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Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc are shortlisted for Best Female TV Comic

Clockwise from left: Sarah Millican; Lee Mack; Alan Carr; David Mitchell; Graham Norton and Jack Whitehall are up for the King or Queen of Comedy Award 2013

British Comedy Awards 2013: Jack Whitehall, Alan Carr and David Mitchell shortlisted

Who should be crowned the King or Queen of British comedy?

Review: Dead Interviews: Living Writers Meet Dead Icons, Edited by Dan Crowe

Who could resist an invitation to interview a massive icon? A really great novelist, say, or a former US president? Hence the impressive cast of interviewers Dan Crowe has managed to line up to contribute to this collection: Joyce Carol Oates, David Mitchell, Ian Rankin and more. There’s a catch, however – the subjects of the interviews are all long dead (some, like Monsieur de Saint-George, have been dead for more than two centuries) – so each interviewer must supply both sides of the conversation.

John Oliver has now landed his own show with the premier US network HBO

John Oliver: From 'The Daily Show' to his own show

British presenter lands his own weekly comedy series on HBO

Robert Webb rejoined the Labour Party after reading Russell Brand's article

Russell Brand hits back at Robert Webb: 'I'm not in favour of death camps'

Russell Brand has attacked his fellow comedian's privileged Oxbridge roots

The ninth series will the last outing for the El Dude Brothers, Jeremy and Mark

Peep Show to end next year after ninth series

Cult show that made the careers of Robert Webb and David Mitchell to 'wind down' after ninth series

Shepard: Why is he not published here?

Invisible Ink: No 169 - Jim Shephard

Here's an unusual situation; an author who's certainly not dead, not unknown or out of print in his native USA, greatly admired, yet ignored and unrepresented on these shores. While UK publishers reprint the most minor Nordic crime novels, we're denied an astonishing American voice.

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Foreigners are cool: Iceland's lesson for Britain as isolated island is voted the friendliest place on earth

The country that topped a hospitality poll could teach the UK (placed 55th) a thing or two, Jenna Gottlieb discovers

Occult mystery: Kate Miller-Heidke in ENO’s ‘Sunken Garden’ at the Barbican

Heads Up: Sunken Garden

It's a bouquet of 3D film, opera, and electronic music

Cloud Atlas novelist David Mitchell to co-translate breakthrough Japanese 'autism memoir'

The Cloud Atlas author David Mitchell and his wife have co-translated an acclaimed book, written by a Japanese child, about his experience of growing up with autism.

Hugh Grant said it was “fun” play a darker role on Cloud Atlas

Hugh Grant shows his dark side in multiple Cloud Atlas roles

Hugh Grant said last night it was "fun" to bring out a darker side for his multiple roles in the screen adaptation of Cloud Atlas, rather than the bumbling English gent he normally plays.

Tom Hanks and Halle Berry in 'Cloud Atlas'. Running time: 173 minutes

The Weekend’s Viewing: Peep Show's Pompous and Punchable deliver a tour de force of squirm

Peep Show, Sun, Channel 4 // Him & Her, Sun, BBC3 // 4Funnies: Dr Brown, Fri, Channel 4

House mates: David Mitchell (right) and Robert Webb, stars of Channel 4’s Peep Show

Hail, Croydon's kings of comedy: 'Peep Show' is back for series eight

The mismatched housemates return tonight. Hugh Montgomery looks at the rise of two sitcom losers

The Peep show returns on Sunday night

Staying in and going out: When did Sunday night become the new Friday?

Back in the mid-1990s, there was no contest as to which night ruled the comedy waves. It was Fridays on Channel 4 when the broadcaster ran various combinations of Friends, Frasier, and others.

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Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
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How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
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The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
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Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
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UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
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‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
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Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
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His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
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You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
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The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
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