Moonfleet (Sky 1) - TV review

There a reunion of old acting chums on Sky1 on Saturday. With Scum alumni Ray Winstone and Phil Daniels both aboard, this adaptation of J Meade Falkner’s 1898 swashbuckler Moonfleet should have been a right old Cockney knees-up. It wasn’t, unfortunately.

Biyi Bandele has made the eight-part series Shuga with funding from media giant Viacom, depicting sexual risk-taking among students in Nigeria's capital

Shuga: The TV series that's getting people talking about HIV in Nigeria is made by Brixton-based film director Biyi Bandele

Film director Biyi Bandele’s eight-part series is seen as having a critical role in changing attitudes to sexual health

2013 - the year in review: The best films of the year

Blue Jasmine

Last Tango in Halifax renewed for a third series

Sally Wainwright's hit BBC drama about Celia and Alan will be back in late 2014

Among old people, more than half live alone, 17 per cent are in contact with family, friends and neighbours less than once a week, and almost five million say the television is their main form of company

Newspaper Christmas Appeals: The elephants and the elderly

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Paul Giamatti as Harold Levinson and Poppy Drayton as Madeline in Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey Christmas Special TV Review: Christmas at Downton was a bit of a post-turkey snooze

There was a time when the Downton Abbey Christmas special might involve a lady revealing she was up the duff by the chauffeur, or a much-loved character croaking it in a car accident. This year, it was as if, chastened by reactions to their rape storyline, the writers were determined to include nothing even mildly dramatic. If you were looking for a good time to fit in that post-turkey snooze, 8.30pm till 10.30pm was your window.

To the manor born: Matthew Rhys and Anna Maxwell Martin on the set of ‘Death Comes to Pemberley'

Love is in the air as Pride and Prejudice's iconic characters Darcy and Elizabeth return in Death Comes to Pemberley

It was daunting to play them, Matthew Rhys and Anna Maxwell Martin tell Gerard Gilbert 

What Christmas TV classic most resembles your family Christmas?

The Grace Dent Christmas Questionnaire

Take this simple questionnaire and decide the time frame in which it’s permissible to bid your kin goodbye

Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) preview, which was followed by a Q&A session. According to actress Hope Holiday, Scorsese was harangued with comments of “shame on you” and “disgusting”

Martin Scorsese heckled at the Academy screening of The Wolf of Wall Street

According to actress Hope Holiday, Scorsese was harangued with comments of “shame on you” and “disgusting”

Men inspect the rubble in the Egyptian city of Mansoura, north of Cairo, following a powerful explosion

At least 14 dead in explosion at security headquarters in Egypt

The suspected car bomb left hundreds wounded in the city north of Cairo

The View from the Train: Cities & Other Landscapes By Patrick Keiller: book review - A delightful journey in search of Britain's urban hinterlands

Arthur Rimbaud's shimmering poetry collection, Illuminations, was partly inspired by his visit to London in 1872. Brocaded with a dizzy-making imagery of subways, viaducts, raised canals, bridges and steam engines, the poems are thrillingly metropolitan. Accompanied by his lover Paul Verlaine, Rimbaud noted down all he heard and saw. In some ways, Illuminations can be read as a poetic gloss on Karl Marx’s Das Kapital: the London masses as seen by the 19th-century French poet are alienated by “economic horrors” and “feel no need to know one another”.

The Whitaker's Quiz of the Year: Round 11 - Books

1. Who was revealed to be the real author of The Cuckoo’s Calling, written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith?

Family and friends mourned the passing of late actor Peter O’Toole at a private ceremony in London over the weekend.

Peter O’Toole’s funeral: Sian Phillips, Sting among mourners at private London service

The Lawrence of Arabia star passed away aged 81 on 14 December after suffering a long illness

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