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In the Frame: the DeHobo 5000
By Tom Humberstone - 20 June 11:34

Tom Humberstone's weekly comic.

City limits: scavengers on a landfill site in Lagos. Teju Cole charts the underside of Nigeria's growth. Photo: Jacob Silberberg/Panos
Johannesburg and Lagos: two striking new portraits
By Hedley Twidle - 20 June 10:00

These two city books are linked by an inquiry into the mysterious ways in which the spaces of our early lives come to structure imagination, creativity and the self.

Woman in the crime mask: J K Rowling, AKA Robert Galbraith
Mark Lawson: J K Rowling and the chamber of secret names
By Mark Lawson - 19 June 17:00

Cuckoo’s Calling sold just a few hundred copies when thought to be by “Robert Galbraith”, then millions when its true author was revealed. But should the mask have stayed on longer?

A workman spends his lunch hour looking at paintings in the Whitechapel Gallery, 1933. Photo: Getty
Tracey Thorn: my London is blue plaques, plague pits and gin not 4x4s and basement gyms
By Tracey Thorn - 19 June 15:59

London is both in my blood and not. I am of the place, and not of it, and I feel or imagine sentimental connections at every twist and turn.

Lots of money: characters from Channel 4's The Auction House
Zebra-stripe pouffes and a big bronze vagina: Channel 4’s The Auction House
By Rachel Cooke - 19 June 15:38

I loathed pretty much every buyer we saw but I was able to keep my disgust in check by thinking of them as upmarket recyclers. 

Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum in "22 Jump Street".
22 Jump Street isn’t just homofriendly – it’s homolovely
By Ryan Gilbey - 19 June 13:21

Time and again this smart sequel turns down the opportunity to make homosexuality the butt of the joke. Instead, it provides a welcome mainstream attack on homophobia.

Odd couple: Shailene Woodley as Hazel and Ansel Elgort as Augustus in The Fault in Our Stars. Photo: 20th Century Fox
Love in a time of cancer: The Fault in Our Stars
By Ryan Gilbey - 19 June 12:43

An unconventional romance between two young cancer patients is not as hard-hitting as it could be. 

Carla Bruni. Photo: Getty
Antonia Quirke on radio: Carla Bruni's last tango in Paris
By Antonia Quirke - 19 June 10:37

Oh, Paris. So nostalgic, so mythical. “Do they say that in English – mythical? Ah, yes! So mythical!”

The Gout by James Gillray, courtesy of the Warden and Scholars of New College, Oxford/Bridgeman Images
This won't hurt a bit: the cultural history of pain
By Joanna Bourke - 19 June 10:00

Speculation about the degree to which human beings and animals experienced pain has a long history.

Grundon Waste Management Facility. Photo: Copyright the Science Museum
Leather shoes, a bag of drugs and £5.08: the untold stories behind what we bin
By Anoosh Chakelian - 17 June 16:41

Sometimes art is a load of rubbish. A new exhibition at the Science Museum invites visitors to rummage through bags of waste to experience the value, volume, and variety of what we throw away.

Hilary Mantel. Portrait by Leonie Hampton for the New Statesman
Hilary Mantel becomes a Dame in the Queen's birthday honours
By New Statesman - 14 June 11:02

Actors Angelina Jolie and Damian Lewis and Conservative MP Nicholas Soames also received gongs.

Luis Suarez and the Uraguay team train in Brazil ahead of the World Cup. Photo: Getty
My World Cup training is not going well but I am perked up by Uruguay’s most charming fan
By Hunter Davies - 13 June 11:48

In Sheffield, 96-year-old Tanya Schmoller will be cheering on Uruguay. After all, she attended the first ever World Cup finals, held in Uruguay in 1930.

In the Frame: A very British network
By Tom Humberstone - 13 June 10:26

Tom Humberstone’s weekly comic.

Italy celebrate winning the World Cup in Berlin, July 2006. Photo: Getty
The last World Cup: after Brazil 2014, is the tournament finished?
By Jason Cowley - 13 June 10:00

Football is a supreme instrument of soft power and can unite people as little else can. But allegations of Fifa corruption have tarnished the image of the beautiful game. Can anything be done to save it?

Sinister purpose: Dennis Potter's Brimstone and Treacle
Mark Lawson: Dennis Potter’s message to today’s TV execs – risk everything
By Mark Lawson - 12 June 17:00

How the great TV dramatist and screenwriter was driven by innovation and risk. Plus, bank-breaking art at the RA Summer Exhibition.