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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.

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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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They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
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How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

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Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

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