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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.

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It takes a certain bravery to tinker with one of the great plays of the classical canon – let alone rip out two entire acts and replace them with brand spanking new material. True scholars have long debated how much of the established Doctor Faustus was written by Christopher Marlowe, not to mention the quality of what has been passed down through the years.

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The Tottenham winger has been compared to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. We take a look at the stats to find out if he's worthy

Los Angeles police have arrested 14 people for allegedly pulling off a stock manipulation scam that conned 20,000 investors out of more than $30m (£19m) by fraudulently pumping up the share prices with slick marketing campaigns, including one fronted by the actress Pamela Anderson

Pamela Anderson 'duped into fronting stock scam commercial'

Los Angeles police have arrested 14 people for allegedly pulling off a stock manipulation scam that conned 20,000 investors out of more than $30m (£19m) by fraudulently pumping up the share prices with slick marketing campaigns, including one fronted by the actress Pamela Anderson.

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Hugh Grant said he would donate the damages to the Hacked Off campaign

Hugh Grant gets an apology from Murdoch

Duchess of York and  Christopher Eccleston also settle hacking cases in High Court

The media empire owned by Rupert Murdoch has been rocked by the scandal

New cases mean hacking scandal is far from over

Rupert Murdoch’s hopes of drawing a line under the financially toxic phone-hacking scandal will be derailed in the High Court on Friday when details of more hacking victims are announced.

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Restaurant review: Bounce, 121 Holborn, London EC1

Normally when I'm shown to a far-flung table in a deserted corner by the loos, I'm tempted to complain to the management. But never have I felt more grateful for a Siberian placement than at Bounce, where our table was for table tennis. Thanks to our isolation, the wild flailings, reckless volleys and inter-generational conflict of our family ping-pong game went largely unnoticed by the early adopters who fill this super-cool new bar.

The naked truth: Nadav Kander, Bodies. 6 Women, 1 Man, Flowers Gallery, London

Nadav Kander was inspired by ideas of Elizabethan purity to create these stunning photographic portraits of six nude females and one male. 

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“This is not like one of those Pirandello plays,” mutters Javier Marzan at the end of the first half, shortly after his fellow performers have stormed from the auditorium, “no-one is acting here.”

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