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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

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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.

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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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Evolution of swimwear

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Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

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Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

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One man's day in high heels

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Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

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King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

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More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

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Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

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Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine