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

Gore Vidal (above) has yet to respond to the latest volley from Christopher Hitchens in their increasingly vitriolic feud

Author Gore Vidal dies at 86

Celebrated author, playwright and commentator Gore Vidal has died at the age of 86, his nephew said today.

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Coronation Street star Geoffrey Hughes dies aged 68

Coronation Street and Keeping Up Appearances actor Geoffrey Hughes has died aged 68, his agent said.

Tamm with Tom Baker in 1978

Doctor Who actress Mary Tamm dies

Tributes have been paid to “truly beautiful” Doctor Who actress Mary Tamm, who died today at the age of 62.

Rupert Murdoch quits boards of British papers

News Corp's Rupert Murdoch has stepped down as a director from a string of boards overseeing the Sun, Times and Sunday Times newspapers, the company said in an internal memo on today.

Michael Moore

Alice Jones' Arts Diary: Never one to shy away from a campaign, Michael Moore is embarking on a new mission: to save cinema itself

Next month, the director-provocateur will stage his eighth film festival in his hometown, Traverse City, Michigan.

Homeland to battle Downton for top Emmys

America's love affair with British television drama continues to flourish after a host of UK talent received Emmy nominations, with Downton Abbey leading the charge.

Downton and Mad Men go head-to-head in Emmys

A humble housemaid will take on a blue-blooded dowager in the battle for a prestigious TV honour after Downton Abbey led the British pack at the Emmy Awards nominations.

Giant TVs 'bring families together'

Giant TV screens have helped to bring families back together in the living room, new research suggests.

Julie Walters attends the world premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2

Julie Walters hits out at TV talent shows

Screen star Julie Walters has hit out at the makers of TV talent shows, accusing them of exploiting contestants.

Jonathan Ross to become cartoon star

Jonathan Ross is to become a cartoon character in TV hit Phineas And Ferb.

Jenny Agutter, Laura Main, Miranda Hart, George Rainsford and Pam Ferris in Call The Midwife

Midwives bicycle across the pond in Downton Abbey's wake

American viewers couldn't get enough of the class snobbery and grandeur of Downton Abbey. But will the misery of the East End's post-war slums prove quite as appealing when Call The Midwife becomes the latest British drama to cross the Atlantic?

Top earners cost BBC £16m

The BBC paid more than £16 million to top talent in 2011/12, according to its accounts.

Observations: Holiday horror comes to Britain

Looking for a summer break you won't forget in a hurry? How about spending the weekend screaming and running through a Lancashire campsite at the UK's first “immersive horror” holiday?

TV host stuns Turkey: 'I'd let my husband have another wife'

A television talk show host has sparked outrage in Turkey by saying she believes polygamy should be legalised because "it is written in the Koran".

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