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Soap star June Brown loses out to actress Anna Maxwell Martin

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Bafta award nominees announced

Chat show host Jonathan Ross received his fifth Bafta nomination today for "Friday Night With Jonathan Ross".

DVD: Peep Show: Series 5, (Channel 4)

Five series into Britain's most brilliant sitcom, and 'Peep Show's writers, Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain, are still finding fresh ways to heap humiliation and disgrace on to their flatsharing anti-heroes, Mark (David Mitchell) and Jez (Robert Webb). The show's gimmick is that it's

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Barunka O'Shaughnessy once worked in a jam factory in order to make ends meet. It was mind-numbing work. "My job was to pick up any jam-jars that had fallen over," she recollects, "but one only fell over every five hours. I was going mad there!"

Claire Beale on Advertising: The best agencies get creative in hard times

Here's a tale for our times. You might call it a tragedy. Unfortunately, it's true. Our story begins in a big London ad agency. Despite the darkening economic skies outside, there are fresh flowers in reception, free croissants and cappuccino in the agency caff and a Dunkirk spirit in the boardroom.

The Week In Books: The Booker makes a smaller splash

Behind the storm-in-a-wineglass feuds that surround the Man Booker Prize, a true and even tragic sub-plot may be starting to unfold. To be mass-market blunt rather than literary-novel elliptical: is the British audience for ambitious fiction dying off, losing faith, or just drifting away? As usual, I feel a yearly spurt of outrage, bewilderment or gratification – this time, respectively, at the exclusion of James Kelman from the long-list, of Michelle de Kretser from the shortlist, and at the judges' recognition of the far-from-shouty merits of Linda Grant.

'Peep Show' makers lose children's personal data

The BBC suspended all commissions from the production company behind the hit comedy Peep Show after a memory stick containing personal details of hundreds of children was stolen.

Inside the box: How today's television comedians made the step up from stand-up

Justin Lee Collins has presented five series of The Friday Night Project with Alan Carr. The show has just finished its first run as The Sunday Night Project and will return at Christmas. After a stint on MTV in 1997, his big break was presenting the Strictly Come Dancing spin-off on BBC 3.

Writers Talk ed Philip Tew, Fiona Tolan and Leigh Wilson

This collection of interviews with 10 contemporary novelists (no poets, playwrights or short-story writers) offers the simple, reliable pleasure of listening to experts talking about what they know best. Interviewees include Pat Barker, Jonathan Coe, David Mitchell and Matt Thorne. The tone is civilised, erudite, reasonable. A consensus emerges on certain points: most of these writers are great readers; they agree that book groups are a good thing, and that novelists have no responsibilities other than self-imposed ones; they are all conscious of working within a tradition; they tend to take a dim view of reviewers. More interesting are the different working methods by which they turn their ideas into literature. The editors deny in their introduction that they wish to reintroduce "authorial intentionality", but that's exactly what this book does (and why not?).

Sport on TV: Murray serves up a twist for nation's identity crisis

So we were spared the ritualistic quarter-final misery at Euro 2008. But even after the retirement of Tim Henman we could not avoid the soul-searching brought on by a quarter-final at Wimbledon. Andy Murray's mouth was so big that he seemed capable of swallowing the hopes of an entire nation. But at least with Murray we can now hope for a great comeback. With Henman it always seemed like he was about to blow a two-set lead.

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