Christine Edwards

Silver Comedy Stand-Up of the Year: 'Heard the one about the old ones being the best?'

A Slice of Britain: No? Well, turn up your hearing aid! Two dozen elderly comics go gag-to-gag for the title

Comedy partners Lorna Watson and Ingrid Oliver have been close since their schooldays

Watson & Oliver: It's hi from me...and hi from her

Veronica Lee meets the double act reared on classic TV comedy whose daft, character-led sketches will be coming to a front room near you

Kelly accepts the Ned Sherrin Award for Best Musical for Matilda The Musical at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards last year

Cultural Life: Dennis Kelly, playwright

Theatre: The last play I saw was Arnold Wesker's 'The Kitchen', at the National Theatre. Watching such a physical, and yet realistic, production, I couldn't help thinking about how far theatre has come in recent years. I also saw Christoph Schlingensief's 'Mea Culpa' at the Burgtheater in Vienna. Written on his death bed, it was really profound and visually quite amazing. Sandy McDade gave an incredibly committed performance in Lucy Kirkwood and Ed Hime's 'Small Hours', at Hampstead Theatre.

Off the wall: Adam Riches

Riches is on the money

Adam Riches won the Edinburgh Comedy Award. As his crowd-baiting act opens in London, he tells Alice Jones how he picks his victims

Off the wall: Adam Riches

Adam Riches: A comedian who strikes fear into his audience

Adam Riches won the Edinburgh Comedy Award for his crowd-baiting show. As it comes to London, he explains how he selects his victims

Medical drama House, starring Hugh Laurie, will not be resuscitated after the current season

House finally hangs up his stethoscope

After eight years, Hugh Laurie calls time on the most popular television doctor in the world. Nick Clark reports.

Hugh Laurie plays the cantankerous doctor in House

The doctor has left the building: after 177 shows, Laurie brings the House down

After eight years of diagnosing some of the world's rarest diseases, Hugh Laurie is to hang up his stethoscope. The current season of House will be his last, the producers have revealed.

Last night's viewing - Coppers, Channel 4; SuperScrimpers, Channel 4

"Is it funny or is it tragic?" asked one of the policemen in Coppers. "I don't know." Cruelly, I'm guessing that it isn't an either/or for most people. In quite a lot of instances, it's funny and tragic, as was the case with Barbara, arrested by armed response unit officers after turning up at someone's house and pointing a gun through the window. Most people, faced with four or five agitated armed police officers, might decide that a certain amount of diplomatic retreat was in order. But not Barbara, who was heavily soused on vodka and seemed to believe the police had turned up to back her up: "He's robbed my watch!" she screamed repeatedly, a picture of outraged innocence. And she didn't much help her cause when she got back to the station: "I don't believe in robbing people and hurting people," she said reasonably, before suddenly remembering the injustice of her situation, "but I'll kill that bastard!"

Sir Tom Allen is still fresh, four decades on

Where to begin with the achievements of Sir Tom Allen? As Britain's best-loved opera singer, and as the real-life inspiration for Billy Elliot – hailing from a mining family up north, with no expectations of stardom – he embodies the sort of story dreams are made of. He has created a parallel career as a director, and has just been appointed Chancellor of Durham University, but tonight will see a different culmination: when he walks on stage at Covent Garden in London as Don Alfonso in Jonathan Miller's wickedly knowing Cosi fan tutte, it will mark the 40th anniversary of his first appearance there.

How We Met: Mark Watson & Alex Horne

'He's the ideal person you'd want to be in the trenches with, as he's so calm'

DVD: The Guard, For retail & rental (Optimum)

John Michael McDonagh's comedy-thriller stars Brendan Gleeson as a dissolute Irish copper who breaks more laws than he enforces, and Don Cheadle as a slick American agent who's forced to work with him.

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Moira Young's debut title was inspired by Western novels

Soprano finds her voice – as a teen-lit novelist

'Outstanding' dystopian tale wins debut writer the children's prize in Costa book awards

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Master of St Trinian's: The death of Ronald Searle

The cartoonist who parodied British life from scurrilous schoolgirls to curmudgeonly colonels, has died aged 91. John Walsh looks back at the man who defined the fine art of the satirical sketch

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