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.
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Donald Macintyre's Lib Dem Conference Sketch: Party’s Jeremiah Vince Cable retreats, but leaves us in no doubt where his true allegiances lie
Monday 16 September 2013
Business Secretary said Tories had 'reverted to type: dog-whistle politics, orchestrated by an Australian Rottweiler'
Tuesday 10 September 2013
An obsession with youth has "distorted the standards" of today's TV, Sir Michael Parkinson has said.
Sunday 01 September 2013
A long-gone, winning formula gets a revival – and the result is appallingly watchable
Friday 30 August 2013
New host Keith Lemon will front the latest series as executives look to old hits to revive ratings
Bath Literature Festival: Did Mary Whitehouse have a point when it came to ‘filth’? asks Ben Thompson
Sunday 10 March 2013
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.
Saturday 12 January 2013
The broadcaster and writer Robert Kee, whose television career spanned four decades, has died aged 93.
Thursday 25 October 2012
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.
Friday 12 October 2012
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.
Monday 05 September 2011
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.
Saturday 13 August 2011
Business groups claimed Britain's banks were not supporting small enterprises yesterday despite figures showing major lenders edging towards their lending targets.
Tuesday 26 July 2011
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.
Friday 22 July 2011
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.
Monday 30 May 2011
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".
Wednesday 04 May 2011
Workers are taking fewer days off sick, with a record 45% having no days off ill at all in 2010, according to research today.
Friday 08 April 2011
Nigel Farage: NHS might have to be replaced by private health insurance
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
George Galloway condemns 'racist, Islamophobic, hypocritical rag' Charlie Hebdo at freedom of speech rally
Islamic history is full of free thinkers - but recent attempts to suppress critical thought are verging on the absurd
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