Arts: This was the week that was
Monday 05 October 1998
On this day in 1949, Helene Hanff wrote from New York to a second-hand bookseller at 84 Charing Cross Road, little knowing its address would become a film title and she would be (embarrassingly) played by Anne Bancroft.
"You ain't heard nothin' yet," promised Al Jolson in The Jazz Singer (below). With 354 words of dialogue and a few songs, this 1927 movie is claimed the first "talkie".
In 1922, the Prince of Wales made the first royal broadcast, addressing a Scout rally via the pioneering radio station, 2LO (or Radio Dib Dib Dib).
Mr Mole and His Mates was the title Kenneth Grahame wanted for his book, published in 1908, but Methuen called it The Wind in the Reeds, and finally The Wind in the Willows.
Camille Saint-Saens, composer of Carnival of the Animals, was born in 1835. He began to compose at five but turned out to be a late developer, not writing his first symphony until he was 17.
In Hackney (pause), in 1910 (another pause), Mrs Pinter gave birth to a son (very long pause), Harold. Ralph Richardson, a Pinterian actor, died in 1983; he persuaded the National Theatre to fire rockets on first nights.
In 1919, pianist Billy Jones became Britain's first jazz musician when he played with the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, which later returned to the USA, pursued by a Lord with a shotgun and a grudge about his daughter.
TV review Nick Hewer, the man whose eyebrows speak a thousand words, is set to leave The Apprentice
Film The critics but sneer but these unfashionable festive films are our favourites
TV We're so close to knowing what happened to Oliver Hughes, but a last-minute bluff crushes expectations
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Nigel Farage: Me vs Russell Brand on Question Time – he's got the chest hair but where are his ideas?
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
Peter Lik: The self-proclaimed 'fine-art photographer' whose work sells for millions
The best underrated Christmas movies from Love, Actually to While You Were Sleeping
Grace Dent on TV: The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies was a beautifully shot, immensely considered drama
The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, review: Jason Watkins is brilliant, but real victim Joanna Yeates is reduced to a footnote
Marilyn Manson denies involvement in shocking Lana Del Rey rape video
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food