As a father of young children I'm often in on Saturday nights. And, frankly, you find there's nothing you want to watch. And then you say, "Hang on, I'm a TV controller, maybe I should be doing something about this."

Mark Thompson, Controller of BBC2, Guardian

Receiving it is one of the best days of my life ... It's a huge honour. Coming from a Liverpool terraced house to this house is quite a journey.

Sir Paul McCartney, on receiving his knighthood at Buckingham Palace, Telegraph

We were going to accept the award for a laugh, but now I've changed my mind.

Chris Evans, on going on a bender round Soho with Danny Baker and Gazza instead of accepting his Radio Personality of the Year Award, Telegraph

There's nothing that protects you from the inevitable. If it's going to happen, it's going to happen, no matter what you do.

Notorious rapper BIG, shortly before he was shot dead, LA Times

David Mirvish [owner of the Old Vic] said to me: "Lose the money and I will shut you" - which he will probably have to - "but you don't need to make money."

Sir Peter Hall, director of the Old Vic's new company, Time Out

Without the candidate fucking people or being a lecherous guy, you don't have a movie ... Universal would like nothing better than for the movie to be as outrageous as possible.

A Universal deep-throat on the planned film of Primary Colors, the satire on the Clinton presidential campaign, Guardian

I remember one day I dressed up as Lawrence of Arabia, and I was riding the sofa when my father came in and said, "You're going to grow up an oddity."

John Sessions, actor, Time Out

Grade is a c---.

Subliminal message about C4's head broadcast on Brass Eye

The deliberate sabotaging of a transmission tape is a most serious matter. The full circumstances are being investigated by our legal advisers.

C4's statement in response