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Question Time: Justin Lee Collins

Work: 34, lives with his wife Karen and two young sons, Archie and Harvey

Life: 'The Justin Lee Collins Chat Show' is on Thursdays at 10pm on ITV2

Balance: Reading, watching films, learning the paso doble

Culture: Hold on to the edge of your seat...

In the summer of 1998, a film was released called Deep Impact which boasted the tagline: "Oceans rise. Cities fall. Hope survives." After sitting through its two-hour running time, I decided a more appropriate tagline would be: "Summers come. Movies suck. Hope survives." It is one of the strange paradoxes of the blockbuster season that, no matter how disappointed we are, we always look forward to the following summer with giddy enthusiasm. Some day, we think, Hollywood will get it right.

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Deborah Orr: A toxic legacy in a land the world would prefer to forget

It isn't often that Kyrgyzstan has a moment in the international spotlight, even though the country is home to the genetic parent of all the apples of the planet. But this week, one of the poorest and least visible nations on the planet had 15 seconds of fame.

Ricardo Montalban: Mr Roarke of 'Fantasy Island' who championed Latinos in the film and television industry

The versatile actor, singer and dancer Ricardo Montalban was one of the first Mexicans to become a Hollywood star. Signed by MGM in 1947, he was soon playing "Latin lover" roles opposite the studio's most glamorous stars, including Lana Turner, Esther Williams and Cyd Charisse. On Broadway, he was Lena Horne's fisherman lover in the musical hit Jamaica, for which he received a Tony nomination, and in the film Sweet Charity he displayed a fine sense of parody which he had a chance to develop when he played the deliciously over-the-top Khan in the second Star Trek movie, The Wrath of Khan. He gained a whole new audience when he portrayed the mysterious Mr Roarke, whose opening line, "Welcome to Fantasy Island" introduced the hit television show that ran for six years from 1978. He was also known throughout his career as a tireless campaigner for better opportunities for Mexican actors.

TV Remakes - A Reminder of things past

From Minder and Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em to Beverley Hills, 90210, a whole host of former TV favourites are being remade &ndash; with a twist or two. Gerard Gilbert reports

Why I Love: To boldly go

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Majel Roddenberry: The ultimate Trekkie

Actress, voiceover, producer &ndash; Majel Roddenberry has been on board the Starship Enterprise since it took off and married its creator along the way. Andy McSmith reports on her death

One Click Wonder: Star Trek

Pointy ears at the ready! After a long hiatus from the silver screen, Star Trek is back in the New Year, with &lsquo;Lost&rsquo; creator J J Adams at the helm of a prequel about the young James Kirk and Spock. Here we celebrate all things Trekkie.

It's Star Trek &ndash; but not as we know it

<i>Lost</i> creator's film version of cult sci-fi series features punch-ups, stripping &ndash; and Captain Kirk in a sex scene

Editor-At-Large: Sugar and spice... why have our little girls turned sour?

Young women are becoming more violent in a bid for 'respect', but it's a lack of female role models, not alcohol, that's to blame

Joseph Pevney: Director of journeyman versatility

The film and television director Joseph Pevney had an immensely varied career. First a child performer in vaudeville, he became involved in the left-wing Group Theatre in the Thirties and Forties. In Hollywood, he was an actor before becoming a prolific director at Universal in the Fifties, guiding such stars as James Cagney, Joan Crawford and Frank Sinatra and shaping the talents of three of his studio's young contract players, Tony Curtis, Rock Hudson and Jeff Chandler. Though he excelled at gritty urban thrillers, he could not be pigeon-holed and was equally proficient with exotic eastern adventures, romantic dramas or war stories. Moving into television, he directed episodes of many popular series, including Bonanza and Star Trek. He directed 14 segments of the latter, including at least five of the most celebrated episodes.

UFO alert! Aliens everywhere

A woman was 'abducted', a helicopter 'attacked'. What exactly is going on?

Brian Viner: Elect a leader who doesn't split infinitives

There are several sound reasons to despise the TV commercial launched this week by the Republican presidential candidate John McCain in the hope of undermining his Democratic counterpart, Barack Obama. The ad shows Obama seemingly looking sympathetically at a picture of the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the accompanying message reads: "Is it OK to Unconditionally Meet With Anti-American Foreign Leaders? Elect a Leader With Good Judgment."

Alexander Courage: Composer of the 'Star Trek' theme

Alexander Courage worked in film and television through five decades, but his best-known work was the theme tune to Star Trek. The astonishingly protean orchestrator could equally be said to be the distinctive "voice" of MGM musicals, as well as of composers as various as John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith.

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