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The Weekend’s Viewing: Living the dream (the National Trust way)

Inside the National Trust, Sun, ITV / Celebrity Wedding Planner, Fri, Channel 5

The Fashion Audit: Slippery feet / Downton pouts / American bride

What we love, we're not sure about, we're buying and can't wait for...

How will Breaking Bad end? Seven ridiculous theories about 'Felina'

Spoiler alert: Seven ways Breaking Bad might end... but probably won't

Wedding was 'owl' a bit much for Darcey the ring bearing bird

Bride and groom were left stranded at the alter as Darcey the night owl slept through the wedding day

Caring Conservatives? It won't be easy for Iain Duncan Smith to shake the toxic tag

The Work and Pensions Secretary is labouring to reshape the Tory image

Could panda poo provide the answer to the world's energy crisis?

Diary: Ask a silly question, Tony Blair and Barack Obama’s surprising link and a poet cornered

Was the downfall of Richard III caused by a strawberry? Could panda poo provide a solution to the global energy crisis? For years now I have collected Questions to Which the Answer Is No.

Batwoman can't have lesbian wedding 'because heroes shouldn't have happy personal lives'

DC Comics' co-publisher responds to the furore after Batwoman co-authors resign

Sir Patrick Stewart tweeted a picture of himself with new wife Sunny Ozell accompanied by the caption:

Luvvies, actually: Sir Ian McKellen marries X-Men co-star Sir Patrick Stewart (Well, he officiates at the wedding to Sunny Ozell, that is...)

Sir Ian McKellen is believed to have married fellow theatrical knight of the realm Sir Patrick Stewart. Sir Ian conducted the ceremony at his friend Sir Patrick’s nuptials to jazz singer Sunny Ozell this weekend, that is.

The Feral Beast: Dave's in a fizz, splashed cash at the Beeb, and a nasty shock for Godfrey Bloom

His days with the Bollinger-swilling Bullingdon Club are the ones David Cameron would most like us to forget. So the PM must be less than thrilled that one of his oldest friends, Peter Czernin, is making a film about the infamous drinking club, timed for release just before the election. Czernin, heir to the Howard de Walden millions, was Dave's first flatmate in London. He is now a film producer, whose hits include The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. His latest project is Posh, a film adaptation of Laura Wade's hit stage play. The film, scheduled for release next year, features rising stars Max Irons, Freddie Fox and Douglas Booth as members of the Riot Club, a thinly veiled parody of the "Buller". The movie has already caused some controversy after winning a £1m grant from the British Film Council. Tory MPs were incensed that taxpayers' money should be used to fund a film that will clearly embarrass the Prime Minister. "This looks like revenge for George Osborne cutting film-industry subsidies," snorted Tory MP Angie Bray. Let's hope Pete and Dave can stay on speakers.

Seat of power: the Victoria Inn sits on the Holkham estate

Room service: A Norfolk icon that is easy to digest

The Victoria Inn, Holkham

Kathy Kane's alter-ego Batwoman has been 'prohibited' from getting married.

Batwoman writers depart DC Comics after lesbian superhero's wedding is 'prohibited'

DC Comics may have made history last February when an edition of its Batwoman comic included the first lesbian wedding proposal in the genre. But now the writers behind the female Caped Crusader’s adventures have acrimoniously left DC claiming the female superhero’s marriage was “prohibited” by the publisher.

Great Britain ended a successful World Championships in Chengdu by taking their first-ever gold medal in the men's eight event

Rowing: Britain win first men’s eight gold

Great Britain ended a successful World Championships in Chengdu by taking their first-ever gold medal in the men’s eight event.

Sri Lankan police apologise for holding group wedding for their sniffer dogs

Police have apologised for holding a group wedding ceremony for sniffer dogs after the country’s Culture Minister condemned the event and demanded an investigation.

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The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

Commons debate highlights growing cross-party consensus on softening UK drugs legislation, unchanged for 43 years
The camera is turned on tabloid editors in Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter'

Gotcha! The camera is turned on tabloid editors

Hugh Grant says Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter' documentary will highlight issues raised by Leveson
Fall of the Berlin Wall: It was thanks to Mikhail Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell

Fall of the Berlin Wall

It was thanks to Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell
Halloween 2014: What makes Ouija boards, demon dolls, and evil clowns so frightening?

What makes ouija boards and demon dolls scary?

Ouija boards, demon dolls, evil children and clowns are all classic tropes of horror, and this year’s Halloween releases feature them all. What makes them so frightening, decade after decade?
A safari in modern Britain: Rose Rouse reveals how her four-year tour of Harlesden taught her as much about the UK as it did about NW10

Rose Rouse's safari in modern Britain

Rouse decided to walk and talk with as many different people as possible in her neighbourhood of Harlesden and her experiences have been published in a new book
Welcome to my world of no smell and odd tastes: How a bike accident left one woman living with unwanted food mash-ups

'My world of no smell and odd tastes'

A head injury from a bicycle accident had the surprising effect of robbing Nell Frizzell of two of her senses

Matt Parker is proud of his square roots

The "stand-up mathematician" is using comedy nights to preach maths to big audiences
Paul Scholes column: Beating Manchester City is vital part of life at Manchester United. This is first major test for Luke Shaw, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao – it’s not a game to lose

Paul Scholes column

Beating City is vital part of life at United. This is first major test for Shaw, Di Maria and Falcao – it’s not a game to lose
Frank Warren: Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing

Frank Warren column

Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing
Adrian Heath interview: Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room

Adrian Heath's American dream...

Former Everton striker prepares his Orlando City side for the MLS - and having Kaka in the dressing room
Simon Hart: Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manuel Pellegrini’s side are too good to fail and derby allows them to start again, says Simon Hart
Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
How to turn your mobile phone into easy money

Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes