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Something unusual happened on American television last week: a drama finished its first season with all the loose ends tied up. There were no cliffhangers. No teasing hints at stories to come. The show in question was Hostages, which started on Channel 4 last night, and it is adding to the stirrings of a television revolution.

DVD & Blu-ray review: I, Anna (15)

Barnaby Southcombe DVD/Blu-ray (91mins)

Also showing: The Gatekeepers, Simon Killer, Flying Blind and First Position

The Gatekeepers (101 mins, 15)

One Minute With: Dorothy Koomson, novelist

Where are you know and what can you see?

The Weekend's Viewing: Given that one plutocrat a day is dying, I would have thought the killings might have prompted the deployment of the Swedish army

Arne Dahl: The Blinded Man, Sat, BBC4 // Nick Hewer: Countdown to Freetown, Sun, Channel 4

Review: The Schism, By Robert Dickinson

The strange tale of a man with demons

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Stoke frustrated at Robert Huth suspension in light of Callum McManaman incident

The Potters centre-back was given a retrospective three-match suspension on the basis of video evidence

Bath Literature Festival: Stories from the Fringe

PD James: Pride and waspishness

It infiltrates all parts of modern life, but how to deal with passive aggressive behaviour?

The phenomenon was first recognised as a pattern during the Second World War

Silent witness: Arthur Budzinski holds up a ‘Most Wanted’ flyer for Father Lawrence Murphy, his former schoolmaster

Film review: Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier ... Pope: This real-life conspiracy is worthy of le Carré

DVD review: Looper

Like a melancholy remake of The Terminator, Looper stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a hitman whose targets have been sent back to him from the future ... which is fine until he finds himself face to face with his older self (Bruce Willis).

A Sentinel Airborne Stand Off Radar (ASTOR) Aircraft from No. 5 (AC) Squadron, RAF Waddington has been deployed as an RAF surveillance aircraft in support of the French military action in Mali

RAF sends spy jet to aid Mali action

An RAF surveillance aircraft has been deployed in support of the French military action in Mali, the Ministry of Defence said.

IoS Books of the Year: Page-turners

Jaw-dropping turns and killer twists

2. Let’s hope canny Pulis gets the best out of Owen<br/>
Michael Owen’s arrival at Stoke is intriguing for many reasons. It is further evidence that Tony Pulis, that canny operator, is changing his team’s style. It is confirmation of Stoke’s status as an established top-flight club, and raises the prospect of Owen enjoying an Indian summer to a career that once promised to be among the game’s most glittering but has long been in sad decline. Anyone who remembers the joy Owen brought to the game as an 18-year-old will hope the move is a success for all parties.

Stoke striker Michael Owen 'raring to go'

Former England international has not played since October

Last night's viewing - The Town, ITV1; China’s Ant People, BBC4

A young, clever, troubled girl finds solace from an oppressive mother in the local library, where she begins to read through the fiction stock in alphabetical order. Which end of the alphabet would you suggest she started at for maximum consolation? In this (though in almost nothing else), the young Jeanette Winterson took the conventional route, beginning at A.

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Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

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Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
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Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

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Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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