VIDEO: Cumberbatch: Pardon convicted gay men

Benedict Cumberbatch and members of codebreaker Alan Turing's family are among those calling for thousands of men who were prosecuted for being gay to be pardoned.

Posted by on 31 January 2015 | 5:00 am

Cumberbatch calls for gay pardons

Benedict Cumberbatch and members of codebreaker Alan Turing's family are among those calling for thousands of men who were prosecuted for being gay to be pardoned.

Posted by on 31 January 2015 | 4:42 am

Louis Armstrong Desert Discs online

Louis Armstrong's personal copy of his appearance on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs is among the recordings to be added to the show's online archive.

Posted by on 31 January 2015 | 3:57 am

VIDEO: Fifty shades of manipulation?

Will Gompertz discusses appropriation - and Fifty Shades of Grey - in his latest blog

Posted by on 30 January 2015 | 4:48 pm

VIDEO: US record producer hands himself in

Suge Knight, the man behind the Death Row Records label, has been arrested on suspicion of hitting and killing a man with his truck.

Posted by on 30 January 2015 | 4:02 pm

How Chitty Chitty Bang Bang took off

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang's legacy, 50 years on

Posted by on 30 January 2015 | 11:59 am

Brian Blessed pulls out of King Lear

Actor Brian Blessed pulls out of Guildford Shakespeare Company's production of King Lear on doctor's advice, after collapsing with heart trouble during a performance last week.

Posted by on 30 January 2015 | 10:56 am

Stage awards honour theatre industry

The Young Vic in London, Southampton's Nuffield, Liverpool's Everyman and producer Sonia Friedman are among the winners at The Stage's 2015 awards.

Posted by on 30 January 2015 | 10:24 am

Danny Dyer: Game of Thrones turned me down three times

EastEnders star Danny Dyer repeatedly auditioned for hit US show Game of Thrones, but failed to land a part.

Posted by on 30 January 2015 | 7:59 am

Dappy avoids jail for rules breach

Former N-Dubz star Dappy avoids a jail term for breaking probation conditions.

Posted by on 30 January 2015 | 7:51 am

VIDEO: The Stranglers: 'We broke the rules'

The Stranglers, who were famed for their rock and roll lifestyle, are due to start touring again after four decades in the music industry.

Posted by on 30 January 2015 | 7:12 am

Suge Knight held over LA death

Death Row Records founder Marion "Suge" Knight is being held on a murder charge by police after a fatal hit-and-run.

Posted by on 30 January 2015 | 6:43 am

Conductor dies after stage collapse

Renowned conductor Israel Yinon dies, aged 59, after collapsing during a concert performance in Switzerland.

Posted by on 30 January 2015 | 6:18 am

Enright made first Irish Laureate

Booker winner Anne Enright is appointed the first Laureate for Irish Fiction at a ceremony in Dublin.

Posted by on 30 January 2015 | 5:46 am

Cliff Richard raid on RTS shortlist

The coverage of a controversial police raid on the home of Sir Cliff Richard is nominated for a Royal Television Society award.

Posted by on 30 January 2015 | 5:24 am

Disney reveals first Latina princess

Disney's new animated television series Princess Elena of Avalor will feature its first Latina princess.

Posted by on 30 January 2015 | 5:06 am

'King of Kitsch' Rod McKuen dies

Populist poet and prolific songwriter Rod McKuen, who worked with the likes of Frank Sinatra and Madonna, dies at the age of 81.

Posted by on 30 January 2015 | 4:30 am

Robbie Coltrane taken ill on flight

Harry Potter actor Robbie Coltrane is admitted to hospital in Florida with flu-like symptoms after falling ill during a flight from London.

Posted by on 30 January 2015 | 4:11 am

In pictures: Playwrights at work

Playwrights in inspirational places

Posted by on 30 January 2015 | 2:14 am

VIDEO: Taylor Swift trademarks famous lyrics

Pop star Taylor Swift has trademarked phrases including "this sick beat" and "we never go out of style", in the United States to prevent unauthorised use of her work on merchandise.

Posted by on 30 January 2015 | 1:39 am

Oyelowo disappointed by Bafta snub

Former Spooks star David Oyelowo says he is disappointed by the snub given by Bafta to his latest film, the civil rights drama Selma.

Posted by on 30 January 2015 | 1:15 am

VIDEO: Restoring 'Britain's Sistine Chapel'

Work to give the Painted Hall of the Old Royal Naval College its first major restoration in over half a century is due to begin.

Posted by on 29 January 2015 | 1:42 pm

'Lost' Constable work fetches £3.4m

A painting bought for £3,500 just 18 months ago sells at auction in New York for £3.4m after John Constable was confirmed as its creator.

Posted by on 29 January 2015 | 12:43 pm

Sabbath bassist in bar fight arrest

Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler is arrested in the United States after a bar fight, police say.

Posted by on 29 January 2015 | 12:01 pm

Coronation Street role recast

Actress Lucy Fallon is to take over the role of Bethany Platt, after another actress was dropped from the same role over an age discrepancy.

Posted by on 29 January 2015 | 10:45 am