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It’s odd how many collaborative teams wrote sparkling comedy together but not drama; John Wells teamed with John Bird for a series of inspired political duologues called “The Long Johns”, which managed to predict the seriousness of the banking crisis, while John Fortune and John Wells found common ground to produce a now-forgotten surreal comic masterpiece.

Donald Macintyre's Lib Dem Conference Sketch: Party’s Jeremiah Vince Cable retreats, but leaves us in no doubt where his true allegiances lie

Business Secretary said Tories had 'reverted to type: dog-whistle politics, orchestrated by an  Australian Rottweiler'

Sir Michael Parkinson

Sir Michael Parkinson attacks 'youth obsession' and 'distortion standards' of modern television

An obsession with youth has "distorted the standards" of today's TV, Sir Michael Parkinson has said.

TV review: Through the Keyhole: Who would work in a suit like this?

A long-gone, winning formula gets a revival – and the result is appallingly watchable

Keith Lemon presents the new 'Through the Keyhole'

Who would recommission a TV show like this? Through the Keyhole returns to our screens

New host Keith Lemon will front the latest series as executives look to old hits to revive ratings

Moralist Mary Whitehouse

Bath Literature Festival: Did Mary Whitehouse have a point when it came to ‘filth’? asks Ben Thompson

Mary Whitehouse was not only a censorious zealot and a thorn in the side of the BBC but she was also a pioneer who pre-empted the Internet age and became a master of image-making, an audience heard today at The Independent Bath Literature Festival.

Journalist and presenter Robert Kee dies

The broadcaster and writer Robert Kee, whose television career spanned four decades, has died aged 93.

Genial, unflappable and sincere: Morris in 1988

Mike Morris: Presenter who helped put TV-am on to an even keel

The television critic Philip Purser commented on the arrival of breakfast television in Britain in 1983 that it was "rather like Milton Keynes. No one really wanted it but now it's there it's quite handy." Although the BBC's Breakfast Time programme was an instant success, and made a novelty into a habit within a few weeks, commercial television's first attempt, TV-am's Good Morning Britain, had a turbulent 10-year run of strikes, financial problems and oscillating ratings. But despite chaos behind the scenes, presenter Mike Morris remained genial, unflappable, and, that rare trait in presenters, sincere.

Terence Blacker: Saying sorry – a user's manual

Every day brings news of fresh apologies. Researching for my song "The Sorry News", which celebrates the art of public apology, I began to appreciate the many shades of sorry.

Business Diary: Frost signs off with broadside

So farewell David Frost, the director-general of the British Chambers of Commerce, who stepped down on Friday after eight years in the job. Typically, he didn't go quietly, offering an eight-point diagnosis of broken Britain – including warnings about everything from the country's failing education system to its ongoing inability not to spend more than it earns. We wish him a happier retirement, free from such worries at last.

SMEs claim banks still not lending despite Merlin claims

Business groups claimed Britain's banks were not supporting small enterprises yesterday despite figures showing major lenders edging towards their lending targets.

Longworth takes the helm at BCC

John Longworth, a veteran retailer, has been named as the new director-general of the British Chambers of Commerce, taking over from David Frost, who has run the business organisation since 2003. Mr Longworth has held posts as a senior executive at Asda and Tesco, and is also non-executive director of the Co-operative Group Food Ltd and Nichols plc.

The Secret History Of: Jacobsen Series 7 chair

There's no mistaking the voluptuous hourglass form of Arne Jacobsen's 1955 Model 3107 chair, better known as the Series 7. So the Danish designer must have seen it as a fitting tribute when the Swinging Sixties' most infamous set of curves straddled his creation for a nude photo shoot, sending sales through the roof, where they remain to this day.

BCC urges further stimulus over fears of stalling UK growth

One of the country's leading business organisations has warned the government that its plan to reduce the Budget deficit will take longer than expected because growth will be slower than the official estimates and may even "fizzle out".

Workers are taking fewer sick days

Workers are taking fewer days off sick, with a record 45% having no days off ill at all in 2010, according to research today.

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