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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 other Clive

INTERVIEW: CLIVE JAMES

`Threaten me or my family and I'll belt you' - Prescott

JOHN PRESCOTT moved to kill more smears against himself and his son, Jonathan, by warning that he would "take a belt" at anyone who threatened his family, writes Colin Brown, Chief Political Correspondent.

Golf: Montgomerie fires a 66 to finish third

COLIN MONTGOMERIE hit a closing 66 to finish third in the Honda Classic as American Mark Calcavecchia held on to his overnight lead to win by three shots from Fiji's Vijay Singh at Coral Springs in Florida.

Christmas Day killer trapped by DNA test

A student who murdered a teenage girl as she walked home from a Christmas Eve discotheque two years ago was jailed for life yesterday.

Television review

LAST NIGHT

Taking trips down memory lane

Jasper Rees the week on television

THE EYE PROFILE: THE TOUCH OF FROST

DAVID FROST talks with James Rampton

Insults continue to fly over television debate

Labour and the Conservatives continued to trade insults yesterday over the collapse of negotiations on a head-to-head television debate between the party leaders.

Golf: Frost cool in the darkness

David Frost defied fading light to open up a three-shot lead in the Alfred Dunhill PGA Championship last night after lightning disrupted a tournament in South Africa for the third successive weekend.

Golf: Price back in groove

Nick Price, the former world No 1, recorded his first tournament victory since December 1995 in the Data Dimension Pro-Am in Sun City yesterday.

Smiles and tears:

John Major (above, right) enjoying a joke yesterday before being interviewed by David Frost on Breakfast with Frost. Asked about his plans for the new year, the Prime Minister replied: "To remain cool, calm and elected."

Montgomerie ridicules rules

Golf

Lyle's Masters invitation for Spain revoked

Sandy Lyle, 128th in this year's European money list, has had an invitation to this week's Volvo Masters in Spain taken away after a meeting of the Tour's tournament committee.

Is Henry Kissinger your dream date?

PETER YORK ON ADS; No 150: THE ECONOMIST

Jasper Rees on Television

Do you remember what you were doing when you heard that Mary Millington was dead? Thought not. But do you remember who she was when she was alive? She was the muse of David Sullivan, the country's pornographer-in-chief, who somehow achieved a newsworthiness out of all proportion to anything she had on offer. She was "ideal for glamour", as one photographer told her, tongue dangling somewhere in front of his solar plexus. In the diplomatic argot of the sex industry, that meant she was a midget with a rear the size of a Space Hopper: built not for clothes-horse work but for other branches of equestrianism.
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As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links