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File photograph from 2010 of  Michael Barrymore. The former British television star  is taking legal action against police over his arrest after the death of a man in his swimming pool, it has been reported.  Photograph:  Ian West/PA Wire

Former British television star Michael Barrymore is taking legal action against police over his arrest after the death of a man in his swimming pool, (...)

When it comes to Northern Ireland, names such as JW Anderson and Sharon Wauchob immediately spring to mind as fashion designers who are recognised (...)

The title of Slaves’ debut album comes across as more of a scornful challenge than a concerned inquiry, but it’s an accurate summation of Isaa(...)

Good karma: Don Draper (Jon Hamm) finally gets real in the finale of Mad Men

What a perfect ending for Mad Men (Sky Atlantic, Thursday). After 92 episodes Matt Weiner, its creator, wraps up his zeitgeisty dissection of the Amer(...)

The men in the square box: Pat Kenny and Mickey Harte in the Mansion House set for ‘Pat Kenny in the Round’

Graham Norton signed off on his BBC chat show last week saying George Clooney is soon to be a guest. He’s not just showing off (well, maybe a little),(...)

Leading Clan na Gael member Major Henri le Caron, in fact Thomas Beach, an English spy, testified before a parliamentary commisison in London that Charles Stewart Parnell, above, knew of Clan na Gael’s plan to use violence to achieve Irish freedom. Le Caron’s Clan ally, Alexander Sullivan, then circulated a rumour that the secret agent had named Chicago doctor Patrick Cronin, Sullivan’s chief critic,as a fellow spy, in effect setting him up to be murdered

126 years ago this month, a naked corpse was pulled from a sewer in a quiet suburb of Chicago. The dead man had been brutally murdered with an icepick(...)

Where better to photograph fashion’s spring foliage than among the lush floral displays in the Victorian splendour of the Dublin Flower and Fruit M(...)

Scottish Labour Party leader Jim Murphy gives a gracious speech after failing to be re-elected as a member of parliament for East Renfrewshire.  Photograph: Graham Stuart/Reuters

1. NuneatonAll eyes were on this midlands seat, one of the first of the battlegrounds to declare a result, for an early indication of trends in key ma(...)

England’s Stuart Bingham celebrates beating England’s Shaun Murphy in the World Championship Snooker final at The Crucible in Sheffield. Photo: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images

After 20 years of hard snooker graft Stuart Bingham is finally an overnight success. The popular 38-year-old from Basildon became the oldest first-tim(...)

File photograph of British crime writer Ruth Rendell who died on Saturday at the age of 85.  Photograph: Fiona Hanson/PA Wire

Best-selling British crime writer Ruth Rendell has died aged 85.Her publishers Penguin Random House said she passed away in London at 8am on Saturday.(...)

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