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: British B Movies &ndash; Truly, Madly, Cheaply, Sat, BBC4<br />Doctor Who, Sat, BBC1

One of the great problems with television today is that it doesn't offer children enough opportunities to see rubbishy old films. Back when I was growing up, in the Seventies, television had very little to offer on a wet weekend afternoon beyond wrestling on ITV and the occasional film on BBC2. Not being one for the wrestling, I grew up with a thorough grounding in early British thrillers, the Westerns of Randolph Scott, and the comedies of the Boulting Brothers – the kind of knowledge you can't put a price on. But now, when the weather turns nasty and I'm too busy Facebooking to let them on the computer, my children are faced with reruns of Friends, and programmes actually intended for children. What is that going to teach them?

Sheila Hancock: 'I didn't think I had a brain at all'

She was a 'tacky rep actress' touring with Harold Pinter as he wrote 'The Birthday Party'. So why has Sheila Hancock waited 50 years to star in his masterpiece?

First Night: Is this funny?, University of London Union, London

There's more to Corden than Gavin and Stacey

You write the reviews: Doctor Who, BBC1

The fourth series of Doctor Who came with a barrage of pre-publicity that involved David Tennant and Catherine Tate, along with the creator of the latest series, Russell T Davies, appearing everywhere and anywhere. The hype tended to obscure the worries of fans over the casting of Tate as the new regular companion, Donna.

Russell T Davies: Return of the (tea) Time Lord

The man who reinvented 'Doctor Who' for a new generation hints at a real surprise to come in the new series, as the man in the Tardis goes into 'dadshock'. By Cole Moreton

Media Diary: Oliver Duff

On the wrong end of Julie's schtik

Kate Long: A handbook for success

The author of The Bad Mother's Handbook, Kate Long turns out to be more yummy than scummy mummy. But, she tells Emma Hagestadt, just don't call her lucky

Kate Nash, Astoria, London

Young fans' support boosts success of internet sensation

Thomas Sutcliffe: It's on your iPod, but it's not telly

I took Keeley Hawes to bed the other day and, without wishing to be ungallant, the experience didn't entirely live up to my expectations. Her husband, Matthew Macfadyen, has no need to worry about this confession, incidentally, because Ms Hawes wasn't even with me in spirit. She was present in pixels only – in her role as DI Alex Drake in Ashes to Ashes. Having missed episode one of the new series, I thought I ought to catch up with it, but I was feeling a little under the weather at the time, so I took my laptop to bed and used the wireless connection to get through to the BBC's iPlayer website, which lets you catch up with the last seven days of broadcasts.

Last Night's TV: Am I bovvered? Yes - and bored as well

The Catherine Tate Christmas Show, BBC1; The Hidden Story of Jesus, Channel 4

Who knows if the Doctor will close door on the Tardis?

Catherine Tate lets slip that her popular co-star David Tennant may be about to call time on his travelling but the BBC is staying tight-lipped

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