Arts and Entertainment Playing it by ear: Dan Skinner, Matt Berry, Bob Mortimer and Vic Reeves in 'House of Fools'

Vic and Bob are back in BBC2's House of Fools. The duo explain why writing a sitcom was their biggest test yet

Chuck Berry, 100 Club, London

Chuck Berry doesn't need a dressing room. He jumps out of his car at the back of the 100 Club and runs straight on to the stage, and he disappears in a similar fashion, whisked off into the night while the audience is still applauding and expecting that he might return for a parting shot of "Johnny B Goode". As usual, Chuck does things his own way. There was some surprise, earlier, that he even appeared for the sound check, although he spent most of that in a chair, just watching the band – which includes his son, Chuck Berry Jr, on second guitar.

Urban gardener: Currant affairs

Rummaging through the dark corners of our freezer last week not only saved me having to dodge sale-crazed shoppers just to get a meal, but also revealed two frosted containers of plump blackcurrants. Quite how we'd forgotten about this treasure trove is a mystery, seeing as they were plucked and stored in the summer of 2006; while I'm a little picky about freshness when it comes to food, any thought of the ruby-jet beads being past their sell-by-date didn't cross my mind. Blackcurrants are one of my favourite fruits, especially when cooked and made into jam or cassis, the vital syrup to make champagne palatable for heathens like me.

Berry charges dropped because of Fallon trial

The Crown Prosecution Service has confirmed that it has dropped race-fixing charges against the trainer Alan Berry in the wake of the collapse of the Kieren Fallon trial. Berry, who was charged back in December 2004 with defrauding users of the Betfair betting exchange, was to stand trial at the Old Bailey next week.

Allergy: Could I have come into contact with poison ivy?

I have developed a nasty, blistery rash on my hands after working in the garden. An American neighbour says it looks like poison ivy. Could I have come into contact with poison ivy in the UK? If not, what else might have caused it?

Diary Of An Eco-Builder

If you dream of hearing birdsong, there are lots of easy ways to make your garden wildlife-friendly

Something For The Weekend?

004 Adelaide Hills Sauvignon Blanc; 2004 Shingle Peak Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc; 2004 Verité Viognier

Something For The Weekend?

2004 Caracol Serrano Jumilla; 2002 Cave de Turckheim Grand Cru Riesling; 2002 Nepenthe Charleston Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir

My Mentor: Sarah Miller On Max Hastings

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My Round: Putting grapes to good use

Here's your chance to win some fine wine - and make the world a better place. But you may end up with a red nose

My Round: Cloudy judgement

Feel free to splash out on special wines - just make sure you don't put cult status in front of common sense
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