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There were fast and furious scenes in the fictional London Borough of Walford yesterday as EastEnders stars put the pedal to the metal while shooting the soap's most explosive stunt ever.

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The Blue Room Donmar, WC2 Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick Lyttelton, SE1 Antony and Cleopatra Salisbury Playhouse

The Week in Arts: Carry on cackling

IT WAS strange sitting behind the real Barbara Windsor at the National Theatre for the opening of Terry Johnson's Carry On Homage, Cleo, Camping, Emanuelle And Dick, while on stage her alter ego was both seducing and being seduced by the Sid James character. Would the real Barbara laugh, cry or sue? Well, she was crying at the end, as she is the only one of the central characters still alive. But it was interesting to note at which points she laughed. The first came when it was remarked on stage that things were so bad on the set that Charles Hawtrey nearly sobered up. But I was more intrigued to hear a barely-stifled giggle when an on-stage heavy sent by her husband said to the Sid James character: "It's not that Ronnie minds you owing him money. It's not that Ronnie minds you shagging his wife. It's your shagging his wife when you owe him money." Barbara Windsor, I gather, had seen the script and tweaked it a little. And if that's what she was happy, indeed mightily amused, to leave in, I'd love to see the out-takes.

Theatre: It's all lies, cries Barbara Windsor


Arts: Come on, feel the farce

Ooh, I say, you'll never guess what. That Terry Johnson says he's come over all lightweight with his latest play. But don't you believe it.

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Terry Johnson's Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick contains veiled portraits of Sid James, Kenneth Williams and Barbara Windsor. So what's new?

Preview: Theatre: Cleo, camping, emmanuelle and dick

Going out

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"INFAMY, INFAMY, they've all got it in for me". Once, Kenneth William's classic quote from Carry On Cleo, would have been an accurate summary of the British film establishment's attitude to Carry On films. Not so now.

A steaming pile of popular art

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Barbara Windsor is at a campsite with a group of friends doing her morning exercises in a skimpy bikini. She stretches a little too vigorously and her top flies off into the face of the supervising Kenneth Williams. Outraged, he turns to his companion Hattie Jacques and says: "Ooo, matron, take them away."

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Monday's book; Because I Tell a Joke or Two Stephen Wagg (editor) Routledge, pounds 12.99

In general, academic studies of humour are about as hilarious as The Divine Comedy. Though this rag-bag of 15 essays on "comedy, politics and social difference" doesn't avoid the jargon-laden opacities of cultural studies ("Sid James and Barbara Windsor

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