Arts and Entertainment Tipple of laughter: Greg Davies as Jennitta Bishard in 'This Is Jinsy'

Cult sitcom This Is Jinsy has attracted TV's biggest names. Gerard Gilbert visits the surreal show's creators on set

The Weekend's TV: Catherine Tate’s Nan (BBC 1)

This spin-off character could easily hold her own in a full series

David Tennant stars as The Doctor in the 'Doctor Who' 50th anniversary special

David Tennant named 'the nation's favourite' Doctor Who

The Scottish actor won by a margin with Billie Piper taking best companion

Sir David Frost, journalist, comedian, writer, media personality and daytime TV game show host, pictured at his office in London

Sir David Frost calls upon Tony Hall to take a knife to BBC's management structure

Having worked for the BBC for more than 50 years, Sir David Frost has advised the new Director-General Tony Hall that he must take a knife to the organisation’s debilitating management structure.

David Cameron posing with teen heart-throbs One Direction, as David Cameron will make his latest Comic Relief appearance by starring in a music video with One Direction.

David Cameron gets teenage kicks starring in One Direction music video

The British Prime Minister might have embarrassed himself last month by admitting he was jealous of his children’s onesies. But it seems David Cameron has seized the opportunity for an even redder face by agreeing to star alongside teen heart-throbs One Direction in their next music video.

Pointing the way: Russell Brand at the Secret Policeman’s Ball at Radio City in New York

Secret Policeman's Ball: Stand-up and be counted

Russell Brand stole the show as American and British comics vied for laughs in New York

Gripping yarn: Katherine Parkinson

'I prefer a less polite laugh'

Katherine Parkinson stars in a Dickens spoof over Christmas, then takes on Ayckbourn. Cosy comedy's not for this cerebral soul, as Alice Jones discovers

Gripping yarn: Katherine Parkinson

'I prefer a less polite laugh': Why cosy comedy's not for cerebral soul Katherine Parkinson

Parkinson stars in a Dickens spoof over Christmas, then takes on Ayckbourn.

Sir Paul and friends light up the West End

In the forthcoming Ad Fab mini-season Jennifer Saunder's character Edina Monsoon is refused entry to Stella McCartney's exclusive Mayfair boutique. There was no such trouble last night as she turned up in character to switch on the store's Christmas lights.

Letter from the i editor: Beware the tyranny of beige

Well, the day has come. Some newer i readers such as Harry Latour (letters, yesterday) may be upset, but judging by the avalanche of hate mail over the past few months, few i readers will miss Cooper Brown.

The Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards: the Nominees, Various venues, Edinburgh

The shortlist meeting for the awards this year was record-breakingly lengthy and no wonder, what with a rather unwieldy list of eight newcomer nominees. Many of the buzz acts made the cut, and of the main six nominees (Adam Riches, Andrew Maxwell, Chris Ramsey, Josie Long, Nick Helm and Sam Simmons), four have already been reviewed on this page and Simmons is covered below.

Nice to see you, to see you knighted – Forsyth honoured after 70 years

After nearly 70 years in showbusiness, and more than five decades bringing relentless cheer to television viewers, Bruce Forsyth is to become a knight.

Much Ado About Nothing, Wyndham's, London<br/>Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare's Globe, London<br/>Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Festival Theatre, Chichester

One of this week's 'Much Ado...' productions has star power, but it's the charm and wit of the second that gets more out of Shakespeare's sure-fire comedy

First Night: Much Ado About Nothing, Wyndhams Theatre, London

Despite Tennant's gloriously engaging Benedick - I'd rather go to the Globe

Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare's Globe, London

Much to love in this witty production

Red Nose Day sets £74m record

A record £74 million had been raised for Comic Relief as the BBC's Red Nose Day extravaganza drew to a close.

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Smash hit go under the hammer

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A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
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Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
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These days in the US things are pretty much stuck where they are, both in politics and society at large, says Rupert Cornwell
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Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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Diana Krall: The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai

Diana Krall interview

The jazz singer on being friends with Elton John, outer space and skiing in Dubai
Pinstriped for action: A glimpse of what the very rich man will be wearing this winter

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