The week ahead

Monday 4 May

Star Wars fans around the world dress up as their favourite characters for the annual celebration of the US film franchise. Expect #MayThe4thBeWithYou to trend on Twitter.

Tuesday 5 May

The first leg of the Champions League semi-finals begins, with Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich facing his ex-charges at Barcelona and Juventus hosting defending champions Real Madrid.

Thursday 7 May

The UK heads to the polls in a general election described as the "closest and most unpredictable" for almost a century. It is anticipated that the result will be a hung parliament, with coalition negotiations to follow.

Friday 8 May

Victory in Europe Day commemorates the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe with events planned around the continent.

Saturday 9 May

Moscow's Victory Day parade takes place a day later due to the time difference when Berlin fell in 1945. North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un, is set to attend but many Western leaders declined the invitation.

Sunday 10 May

The widely popular Civic Platform-backed Bronisław Komorowski is odds-on favourite to win re-election in Poland's presidential election.