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.

Mr & Mrs Smith (15)

A marriage to die for

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"Do not think because you are coloured you cannot accomplish anything," pronounced Frederick Douglass in 1893. Runaway Diamonds is a powerful production that traces the life of Douglass, who became a leader in the abolitionist movement and the first black citizen to hold high rank in the US government. West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds (0113-213 7700) 8 to 12 Mar

Arts: Blake, Shakespeare, Orwell... and Jennings

The poetic vision of Humphrey Jennings' films can stand comparison with the work of England's greatest writers. So why is he so neglected here?

Film: The beauty in the beast

Fritz Lang's films were violent, he regularly upset the people he worked with and he couldn't answer a straight question. All the more reason to love him, says Geoffrey Macnab

Film Studies: He could hardly conceive of a face not beautiful

There are horror stories these days about kids who regard Jaws and Star Wars as the first films ever made, so that everything else should follow in their image. So many new films reveal no motive except making money. And so it is with wonder and gratitude that I watch the rising reputation of Robert Bresson. After a very successful tour of the US, a Bresson retrospective played at the Edinburgh Film Festival and now comes to the National Film Theatre in London. Austerity has its day.

Kubrick's final, final legacy: a new paint job for '2001'

A UNIQUE new print of the classic film 2001: A Space Odyssey which was personally supervised by the director Stanley Kubrick will be shown for the first time next month.

Early `Dr Who' episodes saved from extermination

RARE EARLY episodes of the cult television series Dr Who, not seen in public since they were broadcast in 1964, are to be shown next month.

Film: From gangland to the casino table

Get Carter has the single-minded narrative focus of a classic B movie. Director Mike Hodges (pictured right), it transpires, was weaned on them at his local cinema. It also has a graphic brutality that was very much of its post-Bonny and Clyde era. The film was produced by MGM and Hodges recalls how his producers pressured him for more star-power for their dollars than Caine alone. Having threatened to walk off the project, Hodges opted for a supporting cast comprising representative faces from that distinctive second rank of early-Seventies screen talent busy perfecting the demeanour of dodgy second-hand car dealers. Ian Hendry plays a weasel of a chauffeur and Glyn Edwards, who was later to materialise pulling pints in Minder, an opportunist lowlife. The playwright John Osborne makes a smoothly sinister crime kingpin and Bryan Mosley - that's Alf Roberts to you and me - plays a blustering local developer.

Film studies: Not much ado about anything Branagh does now

Just between you and me, what has happened to Kenneth Branagh?

Film: Lesbian And Gay Festival

This year's Lesbian & Gay Film Festival packs its normal punch with a wide-ranging programme highlighting the best of "queer cinema". The 13th annual event opens with the sensual yet poignant romance High Art (left), billed as the hottest lesbian feature to hit UK screens since Bound. There are also more than 20 films exploring the experiences of queer youth around the world, and Billy Hollywood's Screen Kiss, recently voted the most popular US gay film of 1998. Other innovative features include the Singalong-a-Sound-of-Music and Barbie Nation: An unauthorised tour (both 18 Apr, NFT1), an exploration of the bleached-blonde babe ethos.

Harold Lloyd got in, and we hit the police car

As the `third genius' of the silent era is celebrated at the National Film Theatre, Constance Cummings tells Matthew Sweet what it was like to be his co-star
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A new Russian revolution: Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc

A new Russian revolution

Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
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Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments
The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on
It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

Voted for by the British public, the artworks on Art Everywhere posters may be the only place where they can be seen
Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Websites offering your ebooks for nothing is only the latest disrespect the modern writer is subjected to, says DJ Taylor
Edinburgh Fringe 2014: The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee

Edinburgh Fringe 2014

The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee
Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

The woman stepping down as chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund is worried