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Mark Gatiss arriving for the final performance of the Monty Python Live (Mostly) show at the 02 Arena in London.

Doctor Who and Sherlock mastermind Mark Gatiss on Peter Capaldi, Britishness and the film that changed his life

Since he last graced these pages in the suspenseful aftermath of Sherlock’s second series, the snowballing success of the BBC drama has seen Mark Gatiss become one of the most coveted minds in television.

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A still from the movie Picture: Alex Melman

‘Bittersweet comedy’ film Downhill proves far from a walk in the park for actor Richard Lumsden

A group of men crossing England from coast to coast doesn’t exactly sound like a barrel of laughs, but a new British film manages to be both big-hearted and very funny.

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Ali Cook, starring in The Anomaly

Magician Ali Cook turns spy for Noel Clarke’s The Anomaly

‘I never set out to do any acting at all, but it kind of came my way really and now I think I like it more than magic.” Ali Cook, who made it onto our TV screens as a critically acclaimed magician and comedian, is starring in a new summer thriller The Anomaly, directed by and starring Noel Clarke.

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Costumes used in new film Belle will be on display at Kenwood House

How a Kenwood House painting inspired director Amma Asante’s ‘Belle’

The inspiration for Amma Asante’s latest movie Belle sprang from an 18th century portrait that once hung in Kenwood House.

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Ken Loach at Phoenix Cinema

Ken Loach’s rally cry for social justice is as loud as ever

On my way into East Finchley’s Phoenix Cinema, a man handed me a leaflet demanding No More Austerity; once inside the doors, the small foyer was packed with people, there wasn’t even any space on the stairs.

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Rachel Weisz at the premiere for Agora at the Palais de Festival during the 62nd Cannes Film Festival, France.

Rachel Weisz lends voice to father’s film about world’s first female rabbi

When George Weisz took the lead in bringing a film to screen about the first female rabbi, little did he realise what a family collaboration it would become.

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Emma Thompson, Pierce Brosnan, Celia Imrie and Timothy Spall

How Emma Thompson scared James Bond filming The Love Punch

Emma Thompson was quoted recently as saying she doesn’t pick her film roles with awards in mind. That much is evident from her latest movie The Love Punch, one of those jolly Brit rom-coms in which the actors seem to be having more fun than the audience.

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Conrad Veidt inside his home in Platt's Lane

Hampstead’s ‘London Film’ club puts focus on local episodes of cinematic glory

For 18 months, Ian Long has been running a popular Friday cinema club at West Hampstead Community Centre in Dornfell Street. Here he writes about the club which usually adds interest by inviting directors, writers or actors involved in the film along to talk to the audience.

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Actors Ewan McGregor and his uncle Dennis Lawson arrive at the Odeon, Leicester Square in London for a Gala premiere of 'Little Voice' as part of the 42nd London Film Festival tonight (Thursday).

Sci-fi foray sees Denis Lawson go over to the dark side

Denis Lawson was the first of the new faces to join New Tricks, the BBC’s long-running cop show. Compared to Dennis Waterman, Nicholas Lyndhurst or the man he replaced, James Bolam, Lawson seems to have drifted to the top of the British thespian fraternity without ever landing that defining role.

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Music See all

Manics; May 1991. Picture: Kevin Cummins

Glamorous anarchy of early Manic Street Preachers revealed in new photo exhibition

Back in 1991, the British music scene was still riding on the baggy tails of Madchester while its natural successor, the emerging rave scene, was just starting to build momentum.

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national youth theatre performs Selfie

Theatre review: Selfie at Ambassadors Theatre

The National Youth Theatre’s modern take on The Picture of Dorian Grey, is confident and energetic. Loud and clear, it proclaims that, in spite of different times, different mores, technical advances, the human race has learned nothing since Oscar Wilde wrote the original story. We are vain, greedy, self-deluding, superficial, cruel and stupid – and the cause of our own downfall.

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Art See all

Jermiah Lamenting the Destruction of Jerusalem by Rembrandt

Early Rembrandts to show at Kenwood House this month

Two early works by Rembrandt go on display at Kenwood House this month thanks to reciprocal loans by The National Gallery and Rijksmuseum. Visitors to the Grade I-listed house on Hampstead Heath can see two works by the Dutch master, both dating from around 1630.

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