At the time, the BBC thought that Martin Bashir’s interview with Diana, Princess of Wales, would be the most important of its era. Diana’s admission of having had an affair and her assertion that there were “three of us in this marriage” made headlines around the world, shocked the British monarchy to the core and set in train events that reverberate to this day. This week it made headlines again after a report by retired judge Lord John Dyson found that the interviewer, Martin Bashir, had used “deceitful behaviour” to secure the interview and that the BBC had knowingly covered this up. Tim Luckhurst, a former BBC editor and journalist turned academic, reflects on the damage this could do to the BBC, which is already beset with political problems.

Why do I love the onset of spring? Three words: Jersey Royal potatoes. Well, if you discount longer daylight hours and better weather, that is – and we’ve had very little of the latter recently where I live. But rain or shine there comes a point at this time of year when Jersey Royals go with pretty much everything I cook. They have such great flavour and texture and – in common with other members of the potato fraternity – they are really very good for you. Here are six reasons why the humble spud should play a bigger part in your diet.

As I’ve already noted, the weather is set to be at best pretty indifferent this weekend. But museums and galleries are open again! It’s been a long time and it’s easy to forget quite how good a visit to a good museum can be for the soul. Whether you have children to keep occupied, a personal obsession to indulge or you just want to get away from it all for a while and have a quiet “thunk” (yes, I had to double-check that – apparently it means musing on questions that don’t necessarily have an answer), a museum could be just what you need. Here are a few things to consider while planning your day out.

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Our colleagues around the world looked back on ten Eurovision costumes that shook the world, what genetic analysis tells us about South Africa’s Afrikaners and why we tend to get vaccinations in the arm.

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Martin Bashir’s interview with Diana, Princess of Wales was watched by millions when it aired in 1995. PA/BBC Screen Grab

BBC Diana ‘cover up’ – why Lord Dyson’s report is a body blow for broadcaster

Tim Luckhurst, Durham University

Critics of the UK's public broadcaster will be sharpening their knives over the latest scandal.

Potatoes have been given a hard time. Sergej Cash/ Shutterstock

Six reasons why potatoes are good for you

Duane Mellor, Aston University

Potatoes contain many vitamins and nutrients which are essential for good health.

Galleries are great places for solo trips. Chubykin Arkady/Shutterstock

Four tips to make the most of your next gallery visit

Laura Sillars, Teesside University

Whether it's a day out with the kids or a solo visit, these tips will achieve the experience you want.

Dean Drobot/Shutterstock

Dating after lockdown: why you shouldn’t expect a summer of love

Viren Swami, Anglia Ruskin University

Predictions of a new 'roaring twenties' featuring hedonism and indulgence ignores how dating has changed during lockdown.

What if your happy is different from my happy? Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock

Is there a happiness equation? Here’s how we’re trying to find out

Robb Rutledge, UCL

Happiness is different for everyone in ways that scientists don't understand – yet.

Franck Robichon/EPA

Should Japan cancel the Tokyo Olympics? It may not be able to

Paul O'Shea, Lund University

The majority of Japanese people are opposed to the games going ahead, but there's more to the decision to hold the Olympics than public opinion.


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