Arts and Entertainment Fans will be excited by the new that Game of Thrones is due back on screens in April

The fantasy drama will return on 6 April with yet more gruesome scenes

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Guy Pearce and Katie Holmes are renovating a gothic mansion when Pearce's young daughter spots the scuttling goblins which live in the basement.

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Bailee Madison's Sally, a gloomy, medicated and inquisitive eight-year-old, has been sent to live with her architect father, Alex (Guy Pearce), and his new partner, Kim (Katie Holmes), at spooky Blackwood Manor.

Medical drama House, starring Hugh Laurie, will not be resuscitated after the current season

House finally hangs up his stethoscope

After eight years, Hugh Laurie calls time on the most popular television doctor in the world. Nick Clark reports.

Hugh Laurie plays the cantankerous doctor in House

The doctor has left the building: after 177 shows, Laurie brings the House down

After eight years of diagnosing some of the world's rarest diseases, Hugh Laurie is to hang up his stethoscope. The current season of House will be his last, the producers have revealed.

Chinese police chief may be seeking asylum

The former police chief of a major Chinese city has disappeared from sight amid rumours he is seeking US asylum following a quarrel with one of China's most powerful local politicians.

Matthew Bennett, frontman with Birmingham band The Musgraves

Diary: Chauvinism on tap brews up a Commons row

Someone call Louise Mensch. Top Totty has been banned from Parliament. "Disturbing" (Equality for Shadows Minister Kate Green) and "Outrageous" (full-time tweeter Sally Bercow) were among the measured reactions to the sale of a bawdily named guest beer in the Strangers Bar at Westminster. It was the "picture of a nearly naked woman on the tap" that so moved Ms Green to raise the matter in the Mother (outrageous!) of all parliaments. "I would very much regret it if any offensive pictures were on display in any part of the House," remarked Leader of the House Sir George Young. The beer – hoppy, with an initial burst of bitterness – is no longer on sale.

Tomasin, front right, with the cast of Upstairs, Downstairs in 1973

Jenny Tomasin: Actress best known for 'Upstairs, Downstairs'

The role of Ruby Finch, the dim-witted, put-upon scullery maid in Upstairs, Downstairs forever dreaming of running away with Rudolph Valentino, brought Jenny Tomasin fame worldwide. The familiar cry of "Oh, Ruby!" from the Bellamy household's cook, Mrs Bridges, in response to the accident-prone servant's clumsiness, was perhaps the closest the saga came to having a catchphrase.

The former Speaker Newt Gingrich celebrates his win in South Carolina with his wife Callista

Gingrich heads for Florida with new belief

Stunning underdog win in South Carolina puts Romney's supremacy in doubt

Katy Perry leads People's choice winners

Katy Perry has won the most People's Choice Awards at the 38th annual fan-favourite extravaganza, but viewers would not have known it from watching the ceremony.

Downton delivers the one present its devotees wanted

Christmas TV review

The great Christmas Eve quiz

The presents are under the tree, which means that it's time to try your hand at Simon O'Hagan's fiendish brainteaser. If you dare...

Race on for top spot as singles sales soar again

The race for the Christmas No 1 gets under way in earnest today, marking the climax of a record-breaking year for singles sales.

Crawling crabs sidle into UK to pinch festive sales

A toy crab which has taken the US by storm is be launched in the UK in time for Christmas, the toy distributor Character said yesterday. The group hopes XiaXia, pronounced ShaSha and developed by the creators of ZhuZhu Pets, will help to prop up sales amid a tough festive toy market.

In action for Barnet against Arsenal

John Megicks: Too much too young for prodigy

West Ham and Spurs battled for John Megicks' signature when he was six. Two years later, he starred in 'Football's Dream Factory'. A decade on, he plays for Wingate and Finchley in the Ryman Premier League. Sam Wallace tracks him down

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