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.

Magician wins the Bet Victor Dee Stakes at Chester yesterday

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Tomorrow a new Pakistan is born

It is very easy to get swept away with dreams for a ‘Naya Pakistan’, yet the result of the elections could not be more important for both Pakistan and the wider world

Still from RSC's bloody Titus Andronicus trailer

Barbie vs real women: why can't we merge the two?

Ask any test group of subjects to describe the attributes of a ‘perfect’ female physique and they will put together a composite image of…Barbie

Reginald D Hunter

FA, PFA and moral outrage: how does one quantify the severity of racism? 

A comedian uses the word n*****. This is the big problem? Are we really not giving any credence to context?

The deputy prime minister Nick Clegg criticised spending on the 'wrong thing' by Labour and Conservative councils

Nick Clegg attacks Conservative councils for 'extravagant' spending alongside cuts

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has attacked a Conservative council for spending money on a motivational magician while announcing cuts in other areas.

Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre performing The Rite of Spring at Sadlers Wells London

Dance review: The Rite of Spring & Petrushka
Sadler’s Wells, London

Staged by Irish choreographer Michael Keegan-Dolan for Fabulous Beast Dance Theatre, The Rite of Spring suggests a late and shivery spring, rather like this year’s. Created in 2009 and revised for this revival, Keegan-Dolan’s Rite returns as part of the centenary celebrations for Stravinsky’s iconic ballet, which had its riotous first performance in 1913.

TV review: Endeavour and the cosy pleasures of the antique

Endeavour, Sun, ITV / Isaac Newton: The Last, Magician, Fri, BBC2

Pudsey: Anyone who can convince Simon Cowell that they’re the most talented mammal in Britain is a very good doggy indeed.

No animal magic in this year's Britain's Got Talent

There has not been much animal magic in this year's Britain's Got Talent after a string of pet performers failed to live up to the success of last year's winners - dog trick act Ashleigh and Pudsey.

Magician and author: Clayton Rawson

Invisible Ink: No 167 - Day jobs of the detectives

Clayton Rawson started studying to be a magician when he was eight. Later he put his magic skills into practice by penning the excellent Death From A Top Hat. His detective is self-taught, one of those louche interferers the police had no trouble allowing on to crime scenes in the inter-war period. The Great Merlini runs a magic shop, but his knowledge of optical trickery and mental misdirection alert him to the craftiness of thieves and murderers. He appeared in four novels and four collections of short stories.

L-R: Matthew Woollons, 15; Elizabeth Rogan, 16; Sonny Pennington, aka, ‘Magical Sunshine’, 17

Hey presto! The slick new face of magic

The Young Magician of the Year contest is back, and Jonathan Owen finds that hocus-pocus is on a new high

My life in food: Paul Hollywood

Hollywood has dough in his veins. His grandfather was head baker at the Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool and his father ran a bakery business. After a stint at the family firm, he worked at a serious of hotels, including The Dorchester and Cliveden. After appearing on a number of cookery shows he became a star  of The Great British Bake Off. His own show, Paul Hollywood’s Bread, is currently on BBC 2 and he will be be appearing at The Cake & Bake Show at Manchester Central 5-7 April. thecakeandbakeshow.co.uk

Poignant: Archive footage of the 1930s in Ken Loach’s The Spirit of ’45

Film review: The Spirit of '45 - Mind the gap inKen Loach's impassioned plea for a return to post-war unity

An angry miner demands: "Who is it who tells the police to beat me – a working man?" Cut mischievously to a clip of Margaret Thatcher raising her hand as if to reply: "I do."

Magician Steve Truglia's new Card Shark Show exposes the tricks of gambling cheats

After life in SAS and as 007 stuntman, Steve Truglia exposes card sharks in new magic show

A former member of the Special Forces, turned stunt man has now forged a career in magic, and his new show has just seen him promoted to the highest level of the Magic Circle achieved by examination.

Goodbye Kansas: James Franco charms the locals in Oz the Great and Powerful

Film review: Oz the Great and Powerful - You thought the Wizard should be left alone? Step this way …

So, how did Oz gets its Wizard? This question has never exercised me for more than a nanosecond, but as redundant as Oz the Great and Powerful might seem, this Disney prequel turns out to be something of a classic: a family friendly fantasy which delivers as an affectionate prologue to The Wizard of Oz, that works just as well as a spectacular, neatly structured stand-alone adventure. It's directed by Sam Raimi, who once again brings irresistible enthusiasm to cartoonish genre entertainment, but it could also pass for the best Tim Burton film in a long time, and the best Terry Gilliam film in even longer.

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