British presenter lands his own weekly comedy series on HBO
Russell Brand has attacked his fellow comedian's privileged Oxbridge roots
Cult show that made the careers of Robert Webb and David Mitchell to 'wind down' after ninth series
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.
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.
Alice Jones' Arts Diary
Peep Show, Sun, Channel 4 // Him & Her, Sun, BBC3 // 4Funnies: Dr Brown, Fri, Channel 4
The mismatched housemates return tonight. Hugh Montgomery looks at the rise of two sitcom losers
If, like me, you have trouble sleeping; if at night your brain starts fidgeting in your skull like a recalcitrant toddler, pin-balling from one deranged thought to the next without a care for the exhausted body that houses it, then the radio is probably your best friend.
From terrific tablets to slick smartphones, David Phelan selects the hottest hardware for your Christmas wish list
My best holiday memories aren't of sunsets or dolphin sightings but of wallowing in the shallow end of a swimming pool, giant inflatable ring wrapped around my middle, my face shaded by a fat paperback. I can't brag about the quantity of my beach reading like some: I'm slow, easily distracted, and usually only notch up two novels over a fortnight's break even while my hungrier holiday companions tear through one Penguin Classic after another.
Its makers are banking on the eternal appeal of teenage humour.
Three London friends come to terms with their various losses and meet to wrangle, wittily and touchingly, over the deepest questions of belonging and identity. This year's Man Booker winner finds bold and wrenching humour within its solemn themes. However adept at all the skills of comedy, and however immersed in ideas of Jewishness, this novel bristles with a passion and zest that defy all label-stickers.
Ditching analogue radio was meant to be progress. Don't be so sure
Howard Jacobson richly deserved his Booker prize, but so many other novels divided cultured opinion
Who could root for such a charmless philanderer, even if one of his three faces is Jim Broadbent?