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

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'These days, thrift isn't just virtuous, it's fun – if austerity has you tightening your belt, well, your waist will look smaller'

Leading article: Reasons to be cheerful

The list of popular music trends that have scandalised the curtain-twitching classes would take more space than we have here to chronicle.

The 5-minute Interview: Alison Moyet, Singer

'Don't fear taking the wrong path'

Step Up 2 The Streets (PG)

Not so much a sequel to Step Up as a rehash: once again, a cross-the-tracks romance between breakdancing white trash and upper-crust ballet snob is enlivened by a smattering of gang violence and rather too many shots of young people spinning around on their heads.

Roni Size Reprazent, Scala, London

Reprazent's return made me uneasy. Dance music dates quickly, and jungle/drum'*'bass's moment passed when Reprazent beat Radiohead, Primal Scream, Chemical Brothers and Prodigy to 1997's Mercury Music Prize. Surely your heyday is over when your music is being sampled by a new generation of producers, as is the case with Reprazent's "Brown Paper Bag" and dubstep prodigy Benga's track "M2"?

'Model immigrant' to be deported

A "remarkable" immigrant, honoured this week by the Church of England for his contribution to British society, has lost his legal battle to stay in this country.

Foals: Why it's creativity, not fame, that interests them

Oxford's art-house math rockers Foals are tipped for the top

Ailsa Cameron: When teenagers lose touch with reality

It may come as a surprise that teenage depression is relatively common. At my school I know of at least six or seven people who have suffered some form of mental disarray. This doesn't mean that they've received a diagnosis, or had counselling, and it certainly doesn't mean they've tried to end their own lives, as has occurred so tragically among a group of young people in south Wales in an apparent pact forged over the internet. But it's still a torment, and depression is regularly cast aside as the signs of a "moody" teenager, and rarely recognised as an actual illness.

DJ Krush, Koko, London

A beat odyssey way out East

Album: 17 Hippies - Heimlich (Hipster)

Neither strictly hippies nor 17 in number, Berlin's 17 Hippies have for 12 years been a mainstay of Germany's world-music scene, wowing audiences across Europe, and as far afield as Russia and Japan, with their energetic pan-ethnic performances. Currently numbering around a dozen players, their diverse backgrounds afford a truly international blend of influences, with lyrics delivered in German, French or English, and all manner of cultural hybrids occurring in the music.

US troops to target Iranian insurgents

President Bush has stepped up pressure against Teheran by authorizing US troops in Iraq to kill or capture Iranian operatives in the country deemed a threat, the White House said yesterday.

Cotterill out to give vintage Clarets a taste of big time

Steve Cotterill coached at the top level for four months before being sacked by Sunderland - now he is desperate to return with unfashionable Burnley

Didn't you know? It's a stage Gruffalo

The live adaptation of a best-selling picture book is putting the magic back into children's theatre. Watch out, West End!

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