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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.

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JONATHAN AND THE YOUNG METEORS.

The World's End is nigh

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Yates (Paula), Camus and Eco ... thoughts on a dream team

What is the midfielder telling the world about himself? He is the party host who fades into the background when the speeches are made, the hard-working office manager who is the first to congratulate those less talented than him on their promotion. Ill at ease with his own success, he is a facilitator, an enabler, with a strong sense of family. Many nurses are midfielders. On the pitch, he is Batto, Robbo, Wisey. Off the pitch, Umberto Eco, Dr Johnson, Vanessa Redgrave, Mark Knopfler, Saatchi and Saatchi.

Zinnemann dies at 89

Fred Zinnermann, the Oscar-winning film director who dramatised issues of conscience in films including High Noon, A Man for All Seasons and Julia, died on Friday at his home in London, writes Matt Wolf of Associated Press.

PASSED/FAILED: Lucinda Lambton

Lucinda Lambton, 53, is a writer, broadcaster and photographer. She will present the fourth in the BBC2 series `Travels with Pevsner'.which starts this Saturday, `Temples of Convenience' and `Chambers of Delight' appear next month as a one-volume paperback. `Lucinda Lambton's Alphabet of Britain' is the book of her previous television series.

Mission impossible

Roger Dobson meets the Tory woman who says she can win the safest Labour seat in the country writes

Now all the heroes have hard drives

Suddenly, booting up is very big at the box office. But Hollywood's attempt to get wired has had comic consequences

No sneezing please, we're British

Paul Binding reflects on the significance of hay fever and the shortcomings of the Condition-of-England novel

A NEW PEAK FOR EVEREST

Mission: Impossible, most fashionable movie of the summer, has spawned an unlikely new hero: the tailor Timothy Everest, creator of the film's discreet but impossibly sophisticated grey suits

A little shaken, but not stirred

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Why Gambon isn't big enough for States over 3 deckys hy

Equity rules: Producer condemns eccentric decision as leading actor fails to land Broadway role because he lacks `star status'

US BOX-OFFICE CHART

The season of the blockbusters has descended upon America. The daddy of them all, Mission: Impossible has, predictably, gone straight to the top of the charts, opening on 3,012 screens across the country. It's released here on 5 July. This takes the wind out of the tornado thriller Twister. The lame James Bond spoof Spy Hard makes a surprisingly good showing. It opened here and in the US on the same day, a trick distributors play to capitalise on business before word gets around of how bad a film is. (All figures denote weekend box-office only)

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OBITUARY : Robert Bolt

The author of A Man for All Seasons and the writer of the screenplays for Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago, Robert Bolt occupied a place in the history of the modern British theatre that is difficult to define. He belonged to no school, but continued a tradition that was declining when he began to write, revived it and took it forward to new successes.
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