The creator of Mrs Merton and The Royle Family paved the way for comedians and writers including Sacha Baron Cohen and Steve Coogan
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
Wood was a mischievous observer of the banal; of office politics, ageing parents and the realities of love. Like the indomitable women she created, death won't keep her down
'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
How dull would our lives be if we, in effect, introduce a mandatory retirement age for wisecracks?
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’
Even those who are unfamiliar with Reeves and Mortimer's sketch shows can get a kick out of watching them live
'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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