Arts and Entertainment Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc, centre, are up for Best Female TV Comic for their presenting quips on The Great British Bake Off

Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc are shortlisted for Best Female TV Comic

The Channel 4 Chatty Man who loves to talk but not to Twitter

Despite having three TV shows and a prime slot on Radio 2, Alan Carr still does secret gigs in pubs, he tells Ian Burrell

Derren Brown: Enigma, Adelphi Theatre, London

Roll up for the mystery tour

Are chat shows just a big joke?

Alan Carr is the latest comedian to get his own chat show. Gerard Gilbert asks whether the traditional interviewer has gone forever, to be replaced by stunts and light entertainment

The Hold Steady, Roundhouse, London

As any self-respecting rock'n' roller knows, the press love a good myth.

I'm sorry, says comedian Carr

Comedian Alan Carr has apologised for dedicating a comedy award to kidnapper Karen Matthews.

Celebrity memoirs: Black eyes and Rohypnol in the latest crop of tell-alls

Sometimes I envy the other contributors to these pages. They get to salute the heroes in their field, to bestow garlands upon the best and the finest that the bookshops of England can offer – and to acquire an armful of volumes that would grace the shelves of any reading person. I'm more like the Dynorod man. I roll up a sleeve, dip an arm into the slimy feculence of the celeb memoir business and yank out the ghost-written, self-indulgent, self-aggrandising effluvia of a ghastly gang of cash-randy showbiz egotists. I'd give it up – tell the editor to stuff it and give the gig to Marina Warner – if only I didn't like doing it so very much.

WH Smith boosted by travellers' stores

A strong performance at its motorway, airport and station stores helped WH Smith report a 15 per cent hike in underlying full-year profits today.

Alan Carr celebrates 'civil ceremony made in heaven' with £3m C4 deal

Alan Carr has signed an exclusive deal with Channel 4 that is thought to be worth nearly £3m over two years, after the broadcaster fought off feverish interest from the BBC and ITV.

Bidding war begins as rivals try to tempt Alan Carr away from Channel 4

The days of working as a struggling comedian on the Manchester circuit are long gone for Alan Carr. With his thick-rimmed spectacles and impossibly white teeth, the co-host of Channel 4's Friday Night Project has become one of television's most instantly recognisable faces during the past three years and now his growing popularity seems about to pay off.

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This Impreza is a lovely drive, just so long as you don't have to look at it

Philip Hensher: You and your friends can come out of the closet now, Mr Humphries

In the 1970s, the likes of John Inman had to deny their homosexuality in spite of their obviously gay acts. But why are modern gay comics still peddling the tired old stereotypes?

Online or on page? It's a war of words for women's magazines

The death knell for the glossies has been sounded before, and The Lipster is the latest online venture to proclaim that young women deserve more than diets and celeb gossip. But has this so-called antidote to 'belittling dross about boob jobs' got it right? Lipster co-editor Rebecca Nicholson says her daily pop-culture fix is just what 20-somethings want, but Jo Elvin, editor of 'Glamour', counters that 550,000 readers a month can't be wrong...

Alan Carr: Deborah Ross meets one of Britain's fastest-rising comedy stars

He's terribly funny, he's ever so camp and he's really going places. He's even got a house in Crouch End. (Well, almost.) But what Alan Carr wants more than anything is just a nice cuddle

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A whole different kind of terrible, Bart Freundlich's romantic comedy seems to distil the very essence of unfunniness. It focuses on two New York couples undergoing some heavy weather in their relationships. Julianne Moore is a stage actress married to David Duchovny, an ex-adman-turned-house husband whose need for sex leads him into an affair, while aspiring writer Maggie Gyllenhaal dreams of a big family but can't get layabout boyfriend Billy Crudup to commit.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
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Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

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The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee