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LAND GIRLS were the volunteers who took on the farm work left by men dispatched to fight in WWII. David Leland's sweet-natured film, The Land Girls (left), focuses on three of them - the highly-sexed Prue (Anna Friel), the prim Ag (Rachel Weisz) and Stella (Catherine McCormack), who is pining for her officer fiance. The excellent Steven Mackintosh plays the bewildered young farmer who becomes the focus of the trio's desires. There isn't much for him to do but look variously furtive and wounded. Like everyone involved, he brings a dash of wit to an enterprise which might otherwise have had no reason to exist.
The Norwegian thriller Junk Mail and the bittersweet comedy Drifting Clouds (by the Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki) should play very well together - they both run on the same laconic rhythms and sad, stoned sense of humour.
Riverside Studios, London W6 (0181-237 1111) 6.45pm
Theatre Dominic Cavendish
IF YOU HAVEN'T yet seen the National Theatre's superb touring production of Joan Littlewood's Oh What a Lovely War, rush to Camden this instant, as it ends its run on Sunday. A troupe of 15 highly mobile actors, directed by Fiona Laird, bring home to the most peace-addled minds the lunatic horrors of the First World War, using clown and cabaret routines that are as slick as artillery shells.
Roundhouse, London, NW3 (0171-420 0171) 7.45pm
Shadows, the impressive, if unevenly arranged, triptych of doomy one-act plays by JM Synge and WB Yeats (right), gets a welcome revival this week as part of the RSC's northern stint.
Theatre Royal, Newcastle (0191-232 2061) 7.15pm
Art Richard Ingleby
ANDY WARHOL - THE SILVER FACTORY is the first of several Warhol exhibitions this autumn - another opens at the Waddington Gallery next week, followed by a show at the Kerlin Gallery in Dublin early next month. This, though, is bound to be the most glitzy, with his iconic screenprints of Marilyn and Mao hung in an entirely silver room.
Coskun & Co, 56a Walton Street, London SW3 (0171-581 9056) to 14 Nov
Meanwhile in Birmingham, two abstract artists - Scotland's Callum Innes and America's Ellen Gallagher - make an elegant pairing at the recently revamped Ikon Gallery. Innes, in particular, seems to get better and better with each new exhibition.
Ikon Gallery, Oozells Square, Birmingham, tomorrow to 22 Nov
Comedy James Rampton
AFTER A FEW years spent contemplating his novel, Rob Newman (right) has returned triumphantly to the live arena. His new stand-up show majors on vividly imaginative sequences. For instance, he expresses his delight that the Canadian Olympic snowboarder was re-awarded his gold medal after testing positive for marijuana. What possible advantage could dope give you in the competition, he wonders, "unless someone at the other end was holding up a large packet of chocolate Hobnobs, or the finishing-line was by an all-night garage."
Southampton Guildhall (01703 632601) 8pm
Sean Meo is never going to dazzle audiences with an earth-shatteringly original style. But he is a very effective "one man and his mike"-style observational comedian. Alongside Boothby Graffoe, Martin Coyote, Paul Thorne and Steve Gribbin, he forms part of the Cutting Edge team tonight.
Comedy Store, London SW1 (0171-344 4444) 8pm
Potter's attempt to create an Essex Taj Mahal was a lovely treattv
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