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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.

Fortunately, I have always been famously feisty

The Agreeable World of Wallace Arnold

Would Madam like to be grilled or soft-soaped? In the wake of Frost vs Thatcher, Paul Vallely marks the interviewers

It was, his critics would undoubtedly observe, a classic David Frost opening. "We were once, you and I," he told Lady Thatcher, "together at a performance of Sunset Boulevard." It was a piece of archetypal Frostiana - cosy, fawning, name-dropping with its implied sense of "We're equals, you and I and Andrew Lloyd Webber."

Thatcher: The Frost Interview

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The Lady could have returned

A former minister reads between the lines of Baroness Thatcher's memoirs


Murray Smith, 54, was born in Glasgow. He left the Camer- onian Scottish Rifles to join Grampian Television, later becoming a reserve officer in the Special Forces. Apart from writing extensively for television, he has written two novels. He lives in Hampshire with his wife and their children. Frederick Forsyth was born in 1938. He did National Service in the RAF for two years, then went into journalism. In 1970, he published the bestselling Day of the Jackal; in 1994 he published his ninth novel. He lives in Hertfordshire with his second wife and two sons from his previous marriage.

The VE day gag that never made it



Drugs, sex, pop and the dream of world peace. Will there ever again be a decade as innocent - or as silly - as the Sixties? RICHARD NEVILLE, editor of Oz, was among its greatest orchestrators and chroniclers. In this extract from his new book, Hippie Hipp


The Speaker of the House of Representatives to David Frost on formative childhood influences:

NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL : Vase tie rouses Raunds

Raunds Town step out of the shadow of their wealthy Northamptonshire neighbours, the upwardly mobile Beazer Homes League club Rushden and Diamonds, when they make their first appearance in the last four of the FA Vase tomorrow. They entertain Arlesey Town, from Bedfordshire, in the first leg of their semi-final tie.

Norman suffers

Southern Africa powered to a 61/2-11/2 lead over Australasia yesterday on the opening day of the Alfred Dunhill Challenge in Johannesburg.


I see Ned Sherrin is presenting the "Nibbies" this year. What on earth are they? They're awards for people in the book trade: booksellers, publishers and so on. They're spiffing little objects in the shape of a nib, hence the name.

Can Dimbleby kebab John Major?

Question Time is a BBC TV current affairs discussion programme with a studio audience, presented by a man called Dimbleby, in which the audience initially poses questions to politicians and he follows up.

Who's the toughest of them all?

Brian Walden asks nearly twice as many tough questions as David Frost. That, anyway, is the view of Dr Peter Bull, a psychology lecturer at York University who has closely studied the political interview. He has identified 35 separate verbal tech niques used by politicians to evade questions. Now in his latest unpublished research he has measured the comparative toughness of different interviewers. The table gives the proportion of each interviewer's questions that are "tough". Dr Bull classifies a question as tough if all possible response options would put the politician in a negative light in some way in the eyes of others.
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We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape
eBay's enduring appeal: Online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce retailer

eBay's enduring appeal

The online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce site
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: ‘lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird’

'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey calls for immediate action to address the problem
Artist Olafur Eliasson's latest large-scale works are inspired by the paintings of JMW Turner

Magic circles: Artist Olafur Eliasson

Eliasson's works will go alongside a new exhibition of JMW Turner at Tate Britain. He tells Jay Merrick why the paintings of his hero are ripe for reinvention
Josephine Dickinson: 'A cochlear implant helped me to discover a new world of sound'

Josephine Dickinson: 'How I discovered a new world of sound'

After going deaf as a child, musician and poet Josephine Dickinson made do with a hearing aid for five decades. Then she had a cochlear implant - and everything changed
Greggs Google fail: Was the bakery's response to its logo mishap a stroke of marketing genius?

Greggs gives lesson in crisis management

After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
Matthew McConaughey has been singing the praises of bumbags (shame he doesn't know how to wear one)

Matthew McConaughey sings the praises of bumbags

Shame he doesn't know how to wear one. Harriet Walker explains the dos and don'ts of fanny packs
7 best quadcopters and drones

Flying fun: 7 best quadcopters and drones

From state of the art devices with stabilised cameras to mini gadgets that can soar around the home, we take some flying objects for a spin
Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

The midfielder returned to the Premier League after two years last weekend. The controversial character had much to discuss after his first game back
Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

British No 1 knows his consistency as well as his fitness needs working on as he prepares for the US Open after a ‘very, very up and down’ year
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