Arts and Entertainment What a racket: Conor Woodman in 'Scam City'

It's not just that the National Geographic documentary series Scam City is a pointless programme, it's that it's also a uniquely irritating one. Whereas most consumer watchdogs investigate scams at the instigation of aggrieved parties, in Scam City presenter Conor Woodman, travels the world looking for trouble and – what's more pitiful – often fails to find it.

Guardiola saw his team held to a draw this week

Bayern Munich v Chelsea preview: European Super Cup provides latest chapter in rivalry - not least between Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola

The Blues may be playing their German opponents at just the right time

US actor Adrien Brody, will star in the four-part series chronicling the life of illusionist Harry Houdini

Oscar winner Adrien Brody to star as ecapologist Houdini

The Pianist star will play the famous illusionist Harry Houdini in upcoming mini-series

Professor Mary Beard said she felt harassed by the tweets

What’s eating Giles Coren? Twitter victim Mary Beard comes under fire for breaking website boycott

Critic turns on TV historian after she breaks 'Twitter silence'  to highlight bomb threat

DVD review: The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

Vegas showmen Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell, shiny teeth, stonking toupée) and Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi, wonky teeth, wondrous manner) have been pulling the same act for decades – only to split up when challenged by maverick street-magician Steve Gray (Jim Carrey in manic mode).

Smart mover: Jeremy Vine

The Week in Radio: Rescued from a rant-fest by Jeremy Vine's beautiful minds

This is an abominable time of year for the radio listener. Early August is when the big-name presenters pack up and sod off to the Seychelles, leaving their shows in the hands of the unqualified and confused. It's a time when the interns run riot, and when producers press the big button marked "pre-recorded tat" and disappear off for a nap.

Ekaterina Shipulina dances Swan Lake

Dance review: The Bolshoi Ballet kick off their London summer season with a sluggish Swan Lake

Arriving for a London summer season, the Bolshoi Ballet is overshadowed by appalling backstage dramas. The great Moscow company has been plagued by factions for years; in January, artistic director Sergei Filin was the victim of an acid attack, and is now fighting for his sight. One of the dancers, Pavel Dmitrichenko, has been charged with ordering the assault. In these grim circumstances, you might expect the dancers to look demoralised, or to come out fighting. In fact, they do neither. A law unto itself, the Bolshoi sails on.

Television choices: Carter and West deliver an affair to remember in Burton and Taylor

TV pick of the week: Burton and Taylor

James Anderson during England practice on Wednesday

Ashes 2013: Former pace bowler Bob Willis happy to be overtaken by James Anderson ‘the magician’

James Anderson’s 10 wickets in the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge showed he is England’s “magician”, according to the former pace bowler Bob Willis. His spellbinding deliveries could oust Willis from the No 2 spot in the list of England’s top Test wicket-takers at Lord’s over the next five days.

'One man. One Bus. Three hundred and sixty miles of simulated post-apocalyptic desert and the endless struggle between man and nature personified.' The tagline for computer game Desert Bus

Desert Bus: Drive straight for eight hours – inside the worst game ever

“One man. One Bus. Three hundred and sixty miles of simulated post-apocalyptic desert and the endless struggle between man and nature personified.” The tagline for computer game Desert Bus makes it sound pretty exciting. It isn’t.

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez

Brendan Rodgers in 'constant contact' with Luis Suarez and remains hopeful striker will remain at Liverpool

The Anfield boss understands the striker's desire to be playing Champions League football

Look, don’t touch! Ferran Adria expects adulation, not emulation

Exhibition review: elBulli: Ferran Adria and the Art of Food - feast your eyes, mortals but don’t try this at home

Don’t play with your food! Isn’t that what every child is told when they attempt to mould mashed potato into pea-sized balls, or find the colour result of squashing a strawberry into pistachio icecream? For most budding food lovers that is the beginning and end of experiment. For Ferran Adria, playing with food became a stellar career.

Valley girl: Emma Watson’s Nicki is campily sanctimonious

Film review: The Bling Ring - what’s it like to yearn for the trappings of privilege? Don’t ask Sofia Coppola…

Is there anything wrong with directors sticking to what they know?

Dave Franco, Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher and Woody Harrelson in a scene from 'Now You See Me'

Film review: Now You See Me starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman and Woody Harrelson

Louis Leterrier, 115mins. Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Mélanie Laurent (12A)

DVD & Blu-ray review: Oz the Great and Powerful (PG)

Sam Raimi DVD/Blu-ray (130mins)

Just how did he do it? Magician Dynamo sails through London mid-air on the side of a double decker bus

Theories abound as to just how the magician managed to levitate his way through London traffic

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Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn