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Frank Cottrell Boyce & Danny Wallace: 'My daughter thought it was going to be Danny Boyle, and was very disappointed'

The pair met when writer and broadcaster Wallace asked former 'Brookside' scriptwriter Cottrell Boyce to write a script of his book, Join Me, in 2004

Pat Kane interview: The writer and musician on listening to your mum, the 1980s nostalgia circuit and Scotland after the referendum

One half of the pop duo Hue and Cry, Kane was one of the founding editors of Scotland's 'Sunday Herald' newspaper and is now an arts journalist

Desiree Akhavan & Ira Sachs: 'Seeing an out person living the kind of life I wanted made me want to emulate it'

The writer and actress met the independent film-maker at New York University while she was studying film directing

Heydon Prowse & Jolyon Rubinstein: 'We do The Revolution Will Be Televised because we're super-intense ourselves; we're a bit mad'

The duo behind the Bafta-winning BBC3 series first met at primary school

Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Perry is a psychotherapist, agony aunt and occasional TV presenter whose documentary, 'Sex, Lies and Love Bites: the Agony Aunt Story', will be broadcast on BBC4 later this month

Public Service Broadcasting are going it alone

Enter Shikari and Public Service Broadcasting are part of the trend of bands shunning labels

Public Service Broadcasting are the latest in a long line of bands taking the DIY approach to the music industry

Allegra McEvedy: The chef talks teenage grief, working for Robert De Niro and four-course family breakfasts

McEvedy runs the restaurant Blackfoot in London's Exmouth Market and is a patron of Fairtrade, whose Fairtrade Fortnight runs from tomorrow to 8 March

Mark Greenwood & Kitty Hope: 'I was hoping for a fireplace - and ended up with a marriage'

The former antiques dealer and the former children's book designer co-founded the traditional-sweets company Hope & Greenwood

Holly Smale: The children's author on growing up with Keats, back-stabbing bullies, and the awkwardness of modelling

Smale won the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize and was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize for her debut, 'Geek Girl'

Jo Unwin & Doon Mackichan: 'Doon will sacrifice pretty much all her dignity for a laugh'

The literary agent and comic actress met three decades ago when they filmed a pilot for a sitcom

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Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
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