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"Bo Burnham: What", Pleasance Grand, Edinburgh Fringe, August

Sport Relief weekend raises £31m for charities

More than 165,000 people – some on space hoppers and pogo sticks and others on hands and knees – completed the Sport Relief Mile run yesterday.

Sport on TV: Izzard can barely stand up but his remarkable feat is no joke

Fans of the movie 'Marathon Man' will recall Laurence Olivier's Nazi dentist hissing: "Is it safe?" Now Eddie Izzard is no Lord Larry – although he does a mean James Mason impression – but in Eddie Izzard – Marathon Man, the answer to the question is a resounding "No".

Frank Skinner to front new BBC2 show

Frank Skinner has signed up to front his first BBC2 series since Fantasy Football in the 1990s.

Seeds of destruction: The Day of the Triffids

A new TV adaptation of John Wyndham's classic sci-fi novel The Day of the Triffids faces one enduring problem: how do you make plants scary? Gerard Gilbert reports

Plymouth and Co make final pitch to survive World cull

Powers-that-be will cut applicants to 12...then all England must do is win 2018 bid.

Eddie Izzard, The 02, London

It's six years since Eddie Izzard's last full national tour. At his peak, his tours were never more than three years apart so it is a testimony to his following that this prolonged hiatus has not prevented him from stepping out as a stadium comic. In fact, in line with the burgeoning popularity of comedy, quite the reverse has happened and next month, Izzard is to become only the fourth comedian to play the monolithic Madison Square Garden in New York, the other three being Americans, Chris Rock, Andrew "Dice" Clay and Dane Cook.

He's funny, fearless and a film star – so why does Eddie Izzard worry that he's boring?

Eddie Izzard reveals his sombre side to Christina Patterson

Labour confident of success in by-election

Party expects to beat SNP in Glasgow just 16 months after heavy loss in city

Tories quizzed over links to EU allies with 'extreme views'

Jewish group questions Cameron as gay rights activist pulls out of 'Pride' event

Simon Carr: Politics is returning to type

It's starting to work on me, politics is returning to type. The values they are taking about are good old Labour. Equality. Social justice. Elimination of poverty. Insane law-making. The core vote strategy is back. It worked brilliantly for Labour last time, but then it was Iain Duncan Smith doing it.

Richard Askwith: So what makes Eddie run?

Pushing yourself to random extremes is a remarkably popular pastime

No laughing matter: Izzard finishes marathon challenge

As a transvestite comic who claimed never to have run farther than five miles before, Eddie Izzard was always an unlikely candidate to run 1,100 miles around Britain in aid of charity. But yesterday the 47-year-old stand-up comic arrived in Trafalgar Square having completed 43 marathons across the country in just 52 days.

'Exhausted' Izzard completes 43-marathon challenge

Comedian Eddie Izzard was celebrating today after finishing his 43rd marathon in 51 days.

First Night: Ricky Gervais: Science, Edinburgh Playhouse

Two years ago Ricky Gervais shrugged off criticism for a poor performance at the Concert for Diana by making a bold as brass entrance to his Edinburgh Castle show, wearing a crown and sharing the stage with a pair of giant Golden Globe replicas. This year the comedian entered the festival city buoyed by a burgeoning Hollywood career, something that he was happy to wave in our faces with some introductory trailers, one of which featured his new film The Invention of Lying. The message, as ever, was 'look at me I am a big star and see how I ironically bask in that status'.

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