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.

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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?

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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.

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