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The actors are pictured lying on an autopsy in David Pincher's creepy cover

Grave new world: There's a sombre new mood in the arts world

The 'South Bank Show' with Melvyn Bragg may be ending, but across the arts there is suddenly a hunger for serious fare, says David Lister

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, By Stieg Larsson, trans Reg Keeland

In 2004 the Swedish writer Stieg Larsson, died after delivering a trilogy of thrillers to his publisher. His posthumous debut scaled the bestseller lists, and, if you can indulge his taste for corporate cover-ups, you can see why.

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Henning Mankell: Hot and cold

He is revered as a crime writer in Sweden – and as a theatre director in Mozambique. Now his greatest creation is about to hit our TV screens

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, By Stieg Larsson

A classic odd-couple detective duo head to a Swedish island to solve a 30-year-old mystery

Peter Grimes, Opera North, On Tour<br/> Whirlwind, Streetwise Opera, The Sage, Gateshead<br/> Les Noces / Oedipus Rex, CBSO Symphony Hall, Birmingham

Phyllida Lloyd's production of Peter Grimes is an unnerving examination of communal hysteria. Where Britten romanticised the man who "chose from man to hide", Lloyd leaves the question of Grimes's guilt unanswered, instead focusing on the claustrophic hell of George Crabbe's embittered analogue for Aldeburgh, The Borough. That the setting is modern is immaterial. If the workhouse system has vanished, there are still parentless children who die in the care of those to whom their lives are entrusted, and still mobs to avenge them.

MoD: war on two fronts leaves Army 'critically weakened'

The British Army suffers from "critical weaknesses" to the point that, it is "almost impossible" to fulfil commitments in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a Ministry of Defence briefing document obtained by The Independent on Sunday.

Terence Blacker: The life of a celebrity toddler is not an enviable one

In a landmark decision, a judge decrees that the child can stay with his adoptive parents, provided he gives 30 per cent of his fame to his father
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Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
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Deaf community outraged by La Famille Bélier

The new film tells the story of a deaf-mute farming family and is being touted as this year's Amelie
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Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

The batsman has grown disillusioned after England’s Ashes debacle and allegations linking him to the Pietersen affair
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Susie Wolff: A driving force in battle for equality behind the wheel

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