Phil Spector: the bald truth revealed

A prison mug shot of legendary music producer Phil Spector shows the man beneath the wigs.

Beethoven Fidelio, Garsington Opera, London

When Leonora asks Rocco to allow the prisoners out of their cells and into the garden in the first act of Beethoven’s Fidelio, the beauty of the Garsington Manor setting comes into its own like a tantalising mirage.

Robin Scott-Elliot: Terry Venables v Joe Royle is match of the day

View From The Sofa: FA Cup Final, ITV & SETANTA

Album: The Soundcarriers, Harmonium, (Melodic)

It doesn't sound like a recipe for musical magic: a bunch of jobbing musicians from Nottingham enlist the help of a local girl singer with a plan to re-create David Axelrod's psyched-out jazzy grooves.

Call for reform over child witnesses in court

The barrister who cross-examined the four-year-old girl raped by one of Baby P's killers has called for reform in the way that child witnesses are treated by the courts system.

Album: Various artists, Psychedelica Three, (Northern Star)

Another ripple in the "third wave of psychedelia" washes in and what we appear to be left with is a bunch of guitar bands who owe more to shoegaze than any spirit of sonic invention.

Young Tory expelled after Madeleine McCann stunt

A leading youth activist was expelled from the Conservative Party yesterday after dressing up as the missing toddler Madeleine McCann for a "bad taste" function.

Girl Boy Girl, By Savannah Knoop

A real account of abuse, prostitution and abandonment that was all faked

Wig Out!, Royal Court Theatre, London; In a Dark Dark House, Almeida Theatre, London

These trannies and their grannies are a real drag

Ask Martha: Should I tell me friend that her fiancée is sleeping around?

Got a social dilemma? Martha Arthur has the answer...

August: Osage County, NT Lyttelton, London<br>Wig Out!, Royal Court Downstairs, London<br>Tombstone tales and Boothill Ballads, Arcola, London

A family saga by US dramatist Tracy Letts deserves to join the roll call of classic American plays

Britney Spears sex tape offered for sale

Britney Spears’ transformation from troubled starlet to credible pop icon took something of a detour today, with news that her ex-boyfriend is offering to sell a sex tape.

Making a scene: Is the BBC drama department obsessed with costumes, bonnets and wigs?

Ever since Mr Darcy emerged from that icy pool, dripping wet, it has been a truth universally acknowledged that the BBC's forte is retelling the classics for Sunday evening audiences, a reputation bolstered by recent successes with Cranford, Bleak House, and Lark Rise to Candleford. It follows then that almost anyone asked which programme they think best defines BBC drama will, to a man, plump for a lavish costume piece adorned with the wigs, jewels, carriages and vast country houses expected of period drama.

Julian Hall's Festival Diary: Guy Masterson wants his wig back

Ubiquitous Fringe actor/producer/director Guy Masterson is desperate to find a wig that was once worn on stage by Pete Postlethwaite. The reddish brown hairpiece is being used in his production of Scaramouche Jones and was taken from the dressing room at Assembly@George St. Given the colour of the wig, Masterson suspects some clowning around has taken place: "We think some Bozo has stolen it, and if we ever find him I'll be challenging him to a custard-pie fight at dawn."

Roger Allam: how I learnt my early lessons from Olivier

From pantos to blockbusters &ndash; and now the political dramas of Michael Frayn &ndash; Roger Allam has made a virtue of versatility. He speaks to Alice Jones
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Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
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