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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Starring: Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel

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

An image from Searle's time as a Japanese POW

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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Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
12 best children's shoes

Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London