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.

Animal Kingdom can thrive outside natural habitat

Three of the meeting's seven Group One races will be over inside 80 minutes today – and in an aggregate time quicker than will be set by its final winner on Saturday afternoon, trundling two and three-quarter miles in the Queen Alexandra Stakes. That race is too cherished an heirloom for anyone to suggest that Royal Ascot ends with a whimper, but it unmistakably opens with a bang.

The Clark knight: Henry Cavill stars as Superman in Zack Snyder’s superhero adventure ‘Man of Steel’

Super weekend for Superman rebooted: Man of Steel takes £125m at the box office in three days

But the new Superman is still trailing behind fellow box office superhero Iron Man 3 which holds the record for the biggest-opening this year

War Singer will be suited by the trip in York’s amateur handicap

Injury may spell Magician’s absence from Ascot

After his big rival was seemingly conjured from nowhere, Magician was this evening threatening a disappearing act from the big showdown between Classic winners on the first day of Royal Ascot.

Professional actor joins Big Brother house 2013 to create mayhem

A heavily-tattooed glamour model, a former police officer and a woman who runs a "gold-digger" website are among the housemates on this summer's Big Brother - unaware that a professional actor has joined them in the TV house to create mayhem.

Inside the Big Brother house 2013

Big Brother 2013: Day one in the BB house

A heavily tattooed glamour model, a former male escort and a woman who runs a "gold-digger" website are among the bunch of housemates who tonight began a stint on TV's Big Brother.

The Irish trainer Dermot Weld wants rain for his Ascot hopes

Animal double act set to raise curtain at Ascot

Get ready for the fast show. Three of the seven Group One races scheduled at Royal Ascot will be run within the first 80 minutes of the meeting – and the fortunes of bookmakers and punters next week may well be irrevocably determined within that same, breathless span.

Trading Leather wins the Listed Silver Stakes at the Curragh yesterday

Leather throws down Curragh gauntlet

Bolger colt 6-1 to atone for Dawn Approach's Epsom eclipse in Irish Derby after stylish win

An image from the submitted paper showing a chair being hidden from view

Uni-directional invisibility cloak could hide satellites

New research uses off-the-shelf optical components to steer light around objects

Pre Skool who have made it through to the semi-final of this year's ITV1 talent show, Britain's Got Talent.

Britain's Got Talent 2013: Simon Cowell sends child dancers Pre Skool through to final - but offends viewers by calling them 'midgets'

Britain's Got Talent judge Simon Cowell reignited the row over children performing on the show by sending some of the competition's youngest contestants through to the grand final - but avoided a kiss from Amanda Holden in the process.

Photography book review: Magic: 1400s-1950s, By Mike Caveney, Jim Steinmeyer, Ricky Jay, and Noel Daniel

Magic has enchanted humankind for millennia, evoking terror, laughter, shock, and amazement. Once persecuted as heretics and sorcerers, magicians have always been conduits to a parallel universe of limitless possibility.

Frankie Dettori may not return in time for the Epsom Classics

Frankie Dettori’s hopes of Derby comeback fade

With just a week remaining until the greatest race on British turf, much of the build-up has been culpably diverted to a jockey now depending for a mount on the indulgence not only of the regulators, but also of trainers and owners. For even if Frankie Dettori duly regains his licence next week, the timetable would make it impossible for him to ride before the very eve of the Investec Derby.

Gloria Abeka before (left) and after her leg operations, with an x-ray showing the pins in one her legs

UK doctors break both Gloria Abeka's legs in three places so she can walk

Ground-breaking operations will enable Ghanaian 12-year-old to play with friends for first time

Battle of Marengo wins at Leopardstown

Aidan O’Brien Battle lines are massed for Epsom

The perceived wisdom is that if a trainer thinks he has a cluster of Derby contenders, then he hasn’t any. Perhaps there is something in the theory; Aidan O’Brien’s three winners of the premier Classic – Galileo, High Chaparral and Camelot – were respectively accompanied to post by zero, two and one stablemates. And the scattergun years – there were eight Ballydoyle runners in 2007, for instance, and six in 2009 – have tended to yield only minor placings.

Paul Schraner asked for a large FA Cup bonus to be included at the expense of his basic salary as 'it was in my mind the club might do something special in the cup'.

Belief fires Dave Whelan’s Wigan Athletic to the Holy Grail

Latics stunned Manchester City at Wembley

Easy ride: Nevis sees off limited opposition to win the Derby Trial at Lingfield

Nevis stakes his claim for place in Classic reckoning

Another day, another Derby trial won by Aidan O'Brien. After Ruler Of The World and Magician at Chester, it was the turn of Nevis at Lingfield to confirm that the Ballydoyle team at least have quantity on their side in the run-up to Epsom, even if its quality will not be defined until the day itself, 1 June. It is a fair assumption, though, that Nevis will not be carrying the Co Tipperary stable's first colours; he won by nine lengths yesterday, but then so he should have, as his opposition was rendered negligible by the late withdrawal of the strongly fancied Greatwood.

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Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
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Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
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Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
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The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
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The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

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Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

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It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

Voted for by the British public, the artworks on Art Everywhere posters may be the only place where they can be seen
Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Websites offering your ebooks for nothing is only the latest disrespect the modern writer is subjected to, says DJ Taylor
Edinburgh Fringe 2014: The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee

Edinburgh Fringe 2014

The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee
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Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

The woman stepping down as chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund is worried