Arts and Entertainment Kris Marshall and Sara Martins in 'Death in Paradise'

TV picks, Tuesday 21 January

In Scotland, the transport minister warned snow and strong winds could leave commuters facing rush hour disruption today

UK's unsettled weather set to continue

High winds and heavy rain battered England and Wales last night while parts of Scotland could face blizzard conditions later today as the unsettled weather continues.

<p>1. Leeds Christkindelmarkt</p>
<p>Until 18 December, leeds.gov.uk</p>
<p>Leeds' Millennium Square turns into a little bit of Germany with 40 visiting German traders, and there's even an authentic bierkeller.</p>

The 10 Best Christmas markets

1. Leeds Christkindelmarkt

Until 18 December, leeds.gov.uk

Leeds' Millennium Square turns into a little bit of Germany with 40 visiting German traders, and there's even an authentic bierkeller.

Letters: Bosses' pay

Nation pays a high price for bosses' bonuses

Chalk Talk: Private schools - shouldn't we be demanding an inquiry?

The headlines last Saturday were predictably all about the leading independent schools and the widening the gap in performance between them and state schools. Quite natural, really, as private schools in membership of the Independent Schools Council (ISC) had seen a 0.9 percentage point increase in A* grades at A-level compared with just 0.1 percentage point nationally.

Independent schools make the grade again

Britain's top Independent Schools have extended their lead over state counterparts in terms of grade performance, claim figures out today.

Mother and son jailed for death plot

A woman and her son have been jailed for plotting to murder an 89-year-old relative to get their hands on his money.

Family's plot to kill their 'grandad', 89

A family, including a girl aged 16, was found guilty yesterday of plotting to murder their 89-year-old relative to get their hands on his money.

Atlantic, By Simon Winchester

A biography of the Atlantic Ocean loosely structured around Jacques' "seven ages of man" speech, this tells the story of the ocean's birth 190 million years ago, early voyages on it by the Phoenicians, then the Vikings, then the great European navigators of the 15th and 16th centuries, then its role as the "inland sea" of a Pan-Atlantic civilisation – and anticipates its eventual destruction some 180 million years hence. There are tales of shipwrecks, battles, explorations, migrations: a treasure-trove of stories, which brings home the immensity of this great, grey, heaving "confection of water and waves and wind, of animals and birds, of ships and man".

Traffic warnings as getaway begins

The travel getaway is due to start today as school summer holidays begin.

M&amp;S guilty over asbestos in store

Marks & Spencer has been found guilty of failing to protect customers, staff and workers from the possibility of being exposed to asbestos during refurbishment works at its store in Reading.

Best commuter hotspots: Make your money go further

Moving as far as you can out of London doesn't always guarantee a bargain or the best quality of life &ndash; you need to be heading in the right direction.

The property sweet spots that won't bust your budget

They are the rivers, roads, county borders and other magical location lines that make all the difference – over 20 per cent of the asking price for similar properties, in some cases.

The Alice Behind Wonderland, By Simon Winchester

A picture of the original young Alice

The Shadows bassist Jet Harris dies

The Shadows bassist Jet Harris has died aged 71.

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