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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.

Dale Winton, the king of the aisles TV's tackiest game-show host is a fast-growing cult. Justine Picardie met him

IF YOU ever need living proof that kitsch is hip, then simply look at Dale Winton. He is the presenter of Supermarket Sweep, a daytime game show so tacky that it makes Celebrity Squares look like Panorama. Yet 3 million viewers love him; and they'

Boxing: How a giant was cut down in the jungle: It was 20 years ago today that Muhammad Ali rumbled Foreman in Zaire. Reg Gutteridge filed this report for the London Evening News

Kinshasa, 30 October 1974 HAIL Muhammad Ali, the greatest sorcerer sport has ever known. Boxing's black magician regained the world heavyweight crown by knocking out George Foreman in eight incredible rounds in Kinshasa, Zaire, yesterday.

Ken Jones on Monday: A game raised to fantasy levels

IN THE time it has taken one generation to succeed another, the general standard in professional golf has improved enormously.

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Golf: Excellent US team assumes command

THE pressure was on the International team from the start of the Presidents Cup matches yesterday. They were playing in a Ryder Cup style format for the first time and missing some of their biggest names, with Greg Norman ill and Ernie Els at the Dunhill Masters. The pressure was even greater after the completion of the morning fourballs as the Internationals were swept by the United States team.

Golf: Norman has to miss out

THE driving force behind the President's Cup, a new matchplay event in the format of the Ryder Cup, was Greg Norman. Yet when the event gets under way here today, the Australian will not be here.

Flat Earth: The Mile High Tub

THEN to Michelin House, for the British launch of former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke's autobiography. Quails' eggs and champagne circulate, bouquets are tossed in various directions by David Frost, then a discourse by Mr Hawke touching on his role in the big events of the century. Alas, one frivolous group in the corner does not attend properly to this important speech, being distracted by the information, casually acquired, that Mr Hawke's publisher, Paul Hamlyn, is so rich he has a bathtub in his private jet. 'I've known people to play with an aeroplane in their bath,' says one voice, wonderingly, 'but never with a bath in their aeroplane.'

Golf: Ballesteros rages at omission: Organisers criticised as five-times champion loses chance of 19th successive appearance

SEVE BALLESTEROS learnt yesterday that he had been omitted from the World Match Play Championship next month, and that had the effect of a red rag to a bull. The target for the Spaniard's charge was Mark McCormack, whose company, the International Management Group, runs the annual autumn classic at Wentworth and 11 other events in Europe.

The irritated person's guide to peacemaking

EVERYONE is going to have some reason for extreme irritation over the coming weeks, as the new Irish initiative takes its course. Those who find the Americans out of order in their efforts to intervene for the best have not been slow to express their irritation already. Who do the Americans think they are? Are they not as much part of the problem as of the solution? And what of the dollars that are supposed to pour into the province? When did throwing money at Ulster help?

Golf / 123rd Open: Elementary for our dear friend Watson: Two former champions display great resolve, one to recover from a terrible start and the other to claw his way back to the top - Guy Hodgson takes a journey back in time to see a popular veteran in the swing

THE sound of crashing could not have been more ominous. As Tom Watson lined up his putt on the first green at Turnberry yesterday a metal step-ladder was blown over in the wind and crashed against a scoreboard. For a man trying to climb the rungs from mediocrity it seemed an apposite and doom-laden occurrence.

Golf: Frost has the edge on Norman

DAVID FROST, of South Africa, yesterday shot a one-under-par 69 to beat Australia's Greg Norman by one stroke and win the Greater Hartford Open with a course record.

TELEVISION / Long Runners: No 35: Through the Keyhole

Age: seven. First broadcast 3 April 1987; recently celebrated its 100th episode with a Jane Asher cake in the shape of a house.

TELEVISION / New Broomfield doesn't sweep clean

NICK BROOMFIELD's film Tracking Down Maggie (C4) achieved something I never thought possible. It made Margaret Thatcher a sympathetic figure. Broomfield took his usual approach - harrying his subject with merciless diffidence - but the more he shuffled about in the ever-diminishing press pack that followed the relegated premier on her book tour across Britain and America, the more it became clear that this was a film that should have been made when she was still in power. Then it would have been brave. Now, with the rusting Iron Lady reduced to boring the well-drilled backsides off captive audiences of American servicemen, it was like using a sledgehammer to crush a grape.

Obituary: Lynne Frederick

Lynne Frederick, actress: born Hillingdon, Middlesex 25 July 1954; married 1977 Peter Sellers (died 1980), 1981 David Frost (marriage dissolved 1982), 1983 Barry Unger (one daughter; marriage dissolved 1991); died Beverly Hills, California 27 April 1994.

Leading Article: A flawed man and a great constitution

OF THE dead, decency urges, nothing but good should be said, especially perhaps on the day of their funeral. That does not mean that the death of a politician is a licence for his partisans to overpraise his policies and to belabour his opponents. Some claims now being made for Richard Nixon are so extreme that they demand cool reflection. Time magazine, for example, calls him 'the greatest figure of the post-war era'. Below such peaks of hyperbole a new orthodoxy seems to be forming. Nixon, it says, was a great President; what a pity his achievement was marred by character 'flaws'.
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