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Pitch Perfect (112 mins, 12A)

John Leguizamo (right) in the role of Del made famous by Sir David Jason (left).

Only Fools and Horses US version shelved

After a second pilot ABC decides not to commission the show

The Thick of It stars share top honours with Hunderby

The BBC political satire The Thick Of It has marked a year which saw "omnishambles" recognised by the Oxford English Dictionary by taking two prizes at the British Comedy Awards.

Way To Go: Assisted suicide gets comedy treatment

Helping the terminally ill to die becomes a 'life line' for twentysomething mates in this new BBC comedy

Oh, it's not occurring, alright? Ruth Jones stamps out rumours of US Gavin and Stacey

Co-creator of hit sitcom Gavin and Stacey has gone on record to say that an American version of the show is unlikely to happen.

Jacintha Saldanha, Kate Middleton, and how prank calls show comedy can be used for both good and ill

From Hogarth to Chris Morris, there is a long tradition in Britain of setting out to make people look foolish. Within that tradition, prank calls are the new lowest form of wit

Say no to sexism: why funny women on stage, on television and online are the new feminist fightback

The late Christopher Hitchens may have thought that women aren't funny - but if he were alive he'd see the evidence disproving his theory multiplying by the day

What To Expect When You're Expecting has second child via surrogate

American actress Elizabeth Banks has something to be grateful for this Thanksgiving - she and her husband have welcomed their second child.

A modern Mrs Robinson with a passion for laughs

Sarah Alexander is happy to play the older woman, she tells Gerard Gilbert

Glee for comedy-goers after Corden’s quick Cardiff turn

Alice Jones' Arts Diary

Tom Daley, pictured at the Olympics earlier this year, won his second gold this week at the Junior World Diving Championships

Splash! Olympian Tom Daley poised to dive headlong into primetime television

Plymouth-based Olympic medalist Tom Daley is diving into primetime TV with a new show.

The Rochdale Cowboy bows out with guns blazing

The sacking of BBC folk radio DJ Mike Harding is a sad end for one of broadcasting's most tireless characters

Last Night's Viewing: Getting On, BBC4
Grand Designs, Channel 4

I'm at a bit of a loss as to how to explain why Getting On is so good. If you don't like it – and the mere existence of comedies such as Not Going Out and Me and Mrs Jones suggests there must be people who prefer their sitcoms less subtle – then it's hard to know where to start exactly.

Mayall and Edmondson abandon 'Bottom' revival

A revival of the cult TV comedy Bottom by its creators, Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson, has been axed.

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A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

‘A bit of a shock...’ Economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
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Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes
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Independent writers remember their Saturday jobs

"I have never regarded anything I have done in "the media" as a proper job"
Lyricist Richard Thomas shares his 11-step recipe for creating a hit West End musical

11-step recipe for creating a West End hit

Richard Thomas, the lyricist behind the Jerry Springer and Anna Nicole Smith operas, explains how Bob Dylan, 'Breaking Bad' and even Noam Chomsky inspired his songbook for the new musical 'Made in Dagenham'
Tonke Dragt's The Letter for the King has finally been translated into English ... 50 years on

Buried treasure: The Letter for the King

The coming-of-age tale about a boy and his mission to save a mythical kingdom has sold a million copies since it was written by an eccentric Dutchwoman in 1962. Yet until last year, no one had read it in English
Can instilling a sense of entrepreneurship in pupils have a positive effect on their learning?

The school that means business

Richard Garner heads to Lancashire, where developing the 'dragons' of the future is also helping one community academy to achieve its educational goals
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The world in your pocket: 10 best tablets

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Lutz Pfannenstiel: The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents

Lutz Pfannenstiel interview

The goalkeeper who gave up Bayern Munich for the Crazy Gang, Bradford and a whirlwind trawl across continents
Pete Jenson: Popular Jürgen Klopp can reignite Borussia Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern Munich

Pete Jenson's a Different League

Popular Klopp can reignite Dortmund’s season with visit to Bayern
John Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

Cantlie video proves that Isis expects victory in Kobani

The use of the British hostage demonstrates once again the militants' skill and originality in conducting a propaganda war, says Patrick Cockburn
The killer instinct: The man who helps students spot potential murderers

The killer instinct

Phil Chalmers travels the US warning students how to spot possible future murderers, but can his contentious methods really stop the bloodshed?
Clothing the gap: A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd

Clothing the gap

A new exhibition celebrates women who stood apart from the fashion herd
Fall of the Berlin Wall: Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain

The Fall of the Berlin Wall

Goodbye to all that - the lost world beyond the Iron Curtain