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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.

William Boyd to write official James Bond novel

William Boyd, the celebrated author and James Bond enthusiast, is to step into Ian Fleming’s shoes and send Britain’s most famous fictional spy out on a new mission.

Screen Talk: Heche tagged

Anne Heche already has a cult following but now she's got some on-screen members to go with her fan base.

The Flight, By M R Hall

Are you getting weary of forensic pathologists? Writers and TV producers have become pathologist-happy: the profession, on page and screen, has blossomed, and we encounter legions of clue-sifting medical examiners, mostly female.

The Raven (15)

Starring: John Cusack, Alice Eve, Luke Evans, Brendan Gleeson

DVD: The Ides of March

Man-of-the-moment Ryan Gosling stars as an ambitious press officer who works for George Clooney's Obama-like governor during a Democratic primary.

No win, no fee: Ricardo Darin is a dodgy lawyer preying on accident victims

Carancho, Pablo Trapero, 94 mins (12A)
Wanderlust, David Wain, 98 mins (15)
This Means War, McG, 94 mins (12A)

If you don't want to get tangled up with The Vulture, better fasten your seatbelt ...

BBC comic performer Charlie Higson

Fast Show star Charlie Higson considers setting up an online comedy channel

One of the stars behind The Fast Show is considering setting up an online comedy channel following the success of the show’s internet comeback last year.

DVD: In Time, For retail & rental (20th Century Fox)

Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried are lovers on the run in a future world where the rich can stay young for ever, while the poor are killed off when their money runs out.

Tippi Hedren

Tippi Hedren - Hitchcock's caged bird

Tippi Hedren's career was destroyed by the British director's obsession. Yet there was an upside, she tells Geoffrey Macnab

Last night's viewing - Death Unexplained, BBC1; Alex Polizzi: the Fixer, BBC2

It's always pleasing when programmes contain practical advice and Death Unexplained delivered fairly early. It came from the police and was passed on by coroner Alison Thompson: "If by any chance you do kill your partner without meaning to, of course the best thing you can do is actually ring and say you've done it as soon as you can. Once you start prevaricating you've had it." Very understanding, the police. These things happen, just don't tell fibs about it. What's the best thing to do if you meant to kill your partner, they didn't say, but then you can't have everything.

Norwegian UN worker kidnapped in Yemen 

Norway's Foreign Ministry says a Norwegian man who was working for the United Nations has been kidnapped in Yemen. 
 

I had no great aspirations regarding roles: Fowler (left) in John Paddy Carstairs' 'Top of the Form' (1953)

Harry Fowler: Prolific screen actor known for his 'cheerful cockney' characters

The archetypal "cheerful cockney" on screen, Harry Fowler was also the quintessential character actor.

Birgitte Nyborg played by Sidse Babett in a TV debate in Borgen

There is nothing like a Dane

Borgen, a new thriller from the makers of The Killing, centres on a trailblazing female politician. Move over, Sarah Lund, says Gerard Gilbert

Birgitte Nyborg (played by Sidse Babett Knudsen) with her husband (Mikael Birkkjær) in Borgen

Nothing like a Dane: New thriller Borgen centres on a trailblazing female politician

Move over, Sarah Lund, says Gerard Gilbert

Why Britain's got talent once again on the big screen

The renaissance in home-grown films is down to daring directors, says Ben Walsh
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Why Michael Carrick is still proving an enigma for England

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Tracey Neville: The netball coach who is just as busy as her brothers, Gary and Phil

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