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Carmen Zapata was an Emmy-nominated actress who started a foundation to promote Hispanic writers because jobs were so scarce. "She was an inspiration for me," said Luis Vela of the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts in Los Angeles. Her film credits included Sister Act.

It's Showtime for compelling female roles

A US cable channel is challenging the male-dominated world of TV drama – and not before time, says Sarah Hughes

Glenn Close - Lock up your pets, she's back

Nobody plays a manipulative monster as well as Glenn Close. As she returns to our screens in a welcome third season of the legal drama Damages, Gerard Gilbert celebrates the star's formidable froideur

Obits in Brief: Glen Bell & David Gerber

Glen Bell

From the heart of the mob to the ER

'Nurse Jackie' is the best of the new hospital drama imports from America, thanks to a blistering, blackly comic turn from 'Sopranos' star Edie Falco

20 Years Of The Simpsons

As the cartoon family turns 20, one of the show's former writers, Patric Verrone, recalls how a series of 60-second shorts turned into a global phenomenon

Poliakoff: 'Original work takes arrogance'

The director's latest film is set at the beginning of the Second World War, a period inextricably linked with his own family history

Fatherhood keeps 'Conchords' stars busy

Bret McKenzie isn't expecting to take a call from his homeland.

For the record: 02/11/2009

<i>"A tone that is more friendly and less forbidding than sometimes, at our weakest, we were,"</i> Controller Mark Damazer explains the record ratings at BBC Radio 4

Hit & Run: Television will eat itself

As per last year, Mad Men and 30 Rock won the awards for Best Drama and Best Comedy respectively at Sunday's Emmy Awards in LA. The shows are set a few New York City blocks from one another, and – despite a chronological separation of almost 50 years – have more than just Midtown Manhattan in common.

Farrah Fawcett: Actress famed for her role in the quintessential Seventies programme 'Charlie's Angels'

It was one of the most famous posters of the 1970s – Farrah Fawcett wearing a red swimsuit – and sold 12 million copies around the world. Although the actress inside the costume walked out on the glossy American television series Charlie's Angels after just a year of playing one of the three scantily clad female detectives, the image lived on.

Tackling Old Big 'Ead: The secret of making Brian Clough live again on screen

Tom Hooper, director of The Damned United talks to Ian Burrell

'Prisoner' actor McGoohan dies in US

Patrick McGoohan, the creator and star of cult classic The Prisoner, has died aged 80, it was confirmed today.

My Week: David Suchet wins an Emmy

The actor goes to New York for the International Emmy Awards &ndash; and is stunned to be honoured for his portrayal of Robert Maxwell

British wins at the Emmys bode well for bigger gongs

UK domination of international television awards highlights impact on the US market
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The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
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Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Russell Brand's interview with Ed Miliband has got everyone talking about The Trews

Everyone is talking about The Trews

Russell Brand's 'true news' videos attract millions of viewers. But today's 'Milibrand' interview introduced his resolutely amateurish style to a whole new crowd
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before
'Queer saint' Peter Watson left his mark on British culture by bankrolling artworld giants

'Queer saint' who bankrolled artworld giants

British culture owes a huge debt to Peter Watson, says Michael Prodger
Pushkin Prizes: Unusual exchange programme aims to bring countries together through culture

Pushkin Prizes brings countries together

Ten Scottish schoolchildren and their Russian peers attended a creative writing workshop in the Highlands this week
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Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The acceptable face of the Emirates

The acceptable face of the Emirates

Has Abu Dhabi found a way to blend petrodollars with principles, asks Robert Fisk