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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.

Money to Burn by Ricardo Piglia, trans. Amanda Hopkinson

The tragic, seamy underbelly of Buenos Aires

Insomnia (15)

Edge of darkness

Sleuth, Apollo Theatre, London

A welcome return to a less kowtowing generation

Film: Double Bill - Will Smith, star of 'Wild Wild West'. released next week, on his ideal cinematic pairing

The Lion King (Dir Roger Allers/ Rob Minkoff, 1994)

A thrilling new fictional form: the bite-size novel

Teddy Carew was an upper-class twit with a streak of evil who liked inflicting pain on girls

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The Week in Review

Theatre Review: Amadeus

Amadeus

Choice: Film: Breaking the Waves

9pm today (6pm Wed); Epidemic, 7pm today (9pm Wed), ICA, Nash House, The Mall, London SW1 (0171-930 3647)

Net Gains: Site unseen

http://www.interlog.com/ couke/hitchcock.html

You'll just die to see this show

'Dial M for Murder' is back. Will the producers make a killing? David Benedict weighs up the evidence

FILMS

In a week of lacklustre new releases, it's time to take stock of some of the year's biggest and best. Speed is unquestionably the year's most exhilarating action picture. Plummeting lifts, driverless tube trains, a bus with a bomb aboard and Kean u Reeves in a crew cut (above): what more could you ask for?

THEATRE / Mother of all murders: Correction

In yesterday's review of 'Butterfly Kiss', the actress Susan Brown was incorrectly billed as Susan Brownowen.
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