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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Homeless Veterans charity auction: Cook with Angela Hartnett and Neil Borthwick at Merchants Tavern
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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

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Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

The story was published earlier this month in 'Poor Souls' Light: Seven Curious Tales'
Marian Keyes: The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment

Marian Keyes

The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef creates an Italian-inspired fish feast for Christmas Eve

Bill Granger's Christmas Eve fish feast

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Liverpool vs Arsenal: Brendan Rodgers is fighting for his reputation

Rodgers fights for his reputation

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Amir Khan: 'The Taliban can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'

Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

'They can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'
Michael Calvin: Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick

Michael Calvin's Last Word

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