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September 8, 2016

Rebecca Eves’ picks of the latest books, DVDs, music and television to enjoy at home

Blu-ray: Labyrinth 30th Anniversary edition

An exclusive to Amazon, this special edition of the much-loved movie (£10.99) includes a 24-page digibook featuring rare photos and a look behind the scenes. It seems unlikely, but if you haven’t seen it, Labyrinth is the tale of a teenage girl (Jennifer Connelly) who must find her way through a mystical maze to save her baby brother from the Goblin King – played gloriously by David Bowie.

Out September 19

TV: Strictly Come Dancing

Love it or loathe it, Strictly is back on our screens with a launch show on September 3, showcasing the 12 celebrity contestants and pairing them up with the pros. Among the line-up are World Champion long jumper Greg Rutherford, politician Ed Balls, singers Anastacia and Will Young, and Birds of a Feather actress Lesley Joseph. Presenters Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman (pictured) will be compèring.

Launches September 3

Book: The Pigeon Tunnel

John le Carré taught at Eton in the 50s, served in British Intelligence during the Cold War, and has published 21 novels since 1961, including the recently adapted-for-TV The Night Manager. The Pigeon Tunnel, his first memoir, promises to be an enthralling exploration of his life as an author as well as the lives of his ‘secret sharers’ – the people who have provided the truth behind his tales.

Out September 8

Album: Stay Together

Kaiser Chiefs are back with their first album since 2013, and the first single, Parachute, has a dance edge that is certainly different from the band’s familiar, rockier sound and could even, perhaps, be mistaken for a recent Take That number. Featuring collaborations with Grammy-nominated singer MNEK and One Direction songwriter Wayne Hector, the album seems likely to divide opinion.

Out October 7

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Supporting role: Veronica Swindale and Maggie Love