Arts and Entertainment Catherine Tate and David Walliams bond in Big School

A dated and mild-mannered sitcom is saved by  its casting, but a social experiment goes phut

According to two young students from California, 'Ain't nobody fresher than Watson and Crick'

An unlikely meeting of science and rap as YouTube music video engages young minds

Teachers are transforming lessons by having pupils turn historical showdowns into rap battles

Valley girl: Emma Watson’s Nicki is campily sanctimonious

Film review: The Bling Ring - what’s it like to yearn for the trappings of privilege? Don’t ask Sofia Coppola…

Is there anything wrong with directors sticking to what they know?

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iStyle: Mod operandi

Ben Sherman is celebrating five decades of innovation with a collection inspired by the Sixties Jazz scene. Lee Holmes looks back at the British brand’s rich history

Smart casuals: knitwear from £100

Gabicci's greatest knits

Gabicci first found favour with the 'casual' scene of the 1970s. Now it's celebrating being back in fashion four decades later, says Paul McKenzie

Sergeant Danny Nightingale and his wife Sally after his conviction was overturned last week

SAS amnesty 'filled a skip' with weapons

After Danny Nightingale case, details emerge of high-grade hardware brought home as souvenirs

Lacanau Beach is the first book by the young French photographer François Cavelier, comprising a series of 53 images taken over three consecutive summers at one of Bordeaux’s hottest holiday spots

Picture book review: Lacanau Beach, By François Cavelier

Lacanau Beach is the first book by the young French photographer François Cavelier, comprising a series of 53 images taken over three consecutive summers at one of Bordeaux's hottest holiday spots.

IoS album review: New Order, Lost Sirens (Rhino)

Consisting of eight tracks recorded in 2005 for Waiting for the Siren's Call, then kept in a cupboard while everyone decided what to do with them, Lost Sirens is the last New Order album to feature the bass and ego of Peter Hook.

A sign outside a hotel at Newtown

Newtown: Girl Scouts come together to support their own

Eight of the 12 girls killed in last week's shooting rampage at the Sandy Hook Elementary School were Girl Scouts.

NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre

NRA blames violent media for mass shootings

Blood. Gore. Intense violence.

Jordan: King Abdullah II cancels UK trip after protests

King Abdullah II has cancelled his trip to London scheduled for next week, after thousands of Jordanians took to the streets of Amman yesterday calling for his fall on the fourth day of unrest sparked by rising fuel prices.

Chart topper or Haribo? Robbie Williams laughs off 'children's sweets advert' criticism of new single 'Candy'

New dad Robbie Williams tonight laughed off claims his latest number one hit sounded like a television advert for children's sweets.

Album: Jake Bugg, Jake Bugg (Mercury)

A youthful troubadour following in Ed Sheeran's footsteps, Jake Bugg brings a scrappily engaging rockabilly intensity to catchy folk rants like the single "Lightning Bolt" and the smalltown escape anthem "Two Fingers", his simple strum'n'drum arrangements allowing his sharp, piercing voice to cut through unhindered.

Streetwise children find their voice

Last summer's riots have tarnished the reputation of a generation. Three months afterwards, almost half of the 2,000 adults surveyed by children's charity Barnardo's believed children in the UK were becoming “feral” and “behaving like animals.” Meanwhile, an independent panel's interim report found children themselves felt demonised.

A Clockwork Orange, Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh

Alexandra Spencer-Jones’ adaptation of Anthony Burgess’ classic novel won rave reviews last year when it debuted at the Fringe. A year on, it seems even more relevant as a commentary on the “disaffected youth” of last summer’s riots.

Hampstead Scouts busy earning their bob on the streets in 1969

Bob-a-job rebooted! Scouts go back to work

With the launch of Community Week, a very British tradition has been revived

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Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

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Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
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2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas