The actress, writer and director was best known for her roles in TV sitcom The Royle Family and as chat show host Mrs Merton
Talk of 'lowering unemployment to less than 5%' sounded good - but it was even better set to live jazz music
The Royle Family star and Gogglebox voiceover plays a 'loveable loser' in new sitcom Rovers
If the broadcaster is to be part-privatised, will it lose its edge? Mike Bolland, the channel’s first youth controller, recalls how an ‘alternative’ public remit led to blowjobs at teatime, ‘fuck’ counts, sacrilegious cigar commercials and scandal-hit ministers (nearly) unmasked: no wonder Mary Whitehouse wasn’t a fan
'Everyone’s a national treasure these days you can’t move for them. But there should only ever be one at a time'
Generous and kind, but with a quick temper, the world-class architect and the legendary comedian had much in common
A good hoax can be a thing of unsettling beauty. Executed perfectly, it can become a work of art
'I’m going to miss him like crazy,' says the former games show host
Six highlights from Frank Kelly's career-defining role as alcoholic misanthrope Father Jack
After being closeted away in a girls' school and becoming a militant Christian, she's gone on to tell lurid tales of her sex life and is about to play a murderous webcam girl. Whatever happened, Michaela Coel?
‘If elected I will be having boy mode and girl mode’
Baddiel returns to screens with his new series on Discovery, On The Silk Road
'Hurtful attacks on defenceless people are inappropriate,' a new ethics code says
Gervais hasn’t toured a stand-up routine for some time
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