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Susan Sarandon takes on Unicef role

SUSAN SARANDON, the socially conscious film actress, has been appointed a special representative of the United Nations Children's Fund.

Christmas Shows: It's panto time, kids! Oh no it isn't...

From Widow Twankey to `no room at the inn', Christmas shows are back. What's best, the old-fashioned or the new-fangled approach? By Paul Taylor

Film- The Big Picture: It's great to be straight


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`Vagina Monologues': back to basics on St Valentine's Day

FORGET ROSES and candlelight. When some of the world's most talented women got together on St Valentine's Day yesterday all they wanted to do was talk about vaginas.

Cinema: Also Showing - Girlfriend in a bobble hat

Stepmom (12) Two Girls and a Guy (15) Very Bad Things (18) A Man and a Woman (PG)

He who lives by the score

Elmer Bernstein has written some of the most famous film scores in history, not least those for The Great Escape and The Magnificent Seven. But what exactly is it that makes soundtrack music great? If anyone knows, Elmer will know.

Fathers: Dads army

More and more fathers are choosing to stay at home to look after the kids full-time - and they're not all New Men in touch with their feminine side.

Films: More sex please, we're British

Two films intent on exploring the reality of passion in the Nineties can't escape finger-wagging Sixties morality.

Film: Tinseltown embraces the strong woman

Catherine von Ruhland looks at the latest tradition in Hollywood heroines - all heart and no hairdo

'Dead Man Walking' nun begs mercy for woman on death row

Sister Helen Prejean has little hope that Karla Faye Tucker, the Texas death row inmate scheduled for execution today, will be spared. But, as she tells our correspondent, she hopes that her death will do some good by forcing Americans to think more deeply about the death penalty.

Choice: Film double-bill

Thelma and Louise & The Full Monty, King's Lynn Arts Centre, (01553 773578) 7pm & 8.40pm What can one say about Susan Sarandon, other than she's probably the First Woman of American Cinema. She makes weak films watchable and faced with a good script like this, or the great Bull Durham, she is magnetic. She's particularly good at sly humour but when it comes to mixing vulgarity and vulnerability, no-one can touch her. This is partly to do with her relaxed quality on screen. She also gets my vote for having had the dignity and grace to reject the face-lift option. In the pretty dreadful The Client, the camera hugs her worn, angry, beautifully-lined face. In Hollywood, that's worse than going buck naked. This movie famously teamed her up with Geena Davis (it was the latter's breakthrough). See it alongside British cinema's most successful picture in tonight's double-bill advertised as Girl's Night Out.

Interview: Robert Wyatt The only way is up when you've hit rock bottom

Robert Wyatt has `had a bad Nineties' but has emerged from his depression with an exquisite new album. He talks to Phil Johnson about nostalgia, coping with disability and why he'll die with `Marxist-Leninist' inscribed on his heart.

Film interview: The inscrutable in pursuit of the unspeakable

There is nothing particularly sweet about the central character of `The Sweet Hereafter', the latest film from Atom Egoyan. Here the Canadian director tells Geoffrey Macnab why he feels such an affinity with arch manipulators
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HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?
How we must adjust our lifestyles to nature: Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch

Time to play God

Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch where we may need to redefine nature itself
MacGyver returns, but with a difference: Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman

MacGyver returns, but with a difference

Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman
Tunnel renaissance: Why cities are hiding roads down in the ground

Tunnel renaissance

Why cities are hiding roads underground
'Backstreet Boys - Show 'Em What You're Made Of': An affectionate look at five middle-aged men

Boys to men

The Backstreet Boys might be middle-aged, married and have dodgy knees, but a heartfelt documentary reveals they’re not going gently into pop’s good night
Crufts 2015: Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?

Crufts 2015

Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?
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Manchester City 1 Barcelona 2 player ratings: Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man?

Manchester City vs Barcelona player ratings

Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man at the Etihad?
Arsenal vs Monaco: Monaco - the making of Gunners' manager Arsene Wenger

Monaco: the making of Wenger

Jack Pitt-Brooke speaks to former players and learns the Frenchman’s man-management has always been one of his best skills
Cricket World Cup 2015: Chris Gayle - the West Indies' enigma lives up to his reputation

Chris Gayle: The West Indies' enigma

Some said the game's eternal rebel was washed up. As ever, he proved he writes the scripts by producing a blistering World Cup innings
In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare and murky loyalties prevails

In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare

This war in the shadows has been going on since the fall of Mr Yanukovych
'Birdman' and 'Bullets Over Broadway': Homage or plagiarism?

Homage or plagiarism?

'Birdman' shares much DNA with Woody Allen's 'Bullets Over Broadway'
Broadchurch ends as damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

A damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

Broadchurch, Series 2 finale, review
A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower: inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

Inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower