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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.

Norma still haunted by that blue suit

Like the Princess of Wales, Norma Major was once the silent woman, a shy, smiling presence never known to utter more than a few conventional sentiments. After Dianarama, we've heard more than enough of the pushy princess. Norma Major: Behind Closed Doors, her first full-length TV interview, which is broadcast this afternoon on BBC1, forms an interesting companion piece to Diana's on-air baring, though not because you'll hear any revelations akin to "I adored him ... but I was terribly let down". In place of Squidgygate, we get the affair of the White Plastic Boots. Instead of bulimia and suicide attempts, there's the Blue Suit.

Monty's siege mentality

THE OPEN: Richard Edmondson watches another display of petulance from a player who cannot stop snapping at photographers

Going soft, and not just in the head

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Labour set to axe women-only lists

Labour leaders will risk a new internal backlash today over the expected decision of the National Executive Committee to abandon the policy of reserving safe seats for women. The NEC is "almost certain" to agree not to appeal against an industrial tribunal ruling that the policy was unlawful.

Those choice words that say 'I hate you'

The Princess of Wales, it seems, can whisper a mean insult. But where's the wit, asks Peter Guttridge

Radio Clever Girls and Lost Boys Radio 4

'The programme had a rather badgering tone, never focused into a proper accusation'

Golf: Lane conquers Frost for jackpot

Golf

Lane the bounty hunter

Golf

Headlines fade, but the great ascetic battles on

MISSING PERSON; No 44: Ralph Nader

Watford's different class of banker

MARY BRAID

Cannabis inquiry backed by 27 Labour MPs

'Independent' survey: three members of opposition front bench side with Clare Short in row over legalisation of soft drug

Short says sorry as Blair reads riot act

The Shadow Cabinet will be warned tomorrow by Tony Blair to toe the line on policy or be sacked, after Clare Short gave a fulsome public apology for overstepping the mark on the legalisation of cannabis.

Leading Article: Short-circuiting the drugs debate

Clare Short's 24-hour career as a Labour front-bench spokesperson on home affairs, following her remarks to David Frost about legalising cannabis, is the sorriest illustration yet of the way that mainstream politicians are closing down debate as they scramble for the high, centre ground of public opinion.

Quietly speaking volumes

KINDRED SPIRITS: Adrift in Literary London by Jeremy Lewis, HarperColli ns pounds 17.99

Serbs feel UN 'gave the nod' to attacks

BOSNIA CRISIS: Robert Block in Grabovica talks to nationalists who doubt the West's commitment to defence of safe havens
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Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
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Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

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Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

Singer joins Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit in celebration of the best in British and Irish music
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Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

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