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Canadian popstar beat both Beyonce and Kate Middleton to take the top spot in the UK, moving up from fifth place in 2012

Fantasy island: Tim Walker looks forward to one last helping of Lost

On the evening of 22 September 2004, Lost exploded into the viewing schedules of unsuspecting television audiences like a jetliner crash-landing on an empty beach. That opening scene, in which 48 survivors escaped the flaming wreckage of said plane on said beach, has never really been surpassed in the five series since. But if, like me, you were sucked into the show's Lord of the Flies-on-acid intricacies, you'll find it bittersweet to think that the invulnerable smoke monsters, the involuntary time travel and the interminable Jack/Kate/Sawyer love triangle are finally coming to an end, with the show's sixth and final season beginning next Friday night.

Long live Hooky St: Del Boy prequel shows that best TV never dies

All good things must come to an end; except, it seems, good television. Tonight, almost 20 years after the series officially ended, the long-anticipated prequel to Only Fools and Horses – voted Britain's favourite ever sitcom – will be screened on BBC 1.

Tally ho! Hunt supporters turn out in force

Tory plans for an open vote spur on Boxing Day hunters as Labour calls for renewed defence of foxes

DVDs: a feast of high drama and animation

From teenage vampires to sweary spin doctors, Ben Walsh offers his selection of the best of the year's television and film on disc

The truth is out there: 21/11/2009

A weekly look at the world

DVD: Star Trek (12)

James T Kirk hotwires cars and gets into bar brawls; Spock loses his cool and tries to strangle Kirk to death.

Will Ferrell tops list of 'over-rated' film stars

As revenues slump, big names struggle to justify million-dollar paypackets

'Star Trek Online' beams gamers to the bridge

The most iconic setting in Star Trek almost didn't make it into the series' online video game.

DVD: Star Trek XI, (Paramount)

This Star Trek prequel, directed by J J Abrams (Lost, Alias), has a host of young actors filling in for Shatner, Nimoy, et al.

Poisoned chalice: A band of brave authors has taken on the unenviable task of writing sequels to classics such as Winnie-the-Pooh

'Hitchhiker's Guide', 'Winnie-the-Pooh', 'Where the Wild Things Are' – sacred cows all. Yet a band of brave authors has written their sequels. What's driving this explosion in the 'update' genre? And are the results as outstanding as fans will demand?

Tinnitus: The noise that annoys

Ringing, buzzing and humming in the ears can be torture for tinnitus sufferers like me, writes Enjoli Liston. But at last there's hope of a cure

Blind Dating (15)

Chris Pine is now famous as Star Trek's new Captain Kirk, which is why this earlier vehicle is seeing the light of day. A messy collision of zany rom-com and Disease of the Week melodrama, it stars Pine as a blind man who, well, goes dating.

Fry's English Delight, Radio 4

Frying tonight – the English language and all those who abuse it

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Sienna Miller stars in a summer blockbuster which is an 11-year-old boy's fantasy
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Giants Club: After wholesale butchery of Idi Amin's regime, Uganda’s giants flourish once again

Uganda's giants are flourishing once again

After the wholesale butchery of Idi Amin's regime, elephant populations are finally recovering
The London: After 350 years, the riddle of Britain's exploding fleet is finally solved

After 350 years, the riddle of Britain's exploding fleet is finally solved

Archaeologists will recover a crucial item from the wreck of the London which could help shed more light on what happened in the vessel's final seconds
Airbus has patented a jet that could fly from London to New York in one hour

Airbus has patented a jet that could fly from London to New York in one hour

The invention involves turbojets and ramjets - a type of jet engine - and a rocket motor
10 best sun creams for kids

10 best sun creams for kids

Protect delicate and sensitive skin with products specially formulated for little ones
Tate Sensorium: New exhibition at Tate Britain invites art lovers to taste, smell and hear art

Tate Sensorium

New exhibition at Tate Britain invites art lovers to taste, smell and hear art
Ashes 2015: Nice guy Steven Finn is making up for lost time – and quickly

Nice guy Finn is making up for lost time – and quickly

He was man-of-the-match in the third Test following his recall to the England side
Ashes 2015: Remember Ashton Agar? The No 11 that nearly toppled England

Remember Ashton Agar?

The No 11 that nearly toppled England
Turkey-Kurdish conflict: Obama's deal with Ankara is a betrayal of Syrian Kurds and may not even weaken Isis

US betrayal of old ally brings limited reward

Since the accord, the Turks have only waged war on Kurds while no US bomber has used Incirlik airbase, says Patrick Cockburn
VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but doubts linger over security

'A gift from Egypt to the rest of the world'

VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but is it really needed?
Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, applauds a man who clearly has more important things on his mind
The male menopause and intimations of mortality

Aches, pains and an inkling of mortality

So the male menopause is real, they say, but what would the Victorians, 'old' at 30, think of that, asks DJ Taylor
Man Booker Prize 2015: Anna Smaill - How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?

'How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?'

Man Booker Prize nominee Anna Smaill on the rise of Kiwi lit
Bettany Hughes interview: The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems

Bettany Hughes interview

The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems
Art of the state: Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China

Art of the state

Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China
Mildreds and Vanilla Black have given vegetarian food a makeover in new cookbooks

Vegetarian food gets a makeover

Long-time vegetarian Holly Williams tries to recreate some of the inventive recipes in Mildreds and Vanilla Black's new cookbooks