Arts and Entertainment Pen pals: Vanessa Redgrave and Olivia Colman in 'The Thirteenth Tale'

Lots of good stories start like this: an overcast sky, a lone woman pulling up the gravel driveway of a large house and a frowning housekeeper waiting on the doorstep to meet her. This feature-length adaptation Diane Setterfield's novel The Thirteenth Tale (BBC2) had all the makings of an atmospheric gothic horror, and it didn't disappoint.

Hurt Locker helps distributor scale new heights

Kathryn Bigelow may be the toast of Hollywood, but behind the scenes, the night’s biggest winner was a group of low-profile executives at a small but increasingly-influential film company called Summit Entertainment.

Vanessa Redgrave to receive outstanding contribution BAFTA

Veteran screen star Vanessa Redgrave is to be honoured for her long movie career at this month's Baftas with the top award of the Academy Fellowship.

Curiosities of Literature, By John Sutherland

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Ghosts, Octagon Theatre, Bolton

For his second production at Bolton Octagon, David Thacker has returned to Ghosts, Ibsen's scathing commentary on 19th-century morality. His earlier production, in the 1980s, starring Vanessa Redgrave and Tom Wilkinson, won an Olivier. This latest revival – sometimes fascinatingly watchable yet also frustratingly mediocre – is unlikely to win it many new admirers, far less awards.

Ian Craig: Lobby journalist for the 'Liverpool Echo' and 'Manchester Evening News' for more than two decades

The sudden death of Ian Craig, who was a stalwart of the Westminster press lobby for more than 25 years, has generated a stream of tributes unusual both in their number and in their warmth.

Thomas Sutcliffe: Spare me this theatrical piety

Sitting in the Lyttelton Theatre the other day, watching the first night of Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking, I was momentarily distracted from what was happening in front of me by something going on behind me, namely an audible mutter of rebuke from one theatre-goer at the noisy bronchial honking of another. I don't know whether Vanessa Redgrave noticed, up on stage, but quite a lot of the rest of us did – and I'm told the offending party issued not a peep or a snort for the rest of the performance – embarrassment having effected a mucosal clearage that repeated coughing could not.

First Night: The Year Of Magical Thinking, Lyttelton, National Theatre, London

Emotive Redgrave lacking in magical quality of diffidence

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Play him as a twerp, Olivier says

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