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From Strictly special to Sherlock: The only festive TV guide you will need

'People think I live in a cave and come out in December shouting "It's Christmaaass!"': Inside the head of... Noddy Holder

So here it is... the Slade singer on his bitter split with his bandmates, why he doesn't say sorry, the 20-year-old son he still calls 'babby' - and why Mary Poppins is really quite atrocious.

FILM REVIEWS: Sacré bleu! Brad and Angelina playing husband and wife again? Fear not: By The Sea is no Mr And Mrs Smith: it's good-looking, sexy, arty and VERY French

It has been described as 'too European', 'too self-indulgent' and 'the ultimate vanity project'. I have to say I rather warmed to it, despite its obvious lack of commerciality.

'I'm a big box set man. I'm just catching up with the very compelling Game Of Thrones': Simon Callow on his cultural highlights

He loves Shakespeare, Orson Welles and Radio 3 - so far, so highbrow. But the Four Weddings star is also a sucker for Game Of Thrones and Tarantino's Django Unchained

THEATRE REVIEWS: Sheridan Smith can sing, dance and yes, she's a VERY funny girl

Petite and pretty, she's a pocket dynamo who can light up a stage with nothing more than a smile and a wink. She has bucketloads of cheek and a charm that's never smarmy.

TOM PARKER BOWLES: Do you hanker for Sri Lanka? ...then hop along to Hoppers in the heart of Soho for 'a blessed taste of this blessed isle'

The food is well worth any wait, beautifully cooked yet with the rough edges very much intact. I do love a rough edge. It's lick-the-plate good. This is food to inflame the senses, and send the taste buds crazy with desire.

OLLY SMITH: Mulltiple choice: All sorts of young wines are perfect for my mulling recipe (or there's a sneaky alternative that takes no time at all!)

The first and most important thing is not to choose the vinegary plonk that's been sitting by the oven since that party in the summer. Start with a fresh bottle to ensure a decent fruity base for your mulling magnificence. Given that you're going to customise this particular bottle of red, I wouldn't use anything particularly special, rich, oaky, heavy or aged

MUSIC REVIEWS: Springsteen to Bowie: From moody teens to dad dancers, get all the family rocking around the tree

Bruce Springsteen's The Ties That Bind: The River Collection tells the story of a masterpiece and David Bowie brings us Five Years, which shows how it all changed between 1969 and 1973.

Do you hanker for Sri Lanka? ...then hop along to Hoppers in the heart of Soho for 'a blessed taste of this blessed isle'

Mulltiple choice: All sorts of young wines are perfect for my mulling recipe (or there's a sneaky alternative that takes no time at all!)

From the Parrot Bebop 2 to the Kindle Paperwrite: Technical gifts of the year

Oh no! It's the Renault weirdo: A strange name (Kadjar, what's that all about?), an odd shape and so many beeps you could be driving a pinball machine

'Piers, you wouldn't be in my Top 60 chart of lust, not even in my Top 600'

'Am I vain? Of course I am. I always have been, haven't I?': Mick Jagger on The Rolling Stones as you've never seen them before

From Stalin's Daughter to Lost For Words: Your essential guide to the best books of 2015

'I'd shove most politicians into a cauldron and boil them up': Inside the head of Diana Rigg

Regrets? Well, she'll never drink champagne with dolphins again. Or get stuck on top of a big wheel. Would she edit anything from her past? And why was she so rude to Paul Daniels?

Coldplay's conscious re-coupling: After the post-Gwynnie gloom of the last album, Chris Martin and co are bouncing back

The band are back with A Head Full Of Dreams - and a singer full of bounce. The rousing first single, Adventure Of A Lifetime, is joined by songs called Up And Up, Fun and Amazing Day.

Stunning Sunset...shame the script's not on song. Agyness Deyn is a revelation, but she can't save Terence Davies' film

I had high hopes for Sunset Song. It's set in the beautiful north-east of Scotland, features humble Scottish farming folk and stars the model-turned-actress Agyness Deyn. What's not to like?