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The American dream

It's official. Jane Austen can stand up to transatlantic travel. It's chiefly a matter of casting. By Adam Mars-Jones; EMMA Douglas McGrath (U)

Fringe / Greg Proops

San Francisco's Greg Proops has been over here long enough now to work out what makes a British audience tick. Many's the visiting American stand-up who loses his way in a maelstrom of socio-political references.

Sure, Bill Cosby's slick. But does his humour ever venture beyond the front door?

The one thing you have to say about Bill Cosby is that the guy is seriously cool. He doesn't bother playing a single UK date in 30 years of show business (who needs to impress the Brits to become one of the highest-paid entertainers in the world?); and, when he does finally show, he turns up as part of the Capital Radio Funk, Soul and Jazz Festival, touching down from the south of France on the afternoon of the gig in his private jet with absolutely none of the trappings of the on-the-road showbiz millionaire. Elton John, we learnt in Sunday night's kiss-and- tell rockumentary, tours with his own personal travelling hair stylist; Bill Cosby flies in with an entourage of none, on his tod, without so much as a publicity assistant in these showbiz days when even publicity assistants need publicity assistants. Presumably he pilots his own jet.

Down memory Lane

With creaky old sitcoms continuing to pull in the viewers on UK Gold, the BBC has gone one better and remade two of the Seventies' biggest hits. James Rampton reports

Film: Make whoopee not war

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The way you do

THIS IS IT by Joseph Connolly, Faber pounds 8.99

The appliance of science

Andrew Sachs plays Einstein in a new two-part documentary. James Rampton met him

Altar egos of the sitcom

With a reverential love of classic comedy, the double-act behind Father Ted is pushing TV gagdom in a new direction. By James Rampton

Man about the House - a zany new sitcom

I didn't watch the first episode of The House, the BBC's behind- the-scenes look at what really goes on at the Royal Opera House. I had imagined that it would be about opera, a dead art form I am, sadly, congenitally unable to enjoy.

We don't believe it

James Rampton meets Richard Wilson, aka lovable, long-suffering Victor Meldrew

ARTS REVIEW : Comedy Issey Ogata Lyric Hammersmith, London Mark Wareham

Comedians invariably trip themselves up when negotiating the language barrier. A subtitled Monty Python movie can clear a Spanish cinema quicker than an ETA bomb scare; and even though Eddie Izzard fancies his chances of pulling off a show in French, it's by no means certain that phrases like "la plume de ma tante" will have them guffawing helplessly in the theatres of Paris. So it is with trepidation that you pull on the simultaneous- translation headset at the start of Issey Ogata's City Life.

The Internet's most efficient librarians

Richard Longhurst finds entertainment with the help of the latest search tools and, opposite, reveals how you can keep your children away from the seedier sites

Jazz: Beyond the three-minute orgasm

He's been beaten up. His musicians have walked out on him. He's even been paid not to play. Yet Ornette Coleman stuck to his guns and diverted the course of jazz history. By Linton Chiswick

The RSC, as seen on television

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Scandal clouds the English Riviera

Michael Prestage reports on reaction to dramatic events in a sleepy resort
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Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

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How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

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KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker