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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.

The reality of TV makeovers

Lowri Turner's first novel spills the beans on the world of TV. But it's all fiction - honest! - the presenter tells Gill Swain

Europe resists pressure to cut rates

Bank of England, ECB and Swiss refuse to follow Fed's lead despite pleas to lower cost of borrowing

Podium: Glen O'Hara: It's time to take the swing out of the Sixties

From a lecture by the Graduate Scholar of University College, London, on conflict and consensus in Britain in the Sixties

Golf: The Open - Van de Velde's par excellence

The Open: Inspired Frenchman turns on the putting style to take a five-shot lead into the final day

Golf: Open 99: Van de Velde's fairy-tale day

The Open: Frenchman sponsored by Disneyland tames Carnoustie with a 68 but big guns are poised to challenge

Golf: Open 99: Open Quote close Quote

My tee shot was only three paces off the edge of the fairway and I never moved the ball with my second shot. I don't know what happened to it. Either the club went right underneath it or it never reached the ball. I'm going to have to classify it as an air shot.

Leeson out of jail, pursued by media

NICK LEESON, the rogue trader who broke Barings Bank and fled Singapore when he knew the game was up, voluntarily prolonged his jail term there yesterday to avoid the even more terrifying prospect of facing journalists who had declined to pay for his story.

Bad day at the office, dear?

Rogue Trader Director: James Dearden Starring: Ewan McGregor, Anna Friel (92 mins; 15)

Golf: Sandelin makes Ryder Cup team

JARMO SANDELIN secured his Ryder Cup place in dramatic style at the German Open here yesterday.

Golf: Frost keeps his cool on the greens

TWO AMERICANS, Tom Lehman and Hal Sutton, and South Africa's David Frost shot eight-under-par scores of 63 in sweltering conditions to share the first-round lead in the St Jude Classic here on Thursday.

Golf: Frost too hot for Struver to handle

SVEN STRUVER double-bogeyed the final hole to hand David Frost his second South African Open title in Stellenbosch yesterday. The German, who had led from the second round, needed a birdie on the par-four 18th to claim the title. A par would have taken him into a play-off with Frost.

Golf: Struver strides to the front

GERMANY'S SVEN Struver shot his second straight four-under par 67 for a three-shot lead after the second round of the South African Open here yesterday.

That Was The Year That Was...

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Golf: `Sick' Daly breaks down in mid-round

WITH NO warning, John Daly broke into a cold sweat and began shaking uncontrollably during Thursday's opening round of the Greater Vancouver Open in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada.

Accidental Heroes of the 20th Century: 2: Peter Cook, Comic Actor

HARRY THOMPSON'S magisterial biography of Peter Cook runs for 500 pages. Cook's version of the story - produced at the suggestion of a publisher in 1993 - was a few sheets of writing-paper covered in rough scribble. "I thought we might flesh it out with a few photographs," suggested Cook typically.
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Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
Lauded therapist Harley Mille still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Australian Harley Miller is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law
Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?

Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world...

But could his predictions of war do the same?
Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

Young at hort

Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?
Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

Sadly though, the Lawrence of Arabia star is not around to lend his own critique
Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve
Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition: It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans

Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

Besiktas vs Arsenal

Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie
Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

As the Northern Irishman prepares for the Barclays, he finds time to appear on TV in the States, where he’s now such a global superstar that he needs no introduction
Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

The 16-year-old will become the sport’s youngest-ever driver when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next season
Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

But belated attempts to unite will be to no avail if the Sunni caliphate remains strong in Syria, says Patrick Cockburn
Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

Following last week's report on prison suicides, the former inmate asks how much progress we have made in the 50 years since the abolition of capital punishment