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Football: Tiers and cheers for souvenirs

3,000 travelling Old Trafford fans rode the emotional rollercoaster in an awesome arena.

Rallying: Don't say I haven't warned you... I'm going to give you a damned good thrashing

Automotive abuse on a Basil Fawlty scale was the reaction of Carlos Sainz and his co-driver Luis Moya (pictured left) at the close of the Network Q Rally of Great Britain yesterday. Within 300 yards of a finish that would have secured Sainz a third world title, his car erupted in flames and ground to a halt. Bang went the championship and all hell was let loose as the Latin pair vented their frustration on the unfortunate Toyota rally car whose extraordinary demise had cost them so dearly. The outburst of road rage recalled Basil's eruption (above) and attack on his own car when it broke down in an episode of Fawlty Towers. Instead the world title went to the Finn, Tommi Makinen

Getting in touch with my inner snob

IT IS always something of a surprise when the Britain's smoothest man pops up on TV, as if he were still at the centre of national life. Didn't he use to be Cecil Parkinson? Something rather big in the Eighties, a spot of bother with an affair? What on earth is he up to these days?

The Ratings: BBC 1

Soaps continue to exercise their stranglehold on ratings. Only the movie Addams Family Values in the Top Ten and, lower down, Fawlty Towers and Men Behaving Badly offer respite. Programme Total (millions)

Market Report: Ladbroke lands a double, but won't lift hotel gloom

LADBROKE IS unlikely to lift the gloom which has engulfed hotel shares when it produces its interim figures this week.

Now for something completely lemur

John Cleese is off to the rainforest to find something furrier and more elusive than pythons.

Modern women may decide their place is at home with the children

Suppose that many mothers say that they'd rather not be ambassadors now that they have little Tarquin

Was this our finest half-hour?

THE SUCCESS of Dad's Army is summed up in a line from its first episode when the bumptious Capt Mainwaring says: "The machine-guns could have a clear field of fire from here to Timothy White's, if it wasn't for that woman in the telephone box."

In the news: Ben Elton - A flashback to the days of Bolshie Ben

WHEN Tony Blair rolled out an obedient line of pop stars and celebrities at the General Election and waxed lyrical about Cool Britannia, it was no surprise to find Ben Elton featured prominently among his supporters.

The Human Condition: 'Sybil' is no girlie mag

Ann Treneman meets the 28-year-old editor of a new magazine that isn't afraid to be feminist

Letter: Embarrassing humour

PAUL McCANN asks (17 February): "Fresh from taking the bad behaviour from Men Behaving Badly . . . whatever will the Americans do to Basil and Sybil?"

They took the drink away from Fitz, the fags away from Patsy and stopped the men behaving badly. So whatever will the Americans do to Basil and Sybil?

BASIL would be livid. Fresh from taking the bad behaviour from Men Behaving Badly, excising the drinking, smoking, drugs and jokes from Absolutely Fabulous, American television has its heart set on ruining another British comedy classic.

Theatre: Unhappy families, in the most peculiar fashion

THEY DON'T write plays like they used to. Two three-act dramas opened this week, both set in France. One is a premiere, the other 70 years old; one is by a prominent playwright, the other by an insurance clerk making his debut. They offer strikingly opposing views as to how to write for the stage. They could have been written by different sides of the brain.

No bottom jokes? Pull the other one

Think of Rik Mayall and you see a grinning maniac spouting bad- taste jokes about bodily malfunctions in a succession of hectic TV sitcoms. Now he is starring in a slightly more grown-up role in the film `Bring me the Head of Mavis Davis'. But, he tells James Rampton, it is a part that still has him feeling like a misfit.
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