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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.

Golf: Lane dogged by Frost and Pavin

Barry Lane returned a four-under-par 67 yesterday to take a one-stroke lead after the third round of the Hong Kong Open. Lane, the winner of last year's European Masters, set up his lead with birdies on his last three holes. 'I played really well at the start but struggled for a while,' he said. 'Suddenly I started to hit the ball good again and had a really fine finish.' He is on eight- under-par 205 and leads by one stroke. The main threat could come David Frost, of South Africa, who is on 207, and Corey Pavin, of the United States, on 208.

Leading Article: Corruption is worse than cuddling

THIS IS becoming ridiculous. Who cares that Hartley Booth, Tory MP for Finchley, has kissed and cuddled (his words) an attractive research assistant? It is, as one cabinet minister, Peter Lilley, commented yesterday, a matter for Mr Booth and his wife. The MP, who for good measure is a Methodist lay preacher, says he did not have sexual relations with the 22-year-old researcher 'for various reasons', a curious formulation unlikely to quell gossip.

Golf: Faldo and Price on right course: World No 1 moves into joint lead as champion is penalised

NICK FALDO, the British world No 1, and Zimbabwe's Nick Price both had superb opening rounds to take control of the Million Dollar Challenge in Sun City yesterday.

The Best of Times: An unbelievable Lord's day: David Frost talks to Danny Danziger

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TELEVISION / Hello, good evening and welcome: Jasper Rees on a television biography of David Frost and a guide to bringing up baby

THIRTY YEARS ago David Frost was the smoothest thing on television. Nowadays it's Football Italia (C4, Sunday), which for the second year running brings long-haired square-ballers to the home of square-jawed long-ballers. Hello, good afternoon, and welcome.

My life on the network: David Frost has emerged from 30 years of broadcasting with a knighthood, the friendship of presidents and prime ministers, and a first huge volume of autobiography. It suggests a substantial figure, but sometimes the screen image seems all there is

JOHN MORTIMER, in his career as an interviewer for newspapers, always used to ask if his subject believed in God. Sometimes the interviewee was energised by the inquiry; sometimes not. But this was not the point. What mattered was that the subject obsessed John Mortimer.

INTERVIEW / Not so much an actress, more a way of life: Eleanor Bron first shot to fame with the Beatles. Since then, despite beauty and intellect, she has never quite fulfilled her potential

ELEANOR BRON first came to the attention of the general public (as opposed to the minority that had always appreciated her wit, sharp intelligence and strong-featured beauty) aged 27, in 1965, at the very height of Beatlemania, when she was chosen to star with the Fab Four in a film called Help]

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Adultery with Ray Gosling. Any takers? Oh sorry, hang on a minute, don't get too excited; that should be Adultery - With Ray Gosling (BBC2). Fortunate really, as on the evidence of the first of Tamasin Day-Lewis' new series on infidelity Gosling would be something of an acquired taste sexually. A moody figure in a distressed duffel coat and a woolly bobble hat, Gosling seems to have taken Compo (the ill-shaven scruff from Last of the Summer Wine) as his sartorial role model. Whenever a bit of voice-over was required he filled in screen-time with disconsolate little pantomimes, a solitary figure drinking a pint, a lone commuter boarding a train. For a while I thought he was another case history, a man shattered by a moment of sexual folly, but then it dawned that he was actually the presenter.

The Cabinet Reshuffle: Tory big hitter becomes the heir apparent: Kenneth Clarke: The main beneficiary of John Major's round of promotions will provide a colourful contrast to the Prime Minister's grey image

KENNETH CLARKE'S appointment as Chancellor has upset Tory right-wingers, who regard him as too pro-European, but upsetting people has been the hallmark of his irresistible rise to the top.

Golf: Edwards celebrates end of a losing run: Langer slips in Heritage Classic

THE BEST birthday present David Edwards received yesterday was the one he gave himself, a two-shot victory over South African David Frost in the Heritage Classic. For Edwards, 37 yesterday, it was the third win in a 15-year career.

Golf: Langer lording it as Lyle misses cut: Day of mixed fortunes for Europeans

BERNHARD LANGER, the Masters champion took a share of the lead at eight under par after two rounds of the Heritage Classic yesterday. Langer's round of 65 at Harbour Town tied him with South Africa's David Frost and the American, David Edwards. The first round leader, Payne Stewart, was one shot back along with 27-year- old Bob Estes.

Media: With respect, I was a nice Day: Sir Robin tells Lisa O'Kelly why today's TV interviewers annoy him

SIR Robin Day would like to make one thing clear. He never intended to be sensational. Nor did he ever, throughout his long career as a television interviewer, aim to get up anyone's nose.

Golf: Norman again conqueror

THE STRONG field and the once-monstrous Miami course could not stop Greg Norman. They could not even slow him down. Armed with a six-shot lead at the start of play, Norman was not threatened yesterday in his march to a four-stroke victory in the Doral-Ryder Open.

ROCK / Sharp sounds from a flat: Giles Smith makes a house call on the studio that Gary Clark built - This week's new albums reviewed

THE MONEY on the table to pay for Gary Clark's first solo album was pounds 100,000. 'And I thought,' said Clark, 'why give this money to studio owners when it would pay for the equipment to build a studio in my own home?' Or, to put it another way, why line other people's pockets when you can make an album and get your flat done up into the bargain? Luckily for Clark, his record company agreed. Soon, perhaps, all pop stars will be working from home.
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