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Animal Kingdom recorded their haunting, hypnotic debut album Signs and Wonders with Fleet Foxes' producer Phil Ek in Seattle. But their heart remains firmly in London thanks to a certain bakery, they tell Alexia Loundras

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I shall not be tuning into Gordon Brown's TV interview tomorrow. And it has nothing to do with the lateness of the hour or my strong aversion to the interviewer, former Mirror editor Piers Morgan.

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Actor Alan Davies' has become a father for the first time, he said today.

Samuel Johnson, By Peter Martin

Tackling the best known of all biographical subjects is a tall order, but Martin has achieved an enthralling and original portrait. Despite his Stephen Fry-like celebrity ("I believe there is hardly a day in which there is not something about me in the papers"), Johnson emerges as sad and afflicted, in keeping with his dark reflection shortly before death on "the general disease of my life".

Tweetness and light as Fry ends Twitter spat

Actor apologises in 'sheepish' return to micro-blogging site after 12-hour retirement sparked by 'boring' jibe

Murderland, ITV1<br/>Modern Family, Sky 1

Robbie Coltrane makes a welcome return, but haven't we seen this character somewhere before?

Howard Jacobson: Our standing up for minorities is nothing if it's merely special pleading

Can we censure people for saying hateful things in language that is itself hateful?

'Doctors can't be depressed'

What happens when a medic has a mental health problem? Dr Liz Miller found out the hard way

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The most exciting aspect of this year's Fringe is the number of quality debut solo shows. Two of the best come from overseas visitors, the Australian comedian Celia Pacquola and Canadian Pete Johansson, and another from other-worldly Englishman Jonny Sweet.

Howard Jacobson: Hark the distant angels sing, plucking a tune on just four strings

We laugh at the heroic in away that would be impossible if we did not venerate it

I'm a gym convert, says slimmed-down Stephen Fry



Stephen Fry has slimmed down with a diet and tough fitness regime despite the fact he is still recovering from a bad break to his arm.

Silenced, the writer who dared to say chiropractice is bogus

Support grows for author facing crippling libel action for attack on spinal treatment
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