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Conductor, composer and choirmaster who co-presented Music Time for BBC television

The conductor, composer and choirmaster Ian Humphris, who has died aged 84, inspired countless young musicians, either in person or via his many radio and TV appearances. From 1970 he co-presented, with the singer Mari Griffith, Music Time for BBC TV, and went on to...

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At a treacherous Christmas time, M dispatches James Bond on the secret agent's most dangerous assignment

M stopped pacing the carpet and looked out through his bullet-proof window. The bleak vista made the head of the Secret Intelligence Service even gloomier. A bitter drizzle was falling on the grey Thames. He buzzed his secretary. "Miss...

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A gripping documentary updates previous pioneering work on one of the biggest miscarriages of justice in modern US history

The case of the West Memphis Three has evolved in the last 20 years from a lurid true-crime story into one of the biggest miscarriage of justice scandals in modern US history. I first became aware of it on seeing Paradise Lost,...

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29 June: Hollywood's most famous couple, TomKat, divorces after five years of marriage

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes's public image was as one of Hollywood's A-list couples. Their relationship, however, was always accompanied by this perception that Tom was a controlling figure. The gossip and rumours began after their quick courtship and bizarre...

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West of Memphis, a powerful new Peter Jackson documentary, charts the ongoing fight for justice for three men wrongly convicted as child killers

After his release from prison, Damien Echols found the simplest things hardest. "For 18 years I hadn't walked without chains," he says, "so when I came out I would trip over my feet. It took time just to...

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From the windmills of her mind

“REBIRTH”, Mariko Mori’s new London show begins with a darkened room. Her most celebrated work, a five-metre-high glass monolith entitled “Tom Na H-iu II” (2006) rises like an ethereal standing stone. Lights flash within it animating the gallery with bright sweeps of colour. Ms Mori has connected the LED lights of the

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By turns, he scandalises and enthrals. Now, the country's most famous actor is leaving home, angry at the imposition of a new 'supertax'. As he seems all set to settle in Belgium, is this really adieu from Gégé?

From which ever angle you view him – literally, metaphorically, physically – Gérard Depardieu is a colossus of Gallic life.

The term most...

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Going to stranger places than Glee would ever dare, this is one of the best musical comedies since A Mighty Wind

Sing-a-long! You know this one. A sassy free spirit (Anna Kendrick) rocks up to college to help a waspish a cappella group accept their failings, embrace diversity and use what they have learned to take on warbling jocks "The...

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Far from the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity. By Andrew Solomon. Scribner; 962 pages; $37.50. To be published in Britain by Chatto & Windus in February; £30. Buy from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk

ANDREW SOLOMON never knew a time when he was not gay. He chose pink balloons over blue ones and described operas on the school bus

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