Arts and Entertainment On the cutting edge: Johnny Vegas, from the Face of Satire exhibition at the BFI

On 26 February, Spitting Image will celebrate its 30 birthday. BBC Four will mark the occasion with a special episode of Arena which promises to tell the “vexed and frequently hilarious story” of the sketch show which ran for 21 series between 1984 and 1996 and marked a high point in British satire.

Was Paul Newman's acting career limited by his charm and good looks?

Paul Newman's sublime looks and air of geniality made it easy for him to charm audiences. But, as a season of the actor's films opens at the BFI in London, Geoffrey Macnab wonders whether the attributes that propelled him to stardom were also shackles that bound and limited him

British B-movies - Cheap thrills from the past

As a season of forgotten British B-movies opens in London, Geoffrey Macnab welcomes the rehabilitation of a genre that trained dozens of our star actors, writers and directors

Ken Wlaschin: Film historian and festival organiser who brought the best of world cinema to London

As programme director of the National Film Theatre and organiser of the London Film Festival for more than 15 years, the American Ken Wlaschin became a highly influential figure in British cinema.

Spike Lee - still doing the right thing

As the BFI celebrates 20 years since the release of Spike Lee's seminal film with The Independent Interview and a season of movies on the Southbank, the director talks to Kaleem Aftab about race and retrospectives

Win ticket's to Mica Paris gig at Ronnie Scott's

To celebrate the legendary jazz club's 50th anniversary, The Independent has teamed up with Ronnie Scott’s and the BFI to offer readers a chance two tickets to Mica Paris' concert on Wednesday 10t June at Ronnie Scott's in London.

Kubrick's lost movie: Now we can see it...

The legendary director dreamed of making a Holocaust film. But Spielberg beat him to it. Now, a new exhibition will show us what we missed.

Sam Peckinpah: A taste for blood

Sam Peckinpah’s appetite for real and cinematic violence approached the psychopathic. As a season of his films opens, Geoffrey Macnab assesses the director’s career

TV's buried treasure: Classics saved

Don't panic, Captain Mainwaring! A host of classic TV shows are set to return after being rescued from oblivion by the BFI. Gerard Gilbert reports on a cultural conservation project worth celebrating

James Quinn: Cultured, committed BFI director

James Quinn joined the British Film Institute (BFI) in 1955 as its Director, following the departure of the brilliant and flamboyant Denis Forman, who had wrought the organisation from its humble beginnings and laid the foundations for its future development.

101 Star Bars: Benugo, London

Following its relaunch in March, the BFI (formerly the NFT, formerly still a grey old restaurant that you’d scoot past on the way to aThames view) has taken on a completely new character.

A cinematic show puts a new twist on historical perception

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Africa's medicine man

To his patients, he's simply 'Dr Paul'. To the people working in Aids-ravaged communities, he's a revolutionary - and an inspiration. Jeremy Laurance hears why

Robert Mitchum retrospective

As the NFT celebrates Robert Mitchum's career, Geoffrey MacNab recalls a star who was the epitome of laid-back style
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