Penelope Houston: Influential editor of 'Sight & Sound' magazine

Without the profile afforded by a regular and well-promoted spot in the popular press, radio or television, Penelope Houston was not the most widely known of film critics; yet, having edited the British Film Institute’s magazine Sight & Sound for 35 years, her influence on British cinema culture was enormous. She helped create a space where British criticism could develop and, while she did not invent the magazine’s decennial “best film” poll, it was under her that it became an international marker of film culture.

Easter Island: Mysteries of a Lost World, TV review: Archaeologist

When most of us think of Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, we think of moai, the 887 magnificent statues that guard its shores. But the mystery of BBC4's Easter Island: Mysteries of a Lost World wasn't how these monoliths were made, or how they were moved into place (aliens, obviously) or even whether the ancient Rapa Nui people were responsible for their own decline, it's why the myths have persisted for so long.

The Week in Comedy: Zany debut that set Louis C.K. on his way

Long before Anchorman and the American Office, Steve Carell played Mail Room Guy without Glasses. And long before Parks and Recreation and the Golden Globes, Amy Poehler was Woman Sprayed with Hose. Now superstars of comedy with Hollywood at their feet, both had their first, minor film roles in Tomorrow Night, alongside another comedy titan of the future, Louis C.K.

Sugar vs Fat, TV review: Binge twins make a meal of it

Last night's Horizon (BBC2) pitted the two best food types against each other in "Sugar vs Fat", a battle which – as I flounce towards a chubby middle age – I'm calling as a score draw. They're both brilliant.

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Making an old man happy

"Every occasion he would come out with a song, no matter where he was, he would stop and do 'Singing in the Rain', I remember as a child he would have us jumping and singing and swinging round poles".