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Howard Jacobson: The Fawlty Towers experience lives on

'Sea or sheep?" my wife wanted to know. "Sheep," I said. "No, sea. No, sheep." This proved her point. I was overworked and tired, I couldn't make a decision, I needed a weekend away looking at something that wasn't a manuscript or a computer. But what did I need to look at – sea or sheep? I was too tired to know.

Ex-editor fined for 'Sachsgate' fee protest

A former national newspaper editor who withheld his BBC licence fee in protest at the Sachsgate lewd message scandal has been fined £262, it emerged today.

Tom Sutcliffe: The pious politics of the quilt

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Bernard Cribbins: 'I was in the Tardis before David was born'

At 80, he's top of the charts and will be watched by millions in the Christmas 'Doctor Who'. But, of all his many roles, he is most proud of reading 'Jackanory'

Sachs made on-air prank call in the 1980s

As the victim of Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand's offensive answerphone messages, Andrew Sachs received almost as much sympathy as his persecutors did vitriol. But the Fawlty Towers star is not as innocent as first thought, it has emerged.

Chaos reigns as Pompey wait for the man in white

Portsmouth 0 Fulham 1

Terence Blacker: Why Britain can't shake off its snobbery

There have been problems on the moors in advance of the Glorious Twelfth, today's opening of the grouse-shooting season. Successive damp summers have accelerated the spread of the heather beetle, which destroys the birds' habitat. There have been worries that the rare and beautiful bird of prey, the hen harrier, has been unsportingly killing grouse in spite of (illegal) persecution by gamekeepers. Police have warned that gangs have targeted licensed shotguns for theft.

Sybil the Downing St mouser is dead

Chancellor Alistair Darling's cat Sybil, the former chief mouser of Downing Street, has died after a short illness.

Monty overdoes the death stare as his game deserts him

Scotsman scowls and growls his way round links in vain search for vintage form

BBC freezes executive bonuses

Bonuses paid to top executives at the BBC have been suspended, the broadcaster said today, just before publishing its annual report, as it battles state plans to rein in its public funding.

BBC1 to curb prime-time swear words

Clampdown on F-words to promote family viewing after report into Ross affair

Travel by numbers: Rome

Angels or demons? As the Red Devils await the Champions League final, Ben Ross keeps score in the Eternal City

Flight of the Conchords: Slackers turn high-flyers

This Sunday, the UKTV channel Gold will be screening a 30th-anniversary Fawlty Towers reunion documentary, featuring all of the main cast, including, uniquely for such an exercise, Connie Booth. Here lie revealed the inner workings of a show that exorcised John Cleese's comic demons while inspiring six hours of the tightest, most well-worked farce ever made for television. Brilliant but slightly exhausting – something that might also be said of Reggie Perrin – the disinterred and retooled David Nobbs sitcom whose origins are now also well over three decades old.

Flight of the Conchords: Minimum concept

Less is sometimes more in a sitcom, says Gerard Gilbert

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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

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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