The Proclaimers celebrate 25 years in pop with a new album. James McNair meets them
Billy Connolly is going from Big Yin to tiny dwarf to complete the cast of Peter Jackson's movie version of The Hobbit.
Miliband hopes for better sleep – and speech
The Scottish singer-songwriter Gerry Rafferty, who earned his place in pop history with a string of hit singles in the 1970s, has died at the age of 63.
From Big Yin to Big Yawn – with swearing where the jokes used to be
Grecian earner for the Malmaison brand
Back on the bill and on top form
The home I grew up in ... was a seven-storey Georgian house above my father's veterinary clinic near Marble Arch in central London. It was as urban as you can get. The house was always full of dogs with bandaged legs.
Timothy Spall is a very fine actor, and a lovely man. Now he's broken into the Hollywood big league, but it hasn't changed him one bit. He still loves Mike Leigh, 'nice arms' and, most important of all, Rich Tea biscuits. Portrait by Eva Vermandel