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The German who loves 'Little Britain'

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The next chapter: Who'll be the bestsellers of tomorrow?

There's something inescapably retro about the book trade. But then what do you expect from an industry in which the pastiche Victorian novel is still red-hot, the Knights Templar are big news and the biggest success of the last decade was a series about a boarding school?

David Walliams' stalker sectioned

An obsessed stalker who threatened to kill Little Britain star David Walliams during a four-year campaign of harassment was sectioned yesterday under the Mental Health Act.

The end of the bender? Stars embrace sobriety

Oi! Amy! Put that glass down! Haven't you heard that the days of rock'n'roll excess are over? As more and more public figures forsake alcohol in the name of health and sanity, and thousands of us follow suit, Rob Sharp explains why society is embracing sobriety

Leading article: Holes in the accounts

It would take a heart of stone not to smile at the plight of Gordon Brown and those others left to bale out the Labour Party ship. Tonight's fundraising dinner at Wembley promises to be a rather desperate affair, after last year's event, held in the first flush of the Brown era, which the party describes as "the most successful fundraiser in Labour's history". The contrast is equally stark with the days – how long ago they seem now – when Michael Levy simply had to touch an arm and murmur Tony Blair's name for the million-pound cheques to be forthcoming.

An email conversation with ex-rower James Cracknell

'I cycle more now, but I can't wait to watch the rowing in Beijing'

Matt Lucas hires royal legal team to 'divorce' his partner

The comedian and Little Britain creator, Matt Lucas, has announced that he is splitting up with his partner of six years after getting "married" in a high-profile civil partnership ceremony 18 months ago.

BBC cleared of overpaying stars

A review of how much the BBC pays stars such as Jonathan Ross has cleared the corporation of distorting the market for talent.

David Walliams hounded by stalker, court is told

The Little Britain star David Walliams was obsessively stalked by a woman who repeatedly tried to contact him with aggressive and sexually explicit messages after being ordered not to, Highbury Corner magistrates' court in London has heard.

Preview: Hello and Goodbye, Trafalgar Studios, London

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Preview: Stardust, Riflemaker, Soho Square, London

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How to choose a university

There’s more to think about than simply what course you want to study; there might be any number of institutions that offer the subject you’re interested in, so how do you decide between them? These tips will point you in the right direction.

King of tittle-tattle quits to reveal all

As Mark Frith steps down as editor of 'Heat', Katy Guest imagines how the title might report his passing

U2 3D (U)

This concert film is compiled from the South American leg of U2's Vertigo tour, and if you've never warmed to their competent brand of messianic stadium rock, it will grieve you to note audiences going nuts for it in Buenos Aires, Mexico City and Sao Paulo. Por favor!

Sally Hawkins: From a bit-part in Little Britain to the toast of Berlin

It is a long way from the role of girlfriend of Little Britain's stage hypnotist Kenny Craig to the best actress Silver Bear award at the Berlin film festival, but with a bit of help from one of Britain's most prolific directors, Sally Hawkins has managed the journey with startling ease.

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Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

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French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

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