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Jenny Eclair, purveyor of toilet humour sans pareil, talks to Janie Lawrence over a few glasses about her nude new role in Nell Dunn's 'Steaming'

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Nothing to Hyde

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COMEDY Billy Connolly Labatts Apollo, Hammersmith

Just in case a punter had inadvertently entered the Labatts Apollo on Monday still expecting to see the recently departed Riverdance, the stage backdrop was plastered with the sort of slogans not readily associated with the wholesome Irish dance troupe: "grey pubic hair", "sheep-shagging", "incontinence pants", and "itchy bum". There was no mistaking it; you could only be here for Billy Connolly.

Family seek to take the sex out of Hendrix

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GALTON AND SIMPSON: GRUMPY OLD MEN?

Ray Galton and Alan Simpson are the sort of people you might find in a newspaper "where are they now?" column. The answer is: alive and well, and living and writing in Middlesex.

Comedy Jimeoin Cochrane, London

The phrase "big in Australia" conjures up ghastly images of Rolf Harris or, worse, of Paul Hogan. Fortunately, the Irish-born comedian Jimeoin, to whom the phrase also applies, is not cut from the same cringe- making cloth. In fact, he should probably be celebrated as Australia's greatest export since Pommy-bashing.

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Shot by his partner, David Furnish, Elton John: Tantrums and Tiaras, to be broadcast by ITV on 7 July, is the ultimate home video. The superstar singer confesses that even five years ago such a project would have been unthinkable. "I wouldn't have been compos mentis, you know," he tells Furnish. "I'd have told you all to bugger off within three minutes." Now "in recovery" from various addictions, John (right) is quite happy to let us wander among the pantechnicons that service his world tour and make sure his supplies of Marks & Spencer muffins and HP Sauce are kept topped up. John is perhaps most proud of his two-room travelling wardrobe that features six drawers full of colour-coordinated glasses and two tiaras. The singer takes time out to explain the latter: "Very important for anybody travelling on the road is two tiaras, because you never know when you're going to get invited to something really formal."

THE CRICTICS FILM: Today suburbia, tomorrow the world

That Golden Palm which now casts its dappled shade over Mike Leigh's Secrets & Lies (15) might come as something of an agreeable surprise, for all that it is well deserved; his wanly comic drama about families has many of the qualities of a national family joke, so replete with this country's shared disappointments, half-forgotten grudges and rueful acceptances that you might not think it fully intelligible in Cannes, or anywhere outside these shores. Do audiences in Nancy yelp with laughter, as we do, when Paul (Lee Ross) grunts "Can be, mate" to someone who asks if his work is hard? Will cinema-goers in Helsinki squirm, as we do, when Monica (Phyllis Logan) says of her WC "I think the peach tones make it quite tranquil"? Are Bostonians likely to wince in recognition, as we do, at the shrill maternal whine with which Cynthia (Brenda Blethyn) catechises her daughter Roxanne (Claire Rushbrook) about contraceptive devices?
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