HIM review - Carrie for the millennials leaves me unconvinced

It can be tough being a teenager – raging hormones, acne, exams, the pressures of social media, nosebleeds, telekinesis...

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Sam Webster (David Morrissey), Gemma Webster (Keeley Hawes), Alice Webster (Abigail Hardingham), and Julien Baptiste (Tcheky Karyo) are at the centre of a mystery in The Missing

The Missing - An intricate jigsaw puzzle of a thriller

My wife recently undertook an ambitious project – completing a 1,000-piece jigsaw of a marina near Marseille.

Anne Robinson (left) with Tiggi, Anni Jones, Jamie, Gianni, Shaune, Alfie, in the first episode of Robinsons new show, which looks at different aspects of British life

The Apprentice berk-athon is back... I blame the parents

Philip Larkin famously wrote that your parents – however unintentionally –make a mess of your life by the way they bring you up.
DCI Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson) and Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan) in series three of The Fall

The Fall - chilling, remorseless and glacially stylish

According to an online dictionary I consulted –purely for the purposes of this first paragraph – the word ‘glacial’ can be defined in three ways.

Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson says he would like the power to ban The Sun newspaper from the city

Charles Graham - Politicians have no right to tell us what to read

The Sun has been deeply unpopular in Liverpool for 27 years - ever since it printed a post-Hillsborough article which caused great offence at the time and turned out to be completely wrong about fan behaviour that day.

Council leader 
Barrie Grunewald

Barrie Grunewald: Plaque secures Rainhill’s place in history

It was great to see my ward Rainhill hit the headlines this week as its place in the railway history books was confirmed.

Robert Glenister as Bobby Day, Lesley Sharp as Lucy Cannonbury, Dino Fetscher as Alec Wayfield, and Indira Varma as Nina Suresh in ITVs drama Paranoid

They are paranoid, and I am out to get them

The coppers in the new crime drama Paranoid (ITV, Thursdays, 9pm) are a bit of a rum lot.

I did it!

Ride Across Britain Day 9: I made it!

So. 970 miles, 23 counties, three countries, two lost toenails, one strapped knee and a really sore backside later - but I made it across Britain on my bike.

Base camp in the shadow of Ben Nevis

Ride Across Britain Day 8: The end is in sight

The end is well and truly in sight now.

Some of the beautiful scenes on day 7 of my ride across Britain.

Ride Across Britain Day 7: An awe inspiring day in the saddle

We are more than 700 miles in but things keep getting better.


Ride Across Britain Day 6: The home straight

Then three became one.

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Lucinda Chambers, the undoubted star of Absolutely Fashion: Inside British Vogue

A peek behind the skirts of the grand old lady of fashion

At one point in Absolutely Fashion – Inside British Vogue (BBC2, Thursdays, 9pm), the pony-tailed alien of Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld, airily waved a silver leather fingerless-gloved hand and said: “We are always thinking about today, not yesterday. There is no credit in the past.”
Shap Fell

Ride Across Britain Day 5: My toughest day yet

There are tough days. But this was another level.
Getting close to my home county

Ride Across Britain Day 4: The best day yet

Not just because we are back on home soil in the northwest after cycling 105 miles from Ludlow in Shropshire to Haydock Racecourse.

Welcome to Shropshire

Ride Across Britain Day 3: The highs and the lows

Easier day, they said.
Cheddar Gorge

Ride Across Britain Day 2: We live in a stunning country

Two useful things were learned yesterday.

Read for the off

Ride Across Britain Day 1: Climb, climb and climb some more...

Any thoughts that this might be a holiday are well and truly banished now.
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Land's End

Ride Across Britain: 'Am I confident? Absolutely not'

So, here we are at the cliffs of Lands End on the cusp of the adventure of a lifetime.
The cast of the returning ITV hit Cold Feet. From left, Robert Bathurst, James Nesbitt, Hermione Norris, Fay Ripley and John Thomson

A warm welcome back to Cold Feet, while the Beeb finds the mother of sitcom hits

The turn of the millennium was a mere 16 years ago, yet it already feels like ancient history.

Mrs Slocombe (Sherrie Hewson), Miss Brahms (Niky Wardley) in the BBC update of Are You Being Served?

Comedy must be better than jokes about Mrs Slocombe's pussy

It’s a funny business, comedy. Notoriously hard to get right, it’s a cliche that it’s easier to get people to cry, rather than laugh.

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