Danny Boyle on turning down a knighthood and how he persuaded the Queen to join in the Olympic fun

'I almost quit Olympics over rooftop missiles': Danny Boyle's outrage over decision to mount weapons on East London towerblocks and how he persuaded the Queen to join in the fun , he was most famous for directing Ewan McGregor as a heroin addict in Trainspotting and for Slumdog Millionaire winning eight Oscars. After the opening ceremony of the Olympic games, though, the people of Britain unanimously awarded him a gold medal. In this, his first major interview since those heady days last summer when he made us proud to be British, Boyle reveals how he turned down a knighthood and how close he was to walking away from the opening ceremony

Isnt a gold medal the only gong they need?

Isn’t a gold medal the only gong they need | UPDATED: 22:04 GMT, 30 December 2012 'Discrepancy': Paralympic dressage rider Lee Pearson, who won his tenth gold medal and received a CBE, was disappointed not to get a knighthood Olympic cycling hero Sir Bradley Wiggins says that he probably won’t use his new knighthood. ‘Except in a comedy way,’ he adds. Of course

Met police chief branded "extremely foolish" over handling of Plebgate to be knighted a year after taking up role

Met police chief branded 'extremely foolish' over handling of Plebgate to be knighted a year after taking up roleAlso been called a bully who has left staff exhausted and demoralisedOne critic questioned the value of 'archaic custom' which means honour is automatically handed out to every commissioner | UPDATED: 00:02 GMT, 29 December 2012 Britain's most senior police officer will receive a knighthood in the midst of the most turbulent period of his command. Bernard Hogan-Howe is being honoured little more than a year after taking up the role of Metropolitan Police commissioner

Jimmy Savile"s private letter to former Prime Minister Mrs Thatcher released but other correspondence censored two months ago after child abuse…

Censored, Savile's private letters to Mrs Thatcher: Files edited two months ago… AFTER child abuse claims surfacedLetter from Jimmy Savile to former PM released under 30-year ruleDeclares his love for her in gushing 1980 note written following a lunchAlso refers to his 'girl patients' and says 'they all love you'But other correspondence between the two has been censoredSavile spent 11 consecutive New Year's Eves with Mrs Thatcher | UPDATED: 00:15 GMT, 28 December 2012 A letter thought to mark the beginning of the warm relationship between Margaret Thatcher and Jimmy Savile has been made public for the first time.

Plebgate crisis engulfs Met Chief: Hogan-Howe "compromised by police stitch-up of ex-chief whip"

Plebgate crisis engulfs Met Chief: Hogan-Howe 'compromised by police stitch-up of ex-chief whip'Scotland Yard is investigating claims of a conspiracy against Mr MitchellMet Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan Howe returns from holiday early as he is drawn into scandal Mail on Sunday reveals officer at centre of the storm as Toby Rowland | UPDATED: 00:53 GMT, 24 December 2012 Scotland Yard boss Bernard Hogan-Howe was fighting for his credibility last night as senior Tories said he was ‘completely compromised’ by the police ‘stitch-up’ of Andrew Mitchell. The Metropolitan Police Commissioner flew home from holiday amid claims that he blindly accepted the word of officers in Downing Street who said the former Tory chief whip called them ‘plebs’.