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Snooker: Higgins shines on return in Germany

John Higgins quickly found his form after returning to the game at the European Players Tour Championship in Hamm, Germany last night, beating Martin Gould 4-3 to reach the last 16.

The Bargain Hunter: Nothing shirt of the best

The mid-season sale at Joules Clothing is now on, with up to 50 per cent off selected lines and three-for-two discounts on accessories available online. For the full range of sale items, including some fantastic deals on men's sweatshirts and polo shirts, head over to http://ind.pn/bcTowf. The sale ends on 5 November.

Diary: Gladwell's new Entourage

Malcolm Gladwell, The New Yorker's eclectically barbered thinker-in-chief, is to turn his hand to a discipline in which he has somewhat fewer than 10,000 hours of experience: television production. The bestselling non-fiction writer (one of whose theories is that a genius requires 10,000 hours of practice to master his or her craft) has teamed up with "Marky" Mark Wahlberg to produce a drama series for HBO set during the Cold War. According to the Deadline Hollywood blog, the unnamed project will be based in Berlin, and "centers on a missionary who becomes involved in the CIA". It's not yet clear how much creative input the pair will have in the show. Wahlberg has past form at HBO, having produced the hipster "dramedies" Entourage and How To Make It In America, as well as the amply funded new Prohibition-era drama, Boardwalk Empire, with Martin Scorsese. Gladwell, on the other hand, has just one IMDb credit to his name so far, as co-writer on a TV movie unpromisingly titled Runaway Virus.

DVD: A Single Man (15)

To lose a partner is to lose two lives. The key to recovering from such a grievous blow is knowing that we have more than one life.

DVD: A Single Man

Colin Firth stars in Tom Ford’s adaptation of the Christopher Isherwood novel, playing a bereaved professor who’s planning his suicide over the course of a day in early- 1960s California.

My Secret Life: Matthew Williamson, 38

My parents were... supportive, creative and inspiring. My mother was an optical receptionist and my father had his own television sales company.

Snooker: O'Sullivan has spring in his step

Multiple champion wants to mark father's impending release from prison with title

Sapphic psychos: Do films denigrate lesbians?

Critics say gay women are still screen villains, but men get a much better deal

Gay actors: an open and shut closet

Many actors have recently and successfully played gay characters. So why, asks James Mottram, are there so few openly gay stars?

Dutch duo behind Fantastic Man launch sister title

They started with a porn magazine. Then came a much-imitated men's style bible. As the Dutch duo behind 'Fantastic Man' launch a sister title, Caroline Roux finds out how they gave print an original gloss

Ford drives Leeds off the bottom

Leeds 19 Saracens 12

A Single Man, By Christopher Isherwood

Reviews of Tom Ford's film adaptation of A Single Man suggest that the fashion designer hasn't quite captured the depth of Christopher Isherwood's slight, but angry and affecting 1964 novel.

Tom Sutcliffe: I miss the shock of the new

It's traditional to adopt a knowingly superior attitude to the first English reviewers of Ibsen's Ghosts – The Daily Telegraph's apoplectic response having a place of honour when it comes to furious fulmination. The play, that paper's critic famously wrote, is "an open drain: a loathsome sore unbandaged; a dirty act done publically". He went on to condemn its "almost putrid indecorum". His colleagues weren't a lot kinder, either. "Revoltingly suggestive and blasphemous," wrote one. "As foul and filthy a concoction as has ever been allowed to disgrace the boards of an English theatre," concluded another. And, as I say, our response to these accounts of what has become a play you could safely take a maiden aunt to, is expected to be mocking or pitying. Sitting watching the latest London production at the Duchess Theatre the other night, though, I found myself envying that early audience.

Liz Hoggard: Hail the unassuming British hero

Colin Firth, Carey Mulligan, Amy Williams ... they make you proud

Baftas go to Hollywood

American actors and directors are likely to dominate tonight's awards, leaving few chances for British nominees
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Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

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Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
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Murder of Japanese hostage has grim echoes of another killing

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Syria crisis: Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more refugees as one young mother tells of torture by Assad regime

Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

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The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back – with promising results

The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
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'In Auschwitz you got used to anything'

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Autumn/winter menswear 2015: The uniforms that make up modern life come to the fore

Autumn/winter menswear 2015

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'I'm gay, and plan to fight military homophobia'

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