits. Geoffrey Macnab salutes the best in cinematic soul-food

Pandora: Scandal follows Ramsay to America

If Gordon Ramsay thought that last year's lurid revelations about his private life could be brushed under the carpet in 2009, he'd better think again.

Alice Jones: Why I love a happy ending

There is nothing, nothing, on earth that makes me happier than a spot of heavily choreographed silliness at the cinema.

Slumdogs who seek success

The hit film <i>Slumdog Millionaire</i> attempts to depict children in an Indian shanty town. So what do the real-life inhabitants make of it?

Teenage kicks: It's sex, drugs and double maths as Skins returns

E4's Skins, the must-watch show for teens, is back with a brand-new cast. It's still the same glossy fantasy that bears no more than a passing resemblance to reality, but does that really matter, asks Deborah Orr

The Word On... Slumdog Millionaire

"It should be a huge hit; a romantic adventure set in India, made by English film-makers, featuring characters speaking Hindi, with a climax hinging on a question about a French novel. It's a blast." - Bob Mondello, www.npr.org

Film industry stunned by Bafta snub for Leigh

Acclaimed in America, but British awards ignore director and star of 'Happy Go Lucky'

Slumdog takes on Button for top Bafta honours

Slumdog Millionaire and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button each received 11 nominations for the Orange British Academy Film Awards today.

Jonathan Ross to host BAFTA awards

Controversial presenter Jonathan Ross extends his broadcast rehabilitation next month when he presents the BAFTA film awards, organisers said today.

Susie Rushton: Stop talking at the back there ...

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